Guest Post: 5 techniques to get better photographs without digital enhancement

Today’s post comes from a friend in India

Vaivhav is a photography enthusiast and is the co-founder at Greener Pastures, an enterprise which promotes sustainable tourism in North East India.

I’d say a real authentic photograph is one which is not processed in anyway digitally and is a product of a simple click of a camera and a photographer’s knowledge. Illustrations are fine with me, but I don’t appreciate photography being photo-shopped on if it is to be a piece of art. I have personally been an amateur photographer for over two years now and along the way have gained some knowledge on how to get a good photograph by using just the camera at hand. Here are five tips I’d like to share:

  1. Always good to zoom in

This is an important aspect of getting a good photograph. When you spot a subject you would like to photograph, either move closer to the subject or use the zoom function of your lenses. This helps in keeping the focus on the subject, making it easier for viewers to appreciate the details of your subject. You should keep moving closer until you’re sure which photograph represents your subject well.

  1. Use focus luxuriously

Cameras tend to focus on whatever lies in the center of the frame. Many times this is not the right place for your subject and results in the photograph being out of focus or just not right. This is why one should play with focus. To do this, bring the subject in the center of the frame, press the shutter halfway down to lock the focus, move the photograph to get the perfect frame and press the shutter button all the way down; the result – a good sharpness, focus and frame.

  1. Buy a polarizer

A polarizer is one filter which should be a part of equipment when shooting anything outdoors. In point-and-shoot cameras, the polarizer can be used by holding it in front of the lens, whereas, is is absolutely easy to use it in single-lens reflex cameras. Polarizer work to reduce glare, giving you richer, well saturated colors and works best with the skies.

  1. Play with shutter speed

The concept of slowing time or catching a part of a second in photography is often overlooked. This is done by playing with the shutter speed of your camera. For capturing motions which are part of one subject (like in a waterfall), longer shutter speeds with the help of a tripod can be used, whereas, for capturing a subject in motion (like a sprinting athlete), fast shutter speeds of 1/500 and beyond can be used.

  1. Sunlight and weather

Since daylight and weather are ever changing, this gives us an opportunity to capture a subject in many ways. It is always upon the photographer to decide what kind of weather or sunlight will suit the subject. For example, landscape photography is great around the time of dawn or dawn. It is also great on a clear sunny day with deep blue skies. Even dark cloudy days have a good effect on landscapes because of the contract. Always use these changes to the benefit of the subject.

AUTHOR: Vaivhav is a photography enthusiast and is the co-founder at Greener Pastures, an enterprise which promotes sustainable tourism in North East India.

Jerry Nelson is a professional freelance photographer.   Contact him today to see about his availability for a shoot in your area.

7 thoughts on “Guest Post: 5 techniques to get better photographs without digital enhancement

  1. Jerry while there is some validity to your desire to get it right in camera there is no getting around the need to post process an image. The photographer who shoots in jpeg is post processing; it’s just that he is letting the camera manufacturer decide what areas to add contrast, saturation, and sharpening to.

    Those of us who shoot in RAW choose what gets emphasized and control the image from the moment we release the shutter to the moment we show it to the world. The idea that post processing is somehow inauthentic has been foisted on people for far too long. The earliest photographers did their best to get it right in camera but they all finished it in the darkroom through exposure, dodging, burning, etc.

    Digital photography is composed of three distinct systems, camera, computer/software and printer. The second two systems comprise the digital darkroom and are necessary components of digital photography. To take the position that all one needs is a good eye and good camera skills ignores the interrelatedness of the entire digital image process.

    If you doubt this simply shoot in RAW and look at the images that the camera produces. They will be flat and lack details that are only available once the raw data is post processed. Otherwise shoot in jpeg and let the camera do the post processing but either route is still post processing. The question remains who decides which area of the image to emphasize the photographer or the engineers who programed the camera?

    BTW; not looking for a fight with this but attempting to put to rest a common misconception that permeates the digital photography world that using post processing software is somehow compensating for inadequate photography skills. There is nothing about post processing that can save an inherently bad photograph but the use of post processing is a vital component and skill set that all photographers need to master too.

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