Today’s post comes from a friend in 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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