Do you need an uplift in your existing photography career, or are you an upcoming photographer? May be you are the one who is the most observant among the travelling group? Or, are you the one who loves to bring out the secrets lying deep within “something” If yes, then here is what you need
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
― Ansel Adams
The skill of photography lies in the fact as to how much you can seek the attention of the viewer; and how much you can make him fall in love with it. The photographers think through their camera.
Remember, Simplicity is the key to most good pictures. The simpler and more direct a picture is, the clearer and stronger is the resulting statement. I have some great and handy photography techniques that’ll teach you to set up the perfect environment when you are shooting your next perfect photo.
You have to capture the objects in motion. The events having a predictable sequence can be observed and followed. There are two methods for this.
A) Shutter Method
In the fully illuminated outdoors also you can take the advantage of this method. Maximum speed of a shutter could range from 1/4000sec to 1/8000sec, in some cases it may not be fast enough (fast moving objects will become blurred).
In cameras that have a focal plane shutter, a small slit moves across the photographic plane at much slower speeds (1/250), thus exposing different parts of the photographic plane at slightly different times.
B) Flash Method :
In this method there should be a dark room. The picture is taken by opening the shutter of the camera, activating the flash and closing the shutter. Since there is no effect of long exposure, only the flash light duration is the actual exposure time. Electronic flashes are capable of light strobes with duration of 1/10,000 or faster. Once the object passes through the frame, the flash unit lets out a burst of light, and that moment is the only thing that gets painted onto the film. Sufficient flash duration can be as short as 30 microseconds, or 0.00003 seconds.
Black and White Photography
The elegance of a Black ‘n’ White photo can be felt easily.
Light is one of the most important aspects of black and white landscapes. You need to ensure there are different areas of brightness. Look for well defined shadows, contrasted with bright highlights. The weather should not be cloudy because you need the sun in this, I suppose.
Remember, the colors red and green look very similar in tone, once changed to black and white. So try to see an image in terms of tones, not colors. Blue filters prove amazing for haze or misty conditions.
The silence of the night can be taken advantage of! Select a time somewhere taken outdoors between dusk and dawn.
Your camera should be perfectly still and that can only be done by using a stand. Moreover, your auto-flash should be off. You should take a shot, preview it and if it looks too dark, or the illuminated area is overly done, you simply manually adjust the camera’s exposure using the compensation setting and try again.
An important note for the night photographers- A low laying moon can create long shadows on cross-lit objects, whereas an over-laying moon can create harsher, downward shadows. A long exposure time is required for moonlight photography. But, the movement of the moon should not be much otherwise it can create Flat light.
This also needs a Tripod stand. A remote control to capture the moment or a self-timer will do the maximum job. Scope of your camera frame should be set correctly and not disturbed frequently. For this kind of a photo, a vertical frame is what I consider better than the horizontal one. Try to capture the whole part and the remaining cropping can be done later. I find that apertures in the mid to small range tend to work reasonably well and would usually shoot somewhere between f/8 to f/16.
Do you love the underwater sceneries?
They are one of the most fun-making activities for the divers. Since water tends to reduce color, contrast, and sharpness, your camera should be having the flash on (forced flash mode, if possible) and set on its highest resolution. To avoid the backscatter you should be as close to the object as you can. Try to select a lonely place underwater and let the silent beauty emerge into the photo.
Best method is to visualize your shots before hand.
Photographing sports or other fast moving objects can create the beautiful blurring effect and cause the portion to get exposed what you want.
Slow down your shutter speed to allow it to ‘see’ the movement of your subject. Try a Neutral Density Filter to cut down the light passing through your lens and into your camera which in turn allows you to use a slower shutter speed.
There must be more than these to learn about. It’s a vast field with hazy outlines. I mean, none can restrict the use of this skill anywhere. People click brilliant photographs while hanging themselves from the cliffs and free-falling from the mountain tops. No boundaries. Any where, any techniques can be created by anyone. Therefore, to be a good photographer, develop your own ways and methods, and it’ll be a good one, I’m sure!