Thursday, February 20, 2014

Photography at tourists spots.(post no.133)

Generally people are in the habit of visiting tourists spots---some on holidays and some round the year or as the season suits them...For photographers it is more a fish catcher...he sits long day with an empty net....Not so here for photo-enthusiasts...they generally catch the point with their watchful eye...because besides visiting the main interest places their main aim is to come with bundle of photographs worth preserving.
2) Yea...since u are at the village,town or city, you will find photogenic subjects... Find the right place to shoot from...For example, some higher angle may help you to view a lot more than imaginable....Also not to forget ground level photography....this is mostly forgotten, as people are in habit of shooting standing, or sometimes on knees. Ground level shots are most difficult but with digicams having live view, it becomes somewhat easier....where u can sit, or in other cases u have to lie down....not a joke...hahaha....this angle very few try...may be or may not be in public places, but in parks it can do well......ANYHOW MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT....Many photographers think, they will come again, but never have opportunity to go back at that place, so shooting as many memorable pix will help u in future for records, publication, selling to clients for brochures etc.
3) Overall the weather is most important....India in one of the best countries for photography having sunlight round the year....So morning, noon and evening all are delightful for the camera....LET YOUR CAMERA ALSO SMILE....AND U WILL HAVE THE BEST OF PICTURES.......I mean keep all focal lengths you will require in one, two or three lenses...Keep the battery checked up and have one extra.  Now, how many GB cards you have with you.....Divide them into 4 GB cards each, so unfortunately if u miss one, there is still a lot with you.
4) Find out interesting depends if you are in the middle of the market/town or on the outskirts of the place.....You shd be clever enough not to disappoint others by your camera's presence and take good pictures. Here your selection of lens will work.  like a kit lens and a 70-300 zoom for wide angle shots and telephoto shots respectively of annoyed subjects.....To take better shots, allure the children and by angling towards them, you can take other good shots of people around them by going wide or zooming in.
5) Here you will be selective of DOF----when shooting landscape, people, buildings etc from the point of view of pictorial photography, THAT CREATES MOOD OF THE PIC.. In good light small aperture will do wonder and when u open to f3.5, increase the SS and decrease the ISO to minimum in ur camera,say ISO100.and when light is low using bigger aperture will limit the dof..rendering  best of results.....One more lens is recommended is prime lens of 50mm f1.4 or f1.8 having control on it is favourite of many working photographers.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Macro Photography---a further review (post no.132).

Many people are confused in macro and closeup photography. Yes macro is also a closeup photography but with little simple terms Macro is magnification of small objects.
When we shoot butterfly, they are rather closeups.
There is another term 'Micro' next to macro, which has special instrument, might have seen in labs, for finding out the germs in various materials.

To achieve macro effect, photopersons use special macro lenses, may be 60mm,100mm and they work like a normal telephoto lens as well. They maintain certain good distance so the object is least disturbed. They are costlier, may be Rs.15k and more.They are used by pros and most enthusiasts. If u are interested in macro photography as well with other subjects, just buy a macro lens and make big hits with less trouble, in comparison to the small devices, I mention below.

Other cheaper alternatives are supplementary lenses, Reversal ring, Extension tubes, and extension bellows.
The drawback with them is going more and more closure to the objects and the objects rather move away or fly. It is a nerve-wrecking experience also.....focusing manually, using smallest possible aperture to maintain the losing DOF while going closure, moving backwards/forwards to bring the image in sharp focus while clicking, may need good trials...... :D.

Other method as I used in the photograph below is in pp, cropping the needed area. However, the difficulty is of losing pixels e.g. a 16MP image may come down to 6MP, 8MP etc. However, this will not make any difficulty in getting reasonable enlargements..... Further there is lighting, diffusers, camera stability, background clutters/bokeh shoot good macros....................Subjects are as many as u can think like insects, other small creatures, small part of them magnified, flowers, rings, watches, even a good attractive button of ur mobile phone etc.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Still Life photography....(post no.131).

Life has many shades....there is bright light, there are shadows....And from the birth of a child to the end, it has to go with many facets....The leaf I shot in still life is in the last phase, since it saw all the weathers  when it first came under the spell of sunlight.....Yes depiction of subject  is depiction of philosophy of life in photography and that is more intriguing in still life photography.
2) As Bernard Shaw wrote in 1902 that 'communicability was one of the first principles of a fine art. The ability of an artist to convey his ideas or impressions to the beholder'; and he went on to show that pictorialists could do this at least as well as the worker in any of the other arts.
3) Many has opined that the picture is a thing to be judged 'in its own right'....and not simply as a record of something...this is more relevant in still life photography rather than landscapes or portraiture.
4) Still life photography is depiction of inanimate objects, whether single or groups. The subject provides lots of scope in the arrangements of design elements within a composition....Still Life PHOTOGRAPHERS MAKE PICTURES RATHER TAKE THEM.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Flower, a most imp part of our life from home to Gods-(post no.130).

....Is it not strange that nature is present before us in various symmetrical design?.....This flower I brought here to show how the ''STAR'' effect is prominent in various flowers....see the inner design and the small brush strokes moving around the petals ....the color is hillarious...light violet.....

2. Generally even in flowers we find their placement at rule of thirds with good positive space leaving in front...But as the size of the positive and negative space determines the balance in the frame, it is sometimes necessary that without worrying for rule of thirds, the flower petals are spiralling out clearly from the centre in this symmetrical and balanced image.

3. To bring out a saturated color in the flower, I half stop underexposed it. This also helped me to hide many unnecessary background details, which otherwise distracted attention.....To cheer u more, I shall try to bring more of flowers pix.