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Photography Techniques

Monday, August 5th, 2013

1# Watch Your Exposure

Being careful with your exposure likely is one of the most important techniques when taking amazing pictures. Most cameras however were made to already be very skilled at calculating the right exposure levels, especially if the lighting of a scene is even.

However, under certain light conditions, the camera could easily be thrown off. That is when you must need to step up your game and take control of the situation.

If a photo is dark, it means it is under-exposed, and when it’s too bright it is over-exposured. Practice controlling your exposure, and your photos will always look perfect.

It is also worth understanding your white balance. To begin with you can just check your environment and select a white balance setting that matches it. Is it sunny? Use the sunny setting. Is it cloudy? Use the cloudy setting etc…

#2 Compose Your Frame

Composition of pictures refers to the things located in a frame. These objects can be the subject, the foreground, background, and anything else which may appear in the photo.

Understanding proper composition in photos is a crucial technique to perfect when creating top-notch images. Fortunately, there’s a simple method you could follow when first learning what composition is.

This technique is called “Rule of Thirds”. It isn’t an obligation to employ it when taking photos, but it can help enhance the structure or composition of an image making it more interesting to the eye. The most important element in a photo should be located within these areas, or in the area where these lines intersect.

#3 Work With Motion Blur

Blurring motion in pictures is a very fun effect that can make a simple photo look extraordinary. Plus, perfecting this technique will even allow you to learn how to gain total control on your camera’s shutter speed.

#4 Master Bokeh

Bokeh is basically the quality of blur in out-of-focus parts of a photo. Bokeh can be obtained by simply controlling the depth of field in an image. This depth is the distance between the farthest and nearest elements of scenes that are in-focus. Deep focus means everything in your photo is sharp. Where shallow focus means only one specific area of the image will be sharp.

#5 High Dynamic Range

HDR is a technique of capturing a range of shots between the lightest to the darkest areas of a scene (the dynamic range). You will need to employ AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) to make this work so you will also need a tripod.

Taking HDR photos is a little challenging at first, but it’s a great skill to practice. You’ll have to work the images together post-processing the images to achieve the final result. So it is also a smart introduction to use Photoshop or any other imaging software to do this – photomatix being one of the most popular.

Indian Wedding Photography

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Indian wedding photography is not like any other ordinary wedding photography. All over the world people celebrate marriage in diverse customs, but as a photographer I must admit there is something rather unique and special about an Indian wedding. Indian extremely proud of their wedding, it’s apparent from day 1 the amount of detail, decoration and planning that goes into them is almost unmatched by any other culture. For this reason, when planning an traditional wedding it’s important to have the right photographer that can appreciate the amount of work that was put it in.

Here are 3 things you should look for in an Indian photographer. First of all, they need to have experience shooting a Sangeet ceremony. I recently shot a sangeet ceremony and the images appear great because I was able to relate to the customs of sangeet. At the ceremony I remained almost invisible capturing the delicate moments you can never pose for. The smiles and the closeness of family, and my camera created art that night. When the bride and family saw the pictures, they were thoroughly impressed with the results of the raw emotion in the shots.

Secondly, they should have experience shooting a Mehendi party. Mehendi parties are an important part of any traditional Indian wedding. The amount of time it takes to apply the complex designs and waiting for the henna to dry makes getting the right photographer even more important. The right photographer should be familiar with the capturing the different angles, and beauty of henna as well as, the closeness of the brides friends and family throughout the process.

Finally, they should have experience shooting the wedding itself. As the ceremony moves effortlessly so should your photographer. You shouldn’t have to worry about if the right shots are being taken, if you should be doing anything special, or how you can help them. A good photographer needs no direction, they always know where to be and how to do it. Indian wedding photographers are in a league of their own. I can attest to the horror stories of people who hired general wedding photographers to shoot their Indian wedding. It’s important to capture those moments right the first time, there’s always room for fun, but never for any mistakes. I’d love to lend you my expertise as Indian wedding photographer, and help you make one of the best moments of your life last forever.