Animal photography

Animal photography - blend in!

Animal photography is quite different from photographs of nature or photographs of human beings. The main reason is that with animal photography everything keeps on changing, and you will need to adapt to the situation. Here are three simple Tips for wildlife photography which really help.

(1) Be away from personal space – Yes folks animals also have personal space and if you get too near they get afraid and run. In that case, you can lose the chance of taking a cool photo. The best thing to do is to sit still and use the zoom to get the pictures.

(2) Taking photos early in the morning and evening – Midday, when the sun is overhead, is the worst time to take photos. At this time, the sun can cause really bad shadows and also create problems of exposure to light. Early morning between 8 AM and 10 AM and 2 PM to 4 PM are the best timings to take wildlife pictures. Slightly overcast conditions can sometimes be perfect for taking photos of animals.

(3) Use fill flash – Using fill-in flash can help catch the light in the eye of the animals and birds. It also helps increase the contrast and sharpness of the image.


Fashion photos – Tips for a shoot

Fashion photos gallery

Are fashion photos all about clothes and models? I differ on this point with the general view. Fashion photos are the result of the hard work of an artist, commonly known as a fashion photographer. The job is complex for the photographer, who has to take care of all of the aspects of photography, like light and exposure, and assimilate it with clothing and the model. Here are some tips and tricks that are the secret behind a great fashion photo. Running the Camera on Manual Mode – The first thing to be aware of is that your DSLR camera will always run in the manual mode. Indoor photography in a studio is easy as you will have control over the lighting, while the outdoors are more difficult as the light is always changing. Photography Equipment – Fashion photographs require a high-quality digital camera. The megapixels make the difference without a doubt. Lighting is Most Essential – In fashion photo shoots, lighting is very critical. The right type of light with the perfect intensity is the difference between a good photo and a great photo. Outdoor Shoots – If you like to shoot landscape photos, outdoor shoots will not be difficult. The things to keep in mind while shooting are exposure, mode and lighting (always changing). Editing the Photos – With digital photography, the use of editors is an essential part, and Adobe Photoshop is by far the best editor.

Spiritual photos – Tips for clicking them

Spiritual photos

Spiritual photos are different from the normal photos that you click. They need to have that something “more than a normal photograph. Recently I was taking photos for a yoga training center. The photos of meditation, trance dance and the asanas. It was quite a challenge and stretched my creativity to the limits. However I learnt a lot in this project which I will be sharing with you.

(1) Getting the right image – While taking photos I realized that spiritual photos of meditation are of two types – (a) Photos where focus should be on the asanas and (b) Photos where the focus should be on the expression. So I had to apply natural photography tricks and combine them with tricks of taking pictures of people. This blend worked perfectly.

(2) Using Silhouettes for asanas- While taking photos of yoga poses I came up with the idea of taking silhouette photos during sunrise and sunset. It came out perfect. I have shared a similar photo so that you can see the effect.

(3) Feeling the photo while editing – This was what I was doing while editing the photos. I would try and feel instead of being purely technical about it. Spirituality is all about feeling, is it not?

Smartphone effect on Photography

Photo taken by iPhone6

Have you watched the current iPhone6 advertisement. It tells about amazing photos taken by the smart phone camera. With the introduction of the phone camera or is it camera with the phone, what ever, the traditional camera has taken a backseat. In fact cameras are only purchased by professionals or people with the hobby of photography. Even the digital camera is taking the hit. The reasons behind smartphones overtaking the traditional camera for amateurs are:

Easy to carry and handy – Smart Phones are lighter and easier to carry. It is generally carried along everywhere you go. So an easy way to capture pictures.

Sharing is easy – If you take a picture on your DSLR you have to download and then share on social media. On a smart phone this can be done instantly. One of the reasons why smart phone clicks rule the world today. The wireless connectivity is what makes the smartphones tick as the device to take pictures.

Cameras in smartphones getting better – The cameras in smartphones are comparable to the best digital cameras. With the amazing applications which lets you edit the photos it become even better. It is easier with the touch technology where you do not need the irritating mouse. The camera phone is here to stay.

Storage devices – The biggest problem for smartphones has been solved. Plug and store pen drives for smartphones are now available. R.I.P the traditional camera.

11Plug on Lenses for phones – Sony introduced the plug on lenses for its Xperia series and that means zoom which was the monopoly of DSLR is taken away. Now you can mount a lens and shoot from your phone. Convenient is it not?

The future of photography

First camaraLooking back in 1814 when Joseph Niepce made the first camera, we can appreciate how the field of photography has evolved to be not just a career to many but a hobby to all. From a camera developed by Joseph Niepce that will take 8 hours to develop a picture to photographs that are taken by smartphones and printed at home today.

Photography is one field that to took over from painting in preserving history. Painting was used by nobilities and wealthy individuals of the past to have their likeness made. Some of the paintings that still exist to date show how painting was not perfect. Photography came and improved the world of painting. It brought out the reality of scene and preserved its true content. However, ever with the invention of camera, pictures were better than painting but not accurate.

That is why innovation in technology surrounding photography will never stop. Something has to be improved and something new has to be added. From adding communication capabilities like WiFi to flying it around mounted on drones. Also adding cameras to mobile phones and reducing them to a size of a shirt button. These are just but a few innovations we’ve seen in recent time.

Camera on drone the future is here
What about the future? How will a camera be and how will it improve photography? The possibilities as endless and some are imaginable to us today. Think of Joseph Niepce waking up today and using a smartphone to take a photo. He will be shocked. That is what the future of photography will be to us. It will be beyond our imagination and much better than we have today.



Autumn Photography Tips

Autumn or fall is the best time of the year to capture different colors in a photo. The number of shades of the same color you get in fall you will not get in any other season. So do not wait and waste time but grab your camera and start shooting. Keep in mind the following tips and your day will be made.

Fall photo in Twilight

Photograph during early hours and evening – Twilight and Sunset are the best time to unravel the colors in a different way. Fall photography in twilight really gives amazing photos. You can see the array of colors in the picture above. You will never get so many colors other than twilight.

Late Afternoon Fall

A very good tip is photograph outdoors in fall when your shadow is longer than your actual height. This is late afternoon when the light is best for capturing the light and shade.

Fall Overcast Photo

The mistake people do is that they will not go out to take a photo when it is overcast. I have shot some amazing photos in overcast conditions.


Always use a tripod while shooting in fall. This is the time when light changes very quickly. A steady tripod helps to shoot photos which are always better.

Go ahead and make this autumn/fall your own by capturing moments which you can cherish later.Here is one video to guide you.

Winter Photography

Winter Photography Tips

Winter with the snowflakes is a good a time to shoot amazing photos. Whether you own a DSLR camera or a simple automatic point and shoot there is scope for everybody. Some planning needs to be done regarding the day and the equipments for a day with great photos.

  • Plan the hours – In winters the days are shorter. Late sunrise and early sunset means less number of hours with natural light for photography. So proper planning of locations will help you get more out of a day. Mind it the landscapes you can capture in Winter are the best.
  • Caring for equipment – Different equipment require different care in Winters. For instance the Camera needs to be cold at the temperature you will be shooting to avoid fogging of lenses. The batteries should be kept warm inside your coat pocket to avoid draining quickly.
  • RAW Format of shoot – The best results that you will get is in the RAW format of shoot.This will help in easy editing after the shoot.
  • Using Manual Mode of the Camera – Use the manual mode to capture the bright snow which reflects light. Auto mode will give darker pictures.
  • Add color to photos – Winter is a black and white season and when you take the pictures remember to add color.

Sunrise Photography Tips

Amazing Sunrise Photo

Sunrise is the perfect time to take a click. There is the need to jump ahead of the sleep schedule and rush for the spot but believe me it is worth the pain. Generally people dismiss it saying sunrise and sunset look the same. Sunrise photography is the most under-rated. If you analyze it sunrise photos are different from sunsets and are breathtaking. Here are some great ways to take a photo like a professional when the sun is rising. I will today tell you some secrets.

  • Check your camera and battery – Unlike sunsets when you are up and running, sunrise is the time when you will forget things. What if you forget your batteries and bring the camera or vice versa. It will be a day wasted, so check it. It might sound obvious but still..
  • Carry 24-70 Lenses – These lenses are small aperture lenses and are perfect for sunrise photos.
  • Check the camera settings – This is the most important part. (1)Keep the shutter speed to 20 seconds as morning light is diffused and soft (2) keep low ISO. 100 will do as it will give the range of colors in the rising sun.(3) White balance should be “Shade” to keep the sunrise golden.(4) Picture format should be “Raw” to keep it open to all kinds of editing.
  • Shoot for 30 minutes – From the first rays to full on sunrise the span is roughly 30 minutes. Keep clicking all the time. You do not have to worry about space with modern cameras.

6 Useful Tips for Photography in Low Light

Low light is mainly (1) Light in the shade area during the day – Things are visible (2) Light during Sunset – It is still visible but indoors become dark and (3) When there is little or no light at night. Our eyes adjust according to the light, so an area which might look bright to us may be dark for the camera.



Blurred photo in Low Light

This is what happens to an image if the light is not enough. Not much color and the nagging blur. How to get rid of such problems? Well here are few good to know tricks.

  • Switch to manual – Most of the automatic camera will shoot blurred photos. They also make us careless. When you are in manual mode you can adjust exposure and take a picture which is good. It also lets you learn more about art of photography.
  • Shoot opposite to light – Whatever little light is there, find out the source. Photographs taken opposite to the light source always turn out best.
  • Keep Still – Keeping still is most essential in low light. A slight movement can change the light conditions.
  • Use shadows – In low light shadows become longer. You can shoot a classy picture using the shadows.
  • Take multiple photos – Light conditions are always dwindling so take multiple shots.
  • Use flash – Use the old method by using flash to assist you. It really helps.
  • Get a faster lens – Investing in a lens with the maximum speed. You will feel the difference the most in low light conditions.

Good Photo Low Light

See what good tips and a great lens can do to a photo.

Camera Types and what they mean

There are many models of camera you must have come across while trying to buy the one for yourself. The sales man will try to sell the one he gets the commission for and you will like the one that looks beautiful. But there is more to a camera than just looks. Today we will try to learn about the types which are not too many.

Compact Camera
Compact Camera

Point and shoot cameras are technically known as compact cameras. You do not need to do much. Just look in the eye-piece and click and you will have the picture. The biggest advantage of a compact camera is their small size. You can carry it along wherever you go. It does not weigh you down. However this is not a good option as the images will never be high quality. You will have to pay a fortune for the higher level compact cameras, the price for which you can get better cameras of other types.

Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR)
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR)

This is the most popular with amateur photographers nowadays. You can use you creativity with exposure and also the quality of images is better than compact cameras. They will have interchangeable lenses and you will have automatic as well as manual mode. This is the one I would like you to start with. The only disadvantage is that they are bulkier and would require a separate case to be carried along. Well nothing comes without disadvantages.

Mirrorless Camera
Mirrorless Camera

This is the newest technology. It has done away with bulkiness and has better image quality due to the better sensors. Well this I know very less about. So, I will elaborate some other time. They are expensive but worth if you are a professional.