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The beautiful art of photography: few tips on how to take a good photograph
We all take a lot of pictures, especially when it’s a special moment that you would like to look back at, later in life. But there’s a lot to a picture than just being a reminder. A picture in itself can be art. Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. Here you can find some basic information like the evolution, general rules, some famous quotes and various forms of photography along with a few tips on how to take a good photograph.
Photography today, has transformed from being just point and shoot to being an art, a profession only the best can survive in. Today there are various forms of photography like Aerial Photography, Commercial Photography, Still-life Photography, Fashion Photography, Portraiture, Glamour Photography, Street Photography, Photojournalism, Under-water Photography, Documentary Photography and Wedding Photography.
How photography has evolved over the years
A few years ago, there were not many people who would pay for a photograph. But now, there are various stock photography companies which have come up which act as a liaison between photographers and their buyers. The buyers are mostly companies and organizations looking for a picture to represent them. The market has woken up to a picture revolution and why not, seeing how a picture speaks a thousand words. Newspapers and magazines now have in- house photographers who don't just take photographs to go with the news item, but to accentuate and support the article too.
Most photographers shot on film previously and they toiled for ages in the dark room trying to expose the negative, just enough to create the perfect picture they had in mind. With the advent of the digital cameras, it has become easier and more cost effective to take pictures and get them printed. Although, the debate whether film is better or digital wilt go on for a tong time, most photographers prefer the freedom of digital since it gives them the time and opportunity to pay attention to taking the photograph than worrying about the end result. Also, it has given a lot more control than the film cameras did.
Few basic things to keep in mind while taking a photograph
"You don't take a photograph, you make it. " - It is necessary to be completely aware of how to take a good photo for making great photographs.
"Your first 1,000 photographs may be the worst" - It is difficult to achieve success just with your first photograph. You have to be patient and it may possibly take a thousand photographs for you to reach a point where you can assess your ability. Try to evaluate your photographs from the point of view of others and compare your newly taken photos with the older ones and see if you notice any changes.
"Beauty can be seen in all things; seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph" - We generally fail to notice the beautiful things around us. To be a good photographer, it is necessary to look around your environment with a creative eye and as you may find anything interesting any time, it is better to carry a camera with you wherever you go.
"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow" - Never say that this is your best work or you have done your best today. Always believe that there is still room for improvement and your best is still to come.
"If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up" - You might have seen many pictures and said to yourself that you could have made this picture better or make it different. Don't be afraid to experiment new things.
Some basic tips on photography
Although there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to taking pictures, there are few tips on photography that you should keep in mind before you go ahead and press the shutter.
The composition of the picture , that is, what comes in the frame and what doesn't, should be done with utmost care. Many a time one takes a picture and then realizes that the horizon is not straight. Therefore, when you point your camera to take a picture, make sure that you horizon is straight and not skewed.
In the 1st picture, you can see that the horizon is clearly skewed. The Buddha Statue in the Hussainsagar Lake is leaning towards the left side of the frame and that makes this a badly taken picture because not much thought was given to the composition. Situations Like this can be avoided by taking a Little time to adjust the frame exactly how you want it and then click. Another remedy could be taking as many pictures as possible and then selecting the best among those. This sounds logical since most people shoot in digital mode now, but it doesn't work if you haven't given the composition some attention.
When taking portrait pictures, it is important that no unwanted objects come in the frame because they wilt divert attention from the subject of the portrait.
The 2nd picture would have made a good portrait picture if the background was lighter and didn't have the man in the red shirt and the people on the bike in the background. Such shortcomings can be dealt with giving some thought to composition. Portraits are preferably close shots of a person or a group of persons with an uncluttered background. Traditional portraits had the subjects looking directly at the camera but there is no such hard and fast rule. Experimenting with various angles can give you interesting results. This form of photography allows you to capture emotions and expressions very well since the subject's face is in focus as shown in the 3rd picture.
Experimenting with backlit subjects can give very impressive results. In backlit pictures, the light comes from behind the subject, thus, lighting up just the form or the shape of the object while his/her face stays dark. Such conditions give excellent silhouetted subjects and such pictures can be used to represent a generalization or a statement or phenomenon common to the masses. For example, the 4th picture shows the boy trying to get to the top where there are other people too.
Let's now talk about how to choose subjects for photography . Children, animals and old people are the best subjects to photograph. They are very expressive and the innate innocence within them becomes such a powerful element of the picture that it becomes impossible not to smite every time you took at it, Children are so uninhibited and that makes it very easy to take candid shots.
The best time to take pictures is early in the morning, a few hours after dawn and the evenings, an hour before the sun sets. The tight at these times is diffused and subtle. It gives warmth to the photograph.
Thus, you can see that it is not a Herculean task to take a picture! Anybody can be a photographer as long as one has a camera and a creative mind. So get out there with cameras and start shooting!
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