Monday, 12 August 2013

Tips for Photography and Portfolio Building for Starters

“Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.” said Garry Wino Grand, American street photographer.

The past decade has brought about numerous advancements in camera technology that has made the field of photography much absorbing and dynamic by introducing several intricacies and options in the cameras to make the ‘photographed’ look better than the real. In a fast emerging trend, it is not just movies that showcase and glorify the lives of lens-men and their professions but many students and young professionals, are also finding creative ways to spend their free time by taking their lens wherever they get a chance. For all such photography enthusiasts, this prized hobby is not just about taking random shots with a bunch of friends or simple clicks for their jobs, but to capture moments by considering different lighting and other techniques. Here, are a few tips that could help you use your photographs to exhibit your creativity and taking moments on film with your camera!

Start by focusing your time and efforts. If you wish to enhance your photography abilities, you must first learn to capitalize your interests. Basically, if you value watching people or lively images, practice with individual subjects instead of landscapes. By focusing on subjects that appeal to you, the result can be manifold. Further, don’t be shy to rehearse alone. Your friends might get impatient and fretful when you’re creating your pictures, but don't let their vision influence your personal arrangements. Find individuals to shoot without having to be too judgmental. Everyone is exclusive and has something new and different to offer, so shoot a lot of people and not simply people you believe can make a great shot. Finally, to improve your skills you must have the right humble-enough attitude. Always be ready to take criticism and spend time trying to improve.

Further, by using the lens’s widest aperture you can greatly enhance your photographs, from portrait to still life. The lens’s aperture is the biggest factor determining depth of field. The more the lens is stopped down, the greater the depth of field which is the degree of sharp focus immediately in front of and behind the point that the lens has been focused. Wide aperture can be employed while shooting food or other still life and even for isolating details of a photograph. Make sure that the lighting is right, before you take an image. Lights are possibly the most crucial element in creating a great black and whitened photograph, since it affects the feel, contrast and form of the look. Side lighting can produce some dramatic photographs because it produces shadows and highlights the perimeters of shapes.

You can also fiddle with the shutter speed setting to obtain shots of both slow and fast-moving subjects. Slow shutter speeds are ideal for objects that move very gradually, for example streams. Fast shutter speeds however, get you an obvious shot of the subject that's moving very rapidly, like a race vehicle. The best technique for catching fast moving subjects such as aircraft is panning – following the action through the viewfinder with finger poised on the shutter ready to strike. You can select a continuous shooting mode, so you don’t miss the action, and a fast shutter speed to make sure it’s sharp.

Finally, to create your portfolio, attempt to organize all your shots. You need to organize from the topic, towards the position, towards the lighting in the region where you'll be shooting. Taking a little of your time to organize all this out, can result in much interesting photographs. An essential tip to think for your portfolio is the fact that while black and whitened photography looks artistic sometimes, you don't want to go overboard. Finally, when you're getting ready to demonstrate your work, the best way is to have a good portfolio website which is accessible by everyone from anywhere in the world. So, make sure that they see only your finest work! And don’t forget, that beauty can be seen in all things. Seeing and composing the beauty, is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.  So, make the world your canvas and start capturing everything around, for your portfolio!

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