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The Nature of Photography

The Nature of Photography

Photography is both an art and the science. It is an art because like all other forms of arts, it is a way of communication and expression. All the forms of art are the natural component of us, display the emotions of the society, markers of the self-awareness, and bridge the cultural and societal gaps. Same is true for the photography. Through the medium of photography, one becomes capable of displaying his own emotions as well as the emotions of the society. In addition to that, the photography acts as the signpost of self-awareness; as one gets to know oneself as well as  the nature through capturing mesmerizing and alluring shots of nature. Photography like other arts is also found in bridging the cultural and societal gaps as it knows no boundaries and prohibitions.

Photography is the science as well. “Science is the practical and intellectual activity that encompasses the systematic and methodical study of the behaviors and structures of the natural and physical world via observation plus experiment”. So, according to the above description of science, photography meets all the components that make science a science. It is the Intellectual plus the practical activity that takes in the systematic and methodical study of behaviors as well as the structures of the natural and physical arenas. It also involves observation along with experimentation. So, it can be easily said, that the nature of the photography encompasses both the nature of arts and science.

In the present world of advancement, every area of life is getting more and more advanced. Photography is also getting sophisticated and highly developed with every passing day. Now, it becomes a thing, which breaks all the cultural taboos and helps in bringing different cultures and societies together. It only takes a camera to be a good photographer. By camera, we mean any camera (from the smart phone’s one to the DSLR). It is not necessarily important that you must have an expensive gear to take paramount photographs. The images are as good as the brain of the photographer. The most important thing to be a good photographer is to be talented and creative. You must be harboring great ideas to capture great shots.

Like all the forms of art, photography can be learned and practiced. But the difference is that all other kinds of art are learned prior to the practice and the photography can be practiced and learned at one point of the time.

Trick Photography and Special Effects Photographs

Trick Photography and Special Effects Photographs

With the advancement in inventions and technology, everything is being replaced by something more novel and innovative more often than not. Where every field of life is getting more and more advanced so is the arena of photography. Now, straightforward and uncomplicated photography have become the things of the past. People like photographs, which are complicated and bizarre to understand. Following are some of the examples in which you will get to know about the trick photography plus special effects photographs.

We are going to tell you about the trick photography including bokeh, light painting, and light trails.

What Bokeh is all about?
The word “Bokeh” has its origin from the Japanese language and it means “blur”.  The bokeh looks alluring and attractive in the photographs. You must have seen the photographs having blur background or foreground. It is not about the technical failure but it is done intentionally to make the pictures more mesmerizing and appealing and is the matter of “depth of field”. The photographs having the subject separated from the background is actually the outcome of the shallow and superficial depth of field.

What Light Painting is all about?
Light drawing or light painting is the technique in photography in which the exposures are drawn by the movement of any hand-held source of light whilst capturing the long exposure shot, for either illuminating the subject of the photograph or shining the point of light in a straight light at the lens, or by stirring the camera during exposure itself. This photographic technique is employed for all purposes such as artistic, scientific, and commercial photography.

What Light Trails are all about?
Light trails are the creative and colorful effects captured by the photographers by using the shooting of long exposure on the camera. The fundamental principle on which the light trail formation lies is the manual dropping of the shutter speed of the lens to extremely low level; the light will be captured and recorded by sensors over the  synthetically long time period, with each passing  automobile having its illumination and lights recorded and tracked over the noticeable distance of the street. This makes the luminance to be appearing as the marked moving lines in the photograph, instead of the fixed luminance spots originating from the vehicle’s headlights.

Other special effects include different creative modes. By using all the modes such as the manual and auto modes, one can take the paramount photographs. All you have to do is just practicing all the modes more often than not. In this way, soon you will become a wonderful photographer who will inspire others via this creative medium of expressing one’s self. It is good to get experienced with the manual photography mode. However, there are a variety of auto modes which can be used in accordance with the specific requirement of the photograph. For instance, “Sports Mode” can be employed for capturing the fast-moving objects. You can give the different effects to your pictures such as the Infrared, Black and White, Sepia, Tranquil, and many others to make your photos more alluring than ever.

Nature Photography

Nature Photography

By nature photography, it means to get out in the natural world and photograph it. All and sundry loves and appreciates an alluring nature photo. It may include capturing of a snake engulfing insects, the symmetrical row of vegetation, the herd of sheep and horses, the mesmerizing sunset, the dewdrops, etc. etc. If you are a camera devotee and love photography too much then you already have taken a number of shots having nature in them. If you are new to the world of photography then it is a safe bet that you are going to love this genre of photography beyond description.

Nevertheless, many people deem that they are not capable of capturing nature to the good extent because it requires high-tech equipment and a lot of education. But in reality, there is no such thing that prevents you from capturing the good nature shots. All you have to give is your precious time, any camera (from DSLR to cell phone’s camera), dedication, and a few tips and tricks to keep in mind.

Rule 1
Many people take shots while keeping their subject in the middle of the frame. It is no good when you are doing nature photography. While capturing nature photography, one should place his subject, not in the center plus the capture should not be like the shots captured in the portrait studios; in which only the subject is focused and the background is the non-descriptive type. Rather, with nature photography, you should capture your subject while using the backdrop and surroundings as to complement your subject.

Rule 2
Another rule to abide by when you are doing nature photography is the “Rule-of-Third”. In this rule, the screen is divided into three equal length portions and most preferably the sky and horizon line is placed in the top two-third of the photograph while bottom one-third has the ground and vice versa.

Rule 3
You should go for different perspectives and angles when you do nature photography. We are so used to seeing the objects and things on the level of our eyes. Same we do with the photographs we capture. We should try different angles to take shots. For instance, you can lie on the ground or sit on the knees to take the shots from ground level and knee level respectively. Such different perspectives are sure to take your photographs to the whole new level.

Rule 4
You should take as many photos as you can. Try different perspectives and angles. Change your subject frequently. Capture using different effects. Try manual as well as auto photography modes. Quantity matters more than the quality when we talk about learning photography. Photography is an art. All arts are first learned and then practiced. However, in photography, you can practice and learn at the same time. It means you do not necessarily have to read a pile of books to study photography and then start to take shots. Rather, you can start to take photographs as soon as you get the camera in your hands.

Lastly, remember, that good photography is not about the high-tech, expensive equipment. Instead, the shot is as good as the person who takes it. There is the idea behind your capture, which makes your photograph worthy, not the device and resolution (as they are not more important than the idea itself).

New Photography Skills to Learn for Better Photography

New Photography Skills to Learn for Better Photography

Photography is all about having a camera and an eye. Learning photography is more than an art. The art is to first learn and then practice. However, photography is all about practicing more and more to eventually learn it. We are sharing some of the tips and skills you should learn with the intention to get better in photography.

Shoot Everyday
For being improved in any craft, you should practice it more and more. The more you practice, the better you get at it. The best camera one can have is the camera in their hands. There is no rigid rule of having the full kit of DSLR. Rather, you can employ your smart phone’s camera as well. Photography is just photography, take shots with any camera to get experienced in it.

Read Your Camera Manual
One of the paramount skills to be improved in photography is to learn your camera manual more often than not. By reading the manual, you are actually learning the use of your camera, which is going to make you capable of taking innumerable attractive shots. Spend your leisure time while reading it. It will help you in the field. In the present days, most of the manuals are available electronically as well. Have such manuals in your cell phone for your ease.

Change Angles/Perspectives
Most of the people are accustomed to seeing the world at the level of eyes. So, they take photos at their eye level normally. If you want to be innovative and versatile in photography then change your angles and perspectives of looking at the objects. Take shots from your knee’s level or from the level of the high ground. Such experiences will surely take your photography to the next level. For the better understanding it, it is advised to see the documentary covering the working of the documentary photographer. You will be amazed to see how many pajamas they have to wear because they are going to take numerous knee-level shots.

Know Your Equipment’s Exposure Modes
Many a photographer will recommend you to carry out manual photography if you want to be a good photographer. It is appreciable if you do not need other auto-photography modes on account of getting hands on manual photography. However, you are advised to take the benefit of auto modes as well. Sometimes, they work better than the manual works because of having certain themes according to your subject.

Use the Histogram
The histogram is the graph that tells you about the exposure and brightness accurately. Most people are found to ignore it normally. You are advised to take the full advantage from it. Your camera screen can mislead you depending on the outside luminance conditions. Learning how to read the histogram can make your shots the great ones.

Learn the Rule-of-third
Your screen is distributed in the three parallel horizontal and vertical lines. You should learn the object’s placement along these lines by practicing more and more. For instance, the shot becomes more attractive if the horizon is covered two-third of the shot behind your object. You can become skilled at it by giving it frequent practice.

What is Infrared Photography?

What is Infrared Photography?

“IR” or Infrared photography provides photographers of any budget and abilities, the chance of exploring the new unseen world. The word “unseen” here indicates the incapability of our eyes to see the IR light. The Infrared light lies beyond the visible spectrum, which can be detected by the human’s eyesight. If one takes shots employing IR-equipped cameras or film, they are open to the world which looks extremely different from which our eyes are used to seeing. Textures, colors, plants and leaves, our skin, and other objects reflect IR radiation in interesting and unique ways such as the ones, which cannot be imitated with the tools and software like Photoshop. We strongly persuade all the people who have the passion for photography to discover the world via the means of IR. With the increased number of devices equipped with cameras plus the improved technology, the Infrared photography offers you the best opportunity to get into the innovative photography arena and tell apart your contributions from that of others.

IR Terminology
IR refers to the part of the light spectrum, which is beyond the detection limit of human’s eyesight. The IR spectrum ranges in between 700 to 1200 nanometers. An aspect of Infrared spectrum, on top of near IR is linked to that of thermal imaging. This thermal technology once got famous by the thriller movies in which military personnel or intelligence agencies were capable of detecting villains and thieves by determining their body’s heat under the night conditions. In the present day’s common camera sensors, there is no option of detecting the thermal images, however, under the favorable conditions; these common digital cameras are likely to record IR.

Infrared Light Properties
The reflected rays of IR produce the enthralling and weird array of strange effects. The bluish sky takes on mesmerizing appearance, vegetation looks near white or pure white, eyes appear a little ghostly plus the irises take extremely darkie tenor and the white part of the eyes hire grayish hue, and skin looks very smooth and milky. Black clothes appear white or gray depending on the texture of the fabric.

The other feature or characteristic of the Infrared photography is a little tougher to classify and describe. What we can say is the specific kind of crispness or the contrast, which once in a blue moon can be seen, in the normal photography. B&W images having high-contrast are closest in character with the Infrared photos, however, they don’t have the similar feel and look as those of Infrared images. Such effects give the magic of Infrared Photography in which all the things look extremely dissimilar from what we are in the habit of seeing within the range of the visible spectrum of light.

Infrared photography announces the alluring new arenas for the photography devotees. With the advancement of technology, the latest cameras coming are IR converted. So, it is advised to take the full advantage of such equipment in order to take your photography to a whole new level. Best wishes, for all of you who are going to give this beautiful experiment a try.