Photography: Best-Kept Secrets and Useful Tips
Whether you’re a professional photographer or, like most of us, an ordinary person with an above average camera, chances are you’re always on the lookout for ways to make your food, yourself, your eyesight, or other such stellar things. on camera like in real life. So we asked four photographic aces to tell us their best-kept secrets, and share their most precious nuggets of advice.
Ayush Singh, Product photography, @ singh.scout
“You don’t need an expensive camera to take a good photo. We could go into an argument after that statement, but let’s keep it simple.
In my experience with product photography, one thing that has helped me the most is focusing on composing the photo long before I take the camera, or placing any other sort of distraction between my eyes and the camera. topic. After that, consistency is the key. Everyone has their own style and the only way to know your style is to keep taking pictures and hang out with them.
As a quick tip for digital photography, always go for underexposure rather than overexposure, if ever you’re confused between the two. It obviously depends on what exactly you are looking for, but in most cases the above would apply.
Today there is a huge amount of information available online if you want to learn from the experiences of others. The best part is that there is no right or wrong. If something works for you, go for it!
Deeba Rajpal, Food Photography, @passionateaboutbaking
Food styling and photography go hand in hand, and it’s probably best to hone the two skills together. If you are photographing food, remember that food is your hero, and that’s what the eye needs to see first.
I wish someone had told me how important it is to keep a clean and uninterrupted surface or backdrop while shooting; and also, that shooting multiple angles of the same food is the best way to learn. Having said that, although I learned the hard way, it has been an amazing journey and I am still learning something new every day.
For me, playing with natural light is the best thing, and “moody” frames my signature style. My tips for food photography would be:
• Make food the hero.
• Don’t just rely on accessories; start at minimum.
• Orientation, colors, layers.
• Be thematic, be inspired.
• Natural light is the best.
• Play with light, shadows and angles.
• Create a signature style.
• Practice, practice, practice.
Prabhat Shetty, Fashion photography, @prabhatshetty
Aspiring photographers should keep in mind to photograph as many and as many different types of subjects (people, fashion, street, landscapes, portraits, still lifes, etc.) as possible before focusing on your area of interest. Develop your aesthetic not only in photography, but also in other art forms. Use all of your senses to the fullest.
What would I have liked to know when I started out? So much and yet nothing really! Maybe you just fill your free time (there will be plenty) with other passions and enjoy them as much as working!
• Have a clear intention on what you want to look for and show in the image and use all available tools (lights, composition, placement, style) to achieve it.
• Shoot honestly, with childlike curiosity, and enjoy the whole process.
• Assist an experienced photographer.
• Learning never stops!
Yeashu Yuvraj, Event Photography, @withyeashu
Quick lenses will really, really help. Anything with a wider opening; the wider the lens, the better. Because concerts are well lit, but constantly flicker, if your lens is wide enough, you won’t have blurry images.
Try investing in third-party phone apps that let you control shutter speed and aperture.
If this is a group that does a lot of action, the low light can be annoying; people want crisp, high-quality images, but concert photography is more about capturing the emotion, the feeling. It’s okay if it’s a little grainy, so don’t worry about the quality. The emotion is what you need to capture rather than the sharpness.
Everyone has a smartphone or a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, but if you want to do it professionally, it really depends on your understanding of the setup you’re in. Study the images of experienced photographers or international photographers to understand what they’re doing, and also study trends.
Understand the manners of artists; look at their previous performances. This gives you a basic understanding of where they will be at any given point in a song, so you know where to stand to take your shot.
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From Brunch HT, December 12, 2021
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