Alok Bhartia : 5 tips that’ll get you started with photography

Buying a DSLR doesn’t make you a photographer. It takes many years to even master the art of point-and-click. I remember the first time I had access to a digital camera, I used to click pictures of the most mundane things around my room, including my undies, and filter them with grain and B&W. It would make me feel like a Pulitzer Prize winner. I learnt a few things along the way that I would like to share with you guys. Just don’t grow dependent on them.

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Keep it lit

Lighting in photography is as important as The Batman in the Justice League, you need them every time. Light sources angled at the right places can produce excellent photos. Though natural light is always desirable, direct sunlight can create shot-ruining shadows or too-bright photos. A soft atmosphere accentuates the photo quality. Keep an eye on the weather conditions and sunlight’s faintness.

 

Keep post-processing minimal

A perfect shot requires very little post-processing. Try to capture photos with natural settings so you don’t have much to work on Photoshop or Lightroom.

 

Rule of the thirds

This is a simple rule that has been used in photography for a very long time. The ‘third’ grids on the viewfinder of your camera can create excellent results. All you have to do is place the objects of interest on the intersection of the grids and along the line to seamlessly capture the symmetry.

 

White balance

You might have observed blue, yellow, and pink tinges in the pictures you have captured. This is due to the nature of the light source. A light bulb might bring a yellow hue and a fluorescent light will give a hint of blue. These can be fixed by the white balance settings in the camera. Make sure the color temperature is adjusted fairly to get a natural shot.

 

Eye-to-eye

Taher Shah might agree with this tip. When taking portraits, get the subject to make eye contact with the camera. The eye-to-eye contact along with facial expressions makes portraits stand out.

 

There are no rules in photography, and I suggest you not to take these as hard and fast rules. However, I do urge you guys to try them since you have to know the rules in order to break them for your benefit. Happy clicking!

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