The concept of photography has grown leaps and bounds in the last decade with so many advancements in the concept of photography itself. There have been so many perspectives to photography including those related to the theme, concept, lighting, equipment and even angles that it might get a little too overwhelming for someone who is looking to start out as a photographer. Irrespective of whether you are looking to pursue photography as a profession or a hobby, here are some tips and tricks that will greatly help you in doing so:


1) Exposure and lighting: Famous photographers would say that photography is all about manipulating and capturing light. It is said that light is everything while capturing a subject of interest. Even if there is complete lighting available, how you use that lighting to your benefit is very important. You can achieve this by focusing on three important things i.e. the aperture of the lens used, shutter speed and ISO. The aperture is simply the size of the lens opening while the shutter speed is how long the shutter is actually open. Slower the shutter speed, more the light let in. ISO, on the other hand, determines how sensitive your camera sensor is to light. By modulating the above three things, you can work on manipulating the lighting.

2) The golden hour: A famous term amongst photographers, the golden hour is that time of the day just before sunrise and before the sun fully sets. Photos captured at this time will end up being some of the best photographs that you will ever take because the lighting manipulates itself and completely cooperates to your benefit. Go out into the city and start clicking. It does not matter what you are clicking, it can be the scenery, people or even buildings and you will be surprised with the results.

3) Change your perspective: Angles are everything to a photographer. Usually, as human nature, we tend to click pictures from an eye level. Though this is perfectly normal and may give you a good photo, there’s no “wow” factor to it. This is simply because we interact with the world from this viewpoint on a daily basis. Thus, it is important to shoot from a different vantage point. The best way to do it is to change your elevation and either get closer to the ground or shoot from a much higher angle. By doing this, not only are you changing the distance but also trying out a different perspective and thus giving the picture a different viewpoint. By doing small changes like this with the camera angles, your shots will look a lot different.

4) Post-processing: Post-processing can make your photos look so much more different from what it looks like right after it is clicked. This is because post-processing and editing software do a lot more than what a camera can possibly do. Rather than using an editing software as a crutch, use it to enhance the already available features in your photograph. It should be used as an added feature that helps smoothen out all those flaws and limitations that a camera gives you. Be subtle with your editing and keeping it minimal will add that “wow” factor to your photos in no time at all.

5) Fancy gear: Contrary to popular belief, you do not need fancy gear to get beautiful shots. You can get some of the most beautiful pictures ever by even using your phone camera. As a beginner, it is best to start out with basic camera equipment and once you learn how to properly use it and are satisfied with how much you have learned, then and only then invest in expensive and fancy gear. This is simply to give you a feel for the whole experience of photography on the whole.

However, the best way to go about professional photography is to seek out a skilled person who can help you by teaching you the tricks of the trade or enroll yourself in a photography institute where you will be given professional training. If you are looking for good photography institutes to help you out in Raipur, you can find them here:

Written by Pavithra Dennis

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