Sunday, May 24, 2009

Some basics in photography

So you just bought your DSLR?? Or you have just been bit by the photography bug??

You have seen some GREAT pics from people in flickr,Photo.net or elsewhere and want to take those kinda "really cool" shots and dont know where to start???
You have reached the right blogspot page!!

The good news is "its possible". You can be owner of all those brilliant shots.
The bad news..Its not easy!! You got to realllllly love the art to be able to spend the time and effort and money it deserves...

I have tried to put some of the stuff that came to my mind when one of my friends asked for a similar advice.


  1. Shoot less,show lesser
  2. Click less think more.publish less,delete more.
  3. Learn the rules so that you can break them by choice.
  4. Read up about Rule of thirds,leading lines,subject placement,non central placement and all the basics of composition.
  5. Learn how to make a shot
  6. Stop shooting in Auto
  7. Shoot in RAW.
  8. Learn basic PP.Be at ease with contrast/brightness adjustment,sharpness,saturation,cropping.
  9. Know about HDR
  10. Recognise the two stages of photographyhttp://simplycvr.blogspot.com/2008/12/two-stages-in-photography.html
  11. Take photography trips!
  12. Make friends within local photography enthusiasts with the help pf online forums etc and follow their work
  13. Follow the works of people you admire and find out what is stopping you from making those kind of pictures.It could be knowhow,practice or equipment.Identify that and fill up the gaps! If you are not able to decide ask for help.
  14. Try not to use flash as much as possible.Flash can kill the soul of the pic
  15. Fall in love with light.Fall in love with life.Fall in love with the world around.Just start appreciating the beautiful things around you.90% of photography has got nothing to do with camera.It has to do with how you see and how you record it in your brain and how you want to present it.


I will add to this if i think of something else!
All the best :)

10 Comments:

Ananthoo said...

CVR! That sounds like a serious course for me than a hobby;-)
I seriously thought u will give me some easy step by step gyan, hmm...

CVR said...

Photography is a serious art.Taking snaps at relatives functions is not! :)
These are tips for photography.For taking snaps just put the cam in auto mode and click!
Nothing more is needed!
:)

நாகை சிவா said...

good info

thx for sharing!

Priya said...

Just to add a little of my thoughts-

Subject about anything which interests the photographer.

Focus is very important in watever u see and also controls the image.

Your background & foreground speaks what u see.


delete more- Hmm I get it and thaz what made me to delete back too.

Srivats said...

//Fall in love with light.Fall in love with life.Fall in love with the world around.Just start appreciating the beautiful things around you.90% of photography has got nothing to do with camera.It has to do with how you see and how you record it in your brain and how you want to present it.
//

Thats wonderful to know whether one have DSLR camera or not :)

Adarsh said...

very well said :)

Naarya said...

what is HDR?

Chakravarthy said...

@Naarya
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging

Kartik Kannan said...

Hi CVR

Happened to stumble on your Flickr stream, from 'I love Chennai' group on FB. Just curious if you are Chakravarathy Varadan Ramananujam. Remember meeting a similar person in Infy Shols as part of CHN-Ink. Hope its you :-)

Regards

Kartik Kannan

CVR said...

@Kartik Kannan
Yes thats me :)

Sociable