Category Archives: Learn Photography

World’s Easiest Guide to Understand Exposure Triangle

In this Guide You will learn about

Exposure Triangle,

which means the relationship among Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.

Let us get started and understand Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO and their Inter relationship.

Let us start with this picture.

Reference Image Shutter Speed 1/125, f/1.8, ISO 100
Reference Image Shutter Speed 1/125, f/1.8, ISO 100

This is going to be the reference Image for all the Control Setting that is going to be discussed further. Continue reading World’s Easiest Guide to Understand Exposure Triangle

Better Your Photography Before The Mundane Monday

Some Tips and Tricks to Better Photography

It feels so go to know that Mundane Monday Challenge is finding its purpose. I’m glad to know that some of you have started taking more pictures and more importantly started to observe more.

The advantage of MMC is, you can take the pictures of anything and submit for this challenge. All you have to do is to find beauty in those things that we usually don’t take  pictures of.

By doing so, you can start your photography journey, improve your photography or experiment with your photography.  This challenge is for everyone.

Now, how do you find beauty in mundane things? How to turn mundane things into a good photograph?

If you keep a few guidelines in mind, you can make some beautiful images out from most of the mundane things.

Here I will share some Tips and Tricks that I use while taking  pictures for the MMC. They are all mostly related to Composition of photography.

So here we go.


 

Patterns :

Look for patterns. Patterns are all around us. Just look down, you can see the floor mat, grass or moss. Look straight , there are windows or doors.

Mundane Monday : Window Pane
Mundane Monday : Window Pane

Lines & Curves

Curves or certain unique shapes are nice to see in a photograph. If you can incorporate some curves and such shapes in your frame, it will look good.  Edge of a plate, Carvings on the door or furniture and so on.

Mundane Monday : Gate
Mundane Monday : Gate

Rule of Thirds

This one rule can instantly make a picture look better. (Follow the link to read more about Rule of third)

Basically you have to place the subject on any one third of the frame. Just follow the grid lines in your camera or phone and place the subject in any one third lines.

Mundane Monday : Stones n Walls
Mundane Monday : Stones n Walls

Leading Lines/Guiding Lines

These are the lines in a frame the invited and take the eyeball all around the frame. It can be a line, or a curve or anything. By following the line, the viewer appreciates the entire photograph.  Try and find leading lines and incorporate in your pictures.

Blinds
Blinds

Pop of Colour

If something stands out from a dull background due to it colour, it can create a nice picture. Look for the bright colour that stands out from the crowd.

Mundane Monday : Clothes
Mundane Monday : Clothes

Perspective

Perspective is the way you see things. You always take pictures at your eye level or just keeping the subject in front of you. Try different angles or even extreme angles. Experiment with pictures from grasshoppers view point,  from a birds view point or from whatever angle you fancy.

Door Handle
Door Handle

Vibrant Colours

Who doesn’t like vibrant colours? Look for the subject that are very vibrant. You can find a lot of stuff all around you.

Mundane Monday : clothesline
Mundane Monday : clothesline

Minimalism

I think this is one of the easiest to ways to produce neat, good looking photograph. All you have to do is sort of finding a large frame and a small object in it. If you place that subject  as per rule of third, you will get a visually pleasing image.

Minimal Switchboard
Minimal Switchboard

Chaos

This is just the opposite of Minimalism. Here you can find beauty in chaos. Find a really busy frame with lots of objects, preferably with different vibrant colours. The viewer will go through the entire frame to appreciate the picture.

The below picture isn’t very chaotic. But you still get the point.

Colourful Chaos
Colourful Chaos

Lens

This is sort of advanced option unlike all other concepts above. You can experiment with different lenses to make some nice photographs. Especially the ones that has large aperture to make the background blur.  The most economical choice would be 50mm prime lens. The shallow depth of field (where the a small part of the subject is only well in the focus and all other things are blurred) can make any mundane object look beautiful.

Pens
Pens

These are a few tips and tricks for you to better your photography.  You can combine two or three or maybe all of them and experiment. It doesn’t make sound or hurt if you break a few rules. All you have to do is to experiment.

So what are you waiting for? Join the community of  Monday Mundane Challengers, next Monday.

Vote & Learn #5 : Understanding The White Balance

The results of Vote & Learn #5  is out now. Thank you for your participation.

Vote and learn #5 Result
Vote and learn #5 Result

You can clearly see that Our winner  is  the  #4th  picture

#1
#1
#2
#2
#3
#3
#4
#4

So in this 5th vote and learn, we are going to discuss about White Balance. The 4th picture was taken in Auto White Balance Mode.

All the above 4 pictures are shot using my mobile phone while I was sitting in a park thinking about Vote and Learn.  The camera used is  Samsung Android phone cam.

Camera used is the same, the place photographed is the same, the time at which the photos were taken is the same, the lighting condition is the same. All other settings used in the photos are same except one. White Balance.

All the above pictures are captured at different White Balance settings.

What is White Balance?

Our eyes can see a white board as white in almost all lighting conditions. We have proper sensors for that. But unfortunately digital cameras do not have such great sensors.

Digital cameras cannot always see white colour as white under different lighting conditions.  So we use White Balance correction to tell camera, “Hey, that is a white, show it as white. This is a cool light, warm the result a bit. Well this is a warmer light, you need to cool it a bit” and so on.

So in short white balance helps to get the colours as we see them without the influence of any light sources.

How to Control The White Balance? Continue reading Vote & Learn #5 : Understanding The White Balance

Warning : Do Try It At Home | A Photography Experiment

Sometimes all we need is a little push. So today I am trying to give you that push, to do some photography.

I know your excuses. You don’t have a fancy camera?  You don’t have enough time? Don’t worry. I am not going to leave you like that. 😉

Things Needed :

  • A candle, a lighter, Your mobile phone and a dark room.

So obviously you have a mobile phone and it’s got a camera.  And I hope you will be home at night. So you gotta do it, unless you are extremely lazy and hates photography!! 😉

What to do in step by step :

  • Set Up : Light up the candle, set it up on a table or somewhere safe and switch off the lights ( as it is done at night)

Now Get your phone. Here I am talking through the eyes of my own Android phone. Some latest phones are really amazing and will help you to get awesome images.

If you click right away, just like that, most probably you will get an image like this.

Just click away to get this
Just click away to get this

So we can look into certain settings now.

Initial settings at Auto
Initial settings at Auto

The auto settings looks like this. White balance : Auto; ISO : Auto and so on.

  • So lets first change ISO settings.  Set ISO : 100
At ISO 100
At ISO 100

You can see the first difference, when we changed to ISO 100

Now lets reduced the exposure a bit. Now you can see it is 0.0

  • Change exposure from 0.0 to -2.0
Exposure at -2.0
Exposure at -2.0

If you are wondering why changing the exposure, check the “how to take sunset picture with mobile phone” post.

So now lets add some colours to our experiment.

  • Go to settings and change White balance to  “Cloudy”
White Balance : Cloudy
White Balance : Cloudy

The change is quite visible. Right?

But still it doesn’t look very good. It still is yet another snapshot. We want to create something that we can take print out and hang it on the wall.

So lets change one more setting.

  • Change the Metering to “Spot”
Metering : Spot
Metering : Spot

Don’t worry about the technicalities of Spot metering and all.

  • Now just experiment with different angles to get a crisp, sharp beautiful candle light image.

Here goes some of my attempts.

Candle Light
Candle Light
Candle Light
Candle Light
Candle Light
Candle Light

I hope you will definitely try this one out. All the images above are taken  using Samsung Mobile phone camera. No Editing done on any images. So you will get a similar result.


You can also try out with whatever camera you have.

Light and darkness
Light and darkness

 


Click, share and give me a Pingback. Maybe challenge someone too 😉

Vote & Learn #5

After a long time one more edition of Vote and learn.  I am planning to do this as a monthly event.

Hope you enjoyed the result of Vote & Learn #4 which talks about how to take a Sunset picture using your mobile phone

New Vote and Learn is here.

For the first timers :

This is a small visual experiment. You need to act quick in this experiment.

Just pick One picture you like and Vote for it.

What you have to do is to pick your favourite picture in one glance and vote for your favourite picture (or the picture that you think is better than the others). Numbers are given for each pictures. Just select the number corresponding to your favourite picture. And vote.

You can select only one picture!

So here we go!

#1
#1
#2
#2
#3
#3
#4
#4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you can wait for the results and next post in this series.

Thank you for participating 🙂


If you want to Vote and participate in the previous ones

Vote & Learn #1                                           Vote & Learn #2

Vote & Learn #3                                              Vote & Learn #4