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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who doesn’t like vibrant colours? Look for the subject that are very vibrant. You can find a lot of stuff all around you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The results of Vote & Learn #5 is out now. Thank you for your participation.
You can clearly see that Our winner is the #4th picture
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.
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!
Now you can wait for the results and next post in this series.
Thank you for participating 🙂
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