Improving Photography Skills – Landscape ImagesThe title of this discussion might evoke a feeling that this is yet another mundane and clichéd discussion on the topic of tips and tricks of landscape photography. It is not. There is not dearth of such discussions on the internet and I would not be burdening you with another one. Instead, this discussion is about how to see an image in a scene and then to capture it for those who were not there. I am going to discuss about how you see beyond the obvious and right through the clutter of mundane. Read more...
Understanding camera metering modesAs a photographer, digital or otherwise, one thing that you need to have a good idea of is the camera metering mode. By metering, I am referring to the process of assessing the light that is reflected off a surface and then the evaluation of the right exposure values for a properly exposed picture. All modern digital cameras employ the reflected light method when it comes to metering a scene; meaning, it actually measures how much light is reflected and not how much light falls on it. This process has its own limitations, but, we shall not be delving deeper into that. Here, however, we shall be looking at how to use the right metering mode for a given scene. Read more...
How to Get Started in Wedding Photography – Part 3One of things that you must learn is how to use off-camera flash. Or if I may recompose that statement, you must get the habit of using on-camera flash out of your system as early as you can. Of course those without the money to buy lights or those who prefer to shoot mainly with natural lights would disagree with me here. They would argue natural light is the best possible light for shooting weddings. I would agree, if I could have a way to ensure consistent natural light all through the day and during the evening. On many occasions you would find yourself in a desperate situation trying to complete a shoot because the sun is going behind the horizon. Read more...
How to Get Started in Wedding Photography – Part 2Compositions are everything in wedding photography; at least when you are not shooting candid photography. This article will not be able to address all different styles of wedding photography (yes there are more than one), so if someone who is trying to make a style out of shooting candid photos only may not find this article entirely relevant. It needs different approaches, different lenses and rarely, if ever, follow a list of images to be shot. Candid wedding photographer often work alone or in collaboration with the main shooter, so that one gets the ‘must-have’ photos and the other those fleeting but important moments that are impossible for the main shooter to cover. Read more...
How to Get Started in Wedding Photography – Part 1Weddings are not only fun but they are also one of the most solemn of occasions. Two souls unite into one and take the momentous first step towards learning how to live together, take care of together and grow old together! As a wedding photographer you have enviable task, documenting all those precious moments on the couple’s biggest day. Read more...
An introduction to creating timelapse videos

Timelapse videos have become somewhat clichéd these days with an increasing number of photographers doing it. some people have made time lapses videos that have been shot over two years, raising the bar in terms of sheer commitment and of course the results that they have achieved. Time lapse is essentially all about capturing motion by joining a series of still images shot over a period of time and making a video out of it. It is the same thing as when we shoot a video but in this case the images are shot with a gap between them so that when they are joined together everything tends to move quicker.

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Everyday photography ideasI wrote a detailed article on the topic of photographic inspiration recently. The aim was to keep the photographer in you and many others like you inspired, leave the fire burning so that you can keep creating beautiful images. That’s what we photographers do. We look for moments that are worth capturing, in the middle of the daily mundane and share it with others who were not fortunate enough to be there to see it with their own eyes. Those moments need not to be captured at the most pristine of locations. They need not to be of the most beautiful of people. Beauty, as they say, can be found in some of the most ordinary places, when you are least expecting. Read more...
Don’t copy the masters’ style blindly, create your own styleGrowing up as photographers one of the biggest source of guidance are the works created by already established photographers. It does not have to be one of the classical masters such as Ansel Adams or Henri Cartier-Bresson or even the pioneers of photography such as Peter Henry Emerson; even contemporary photographers working at the present time can also serve as undeniable influences in one’s formative years. To be honest, one’s inspiration has a lasting impact on one’s work. Having said that, however, great photographers have always found a way to make their work stand out from their masters and the clutter of work produced by others. Read more...
Photography inspiration: How to keep shooting imagesAs an amateur we see images taken by photographers like Eric Kim or Jeremy Cowart or Chase Jarvis or classical photographers like Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson and we figure out we could do the same if were to get a good enough camera. After all everybody raves and compliments our Facebook uploads! If we can be this good with our smartphones imagine what we can do with a professional DSLR? Thus, we save, and save and save and finally after a year of sacrificing some of our other indulgences, we finally get our hands on our dream cameras. The first few weeks after we receive our camera are exciting days. We wake up early in the morning, take images of anything that moves, make the exact same composition about a 100 times, each time thinking it is better than the last time and ask anybody we know to pose for a portrait session. We are truly one with our cameras. Read more...
11 Tips on How to Make Your Travel Photos Go From Average to Wow!Having spent thousands of dollars on a dream vacation at some pristine holiday destination we come home thinking that the images we took would remain a constant source of reminder of that wonderful time spent together. That’s until we download the images on to the computer. A shocker awaits us. A number of under-exposed images, that mostly have our faces barely recognizable, welcome us. This to be only bettered by over-exposed photos where everything seems to be coated with a blinding flash light further depresses us. Not to mention the half-hearted compositions, that have everything going for them but for the background, cluttered, boring and plain shocking at times. Really our travel photos can be so depressing at times that the whole mood of coming back from a great vacation can be lost in just a few minutes. Most people would be inclined to think that it is their camera that should be blamed. “Boy, I wish I had a better camera!” Well, dear friend, that’s an excuse and nothing more. Your camera is only as good as you are with it. If you know how to shoot great pictures you would do a much better job with a simple 5 megapixel phone camera than someone who wields a 5D Mark III and knows nothing about how to use it. Read more...