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Portrait Photography Lighting TipsPortrait photography, especially when we talk about studio portrait photography, as a genre, is heavily dependent on lighting. Though there are two different aspects to shooting portraits, first lighting and then posing, they evidently both strive to make the subject look at his/her best. In this tutorial we shall be looking at the basic setups for a studio portrait session using artificial lights. Read more...
7 Silly Mistakes I Made as an Amateur Photographer

1. Leaving the lens cap on

Amateurs are guilty of making some of the most cardinal of mistakes. Although, we do tend to blame amateurs but professional are also guilty of the same mistakes from time to time. Call it oversight or just plain callousness, but leaving the lens cap on and then wondering why the viewfinder is so dark is something that we are all guilty of at one point of time or other. To overcome this issue, I have personally made it a point to look at the front of the lens before beginning every new photo session. This is just to ensure that I am not guilty of having left the lens cap on. It saves me from the blushes and the missed photo opportunities.

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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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Tips for Overcoming the Challenge of Landscape PhotographyIf you’ve ever had to look through a friend’s vacation pictures, you likely already know that landscape photography can be incredibly boring. Out in the world are too many indistinguishable photographs of well-known landscapes: mesas in the American southwest, the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco skyline, any waterfall - you get the idea. As a photography instructor (okay, my dad) once told me, “You’re not Ansel Adams, so don’t try to be him.” Harsh, but correct. As soon as I realized I needed to find a different way of approaching landscapes, my landscape photography improved dramatically. Here are ten tips to help you take your own landscape images to the next level. Read more...
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...