Let Your Picture Tell Your Story

Why is photograph so important and different? What makes it so special than a poem, a song , a painting or a sculpture?

Photograph documents reality in an instant, using light and time to reproduce a moment, as it is perceived. This is what makes photography one of the most important methods of documentation of people, events, and feelings, both historically and in the present day.

The theme of our GYAN session this May was -how to click good photographs by the simplest resource available .

In order to take a great photo, we used to buy a fancy camera and editing software for our desktop computer. Then, we had to invest some serious time and energy into learning how to use them.

Thanks to smartphones and editing apps, we can now take high quality photos and edit them without any bells and whistles.

But taking a great photo on your smartphone is not as simple as pointing and shooting. There are plenty of bad smartphone photos out there — I’m sure you’ve seen one or two of them.

Shruti Nadkarni, a young professional who has been successfully conducting workshops for youth, professionals and senior citizens had facilitated this wonderful workshop with a very interactive and friendly approach.

We had our house full with 10 participants eager to learn all the techniques to use their smart phones to photograph.

It is not easy either to point and shoot through smart phones. here are some tips to get the best photographs-

1. Use the Third rule for composing the shot. Turn on the grid line of the smart to line up the shot.

The rule of third says to break an image down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you have nine parts in total. The theory is that if you place points of interest in these intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced and will enable your viewer to interact with the image more naturally.

2. Focus on one subject.

Many of the best photos include just one, interesting subject. Plus, it’s usually easier to get the composition right when your photo only has one subject. Spend some extra time setting up the photo, tap the screen of your smartphone to focus the camera on your subject, and capture away. Use negative space (i.e. empty space) to your advantage here to make your subject stands out even more.Place your subject in any of the intersections.

3. Embrace negative space.

Use sky as reflection and try taking different angles to give your click a mystic illusion.

4. Train your mind to think before taking a photograph.

Think about the foreground, background and your focus.

5. Always try not using the flash.

Use natural light as much as possible. Torch light and a tissue paper can be a good source to get the light in case of scarcity of light.

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