Sharpen Your Photography Skills, Knowledge and Passion

Home
1807, 2017

Evaluate your photography to get better results

By | July 18th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|1 Comment

Before you fall in the trap of simply snapping away and wondering why your photos are nothing like the professionals, it might be time to evaluate your photography and look at some photo critique. By taking a step back, it might be a lot easier to determine what elements are missing from your work. Eventually it becomes much easier to read a photograph and distinguish between what works and what does not.   Make sure you have one main focus point Before you press the shutter button to take your next photo, you need to ask yourself one question. What [...]

2806, 2017

Photography exercises that can help you become a better photographer

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|1 Comment

Whether you are a wildlife photography lover, beautiful scenery takes your breath away or snapping people, it might not always possible to get out into the field and practise and improve your skills. That next holiday might still be a couple of months away, but this does not mean that you can’t shoot and become better. By looking at photography exercises for beginners, you too can improve in the comfort of your own home. ‘Practise makes perfect’ is an overused and clichéd phrase, could not be further from the truth. The more you use your camera, the better value you [...]

1206, 2017

Understanding image resolution and size

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|1 Comment

Have you ever been in the situation where you found the perfect picture on the internet, and it looked fine on your screen, but the moment you printed it, it appeared blocky and pixelated? Or taken photos with your phone camera only to realise that another device with less megapixels look much better in print? To understand why this happens, you need to understand image resolution and size.   Understanding image resolution Image resolution is measured by the number of pixels per inch that shows up on a digital screen. You have probably also heard of the term dots per [...]

1705, 2017

Interview with Tony Sweet

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|1 Comment

Tony Sweet is a Nikon legend behind the lеns.  Tony has worked as a professional jazz drummer for 20 years, playing with other great jazz artists such as Sonny Stitt and Joe Henderson. It was at this time, Tony began taking insightful photographs and capturing the essence of jazz clubs. He later refocused and honed in on nature photography. Now, he is widely known for his phenomenal skills in fine art nature and floral images. Get his new book “Creative Techniques and the Art of Self Expression“ here: tonysweet.com/new-ebook-creative-techniques-art-self-expression/ Take a look at his gallery here: tonysweet.slickpic.com. Read more about [...]

905, 2017

A Weekend at Stunning Vancouver Island

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Travel|1 Comment

Being to a place like Vancouver Island is a trip of a lifetime. The island is offshore Canada, and it sits at the northeastern Pacific Ocean. The climate was pretty cold during this trip, perhaps because of the island’s surrounding bodies of water. I am not a frequent traveler, but going on this trip makes me crave more adventures. We’ll have a rundown on this picturesque island.   Travelling to the Island It was a quite a long drive to the ferry docks. As soon as we got there, we drank coffee at the local Starbucks. Fare costs around $100+ [...]

305, 2017

Composition in photography: Framing

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: |3 Comments

Framing is a basic part of photographic composition that photographers use in every shot. What you include or exclude from the photo will define your frame. But there are ways of framing within the actual image that will emphasize your subject by drawing attention to a specific part of a photograph.   A frame within a frame The most literal use of framing within a photo is including an actual frame. They can easily be found in architecture, like in the form of windows, doors and passages. Taking a picture ‘through’ something will add a sense of depth and lead [...]

2404, 2017

Photographing Gajan, a religious hindu festival of rural Bengal, at night in low ambient light

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|4 Comments

Gajan is a religious festival predominantly celebrated in the rural areas of the state of West Bengal, India and the neighboring country of Bangladesh by Hindus. The festivities are generally observed in mid April on the final week of the Bengali calendar year. The rites involving Gajan has evolved over centuries and presently involves worship of Shiva along with ritualistic body piercings, self-flagellation and fire stunts.   Tongue piercing starts   The word "Gajan" is etymologically derived from the bengali word "garjan" meaning roar or cry which the worshippers emit in a bid to appease the gods and [...]

1904, 2017

Top 3 Cameras for Vlogging

By | April 19th, 2017|Categories: Gear and Tools|3 Comments

The days of camcorders and film cameras are very much over, as smaller, lighter and quicker cameras start taking over the video category. With better autofocus, stabilization, touchscreen, processing power, shooting rate and 4K being added in every new model, mirrorless and DSLR cameras are giving everything you need in one body. But with so many options, which camera to choose for your video needs ? In this article, we'll go over the top 3 cameras in the market which give you the best possible specifications for YouTubing and vlogging and videography in general.   Panasonic Lumix GH5 The most [...]

1604, 2017

Why A Full Frame Camera Is The Best Choice When Shooting Special Events

By | April 16th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|4 Comments

Nowadays, a person’s calendar is so filled up with events and parties worthy of celebration. There are countless reasons to get together and celebrate with good food, great friends, and tons of memories that can last a lifetime. That’s why it’s very important to have a camera with you so all those great moments can be immortalised no matter what. Although your iPhone is up to the task, there’s always a better choice when capturing your sister’s wedding or your company’s year-end party. Folks, it’s called a full frame camera and it’s the only answer for the discerning photographer who [...]

1304, 2017

Top 4 Nikon Lenses for DX Cameras

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Gear and Tools|Tags: |2 Comments

Nikon has an excellent lineup of crop-sensor APSC cameras. From the excellent D3300 for beginner needs to the top-of-the-line D7200 and D500, Nikon has a camera for all your needs. But it doesn't end there. With a great camera body, you need a lens to match. In this article, I will introduce you to the 4 Nikon lenses you will need to cover any type of photography situation – from wide angle landscapes to small and compact street photography.   Nikon 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED At around $900, this Nikkor is probably the most expensive DX lens in this list. [...]

1004, 2017

How to get natural smiles in your photographs

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|3 Comments

Have you ever noticed this funny thing that seems to happen when you pick up your camera and point it at someone?  The gorgeous natural smile they normally have disappears and they give you their 'camera smile'.  These are the kind of smiles that don't quite reach the eyes, and just look a little bit flat and fake.  If you want to banish these camera smiles forever, try these tips and tricks to get everyone giving you gorgeous natural smiles instead.   Surprise them to make them laugh. Whatever you do, don't ask them to say cheese.  What you can [...]

604, 2017

Why Overexposing Your Subjects Can Be Flattering For Them

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|5 Comments

When it comes to portraits, photographers would always tend to gravitate towards a method that brings out the best in their subjects. In this way, a photographer creates an image that captures the true essence of someone with a unique sense of creativity that highlights their features. And yet, that feat doesn’t seem so easy as it may sound. In fact, a lot of photographers still struggle to get that look no one else has achieved for their respective portraits. That’s where the magic of overexposure comes in folks. Essentially, this act entails you to expose for the shadows and [...]

304, 2017

Composition in photography: Using light and shadow

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: |2 Comments

Photography literally means ‘writing with light’ – that immediately tells you how important lighting is in photography. Understanding light is a priority in photography. Without that knowledge you will not be able to continuously produce great photos. As it is with everything in life, where there is light, there must be shadow – they go hand in hand. The importance of shadows in photography should not be neglected. Learn to use them both together, and you may be on to something.   Make the tonal contrast the focal point of an image   Contrast Direct lighting that produces [...]

3103, 2017

Best Camera Settings for Landscape Photography

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|3 Comments

Silky waterfalls, gloomy clouds and still reflections are the photos that come in mind when someone says “landscape photography”. But how to capture those wallpaper type pictures ? In this article, I will be talking about the appropriate settings you can use for getting sharp and colorful results. What aperture to use, which shutter speed and ISO to use, the concept of hyperfocal distance and a few lens recommendations. This article will be a quick-start guide to landscape photography.   Which aperture value to use ? You must have seen values like f/22, f/5.6 and others in your camera. This [...]

3003, 2017

Composition in photography: Creating a sense of depth by using leading lines

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: |1 Comment

A leading line is used in photography to literally lead the gaze of the viewer from one point of the image to another. Using leading lines to create an illusion of depth is probably one of the simpler composition techniques you can learn, while still being very effective. Leading lines can be found everywhere – roads, buildings, rivers, shadows Leading lines draw attention into the photograph. They can lead towards a subject, which is a great way to illustrate what the focal point of the image is; or they can lead the gaze through the photograph, into the [...]

2903, 2017

Nature Shots: A Portrait of Mother Earth

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|4 Comments

There’s nothing greater than going out in the great outdoors. It invigorates the mind, the heart, and the soul. Some call it landscape or outdoor photography when they capture nature’s beauty in four corners. I call it a portrait of Mother Nature. The environment presents a vast array of colors. It may be green, pink, violet, or blue. Name it. Planes and slopes make up the native architecture. Aside from being mesmerized by the scenes, you can seal the deal by freezing the moment using your camera. If you love Mother Nature, then this type of photography is for you. [...]

2803, 2017

Composition in photography: Filling the frame

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: |3 Comments

We’ve been talking about principles of composition in photography in a number of posts now, but we haven’t touched the subject of filling the frame. What does filling the frame actually mean? It means exactly what you may assume it means even if you’ve never heard about it. It is one of the principles in photography that follows the ‘get closer’ rule more than any other. It means framing your subject in such a way that it occupies a large amount of space in a photograph.   Frame your subject in such a way that it occupies a large [...]

2703, 2017

Top 4 Mirrorless Cameras For Your Budget

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Gear and Tools|4 Comments

Mirrorless cameras are all the rage right now. Small, lightning quick and affordable; mirrorless cameras can now produce images like those out of a proper DSLR without you having to carry around that kind of weight. But with so many brands and hundreds of models, it is very difficult to choose the best mirrorless camera that offers the most value. To make your life simpler, here are the 4 best mirrorless cameras with different prices and sensor types, which offer excellent image quality, body design, video features and much more.   Fujifilm X-T2 - Mirrorless camera   Fujifilm [...]

2603, 2017

Why Use Back Button Focusing and How

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|3 Comments

Back Button focusing is exactly what it sounds like. It is focusing using a button at the back of your camera, not your regular half-press shutter button method. There are lots of situations in which using back button focus will ensure sharp photos and easier shooting, especially with moving subjects. In this article, I will explain why you should use this back button focus method and how you can set it up in your own camera in a few simple steps. Read on!   Back button for Nikon   Why will Back Button Focus help? Focus once locked, [...]

2503, 2017

Composition in photography: Positive and negative space

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: |1 Comment

Talking about composition in art and photography may seem intimidating, especially if you are new to the photographic practice. It maybe sounds technical, but in this article we are going to explore what is space in art, more specifically what is positive and negative space in photography. Don’t freak out because of the terminology, space composition is actually one of the simpler tricks you can employ in your photography, and mastering it can make a real improvement in the look of your photographs.   If the negative space is in such a vibrant color, don’t be afraid to keep [...]