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Do you want to become a better photographer? This How-To section covers both photography for beginners as well as professionals. Learn the basics of photography, how to take good photos, and read photography tutorials that you can use to practice on your own.

22 02, 2019

Beginners’ guide to composing a brief and simple photo story

By |2019-02-22T06:59:35+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: How-to Tips|1 Comment

Brief simple photo stories - Visualizing the story and accordingly shooting appropriate photos. Photo stories till date remain one of the highest forms of story telling. Incidents portrayed in the form of a series of well composed, content rich photos, while aesthetically pleasing, continue to be one the most attractive and arresting form of documentary. The [...]

21 12, 2018

Introduction to Panning – Basic techniques and a beginner’s guide

By |2018-12-21T09:29:06+00:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: How-to Tips|0 Comments

Panning a moving subject properly....well it usually creates stunning results. A blurred background with a mostly crisp, slightly blurred around the edges, subject.....by definition a pan, is a matter of practice. Certain basic rules apply though..   SLOWER SHUTTER SPEEDS The most important rule. Shutter speeds by definition need to be slowed down to allow tracking [...]

18 05, 2018

Composition in photography: Depth of field

By |2018-05-18T01:18:00+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: How-to Tips|4 Comments

If you are new to photography, you may have heard about something called depth of field, but you are not entirely sure what it means and how to take advantage of it. Depth of field is basically the zone of sharpness in a photograph. In every picture you take, a certain part of it is in [...]

14 09, 2017

Seizing the moment – Anticipating, identifying and capturing the right moment in street and documentary photography

By |2017-09-14T06:04:05+00:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|3 Comments

Street and documentary photography is a genre of photography where the sense of timing, more than anything else, usually differentiates a good photo from a not so good one.   Banks of Hooghly   Photographers have continually stressed on getting the timing right and discussions continue to focus on anticipation, preparation and techniques.   [...]

18 07, 2017

Evaluate your photography to get better results

By |2017-07-18T08:59:43+00:00July 18th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|6 Comments

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 [...]

28 06, 2017

Photography exercises that can help you become a better photographer

By |2017-06-28T00:51:20+00:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|2 Comments

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. [...]

12 06, 2017

Understanding image resolution and size

By |2017-06-12T06:16:25+00:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|2 Comments

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 [...]

3 05, 2017

Composition in photography: Framing

By |2017-05-03T00:13:30+00:00May 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 [...]

24 04, 2017

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

By |2017-04-24T06:42:33+00:00April 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 [...]

16 04, 2017

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

By |2017-04-13T04:05:40+00:00April 16th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|5 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 [...]

6 04, 2017

Why Overexposing Your Subjects Can Be Flattering For Them

By |2017-04-06T09:45:43+00:00April 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 [...]

3 04, 2017

Composition in photography: Using light and shadow

By |2017-04-03T05:52:32+00:00April 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 [...]

31 03, 2017

Best Camera Settings for Landscape Photography

By |2017-04-10T23:02:35+00:00March 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 [...]

30 03, 2017

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

By |2017-03-30T06:52:24+00:00March 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 – [...]

29 03, 2017

Nature Shots: A Portrait of Mother Earth

By |2017-03-29T07:18:09+00:00March 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, [...]

28 03, 2017

Composition in photography: Filling the frame

By |2017-03-28T03:39:41+00:00March 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 [...]

26 03, 2017

Why Use Back Button Focusing and How

By |2017-03-26T07:52:41+00:00March 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 [...]

25 03, 2017

Composition in photography: Positive and negative space

By |2017-03-24T03:59:18+00:00March 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 [...]

24 03, 2017

Composition in photography: Minimalism

By |2017-03-24T11:59:07+00:00March 24th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: |0 Comments

Minimalism began as an artistic movement in the US in the 1960s. In visual arts it meant moving from abstract expressionist painting to more simplified, geometric shapes. Minimalists claimed their art was not so much about self expression, but rather a more objective method of creating. Minimalism includes balanced forms, neutral surfaces, repetition, geometry, color, etc. [...]