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- Candid Photography (10/1/2016)
A photograph, which is taken without the prior consent or knowledge of the subject being captured, is known as a candid shot. The candid shot is also commonly known as the random or natural shot. This particular genre of photography is called Candid Photography.
Candid shots have their own beauty. As we all know that the other photography genres demand the proper attention of the subject who is being photographed. In a candid shot, a subject appears to be least concerned with his appearance and does not pose or look straight into the lens.
Secret photography does come under candid photography because of the commonality of subject’s unawareness and proper posing.
Still, candid photography should never be confused with secret photography in which the character does not expect in the least that he is being captured and is totally unaware of the presence of any photography equipment around. Secret photography may call for legalities since it is unethical and a legal offense. However, candid photography involves no such issues because of being ethical and legal.
There is specialized equipment for candid photography, which is unobtrusive in appearance with the intention of avoiding distracting the subject being photographed. Black painted cameras because of their small sizes had long been in use for the purpose of clicking candid shots.
The candid photographer cannot enjoy the luxury of using external or even built-in camera flash because the instant light coming straight from the camera would call for the immediate attention of the subject leaving him completely aware of the camera focus that ended up with him posing for the shot.
Tips to capture the perfect candid shot:
- Make sure the subject you are headed to capture is well in your viewing range and is not aware of being photographed.
- Preparation of the shot is of utmost importance. Always keep your camera ready before you actually come across your subject.
- Keep your camera on the setting you require beforehand. Else, you will end up wasting a lot of time in adjusting the camera to the required setting and miss out on many candid shots meanwhile making your subject fully attentive to pose in front of the camera.
- Since your subject is not giving any attention to the camera there is a likelihood of mobility of your subject, which may cause motion blur. To reduce the possibility of motion blur to the minimum, always adjust your camera on the faster shutter speed.
- Make the use of your zoom lens to its full extent to avoid calling the attention of the character being photographed.
- Black and White Photography (9/22/2016)
The art of Black and White photography has been reverberating among those with taste and style for over a century and it is not likely to die anytime soon. Although some critics believe that black and white is no more the true style to depict your moments and memories others still follow in the footsteps of the masters who produced classic in black and white out of choice. This often heated debate between the two side seems to be a never-ending difference of opinion where the only resort is often an agreement to disagree. Let’s find out why black and white isn’t dead!
Black and White’s technique is often used to give a deeper – yet sometimes darker as well – meaning to the image. With the color constraints out of the way, the ambiance created more effectively portrays the capture in the light photographers want it to be seen. Talking about light, black and white photography is largely based on light and the look it gives in different types of light is what most photographers play with, yet it is the same factor that gives the photographer a room of play.
Several techniques in Black and White photography are used to highlight different emotional aspects of human body and body language, which is simply not possible in a color photograph. It gives the picture a rather classy look that changes a seemingly random picture into a masterpiece.
Photographers often use black and white techniques to highlight elements in the surroundings such as the architectural features of a building, patterns in the landscape and different shapes in the surroundings. Negative space is also used very effectively, which reminds one of Dadaism; an art movement that was mostly done in black and white.
From Japanese nude photography to simple everyday portraits photographers also use the technique to highlight body features and skin tone along to create timeless captures. The two-tone composition is often deeper than the same in a color image because the composition can be highlighted better in black and white than in any other technique.
Tips for Black and White Photography:
- Try to visualize your image in Black and White before you shoot mapping the image on the basis of composition, lines, lighting, and shapes.
- Click in Raw before you convert it to black and white, sometimes the image perceived perfect doesn’t turn out to be near perfect. Raw saves you the image in both modes.
- The key to best black and white pictures is often the tonal contrasts that allow you to highlight certain objects just because they were in a better light area.
- Long exposures often create effects that are otherwise not possible or hardly possible even on the digital imagery. Try different durations to get the grip on it.
- Use polarizers and keep a look out for a wide range of Grey when you are out for a photography day. Tones of Grey add a natural finesse to the image.
- Time-Lapse Photography (9/15/2016)
If you are fan of stop motion or sequential images on Facebook you are already in love with Time-Lapse. Time-Lapse is a cinematography technique that is used to increase the sequence view of frames.
The film frames are captured at a very low pace as compared to the frequency of view. These shots appear to be moving quicker when played at a normal speed. For instance, an image is clicked once every instant, then played at a rate of 50 frames per second, which would result in 50 times increase in speed.
Time speed photography should not be confused with high-speed photography, slow motion or stop motion animation. By employing the time-lapse photography technique, the actions, which are subtle to the naked eye, can be enhanced manifolds. Rising and setting of sun, movements of stars, the formation of clouds, and the opening of flower buds are all very subtle movements, which are too negligible to take note of if seen through the naked eye.
The first application of Time-Lapse photography technique is dated back to 1897 when Georges Melies applied it to his film “Carrefour De L’Opera”. In Nature Photography, F. Percy Smith is known to be the first one who made the use of this technique in his picture “The Birth of a Flower” back in 1910. In 1911-1912, Arthur C. Pillsbury designed a special camera, which was particular to record lapse time. He captured the entire life cycle of a flower with the help of his invention. Gear for recording Time-Lapse
- Tripod – To capture a perfect stable shot, you have to have a solid platform for your camera to be placed upon. No matter, how good your frame composition is, your shot is no better than gibberish if it is jerky. Always carry a stable tripod with easy portability.
- Intervalometer – It is an automated trigger for the camera to snap scores of photos at regular intervals. This device is programmable and saves you a lot of trouble though its automated control.
- Camera – A DSLR is all you need to have to snap the wonderful Time-Lapse photos. Additionally, there are specialized Time-Lapse cameras as well which saves you a lot of time and trouble. They are smaller and can be placed anywhere on a busy road to a deserted forest.
- ND Filters – Always use ND Filters, in order to reduce the intensity of light without affecting having the color affected.
Tips for creating perfect Time-Lapse Shots:
- Choose the subject Choosing the subject of your photos is at your disposal. Always choose the subject wisely.
- Figure all the details out beforehand. Intervals, event’s length, the final appearance of the movie and frame rate should be decided first.
- Snap still Photographs With the help of intervalometer and a camera, start capturing photos. Adjust your camera to required settings, which include adjusting the exposure and white balance to manual and saving the pictures in a JPG format.
- Get your photos edited with the help of Photoshop Photoshop is always at your service.
- Gather all the photographs and compile them into a video Open the edited pictures in any video-making software and convert all the images into a motion picture
Give final touches to video Add music, titles, and effects to enhance the elegance of your video.