auto mode

Get the Best from Auto Mode in your Camera

Today, cameras have become very advanced. It has simplified the process of photography down to a simple click. With the rise of digital SLR cameras microchips started taking care of your shutter speed, aperture, white balance and even exposure compensation.  Inbuilt light metering helps users to simply click while the chip inside does all the hard work. The ‘Auto’ mode has well and truly made cameras popular and easy to use. Below are some tips to get the maximum out of the ‘Auto’ mode.

Auto Mode

Be Steady:

Get the best shot by simply keeping still while clicking. A tripod is highly recommended when you shoot in Auto mode. With a tripod you can take shots of some low light areas with a slower shutter speed and get some really stunning images. Make the clicking process as shake-free as possible by setting the up the self-timer or by using a remote controlled trigger.

Posture:

If you are shooting without a tripod consider adapting a correct posture for your camera. Keep your feet apart and stable. Bend from the back for a lower centre of gravity ensuring the least amount of shake. Get your body as close to the view finder as possible. This would give you the best possible view of the frame that you are shooting while reducing the shakes.

Half Clicks:

The half click sets the focus and activates the light meter. The light meter records the light in the focus area, setting the appropriate aperture and shutter speeds.  This is a great mechanism which lets you capture pictures of fast moving subjects with eloquent ease.

Using zoom:

To use or not to use zoom is always a question that confronts us. Use the zoomfeature with care. It can help you capture some intricate details, butoverdoing it can limit the creativity of your photo collection.

Framing:

While the chips in your camera can give you optimum settings, it cannot frame the image for you. That’s where the real creativity in photography lies. Compose for your frames with a keen eye and childish curiosity to get the best results always.

Follow these basic tips and get the best out of the ‘Auto’ mode.

pet photography

Top 6 Pet Photography Tips

Pets always carve a place for themselves in the family’s hearts. They become additional members of the family so much so that they are given the family name. The love for pets is universal and capturing their photos is a norm. How do you capture stunning images of your beloved pet when they are always so active and never found still? Follow these simple tips to get the best photos of your pet.

Pet Photography

Lighting

It’s important to get the lighting right when you are taking photos of your pet. Natural light works best on their fur, giving you a better image of their features. Using flash can scare them and the bulb lights can cause the red-eye.

Eyes sharp

As they say, ‘Eyes are the windows to the souls’, pets have expressive eyes and it’s always a great idea to capture them sharp. Treat the image like a portrait photo and you’ll get it just right.

Change the perspective

We are used to seeing our pets from a height well above theirs. Bring in a change of perspective when by shooting the photos from below or at their eye level. Try to capture the world from their perspective and that would add the magic in your pictures.

Lens

The use of Macro lens is a must. This way you can go real close to your pet and get the finest of details. It’s the best tool to get some stunning photos of your cat’s smile or your dog’s eyes. A good depth of field surely adds a lot of meaning to the image, highlighting the subject well.

Plan your shoot

It’s hard to get your pets to stay still. Try planning your shoot just when they’re about to sleep or after they’ve just woken up. This way you would have a better chance of taking great photos. If you want a more dynamic and action filled shoot, choose the time of the day when your pets are most active.

Patience

Unlike humans, pets won’t pose for the camera. It’s important to be patient and persistent with them. Make them feel comfortable and ensure that they enjoy the shoot. It’s the easiest way to get your perfect photo.

Lastly, don’t forget to experiment with lights, props and backgrounds. Experimentation is the key to get that perfect wall picture of your beloved pet.

How To Photograph Snow

How to Photograph Snow

With the first snow, we see a transition in the nature around us. Life seems to take a pause, preparing to hibernate until spring knocks on the door. Photography enthusiasts around the world will be out with their cameras capturing the beautiful snow. Learn how to photograph snow in a language that is easy to understand.

Snow Photography

Aperture:

Finding the right balance is the key to achieving the picture you have in your mind. A wider aperture will help you get a soft background with the snow-flakes slightly out of focus, forming a snow-bokeh.

Choosing to work with a small aperture will produce a sharper image where the darker outlines of the background would be merged with the snow. In this setting, using a slower shutter speed can help you achieve the streak effect in your foreground.

Shutter Speed:

The shutter speed influences the light and the form that snowflakes take in the photo. A slow shutter speed will get you streaks of snowflakes, while a fast shutter speed will help you freeze a the action, giving you a sharper image sprinkled with snowflakes.

Focal Length:

Your focal length will determine the scene you create in an image. Long focal lengths make your image more compact and concise. It gives your picture a layered look and the finer elements of the background become soft. This helps you lead your viewer’s eye through the depths of the photo.

Light:

Sun and snow don’t go well together. The sunlight is reflected powerfully off the snowflakes blotting the highlights of the image. Overcast conditions are perfect to do a snow shoot, but you could take the HDR route to shoot when the sun is shining brightly. You can produce some stunning HDR images in the snow by balancing the highlights & kids with the lows. Carefully frame the image to get the most out of HDR effect.

White Vignette:

This is a nifty trick to make your photo stand out and worth hanging up on a wall. Just as we use a black vignette for lomographic photos, try using a white vignette for your snow photos. This renders a flowing wintery feel to the image.

Don’t hesitate to try various combinations of aperture, shutter speed &focal lengths to get interesting images.