rain photography

Rain Photography and Camera Care

Rain photography is a dangerous obsession and those who catch the bug find it hard to let go. This is a double edged sword and you tread carefully between ruining your camera and capturing stunning photos. With some simple tips and care you can capture photos which most of your friends would only ogle in photography magazines. More often than not, capturing photos in the rains is about getting the basics right and Mother Nature does the magic for you. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to some amazing pictures in the rain.

Rain Photography

Shutter Speed

The drops of rain can be fun to capture. The shutter speed can determine the texture of water droplets in the picture. If you choose a higher a shutter speed of about 1/1000s, you can freeze the moment. Everything would seem to be in a state of trance, perfectly still. This brings a lot of drama to the image. Alternatively, you can opt for a slower shutter speed of about 1/125s. It creates a blurred picture of the rain and is effective in showing dynamism. In extremely overcast conditions, it is recommended that you use a high ISO setting too.

Lens

Your lens is everything, while capturing an image. Use a long focal length lens in the rains, as this reduces the chances of rain splashes. Aim long and against an apt background. Contrasts will help you highlight the raindrops and keep your camera well covered and dry.

Tripod

While you would be shooting on fairly fast shutter speeds, it is advisable to use a tripod. Besides the stability, it can give you additional options to shield the camera from the rain. You could also, try using a cable release and hold an umbrella over the camera to ensure safety of the equipment.

Exposure Compensation

The light during the rains can become difficult to shoot; in such cases you can set some exposure compensation and make sure that the image is bright and clear. This is a good option when you have used ISO and don’t want to make your pictures grainy.

Camera Care

While you get adventurous with photography, don’t forget to protect your camera. Your first line of defence would be to use a good lens hood. While lens hoods can increase contrasts, they can keep the rain drops from landing onto your lens. You can make a custom plastic cover for your camera or just buy one from the market for the rainy days. If the rains are heavy, you could seriously consider holding an umbrella over your camera for more protection.

Follow these tips and make some refreshing rainy day photos!

Bird Photography

Bird Photography

Bird watching is one of the oldest hobbies for nature lovers. Swift, light and stunningly beautiful, they are some of the most amazing creatures of nature. If you look deeper, you see nature’s grand designs and art in full glory! Bird lovers observe little details like their eyes, their wings, their tails and their calls. Put all of these together and they can identify the bird species! It is funny how most people can immediately identify brand logos, but fail to recognise creations of nature. Bird photography has evolved greatly over time and the new age D-SLR can aid you well to capture stunning pictures. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to some amazing bird photography!

Common Kingfisher

1. Photograph birds in direct sunlight. (Golden Rule)

Bird’s feathers have a dazzling shine when under the sun. Every strand and colour glow brilliantly in the sunshine. Shooting the birds in direct sunlight also gives you a well lit background.

2. Patience

While trying to photograph any creature, you’ve got to be patient. Unlike models, they move around as per their free will. In such cases it is important that you stay alert and awake to the moment. With birds, it’s best if you don’t get edgy and move in closer. Birds will almost always fly away if you get too close too quick. The stiff legs and maybe a cramp or two are worth the perfect picture!

3. Keep the Multiple Shot Mode active

The perfect in-flight photos are just a matter of stable hands and a smooth follow through. You would be severely handicapped without the Multiple Shot mode, which captures a burst of 5-20 images in a matter of few seconds. This of course is dependent on your camera’s capabilities.

4. Focus on the Eyes

Birds are fast and we may not be able to keep pace with them always. Blurry pictures are a part and parcel of Bird photography. The key is to focus on their eyes. Any photo viewers instinctively look for the eyes, which makes it important to get them sharp.

5. Elevation

It’s essential to be level with the bird while taking its picture. The face-on angle will get you all the details of the bird with minimum shadows.

6. Set the Lens on Auto Focus:

Ensure that you set the lens to continuous auto –focus mode. This mode keeps track of the subject and doesn’t re-search the subject for the next shot. This saves crucial micro-seconds for the perfect picture.

Following these tips should keep you on top the game and get you some surreal pictures of birds. Happy clicking!

landscape photography

Landscape Photography

Photography is an art of making images. For over a century this art has captured the imagination of millions of people world wide, sparking interests in various aspects of life, people, nature and man. Landscape photography is an offspring of curious nature lovers, looking to capture nature, in its divine grandeur. Like all forms of photography, making landscape pictures is simple if you follow some basic guidelines.

Landscape Photography

Maximize Depth of Field

Landscapes pan across a distance and that is why it is essential to maximize the depth of field used. This captures wider details of an image making the image more real and life like. The simplest way to do this is to use a smaller aperture, while compensating with a higher ISO and slower shutter speed.

Use a Tripod

With slower shutter speeds, it is absolutely necessary to use a good tripod. No matter how stable your grip, your photos will have a shake beyond 1 /8 s. Lower shutter speeds can help you get the ghost effect in pictures that have flowing water or moving mist. You should consider a wireless or trigger remote to click your landscape pictures.

Good composition

Of course, no photo is complete without a story. Always have a centre of focus in your picture. It gives the picture meaning and adds the magic to the vast expanse of the image. Try capturing the focus of the image in one-third of the image space. This guides viewers along the photograph and helps in identifying the focus clearly. This is commonly known as the Rule of the Thirds.

Patterns

Any photograph is about the elements. They can be lines, skies, clouds or simply arcs; any definite shape or forms that help highlight the focus of the image. The natural patterns seen in clouds or the outlines of mountains in the sun, never fail to enamour the human senses.

Shoot during the Golden period

Play of light, is fundamental to photography. It defines the moods, the environment and provides a sense of time to images. For landscape photography, shooting during dawn and dusk gives the best lighting conditions. This period of time is known as the Golden period because it has diffused sunlight, perfect for landscape photography.

Following all the above tips will surely help you click amazing landscape photos.