monument photography

5 Tips for Monument Photography

Travel to any destination would be incomplete if you don’t check out the historical monuments. The old structures and stories play an influential role in creating the society and its culture. They often get etched in our memories as post cards from the past and are cherished as few of the most wonderful moments of our lives. As tourists, you are naturally tempted to take photos of yourself along with the monuments. You want to capture every square inch of the periphery for memory’s sake. But photographing monuments can sometimes be very challenging. It can also turn out to be a bummer owning to various reasons. Here are some tips to get the best photos of monuments.

monument photography

Camera

Needless to say, your camera needs to be of a good quality. If you plan to buy a camera, look for the one which does well in low –light conditions. Many monuments tend to have a lot of shadows and can be a challenge to capture well. Cameras with capabilities in low lights will be helpful in such cases to capture an even tone picture while maintaining details.

Flash

Sometimes, the shadows can be really difficult to capture in natural light. Consider using your flash light for an even tone exposure. Clicking a photo with flash needs a bit of trial and error as it depends on your judgement of distance from the subject. Being too close to the subject can over expose the image and being too far can under expose it. Find the optimum distance and get shooting.

Patience

Patience is a virtue and it would be tested. Clicking photos of monuments can demand a bit of patience from you. You need to be careful of the shadows of people coming into the frame and ruining your image. Look around the place and search for interesting angles to frame the image. Sometimes composing the image in your mind before clicking can make life much easier.

Time of Visit

Plan your visit smartly. Shoot during the golden hours, (7am to 10am and 4pm to 6pm) for the best light.  Diffused light is excellent for your photos; giving you stunning picture quality with high quality details.

Try Panoramas

Capturing the entire scene can be more convenient than clicking at every few metres. Most modern cameras have a Panorama mode built-in them. However if you have to do it manually, stand straight with your feet apart and click, turning from your waist. Overlap the photos so it is easier to stitch them together through a digital editing software.

It is very rewarding to have wonderful pictures from your trips. Some day in the future, you’ll look back and reminiscence the amazing monuments and the golden moments. Follow these tips for monument photography and get the perfect shots for your next trip to beautiful monuments.

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.

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.