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Be it Steve McCurry and his hypnotizing portrait of Sharbat Bibi or Annie Leibovitz and her stunning stills, they all have one thing in common, the expressiveness of the image that provokes a thought or stirs a feeling in you.
Photography is the art of expressing an idea or a thought through an image. Whether you’re someone who newly bought an Iphone and was introduced to the idea of mind blowing, non-blurry camera quality or someone who spent his lifetime of savings on buying a DSLR. Or maybe you’re someone who just wants to up their photography game, in short, if you’re hoping to learn photography and experiment with new techniques then you’ve come to the right place.

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when you pick your camera.

LIGHTENING

Good lightening = A GREAT picture. Whether you’re a portrait, landscape, wildlife or a wedding photographer you need to be very familiar with the basics of lightening. Playing with natural and artificial light allows you to explore different ways to illuminate or bring attention to your subject. Make sure the light falls directly on your subject. Positioning your light at different angles from your subject will allow for unique shadows and highlights. A well-lit photography space also allows for a sharper picture.

BACKGROUND

Background is the most integral part of a picture as it creates the focus on your subject. In case of photographs with defined subjects such as portraits, product photography etc, your background should be as plain as possible. Just like too many cooks spoil the broth, too many things to look at in a picture divides the focus making your subject not stand out.

RETOUCHING

The photoshoot is done, background removed, subject gone. You open your image only to realize BOOM there’s a nasty little fly in the background. That is where retouching comes in. Allowing you to not just fix but also enhance and beautify your backgrounds and subject, this is an integral part of photography. Be it a photo of a pretty girl or just an aesthetically pleasing image of London’s eye, they weren’t captured as flawless as they appear. A lot of editing is involved to fix the little shortcomings of an image. For beginners, using editing programs that let you control the brightness, saturation, contrast and highlights are excellent for improving the look of an image. Avoid working with filters since they can have a nasty effect on the quality of your picture.

TIPS AND TRICKS

If you’re looking to spice up your photography with some creative ideas then here are a few tips and tricks to make your average photos more interesting.

-Pass a light source through a strainer and let the shadow fall on a face for mysterious portraits.
-If you’re passionate about product photography then use your laptop screen as a professional background
-To make your random day-to-day photos more interesting use cut out shapes, taping them to your lens and letting it work the magic
Have a great time shooting….. images not PEOPLE ;)
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