Shutter Speed is probably one of the most versatile features in a DSLR camera. For beginners, it helps to control exposure only, but once you get a hang of it, you realise the vast possibilities it offers. Many articles have been talking about renaming ‘Shutter Speed’ as a term to ‘Shutter Time’, which does make sense to a great extent. For the ease of understanding the creative use of shutter speed, let’s first understand why shutter time is a more apt term.
When I had just started out as a photographer, I never did understand the big hype about the prime lenses, especially the 50 mm. I did buy it with my kit, but I was always biased towards my zoom lens. I always felt that a fixed focal length is limiting, which is true to a great extent. But then, when I started shooting with my 50 mm lens, Oh boy! I was addicted to it. The images came out stunning, I loved the shallow depth of field, I loved the focus and I loved the fact that it let me shoot in low light too! It was definitely ‘Love at the First Click’!
Optical play, forced perspective, surrealism – whatever you want to call this genre, it sure looks fun to try! Illusions force the mind to look beyond what’s real by tickling a certain part of the brain. If you think you have what it takes to screw with the heads of your audience, by all means, go ahead! To help you out, here are ten brilliant examples that will shed some light on the genre and get you started:
1. These are pillar gaps, right? RIGHT?
We’ve seen those – ghostly silhouettes, abandoned buildings, lonely trees in forests, and foggy landscapes. Stare at them for a little longer, and you feel something trickling down your spine. That, my friend, is a chill. A compelling haunting photograph can do that to you. But, how does one go about achieving that “Paranormal Activity-esque” ghostly effects in photos? Surely, post-processing isn’t everything. Here go some tricks that might help you become a pro at clicking photos that terrify. Gear up:
1. Pick a concept.
Unlike many other genres of photography, horror photography requires an extensive concept. What are you shooting for? What is the purpose? What’s the story you wish to convey to your audience? Answers to these questions nudge you in the right direction, and help build the right set up for a photoshoot. Beginner tip: start with loneliness.