Capturing weddings is a hell of a task! Words fall short when it comes to explaining the experience of shooting weddings! There is so much happening around and as a photographer you want to capture it all! Every wedding is unique and needs a specialized plan of action, but there are some thumb rules you should follow to make your life as a wedding photographer hassle-free.
Here’s the deal with landscapes – unless you have a decent camera to give some clarity to the shot (pun unintended), the result is nothing great. In fact, it looks like a seamless spread of nothingness. An unworkable capture. A wasted scene. What’s worse is if you’re tackling the shot with an average phone camera, which can’t tell a portrait from a hill.
The good news is, your phone camera may be a lot more useful than you thought. Now, this isn’t to say that you’ve got to own an iPhone 7 or a Sony Xperia to get the perfect landscape shot. The trick lies in how you use it to your advantage. Here go some useful pointers to make even the blandest nature stretches into amazeballs-sceneries. Take note:
What’s your foreground?
Often, we’re so awed by the distant objects in the whole scenery that we end up focusing on just them. Now, add a bench, a giant stone, a tree or a person in the same shot. Doesn’t that add depth? The mountains in the background are still breath-taking, but it’s the little things that will make your landscape shot far more impressive.
There is so much one can do with their images on post processing softwares today, but the high you get when you are able to achieve the desired results on camera itself is inexplicable. Thankfully, the lenses today are so well designed that we do not get any unwanted flare or aberrations. However, there are times when you’d want to add that slight flare in your images to enhance the composition. There are multiple kinds of lens flares and multiple ways to achieve them. Recently, I came across a stunning example of a ring flare by a photographer, Sam Hurd. In an article, Hurd terms this as a ‘Ring of Fire’, quite aptly so.
Achieving this particular type of ring flare is fairly simple in theory, mastering it takes a while though. After all, this too is just a simple play with lights.
So, you have a keen eye, you’re good with the gear, and your friends can’t stop gushing about your photography skills. Your dream of turning your photography into a full-fledged business may have come true, but marketing your craft is a different ball game altogether. So, here go five unbelievably creative and easy ways to help your work reach a wider audience. Rest assured, you don’t need a big budget for these. Read on!
Start a page on Facebook.
The first thing your prospective clients see is whether you have a presence on the biggest photo sharing social platform on the internet. Believe us, most of your clients are going to come from there. No matter how much you may detest the idea of it, create a Facebook page under your name, and start uploading your work. It looks professional, and helps your reputation level up.
Intro: Watch more and more black and white movies! Remember that old saying: 'When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their soul’? With more and more digital mediums surfacing today, B&W photography has become much easier than before. And yet, it remains a complicated form of art. It’s addictive – that’s for sure. So, to help you nail the basics, here go five unbelievably easy tricks that’ll enhance your photography:
1. Watch more and more B&W movies.
Movies from the bygone era represented every emotion with the right lighting. And that, is your cue to understand exactly what kind of B&W works for what shot. After all, there are so many versions of it! Try to notice the highs and the lows of B&W through these movies, and learn to adapt your style according to it.