Category: Photography


Composition plays an important role in a photograph. Composition can be though like the presentation or arrangement of the various elements in a scene. It is the composition which often makes a good photograph into a great photograph. Often photographers neglect this aspect & even though their pictures are perfect in other aspect(light, subject etc) but they still fail to leave a mark, as they lack a strong composition.

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Shooting a Mitsubishi Pajero

Lumenatic did an absolute fab job at shooting a Ferrari in studio. Offcourse, you wouldn’t notice rightaway that it was a scale model of the real car. Inspired from him, I set on my journey to shoot the Mitsubishi Pajero scale model(1:24) which I had since my childhood days. Sure, its not in its original mint position but I had tons of fun shooting it. Not to forget, I learnt a lot about lighting.

The Monster in the Dark

To begin with I just used one light for the above shot as my secondary speedlight conked off. It also meant for the second shot, I had to rely on the natural window light in addition to speedlight.

Highkey Pajero

Let me know, how you feel about these shots.

Food photographs often are shot with careful plating, selective styling & generous lighting arrangement. However, one can even shoot food photographs with relative ease using absolutely basic resources at disposal.

If one is just beginning in food photography, most often he/she won’t have an array of crockery or extravagant lighting equipment to use. In this case, I recommend shooting the food in the same crockery you’re using to cook them.

Batata Bhaji

The above photograph you see, is a simple example of how one can create beautiful food photographs with limited resources. Here, the light used is window light. The food rests in the cooking pan in which it was cooked. To be honest, I did not even took the cooking pan from the cooking range as we have a window just above the kitchen platform providing beautiful light. I just added a spoon to the pan & took this from an top angle. I slightly controlled the light streaming from window in this case but not to a large degree. Editing was kept to minimal. Isn’t this mouth-watering?

So, get into the kitchen & shoot some beautiful shots with the limited resources you have. Happy Photography Day. :-)

Food photography requires the viewer to salivate over the photograph. A good photograph always succeed in the viewer wanting to have the photographed food. However, since photography is static, we need to shoot it so that it tricks the mind into believing the underlying motion. Take for example, the steam captured in the food photograph makes the viewer feel its warmth & the steam also incites a ‘want to have right now’ feeling from the viewer. Believe it or not, a simple steam is a major element in food photographs. However creating steam is not a piece of cake. Here I’ll show you how can you create steam in your food photographs easily to make them more vibrant & appealing.

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One can use the incense sticks(agarbatti) found at home to create steam. Simply light a few incense sticks & place them strategically in the frame so that they do not show up. The waft of steam from incense stick is pretty weak, so you’ll need at-least a couple to get the thick steam you desire. Also since, the burning incense stick outputs steam in a typical slender pattern, you’ll need to sculpt it with a paper fan. Alternately, one can even use dhoop sticks(thick incense sticks) to create a lot of steam. However, do note that incense sticks emit ash & that can mix easily with the food you’re photographing. Even the aroma of incense stick can mix with your food. So if you’re going to consume the food after photographing, using incense sticks is not a good idea. Also since the incense is burning there is always a risk of fire or props getting burnt, so be careful while placing & do monitor it time & again as you shoot.

Actually, creating steam with incense sticks is the most economical way to produce steam. Yes, it takes a lot of work to get the shape you desire & at-times it can be impractical for some foods. However, it does has the capability to spice up the occasional food shot. Off-course there are more better ways to create steam in food photography but that I’ll leave it to discuss for some other day.

The boom in high quality camera’s & mobile phone photography has been remarkable than ever. Around the globe, people shoot & upload tons of photographs from their mobile devices. Most like to quickly edit the photos on the device itself before showcasing them over their online portals. However, when it comes to photo-editing apps there are tons of them & choosing the best one can become a challenge. I’ve tried several of them in past but nothing has come close to the user experience & the results provided by Aviary Photo Editor.

Aviary

Aviary Photo Editor is a free download from Google Play store & comes without any ads. To begin with, it has a nice easy to navigate interface which is done beautifully. There is no clutter & the transitions across various screens are buttery smooth. There are even smooth old radio style scroll wheels which give the interface a cool look. As usual, there are quick fixes(filters) which we all have come accustomed to from the onset of Instagram. But there is more to Aviary, one can write text over an image, put stickers, frames etc. The default installation comes with only a handful of these but one can download as per his liking from the Google Play store.

If you’re the one who likes to take control of every aspect of image-editing, then Aviary will surprise you with almost all essential features like cropping, sharpness, contrast, warmth, focus, colour splash, blur, straighten, meme & much more which is plenty for one’s need. There is also a one touch fix, high definition & illuminate effect which work remarkably well. I’m particularly delighted with the High Definition effect which sort of works like clarity & pumps up the contrast a bit which allows one to see even the minutest details captured. For the average camera on my Motorola Defy, this effect has turned many dull photos into one I never thought. I highly recommend you to play with these manual controls instead of presets which will give you total control over the editing process.

Every feature of Aviary screams quality. The selection of tools, the filters, the stickers are all high definition & carefully selected by the team. This has reduced the clutter of filters(often useless) which we have often seen in other applications. The extra filters, frame packs available on Play Store are also bundled with quality in mind as most have only half a dozen filters in a single pack. What’s more, Aviary does not resize the photos as it saves them after editing. This is a huge bonus. To sum up, for anyone who is looking for a easy to use quality photo editor on Android(or even iOS), look no further than Aviary. Actually this is the only photo editor you’ll ever need. I’ve stopped using others since I’ve installed Aviary. No doubt, the team proudly proclaims “The World’s Best Photo Editor”. Accolades to the Aviary team. :)

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