Histogram is perhaps the most neglected aspect amongst photographers. I’ve come across photographers who’re not even aware of what is exactly an histogram. Those who are aware of it just know as to how it looks. They have no clue of what the peaks & canons suggest in an histogram. However to become a photographer of a substance, one must know how to read histograms. Its not rocket since & its fairly easy.
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When I was starting in Photography, I had no clue as to how shutter-speed, aperture & ISO affect the exposure. I had no idea as to why or when to one open up aperture or to raise or lower the ISO. Gradually with trial & errors along-with some reading up, I got grasp over these three elements of the exposure triangle. As the adage goes, when your basics are strong you can make better progress. I often feel most amateur photographers just blindly shoot without learning these basics as they feel them to be boring. Its partly true but that does not mean one should ignore them as every great photographer has these three elements deep sculpted in his mind. With “Right Click”, one can now no longer make any excuses for learning the ABC’s of Photography.
Right Click is an Android application which teaches you the basics of photography. It has two modes – View Mode & Read Mode. Under View mode, one can see the effects of change in aperture, ISO & shutter-speed. All illustrated by amazing visualizations. Under read mode, you can read in brief about them. The best thing about this app is the camera interface which mimics the Canon & Nikon DSLR’s screens so beginners will feel right at home. Apart from the basics, the app also briefs you on various genres of photography which I recommend reading. If you’re a beginner chances are that you’ve not yet found the genre of your liking in photography. Even if you’re not, each genre lists some handy tips which will help you shoot the particular genre with ease.
With the popularity of Android smart-phones, this application will find many takers. However there are a few typos within the read mode which need to be resurrected by the developers. Further I would like the application to provide some challenges to users like throwing up a scene & letting users set the ISO, exposure, aperture for the same. Furthermore expanding on the read mode will be a great addition. Also when user goes into read mode, the orientation changes from landscape to portrait which can be irritating. Else nothing much to complain. This tiny application will come very handy for someone starting with manual photography. And did I say, it offers all this for Free? If you’re beginner in photography & have an Android smart-phone, Right Click is an app you should definitely install.
Internet with all its websites, blogs, forums etc have made it possible to learn photography(any art for that matter) without spending anything. Youtube has been a revolution in the internet chapter & learning with the aid of video has made it much easier to grasp the knowledge & understand it in a better way. However, not knowing which channel to subscribe for learning photography can be frustrating as there are tons of them & not all are helpful. Here I list some of the best channels for learning photography over youtube.
DigitalRev is the most funniest channel to learn photography on youtube. The DigitalRev team lead by the excellent presenter Kai Wong injects humour & helps to keep the videos fun to watch with low on technical jargon. The cameraman Lok C also pitches in with videos from time to time. This channel deals with gear reviews, photography ideas & shooting techniques. From time to time, the videos drift out of serious photography which some might not like but I feel its a great way to keep the things freshen up.
AdoramaTV channel on youtube is a huge resource to learn photography over youtube. Mark Wallace teaches you almost everything related to photography be it shooting, composing, using flash & even post-processing. The videos are rated as per expertise level & Mark manages to explain the technical aspects very lucidly. Time & again, other presenters pitch in & offer their photography knowledge on this channel too.
Don’t go by the name, this channel is applicable to photographers using camera’s of other brands too. That Nikon Guy(Matt Granger) offers gear reviews, shooting techniques, using flash, photography business advice & other photography related videos. The videos are well balanced & calm to watch. There is absolutely no fanboyism & priority is given to learning photography.
Fro a.k.a Jared Polin shares gear review, shooting techniques, using flash & post-processing tips on this channel. The videos run long but are well detailed. There are also photo critique videos which will help you learn from the mistakes of other photographers. Jared also runs videos where FroKnowsPhoto forum users edit a particular RAW file & then it is edited by Jared himself over the video and wrapped up showcasing other wonderful edits by the forum users. Jared also does sniff tests, gear preview & detailed review which are great to watch. A well rounded channel when it comes to content, it offers just about everything in photography.
SnapChick offers videos on photography advice, answers photography questions, general photography talk, gear unboxing & other miscellaneous photography videos. For a change, this channel is run by a chick & she does a good job at it.
Happy Learning. If you know of any other helpful youtube channel for learning photography, do let everyone know in the comments
Ever since I undertook the 365 Project, shooting unique shots everyday has become an impulse. I don’t spend hours into thinking the shot to be made each day, but it comes to me naturally(touch wood). If you’ve been following my project, you would be knowing about the shot titled “Food is Ready”. Today, I’ll show you exactly how it was achieved.
Shutter Speed : 1/250th
Aperture : f/7.1
ISO : 200
Focal Length : 50mm
Camera & Lens : Canon EOS 60D with Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD SP Aspherical
Flash : Vivitar 285HV at Half Power(triggered via wireless flash trigger)
Looking at the shot, you might be fooled into believing its a two light setup but its not. The shot was done using a single speedlite. I used a Vivitar 285HV manual flash. For the shot setup, its nothing but my kitchen platform on which my stove rests. I cleared up utensils lying around the stove so I could setup my tripod & on it the wireless flash receiver(with flash off-course). The flash was covered by a newspaper so the light could not spill in background or cause a glare on the lens and illuminate the pressure cooker sharply from the left side. On the right side of the pressure cooker is a wall which acted as my reflector in this photograph. I sat around two feet away with my camera ready & with the composition I wanted. Just as the whistle of the pressure cooker blew, I took the shot. The first shot had less steam, so I took another a while later & that was the one you’re seeing here.
As for post-processing, its minimal. Just RAW processing in Bibble Labs Pro followed by a greyscale conversion, contrast curve & a slight cropping in GIMP. My desired shot was ready. So before getting another flash, know how much one can do just with a single flash. This is just a simple example.
I love to botch up photographs. It always makes me learn something new. Like me, you too should never be afraid to make mistakes in photography. You can learn a ton from mistakes. Actually I would say, you cannot learn in a better way than making a mistake in first place & then improving on it in the second attempt.
Making mistakes, teach you photography in a reverse manner than those taught by photography books or instructors. Mistakes sometime can even be beneficial in getting good shots. Let me give you an example. You forgot to put lens hood on your lens while shooting & you get this glare in your photograph. Suddenly an ordinary photograph has become visually striking due to the glare. Off-course not all mistakes will be beneficial. Some mistakes can even prove costly, so just tread with little caution when you’re on a paid assignment. In free time, while you develop your portfolio or are dillydallying with your camera, feel free to get out of your normal routine & try something new with your camera. Purposely try to overexpose, try to move camera while using second curtain flash, try to release shutter when you’re jumping & are in mid-air. The possibilities are only limited as per your vision. I bet, you’ll learn a lot about photography & make wonderfully visually appealing photographs by following this tip.
Making mistakes does not make you a bad photographer as most photographers think. It is a way of preparing yourself for the worst & will come handy when you’re in pickle at a middle of an important shoot. Just bear in mind to commit mistakes but not to repeat them. Try committing a different mistake the next time. Have fun with mistakes & learn from them.