To become a better photographer, a photographer must be able to anticipate the moments. He/She must have a foresight which will allow him to prepare well in advance for the shot. A lot of time, photographer do have the foresight but are still not able to get the shot. The Reason? Improper camera settings.
Most photographers think with today’s high precision automated features in camera’s setting it up is not a big deal. The fuel to this belief is added further by camera manufacturer who tout their camera’s will do all the required stuff as the photographer concentrates on the moment. Sure, its true but to a very certain degree. Unless you switch onto the AUTO mode, you’ll need to think of certain setting beforehand to capture the future moment perfectly.
When I’m about to photograph in crunch situation where getting a shot is crucial, I tend to make note of some simple things in mind. I foresight the situation in which I will need to make a photograph & plan accordingly.
Getting sharper photographs is one of the most fundamental aim of all photographers. The sharpness of the photograph is determined by a number of factors like – Camera holding technique, Shutter-Speed, Aperture etc. However, the most basic factor which is often overlooked is the camera holding(stabilizing) technique. There are many ways people hold their camera, while some help in getting stable sharper shots other may actually induce shake(blur) into the photos. This can be remedied by using a ‘tripod’ – a three legged stand in a layman’s term. But wait, there is even his smaller sibling, ‘monopod’ – you got that right, it has just a single leg. So out of the two which one is the best for getting sharp stable shots? This question has a tricky answer as you’ll find out soon.
Finally, Mumbai has experienced some respite from the sweltering heat. Contrary to predictions of MET, the rain has arrived early & cooled down the city. It was a great welcome as most mumbaiikars were caught unawares & didn’t expected any rain today as the weather for most part of day was hot & humid. Suddenly, as sunset came close the entire sky got engulfed with thick grey clouds. It was then just a matter of time, as heavy rains preceded for the coming one & half hours.
I was enjoying the strong breeze from my apartment’s gallery ready with my camera & as it started to rain heavily, I went out with my sister to capture the first rain on my camera. It was a great experience. It made me realize why I love this wonderful season of monsoon so much each time. It has made me fall in love once again with Photography. Further it has strengthened my belief that one should not always run to get good photographs but relax for a moment, put your camera down & appreciate the beauty of the nature around. Enjoy the monsoon folks.