With the advent of wonderful camera phones, there is a photography wave that has taken the world by storm. However avid photographers will admit that though these phone cameras are packed with features and megapixels, there is still no good alternative to a DSLR camera. DSLR – Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera nowadays is on everybody’s wish list. However, not all can use it to its fullest potential.
The best photography colleges in India, including those in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Chandigarh, stress on the importance of practical learning combined with theoretical knowledge.
The key to start using a DSLR is being patient and getting to know all the technical nuances of your device. There are multiple aspects like aperture, shutter priority, white balance, auto focus, ISO, etc. that you need to consider. After all that comes the part where you have to exercise your creativity for adding that extra edge to your clicks.
Here are five ways to use your DSLR camera creatively.
1. Slow Shutter Speed Photography
Using a slow shutter speed for your pictures is another awesome way of distinguishing them. It is a way to get creative with your DSLR while experimenting with intentional and unintentional blurs in the frame. Slow shutter speed photography enables you to see images that don’t actually exist in the real world (cannot be perceived with the naked eye) ergo enabling you make surreal visual treats that cater to an eye looking for something out of this world.
2. Creative Light Sources
One of the most underappreciated aspects of photography is lighting, which can actually make a world of difference to your pictures. Play around with shadows and light sources to give you pictures dimensions and depth. Lighting gives you tremendous scope to experiment with patterns, colours and shades. Another simple yet amazingly effective hack is to use fairy lights. Cost effective and impactful, they render a beautiful, warm vibe to your clicks. They provide the perfect illumination without being too harsh or dull.
An advertisement that came out a few months back introduced many of us to this previously unheard-of term. It also showed us to some extent its applicability. However, Bokeh can be used far more effectively to add that arty angle to your clicks. Simply put, Bokeh is the aesthetic quality achieved with out of focus blurs in a photograph. Using a fast lens (faster the better) with at least an f/2.8 aperture will help you achieve the Bokeh effect. Bokeh helps you achieve perfect focus on the subject and treat the background in such a way that it does not distract the eye and adds aesthetically to the frame.
Effective use of reflections in photography adds a surreal element to it making ordinary frames spectacular. You have to find the right angles which do justice to the light source to effectively shoot aesthetical reflection photos. Whether it is a puddle in a city that shows an upside down building or a beautiful landscape with a lake, get creative and take pictures that arouse curiosity in your viewers. Flout or bend the photography rules a bit for this application. You might just land up doing something exceptional!
5. Macro Photography
Also known as Macrography, simply put is extreme close up photography. It basically implies photographing small objects to make them look life size or bigger than actual size. Indulging in macro photography also makes you realize the value of lighting in photography and the virtue of patience. Macro photography is an art which can applied across every branch of photography, be it travel, portraiture or even events. So, adding that to your repertoire of skills not only gives you the creative edge, but will also help you in your future specialization.
The aforementioned pointers are to give you a nudge in the right direction. The key to start the process of creativity in photography is just start shooting. Click anything and everything you find interesting. Go crazy, make mistakes and learn from them. Invest in a tripod and shoot all day long capturing different lighting. Follow your favourite photographers, learn from them. Start looking at people, places and situations objectively and with an open mind. Learn how to make your pictures a piece of art and separate them from plain old snapshots.
Any person with a DSLR is going to avail all the technical features it provides. The differentiating factor is your creativity and how you make every frame look beautiful. Go crazy and play around with your camera to make art. What also matters is how well versed you are with the theoretical and technical aspects of it – things that you can only learn through a course offered at the best photography colleges in India.
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