Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Into the Wild!!!

                                                                    (Wild life Photography)

The best time to take photos of wildlife is in the early morning and late afternoon, this is when the natural light is best for taking photos, and when the animals are most active.

It's important to know the behavior of the animals you're trying to photograph. By understanding their behavior you will have a better chance of finding them and you will be able to predict their actions.

 Here are some of the points to keep in mind before you shoot wildlife

      1) Always make sure your camera is charged fully and ready to take photos and also carry an Extra charged Battery with you on the safari as the battery may drain out very quickly when shooting in RAW with an high telescopic lens (more than 300mm)

      2) It’s Always safe to have  extra memory cards with you on the safaris , may be 3-4 cards of 4gb each that would be sufficient  to capture those awesome wildlife shots which you have been waiting for as a wildlife photographer

      Trust me there is nothing worse than this when you don’t have the charge left in your battery / the space in your memory card, if/when you are lucky to have spot a tiger/leopard which could had either turn out to be a picture for your lifetime if you had everything ready with your camera, battery and memory at that moment. And you surely don’t want to miss something of that sort.
      Be ready with your camera at all times though as animals do not keep appointments

      3) Have your camera out and set to the best settings for that particular time of day and lighting conditions, try some trial and error shots just when you are entering into the wild so that you have the understanding of what ISO, Aperture and Shutter to be used.
                1) Set your AutoFocus in Continuous Mode (AF-C)
                2) Adjust the White balance to Sunny/ Auto depending on the climate
                3) use Evaluative/Matrix metering (The Standard Metering Used by Most)
                4) Play with aperture in the range between Minimum-f8

      4) When taking close-up or portrait pictures focus on the animal's eyes as this creates an engaging photo. This guarantees that most of the animal's face will be in focus. Be ready, as animals may suddenly appear and disappear just as quickly.

5) Take a range of photos of your subject. For example, when taking photos of an Elephant, take a portrait shot; include one more with the general habitat in context to the subject, then another with close-up detail, such as horns and face.

      6) Do not centre all your shots, leave room in your subject for the animal to move into. This will prevent lifeless composition and give an imitate portrayal of your subject. Use the rule of thirds when composing your picture.

      7) Be there and Enjoy it , I actually mean you need to be in the moment and don’t get caught up so much with the technical issues and your settings that you don’t take in the moments you are witnessing while out photographing birds and wildlife
      Wait for natural action. Be very patient and you’ll be rewarded with stunning opportunities.

Last things First
Things to keep in mind when you are into the wild – RESPECT NATURE
1) Never harass wildlife, abide by the Code of Ethics for nature and wildlife photography and viewing.
2) Never use Flash when shooting
3) Avoid using Deodorants/perfumes to your clothes
4) No Smoking

5) Maintain calm and silence always all the time that would really help you to get the most of that wildlife trip.

©Ak’s Clicks
                                                                                                  (Shoot often, Shoot RAW)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Seeing with your eyes closed!!!!!

Many of them have a DSLR these days (it’s like a social status) which are desolately resting or rather rusting in the cupboard and rarely come out for a walk. I feel pity for such cameras for getting suffocated doing absolutely nothing and dying out eventually. Cameras are not meant for that, in fact I’d say just wipe the dust off your camera and give it a life, use them creatively/artistically and see how that give you the pictures you will cherish for life.

You have to see with your eyes closed!!! Confused??? Then read below…
Yes it’s the third eye…. The Mind’s eye…….you should be able to click a picture in your mind before you have that thing captured in your camera, look at the scenes with different perspectives, try figuring out the best composition for the current scenario and then visualize the shot, frame it and then shoot it, Think different and make a difference!!!

Here are few things which I have come up with, personally from my experience which can help us in learning the art of photography.

1) Understanding the 3 main aspects of photography (ISO, Aperture, Shutter)  Googling out can help you with the initial concepts, read it, digest it before you move on to the second step.

2) Be friendly with your camera, try to know him more and that’s the best thing about any friendship isn’t it? And believe me he will not disappoint you with what he gives you eventually. Understand each of the settings and buttons given on the Camera they are there for a reason and you got to know them before you move further

3) Experimenting with your camera - Lots of trial and error shots with different settings will teach you more than any other photographer does, analyse each pic and understand the differences between the shots which you take(Nobody is going to teach you more than you learn yourself)

4) Just get out and shoot!!! Sounds like a rebuke though, indeed it is :-) Get out of your room and try  shooting Nature, People, Cities, wildlife, Architectures, so on and so forth in different weather and climatic conditions, you will come out to be a better person than a better photographer you were before, if not both. Trust me on this you will learn a lot both personally as well as technically.

5) Build a group of likeminded Photographer friends, go for photowalks/Photography Trips and have some brainstorming sessions or exchange of ideas, which can help you, a lot and might change your perspectives and the way you see things.

6) Read photography articles online and watch the videos on YouTube for photography tips and tricks for each genre of photography you are interested in and that will do wonders for your shots, for example take one genre at a time, read about the tips and tricks of that genre understand them experiment with it, master them and then switch the genre.

7) Keep analyzing the pictures you see -Try to understand the pictures of the fellow photographers or of your own for that matter analyse them how it was composed or framed and see if you could have done something better with that given scenario that will teach you a lot and that’s how learning is done.

That was all about capturing and improving your photographic skills!!! There is another important aspect called Post processing of the photographs which I will cover in my next post, till then happy clicking and experimenting.

©Ak’s Clicks
                                                                                                     (Shoot often, Shoot RAW)