Photography Means Writing With Light

Did you know that Photography literally means “Writing with light?” That is correct. “Photo” means “light” and “graphy” means “writing.” Hence a graphologist is a handwriting analyst. So, effective use of light is at the heart of good photography.

Where am I going with this? Well, I think that with the increased emphasis on the number of MegaPixels and the intellect-snaring delusion that nirvana in photography is achieved by photoshop-ing, we are forgetting the basics. First things first, get the light, right.

Here are some basics:

1) If shooting a human subject take special care of how light causes shadows on different parts of the subjects face.

2) Be sensitive to “hot spots” being created in different parts of your photograph. Surely you do not want a shiny distractive element in your photo.

3) Look at your complete frame and see how light plays with; either by attenuating or amplifying; different elements. If a background element is being overplayed or under-emphasized, you are doing something wrong.

4) Not all your photography mistakes can be done away with on Photoshop. For instance, an image processing algorithm can never undo the crime of shooting when the color temperature is not appropriate.

5) Use a flash, but only if you have to. And then use a professional flash. The real cheap ones or the inbuilt fluorescent ones will make your pictures look unreal and also make them unappealing.

6) Make use of the best light source — the Sun. Used effectively, it generates the best pictures.

Here is to great handwriting — using light.

Digital Photography – How To Efficiently Capture Digital Night Photographs

Photography is not a set of action which involves the subject in front of a camera, and then a click on the button. Rather than this, it is an art. Through constant efforts on the camera practice you can emphasize the hidden skills of expert photographers.

One of the important lessons that people concerned to photography want to hear is about digital night photography. Digital night photography is hard due to some common mistakes beginners perform unintentionally while taking the photographs.

The common photography mistakes involve the blurred image of the subject as it is hard to focus in the absence of natural light. Also, the shadows created by the artificial light can destroy your efforts of focusing and taking a picture.

You can consider some common facts in your mind while improving your digital night photography skills. The main concern here is on exposure. You must use long exposure for black and white photographs. When you will be using color films, color shifts are more likely to be occurring. So it is important to use long exposures for night photography.

You get insufficient light from the natural sources while performing night photography. Photographers use different type of flashes to supply sufficient light to the object. “Painting with light” is one good technique to supply additional light to the object. Additional light, purposely, can be used to fulfill the requirement of light.

Locations are quite important while performing night photography. It is a matter of safety more than the photography itself. Most good places are unsafe at night; therefore you should be conscious about the safety and the beauty of the location. Take out additional batteries and common camping utilities in your handbag to avoid any case of inconvenience. Enjoy digital night photography with a safe perspective and practice these tips to avoid some common mistakes done by amateurs.