If you want to get better pictures from your camera, stop taking pictures! No seriously…
A picture is what you take when you click the shutter release in a hurry, without composing the scene, without any thought. It’s the equivalent of rushing to eat a pumpkin pie without pausing to savor the slight tinge of chestnuts in the flavor. It’s when you bump the camera while it hangs from your shoulder and snap that oddly angled picture of your feet. It’s the photos you took of your friend just because they asked you to, without care for either lighting or composition. It’s also generally what most of us are shooting when we pick up our cameras – myself included.
But if you really want to create, you’ve got to stop pressing that shutter release just because you can. Everyone can click. Instead, take the time to think and create a vision. Spontaneity in photography is nice but Da Vinci didn’t paint the Mona Lisa in a day.
Stop taking pictures. Start creating images.
Continuing on the photography theme, here’s looking into the exciting world of HDRs. My interest in HDR was piqued by looking at some flickr collections and since then, I’d been thinking of trying it myself. High Dynamic Range is a post-processing technique and requires either one raw image or 3 jpegs taken at different exposures. The quality may differ slightly since jpegs encode lesser information. HOWEVER, the beauty lies in playing with the hdr results and blending them into the final version. For eg. the above image resulted after blending 3 hdr tone-mapped versions in photoshop.
Lets backtrack and if you want to try it out yourself, visit this expert tutorial: StuckInCustomsTutorial. It might get a bit overwhelming, so you can start with: VanillaHDRTutorial.
And here are some more examples:
You love to capture pictures but never get that awesome touch with it? You’ll like this Q&A With the Travel Photographer Robert Caplin on NYTimes.
The light in New York City changes dramatically from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The colors shift from being daylight blue or sunny outside to orange or pink with clouds that are glowing. Sometimes there are storm clouds and yet there’s a sunset — yada, yada, yada. What I like to do is shoot things at twilight.
And, the best part-
If you’re in New York City this weekend, check out the Photo Plus Expo at the Javits Center, where you can meet Robert Caplin in person Friday at the PhotoShelter booth.
A link to Robert Caplin’s work.