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- 1.Shoot like a Pro with Compact Camera Rahul PrasadLifeblob LLC 2010 1 of 15
2. 2010 by Lifeblob LLCLifeblob is a Bangalore based startup focused on creating a socialmedia community for hobbyist and amateur photographers. Images courtesy Zhung Lee, Henry Lee, Pranav Bhasin, Vishwas Narendra,Rakshith Prasad, Karthik Bhat, sicklenessclown, Vinod GowdaCopyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License,Attribution 3 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Please feel free to post this on your blog or email it to whomever you believe would benefit from reading it. Thank youLifeblob LLC 2010 2 of 15 3. What is so hard about photography?With the proliferation of digital point-and-shoot cameras and cameras in cell phones,photography has become accessible to everyone. However, most people stick to theAuto mode and expect the camera to churn out great looking photos with the clickof a button.Photography, however, still requires the intelligence of the photographer.With the tips given in this ebook, we at lifeblob.com help you, the photographer, getthe most out of your camera and take professional quality photos. Lifeblob LLC 2010 3 of 15 4. ContentsIn this ebook we discuss 5 simple, yet powerful tips to get you started takingprofessional looking photographs. They are: Tip #1: Control the Flash Tip #2: Macro Mode Tip #3: Composition Tip #4: ISO Setting Tip #5: Polarization Hack Lifeblob LLC 20104 of 15 5. Tip #1: Control the Flash Diffuse Light: Though the flash brightens up the image in a low lightingsituation; it results in unnatural skin color and harsh glares with unflatteringshadows. One nice hack to reduce the harsh light and get a softer naturallooking photo is to diffuse the light from the flash. The cheapest way to getthis done, is to cover the flash with a translucent cellophane tape, to reducethe intensity of flash Fill Flash: There is one other nifty use of flash which most beginners are notaware of. Flash can be used to light up the subjects in the foreground whileshooting directly into sunlight, thus helping bring out the details rather thanthe silhouette.Flash can be used to light up the subjects in theforeground while shooting directly into sunlightLifeblob LLC 20105 of 15 6. Tip #2: Macro Mode Macro mode is used to take close up shots of small objects.Given below are some tips to get the most out of Macro mode:The macro mode works within a particular part of the zoom range. By trial anderror, check the cameras optimal range. Better still, leave the cameraunzoomed and try to get as close to the subject as possible.Increase the ISO of your camera to 400 or above. Make sure that this doesntincrease the visible noise in your photo.Tripods are one of the essential items in a macro photography kit bag. But,what if we dont have one? Keep your camera on a flat dry surface such as astone, or a bench near the subject. If you cant find such a surface, its better toswitch off macro, and try shooting the subject in your normal mode. Lifeblob LLC 20106 of 15 7. Tip #3: CompositionYou would have heard professional photographers talking about composition.What do they mean by composing a shot? Technically, it is the arrangement ofelements in your frame. Does it require a diploma in design to compose well?NO. The truth is, by following a set of simple techniques you can shootamazing compositions which will make your friends and family go WOW!Here are those:Rule of ThirdsThis is one of the oldest techniques, which was shamelessly borrowed from thepainters. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid. Place this across your image and where thelines intersect are your points where you should place your subjects. Most ofthe cameras now a days come with a grid to help you with this. Lifeblob LLC 2010 7 of 15 8. Tip #3: Composition (Contd) LinesLines play a very important element of composition. It draws the attention of theviewer to the main subject. Horizontal lines help divide the scene while verticallines give a sense of strength and height. Try shooting an image with the diagonalline passing from the bottom left to the top right and see for yourself the power oflines!PerspectivesPhotography is a two dimensional medium while the subjects are in 3D.Perspectives help us add the third dimension by creating a sense of scale anddepth. You can try keeping with one subject in the foreground and another a bitfarther away in the background or try different positions while taking portraits.Perspectives help us add the third dimension bycreating a sense of scale and depth Lifeblob LLC 2010 8 of 15 9. Tip #4: ISO Setting The ISO settings in the camera relates to the sensitivity of the camera sensor. Inother words, higher the ISO number greater the amount of details captured by thesensor.All cameras come with Auto ISO mode and most people tend to stick with that, andmost cameras do a good job of choosing the ISO. However, controlling the ISO hasit benefits.Firstly, changing the ISO settings will impact the aperture and shutter speedneeded for a well exposed shot. For e.g. changing the ISO from 100 to 400 allowsyou to shoot at higher shutter speeds and/or smaller apertures. Lifeblob LLC 2010 9 of 15 10. Tip #4: ISO Setting (Contd)Secondly, higher ISO settings help you capture low light situations without using Flash. ISO helps you take soft moody shots like blowing-candle-in-dark birthday photos without the glaring flash spoiling the mood. The downside however is that higher ISO tends to increase the digital noise in the image. Finally, although its best to avoid noise in your image; it can be used creatively to give a grunge, raw feel to your creations. ISO is an important aspect of digital photography to have an understanding of if you want to gain more control of your digital camera.ISO helps you take soft moody shots Lifeblob LLC 2010 10 of 15 11. Tip #5: Polarization HackPhotographic filters are add-ons to the camera which alters the image capturedby the sensor. These give the photographer more control over the photo hewants produced. Filters range from simple UV blocking ones which subtly cutsout unwanted light to ones which gives special effects.Polarizer is one such filter which you will find in any professional outdoorphotographers kit bag. It has one main effect: it eliminates reflection from non-metal surfaces.Because of this property, a polarizer is very useful when it comes tophotographing running water or skies. Because it filters out unwanted light ittends to make the water more transparent and the skies more saturated andslightly more darker. Lifeblob LLC 201011 of 15 12. Tip #5: Polarization Hack (Contd)All this is fine. But how do we get this effect on a normalpoint and shoot? you ask. Your solution is sitting right on top of your nose. Yes, your sunglasses can beeffectively used as a polarizing filter. For better results, get them as close to theviewfinder as possible and make sure you cant see the rims in the shot.Note however that, if your sunglasses come with a dark shade, the photo you getwould be on the darker side. Though this can be brightened during the postprocessing make sure that you try it on a sunny day with the sun behind yourback to get the best results.Your sunglasses can be effectively used as apolarizing filter Lifeblob LLC 2010 12 of 15 13. SummaryFor people starting off in photography these tips will help you keep getting betterat this artPractice, practice and more practice is the mantra when it comes to gettingbetter at photography. Also, make it a point to learn from your past mistakes andmake sure not to do them again.Find Inspiration Internet is strewn with awe inspiring photos by otherphotographers. (lifeblob has more than a few!). Explore them. Figure out how theygot that result and try to replicate.Learn from your peers It helps to learn in groups. Form an informalphotography community or join an existing one in your area. Learning from yourpeers hastens your learning and inspires you to explore more. Lifeblob LLC 201013 of 15 14. About LifeblobLifeblob is a social photo sharing service that helps you connect with yourfriends and family through photos. For every photo you upload, lifeblobdiscovers photos that are related to it in some manner and shows it next toyour photo.Lifeblob currently hosts over 3 million photos and has a thriving communitywhere amateur photographers improve their skills by interacting with experts.Check out http://www.lifeblob.comBecome a fan here: http://www.facebook.com/lifeblobFollow us on twitter at twitter.com/lifeblob Lifeblob LLC 201014 of 15 15. About the AuthorRahul Prasad is a hobbyist photographer who got inspired to take up photographyseriously when his dad gifted him a point and shoot (Kodak Easyshare Z7590) 5years back. He currently owns a Canon 1000D DSLR with kit and 50mm prime lens.Though he likes all kinds of photography, his current interests are into Black andWhite and people photography. Check out his photos here He regularly blogs at http://photography-tips.lifeblob.com Follow him on twitter at twitter.com/bRahu1 Lifeblob LLC 2010 15 of 15