A LITTLE ABOUT MEI am Mihir Patel, and I am on a journey. A journey that prods me to see the world and all that it has to offer, in a whole new way, in a whole new light. Although I am an engineer by profession. Photography has always been my passion, my ‘raison-de-etre’, my very reason for existence! I have been avidly following the art of capturing images since 2009, but since the past 2 to 3 years the devotion to my craft has picked up in leaps and bounds! I love nature photography and am passionate about birds – I believe that every picture has a story to tell, so here I am, on a journey – an odyssey of world discovery and turning partner, adventurer and explorer with someone who has always been very close to my heart- Mother Nature! The big, big world is out there, for me to discover, and capture, for posterity, into the portals of my camera! I am happy that you have stopped by- so come, let me share my journey with you!
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“…..Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”- Mark Twain.
WANT TO TURN PHOTOGRAPHER?
Many people ask me how to take good pictures. There are many rules and techniques that one will need to follow- here are 3 that you could find useful! 1
An inexpensive way to create a good background is to shoot outdoors. A sunny day with long shadows and some architectural shade like a building or car will be just perfect. If you need a dark surface but do not have one, you could create it by putting something black on the ground, such as a sheet of black poster board or black fabric. Angle your camera to capture your subject, with the background filling the frame. You may have to take a few tries to get the angle and the arrangement just right. Remember, practice makes perfect! So keep experimenting with your camera and background, till you get the shots you desired.
Every photographer’s main goal is to fill the picture area with the subject that he or she is photographing. When you get up close many details will be revealed, making for a better picture. But remember not to get too close or else your picture will get blurry. For most cameras, the closest you can get is about 3 feet, or about one step away from your camera.
Too much of sun or too bright sun could create unattractive shadows in your picture. To eliminate the shadows you could use the flash in the outdoors to lighten the face. This way, the flash could lighten up the subject’s face and make it stand out. Sometimes it is good to take a picture without a flash as the soft light could give some pleasing results too! Remember, the nature and volume of light could alter the appearance of colors, so using poor viewing light will not lead to a very good result.
Keeping your subject in the middle of your camera is not a very good idea. Instead, bring your picture to life with one very simple tip – move your subject away from the middle of your picture. Imagine you have a grid with criss-crossing lines in the viewfinder of your camera. Now, bring your subject into focus by moving away from the center and placing your subject at one of the intersections of these lines. Remember to lock the focus, especially if you have an auto-focus camera, as most auto-focus cameras will focus only on the center of the camera.
Ever once in a while you should take some vertical pictures too, with your camera. Many outdoor landscape frames look great vertically. Just imagine if you shoot a picture of the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal sideways. The pictures will never come out well. So next time you are shooting people or subjects outdoors, make an effort to shoot some pictures vertically. They are sure to come out well!
One big mistake that can happen is when you try and take pictures beyond the flash’s range. This is because pictures taken beyond the camera’s flash range will come out too dark. Most cameras have a flash range of less than fifteen feet, or about five steps away. Do you know your camera’s flash range? Look it up in your camera manual – it should give you the flash range, so next time you click a picture you can place your subject within the flash range.