Ideas

This is where all the Ideas posts go. Ideas for photographers, Ideas for Photoshop, Gear… etc.

How to Give and Take Critique for your photographs

Photo Critique – A Short Guide to Giving and Taking it

Deep down, no matter what anyone says, we don’t like to be told that our pictures are no good. We love the pictures we take – the ‘art’ we make – no matter how lame it may actually be. I’ve got nothing against that. But sometimes, we need to ask for our photos to be critiqued, so that we can get better.

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Lose Yourself, Find Things to Photograph

Often people mistakenly believe that they need to go to a strange new land to discover new things to photograph. I discovered otherwise just yesterday.

Yesterday, I deliberately got lost in my city, Chennai. I went into a section of Chennai that I’d not been to before, and I discovered a whole new part of the city that I never knew existed. It was a simple step; wander through a section of town that you’ve not been through before, look around you at the people, buildings, shops. For me, it was like I’d gone back through time, to when the city was simpler, less modern, more rural. You may not discover new vistas around each bend, but give it a shot. If you’re truly looking for a photograph, you’ll find one.

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20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry

This post is the last in a series of posts about how to make use of symmetry in your photography. Let me close off this batch of posts about symmetry with a few images that I think are really beautiful. Each of these photographs have at least of the four kinds of symmetry to thank, because that is why they work… Even if the symmetry is not blatantly obvious.

I invite you to take a good look at the photographs featured here and try to pick out which form of symmetry, Reflection Symmetry, Rotational Symmetry, Translational Symmetry or Glide Reflection Symmetry are responsible for making these pictures stand out.

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7 Ways To A More Observant Life

Every single person can benefit from being more perceptive/observant in their daily lives; not just photographers. From a quick assessment, it would seem as though photographers have the most to gain from being observant, but the truth is that every profession relies on the people who have an eye for detail. The people who seem to be in tune with everything around them.

Is it that these people care more? Or are they just paying more attention? I say a little of both, but if you care, you probably also want to learn how you can be more attentive, and observant in your daily life. Here are a few ways in which you can build habits into your daily life so that observation becomes an innate skill.

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What you can do with your mobile phone while you wait

11 Things To Do With Your Camera Phone While You Wait

NOTE: This article was written in 2008. After the launch of the iPhone, and before photography with smartphones became high quality, and ubiquitous. Do read the article keeping in mind this scenario, and you may then understand the reason for the tiny images included here. :D Have fun!

Waiting is difficult to put up with, in today’s fast-paced world. There’s a tonne of things to learn out there, and we’d never get to learn all we want to learn or do all that we want to do if we sat around waiting – doing nothing in that time.

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