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.Read More »Photo Critique – A Short Guide to Giving and Taking it
This is where all the Ideas posts go. Ideas for photographers, Ideas for Photoshop, Gear… etc.
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.Read More »Lose Yourself, Find Things to Photograph
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.Read More »20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry
You’ve watched Casino Royale, or Babylon A.D.? Yes? Then you’ve seen traceurs in action. Photo: amfdesigner They’re the people who run around cities, jumping over… Read More »Lessons In Creativity That You Can Learn From Parkour
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.Read More »7 Ways To A More Observant Life
Photography is as much the art of observing and appreciating things as it is the art of capturing them on film. No matter which branch of photography you prefer, you will find that the best photographs are a result of a photographer seeing things that most people miss out on.Read More »The Fine Art of Observation
If you want to take really quick & sneaky photographs on the street without putting your eye to the viewfinder, here’s a sneaky trick. Setting… Read More »Tiny Tips 15: Hyperfocal Distance in Street Photography
I’d found that I was restricting the images that I posted on Flickr to a great degree. Now, while that is a good thing to do, and while it does give you the compulsion to show off only your best work, it also makes me restrict my images to under 200 in total and I’ve not been posting much because of that. Now that I’ve jumped in the pool (with a measly $25), I’m going to have to post photographs more frequently, and of course, keep increasingly my image quality.Read More »Upgrade Photographs / Downgrade Equipment? What’s up?
One particular post didn’t make it to Beyond Photo Tips when we moved over from Photography Tip. I think it makes sense to re-post it… Read More »18 Quick Lessons from On-Location – Revived
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.Read More »11 Things To Do With Your Camera Phone While You Wait
Simplicity is memorable. Compositions are hard. Balance, shape, texture, rhythm, harmony, contrast, there are so many elements to think about when framing an image that you hope will be memorable and distinct … how can a beginner hope to get all of this under control?Read More »8 Ways to Keep Your Compositions Simple