(Guest Post by Abhishek Naidu)
So before your imagination runs wild, let me just clarify that the ‘dark chamber’ here refers to a camera. Today I’m going to share with you my story about how my love for photography has blossomed from a directionless passion to a well honed hobby. In this journey I am also going to talk about my tool of choice: the Nikon D3200. So if photography is of any interest to you I encourage you to read on.
These days anyone flashing around a DSLR or bridge camera is termed a pro photographer and even I belonged to the same shoal. This was until I actually started learning about lenses and how the settings worked only to realize that I’m no where close to being called a Professional or even a novice for that matter!
From my childhood I was fascinated with pictures and photographs and to my utter delight I got my first Kodak camera (thank God for George Eastman!) in junior high. This specific camera had film roll to be loaded into it and we could click 32 different pictures (not in a single frame). We had no idea how the picture would turn out to be until we took it to a studio and got it developed. This was a little expensive for a guy from a middle class family and still at school. So photography was a luxury limited to special events and family trips.
Eventually I upgraded to Sony cybershot which had multiple settings, a memory card and a rechargeable battery which made life easy. I could click 150+ pictures choose the best and get it developed. Still I would find it expensive as we didn’t have internet or Facebook or Google drive to save them.
I got my Nikon D3200 for my 25th Birthday and started clicking pictures with it by virtue of a basic 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses. As I held it in my hand I felt like a true blue photographer (a la Atul Kasbekar, Ashok Beera). As I commenced clicking pictures with it, the challenges began. Editing the pictures and saving was as easy as breathing but clicking the right picture was not so easy.
I had to work on lot of settings to get the perfect picture. By the time I could finish the setting, to my dismay the moment would have passed! But still I managed to get the right ones many times and created my own Facebook page and a signature for the pictures I clicked and with the help of my like-minded and ever so helpful friends I also learnt how a camera worked and what the right setting was for clicking a perfect pciture.
So let me now give you my 6 basic tips of how a camera setting could be made to get the perfect picture.
1.Focus– always make sure you focus the person or an object which you want to click never get distracted by the surroundings.
2. Aperture- Adjustment of the lens opening measured as f-number, which controls the amount of light passing through the lens. Aperture also has an effect on depth of field and diffraction – the higher the f-number, the smaller the opening, the less light, the greater the depth of field, and the more the diffraction blur.
3. Shutter Speed – Shutter speed may be used to control the amount of light striking the image plane; ‘faster’ shutter speeds (that is, those of shorter duration) decrease both the amount of light and the amount of image blurring from motion of the subject or camera. The slower shutter speeds allow for long exposure shots that are done used to photograph images in very low light including the images of the night sky.
4. White Balance- On digital cameras, electronic compensation for the color temperature associated with a given set of lighting conditions, ensuring that white light is registered as such on the imaging chip and therefore that the colors in the frame will appear natural.
5. Metering- Measurement of exposure so that highlights and shadows are exposed according to the photographer’s wishes.
6. Exposure control– The size of the aperture and the brightness of the scene controls the amount of light that enters the camera during a period of time, and the shutter controls the length of time that the light hits the recording surface. Equivalent exposures can be made using a large aperture size with a fast shutter speed and a small aperture with a slow shutter.
If you really want to learn photography and turn it into a sustainable hobby then try to explore a different setting in different light for every day of the week and see for yourself what all you end up learning!!
So, thats it for now, I hope my post has managed to interest you enough to join the photography shoal and snorkel around a little and maybe even scuba dive into the world of photography someday. All the very best!! Happy Photographing…
The writer Mr. Abhishek Naidu has a PGDM in Finance and has worked for a leading finance corporation for 4+ years. In his spare time he loves travelling and clicking away to glory!!