Happy World Photography Day

If you think, future and past doesn’t really exist in time. All that matters is this moment, right here and right now. Past is now a story you’d look back upon and future, well, it’s inevitable and always unknown. All we have is this present. And if you think a little more, you’ll realise that’s the answer to every age old question, this beautiful, alive, melancholic now.

So, here’s to photography, that taught me how to be in the moment, to be mindful of every little thing around me, to all the imperfect, dull, everyday moments that still had an ounce of beauty waiting to be discovered. And here’s to every social media for allowing me to share my perspective with thousands of flawed yet artistic people (just like me) all around the world.

Happy World Photography Day!

PS: Here are all the not-so-perfect moments I captured over time.

DSLR vs Phone camera

I bought a DSLR few years back as I wanted to take my photography to next level. I used it extensively, took it everywhere I went, even though it was a major inconvenience, it didn’t matter much because I loved it. Then something happened, I bought a new smartphone. It had this amazing camera with all the latest features including the pro mode, so naturally I loved it more. It was enough for me to completely forget my DSLR.

The qurantine was hard initially because I couldn’t go out any more and take pictures. So I figured why not start taking pictures indoor with all the fancy things I own (books and gourmet teas). I started with my phone camera but something didn’t feel right, eventually I realised it was time for my DSLR to be of soe use. And as I had no work at all I took several pictures with phone and then with DSLR as an experiment and I found this-

(Left: DSLR pictures, Right: Phone pictures)

DSLR: Canon 750D (18-55mm lens)

PROS:

  1. Depth of field
  2. Image quality
  3. Colors, details, ambience
  4. Control over angles

CONS:

  1. Expensive
  2. Learning curve
  3. Not very handy

Phone: Redmi Note 7 Pro

PROS:

  1. Easy to use
  2. Cheap
  3. Lots of available apps/filters
  4. Portable

CONS:

  1. Image quality
  2. Not that defined depth of field
  3. Modifies the colors

In the end, I feel, it doesn’t matter how costly your camera is, or how many lenses you own, if you have that spark, it will be very hard to hide it.

So keep clicking!

#2017bestnine

Everyone on Instagram has been posting their #2017bestnine collages as the year is coming to an end. So I tried it for myself and the result was this-

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It made me go- “What the actual fuck!”. I mean, the whole year I went places, drew so many drawings, shoot so many pictures, gone through thousands of emotions, had life-changing events but my best of nine moments are my own selfies which have most of the likes. So, with my never-ending struggle to prove that I’m more than a pretty face, I came up with a self-made list of #2017bestnine. I don’t want a software to decide what these nine pictures should be, no matter how many likes each picture has.

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#9 When this butterfly let me take its picture and it turned out to be a very cool wallpaper.

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#8. When I polished my editing style this year.

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#7. When I was at the right place and at the right time and captured this moment along with the emotions.

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#6. That time when I could put on paper what its like to deal with anxiety and accept that it really is all in my head.

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#5. That moment when I finally did accept defeat and created this journal to initiate my self-recovery.

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#4. When I finally realized who I have been and who I actually am.

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#3. When I started finding beauty in every little simple thing and it changed my whole perspective.

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#2. When I came back to life and there was a whole new world out there, just waiting for me.

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#1. When I created this simple art piece that helped me in every moment of my life and made me realize that it’s completely fine not being enough.

 

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Types of edits famous on Instagram

As you might already know that I’m pretty good with photo editors, may be better than taking pictures. Editing a picture is what makes it or breaks it.

So, let me showcase you 8 types of edits I normally use.

1. #nofilter Edit

Photo editors used: none!

This is not as easy it seems to be. Your exposure, angles, composition, white balance, focus, etc. everything should be perfect as you are not going to touch it up. It’s not impossible to achieve it but not simple either unless you’re a pro, like me. Just kidding. I had to click 23 pictures to get a perfect shot.

2. Auto Edit

Photo editors used: any editor with auto-adjust options like Snapseed, Picsart, Pixlr, etc.

This is the best option when you’re too lazy to edit pictures and want to upload it ASAP.

3. The Classic VSCO Edit

Photo editor used: obviously VSCO! duh!

This is one of the most popular edits on Instagram. Almost everybody uses this. You can achieve this simply by selecting a filter and then adjusting its feature according to your choice. Don’t forget to increase the ‘Fade’ option as much as you like because that’s what this edit is all about.

4. The Brandon Woelfel effect:

Photo editors used: VSCO, PicsArt

If you don’t know who Brandon Woelfel is then you need to check his portraits on Instagram RIGHT.NOW. This edit is based on his trademark color scheme and bokeh effect. (I tried my best to make it look so) It will take a whole new blog post to explain in detail how to achieve this look. Stay tuned for that. 😉

5. HD Edit:

Photo editor used: Snapseed

Just the basic Snapseed features like HDR scape, Vignette, Tonal Contrast and Tune Image a little bit and bingo! It’s the most HD picture you’ll get.

6. Soft Goth edit:

Photo editor used: Snapseed

Use the same HD edit features and then darken out the whole background to highlight your subject in the picture. You can also use Glamour Glow to soften the picture a little bit.

7. Grainy Film Edit

Photo editor used: Snapseed

This is my go-to approach whenever the picture is of low quality or clicked in low-light. The Grainy option in Snapseed has many filters to choose from. It gives this nice filmy vintage kind of look that I like.

8. The Vintage Edit

Photo editor used: Snapseed

This is my signature style that everybody, including me, loves on Instagram. I love how it looks like old photographs and somewhat nostalgic. Again, another blog post tutorial to show you how it’s done.

Finally, you can use each and every edit from above, add different typographies, alter backgrounds, build on tons of filters and create your own style. And you don’t even need to learn Photoshop, its all at your fingertips. Good luck!

 

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