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Photography Basics

“YOU DON’T TAKE A PICTURE YOU MAKE IT” 

Photographs are not just objects that we hold but they are the disclosure of nature, art and all things visible. Whoever said you don’t need a skill to click but just a camera definitely has a low value for art.

The synergy of lights, objects, shadows and your skills is what produces a picture so profound. Moreover it isn’t only about the pixels of your camera, it takes logic and angels to conceal the flaws and reveal the beauty.

 How to capture an aesthetically pleasing picture?

– Aaditya Kothari

In this digital age, we are all trying to get good pictures to boost our social media or just learn, may it be an influencer, blogger, or just someone with a hobby and a camera, you can use some of the basic rules of photography to make sure that irrespective of the device, may it be a DSLR or a phone, a portrait or a cityscape you get the best results each time.

  1. Horizon

Always try to make sure that the horizon of your picture is straight and aligned to the grid, the horizon can be either vertical or horizontal, all you have to do is make sure it is parallel to the frame of the picture. You can modify your settings to see a grid to help you get it straight every time or it can be done later in processing at the risk of losing some of details as compared to the original picture. You can see the importance of horizon in the picture below.

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  1. Rule of Thirds (Golden rule)

There has been a lot of theories around the rule of thirds, which in simple terms is to divide your picture in 9 boxes equal boxes so that each column and row is a third of the frame and the subject matter of the picture should be around the intersection of these lines. The pictures below demonstrate the concept.

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  1. Leading Lines

As the name suggests, according to this concept you should use the natural forms of lines that lead to the subject in the frame and to explore and highlight your subject matter, and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, I will let the next image demonstrate this concept.

  1. Breaking the Rules

It is always important to explore your own creativity and instincts and can break one of these or all of these rules and still get a picture that you like. The image below will paint a clearer picture, or will it?

As you can Before you see the frame is literally divided in thirds and yet it does not follow the “Rule of Third”, nor “Leading Lines”, the only thing that is are “Horizons”.

   These are just few measures to be taken care of there exist a whole set of rules to master the skill but guess what experience and practice can be greater teacher sometimes.

 Lastly don’t forget we can not run back to the places we visit or the people we meet but we can always look at the moments we froze in those photographs.

  • All pictures are copyright property of Aaditya Kothari and cannot be posted elsewhere without permission. 
  • Insta: @_thetiltedframe

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