“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
— Karl Lagerfeld
So true..!! What we forget, is remembered by photographs. They hold a key to the bygone moments , they hold a key to the old memories, they give us a glimpse of the elapsed time, they bring back to life- the gone things and feelings, my heart goes there flying and becomes lost in thoughts and I smile...
Wiki says that photography is the science and an art of recording light with the help of an image sensor. Wow! All this started back in the early nineteenth century when scientists like Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre who experimented with cameras and light and to give us this great present- camera.
Seeing objects through the camera, gives us another different aspect of the world. "A camera can see things which your eyes don't see..." were the words said by Mr. Nanavati, a professional photographer and father of Karishma Nanavati who is an ex-bal bharatian. A workshop was held on digital photography on 30th April 2015 for mass media students . This was a call for emphasizing on photography with digital cameras.
Mr. Nanavati explained the significance of light in photography. As its totally based upon light and its behavior, he recognized light as the key to photography. Being a skilled photographer himself, his daughter seems to have traced his steps in photography. He explained the various parts of the camera: shutter, which is controls duration of light, then the ISO which is responsible for its intensity and the white balance, manages the color of the image.
He told us this fact which we were unaware of: exposure is the amount of light per unit area, reaching a photographic film or electronic image sensor, as determined by shutter speed, lens aperture and scene luminance. Or simply, Exposure=Intensity x time.
Summing up his tips on photography, he told the following points:
- Fast shutter speed freezes motion, whereas slow shutter speed shows motion.
- ISO- measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. The higher the ISO you choose the noisier shots you will get.
- A proper exposure means range of the image is good.
- Aperture- the part of the lens through which light passes. Depth of Field (DOF) is that amount of your shot that will be in focus.
- Shallow aperture-small opening of lens-only subject is seen and rest is blurred. Whereas, Larger aperture- larger opening of lens-wide angle and area is covered.
- Most people tend to keep their camera in 'auto' mode, but 'manual' mode allows you much more features and finer adjustments.
- RAW and JPEG formats are the two most used ones in digital photography. Using both together to get the best results for processing the image can be the best option.
- Canon cameras are the best ones to use-provide numerous features.
- Lenses are of two types: Prime and variable.
- Prime lenses are known for being high quality and having the ability to produce clean, crisp and precise shots, are cheaper and faster as compared to variable lenses.
- Variable lenses are portable, are expensive than prime lenses but provide flexibility to the photographer- to shoot with various focal lengths.