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Photography Basics

When you have the passion and you drive it with enthusiasm the result is success!

Photography is a form of art that requires the use of photographic films or electronic device in creating durable images. It is a process or application of creating photographs by recording light or electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by the use of a photographic film. wiki.com

Photography is a good means of relaxation, a diversion, a hobby, a passion, and a profession. Depending on your level of interest, you can develop it by way of applying your skills or by taking some special courses on photography.

Digital Photography

In the advent of technology, a great opportunity has come along with this mobile phones' built-in digital cameras. Not many people can afford to own the latest versions of high definition, high dynamic range, larger sensors, good quality camera firmware, and so on. Although for most shutterbugs, these qualities and features of a camera are necessary to not just capture images but to play with its available functions and special mechanisms to improve the results of their subject matter. But as a beginner, a mobile device installed with camera is the most accessible means of getting into your goals. Either ways, these devices capture photographs that are digitized and stored as a computer file ready for digital processing, viewing, publishing, or printing. Moreover, with the integrated specs enhancers installed by the manufacturer in your device, editing becomes more easy, or you can download more photo enhancer applications from other developers when they are compatible with your phone's OS or software.

Becoming a photographer

You have to understand that photography is not all about the camera, it is an integration of your interest and skills driven by your instinct. Imagine photography as your main course and the following are the important ingredients...

  1. The eyes. The eyes are the windows of your souls. Having a keen eye on your surroundings is an advantage towards the development of your skills. This means that you are detail-oriented and this characteristic is beneficial and vital in creating good photographs. Having a keen eye is seeing things in its depth perspective.

  2. The brain. Your perception towards an object is manipulated by your thoughts. When an object catches your attention, it ignites your brain, it ponders and transmits information to your senses. The brain process the information as perceived by your eyes and go through the details of the object in focus and from there, a story is made.

  3. The heart. Your emotion is fueled by your thoughts and the second it happens, your heart will feel the desire of getting that image into your camera. The captured image exudes your feelings. Your zeal is definitely driven by your heart or your emotion.

  4. The Hands. As soon as your mind and heart has collaborated, it gives a signal to your hands to capture the image right before your eyes. Your hand or your shutter finger works and synchronize with your brain and heart. At this stage, you need to be more focused to the information and emotion transpired from your senses.

  5. The skills. Having all these four aspects at work comes next is the application of your personal abilities, or acquired knowledge through special courses. This includes the calculation of distance, adjustment of brightness, the use of flash, taking the right angle, and so on, and so forth, using your cameras.

Photography is all about you, your sense of depth on your captured images, and of course, your camera.

The fundamental criteria of photography to the viewers' perspective

  • Image Quality

Image quality can refer to the level of accuracy in which different imaging systems capture, process, store, compress, transmit and display the signals that form an image. Another definition refers to image quality as "the weighted combination of all of the visually significant attributes of an image". wiki.com

Image quality or IQ is necessary to consider as this characteristic measures the perceived degradation of an image. Photos with high quality are instantly pleasing to the eye of the viewers. The factors that affect the quality includes but not limited to clarity, vividness, sharpness, definition, brightness, saturation, contrast, shadows, resolution, and so on. To achieve the best quality depends on your device, correct use of exposure, lighting techniques, and the processing techniques that also require some skills. In most common occasion, viewers would gaze more on high definition images rather than on blurry or low resolution photographs.

  • Uniqueness

This implies to originality and rarity of the image but this could also mean capturing a unique moment in a special or meaningful way. A good photograph can convey the message to the viewers the way it is captured and processed.

  • Creativity

This criteria requires the application of skills or talents in recording an image using the best angle and appropriate distance, with or without the use of an additional object. However, creative photographic effects can be used to better deliver the message the photographer is trying to convey. Among these effects are long exposures, reflections, silhouettes, and use of items such as spray bottles, prism, sparklers, and fog machine that are considered practical effects without the Photoshop. The creativity of the photographer is shown in the image and this characteristic always gain admiration from the viewers.

  • Charisma

This is a head-turning characteristic of an image that catches the viewers' attention. It possess a captivating quality that invites a person to look into the details of the photograph. It is the result of having a combination of either a good IQ, uniqueness, creativity, or all of these features in one image.

  • Humor

Another characteristic that attracts the attention of the viewers is the entertainment quality of the image. Humor in photography is actually a combination of candid moments and early planned concepts, but humor can also be inserted in your photos to convey positive thoughts, good vibes, and to deliver happiness to the viewers.

  • Story

Every image has a story or a complex of stories to tell. "A picture is worth a thousand words" is a proverb which means that there are multiple ideas or words that can be derived from a single still photograph. This is also called as "Photo Essay" where the image is divulging the story as perceived by the photographer and was processed for the viewers to comprehend similarly with that of the photographer, or in another way, depending on the viewers' perspectives and imagination.

To wind up, these are just few of the characteristics and fundamental elements of photography that an aspirant should consider when planning to take this hobby or interest to the next level. There are various courses offered to help and assist you on your study, and plenty of materials online are available for your references.

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