You might be aware that I have made it a point to post photography tips & tutorials on Facebook. They are usually short and to the point. Also, the tips are specific to the photograph that’s posted.
If you are not following me on Facebook, I urge you to do send me a Facebook request right now, as I feel it’s crucial to learn tips as short bursts.
In case you are not using the Facebook, this article is for you.
I thought it might be a good idea to do a round-up post with the recent photography tips and tutorials that I published on Facebook. Here there are…
The Little Spiderhunter
I have seen scores of bird photographers trying to hide the man-made things from their photographs. Say, they try to avoid photographing the bathtub or a barb-wire or light pole.
My question is: What would you get by concealing the reality? If it’s a manmade perch, so what? If it’s a setup, so what?
In my opinion, by disclosing it you would be respected more than by concealing it.
Above all, if birds don’t mind, why should we?
Beauty lies in the simplicity
Beauty lies in the simplicity. Isn’t it?
Strong contrasting foreground silhouetted against the bright and colorful sky makes for a simple but effective composition.
I did this composition back in the post-processing stage. Some compositions will not be very apparent when you are in the field. But, if you can learn to compose well in the post-processing stage, you’ll know what to do in the field, next time you see a similar scene.
White-bellied Blue Flycatcher
Here’s another photo of the White-bellied Blue Flycatcher that was taken seconds after the first one I posted a few days ago.
Here are few factors that are making this photograph compelling:
– The bird is colorful and attractive.
– There’s catch light in the eye.
– Head angle is nice.
– The secondary element (the perch) is interesting and forms a sweeping diagonally inclined curve which makes for a visually compelling element.
– Colorful background, which almost looks like a painting with a splash of color, adds to the already interesting composition.
– And the action – the bird is leaning forward just about to fly – adds the energy to this photo.
White-bellied Blue Flycatcher
Another example of why “Background Makes The Picture.” White-bellied Blue Flycatcher is a small and colorful bird that’s very photogenic. However, if it’s pictured against a dull or plain background, it would ruin the photograph.
The secondary element (the perch) is interesting and forms a sweeping diagonally inclined curve which makes for a visually compelling element.
Colorful background, which almost looks like a painting with a splash of color, adds to the already interesting composition.
An image, at the outset, should be simple but also interesting enough to keep the viewer’s attention. What do you say?
Western Reef Egrets With A Great Egret
Here’s a rare photo (in my collection) of two Western Reef Egrets with a Great Egret. This photo is one of my favorite photographs for many reasons: Be it the rule of odds working in favor, or different egrets coming together, color combination, eye-level photograph, static and motion in a frame, opposite head angle, or the dynamic stance (and the diagonal inclination) of the front Egret.
This photo is taken in India’s first marine national park, Narara Marine National Park, in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Read this interesting article about Bird Photography @ Jamnagar was full of surprises!
Western Reef Egrets
It’s not always you find a unique composition. Here I was photographing Western Reef Egret for the first time in Narara Marine National Park (India’s first Marine Park) in Jamnagar, and I see these two Egrets posing for me next to each other.
While showing only these two Egrets side by side is a natural composition, including a tiny plant in the photograph made a whole lot of difference. For one thing, it follows the “Rule of Odds” (3 is better than 2 or 4) and it gives a “Sense of Scale” which is very important as you might not be able to recognize how big or small these birds are.
Silhouette Shot Of An Acacia Tree
We appreciate good because of bad, light because of darkness, life because of death.
Here’s one example where the gorgeous clouds during sunset are anchored (in photographic terms) by a lone Acacia tree which is rendered dark.
Without the dark foreground element, the incredible colors in the sky wouldn’t be so appealing.
The most important consideration in a silhouette shot is to have a subject with a neatly defined shape. The more interesting the shape, the more compelling the photograph. If you include a bird or a mammal, make sure their shape is perfectly defined.
Read my fascinating story about The Great Migration In Masai Mara, Kenya: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Black-winged Stilt Preening
Exposing a bird that has colors that are at the extreme ends of the spectrum is very challenging. Most often photographers tend to think that experts have a magic wand which helps them to expose them perfectly.
But the reality is…experts wait for the right light so that the dynamic range (same as contrast which is a ratio of the brightest to the darkest pixel) is small so that the bird can be exposed faithfully.
The secret is the “RIGHT LIGHT.”
This is one of the very few photographs where I have been able to expose all the details faithfully. You can do it too…and now you know how…don’t you?
Here’s a beautiful illustration of “Background Makes the Picture.” Remember, it’s not the bird (or the main subject of interest), but the background that makes the picture more interesting.
Tell me why?
For the simple reason that the birds are beautiful already. Aren’t they the very reason you stopped to make a picture?
Think about it.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed learning it in bits and pieces. Have fun!
P.S. If you are not following me on Facebook, I urge you to do send me a Facebook request right now, as I feel it’s crucial to learn tips as short bursts.