Think beyond the photography gear
Do not just think about the Photography equipment or gear, all the time if you wish to improve your photographs and photography skills in general. Think beyond the equipment. Shift your attention from your gear to the subject.
Content is the king. Content is the king. You can understand why I wrote this twice. If your content is not good, it won't make a good photograph, however strong it may be technically. So don't release the shutter without a reason.
How you present the content. What you show and what you don't. Everything exists there but when you take a picture or I should say when you take a good picture you only show what you want to show. All that is visible does not make for a good photograph. only include what is relevant and adds to what you wish to convey.
Guess what it is? It's a part of an onion as seen through a macro lens. I noticed different hues in these oninions and instead of showing the complete onion, decided to show it as an artistic abstract.
While talking about Faith for a series of Photographs shot for Max Hospitals in and around Delhi NCR, I did not want the attention to be diverted to unwanted elements around and tried to establish the connection that exists between god and devotee. The belief that makes us stronger especially at times when some one close to us is hospitalised.
No filters or photoshop was used to create the seascape during sunset at Kata Beach in Phuket Bangkok. The colours were actually so deep and saturated. the photograph of this dry leaf was shot in such a manner so as to show the transparency and it's own reflection on the surface below.
What are you trying to achieve? What is your creative brief if it's a commissioned commercial assignment.
Abhishek Bachchan was addressing a serious issue in this campaign for Earth Hour organised by WWF - world wildlife fund. His looks had to match. I could not have asked him to smile or pose in some other manner.
while shooting for a hair product, I explored different variations and permutation to achieve a shot which was not too conventional.
Both the Photographs above have been shot for lingerie but due to different products, target audience and brief, the approach is entirely different. One for breast feeding shows more innocent expressions while in the other one the model conveys a sexy and seductive attitude. Mix the two and the entire meaning would change.
Spontaneity was important in this photograph of Depika Padukone, Indian Film star, when she reacted to something on stage during face of the year awards organised by NDTV. "Together we Rock" specializes in covering complex large-scale events besides shooting weddings in Delhi or any other destination.
So next time when you like a particular photograph, before you ask "what equipment did you use? " Try to explore and discuss why and how it was shot. Try to understand the thought process of the photographer and not just the equipment. The Photography gear is important but the skills involved in using it are far more significant.
Munish Khanna is one of the well experienced and talented photographers in the Photography industry and has helped shape careers of several photographers by guiding and training them through his photography courses in Delhi and online around the globe.
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