Low key photography is genre of the artists, bringing out art in terms of photography. Read on to learn the tips of low key photography.
Low key photography is genre of the artists, bringing out art in terms of photography. Read on to learn the tips of low key photography.
As photographers, we are always capturing moments we encounter in our everyday loves, particularly through the lenses of our cameras.
With the rise of apps like Instagram, we see that everyone loves to document their lives on the go. That’s where our smartphones come in super handy.
We use our smartphone cameras almost daily, capturing travel moments we ordinarily wouldn’t on our DSLR’s. We’ve grown fond of the wonders that phones photography brings and their ability to snap the spontaneous, instead of the planned.
To propagate this emerging style of photography, Chiiz conducted a Smartphone Photography Workshop with ace artist and photographer Shweta Malhotra.
This workshop was conducted in the National Crafts Museum, a beautiful site filled with amazing visual elements waitinh to be turned into beautiful photographs.
The workshop started with a photowalk around the premises of the Museum with Shweta leading the walk, instructing the participants throughout the walk.
Photography is bound by a few set of rules; understand these few simple photography composition basics and you’ll have your mobile photography game nailed in no time. Shweta introduced the participants to the basic techniques of phone photography. She rehashed the rules of photography and talked a lot about framing and composition.
Getting your focus right is very important important in photography. Usually, phones pick up where they ‘think’ the focal point is, but you should tap the object of your focus on your screen and the camera will do the rest. Often, this will also help you to manage which part of your photo you’d like ‘exposed’, which will help you to stop your shot from being too dark or blown out. The participants were made aware about such nuances of focusing through their phone cameras. This opened a new door to experiment with the lens focus on their phones. Techniques likes slow motion and time lapse videos were also taught.
Phones aren’t very well-equipped to deal with low light which means night photography can be tricky – but not impossible. Night mode along with panorama, portrait mode, and HDR were discussed and practised in the workshop. The Crafts Museum provided for ample opportunities to experiment with each mode.
Cameras have come a long way since they first appeared on phones, but unfortunately, they still offer almost no control over settings like shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. On your phone, these settings are normally controlled automatically, but downloading a camera app allows you to adjust each frame manually and capture mobile shots to rival any DSLR! We discussed the best smartphones to invest in and the mobile photography apps that are best for photography and photoediting.
Behind just about every epic photo you see in your Instagram feed today is an epic editing process. Editing your photo makes your photo stand out from the crowd, and breathes new life into an ‘okay’ photo. These photo editing apps allow you to improve your photo with ease, through the click of a button and a few minor tweaks. We worked on some of these apps to better acquaint ourselves with them.
Smartphone photography is becoming increasingly popular for consumers, bloggers, creatives, and even professional photographers. Shooting photos with your smartphone’s camera can be much more efficient because of its mobility, quick editing apps, and sharing capability. Plus, many newer smartphone cameras are developed with specs compatible to expensive DSLR cameras. Therefore, all of the perks of smartphone cameras allow you to be a photographer at anytime and anyplace. What are you waiting for? Get going!
Humankind has always been curious about the mysteries of the Universe and of what lies beyond. The need to see and capture the night sky with its resplendent elements has given rise to astrophotography. Chiiz hosted an astrophotography workshop in the quaint hills of Majkhali. This astrophotography workshop called ‘Sky Photo Trip’ was exactly that- a trip to the night sky. Ajay Talwar mentored the workshop which aimed at capturing the deep sky photos. A cosmic experience of 3 days of mapping and photographing the night skies in the realms of the lofty Himalayas.
The participants used extremely fast ~f/2 optical instruments to shoot the deep sky. Apart from the deep sky, we also photographed Jupiter and Saturn in high resolution. The following equipment was made available for participants who wanted to shoot night landscapes.
The participants witnessed some of the best galaxies in the evening spring sky like the Sombrero Hat Galaxy, Pinwheel Galaxy, Sunflower Galaxy, Whirlpool Galaxy, Black Eye Galaxy, M106, Needle Galaxy, etc. The planetary nebulae like the Owl Nebula, Ring Nebula, and Dumbbell Nebula stirred curiosity in participants.
The participants received online tutorials and discussions to discuss the method of astrophotography and familiarize themselves with the equipment. The groups remain active after the workshop for review of work or any assistance that the participants might need.
Expert Astrophotographer Ajay Talwar introduced the participants to the wonders of deep-sky photography. He taught them to set up an automated set-up which would capture images of the deep sky. Working with telescopes and high-end lenses with cameras gets complicated real quick. Ajay Talwar made it seem like child’s play.
While the workshop primarily aimed at deep-sky photography, we could not help taking a few terrestrial Astro shots. Our mentor was more than ready to help the participants with capturing the Starry Nights.
The mentors introduced the participants to a host of skills like managing storage, batteries, managing a sequence of images, shooting panoramas, star trails, and managing histogram. The participants learned to manage productive sessions on cold nights and much more.
While processing simple images is an art in itself, the post-processing of astrophotographs is an altogether different ball game. The participants were familiarized with post-processing of raw images, batch processing, stacking, stretch, sharpen, smoothen, astrophotography actions, software filters for astrophotography.
Three Days and two nights in the beautiful setting of Majkhali paired with informative sessions on astrophotography culminated in a huge repository of astounding astrophotographs for the photographers and participants to take home. This, along with new techniques to capture the night sky marked the real success of the Sky Photo Trip.
Star trails are mesmerising. It is as if the spirals made of bright stars are trapping people’s eyes. You’re showing something remarkable to the world. Something that’s happening out there, in the universe, but no one can see with the naked eye:
In your endeavour to shoot star trails, you are on a beautiful location, stars are shining and the landscape is unique, the site is secluded, no one around to disturb you with torches and lights.Here’s how you start off your star trails.
Step 1 – Focusing is important and needs to be done slowly and accurately. You may like to connect the camera to your laptop or a tab to get a bigger picture, so as to focus sharply. You could also carry a magnifying glass to check accurate focus. Start live view and point to a bright star to focus. Once the camera is focused, you can change the direction of the camera to frame.
Step 2 – Framing the sky is one part, but getting some interesting part of the Earth is the artistic touch that the photographer provides. Take care not to have direct bright lights in the frame as well as halos from the light just outside the frame. The tripod & camera setup must not move at all during the entire sequence. You could tie the tripod down to some rigid structure.
Step3 – Test exposure is clicking an image and checking its histogram to see if the exposure is right. You do not want to keep the ISO at its maximum, you will certainly get more stars, but they all will be saturated, lose their natural colours and become white. You could try an ISO of 200 or 400. The length of the exposure will determine the length of the star trail on the sensor, longer the exposure, longer the star trail. But you need not increase the exposure just to get a very long star trail, there is a trick with digital cameras.
Once you have decided the optimum exposure, then you need to shoot the same exposure over and over, with a minimum gap in between exposures. Later these individual shots would be blended together for the final star trail image.
Step 4 – Exposure Sequence is the main process of star trail photography. Program the intervalometer carefully. Sometimes astrophotographers shoot a star trail sequence for the entire night! In such case you need to ascertain if the storage card and battery would last for the entire duration of the sequence. You can either use multiple batteries in a grip, or use an AC adapter.
For the images, you could connect a laptop so that all images are downloaded to the computer and there is no limitation of the storage card.
Normally an astrophotographer would not think of shooting star trails inside a city claiming it to be too bright and that stars not visible, but it is very much possible. Here you can see two examples of star trail shot from middle of New Delhi & Lucknow.
Shooting star trails from the city would certainly be a challenging situation. Although you will never be able to photograph the number of stars you catch from dark location, nevertheless shooting star trails would be nice from the confines of a bright city. Keep the following points in mind while shooting star trails from the city:
For more info, you can join the Star Trails Photography Workshop
Delhi is fast becoming a filmmaker’s hub. A large number of visual artists, interested in filmmaking and photography are emerging from the capital city and we could not be more enthused. Since the world is going digital, especially technology related to photography and filmmaking is becoming more compact. We are moving towards an ecosystem where heavy equipment is becoming redundant and compact equipment like the DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are taking the center-stage. To this end, Chiiz, with filmmaker and academician Harshit Walia, organized a DSLR Filmmaking Workshop in Delhi.
The mentor introduced the participants to the art of filmmaking. This was done through a screening of a few short films, one of which was made by the mentor himself. This was followed by a presentation of what filmmaking constitutes and the elements of filmmaking.
Ideation stage marks the birth of a film. The central idea of a film is its driving force. The central idea, supported by sub-ideas, is what drives a good film forward. As the idea is finalized, scripting starts. The art of translating an idea into a script is one that needs mastering. Harshit Walia lent some tricks to the participants to do just that.
The DSLR is a compact tool that allows us to capture still images and is also a great utility tool in filmmaking. In the DSLR filmmaking workshop, the mentor taught the participants to handle a DSLR efficiently. Good know-how of handling your DSLR is imperative while making a film.
Needless to say, composition and camera movements are the grammar of good visual communication in filmmaking. Harshit Walia taught the camera movements and camera angles efficiently at the DSLR Filmmaking workshop. He also highlighted the convenience of the DSLR in this segment. It is comparatively easier to maneuver the DSLR for different camera movements rather than the heavy filmmaking equipment.
Light is the most important element in both filmmaking and photography. It has the ability to both enhance and destroy your footage. The participants learned the importance of lighting and the various techniques pertaining to lighting in filmmaking.
The sequencing of shots and stitching them into a moving story is a meticulous craft. Editing a film requires a huge amount of skill teamed with a lot of practice. Harshit touched on the basics of editing on Adobe Premiere Pro for the participants.
The participants were divided into groups and made short films on the spot. The mentor had the films screened and reviewed them with extensive feedback. A hands-on approach to filmmaking was an important tool in putting the theory of the workshop into practice.
You can register in more of these workshops here.
The morning of April 14, 2019 saw a large turnout of photographers at NewDelhi. The reason for this turnout was none other than Travel & Lifestyle photographer and Panasonic Lumix Luminary and Ambassador, Abhishek Singh. This Fashion Photography Workshop was conducted by Abhishek Singh in collaboration with Chiiz and Panasonic Lumix.
With the increasing craze for fashion, brands and businesses are in need of good fashion photographers. Now, these photographers should not just be good photographers but should also be able to come up with creative ideas that sell. The aim of this workshop was not only to train photographers for a fashion shoot but also to think creatively. The end goal was to teach photographers to pitch those ideas and make photography a lucrative profession along with a creative one.
Lighting in Fashion Photography is one of the defining factors of a good photograph. The participants were taught the different lighting practices for different effects. Flat, soft, rim, butterfly, loop, etc were all taught and practiced in the fashion photography workshop. The use of strobes and reflectors were also told to the photographers at the workshop.
Abhishek Singh is as good a mentor as he is a photographer. He not only teaches the nuances of photography but also motivates us think of creative ideas that sell. Many photographers find it difficult to do well . He inspires you to do better and make a successful career out of photography. His presentation on fashion photography and a special screening of his latest fashion shoot with Panasonic Lumix in Ladakh was all the inspiration the photographers needed.
In a Fashion Photography Shoot, it is very important for a photographer to communicate well with the model and the Makeup Artist. If you can communicate your idea to them, half your work is finished. We had Makeup Artist Manisha Sharma and Model, Shubhda Malhotra talk to the photographers as to how to brief the models and makeup artists.
After the talk and tutorials, it was now time to put theories into practice. The participants all photographed the model under the mentor’s guidance . They had a hands on experience with the lights, instructing the model, etc. It was a fun practice that everyone enjoyed the most.
This is the most important part of any workshop. While group lectures are informative, true knowledge is achieved only when all the doubts are resolved. One-on-one sessions with the mentor helps to clear any doubts which a photographer may have. It might even lead to a much enlightening discourse which happened in this workshop.
“LEARNING IS NOT ATTAINED BY CHANCE, IT MUST BE SOUGHT FOR WITH ARDOR AND ATTENDED TO WITH DILIGENCE.” ―ABIGAIL ADAMS
Following the words of Abigail Adams, we at Chiiz, are always working to provide the best to the photographer’s community. We have a range of photography workshops and photography tours lined up for the learning of both amateur and professional photographers. Click here to register!