Note: While reading a book whenever I come across something interesting, I highlight it on my Kindle. Later I turn those highlights into a blogpost. It is not a complete summary of the book. These are my notes which I intend to go back to later. Let’s start!

  • Camera lens: 28-200 mm for normal photography, 400 mm for wildlife

  • Can use filters for special effects.

  • Fill the frame.

  • Think about: Foreground, Mid ground, Background.

  • Add layers.

  • Keep Rule of thirds in mind.

  • Use frames like windows.

  • Lend scale in case of landscape photography.

  • Change angle.

  • Change focal length. Telephoto lens allows to cut through the noise. And large focal length allows you to capture the complete story.

  • Maximise use of Depth of field, the point till which things are in focus.

  • Take care of lighting.

  • Front light, top lights ruin photos.

  • While side light helps to take good photos.

  • Morning and evening best for that.

  • Backlights can help in shadow photography.

  • Overcast conditions help in portrait photography.

  • Change exposure, ISO, Shutter, Aperture

  • In low lighting conditions use high ISO settings.

  • Aperture on manual. Shutter on auto. Gives more flexibility.

  • Shutter on manual. Aperture auto. For shooting motion photos.

  • Check histogram.

  • Use automatic white balance most of the times.

  • Blend flash with ambient light. Use slow sync/night mode. Bounce the flash light off a wall or other source. Use an external flash light.

  • In travel photography tell a story.

  • Take photos in the moment where people are at their natural behavior.

  • Go to new locations.

  • Go off the main tourist trail for travel photography.

  • Go early and stay till late.

  • Do prior research.

  • While shooting kids try to shoot at their level.

  • Don’t try to take a photo from the top and dwarf them.

  • While shooting buildings use Skylight, street light, inside the building.

  • For traffic lights scenes, use auto exposure and 1/8 or 1/15 shutter speed.

  • Take night city photos at dusk instead.

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