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Before Buying a Camera ! ( 5 key things to consider)

For any photographer, the world of seeing through lens is an amazing experience. The camera makes you do that profoundly. This video is made for people who are planning to buy any entry level DSLR / Mirrorless Camera to start their photography journey. This also helps for those who needs to know basics about camera so as to gift to someone. I am explaining you the 5 key things to consider to decide a better DSLR. Thanks for watching.

 

Everything about TRIPOD !

Basics about Tripod : An important accessory to depend for your camera stability. We are learning here the nuances of tripod, different types of tripod heads, its features, the material used, different feet of tripod etc. This is a great episode to learn the basics of Tripod. Do watch the full video and learn. Certainly, this information shared will make your mind sharp to invest on a right tripod. Thanks for watching and enjoy learning. 

 

Macro Photography !

How can we take big closeup / macro images? In this episode, we are discussing the same. What is macro photography? How can you do macro with different methods, without investing big money. There are different techniques to achieve macro photography. Learn these techniques through this episode and start clicking highly satisfying macro images with your basic DSLR camera and Lens or with your mobile. Thanks for watching and enjoy learning. 

 

How does Artificial Intelligence (AI) affect Photographers !

AI or Artificial Intelligence is an advancing technological aid to photography. In this episode, we are discussing the futuristic thoughts about how AI affects photography with respect to Camera gear, Photographer, and Post production. The camera and its imaging technology is becoming intelligent day by day with machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. This is going to be an opportunity for photographers to automate mundane tasks in photography and embrace new technology. 

 

5 Tips for Better Focusing in Photography

Focusing is an important aspect of photography. We must ensure that , the subject or the point of interest in the frame is in focus. To do that there are multiple techniques.  We are sharing you 5 tips for better focusing. 1. You digitally zoom the image after you do the shoot, this will give you an immediate understanding whether the subject is really sharp or not. 2. Ensure you have sufficient light on the subject so as to identify the colour contrast by the camera, that will enable faster focus 3.  Use the individual focus points for accurate focusing of subject 4. Use Manual Focus (MF) to have 100 % control over focusing. 5. Use focus drives like AI focus, AI Servo, Continuous Focus etc to focus on a moving subject. I think, these techniques will give you better control over focusing the subject thereby giving you sharper and better images. Thank you for watching. 

 

How we shot this image with a single cell torch ?

We have shot this image with  nothing but a single torch light, as the light source.This method can be  used when you don’t have sufficient light. Steps involved are very simple .Mount the camera on a tripod, use slow shutter speed in manual mode and paint with light. You can create interesting light patterns , just by causing a variation in the light direction. Hope you will learn  and enjoy with this video. Thank You.

 

 

Manual (M) Mode in DSLR Photography Explained 

Every photographer would excitedly await the achievement of an important milestone in their journey with a camera i.e working independently on M mode or Manual mode. This is definitely an achievement for a photography beginner. The reason is, Manual mode in DSLR will give you the freedom to make technical choices with respect to exposure adjustments . This also makes you prioritise the image with respect to Motion blur control, Depth of Field (DOF) & Noise. Here, I am giving you an overall glimpse of how to work with DSLR / Mirrorless camera in Manual mode, taking a live practical  example. I am sure this 7 minutes video won’t be sufficient ,for you to become proficient in M mode , but the tips and work-flow shared will help you progress in your Manual mode photography journey.

 

Shutter Speed and Tv / S Mode in DSLR Photography Explained 

As a beginner in photography or as an amateur photographer, you are bound to hear the term “ shutter speed “ very often. In this episode , I am explaining shutter speed and how it works in your camera. The shutter speed and Tv mode / S mode (Shutter priority mode ) is also explained here. Whenever you capture a moving object, you must remember that shutter speed is the most important element to be taken into consideration. This will allow you to freeze the moment or capture the motion. I hope this video will give you an insight towards the third important pillar of exposure. Thanks for watching.

 

 

Aperture and Av / A Mode in DSLR Photography Explained

What is Aperture? A common question , often asked by a photography beginner. In this episode, I would be providing an answer regarding aperture in photography. We are addressing 1. Whats is aperture in photography with analogy /example. 2. How is exposure / DOF (depth of field) connected to aperture, 3. The relationship between aperture and Av / Aperture Priority mode or A mode. 4. How to do exposure compensation in Av Mode. I am explaining these concepts by showcasing a live example. This way you will understand it practically. I hope you will learn and enjoy this video. Do comment and come up with your thoughts. Thank you for watching.

 

 

ISO and P Mode in DSLR / Exposure Compensation in P Mode

ISO is a common term you must have heard while using DSLR. In this episode I am explaining, what is ISO and how does it relate to P Mode / Program mode. In P mode, the ISO is set by the photographer and aperture and shutter speed is decided by the camera automatically. I am briefing this concept here with live shooting scenario so that you would learn ISO, P Mode, and Exposure compensation in P mode. Learn and Enjoy the video. Thanks for watching.

 

DSLR Camera Modes Explained

Hi, This is the beginning, The Basics. Have you ever wondered why there are many modes in the camera mode dial? In this episode, we are explaining to you, what each mode is intended to do. The Automatic mode, Semi Automatic mode and Manual modes are important to make full use of your camera potential - Creatively. Its a journey for a photography beginner to move from fully automatic mode to Manual mode in gradual steps. Please do watch and learn the most preliminary concepts in a DSLR Camera. Thank You

 

Behind the Scenes (BTS) Video - Aqua Gel Still-life

This is a still-life product shooting, Hope you will learn and enjoy the BTS (Behind the Scenes) of this photo shoot. Thank you

 

Worlds Most Viewed  Photograph

Every Photograph has a destiny, and many a time, the destiny cannot be defined or predicted by the photographer. The image” Bliss ” is such an example. On a Friday afternoon, Charles O’Rear took this beautiful vineyard photograph at Sonoma, while he was travelling from Napa valley to San Fransisco. He named this image initially as "Bucolic Green Hills". Later this image had been submitted to a stock photography agency called Westlite ( that company got acquired by Corbis later, Now Getty Images by VCG ). Dreamy blue clouds, warmth of a sunny afternoon and green grass all around. Wouldn’t this sight bring forth a heavenly bliss in our hearts ? The same thought led Microsoft to buy the bucolic green hills photograph with a hefty paycheque .They renamed it as “Bliss”. Windows XP was a successful OS released by Microsoft. This massive success made the Wall paper so famous ,that anyone who used Win XP got a memorable association with this beautiful piece of art. As per records, it is ranked as the highest viewed image ( more than 1 Billion). This episode gives you more insight about this marvel , which surely is a feast for our eyes.


#5/5 Process Step - Evaluation in Photography

Hello, The previous videos (please check below photography learning blogs) - Moodboard, Technicalities, Aesthetics & Shooting with right Attitude lead us to the 5 th process of shooting i.e Evaluation. Evaluation is essential , so as to find out and correct our mistakes. These learnings become a stepping stone for us, in order to move towards better quality professional photography. Every shooting assignment ushers new insights and greater experience. Being a critique of ones own work as well as that of others ,is a continuous improvement process in photography. This episode is an evaluation of the kids portrait shoot ,we did in the previous episode. There could be other points of improvement ,that went unnoticed by us. Please do comment if you find something. Thank you very much for watching .Have fun and learn.


#4/5 Process Step - Shooting with Right Attitude in Photography

Hi, The previous photography learning videos (please check below photography learning blogs)  - 1. Moodboard, 2.Technicalities and 3. Aesthetics lead to the 4 th process of shooting i.e Shooting with Right Attitude. The attitude showcased by the person who runs the show, matters the most. A shoot is always the responsibility of the photographer. No matter what happens, we’ve got to set the vibe and mood during the run. Fun, music, hospitality, motivation given to the crew etc adds on to their involvement and input which turn out to be equally valuable for the smooth run and outcome of the shoot. Please listen to these points which are mentioned in detail in this video. It will certainly make you better as a professional photographer.


 

#3/5 Process Step - Aesthetics in Photography

We learned technicalities in the previous blog videos. This video is about the aesthetics in photography. Since, photography is all about art & science, we need to discuss the artistic elements too. It’s not only about composition rules, rather about conveying the story. The harmony of placing the elements is the key in making successful communication through visual medium called photography. As we discuss this with our designed mood-board, you will gain knowledge on colour, props and supporting elements with lighting techniques. Please watch full and enjoy learning.


# 2/5 Process Step - Technicalities in Photography

Hello Guys, By now, you are familiar with the first step - Mood board creation in photography (please check below photography learning blogs). Let us move forward, discussing the second step of photography process i.e TECHNICALITIES. The choice of Full frame camera or crop frame camera, the perfect lens to be used etc. We are taking a deep dive into the details - focal length matters, how magnification changes when you chose a particular camera ,lens and so on. In this episode, you would also learn about the ideal shutter speed, aperture and ISO to be maintained as per our mood-board design. Some interesting factors like RAW or JPEG, lighting choices are also included.Gear up yourselves with basic technicalities involved in photography. Coming up in the following episode would be the 3rd process ie Aesthetics and composition based on these technicalities. Start Learning, Start Clicking. Thank you


# 1/5 Process Step - Pre Visualisation / Mood Board in Photography

Hello Guys, In the previous blog you saw 5 steps to be followed in photography process.Today I would be explaining the first step “PRE-VISUALISATION” in detail. As a photographer you should be a visual thinker and your imagination needs to be communicated to other team members of the project. This process is called mood boarding (Mood Board) in photography. It can be materialised through simple sketch on a paper or through computer application. Its a mix of visual representations, ideas, sketches etc. The more you work on it collaboratively ,the more refined it becomes. A mood board is going to act as a reference for planning pre production and production. It’s an important step in creative commercial photography. This video takes you through this process ,using a simple kids portrait shoot as an example. You will get basic knowledge about mood-board in photography with this 5 min video. Enjoy Learning. Happy Clicking. Thanks for reading and thanks for watching.


5 Important Steps in Photography Process

Let's learn the 5 process steps involved in Photography decision making. These steps will help you design creative photography seamlessly. Next 5 blogs are curated to show practical examples of these processes. Different genre of photography (Eg: Advertising Photography, Product Photography, Fashion Photography, Still Life etc.) works better with these strategic steps.Enjoy the Learning


Product Photography BTS & Images - Video

Aug 23, 2019

Hii, Click the below video to watch some amazing product shoots done. Enjoy watching the images along with some Behind The Scenes (BTS). Product photography is one among the important specialisations Lightdots® do. Product photography involves specilaised lighting and showcasing the product in the best possible way. Remember, product photography is something as important as a good salesman.


Celebrating World Photography Day

Aug 19, 2018

Meeting all the family members together on a special day is always joyful, be it  Christmas, Ramdan or Diwali...We Photographers too have such a special day.. yes, World Photography Day. This day...

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Photography Training for Indian Army

May 04, 2018

I believe, the beautiful part of our life is when you are able to do something for the people who protects you. This was the motive to which I took the assignment of training photography skill to Indian Army. I must say a challenging

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Nurturing Creative Minds

Mar 30, 2018

creative lighting workshop at lightdots bangalore

Lightdots presently offering 3 programs in the field of photography i.e Basic Photography, Post Processing and Creative Lighting. If you are passionate in learning then...

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Lightdots 5th Anniversary & Master Class

January 17, 2018

Yes, we have completed 5 year journey in the field of photography and of-course in imparting knowledge. The journey of LIGHTDOTS had started on 12/12/2012.

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World Photography Day – Photo Tour

August 20, 2017

World Photography Day – 19 th August. Lightdots celebrated this day in 2017 with a fabulous photo tour. An amazing group consisting of members who completed our basic photography courses

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Lightdots Alumni Photo Exploration Tour

July 25, 2017

Its always good being together.. especially if all are photographers. There is always a practice which followed in lightdots on a regular basis – Its called Photo Exploration Tour, There were many photo exploration tours in the past and we are starting to put this up in our blog from now onwards.

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Splash Photography – Tips

February 22, 2015

Hi, Welcome to Lightdots Blog. Today lets discuss on splash photography.

Shooting splashes is something interesting in the field of high speed photography. Below are some of my tips for shooting splashes.

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