April AtoZ Challenge: PH – Z: Zoom Burst

Z for Zoom Burst This is a photographic effect which is achieved in camera, during the shoot. Essential is a lens that can zoom. We start the exposure, and then zoom in or out during the exposure. This creates interesting trails, and if done correctly, delivers exceptionally different photos which stand out immediately. Its really easy. Set a long exposure, click, zoom, done. This is how an … Continue reading April AtoZ Challenge: PH – Z: Zoom Burst

April AtoZ Challenge: PH – Y: You

Y for You, yourself! Call me narcissist but I feel, a post should be dedicated to You! Here, I ll dedicate it to me :p It isnt easy doing a AtoZ Challenge, find the words, bring the definitions into compact less than 100 words gist, and then arrange the photos that explain each of them. Using own photos do pose certain issues, but then, it feels better … Continue reading April AtoZ Challenge: PH – Y: You

April AtoZ Challenge: PH – X: X-Process

X for X-Process (Cross Process) This is a throwback to the old film processing days. Cross Processing was a case when developing solutions for a certain type of photo was used, either by mistake or intention to a different one. The results used to unpredictable and fairly in consistent, and in a lot of cases, made the photos distinct and appealing. Now, with softwares like Picasa and … Continue reading April AtoZ Challenge: PH – X: X-Process

April AtoZ Chellenge: PH – W: White Balance

W for White Balance This is a in-camera option, for setting the color tone correctly while shooting under varying light conditions. Generally, options like cloudy, direct sunlight, shade etc are available along with the Auto mode. The Auto mode suffices mainly, but be advised, during shooting HDR photos, or making a timelapse video, change it to some other setting other than Auto. This is because, in the … Continue reading April AtoZ Chellenge: PH – W: White Balance

April AtoZ Challenge: PH – V: Vibration Reduction

V for Vibration Reduction (VR) VR, is also known as IS (Image Stabilization) in Canon lens, is a system of arrangement of lens and motor which constantly moves the lens elements to compensate for the tiny hand vibrations. It becomes visually significant in slower shutter speeds and at extreme telephoto focal lengths. Normally they allow for 2 or 3 stops worth of stabilization. On the downside, when … Continue reading April AtoZ Challenge: PH – V: Vibration Reduction

April AtoZ Challenge: PH – U: Underexposure

U for Under-exposure The photographic condition, when enough light is not received by the photo, we term it as an under-exposure. The overall photo appears to be darker and needs corrective tweaking in post processing. Most likely causes being high shutter speed and/or small aperture values. In some cameras, the RAW files capture more details in the shadows than in the highlights, hence having an under exposed … Continue reading April AtoZ Challenge: PH – U: Underexposure

April AtoZ Challenge: PH – T: TTL Metering

T for TTL Metering TTL is for Through The Lens. This is a type of auto metering where the camera decides the exposure values and white balance etc based on the incident lights, measured through the lens, hence the name. It is also used for flash metering, where a pre flash is fired and the response acts as the deciding value for the flash power. In a … Continue reading April AtoZ Challenge: PH – T: TTL Metering

April AtoZ Challenge: PH – S: Shutter Speed

S for Shutter Speed This is one of the basic stuffs that is required for a photo to be correctly exposed and also for unleashing the creativity. As the name suggests, this is the measure of how fast the shutter will actuate. Denoted in terms of parts of second and notation is 1/250, 1/500, 1/2, 1′ etc. Faster shutter speed freezes motion, while slower will blur … Continue reading April AtoZ Challenge: PH – S: Shutter Speed

April AtoZ Challenge: PH – R: Rear Curtain

R for Rear Curtain Rear Curtain is a term used to describe flash setting when the flash is fired at the end of the exposure. In general, the flash is fired at the beginning. In a fast shutter speed, it doesnt really matter, but in the slower ones, having a rear curtain flash has very interesting effects. It shows movement, and then freezes at the end moment. … Continue reading April AtoZ Challenge: PH – R: Rear Curtain