Prep Up for International Yoga Day With Creative Filters In Photography

With International Yoga Day approaching on 21st June, here’s how to create yoga poses photos using interesting effects with built-in Creative Filters, present in your DSLR Camera Menu!

Well, if you’re wondering whether you have to select the Creative Filters option from your DLSR menu before capturing the image or after – then check out the below steps:

Step 1

Click a photo from your DSLR after you have set the Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and a good Composition.

Step 2

Go to that photo in your DSLR and select the Creative Filters option from your DLSR menu.

Step 3

Then apply the different Creative Filters to that photo – options in a Canon DSLR include Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect & Grainy B/W.

Step 4

After you have chosen which effect from the above options makes that photo more appealing than the original, save it as a new photo.

Note: You can apply these filters to both RAW & JPEG images; one image can be processed several times with different filters to see the various effects.

Now, that you have seen how to use Creative Filters, let’s understand the impact of each effect with some examples.

Utkatasana or Chair Pose (original pic)

Utkatasana or Chair Pose

After applying Miniature Effect

Miniature Effect Creative Filter Photography

When you apply Miniature Effect, it allows you to select an area of the image to look sharp while blurring the other areas. On comparing this picture with the original, you’ll notice that the curtains and the mat look blur in this image while rest of the image looks sharp.

Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) with Garudasana arms (Eagle Pose arms) (original pic)

Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) with Garudasana arms (Eagle Pose arms

After applying Soft Focus

Soft Focus Creative Filter Photography

When you compare this photo with the original, you can see this effect softens the skin tones while creating a dreamy effect. Using the settings, you can play with the level of blur, or soft focus.

Vrikshasana or Tree Pose (original pic)

Vrikshasana or Tree Pose

After applying Fisheye Effect

Fisheye Effect Creative Filter Photography

When you compare this image with the original, you’ll notice that in this image, the fisheye effect creates a barrel distortion that curves horizons and other straight lines inwards.

Garudasana or Eagle Pose (original pic)

Garudasana or Eagle Pose

After applying Toy Camera Effect

Toy Camera Effect Creative Filter Photography

In this photo, you’ll notice that the corners of the photo have been darkened and a soft grainy effect is added. It allows you to adjust the colour cast; you can either go for cooler or warmer colours, depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Trikonasana or Triangle Pose (original pic)

Trikonasana or Triangle Pose

After applying Grainy B/W

Grainy BW Creative Filter Photography

This effect makes the picture look grainy. By transforming the image into a monochrome (Black & White) shot, it gives the image a timeless feel. You can adjust/play with the contrast to strengthen or reduce the effect.

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Creative Filters in Photography

How to apply Creative Filters In your Camera

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A Candid Conversation on Travel & Photography

Tales of two travel enthusiasts trying to keep up with their wanderlust.  😀
Hear us talk about how we travel while staying home and Yeah…some amazing photography tips that can help you on your next trip! *-*

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Add Magic to Your Photographs during the Golden Hour

Have you seen photos that have a natural, soft & warm glow? Well, the photographers have captured that beautiful glow during the Golden Hour!

Let’s decode the meaning of Golden Hour in Photography

The Golden Hour aka Magic Hour occurs after sunrise and before sunset. Though it’s called Golden Hour, it lasts approximately 40 mins after sunrise and 40 mins before sunset. Depending on your location and the season, the exact duration may vary. If it’s a cloudy weather, it might not happen at all.

Protip: To capture the soft golden light as much as possible – Widen the Aperture.

Here are the photographs shot during the Golden Hour along with the DSLR Settings:

The Salt Desert – Kutch, Gujarat

Golden Hour in Photography

This pic of a carefree jump conveys feelings of excitement, freedom, happiness & thrill. The Golden Hour colours have taken the aesthetics of the photograph to the next level.

Picture was taken before sunset –sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 5:57 pm.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/5, Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias: -0.3 step, Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average.

The Salt Desert – Kutch, Gujarat

Long Shadows during Golden Hour

The Golden Hour is a great time for you to photograph long shadows. With shadows, you can add texture and depth to your photo; they help you balance the warm yellows with their darker hues.

Picture was taken before sunset –sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 5:30 pm.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/3.5, Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec, ISO 100.

The Salt Desert – Kutch, Gujarat

Golden Hour

The warm & natural colours during the Golden Hour –yellow & orange communicate a feeling of optimism to the viewer. It depicts the magnificence of the sun at its best.

Picture was taken before sunset – sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 6:02 pm.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/5.6, Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec, ISO 100.

Bhungas (Mud Houses) in Kutch, Gujarat

Camera Settings for Golden Hour

The soft golden light from behind the mud houses depicts the rustic beauty and slow living in a remote place.

Picture was taken after sunrise – sunrise timing: 7:28 am, photo was taken at 7:46 am.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/4.5, Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec, ISO 100.

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Camera settings for Golden Hour in photography

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How Blue Hour Can Help You Create Amazing Photographs

The Blue Hour is a wonderful time to step out, experience the enigmatic beauty of nature and click some breathtaking pictures!

Understanding Blue Hour in Photography

The Blue Hour occurs before sunrise and after sunset. Though it’s called Blue Hour, it actually lasts between 20 – 40 mins before sunrise and between 20 – 40 mins after sunset before it gets too dark. Sometimes, you may also see orange, yellow, pink colours near the horizon.

Take a look at some of the reasons why you should capture photographs during the Blue Hour (along with DSLR Settings):

To Evoke a Feeling of Tranquillity/of Faith: Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)

Blue Hour in Photography

This was photographed after sunset; sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 6:33 pm.

DSLR SettingsAperture: f/4, Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec, ISO 800.

To Capture Beautiful Colours of Nature: Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

What is Blue Hour in Photography

An after sunset picture; sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 6:35 pm.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/5.6, Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec, ISO 3200.

To Enhance your Pic with a Mix of Natural & Artificial Light: Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai 

How to use Blue Hour in Photography

This was photographed after sunset; sunset timing: 6:36 pm, photo was taken at 6:55 pm.

DSLR Settings: Aperture: f/4, Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec, ISO 800.

To Avoid Crowd & Get a Good View of the Place: Dawki, Meghalaya

Camera Settings for Blue Hour in Photography

In this picture – you can see the moon as well, it was clicked before sunrise.

Sunrise timing: 05:19 am, photo was taken at 05:10 am.

To give a 3D Feel to the photograph, Foreground Composition was used (Rocks & Stationed Boats serve as Foreground).

DSLR Settings: Aperture: f/5, Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec, ISO 3200.

To Appreciate the Beauty of Nature in Solitude: Kutch, Gujarat

How to click photographs during Blue Hour

Picture was clicked before sunrise; sunrise: 07:28 am, photo was taken at 07:07 am.

You will notice Rule of Thirds Composition was also used in this image.

DSLR Settings: Aperture: f/3.5, Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec, ISO 400.

Protip:

Since, it will be dark during the Blue Hour, you will need a slow shutter speed so that more light enters the camera sensor. So, use a tripod to avoid a blur image.

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Blue Hour in Photography explained

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Composition Secrets: Diagonals & Triangles, Golden Triangles & Golden Ratio in Photography

Creating visual tension makes your photograph dynamic which holds the viewer’s attention. How do you do that? Well, for starters, when you’re composing your pic – do not divide your frame into Horizontal or Vertical Lines; instead go for Triangles/Diagonals & creatively place your subjects in the frame.

We’ve learnt Composition techniques like Rule of Thirds, Centred Composition, Leading Lines, Fill the Frame, Pattern & Texture, Rule of Odds, Colour Theory, Frame within a Frame, Simplicity & Minimalism, Rule of Space, Left to Right Rule, Isolate the Subject, Negative Space, Foreground Composition, Panning, Change your Point of View, Balance & Juxtaposition in our previous blogs. Now, let’s explore Diagonals & Triangles, Golden Triangles & Golden Ratio!

Using Triangles/Diagonals

When photographing a scene, you may find triangle-shaped objects or implied triangles.

Some of the examples include:

  • Bridges
  • Architecture/Shapes of a Building or a Monument
  • Mountain Ranges/Rocks
  • Staircases
  • A portrait where the model forms a triangle with her arms/legs while posing

Here’s a photograph of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Triangles in Photography

You’ll see many triangles in the above scene:

  • The Bridge
  • The River, the Pathways & the Railing converge to form triangles

You’ll notice that the Leading Lines Composition was also used in the pic.

These triangles guide our eyes to the different elements of the photo. By giving a sense of movement, they create a visual flow – making the picture more dynamic.

Using Golden Triangles

Golden Triangles Composition is similar to the Rule of Thirds Composition. In Rule of Thirds – we divide the frame into nine equal parts (3 rows & 3 columns) whereas in Golden Triangles – we divide the frame into four triangles.

How to Use Golden Triangles

When framing your image:

  • Imagine a diagonal line going from one corner to the other
  • Next, add two more lines from the other corners that meet the diagonal line at a right angle
  • Visualise and then place the various elements in the scene in the four triangles before taking the shot

Take a look at the below photo for more clarity

Golden Triangles in Photography

A photograph of the Traditional Mud Houses (Bhungas) in Kutch, Gujarat

You can see the frame is divided into four triangles; each triangle contains a different element of the scene. Golden Triangles Composition helps you position/arrange the various elements in the scene in a harmonious way – the symmetry conveys balance and clarity.

Using Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio is also known as ‘Nature’s Number’. Some of the examples that have a Golden Ratio/Golden Spiral include our Universe, Snail, Nautilus Shell, Pine Fruit and Sunflower.

It is also said that Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting ‘The Mona Lisa’ is aesthetically pleasing since it makes use of the Golden Ratio.

How to Use Golden Ratio

  • When composing your photograph, use Rule of Thirds to place your main subject in the frame
  • Then, visualise a spiral that gives an idea of how the scene is flowing
  • The spiral should lead the viewer from the main subject to the end of the frame

Here’s the photo of a Cat taken in Megahlaya using Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio in Photography

As humans, it’s natural that our eyes first see a human or an animal in a given photograph. In this case, our eyes first fall on the cat, the main subject which is placed using the Rule of Thirds.

The Golden Spiral gives a visual flow that directs our eyes, beginning from the cat – to the house – to the trees – till the wooden log where the spiral ends. The use of Golden Ratio makes it an aesthetically pleasing picture.

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Triangles Golden Triangles Golden Ratio in Photography

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