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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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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