What Settings did you use?


How often have you asked/heard this question?

Compare it with – ‘Very interesting use of light, how did you decide on this perspective?’

It is quite probable that you wouldn’t have heard the second question very often and that is the plague that infects most of us photographers, today.
It seems that the technicalities have suddenly become more important than the vision. I am a firm believer that one should have good command over the technicalities but don’t make them the overpowering factor in your imagery.

The goal is not just to take sharp images. The goal is to make images that connect with the audience.
Sharp, blur, dark, bright are just attributes that should lead to that goal.

The single most important thing that we as photographers should concentrate on, is ‘use of light’. How well are you using the light, or are you even thinking about it at all? I have often asked myself this question and it helps me stay in touch with the essence of photography.

Take a look at the following image for example. My aim was only to use light differently which is why rather than going with the standard ‘photographer in between the source of light and subject’, I went with having the ‘subject in between the photographer and the source of light’.

Light – That’s one of the most important things to think about before pressing the shutter button





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  1. Ravishankar July 21, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    Hi Raghul,

    Well explained. One of the problems I usually encounter when trying to focus on a subject against light is focussing problem. The lens hunts. How to overcome this issue. Do you have some suggestions?

    • rahul.sachdev@gmail.com July 21, 2016 at 8:20 am #

      Agreed Ravi, against light comes with its issues of focussing. The main reason for that is that once you go against light, the camera detects lesser contrast and focussing is all about contrast. More the contrast, faster the focussing. There are two things that you can do to help your camera in such situations (against light or low light or in general low-contrast situation)
      1. Try to help the camera with the focus ring to add a manual boost to it
      2. Try to find a high contrast scene at similar distance, focus on it and come back.
      Generally speaking, this issue will be lesser with wider aperture lenses.

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