Written By Jwar

Edited by Bernard Noel



hen you look through the view finder of a camera what do you see?

You see through the eye of the camera just as you would with your very own eyes, well partially, with the exception that the camera eye is adjustable; we call these Lenses, and they come in various sizes and shapes—altering our view of objects, places, and as well as people. 

With the right techniques you can have the ability to capture a world never been seen—pictures that would have only been capable of being sought through in mans own mind's eye. Pictures that tell stories or even sometimes draw you into them, literally. With the secrets that I'm about to tell you, you'll be a professional photographer in no time. In fact, there should be no surprise to how many likes you'll find in your next social network post of a pic you took after reading what I have to tell you and following these steps. I'm not boasting here, I'm only telling facts. 

Here are the five secrets to start building and capturing worlds that our naked eye can only but imagine:


Secret #1

The Focal Ratio between Your Lens and Eye

Knowing the role of lenses in photography is a crucial part of photography. Period. let's face the it, if you don't know the rudimentary rules here, then you might as well stick to your iPhone or Android.

Become a full and cropped frame expert by using these sensor formats for a fluent and costumed piece.

f you have 24-70 mm lens in a full sensor camera, then set the lens for maximum zoom (70 mm). Both of your eyes should be completely opened and focused. Now keep your one eye at a view finder and the other into the farther distance. Through this way, you can find a reference point beyond 70 mm and in a wider format.

Cropped: The crop size should be 1.6 and zero point should be around 55 mm. It is same as 55mm * 1.6 =. 70mm. The images will then be accurately viewed. 


Secret #2 

Customized White Balance

A customized white balance should be your first priority, like tying your shoes before running. You wouldn't run with your shoes untied, you'd be hazard to yourself and others—just so as with customized white balance, not only would it be a hazard to your reputation as a photographer but also to that 'perfect picture'.  


First of all, what is White Balance?

White balance is a feature in digital cameras and video camera to properly balance color. For a tricky mixture of lights, look around for the white balance before shooting. Different lights can affect your scenes, therefore always use the customized white balance as your main key point. It is highly suggested to use a white wall instead of a colorized one to get a specific effect. In this type of case if only having a colorized wall as an option, a piece of white paper can be used. 

Do what the expert photographers would do, first, focus then zoom into the paper while the focus is locked. After cropping out all the edges, the capturing of tint and color temperature is completed. After completing this process, go into setting, press the custom white balance, now select the image and press OK. 

Screen shot of the Menu: Go to white balance setting and select custom white balance.  This will make your image spot on, if it didn't move anywhere else. And if all fails, try and try again until you get it by your standards; repeat the process until reaching the desired effect. Always keep the histogram open to see if the RBG waves are matching.

omething you ought to know.

Another method to achieve pure white:

There is a setting within the camera which allows you to control the blue and orange hues. However, it is not the same streamed lined ability to control the tint, which is the green and the magenta.

old your horses—or should I say camera. Don't get too crazy setting up the colors for photography. You can stream line in camera as a raw video. This would be a much more appropriate time to nail down the desired white balance. The frames you're working with are not as rich but full in details. Even the slightest adjustment ruins the image quality. Correcting the color in video is slightly trickier and requires more color correction experience.  


Secret #3 

Edit Your Work In Daylight

personally find it much more rewarding and progressive to touch up images during daylight hours. It may be considered strange at first, but working at night with fluorescent lights in your work area may confuse your gamut, and you can make poor judgement with your images. Try it, sit at night and go to work and see for yourself the difference. Then, compare and contrast, look at your images during the day. You will clearly see the difference the day makes as the color you thought you saw during the night, wasn't at all right.  


Secret #4

Locking Focus Button

The second best button after the shutter button is the locking focus switch. It is an essential function every photographer should be aware of. When you press on the switch button, if the subject moves it will be stationary and NOT refocus and lose time. When turning off the focus button you are only left with the lock function. Personally I often focus with half the shutter pressed and I find myself not needing to refocus. 

This would be the best technique while shooting lifestyle photography.  


Secret #5

Check Your Work On Multiple Devices 

Always act upon suggestions.

fter finishing the color correction you may noticed that a reference point does not appear. However, most screens are not calibrated. There is no need for fancy overly technical devices.  Just common sense is required. I suggest that before the final touch-ups, to export one image and post it on a social media platform for a trial. Take your second screen; iPad, iPhone or etc... and have a look at your pic from it to avoid that hooligan light. For this reason, it distorts your perception of what's really white.

Once again, day light  works the best.

I hope that these tips help clarify the proper techniques to take the image you imagined and make it come alive. Practice these secret tools and you will surely notice an improvement in your photography.


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