The Art and Science of Photography

I mentioned last week that I was heading to Bangalore to attend a photography workshop and I just did, the past few days have been an exhilarating experience when it comes to learning. The workshop that I attended was aptly called the Art and Science of Photography, teaching to use the device in hand to manipulate light in such a way, that the image produced by it would be stunning. Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Exposure Compensation, and many other parameters that make up an image, forming the science of the photograph and the composition and story making the art part of the image. The workshop which was conducted by Kalyan Varma, who I believe is India’s best wild life photographer, was something f a revelation. From learning about the different components used to capture light to make brilliant photographs, to photo processing techniques used by early photographers using film cameras. Real eye opener.


Photography has long been associated as an art form, and the DSLR’s have made it more of a gizmo that provides geek food. I would attribute the new SLR revolution to the Geekified image of the new SLR camera. And being a gadget the focus has shifted to photography as an art form but also as a small stream of science. The Science of manipulating light and producing mind boggling images. But like everything else these days, I think we as photographers are really getting carried away with the electronics and the gadgets. Good equipment does not always mean good photographs, however good photographer even with a crappy camera can take amazing photographs, if you search for Mobile Camera Photography you will know what I mean. Getting back to the topic of Gadgets and Photography. Here are some excellent examples of cameras ads that have aired over the years (the Polaroid one is the best), notice something similar… all of them try to convey the same message to the photographer, that the new camera is compact and light weight to take good pictures 😉

At the end of the day Photography is all about the photographer and his keep eye to freeze a moment to make a good photograph. This was one of the most important things I learnt at the workshop, having a great camera just helps the process. I am going to be posting images from my Photography workshop on my photo blog ( soon.

A camera that shoots HDR pictures

First of all I would like to make a small announcement, I have with the blog started a photo blog, a picture a day nearly to highlight my experiments in photography and I have named the blog Moments frozen in Time.

Well coming now to the real topic, HDR photography. HDR stands for high dynamic range photography and is an emerging trend with photography that involves trying to mimic what the human eye would in a single picture. You see it was not technically for the camera to mimic the actual brilliance of the human eye. Cameras can handle only one range of light to produce an image, yes even the SLR’s are the same. However the eye on the other hand can guage a larger range of light. as an example have you tried taking a picture of someone with the sun in the background and the person is shot all dark, well thats a very good example. The reason it happens is because it is very difficult for the camera to pick the dark and light parts together. An example of HDR photography from my Photoblog is below.

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