Paused moments

Lady at the beach

Lady at the beach

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”
Guillaume Apollinaire (French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic)


Details on how this snap was clicked.


1. Preparation: We did not really prepare for this pose. Many a times we just go along with the flow and come up with ideas as we click snaps. This is always a great idea, as many snaps which I have prepared for in advanced have not come out as brilliant as the ones which were thought of and clicked on the spot.


2. Perspective/Pose: My advice, click many snaps, from different perspective/angles, settings of aperture, flash/without flash, and poses as possible. Zaver Shroff did a fantastic pose as usual. The beach setting has made a difference too as it adds a calmer/gentle mood.


3. Framing: Never attempt a tight fit in the frame, zoom out or walk back a few steps, its always easier to crop later. Eg the sea above is an important element to this snap, and a tight fit would have made me loose this.


4. Lighting: I have always been fond of natural light. I use flash very rarely, and even if I do its mostly indoor where its bounced of a wall. Early morning light is the best for portraits, and your subject is much more fresh as compared to a late evening snap, which is really noticeable in the snaps.


5. Camera setting: ISO 100, 30mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, No flash.


6. Post Processing: Some hate, but I love processing images via photo editors. There is nothing wrong in elevating your snaps to look more appealing. First few bits are always correcting any dust spots, and increasing the general sharpness, and/or reducing the noise in the image. Keep in mind shooting in raw increases noise as compared to jpeg. After that there is a range of things you can do right from adjusting the exposure to the temperature to the white balance and saturation. Don’t overdo it. For this snap I reduced the saturation of all colors except blue to get this effect.


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