Lenses and Lights

Photographs and videos are two things the present generation would crash without.  Photographs are a way of recording memories and looking back to old times, because even if people change, photos do not. While photography involves the process of freezing an instant of time, videos are successive moments of time captured as a series of frames, exploiting the attribute of persistence of vision.

Photography is a field which is radically rising to popularity now, with a large population now possessing high-end cameras, SLRs and DSLRs. However, the essence of photography lies in capturing a single instant accurately, deciding the depth of field, exposure as well as timing. An appropriate combination of these factors is usually the secret behind an aesthetically appealing photograph. However, several other parameters are also imperative, and their role cannot be overlooked. These would include contrast, highlights and shadows, hue and saturation to name a few. As usual, they redirect our thoughts to one of the fundamental aspects that photography revolves around. The essence of colour in paintings has already been seen in this article. Colours are back to haunting us here too! Exploring one of these parameters, namely hue, we see that in simple terms, it refers to a pure colour, without tint or shade. Most colours fall into one of the four unique hues, Red, Green, Blue and Yellow; where two colours of the same hue are distinguished by appending adjectives like light, dark and vivid. Generally, individuals interested in photography and photo-editing concentrate on adjusting these aspects of colour and exposure to attain the desired aesthetic appeal. Bokeh is one fascinating aspect of photography. It refers to the blur and its aesthetic quality in an out-of-focus area of an image. Blurring irrelevant parts of the background to give focus to the subject of the photo immensely increases the beauty and clarity of the photograph.

Photo-editing is one of the most creative fields which encompasses everything from slightly tweaking a photograph to making radical changes to its colour scheme. Right from adjusting the brightness and contrast, to experimenting with monochrome and colour-splash, photo-editing is responsible for it all. Gone are the days of film photography, where a minor error in shooting could potentially ruin a priceless memory. In the present digital era, a DSLR can take every necessary precaution from auto-focus to blemish fix! As thought this was inadequate, several photo editing websites and apps like Picasa, Picmonkey and Pixlr Express endevour to produce outstanding, eye-catching masterpieces which make heads turn. From cross-process to colour-splash, from blemish-fix to weight-loss, from inseting text to encasing a picture-perfect time stamp in a suitable border, your photo-editor lets you produce a perfect picture which would receive scores of likes on Facebook in a matter of minutes.

Although photo-editing is not a traditional form of art, its nature and features make it apt to classify it under art itself; certainly off the trodden path. What we need to realize is, the world around us is magical, and one does not need DSLRs and Picasa to appreciate it. These accessories only help accentuate its beauty.

Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see, and everything to do with the way you see them!


Hi! This is Shreya, a first year ECE student at NIT Trichy. I am passionate about writing, and desirous of putting a smile on anyone else's face. Tennis is undoubtedly my favourite sport, and narrating Federer's Grand Slam statistics has become a part of my personality. I would like to explore new styles of writing, on a variety of topics. I would love comments and reviews!

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