Introduction to Photography Flair
If you were to believe all the advertisers’ claims, buying a new camera will suddenly turn you into an expert photographer. This is not the case. New technology ensures a photograph each time you press the shutter, but the photographs produced are unlikely to be award winners unless the camera is given careful guidance.
In reality, three separate ingredients are needed to create successful and effective images -equipment matched to the task, a good idea, and the technique to see it all through. That’s why this website is divided into three distinct sections.
The first of these deals with photographic– cameras, lenses, flash, tripods and other accessories. The diversity of equipment now available can make purchasing decisions very difficult. Some insist the type or make of camera is irrelevant, while others maintain a high-grade, high-price model is essential for good photography. Neither statement is actually true. You can take excellent pictures on the simplest equipment – but in a limited number of situations.
To clarify matters, the Equipment section logically explains the options available, and describes what each item can, and cannot, do. The advantages of different camera types and formats are covered first, along with exposure modes, metering patterns and other features.
Later sections examine the benefits of many different lenses, whether autofocus is desirable, plus how to choose and use filters, motordrives and camera bags.
Finally we advise on how a camera outfit can be put together. All this enables your current requirements to be closely identified, while not forgetting potential future ambitions.
The second section is concerned with the Techniques of photography. Despite their incredible wizardry, modern cameras still cannot tell you how to ‘see’ pictures. It is still down to the photographer to select a subject, find the right viewpoint, compose the shot in the viewfinder and manipulate light to convey mood or atmosphere. These sections are therefore designed to provide a grounding in photographic vocabulary and a grasp of the hands-on aspects of the medium.
It clearly pays a photographer seeking control over the picture-taking process to understand how to choose the right film and expose it correctly for different subjects. Camera handling, focusing methods and how to portray movement – all are covered. Though highly automated, no camera is ‘intelligent’, so it can’t advise you how to manipulate colour, shape or pattern, or how to employ perspective to give a picture depth. This section also shows how to use artificial light sources, develop film and make a print.
Having chosen the right equipment and studied the basics of the photographic language, you now need a subject to shoot to put what you’ve learned into practice. This is where the third section titled Projects comes in. Just wandering around looking for things to photograph rarely produces satisfactory work. Rather than leave pictures to chance, it provides a fund of ideas for you to start with.
This website deals with all major themes in connection with photography. Here we’ll show you in-detail how to take powerful portraits or candids, or how best to capture children, animals, landscape or sport. Other sections reveal how to shoot still life or architecture, make effective pictures at night or while travelling, and tackle all kinds of special effects.
The three sections add up to a Photography-Flair. Armed with the information and images it contains, plus your own thoughts and ideas, great results are now within reach. I hope you enjoy it.