• Atul Prasad

The Smart Photograph

The art or the ability to be able to freeze time in a frame is like a ship carrying light and space and heading towards the future. Each frame has not just one but multiple stories to be interpreted. Over the sands of time, since the inception of the camera, there have been great developments in the way a photograph can be taken. We as a human race have come a long way from our first ever camera in the year 1816. 

As you can see the build of this camera that was built in the year 1816, the basic functionality and the concept behind capturing or making a photograph still remains the same. Over the span of a couple of centuries, the build, the  durability and the working of the camera has developed extensively. From the first ever camera like the one shown above, to the camera, almost everyone has in their palms today. A smartphone, a phone that takes photos and does more. 

If you’re one of those people who carry their camera with them at all times, chances are that you often watch great photographic opportunities pass by you. No? Well Start taking photos with your phone regularly, and in no time, the world will be full of frames that you want to freeze for time immemorial. Nowadays, most of us keep our phones with us all the time, which means most of us have a camera with us all the time too. And because of the advances in smartphone design, that camera does a pretty decent job. 

There are quite a few of us who have mastered the art of taking a photograph on the phone. One such individual is the inspiring, Gayatri Nair. A corporate employee turned photographer, who captures beauty, even in a wedding. She is the co-founder of the Chennai Photo Biennale. During this Lockdown period, she has taken to smartphone photography like nobody else. Amazing shots are now within your reach, everywhere you go. You can easily practice your craft  and add to your visual record every single day.

A Smartphone camera is nowhere near as powerful as DSLRs, and even some point-and-shoots. The megapixel count is low, and they lack the manual controls that let you achieve shallow depth of field and super-crisp shots of subjects in motion and the editing apps are nothing compared to programs like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. So where’s the cake? When you can’t rely on your technical or editing powers to create a great shot, you have to go back to the basics: Composition. You need to think more about the light, the colors, the lines, the placement of your subject. Being forced to focus on those fundamentals will do amazing things for your photography. 

The biggest difference between a good and average photographer often boils down to sheer volume of photos taken. Like Kapil Dev said “Practice makes man perfect” . The more photos you take everyday, the better you get at photography. All you need is a good eye and the basic knowledge of framing and composition. 

We at Hobbyist World are doing all we can, or even more, to connect with amazing minds and to tell the world that an entire life indoors, isn’t as bad as you guys are thinking it to be. We caught up with Gayatri Nair on one of our various Instagram Lives to talk about the power that we all have in our palms to create. She gave us some very interesting tips on how to build on your photography skills on the go or from wherever you are. So photography with your phone is just not it.

 As we all are aware that a photo must be given a particular level of correcting done before finalized according to your liking. Yes, you heard that right, your liking. You must be the first person to like or love your work, irrespective of whether the next person will like it or not. Accept it. Be it a passion driven hobby or a career, loving and believing in your work is of utmost importance rather than what the other person thinks. Like I was saying, a photograph needs a bit of correcting before finalising it. 

This is where the art of photography is coupled with editing softwares, in this day and age. When it comes to smartphone photography, there are some apps that have been developed to try and bring this new art close to a professional level. Apps like LightRoom, Snapseed etc come in handy for photography on the go. All in all, a smartphone is really a tool of the future. It can enable you to not miss that moment that you want to cherish for lifetimes to come.