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Photography

Photography, or "writing with light", is an ideal example of how science and art can fuse together. A photographer, typically, needs to have both these skills at his fingertips, literally! Again, what strikes me about photography, is the extensive range which it covers, from the simplest form, to the most complex ones. There is always something for everybody.

I got "introduced" to photography during my 2nd year at college. We had a Photography Club, of which I was a member, albeit inactive. (The only "active" thing I had done, was pay the membership fees.) Then, we had a technical symposium at our college, and our club was covering it. I had a senior, a friend who was  a member of the club. He saw me and dumped the SLR he was holding, into my hands and said: "You see that guy giving the presentation? You have to photograph him. You should take ONLY one shot(or else, it would be a loss for the club) and it should come out properly(...afterall, the participant had paid for the photo!)". I accepted the facts, focussed the SLR and then waited(this guy giving the presentation, had long hair) till he turned from the audience towards the projection screen, and snapped! This was literally the first shot I had ever taken with an SLR. Gladly, it came out well.

I then went on to take many photographs, a few of which won awards at both the amateur national and amateur state levels. To view them, please visit the General Photographs Gallery and take a look at the 'Moon in the web' and the 'Moon surface' photographs. Here are a few tips to take great photographs, from my experience.

1. Keep it simple. Usually, the simplest photographs are the most striking ones.

2. Try to observe the 1/3rd rule(though there are NO rules to get a great photograph). The 1/3rd rule simply says, "divide the frame into 3 vertical and 3 horizontal zones (a total of nine) and try to place the object at any of the four points where the lines intersect, depending on which way the object is facing". Give more space in front of the object than behind.

3. Try to fill atleast 30% of the frame with the main idea/object.

4. Try to use leading-in lines, to bring attention to the object. If you look
at the photograph of the Capitol building here, you will know what I mean. The sides of the road, and the tops of the trees, both attract your attention to the main "idea": The Capitol. I was not using a SLR while taking this photograph, and hence, had lost some control, but still could "compose".

5. Use "dramatic" angles of view. Try taking a photo on the sea-shore with your camera almost at the ground-level. Anything other than the mundane everyday eye-level looks dramatic in photographs.