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The Joy of Photography
Of the several creative hobbies I had the privilege and pleasure of taking up in my early school days in India, freehand pencil drawing, watercolor painting, letter-writing with international penfriends. Urdu poetry and photography, my penchant for photography has remained as strong as ever.
I first held the good old Kodak Brownie Box camera in my hand, and
was excitedly poised for my first picture taking adventure in our
Mango grove, the effect was electrical, and the heavy
"click clack" of the shutter was almost magical. While attending
parties in London and during my overseas travels, I'm never without
Or Zoom Lens: In macro (close up, larger than life) photography,
use a good quality prime lens with built in macro-facility; however
whearas a prime lens is the most desirable, the modern zoom lens
with its vast improvements has come a long way as a satisfactory
lens for this purpose.
Hood: A lens hood for outdoor shots keeps out stray light reflections
from hitting the lens and leading to possible flair.
Lighting: When photographing still life like flowers, avoid a windy day and strong sunlight; a hazy day with diffused light is excellent.
Exposure: It is better to choose a small aperture (f/16 instead of (f/5.6) and accordingly use a slow shutter speed. . Here a tripod comes in useful.
Autofocus Camera: Since pinpoint sharpness is vital, an autofocus camera is preferable though not necessary. If one happens to be "Aadha Andha", half blind, (excuse the pun!), the greenlight is the viewfinder coupled with an audible sound will automatically ensure the object is in sharp focus.