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Photography seems to be the field of a few people possessing exceptional skills. It is actually a skill that you can get paid for its mastery. Everyone wants that perfectly captured photograph with all the important elements included. This is not easy for everyone bearing in mind that it takes a lot of time to master the art of photography. If you want to capture photos of your own, you can learn the tips of beautiful photography in just a few minutes by going through this article and then boom! You will be an expert photographer.

Tips for Beautiful Photography

Rule of Thirds

It is a rule of composition that helps you in taking outstanding pictures if you only know how to take advantage of it. This rule involves you building a mental picture on your screen of two horizontal and two vertical lines cutting across screen creating 9 even squares. Then place the focal point of your image at one intersection point of these imaginary lines. Some of the images will look better when placed at the centre of the screen. This rule helps in creating images that seem more aesthetically composed. The images created from this rule allows wandering of the third eye off the frame.

Avoid Camera Shake

Blurry images and camera shake are some of the things that can destroy your career in photography. It is important to know how to hold your camera. The camera is held close to the body for maximum support. Wrap one of your hands around the lens and use the other one to hold the body. Some people keep on shaking which leads to blurry images. To avoid this, make sure that you adjust the camera’s shutter speed to be appropriate for the focal length of your lens. Slow shutter speed can lead to blurry images as a result of unintentional movements. Use the formula 1/focal length in mm=minimum shutter speed in seconds. A monopod or tripod is okay to use.

Learn How to Make Use of the Exposure Triangle

Mastery of ISO, shutter speed and Aperture leads to the best photos. Understanding how to relate the three elements is very essential in capturing the best photos. If you adjust one of the three, you will have to do something about one more element to get the desired results. If you do not know how to use them, there is always the auto mode that you can make use of. However, the resultant picture might not be the kind that you wanted. Learn how to use the manual mode by adjusting the shutter or aperture priority.

Polarizing Filters Are Good To Use

It is not bad to purchase a lens filter that can be used as a polarizer. The best polarizing is the rounded one because, with it, your camera can use auto exposure and other types of TTL metering. The filter is essential in reducing reflections that emanate from glass, metal and water. A polarizer will also provide a WOW factor to your photos by improving the foliage and the sky colours. Moreover, your lens will always be protected allowing maximum use.

Create the Sense of Depth

The sense of depth is widely important when taking pictures of the landscape. A panoramic view wide angle lens is the best to use in such a case. An f/16 or even smaller aperture should also be used to make the background and the foreground sharp. A sense of scale can be emphasized by having objects on the foreground.

Additional Techniques

Avoid things that are a distraction to the photo. This calls for plain backgrounds especially when the subject is at the centre. Using flash while creating indoor portraits is not advised. You can raise the ISO while at the same time using the widest aperture. This allows more light to reach the camera’s sensor. You also need to know how to set the ISO to minimize or increase the sensitivity of the camera to light. Raising the ISO is necessary when it is dark while lowering it is necessary when there is a lot of light. When you want to take an object in motion using the panning technique.

The art of photography is enjoyable when you know the techniques to use in order to capture perfect photos. In order to do so, you need to learn how to play with ISO, shutter speed and aperture to bring about diverse effects. using a polarizing filter, avoiding camera shake, using the rule of thirds, making use of simple backgrounds, creating a sense of depth, avoiding to use flash indoors and using the pan technique are some additional techniques that you can learn to take perfect shots.

Read more : Instructions for Taking Photos of Rainy Days

When you are out on a trip, there are wonderful things that happen and you would like to document them. The moments to remember are best captured in a picture. However, rains may mess up the moments and things you would like to capture making you head home with the moments only stored in your brains. Well, getting them out of the brains might never happen and so they are lost forever. However, there are instructions for taking photos of rainy days that you can try out.

Carrying Your Camera’s Rain Coat

Camera’s Rain Coat

There exists waterproof for cameras out there in the market that helps keep your camera safe from the rains. However, carrying it around seems odd which decrease the probability of having such a cover with you when it begins to rain. A cover that is good enough to protect your camera from all sorts of weather will, of course, be odd and bulky to carry around. However, when you are travelling in rain weathers, you carry with you a cover that does not take a lot of space in the bag but at the same time protects your camera from all sorts of unfortunate weather. Make sure that it has space where the lens can focus on the outside and somewhere to get your hands inside and operate the camera while at the same time without jeopardizing the camera’s safety.

Having a Plastic Bag the Size of a Gallon

This might seem funny or moronic but it really helps a lot when you are caught up by the rains. It helps to keep your camera safe from the rains hence you need it. You just need to punch a hole on one side of the plastic bag where a camera’s lenses can poke through and then put your hand through the other edge such that you can be able to operate the camera and at the same time film the interesting moments that catch your attention.

Take Photos From Inside a Car

When it is rainy, and you have no raincoat for the camera or a plastic bag, there is always an alternative to staying in the car and shooting what you can. Once you are in the car, you only have to lower the window and take as many photos as you want while at the same time remaining dry all through. You only have to take advantage of the other side of the car and ensure that the wind is blowing from the back. This will keep you and your camera dry.

Include an Umbrella in Your Photos

When it is raining, you can just lower your umbrella to form the picture’s frame and show that it is actually rainy. This helps show that the picture was taken when it was rainy. At times, there might be very bright spots that prevent you from taking nice photos. You can use the umbrella to block the excess light and improve the quality of your pictures.

Watch For Reflections

When it is rainy, it becomes hard to take photos of objects straight ahead. They are obviously dull and your camera gets wet. However, downpours lead to the formation of object reflections that you can always make use. When you capture reflections on your camera, it will get you fascinating pictures of the objects that you want while at the same time leaving clues that it was actually raining when the picture was taken.

Backlight the Rains

When you backlight the rains, you will realize that it becomes more visible. There is the light that comes through raindrops and it tends to be brighter more concentrated than the surrounding. You just need to shoot some light towards the rain droplets. You can use a source of light like the clouds or the streetlights. Make sure that the light does not overpower the exposure so you have got to look for the perfect spot.
Moreover, you should pop just a little flash to avoid too much of it that can overpower the exposure. The perfect rain pictures are the ones that have captured emotions. Of course, people will react to the rains in different ways. So, be on the lookout for misery or joy.

You also need a good waterproof bag to protect your camera, visit for detailed instructions. Taking pictures in the rains can be a little technical. However, it does not mean that you will not get a perfect shot. Popping out just a little flash, capturing moments of joy or misery, backlighting the rains, including an umbrella in your picture and shooting from inside the car are just a few magical things you can do to get the best shot. Just read the article to get enlightened.

previous article: East River Park Coastal Cleanup

INSTANT is participating in a coastal cleanup of the embayments in East River Park on Saturday, September 20th from 11:00 to 1:00 as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day supported by the Ocean Conservancy.

As part of our appreciation, INSTANT will hand out ‘discount cards’ to all volunteers for a 15% discount on all purchases made on the website.

Please feel free to spread the word, but keep in mind that this is not a project for anyone under 18, or with any physical constraints. Volunteers have to climb a fence and work on uneven and sometimes slippery, craggy rocks.  All are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable work clothes, and to bring along water and sunscreen.


In times of conflict and crisis, barriers in accessing healthcare become exacerbated. Populations living in fear and violence are often forced to leave their homes and communities, leaving their familial network and resources behind. As a result, displaced populations have reduced access to primary healthcare services, emergency care, and medicine. Women and children are particularly vulnerable and risk increased rates of infection and disease. Doctors of the World responds quickly to emergencies by sending doctors and nurses into the field to improve access to health care for local populations. Mobile teams are deployed to treat and provide medicine for hard to reach populations. Doctors of the World remains long after emergencies to ensure sustainability, eventually handing over projects to the local health authorities.


Women and children living in developing countries lack access to obstetric health care services, resulting in high rates of morbidity and mortality. Most maternal and infant deaths are caused by infections that could have been prevented with increased family planning and pre-natal healthcare. Doctors of the World works to combat high rates of maternal and infant mortality by improving access to basic health care services in areas where women and children have no means of receiving care. Many of MdM’s women and child health programs are based in rural areas, where affordable pre and post-natal health services are unavailable.


Infectious diseases like HIV/AIDs, hepatitis C, malaria and tuberculosis are preventable and treatable, but continue to threaten the developing world. Sex workers, drug users, and other at-risk groups confront stigmatization and barriers to accessing healthcare. Doctors of the World works with these vulnerable populations by delivering essential health care services that save lives. Focusing on prevention, MdM provides testing services, counseling and education on safe practices.


Many migrant and refugee populations travel long distances with limited supplies of food and water. Along their journey they confront disease, violence, and trauma. These vulnerable populations face marginalization and exclusion from national health services. Doctors of the World believes that access to healthcare is a human right, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, gender or legal status. MdM works with migrant and refugee  populations to improve access to healthcare, providing primary care and psychological support.

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