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Getting some incredible photography done inside your home, some tips and techniques – Part 6

Tip 786 (Using a stark photo): When you look at the Google search page, it is minimalist, and yet appeals to a large number of people. Similarly, sometimes you can have a great photo that just focuses on one particular object, with the entire background being essentially nothing. Try doing this with your morning cup of hot tea and coffee, where you have just the cup on a table, with steam coming from the cup, with a shadow of the cup and … nothing else. The object should not fill the photo, so you get to admire the beauty of the cup with the empty background.

Tip 787 (The joy of drinking their favorite drink): You must have seen people enjoying their morning cup of tea / coffee. Why cannot you capture the incredible feeling of satisfaction that you can sometimes see in those faces when they drink the tea or coffee ? Wait, watch, and sooner or later, you will be able to capture such a photo.

Tip 788 (Look for the ripples in a cup of drink): A cup of some drink, maybe tea or coffee, with a camera poised right above the cup, the liquid filling the frame, and then the cup is shaken, and you get ripples moving outward from the center of the cup that shake the liquid in a rhythm. Capture such a photo, and see whether some of these can really impress you. Experiment with speeds, macro, and depth of field.

Tip 789 (Using natural light where possible): When shooting objects inside your home, using natural light where possible should be the effort (unless you are a professional shooting commercially, in which case you will have the entire setup of lights, reflectors, diffusers, etc). Natural light gives a certain natural feeling to the photo that is not so easy to duplicate using artificial lights available in the home.

Tip 790 (Display your photos to friends, to strangers, and ask for feedback): People react to commercial photos in a different way from photos that they can see are more natural, and tend to feel warmer and associate more closely with natural seeming photos. You should show your photos to friends, and upload them on sites so that you get proper feedback on those photos, and can make changes accordingly.

Book: Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera

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