Three Shots for an Exquisite Photography

Visuals communicate the message more prominently than audio. They represent the idea of the context sharply to the audience. It can just be a moment frozen, an intention to express a feeling or a lifetime memory to cherish. Photographs play such roles which make the communication medium more vivid.

Sometimes, certain images can be perceived in a different way, but that basically lies in the hands of a photographer, how he wants to narrate the story through his way of interpretation.

So in order to bring in the message to the mass, one needs to take of the following before getting started with capturing shots.

To be at the right time and in the right place.

It’s important to show up at the right time and at the right place, and that’s only possible when you have an idea of the timing of the events at the concerned venues.

Knowing your genre of capturing shots is important, though there’s always an area of improvement.

On reaching the desired spot, make sure you are confident enough about the shot you are going to take. You need to pack up your gear and focus on the subject. No matter, if you are a master in editing pictures, to add further, all you can do is select the right object to capture. Composition and execution do matter. You need to know the fundamentals in respect to lighting, shadows, and further deep diving, you shall get enhanced with your camera tool and master on it.

A young monk runs along the wall over his peers at the Shaolin Monastery in Henan Province, China.

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“I was in a taxi waiting at a traffic light during the monsoon, and a woman brought her child up to the car window. I raised my camera, took two frames, the light changed, and off we went – it all happened in about seven or eight seconds.” – Steve Mccurry

Clicking any picture doesn’t seem to be difficult, but what matters is the concept behind.

The story which one can comprehend, else photos of nature may look aesthetically nice and beautiful, but at the same time, might lack the depth of the speech. This is not one looks upon. You need to catch hold of something, that might be common, but at the same time, it should be inspiring on the first glance itself. Stories can be reprocessed and reframed and can be portrayed differently. It only depends on the execution which is one of the important aspects.



Also at the same time, keeping the above points in mind, you are already composing a story from your clicks, to be in the right place and at the right time, and to gear up with your pace to shoot; to find the base of a story, and to create it, and then the steps follow one another to make the picture complete.
Basically, the shot captured should depict a story which can tell the audience regarding the intention of the photographer. The only thing the photographer needs to take a stand on, whether he is picturizing an existing story found or creating a story from his imagination.
You can take a good call on showcasing some really strong stories and be a pictorial storyteller by consistently finding original and awe-inspiring stories. So don’t limit yourself to anything and simply start documenting the untold stories to the crowd and make them go crazily mad.
Now, what are you waiting for? Not everyone can create the indifference like you!


Steve is recognized universally as one of the today’s finest image-makers and has won many of photography’s top awards. Best known for his evocative color photography, Steve, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Follow his works on Instagram

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