It is believed that the camera is an extension of a person’s eye. It has the ability to capture what the eye would like to be looking at over and over. Photography makes it possible to freeze time and capture it in one single shot. In this way, other people will also see what happened on that precise moment. It can be repeatedly looked at for a number of times. It can also be stared at for the longest time possible.
One of the most exquisite forms of art is photography. It does not only show the magnificence of a certain frame; it also captures a precise moment that one can never take back.
Photography is a technical art. It requires knowledge of at least the basics of handling a camera. The good thing is that nowadays, it is not so difficult to learn the basics of a camera anymore. There are now different cameras that are user-friendly. Even cellphones, or smart phones rather, can be used as cameras. That is why the technicality of this great form of art is no longer a hindrance to one who would like to practice or venture into photography.
This kind of art is one of the most fun hobbies that one can have as well. There are just way too many reasons why this art is so fun to do. Here are some of these reasons:
It has a huge room for experimentation
It has a vast area for one’s imagination. One can create a concrete out of a mere idea. It creates infinite possibilities with just a stroke of light, a shutter on the perfect time, and a capture on the perfect angle. The digital age gives a person an unlimited shot to get the frame that he desires. That is why one can do all the experiments without any limitations.
It can capture a memory
There are so many things that one would like to remember in his life. Photography gives the opportunity to at least capture the most important or significant ones like the engagement of a young couple or the college graduation of a once aspiring little kid or the first smile of a newborn baby. It can also capture a person – a beautiful stranger on the subway, a cute little child, a stunning loved one, and many more.
It is an outlet for one’s thoughts and emotions
It helps one express his thoughts and emotions and at the same time let people feel what he thinks and feels. It gives a person the ability to share his ideas and feelings in the form of a photograph. It can convey thoughts without the burden of language barriers. It can even be considered as the best means of communication even though it does not use words at all.
It can be one’s beautiful excuse to travel
Photography opens a person’s perspectives and imaginations. It can be addicting in such a way that one will always want to take different photographs. If one is also an avid traveler, then photography is the best travel buddy that there is. Travel entails seeing different places and looking at the same places differently. Whether it is the former or the latter, photography always makes traveling worthwhile.
People today are slowly being drawn to photography. Some people emerge to be professional photographers, but most use photography to be their hobby and to capture important moments in their lives. Whatever the purpose of photography in one’s life is, it can be said that photography is now a big part of people’s lives. The good thing is, it’s not just a mere technical art – it is a fun and meaningful art.
There is something peculiar about smoke that it can look so beautiful when captured in a wonderfully taken shot. It is like making the untouchable gas seem touchable. It is also equally amazing photographing people while they smoke. There is a beautiful shape created by the smoke that they blow from their mouths. There are some who are even talented at creating different shapes by blowing smokes from their mouths.
Capture to Create Smoke Art
There are some guides for those who would want to capture the best shots of smoke from smokers. These few tips will help one get that shot that they are aiming for.
First is to find the perfect spot
This spot must have the right amount of light so that the smoke will be seen in the frame. Some people believe that a spot with a black or dark backdrop is the best for smoke art. Next is one must fix his camera in the proper setting. The shutter speed should be 1/250 or faster, if necessary. It is better to have a fast shutter speed because it will be able to capture smoke properly. A slow shutter speed will result to hazy images. As for the aperture, it is best to choose a small aperture. This is because smoke flies away fast. It disappears easily.
So the combination of a fast shutter speed and a small aperture is the perfect combination to capture smoke. For the ISO, it is best to set it at 100 to avoid grainy photos. However, if there is enough light in the spot where the smoke is, the ISO can be adjusted.
Although smoking is not good for one’s health (these are healthier), smoking can highly contribute to smoke art. People who smoke are the perfect subject in smoke art because of all the different things that they can do when blowing out. There are other things where smoke can come from but people who smoke have the ability to form the exact smoke that one would like to capture. It leaves a huge room for experimenting different styles and capturing different smoke motions.
Capture to Spread Awareness on Smoking Effects
Aside from creating smoke art, taking pictures of smokers smoking can also be done to spread the effects of smoking. This kind of photography can be used to show people that smoking is not as ‘cool’ as some perceive it to be. Even though marijuana smokers have been switching to devices that vaporize the chemicals, it can also be seen as a means to communicate with people and to show them that smoking is truly bad for one’s health. There are different health institutions and organizations that take pictures of smokers smoking to show that people who smoke are not getting any healthier with every stick that they light and puff.
Taking pictures of smokers can either be a work of art or a tool for health aids. Regardless of the purpose of taking pictures, smoking is never a healthy habit. So if one would like to create art out of taking pictures of smokers smoking, it would also be better to emphasize that smoking is unhealthy. After all, a picture can paint a thousand words.