Basics of Photography with Kshitij Sheetak (Shootguru)

Zefmo in association with Kshitij Sheetak aka ShootGuru organized a photography workshop for budding photo-influencers in Delhi. Kshitij is an enthusiastic filmmaker and photographer who has been working in the field of film-making and photography for more than a decade. In this workshop, he discussed the basics of filmmaking and photography, the kind of gear one should use, and the technical aspects of clicking pictures like capturing star trail or steel wool photography.

He showcased his photography gears to the audience and shared wonderful insights from his latest projects. The entire agenda of the workshop was to help influencers learn about the basics of photography and film-making, laying emphasis on content quality.zefmo shootguru workshop

Kshitij mentioned that it’s not the gear, it is your creativity which can help you in capturing the moment. He also spoke about pre and post-production techniques, and how a well-planned pre-production can help in managing cost and can give the best results.

We are listing down the key takeaways from the workshop, i.e., “rules of composition” and this will surely be beneficial for budding photographers. Rule of composition includes these sub-points:

  1. Rule of Third/Off-Center: This is the basic rule of composition. An image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and the important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. As per this, the subject isn’t in the center of the image and you are drawing a viewer’s attention to the composition, instead of just glancing at the center. It is good for capturing landscapes. 
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    Image source: Dikshit Mundra
  2. Balance/Balancing Elements: Following the rule of third at times you will notice a void in your picture. You can make it more balanced by adding a visual weight or another object to fill in space.
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    Image source: lightandmatter.org
  3. Leading Lines: Follow the lines and create your own patterns in the picture. By this, you can enhance the composition of your pictures. Lines can be curvy, zigzag, diagonal, radial, etc.
    lines compostion
    Image source: Rakesh Pulapa
  4. Symmetry and Patterns: It will be interesting to capture symmetry and patterns, particularly in situations where they are not expected. Another great way to use them is to break the symmetry or pattern in some way, introducing tension and a focal point to the scene.https://www.instagram.com/p/BqkJn98hIzH/
    symmetry composition
    Image source: Fahama S
  5. Viewpoint and Perspective: Before clicking, take time to think about where you will shoot it from. Try different angles and bring out your viewpoint. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn3fyYBlHJh/
    perspective
    Image source: Vineet Vohra
  6. Framing: Use elements to create a frame in your picture, shooting from a doorway or tunnels etc. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpdk4xaHA0c/
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    Image source: Azhar Somani
  7. Space: You should always capture the positive space instead of negative. It’s beneficial when you are capturing the moments or trying to narrate a story.
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    Image source: Grace

In the end, the key takeaway was that one should focus on creating quality content and this will surely help you in getting noticed. These are no hard-and-fast rules, and as the ShootGuru himself said – rules are meant to be broken. So pick up your gear and capture the world around you the way you see it.

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