The home away from home documentary film.

The Home away from Home, is a non-fiction film directed and produced by Hameed Kohistany which is about foreign students studying in the city of Pune, in india. This film focuses on outside-the-classroom activities of foreign students living in the city. It describes the daily lives of foreign students here in this city and the problems that they are faced with and how to overcome them. The highlight of the film is the cultural exchange that takes place with foreign students residing in Pune.

Balance in Photography

Photographic balance is one of many compositional techniques available. When a picture is balanced, it means the left and the right halves of the photograph draw the eye equally.

To use balance in a photograph you have to harness and understand the best balance properties of the location.

If you have too many elements on left side of the frame the compositional weight of the photograph will tilt to the left, leaving the right side desolated and empty.

On location you may encounter too many objects around you. These objects come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Finding out how to achieve balance can be tricky. To make it easy let’s break it down into three important components.

  • Balancing with people (any person or people in your frame)
  • Balancing with space (everything else: negative space, open area landscape etc.
  • Balancing with objects (any dominant tangible object in your frame)

To better understand the concept take a look at some examples of compositional balance in photography.

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Balancing with objects.

A balanced photograph often allows the viewer’s eye to be drawn throughout the image equally, without resting too heavily on one certain aspect of the image. Photographs that are improperly balanced are often less appealing to look at, especially if the ‘heavier’ part of the image lies too far left or right.

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Balancing with people.

Controlling Depth of field

The area of sharpness within your image is controlled by three distinct factors.

1 . aperture . 2. Focal length . 3 . distance from the subject.

Aperture : Changing the aperture, or F-stop number,is the most popular methods for controlling the depth of field. When a high aperture number like F32 or F22 is used , the image will contain a large depth of field – this means that objects in the foreground meddle ground and background all will appear sharp. If , instead , a low aperture number is selected for example ( F-1.8 or F-2.8 then only the small region of your image will remain sharp and the rest will become out of focus or blurred.

Aperture-f-number

Focal length : The focal length of the lens that you photograph with also determines the extent of the depth of field in an image . The longer the focal length ( more than 50mm on a 35mm camera ) the smaller depth of field will be . the shorter the focal length ( less than 50mm on a 35mm camera) the greater depth of field effect .

Distance from the subject : The distance the camera is from the subject is also an important depth of field factor. Close up macro photos have very shallow DOF , whereas landscapes shots , where the main parts of the image are further away, have a greater DOF, in other words the closer you are to the subject , despite the aperture or lens you select , the shallower the DOF will be in the photograph.

Example of DOF effect.

Example of Depth of field effect

Aspect ratio

Aaspect ratio is a term that people make seem like it is more complicated than what really is it is only the comparison of how wider image is vs how tall . For example, if a graphic has an aspect ratio of 2:1, it means that the width is twice as large as the height When resizing graphics, it is important to maintain the aspect ratio to avoid stretching the graphic out of proportion.The term is also used to describe the dimensions of a display resolution. For example, a resolution of 800×600 has an aspect ratio of 4:3.or a resolution of  1080 x 1920 has an aspect ratio of 16:9 .

  Widescreen Cinema Standard   (2.35.1)
 16:9 – Wide screen HD standard (1.78:1)
  4:3 – SD sandard ( 1.33:1 )

 Image

Low light

As photographers we spend a lot of time thinking about technical concerns like , exposure triangle or trying to find interesting location or subject . but in reality as photographer there is only one concern that command our attention more than any other and that is good light . if you don’t have good light it really doesn’t matter how much you know about photography or what gear you are using.

Low light

F number: 3.5

Focal length: 18mm

ISO: 400

Shutter Speed: 1 Sec

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