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ChemistryThe chemistry of a well-composed photograph depends on the clever use of certain elements. Appropriate use of the elements of art will determine whether the picture will breathe a poisonous CO2 (carbon dioxide) or a life-giving O2 (oxygen) — the choice is yours.Lines: Lines can be used as horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Each of them has a different impact: a horizontal line for firmness, vertical for escalation and diagonal for depth or dimension.Shape and form: While shape is two dimensional, form renders a three-dimensional feature to the picture. A round shape will create a feeling of movement and triangle will create stability. Form creates volume and weight.Texture: Texture gives your picture vibrancy. As a rule of thumb, do not take photographs when the sun is directly above your head. No light and shade means no texture will be created — your picture will look dead.Colour: The proper distribution of colour across the photo will emphasise the centre of interest, but an improper distribution will distract viewers. Remember that colour is a powerful tool to create asymmetrical balance in the picture.Space: Do not dump too many objects in the frame — it will create pandemonium and the picture will lose its focus. Everyone needs some breathing space, and pictures are no exception. You can carve the available space in two parts: positive and negative. The front direction of the main subject in the picture is positive and the back is negative. Always try to use 2/3rd of positive and 1/3rd of negative space in a picture. Used effectively, the optimum utilisation of the above elements will create a well-balanced picture that will have your viewers saying — wow!— By Sankha Kar

AestheticPeople believe they fail to take quality pictures because they do not have high-end cameras or lenses. However, in photography, the aesthetic aspect is more important than the technicalities. The “wow” factor for any picture starts from your approach towards the subject, and then comes composition or use of elements and finally utilisation of technology.Most people will invariably ask you about the technique behind a particular shot, the camera or lens used and so on and so forth if they like your picture at first glance. But proper usage of your hi-tech camera or lens primarily depends on two things – your approach and composition of the subject. If a subject requires a wide-angle lens and you are using a telephoto lens or vice versa, then you are misusing the props on hand. Even a perfectly exposed, sharp, big mega pixel picture will fail to attract or impress people if it is not aesthetically appealing.So always remember to choose your subject properly and pre-visualise the shot. Pre-visualisation is very important. It will help you determine the point of view, the lens, shutter speed, background etc and will give you the chance to rectify your shoot before you actually click it. Finally, use the basic elements like line, shape, texture and colour, which will help you give your picture a dynamic look and feel. @Sankha Kar

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