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Trends that will Rule in 2018

Avi and Nikita by Gesture Photography

Kids Photography by Gesture PhotographyTimes are changing and so are the markets and industries. The photography industry is no different in this case. As we move ahead in 2018, be prepared for lots of innovation in the photo industry. Below are some predictions of the emerging photography trends, which will be prevalent in 2018.

  1. Unraveling the Hidden with Travel photography

    With the craving for wanderlust, artists are now showcasing their travel photographs. Photography is an important tool while travelling – camera in hand and capturing the timeless stills of the place. As the population increases and the world becomes smaller, people travel more and uncover the hidden areas and off-grid places, which will gain more ground. Travel photography will be a key trend to keep track of in the editorial and commercial world.

  2. What Pleases the Eyes, stays

    Getting the framing and focus right in photos is a very important factor in photography. The props used, the alignment of the frame and the incorporation and elimination of certain objects define the quality of photographs. The focus on certain objects and the blurring out of some and deciding what to do where is another important factor when it comes to picture quality. The importance of visual aesthetics and framing will be another highlight in 2018.

  3. Quality Matters

    The number of people being introduced to photography has seen a drastic rise in the past decade. More people are becoming educated and visually literate, and advanced equipment and technique are being introduced in this field. This trend is here to stay, and the quality of finished photographs will be more desired and appreciated in the coming years.

  4. Visual and/or Lighting Direction Will Gain Attention

    Lighting is an important factor in photography. The parts to be highlighted and the place where shadow falls are keen details to take note of. Visual aesthetics can be highlighted better with lighting. With budget being a major factor while shooting, there will be an increase in the number of people who will consult visual and/or lighting directors for better photographs.

  5. Photography Expanding on Social Media (#Trending)

    With the increasing number of people working in this field and showcasing their work, the usage of social platforms is also increasing. People post their work on social media and are recognized for it. Print publications and works highlighted in newspapers and magazines will diminish and social media will gain more ground. Photography and its base will expand even more on social media in the coming years.

  6. New Technologies give Rise to Experimentation and CreativityRoshan Sharma by Gesture Photography

    With the increased popularity in this field, more advanced and easy-to-handle equipment is being introduced. Equipment will vary depending on price, usage, lighting, sensors, features, etc. A user will be able to choose an equipment that suits his/her needs and how exactly a shot should be taken. Availability of new technology and a wide range of equipment will enable more experimentation, resulting in better display of skills and high-quality photographs. Experimentation and different photographs through different equipment will be another emerging photography trend to look out for in 2018.

  7. Technique Will Call the Shots

    Technique and the thought behind a photograph will matter more than just the image as it’s the technique which makes a photograph timeless. Visual aesthetics and quality can be improved and learned but technique comes from within and is personal to every individual. The “film look” which was prevalent for two years will slowly start disappearing while selective coloring and white vignettes will be more of a focus. As more talent is being introduced in this field, technique and timelessness of images will be an emerging trend in the photography domain in 2018 and the years to come.

  8. The Young make their Mark

    As this field is gaining ground, new talent is being introduced and there is more space for younger talent. Photography has become more popular with the popularity and accessibility of digital picture capturing, editing, and sharing tools. The young are born surrounded by screens and a knack for the digital. They have a good sense of the equipment and have a fresh outlook. Their views and technique can give a different perspective to this field and they are the future of photography. Historic photography and iconic photographs will be appreciated and will be an inspiration for the upcoming talent in photography.

  9. Creative ways of Storytelling

    Visual storytelling – photo journals and books are new and different ways of storytelling, unlike photojournalism, where the same story is being repeated in similar ways. A unique way of storytelling opens a new space for storytelling outside the standard constructs of photo journalism. Storytelling and visual books are creative ways of telling a story through photographs which require distinct visual thinking and emerging talent. Unique ways of storytelling is one of the upcoming photography trends in 2018.

  10. Fine Art Photography

    Bringing a vision of an artist in a frame is one of the latest trends in photography. The value, meaning, and emotion in a photograph are very important and people look for it to relate to and connect with it. It gives the photograph more depth and a personal touch. Fine art is an idea, a message, and a meaning that an artist wants to convey through his photograph. People are understanding the importance of art and how it can be used to convey a meaning or bring about awareness and fine art photography is just a way of taking that forward.

  11. The Growth of Video

    Videos will continue to grow and gain ground in the coming year as well. Clients want to give their users a sense of interaction and engagement, which comes better through videos. It makes their viewers feel like they are right there, capturing a moment. Stills and video shoots will be another important photography trend to look for this year.

  12. Growth in Brand CommunicationsSonal by Gesture Photography

    People want to feel a sense of connecting with a certain brand before they approach it. It is personal and has a value different to everyone. Brand communication and advertisements will play a huge role in this. Real people would be cast as practiced models giving them a very real look so that the common man can connect better with them, and hence the brand. The props and the place will be such that they are well received by the people and will make them connect with the brand. Photographs that are imperfect, tactile, and textured will be in demand since people want to see the truth and be spoken to honestly; as nobody connects to a brand that shows perfection at its best.



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7 Grooming tips for Men before their D-Day

Preeti & Dipesh By Gesture Photography

7 Grooming Questions – ANSWERED

Wedding is an occasion when all eyes are on the couple. It is not just the bride who needs to look prim and proper but the groom as well To make them the ‘picture-perfect couple’. There are a few common problems which many men may suffer from. These need to be fixed before you tie the knot to look your best on your special day. Here’s what you can do.

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Pre-Bridal tips for every Bride to be

Avi and Nikita by Gesture Photography

Pre Wedding Beauty Tips For Brides


Every bride is the star of her wedding.

Iti with Gaurav by Gesture Photography

Months are spent on deciding the wedding date, the invitation lists, and the decorations. The thoughts of her clothing and accessories consume the bride’s every waking moment. In the midst of all the planning and organizing, the bride forgets the most important thing to take care of – herself.

We bring to you the top pre-wedding beauty tips for brides-to-be, which may turn out be life savers in the middle of all                                                                                   the wedding chaos. Have a look!

1. CTM

Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing should regularly be done without fail. This will keep your skin glowing and youthful. A clean and dirt-free face will help keep your pores open. This will help your skin to breathe better. Follow up with toning that will help tighten the pores. Toning also reduces fine lines to some extent. Lastly, moisturizing the face helps lock in the moisture into the pores, keeping your skin soft and supple. Also, make sure that you apply sunscreen diligently.

2. Exfoliation

Exfoliation is one of the best ways of getting skin that is free from dead cells and black heads. Make sure that you exfoliate your skin before using a face wash two or three times a week. Use a mild face wash. A harsh one can irritate the skin and give you rashes. You can also use a homemade scrub made of rice flour or whole wheat flour, or a mixture of both to exfoliate the skin.


3. Facial And Hair Spa

Start getting monthly facials from at least six months before the wedding. If you have less time left in hand, opt for a bi-weekly gold facial. Always ask for a patch test before applying any new products on your skin.

 For healthy and shiny looking hair, start getting a hair spa done once a month and like the facials, start this treatment at least six months before the wedding. If you do not prefer chemical hair spas, there are many homemade masks that you can use to get some shine in your hair.

4. Clinical Sittings And Homemade TreatmentsNatural Herbs for Brides

If you have too many marks or spots on the skin, then clinical sittings will be your gateway to getting a fairer and spot-free skin quickly. Opt for professional treatments for patchy skin, sunburns, and pigmentation. Microdermabrasion treatments from professional aestheticians is also a good fix for scars and blemishes. Start your treatments at least six months before the wedding for fine lines, wrinkles, or even acne.

After the required number of sittings, try out homemade facial packs to maintain the spot-free look. Maintain the glow by preparing some fruit facial packs with mashed strawberries, mashed apples, or mashed papaya. Home beauty tips for brides are the best way to make sure that the effect of the clinical treatment stays.

5. Beautiful Hands And Feet

Keep your hands and feet soft by massaging olive oil on them before going to sleep at night. This will get rid of the dry skin on your hands and feet. During bathing, make sure that you use a pumice stone on your feet.

Polished nails of both hands and feet give an added appeal to your look. You must certainly maintain clean and polished nails through bi-weekly or monthly manicures and pedicures.

6. Hair Removal

Keep yourself well groomed. This applies to your legs and hands from which you usually remove hair. Keep your eyebrows in shape. Sudden hair removal of any part of the body can give you small cuts or rashes. Whichever process you use for hair removal, maintain that bi-weekly or monthly, as per the requirement.

7. Gym

Avoid crash dieting or aggressive gym schedules 1-2 months before the wedding. It can make you look really tired and crabby. For a toned figure, consult a dietitian and a personal trainer. Start working out at least four months prior to the wedding to achieve effective weight loss, especially in problem areas like tummy and thighs.

8. MeditateMeditation

Try and think positive thoughts. Think about the happy times when this chaotic period will have passed. You will feel serene, and the wedding will feel like a breeze. Inner peace will lead to better wedding snaps too. Trust us!

9. Diet

You must drink enough water to keep your body toxin-free. Aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water. Opt for coconut water or lime water to shed the bloat. Eat a balanced diet consisting of fruits, green vegetables, and protein.

Avoid munching on junks like chips, chocolates, ice creams, or sodas. They lead to bloating and skin problems. It’s ok to have a few cheat days, but keep them in check. Opt for healthy and nutritious snacks like fruits and sprouts.

It is essential to provide the body with antioxidants and minerals in order to have healthy and glowing skin. Lack of vitamins or minerals leads to nail and hair breakage and sallow appearance of the skin. For flawless skin, consult your doctor or dietitian to fill any nutritional gaps.

You can also download calorie journals to keep a track of your water and food intake.

10. Sleep

Sleep is absolutely must before the wedding. Lack of sleep can give you dark circles. A polished skin, but with dark circles under the eyes, will definitely not look good on your wedding day. So, we advise you to sleep at least for 8-10 hours a day.

11. Spa And MassageSpa

This is not absolutely necessary but if you want to take some time off from the wedding stress, then you can visit any reputed spa and get a massage.

12. Maintaining The Glow

Many of us give up on our beauty schedules post the wedding. Here is a question for you – why should you put a time frame on looking gorgeous? You needn’t be at the treatment center as often, but you don’t have to stop entirely either.

After all, everyone deserves a little ‘me time’. You can opt for simple home remedies to aid you in the process of maintaining that ‘new bride glow’.

Some other important suggestions include:

  • Try to avoid using an untried facial product on the day of the wedding.
  • Do not tweeze your brows on the wedding day.
  • Do not skip meals.

If you follow these simple tips, you will surely feel beautiful inside and out. You will look and feel like a million bucks. Our ultimate advice would be that you should try to stay happy, because after all, how we feel inside is what reflects outside.

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Tips to improve Candid Photography

Aditya Deshpande by Gesture Photography

11 Tips for Better Candid Photography

Sonal by Gesture PhotographyCandid styles of photography are increasingly becoming popular both in general day to day photography but also in formal photographic situations. Last time I was asked to photograph a wedding the couple actually hired me purely to take paparazzi style shows of them and their guests throughout the day. They had another photographer for the formal shots and gave me the brief of getting a behind the scenes look of the day.The results, when they put together my shots with the formal ones were a wonderful blend of photos that told a fuller story than if they’d gone for one or the other.Below are a number of tips to help photographers improve their ‘candid’ photography. Please note that these tips are not about taking sneaky, voyeuristic or true paparazzi shots (ie photographing people without their permission) but rather about how to add a more candid feel to the shots you take of people that you know.

1. Take your Camera Everywhere

Probably the best way to take spontaneous photographs is to always be ready to do so. I have a DSLR which I take out when I’m on a shoot but between shoots like to cary with a quality point and shoot camera that I can whip out at a moments notice to capture the many opportunities for a good photo that life presents us with. Taking your camera with you everywhere also helps people to be more at ease with you taking their photo. I find that my friends and family just expect me to have my camera out so when I do fire it up it’s not a signal to them to pose but it’s a normal part of our interaction – this means that they are relaxed and the photos are natural.

2. Use a Long ZoomSuraj (Joey) by Gesture Photography

Obviously the further you are away from your subject the less likely they will be to know that you’re photographing them and the more natural and relaxed they’ll act. Using a telephoto lens or long zoom enables you to shoot from outside their personal space but keep the feeling of intimacy in the shot you’re taking.

3. Kill the Flash

Perhaps the most obvious way that you can signal to another person that you’re photographing them is to use a flash. There’s nothing like a blinding flash of light in the eyes to kill a moment. If possible (and it’s not always) attempt to photograph without the flash if you’re aiming for candid shots. When in lower light situations increase your ISO setting, use a faster lens, open up your aperture or if your camera has a ‘natural light mode’ turn it on. Hopefully one or a combination of these approaches will help you blend into the background a little more.

4. Shoot lots

I’ve written about this before on this site but when you shoot multiple images quickly of a person you can sometimes get some surprising and spontaneous shots that you’d have never gotten if you shot just one. Switch your camera to continuous shooting mode and shoot in bursts of images and in doing so you’ll increase your chances of that perfect shot.

5. Position Yourself strategicallyPreeti and Dipesh By Gesture Photography

While Candid Photography is about capturing the spontaneity of a moment and getting that perfect shot at the right split second of time I find that if you think ahead and anticipate what is about to unfold in front of you that you can greatly increase the chances of getting some great shots. So at a wedding get to the church early (or even go to the rehearsal) and think about what will happen during the ceremony and where will be best for you to stand to capture each moment. Which way will people be facing? What will they be doing? What will the light be like? Thinking through these issues will save you having to run around repositioning yourself when you should be shooting images – it’ll also mean you take a whole heap less shots of the back of people’s heads!

6. Photograph People Doing things

Images of people doing things tend to be much more interesting than people sitting passively doing nothing. For one your subject will be focussed upon something which adds energy to a photo (and takes their focus off you) but it also puts them in context and adds an element of story to your image. Timing is everything in Candid shots so wait until they are distracted from you and fully focussed upon what they are doing or who they are with and you’ll inject a feeling into your shots of them being unaware and that the viewer of your image is looking on unseen.

7. Photograph People with People

Something very interesting happens when you photograph more than one person in an image at a time – it introduces relationship into the shot. Even if the two (or more) people are not really interacting in the shot it can add depth and a sense of story into the viewing of the image. Of course ideally in candid shots you’d like some interaction between your subjects as that will add emotion into the shot also as we the viewer observe how the people are acting.

8. Shoot from the Hip

If your subject is aware that you’re there and that you have your camera out they might tense up or act a little unnaturally as they see you raising your camera to the eye. The beauty of digital cameras is that it doesn’t cost you anything to take lots of shots and it can be well worth shooting without raising your camera. To do this most effectively you might want to set your lens to a wider angle setting to make up for any aiming problems you might have.

9. Mix up your Perspective

The other beauty of shooting from the hip is that it gives you a slightly different perspective to take the shot from (ie shooting from 3 feet height instead of 6). This adds to the candid nature of the shots. In fact sometimes it’s the slightly crooked, slightly out of focus or poorly composed shots taken from this type of angle that ends up looking the best because they come across as quite random. Of course you can add all these new perspectives to your shots without shooting from the hip. Crouch down, get up high, frame your shots on an angle, zoom in close and then quickly zoom out to a wide angle, break the rules of composition etc and you will add a new perspective to your shots that can mean they look fresh and surprising.

10. Frame Images with Foreground Elements

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A trick that I often use in candid shots is to purposely include something in the foreground of the shot to make it look as though I’m hiding behind it. You might do this with by shooting over someone’s shoulder, by including a little of a tree branch or the frame of a doorway.

11. Take Posed Shots into Candid Territory

One of my favorite times to shoot candid shots is when other people are taking formal ones. This is because everyone in the shot is focused on the one element (the other photographer) – but it’s not you. If the main photographer has posed the happy couple of the day or their bridal partly look for a different angle to them to take a shot of the same subject. Often if you take a few steps to the side and shoot from almost a profile position you can get great shots. Also zooming in to take shots of just one or two of the people in a larger group at these times can work well. Also try zooming right out to take a shot of the photographer and their subject all in one. If you’re the only photographer and you’re taking formal shots a great technique is to take your posed shot and then continue to shoot after everyone thinks you’ve finished. It’s often the shots just after the posed one that are the best as people relax and look at each other.

As Described by Darren Rowse