The best way to tell the story of God’s own Kerala is through photos: Shane Dallas

Shane Dallas started off his session at the ICTT2019 at Le Meridien, Kochi, explaining the three C’s of photography – Composition, Control and Connection. Shane has around 30 plus years of experience in photography. He has travelled across some 100 plus countries with his camera, capturing amazing frames of life.

Shane Dallas advises to use a DSLR or advanced mirrorless camera and always carry a tripod, filters and cleaning equipment. He also advises not to shoot in auto mode. The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. As follows.

“Leading lines and depth in photographs and simple photographs, focusing one main element will give a charm to the photo.Framing with windows and other objects and reflections on water and glass will also make good photographs,” he said.

“Use exposure control and filters to make light even. Also, keep in mind that reflected light is better for portraits. For capturing the ‘Blue Hour’, use a tripod, a timer or remote control and full manual setting. You also need to be quick as the ‘Blue Hour’may only last for 10 minutes,” Shane Dallas said in his presentation.

Dallas feels that slow travel helps you connect with a place and advises to take time to observe before photographing. “When photographing people, get to know them before asking for a photo. People photos help make potential visitors feel safer,” he said.