Visiting the Taj Mahal is a unique experience in itself – imagine, a historical monument that stands even today as a testament of love in an era where architecture replaced what we convey in an emoticon on WhatsApp today. Photographing the Taj Mahal is easily something every tourist who lands up at its doorstep, does. The regular, often seen photograph of the happy tourist standing outside the Taj Mahal is a hackneyed exercise. But if you’re looking at the bigger picture as a photographer, capturing the Taj Mahal on camera can be quite an intriguing experience.
Here are a couple of things you can do to make a special photograph out of the Taj Mahal.
- Cross the Yamuna and shoot a picture from the Mahtab Bagh, for a completely different perspective of the Taj Mahal. You won’t be allowed a tripod, but if you’re good with your camera, this is a brilliant place to start with.
- Start with a wide angle lens, because of the width and size of the structure. The Taj Mahal is a wide monument – with minarets flanking the main edifice. Capturing it in entirety within a single frame works perfectly if you use a wide angle lens.
- Use a Polarising Filter: Since shooting the Taj Mahal in daylight will involve some amount of glare, you will do well to have a polarising filter that will cut back on the glare. It is the most effective additive in your shooting process, most efficacious when used at a right angle from the source of light.
- Use a Haze Filter: Shooting the Taj Mahal in the winter months will mean having to shoot it against a hazy space. The best way to avoid the haze is to look at shooting the images around noon and just after it – but if that isn’t possible, use a haze filter to cut back on the blurring effect.
- Zoom into the image: Using a zoomed in focus to shoot the intricacies with which the Taj Mahal was crafted. Each inch of the architectural marvel is replete with intricate carvings, and some scrollwork, and for the most part, stones, too. Capturing this dimension of the Taj Mahal makes it larger than life – especially for those who only see it in pictures.
- Use over exposure generously: While shooting the Taj Mahal, chances are that the edifice might occupy a large part of your frame. The best way to ensure that you capture the image right is to use overexposure by one stop, because otherwise, it might appear darkened. This is oftentimes true of shooting on program, aperture or shutter priority modes.