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How does one make money through photography, and how does one make lots of it? At the recent iClick Symposium in Bengaluru, this seemed to be a recurring question amongst a lot of young hobbyists. After having interacted with many masters of photography from India and abroad, I thought of putting down six rules that form a chain of thought about becoming a successful photographer. Rule #1: It is not about the money. There are other, easier ways to get rich. So, the motive to make money from photography must come from a powerful, raw need to release the shutter for other reasons. Rule #2: Therefore, as clichéd as it sounds, it is about a craving hunger to make excellent photographs because of a deep-rooted love for something beyond the camera. Rule #3: Conversely, when perfect frames are required, internalising the craft becomes an indispensable prerequisite. Rule #4: To learn the craft, making a lot of mistakes early on and quickly learning from them becomes very important. Thus, being curious and experimental is equally important. Rule #5: Mistakes help you discover things about yourself. They help you put yourself into your own images. In essence, this helps you create your own identity and style. Rule #6: Building an identity takes time, effort and, most of all, discipline. Amongst all the qualities that are essential for success, discipline usually wavers first. This happens because discipline needs the conviction of a bigger purpose. If it does waver, you need to go back to Rule #1 and ask yourself why you are doing photography in the first place. That said, the secret for success is actually not really a secret, regardless of which profession you choose. Success needs passion, knowledge, dedication, discipline, willpower, resourcefulness (as opposed to resources), money and effort. And if you think about it, the only part of this equation that can possibly be transposed or interchanged... is effort for money. Everything else needs to be there, unequivocally.
“Amongst all the qualities that are essential for success, discipline usually wavers first.”
K Madhavan Pillai
by Amit Mehra
It took some time for Amit to realise that he was reacting to Kashmir just as a photojournalist would. After observing the valley for a while, without his camera, he decided to restart the project. “A photographer is only a witness. He is not a judge. He is not there to change any opinion. But if his body can create a debate, a dialogue, a discourse, that is the greatest reward,” he says.
To read more about Amit Mehra’s quest to capture the eerie silence of Kashmir —
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I enjoyed reading all eight techniques but ‘Playing with Silhouettes’ was the best. APRIL 2013 . Prithwish Karforma. These photographers not only employed genius techniques but their photographs are fine examples of creativity at its very best. Being a 17-year-old. I think that the quality of photography is only going to deteriorate. via email “I hope BP organises competitions for minors who are unable to participate in most contests. What they fail to understand is that the real legends have spent years mastering this skill. However. People are made to believe that great photographs can only be created with the help of great cameras. Although there is a regular mention about shooting with cell phones in articles. Priyanka Surve. Everyday. a cousin of mine insisted that she wanted a DLSR for her birthday. via post Dr Amit Vakil Best Issue so Far! 20 The March. I do not know her photography habits or whether she wants to simply photograph casually. I think that it deserves much more attention and importance. I loved the cheatsheet but found the poster with the quotes. This would help give us an early start. Chamba. Better Photography. However. are the photos that are being published in the Shooting Technique section. Ruby House. Mumbai-400 028. was the Young Photographer of the Year award. Nikita Joseph. The last time BP had a contest addressing this category of photographers. Shobhit Das. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the On Assignment articles. I feel that minors have very little scope of participating and showcasing their work. 2013 issue of Better Photography is one of the best that I have read in the past one year. The article inspired me to experiment and shoot silhouette photographs. via email BP reader Dr Amit Vakil sent us this image he shot after reading ‘Dare to Shoot Against The Light’ (March 2013). I see people creating their own Facebook photography page which is flooded with mediocre photographs of sunsets.in Would Love a Calendar! It was a delight to receive two posters in the February 2013 issue of Better Photography. the Shooting Technique ‘Dare to Shoot Against The Light’ was the most impressive. a little boring and would have preferred a calendar instead. Chennai. insects and flowers. the articles in Better Photography have become even more informative.” Better Photography More Cell Phone Photography! I find the magazine to be very educative and informative. There are many who believe that by owning a DLSR. What I fail to understand is the fascination behind DLSRs. Network 18 Publishing. via Twitter The New DSLR Trend Recently. This ignorance does not just end here. the only department where I have seen a dip. At this rate. ‘A’ Wing. J K Sawant Marg. New Delhi. While some of the images are good. Mumbai. they have mastered the art of photography. India Email: feedback@betterphotography. Since then.Feedback Send your feedback to The Editor. ‘From Day to Night’ by Stephen Wilkes and ‘A Small Wonder?’ by Christopher Boffoli. Amateur-looking Photographs Over the years. I think that better pictures can be published. back in 2009. there has not been a single contest. better is the quality. addressing several issues. via Twitter Underage for Competitions I am disappointed with the lack of photography contests for people under 18 years of age. They think that the more expensive the gear. Dadar (W). Dr Amit Vakil. However. I urge BP to bring back the YPOY awards or introduce some other competitions for young photographers. the thing that I find missing is a separate cell phone photography section. Kolkata.
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lens correction and digital asset management tools. being women and Kashmiri. This is a great move from Nat Geo as these pictures share interesting stories about events. The lab has continuously reinvented itself to keep up with the changes in the technology.4MP 50x superzoom with a 24–1200mm equivalent lens. New Tumblr Site Revives Old Nat Geo Photos N ational Geographic has started a new Tumblr site titled Found which aims to publish long lost photographs in celebration of the magazine’s 125th anniversary. tumblr. The kind of stories that any photojournalist would Solar Lab Celebrates 40 Years of Existence S olar Lab which was founded in 1973 turned 40 last month and is the oldest Indian photo lab still in existence. You can see the images at www. The kit. die to have access to—they have it. the DSC-HX300 a 20. IQ260 and IQ260 Phase One unveiled WiFi enabled IQ260. named RhinoCam allows NEX owners to shoot with classic medium format camera lenses that capture 140+ megapixel photos. imagine if they were empowered with cameras and some training. IQ260 Achromatic and IQ280 medium format digital camera backs.2MP WiFi compact superzoom with a 25–500mm equivalent lens. The country only recently lifted the ban on foreigners’ use of mobiles. to produce local news coverage that elevates global awareness. with features including HDR processing. Digital back users can now take pictures wirelessly and view them from their iOS devices.s naps hots what ’ s n e w Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300. According to Mansi. “The reporters at the GPI desk have incredible access. we applaud the initiative and hope it Aliya Bashir sets the tone for more. With the country’s newly launched Koryolink 3G network. The images have already been receiving a lot of appreciation and give us an intimate glimpse into a country that has for long been in Fotopro Camera Accessories Camera accessories manufacturer Fotopro has a wide variety of new products to help photographers shoot better. which is available only to foreigners. This is why I was there. em and empower women in the developing world. T Series and CT Series of tripods. The tumblr site breathes Phase One IQ280. most of which have never been seen or published before. april 2013 Better Photography .natgeofound.” In an age where photography is becoming more democratic. The initiative was the brainchild of William Bonner who curates National Geographic’s extensive photo archive. whereas the WX300 is an 18. A stripped-down version of Capture One Pro. last month. a new lease of life into old photographs. waterproof. The new launches include P Series. At Better Photography. David and Jean became the Stories From North Korea Now On Instagram A first few people to use Instagram and share images of a reclusive North Korea.com. So while writing is their strength. You can find both the photographers on Instagram and follow them at @dguttenfelder and @newsjean. TT-1 backpack and WH-30 and RH-10 ballheads. The company also launched Capture One Express 7. HX300 and TX30 Sony’s latest addition to their line-up are. to put their own stories into a visual context. it is most rewarding when the medium is used to empower people and foster change. Empowering Women Journalists in J&K D elhi-based photojournalist Mansi Midha trained women reporters of the Global Press Institute J&K desk. card-style camera that is built with a 26–130mm equivalent zoom. The TX30 is a tough. ssociated Press photographers David Guttenfelder and Jean Lee are one of the first few people to share rare glimpses of North Korea with the world. Vizelex RhinoCam 26 Fotodiox’s new mount system turns a Sony NEX E-Mount mirrorless camera into a digital back for full 645 medium format photography. Celebration plans included new services for photographers as well as a tie up with Ricoh for better and higher quality prints. GPI is a social venture that uses journalism to educate. culture and lifestyle from the past.
For more details on the festival. otters and bats. Rs. personal correspondence and exhibition prints made from Vishniac’s recently digitised negatives. Parsis Chemould Prescott Road Gallery. he has consistently photographed the night resulting in this collection of images. 3500) Deadline: 30 April 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Contest The competition: Open to 18 years old or older students of higher education from across the world. 2800) Deadline: 2 May 2013 Bird Photography Trail Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary.000) and their work will be exhibited in a group show in Vienna. Being a chronic insomniac. most of it being published for the first time. ADAA Contest calls for entries to showcase their photography skills. Rs. Prizes: Professional category winner wins USD 4000 . Website: www. This is the best way to watch and photograph birds.org Entry Fee: 34 Pounds (Approx. The images must be photographic in nature and then digitally enhanced or manipulated primarily (over 50%) with Adobe tools. Contact: +91945153005.com Deadline: 21 June 2013 a pril 2 0 1 3 BPW is organising a one-day bird photography trail to the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary in Mysore. visit www.fotobookfestival. The work needs to be created with methods such as research and interviews.adobeawards. USA.com Entry Fee: 35 Euros (Approx. It highlights the versatility and innovative work by the iconic photographer.thevipawards. The workshop is meant to teach partcipants to capture the unnoticed 6 March–6 April P r o ta l k Tethered Shooting is the option to control your camera via a computer to take pictures. You can send in your work for consideration as print or digital exhibitions. Rs. crocodiles. Submissions for print exhibitions must be based on the theme of the festival–Grace.edu/awards/ dorothea-lange-paul-taylor-prize Entry Fee: USD 65 (Approx. delhiphotofestival. Iconic Photographs by Roman Vishniac Rediscovered N ever seen before images by legendary photographer Roman Vishniac are on display in an exhibition at the International Center of Photography. Rs. Website: www. a 3D award and a 24-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership.000 (Approx.16. 6 April Photobook Dummy Award 2013 The competition: As a part of the 6th International Photobook Festival. a winner’s certificate. presentation in European Photography magazine and showcase of their work at multiple photo festivals across Europe.com. 5. 1. parsi aunts in floral dresses and more. photo-based installations Noida Soliloquy 30 Chatterjee & Lal. These images by Dhruv Malhotra capture Ca l l f o r e n t r i e s Dhruv Malhotra (Approx.200) and a featured exhibition at CDS. Mysore If you have always wanted to show your work as a photobook. 2. UK. 21 March – 18 April Delhi Photo Festival 2013 Open For Submissions T he second edition of Delhi Photo Festival is now calling photographers and curators to submit entries for the 2013 festival. film footage. VIPA 2013 The competition: Vienna International Photo Awards calls documentary photographers to submit digital entries for the 2013 edition of the awards. You can view and save images directly on the computer. Rs. The exhibition is on display till 5 May 2013 and puts together over four decades of his work. photographers can submit photobooks that is not already a printed body of work. To read more about Roman Roman Vishniac Vishniac. The deadline for submission is 20 April 2013. New Delhi Zen of Photography is a series of workshops conducted by photographer Achal Kumar. Categories: Individual and Team. Rs. turn to Page 114. Categories: Professional. Amateur and Smartphone. Prizes: Cash prize of USD 10.duke. Website: www. take part in Photobook Dummy Award 2013. Prizes: A complete book production from German publishers seltmann+söhne. Website: www. Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize The competition: Center for Documentary Studies (CDS).40.Ev e n ts 20 February–1 May Zen of Photography India Habitat Centre.08. Participants will be a part of ranger-guided boat tours of the isles. 2400) Deadline: 30 April 2013 the anatomy of an aspiring metropolis and its in-between spaces. UK is looking for photographers with an ongoing documentary project. Prizes: Each category winner will receive USD 2000 (Approx.documentarystudies. Mumbai Sooni Taraporevala’s images highlight the daily life and simplicity of the Parsi community in Mumbai.2013.000). Mumbai or multimedia and film. The photographs span over two decades and capture parsi families. The rediscovered work at Roman Vishniac Rediscovered consists of vintage prints. charming old Bombay streets.
Land Of The Lion Gir National Park. The workshop will teach students how to organise and manage all their images as well how and how much to edit any photograph.photocaddy. The camera packs a 24. but one can only speculate on whether the difference would be stark. Photocaddy teaches you the nuances of Adobe Lightroom in this two day workshop. an interesting decision coming close on the heels of the D800E. As the successor to the Nikon D7000. Somnathpur: One Day Photography Workshop Bangalore Interested in photographing the rich cultural and architectural heritage of India? This one-day workshop organised by BPW is a great chance. It brought together both hobbyist and professional photographers and was dedicated to explore the power of photography. The big change in the D7100 is a 51-point AF system. Nikon also announced an update of the Nikkor AF-S 80–400mm f/4. Gigi Scaria.mp4 Through The Lens Penguin Books India and Visual Arts Gallery together organised Through The Lens. This is the first time that we will see such an AF system in a camera at this price point. iClick Symposium 2013 Bengaluru hosted India’s first photography symposium from 16–17 March 2013. discussions and live photography sessions from photographers. we wait to see if and when this sensor will be used in a consumer camera. Inner Space Patrizia Guerresi NCPA. an Indian conservation architect. The photographs are some of the first few images taken of the city and are a mix of the architectural beauty and portraits of residents of Mumbai. The series puts together over 24 years of his work based on his ancestral village in Bengal. The book was launched by renowned photojournalist Raghu Rai. The tour will give wildlife photographers to test their skills and take stunning pictures. The sensor can capture details even in extreme darkness. 17 – 21 April New Canon Sensor Can See In Extreme Darkness C anon unveiled a new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor that is specially designed to shoot videos in low light. Mumbai 32 Italian photographer Patrizia Maïmouna Guerresi will present an intimate perspective on the relationship between women and the society through this exhibition. an event to launch Amit Mehra’s new book titled Kashmir. France Heritage On display between 16–21 March.in for details 4 May A Village in Bengal Mumbai-based photographer Chirodeep Chaudhari showcased images from his latest book in this exhibition held at Project 88. A visitor looks at the images from A Village in Bengal that were on display at Project 88 in Mumbai. Chirodeep was also a part of a Q&A session with Sooni Taraporevala where he spoke at length about the process and motivation behind this body of work. It can be in the camera or within the lens.toehold. The images.6 decadeold telephoto lens. However. this exhibition held at Kalakriti Art Gallery.com/news/ media/20130304mov. put together from public and private collections. This is her first exhibition in India and the new body of work has been created as a response to India’s culture. similar to the one seen in the D800. Serena Chopra. Mumbai between 14–26 March.1MP sensor which omits the optical low pass filter. are displayed throughout the gallery in various formats. Participants had the opportunity attend seminars. Additionally.canon. New Delhi and was followed by a conversation about the book with Uma Nair. The exhibition on display included the works of photographers Anay Mann. This may make the quality different enough from the D5200. Visit www. Chirodeep Chaudhari ap r i l 2 0 1 3 . The launch took place on 20 March at India Habitat Center. it is the new flagship model of Nikon’s DX-format DSLR lineup. editors and curators under one single roof.5-5. Rishi Singhal. the photography project was built around the work done by Aishwarya Tipnis. E ve n ts 6 – 7 April A Comprehensive Lightroom Workshop Mumbai P r o ta l k Lens Drive System refers to the mechanism that drives the lens’s autofocus system to the required focus point. Gujarat Toehold is organising a four-day wildlife photo tour to the Gir National Park in Gujarat. Isabel Saij and Jean Pierre Dubois. Contact: +919483518811 A Fantastic Legacy: Early Bombay A collection of original images of Bombay dating from 1850s to 1900s were on display from 13–27 March 2013 at Max Mueller Bhavan in Mumbai. Visit: www. Watch the sample footage at www. Hyderabad highlighted the elegant French architecture and the cultural influence of the country. in 15 – 24 April Nikon D7100 Gains 51-point AF from D800 N ikon announced their latest offering for serious photography enthusiasts— the Nikon D7100.
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“Photo Café is a revolutionary concept with HP and Café Coffee Day to make printing photographs more fun.”
Solar Lab has completed 40 years of successful existence in the photography industry. Enthusiasm and passion for photography from people across all professions is the reason we have managed to Mahendra Visarai survive for such a long Founder, time. When we began, Solar Lab colour film was still a novelty. Today, it has almost died out. However, digital photography has opened up new avenues of its own for photo labs to exploit. For any photo lab that aims to survive for such a long time, it is necessary that they keep adapting to the latest technology while still delivering good quality prints. In the year 2012, we introduced the concept of Photo Cafés. Today, photographers can visit our stores, relax and have a cup of coffee while they get their photographs printed. At the moment, our main aim is to open over 100 Photo Cafés in the western region of India by the end of 2013. Eventually, we are looking to have more branches countrywide. A major credit for our success and our ability to stay up-to-date with the latest technology goes to the government. We have had the freedom to import raw materials as well as the machinery to deliver best quality prints. Though taxes still account to 35% of our total production costs, we still hope that in the coming years, the government will offer a few exemptions on the multiple taxes levied. —As told to Ketan Kundargi
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pread over two weeks, from 13–27 March 2013, the first ever photography festival for Mumbai—FOCUS was organised by Asia Art Projects in collaboration with curator Matthieu Foss. The festival celebrated the photography medium with over 22 exhibitions, artist talks and free workshops across two dozen venues that included gallery spaces, cafés, shops, boutiques and even garden spaces in the city of Mumbai! In its debut edition, FOCUS was themed The City and the photographs throughout the festival showcased the city in urban as well as in its traditional landscape. “The festival was all about sharing, and exchanging dialogue on photography. Photographers and photography aficionados and people from various forms of media came together to share their thoughts and ideas,” Matthieu said.
Olympus Brings New SanDisk Celebrates Silver Jubilee Year Cameras to India O S
lympus India has recently launched eight new compact cameras in the Indian market. Some of the prominent cameras in this list include the XZ-10, SH-50 and the TG-2 all of which were announced this year at CP+ and CEF. This is a great move by Olympus as other cameras companies often avoid or even delay launches in India. Mr Kenichiro Mori, the newly appointed MD of Olympus India said, “This year, we want to be at the forefront of advanced compact camera race.”
anDisk completed 25 years of existence in the flash memory technology in March. The company celebrated at a social evening with the members of the photography industry on 4 March 2013 in New Delhi. The event was an opportunity for the members to interact with Mr Sanjay Mehrotra, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of SanDisk Corporation India. At the event, SanDisk also offered insights into the future of Consumer Electronics and Flash Memory technology.
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Title: Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden Author: Frans Lanting ISBN: 978-3-8365-3415-4 Publisher: Taschen Price: USD 39.99 (Approx. Rs. 2100)
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Dutch photographer Frans Lanting’s Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden was first published in 1993. The book documented a year-long journey that Lanting undertook in the Okavango Delta in Southern Africa. The book was widely appreciated then and became a reference point for photographers working with nature and wildlife. Almost 20 years later, Lanting along with his wife and editor of the book, Christine Eckstrom have compiled an updated version of this classic work. The new edition of the photography consists of more than 170 photographs, with at least a dozen new images. Lanting’s painstaking efforts to document Africa’s pristine beauty are evident with full colour photographs that make you fall short of words. With this book, one can clearly see the diversity of wildlife and nature found in the vast Okavango wetlands and across Botswana’s arid plains. The volume is divided in chapters and an introductory text supports each chapter. Lions, hippos, herd of elephants, hyenas, giraffes, African fish eagles, spoonbills, flamingos, swamps, marshes and lagoons...Lanting has photographed every aspect of the Okavango Delta with ultimate skill and imagination. Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden is a visual delight for photography, nature and wildlife lovers. In more ways than one, this book truly manages to unite the reader with the vivacious life force that is common to all living beings on Earth. — written by Priyanka Chharia
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he 2013 edition of Photokipa will be held between 19–21 April 2013 at Bhrikutimandap Exhibition Hall, Kathmandu, Nepal. Photokipa 2013 is Nepal’s photography trade fair which is being organised by Creative D Pvt Ltd and marketed by Workspace Nepal. This year, the objective of the fair is to provide an international exposure for the local industry. Photokipa 2012 saw the participation of some big brands such as Samsung, Sony, Elinchrom, Canon, Mimaki, Sharp, Apple and GoPro. This year, the number of exhibitors is only set to increase with many more domestic manufacturers from India and China all set to take part. Over 50,000 visitors are expected to be present at the fair. Unlike other fairs, Photokipa 2013 will also see multiple trade associations coming together to appreciate the contribution
of various individuals in the field of photography. The three-day fair will also showcase works by renowned photographers from Nepal, India and China. Apart from this, exhibitions, fashion shows and workshops will form a major part of this fair.
36 Over 50,000 visitors will be participating at the fair. Photokipa 2013 will see photo associations and industry members from India, China and Nepal, come together.
The second edition of the fair has a wide range of events scheduled for photographers to test their photography skills.
Multiple workshops have been planned for all three days.
US Students Teach Photography in Rural India Nat Geo Photography Show Now on Indian TV M T
any cultures in rural parts of India are slowly vanishing due to the changing environment and technology. A unique program Children Learning International Cultures (CLIC) Abroad has undertaken an initiative to teach Indian rural children how to use a camera. This way they can photograph and create an archive of their own homes and disappearing cultures. CLIC Abroad was founded in 2009 by photographers Bhaskar Krishnamurthy and Frank Christian in collaboration with the University Lake School, USA. By Marchend, students from Wisconsin, Georgia and Missouri, USA, will travel to Pragpur, Himachal Pradesh and get acquainted with 50 rural children. With 60 digital cameras donated by Nikon, the program will educate young rural kids to photograph their own daily lives. Additionally, the program has previously donated shoes and computers for rural schools and coolers for an orphanage.
he first photography based reality TV show, Mission Covershoot will follow and document the journey of eight Indian amateur photographers in Sri Lanka. The photographers will battle with their SLRs to have a photograph shot by them as the cover of National Geographic magazine. The show premiers on 25 March at 10 pm on National Geographic Channel.
Fototazo is an interesting website launched by Tom Griggs, a photographer and educator based in Medellín and Philadelphia, US. The site combines photography with a social cause and raises funds for young and emerging photographers from economically disadvantaged backgrounds of Columbia to help them purchase a piece of photographic equipment. The grant is applicable to those who are already building a career in photography and whose growth is hindered by the inability to purchase equipment. Visitors on the website can take a look at the work of the photographer chosen for the grant and chose to donate any desired amount they wish. Apart from this, the website features in-depth interviews and projects of several contemporary photographers. An online gallery on the website is regularly updated with single images along with a statement from the photographer. With the format of the website, one gets to look at new photo projects everyday. — Chandni Gajria
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Just as the name suggests, Lost Photos is a simple software that digs out all your forgotten pictures from the decades of emails lying in your inbox. With Lost Photos software, one can easily search for any picture that you may have received or sent from your email account. You may argue that you don’t need the software since you never felt the need to search for that particular image. But only after using the software did I remember that the image even existed. To find old images, simply enter the email Id and password of your email account. The software then searches through various emails in your inbox and gives you the results of the photos it has searched. You can browse through these pictures and most likely, you will find a photo that you had completely forgotten about. You can share the picture on facebook, twitter or even email them once again to a friend! — Chandni Gajria
hat if you could share a video simply picture is embedded with a hidden video. by passing a print of a photograph? Using the app, point the phone at the Live The new HP Live Photo mobile application Photo print and you will be able to see does exactly that! The free app for Apple your photograph come alive! iOS devices (mainly iPhone and iPad) works on augmented reality to view videos that are stored in photograph prints. Creating a Live Photo print is easy. Download the HP Live Photo app on your iPhone or iPad and choose a video which is 45 seconds or less in length. Then, select a still from the wide variety provided by the app. Add a frame from the templates available and just hit print. A blue icon on the Live Watch the video at www.youtu.be/CDXDjWIGYlc to see the magic of HP Live Photo Photo print indicates that the
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Dove Launches Campaign Against Photo Editing S
kin care products manufacturer Dove launched an interesting and unique marketing campaign. The campaign challenges the concept of using editing softwares in order to fake beauty of models and people. And it is doing so by launching a new Photshop action that undoes any editing that might be done by a retoucher on a photograph. Dove decided to prank photo manipulators by launching a fake
action that claimed to add glow to portraits. However, when someone applies it to a photo, the image is reverted back to its original, untouched state. It also overlays a banner with the message–“Don’t manipulate our perceptions of real beauty.” While the action was not very effective and only a few retouchers fell for it, Dove has definitely brought out a new and fun way to promote its message.
—Written by Ketan Kundargi “To me. Dinesh Khanna. make it a great location for a photo school. Mahesh Bhat. It also makes me confident of the fact that I am doing the right thing by following my own style rather than getting trapped into the trends. “The texture of life within a photograph helps to reconstruct the memory and thereby the experience that is associated with making the final photograph. “This way. k W ho ’ s s hoot i n g Loo he One School Goa is now accepting admissions for its three year Photography and Multimedia courses starting 1 July 2013. India on this project. Alok Rai 40 Indian Photographer Wins Scholarship at Foundry Workshop Alok Rai is a 29-year old Pune-based photographer.” Alok loves to travel.” His series of images of the Pushkar fair. he replied saying that they only offer instant gratification.s naps hots Photography Workshops by Tamron Across India New Photography & Multimedia School T T The five winners will showcase amron India. Bhaven Jani. For him.” Alok Rai One of the images from Alok’s winning series. The relaxed and creative nature of Goa. photographs are like breadcrumbs. He says. Here. The school aims to teach young photographers why to photograph rather than simply concentrating on the technical details. Peter Van Agtmael judged the entries. Renowned photographers Shantanu Sheorey. Prashant Panjiar. Suresh Natarajan and Rafique Sayed will be a part of the teaching faculty. as a part of its Tamron their images and also get a hands-on Challenge campaign will be conducting experience with various Tamron lenses photography workshops for hobbyists and at the workshops. the viewer can always come back to the memories. Eesh professionals will Dewan. He photographs his experiences sometimes using a DSLR and at times with his iPhone. Alok hopes to publish these images in the format of a book someday. When asked why he stayed away from showcasing his pictures on the social media. three professional The winners were photographers. From March till June was a two-month 2013. 12 workshops nationwide photo across different cities competition which in the country will aimed at identifying be conducted by five photo enthusiasts. Mahesh Shantaram. They help me navigate my memories. announced at CEIF Assisting these 2013. The Tamron Challenge serious enthusiasts. “Winning the scholarship feels good.” Most of his images in this series have not been published anywhere yet. the medium of photography is just another way to relive the journeys he has been through. workers at the Pushkar fair set up a roller coaster ride. It is reassuring to know that my work matches up to the strictest standards in the industry. Better Photography april 2013 . photocompetition. Magnum photographer. Ravi Dhingra be the five winners and Adarsh Anand are of the Tamron The winners of the Tamron Challenge 2012 pose with partners with Tamron Challenge 2012 Nitin Goyal of Tamron India at CEIF 2013 in New Delhi. won him a full scholarship to the seven-day 2013 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop to Sarajevo.
we’d never have been able to understand the terror in its worst form. As editor of a tabloid. It is this that makes photojournalism the most exciting and effective storytelling tool. attacking policemen and journalists. In the middle of the mayhem. they were arrested by the Mumbai Police. Police investigations are painfully slow. would have never been highlighted. Pablo Bartholomew’s picture of a boy buried in sand during the Bhopal gas tragedy in December 1984. to me. Richard Drew’s photograph of a man plunging to his death from the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept 11. In the past. it just got democratised further with the inclusion of citizen journalists—on Twitter. I am often asked about the importance of photography to making stories more effective. never the moment. the battle between the NSG commandos and the Pakistan-trained terrorists who attacked Mumbai on Nov 26. top-class news photography has brought down governments. whenever a photojournalist’s freedom has been questioned or compromised. Overnight. including 45 policemen and seven journalists. their valour while the Maharashtra government headquarters was on fire. Admittedly. made us smile. If Atul’s photojournalism was literally one of courage under fire. Atul’s pictures were instrumental in tracking down the two rioters. Photographs have always had that impact. to me. it is not impertinent to ask the question whether photojournalism is still relevant. 2001. in both instances. Over the next fortnight after MiD DAY published them. The examples I mentioned are proof enough. april 2013 Better Photography . private vehicles. Everybody had just one question: Who were these two men? Two weeks later. it was perhaps the same courage that led six personnel at Mumbai’s Mantralaya building to climb to the terrace and save the national flag from burning. That. Consequently. the crowd swelled to thousands and went on a rampage – burning buses. They were shown on television channels and made it to international newspapers and websites. there are millions of photographers serving a larger cause. is a good thing.Visual Musings A Thousand and One Words: Why Photojournalism is More Important than Ever Sachin Kalbag Atul Kamble / MiD DAY M umbai’s iconic Azad Maidan saw a few hundred people on 11 August. just about everywhere. Therefore. this helps in several ways. for that matter. In the age of smartphone-photography and social media sharing. on blogs. it is that one moment—the photographs of the planes hitting the North and South Towers of WTC in 2001 and Sebastian D’Souza’s chilling close-up image of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Qasab—that defines the event for us. a classic case where news photos not only resulted in great journalism but also had a massive impact on society and law enforcement. on Facebook. even molesting female police personnel. it is the sequence that stays with us. MiD DAY photographer Atul Kamble shot what became the symbol of the riot and the basis of a nationwide manhunt for the two men who destroyed the Martyrs’ Memorial. if there were no moving images of the planes hitting New York’s World Trade Center on Sept 11. they became national heroes. have to wait a long time before beginning to unravel why. perhaps. 2008. he has stood behind his staff photographers. That. They had kept the flag safe for over two hours and it was only when the chief minister’s office told them to climb down with the flag did they do so. and 54 were injured. created revolutions. Steve McCurry’s much talked about picture of an Afghan girl… every single photograph has had an indelible influence on our minds. For instance. and potentially. But television is really a series of moving images strung together. Two people died. so we will. However. MiD DAY. He is active on Twitter as @SachinKalbag. protesting the inhuman treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. and even brought tears to our eyes. To be sure. Or. says that photographs now speak a thousand and one words. 41 Bipin Kokate / MiD DAY As the Executive editor of one of Mumbai’s leading tabloids. 2012. each of them could go public with their pictures. around 3 pm. If not for MiD DAY photographer Bipin Kokate. the counterargument is that it is television that feeds on social or political unrest and is the catalyst of change. the relevance never diminished. 2001. And change lives. Over the years. Sachin Kalbag strongly believes in the power of the photograph. Often. stopped wars. the photographs went viral across several media outlets and were shared close to a million times on Facebook and posted almost an equal number of times on Twitter. changed laws.
why just 18MP? After all. performance. giving Canon users an immediate reason to upgrade.. and other photographic accessories and gear. the highest rated products in each category automatically win the Better Photography Excellence Award. because prices for products change constantly.test te st GearGuide How We Test Product Categorisation We first segregate products into categories for the purpose of equitability in testing. Featuring the most sophisticated AF/AE system yet. Final Ratings Under each main parameter. individual features. the weightage we give to these parameter differs from category to category. etc) against which we either give points or simply mark ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Under the hood. the final score. and the companies that made them. Similarly. colour accuracy for individual colours in different lighting. we distinguish between advanced and basic compact cameras. Additionally. and then. The loss of the 1. based on the current pricing of a product. This is Better Photography’s recognition of the very best products launched in the course of the year. printers. we arrive at a score for that parameter. light falloff. the Canon EOS-1D X is a whole lot more than a speed demon. Better Photography M Features Performance Build Quality Ergonomics Warranty & Support erging two parallel lines of previous flagship DSLRs— the high-speed APS-H sized EOS-1D Mark IV and the high resolution full frame EOS-IDs Mark III—into a single DSLR was a bold move. because different types of consumers have diverse expectations from products. we also test consumer and pro lenses. warranty and support. the 1D X is a shooting. The Process We primarily test for features. It uses three high speed processors—two Digic 5+ processors (17 times faster than Digic 4) for april 2013 . The DSLR is divided into entry-level. While this remains constant. AF and image processing monster. Value for Money does not affect the final percentage. flashguns. Everything in the 1D X is about speed. center-to-edge definition.3x crop (which may seem minimal. For compacts. BP Excellence Awards At the end of the calendar year. In comparison tests. ergonomics. we also tag products as ‘BP Best Performer’ and ‘BP Best Value for Money’. semi-professional and professional categories. 18MP marks the perfect sweet spot in terms of superb sensor quality (dynamic range and extreme high ISO performance) and high enough resolution for most users. as K Madhavan Pillai discovers.. build. the 1D X is an improvement over the previous flagships. Canon EOS-1D X An Ode to Speed Weightage of parameters 5% 15% 15% 20% 45% Our Seals of Approval Any product that scores 80% or higher in individual tests gets ‘BP Recommended’—a seal of approval from our team. a star rating for ‘Value for Money’ is considered. but is considerable for wildlife photographers) is now offset with a18MP full frame sensor that can blaze away at 12fps. dynamic range. compact cameras now sport a minimum of 14MP. denoted as a percentage. Thus. In terms of features and control layout alone. For full frame sensors today. 44 we list out hundreds of individual variables (for eg. Features One of the recurring questions that users in India have is.
to Zone AF or full Auto. The new AF system has 61-point AF with up to 41 cross-type AF points (like the 5D Mark III). These responses can be fine-tuned using sliders in the Menu. unlike earlier flagships.tracking sensitivity.. Cases range from ‘versatile multi purpose’ to ‘erratic subjects moving quickly’. To enable a maximum continuous shooting speed of 12fps. from using individual points. the mirror mechanism has been redesigned and the shutter blades are made up of carbon fibre (tested for 400. There are six AF presets. without having to manipulate images after they were shot.000 shutter cycles). Personally. The camera can shoot upto 290 JPEG and 34 RAW images continuously before it begins to slow down for data to be written to the media card.000-pixel RGB metering that can be used with Automatic AF point selection when tracking subjects around the AF area. The difference between the 1D X and the 5D Mark III is in the way metering system links with AF.. and how rapidly the autofocus point will switch from one to another. the camera can now detect faces and colour when tracking subjects. The 1D X has 100.5-6. cross-type AF supports apertures up to f/8. With the latest firmware update.3 DC OS MACRO A jack of all trades? 58 Colours at higher ISO settings reproduced extremely well. The central five of points have diagonal ‘Dual’ AF elements for improved precision. called ‘Cases’. Exposure: 1/80sec at f/16 (ISO 12.800) image processing and AF.TEST Test TEST Panasonic GH3 High quality video meets mirrorless 50 Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100 Fun all the way? 56 Sigma 18-250mm t e st f/3. What’s in the box • EOS-1D X body • Viewfinder eyecup • Battery charger • USB Cable • Stereo AV cable • Camera strap • Body cap • Accessory shoe cap • Lithium battery • Software CD-ROM • Instruction manual 45 april 2013 Better Photography All photographs by K Madhavan Pillai . acceleration or deceleration. Called the ‘Intelligent Tracking and Recognition’ system (EOS iTR). and a third Digic 4 processor only for metering. AF is now given its own independent space in the menu system of the 1D X. I have yet to come across a camera with more detailed AF /AE functionality. One can now also customise the way the camera uses these points to focus. Each Case defines the camera’s three main AF responses. to clusters of points around a single point. and boasts a greatly improved tracking and low light focusing capability.
is nothing short of liberating.000) Better Photography april 2013 .te st 46 Controlling image parameters at high ISO. without worrying about losing detail or bad noise. Exposure: 1/80sec at f/22 (ISO 16.
the EOS-1D X is both larger and heavier than its predecessors. sports and wildlife photographers. For most action. these customisations will revolve around the quick changing of focus points. including mini ‘joystick’ controllers to move through options. it has not compromised on handling comfort. 25 or 24fps . ALL-I compression at 24fps. it is possible to adjust aperture and other settings live. there are two ways to get to grips with all the various options the 1D X has to offer. and a ‘Q’ button to jump to the ‘Quick’ function menu. like 1080p at 30. and continues to be a pioneer in movie capture in DSLR cameras. All of these could have easily been included and are available in the Nikon D800 and D4. Either simply set the april 2013 Better Photography 47 .t e st Canon was. and all of these are easy to set. Although AF isn’t available while shooting (making the 1D X a choice only for expert users). To me. In fact. There are some serious omissions though. After a couple of days of use. like Zone AF. That said. with a three button layout and joystick similar to the main grip. cinema oriented 1D C. I could registered a custom AF function. Customisation options abound in the EOS-1D X. Canon has just announced a firmware upgrade that allows the 5D Mark III to output uncompressed video. There are several new additions to the control layout. There are plenty of video features in the 1D X. modes and Cases. Both the control layout and the way the AF and metering behaves in different shooting conditions can be set according to user preferences. or HDMI out for uncompressed recording or previwe to an external device. the sole purpose of restricting the 1D X seems to be to differentiate it from the more expensive. and the Sony Alpha 99. stereo microphone input. to the DOF button so that I could easily switch between Single Point AF and Zone AF whenever the situation demanded. There is no headphone output. I found myself enjoying the weight and heft of the camera. For example. Yet. even over long durations of time. Handling Solidly built to withstand tough shooting environments. Canon has improved the vertical grip considerably. a direct live view button.
. It drains out after about 1400 shots. In terms of performance. Or. Buying a second battery is recommended. the 1D X is a perfectionists camera. A new Live View button has found a place near the viewfinder while the playback and review buttons have moved just below the LCD. april 2013 . aLSO LOOK FOR • Nikon D4 48 camera options based on the descriptions of the shooting scenarios and let the camera handle things from there. settings and controls to exactly the way I wanted it. The best handling experience and results at the highest shooting speeds depend on these customisations. the camera is better contoured than its predecessors. The most significant. punchy colours. Serious widlife or sports photographers often spend the entire day in the field and rake in the frames. Though heavy. The AF toggle switch and mini joystick on the vertical grip for moving AF points is a welcome addition.te st Test Shots Colours and Grain Reminiscent of Transparency Film Remember the quality of transparency film being projected? The camera can be tweaked for nice. just as in its features and handling. The tinest details were captured brilliantly. which is what I did. one could get into the various sliders and sensitivity settings. Extremely Responsive and Accurate Focusing I particularly enjoyed using cluster points with the Single Point AF. immediately noticeable changes are in terms of AF accuracy. especially considering the shooting speeds possible. and is comfortable to hold over long periods of time. I very rarely missed critical focus at shallow depth of fields. White Balance can also now be directly accessed. the camera shows plenty of improvement over its predecessors. Extremly accurate and superbly quick. and experiment more to understand exactly what changes.. Yet. I found myself being a little disappointed with the life of the battery. P lu s • Speed! • Image quality • Low light performance • AF/AE control Minus • Battery life • Price Performance The camera is extremely quick to start up and get shooting. Better Photography The top of the camera would be familiar to older Canon users. It took me a good two weeks of extensive trials to discover the best settings under various situations before I customised sensitivity. This is not to say that the camera does not perform extremely well in all of its default user settings. Ergonomics Front Shutter release DOF preview Top Metering modes Light for Focus point top LCD modes Rear Live view button Mini joystick Remote IR signal receiver Vertical grip Lens release button Shooting\AF\drive modes Hot shoe Exposure compensation button High resolution LCD Rear command dial Vertical grip buttons The Canon EOS-1D X is made up of tough magnesium alloy and is weathersealed against the elements. image quality and overall speed. The flash exposure lock button from earlier flagships is now a customisable button right next to the command dial.
the images were brilliant and perfectly usable straight out of the camera at its highest resolutions.200 With good exposures.800 ISO 25. 2 or 10sec Dual Slots. Both dynamic range and critical detailing were excellent. 4. type Sensor cleaning Focusing modes AF type AF points Metering Shutterspeed range Exp. sports and wildlife photographer who can use the advanced feature set. 49 Flash range Flash sync speed LCD size LCD dots Viewfinder File format FINALRATINGS Features Dual card slots. with the RAW files showing substantial recoverable details in the shadows and highlights. UDMA mode 7-compatible.200 Auto. worthy proposition for many professionals. Standard). A buying decision at this level would. Which would be the better camera between the Canon EOS-1D X and the Nikon D4? The answer to that is subjective indeed because the differences between them. the best results at the fastest speeds also depends on the user being able to anticipate and set the camera for the shooting condition.7mm 1530g ISO 12.600.000 pixels Pentaprism (100% coverage) JPEG (Extra Fine. 4. MPEG- 4 AVC No Yes Yes. Environmentally sealed Yes Why? Value for Money Better Photography april 2013 . over its predecessors. the 1D X is a significant leap. While the camera excels in every area of our review. Fine. Extreme low light AF was slower than normal. Extremely high image quality and AF at 12fps! While it needs a lot of user customisation for optimal results. luminance noise is barely visible until ISO 1600 and chrominance noise till ISO 3200. extremely quick AF Build Quality Weather sealed magnesium alloy build meant to withstand tough shooting situations Image stabilisation Live View Remote control Self-timer Storage types Timelapse recording Movie clips USB HDMI Battery Dimensions Weight Ergonomics Large and heavy for most users but feels great. though diverse. are extremely close (except in video recording features). Even at 12fps. but this is easily correctable in software. The grain is pleasantly film-like. Images are surprisingly clean all the way up to ISO 25. but locked quite satisfactorily. MM RECO ISO 6400 Model name MRP Effective pixels Max. but it holds especially true for the EOS-1D X. In good light. Spot 30–1/8000sec -5 to +5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps sRGB and Adobe RGB Auto.29. in technology and image quality. AI Servo. However.29.200. White Fluorescent. resolution Sensor size. needs to be customised for results Warranty & Support Two-year warranty. highly advanced linked AF/AE system. images were wonderfully clean. the camera maintains AF almost perfectly. Manual Phase Detect 61 Evaluative. RAW (14-bit).t e st S pec i f i cat i o n s Noise Test ENDE D There are so many different ways to customise AF and AE that it is well nigh impossible to go wrong.40. 100–51. widespread service network in India OVERALL 92% Who should buy it? High-end professional photographers who are into action. mini HDMI Type C Lithium-ion 158 x 163. Flash and Kelvin Yes. lacks some critical video features 13/15 42/45 15/15 17/20 4/5 Performance Average battery life. excellent image quality. with hardly one out of twelve frames going awry. 12fps 14fps with AE/AF Lock No Yes. Cloudy. Daylight. in all likelihood. Low light performance is where the EOS-1D X outshines every other camera in the Canon line-up. compensation Colour space ISO White balance Canon EOS-1DX Rs. low light performance and speed. Yes Yes Yes Yes. For Canon users.1MP 5184 x 3456 Full frame CMOS Yes Single-point. Optional Yes. superlative image quality even at high ISO. Center-weighted. This is true for every flagship DSLR by Canon or Nikon. Tungsten. sports or wildlife. I was using ISO speeds up to 16. Shade.600 ISO 51.995 18. Opening badly underexposed shadows by three stops showed progressive colour noise at higher ISO.2 inch 10. it will prove to be an attractive.000 regularly! Even without noise reduction. the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and the EOS-1D Mark IV. It delivers excellent overall quality.995. be based simply on which lens system a user already owns or whether a user is already familiar with Nikon or Canon. it must be said that a large part of the performance delivered by the camera heavily depends on the expertise of the user too. Type I or II CF card. Despite a steep price tag of Rs. Metered Manual E-TTL II Auto Flash and Metered Manual NA 1/250sec 3. There is no colour shift all the way up to ISO 51.6 x 82. Drive modes Built-in flash External flash Flash modes Conclusion The Canon EOS-1D X is clearly meant for the high-end pro action. hot shoe E-TTL II Auto Flash.
With a larger-than-usual body. one that gives full 16MP images in all aspect ratios. it is mostly positive. While this is similar to the working of most other cameras. However. Both the GH1 and GH2 were universally accepted as competent still cameras with excellent video functionality. which not only speeds up april 2013 Features Performance Build Quality Ergonomics Warranty & Support Better Photography anasonic’s flagship mirrorless cameras have always been great hybrids. But from here on. unfortunately. The camera boasts of a new Venus Engine VII FHD. and the camera crops pixels to get 3:2 and 16:9. Before we elaborate more on its pro aspirations. this is a camera that can match even a high-end DSLR in terms of its build. the company has taken giant strides to give a pro-like feel to their flagship. were hoping for an upgrade in terms of megapixels. That was the first thing I noticed when I removed the camera from its box. the sensor has been modified to provide a wider dynamic range and a 1EV gain at the high end of the ISO sensitivity scale. you will be disappointed.test 50 The New Benchmark Weightage of parameters 5% 15% 15% 20% 45% Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 P Features The Panasonic GH3 sets the standard for what a hybrid camera that shoots both stills and videos should be. loses this. Just like the GH2. If you . the company says that though the resolution is the same. and with this new camera. The GH3. The GH3 is now here. let’s quickly see what kind of new features this update sees. Shridhar Kunte sees if it is worth its price. the GH2 had something called a multi-aspect sensor. the LUMIX GH3 also has a 16MP sensor. The default aspect ratio is 4:3.
That’s right. making it the fastest Micro Four Thirds camera in the market for JPEG shooting. this high frame rate is not available while shooting RAW.test The GH3 has one of the best Micro Four Thirds sensors to date. The camera has an impressive burst speed of 20fps in the Super High speed mode. It is the video features in which the camera takes a big leap. The GUI of this app is very simple to use and concise. and has a dedicated app on iOS and Android. What was great to see was that you can even control the lens if the camera is fitted with a power zoom.1 SE • LoiloScope (trial version) 51 april 2013 Better Photography All photographs by Shridhar Kunte . including the BBC. The GH3 becomes the only camera of its kind to What’s in the box • Battery charger with AC cable • Battery pack • Body cap • USB cable • Shoulder Strap • CD-ROM • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8. Interval Shooting and Multiple Exposures. including a 3. considering that several broadcast corporations worldwide. Exposure: 1/20sec at f/2. as it allowed the camera to record video at much higher bit rates than the competition. but also control the camera remotely. but also enables extremely high bit rates while shooting video.8 (ISO 3200) startup and shot-to-shot time. You can make the smartphone into an off-camera viewfinder. the GH2. which only allows 6fps. a headphone jack and compatibility with an optional battery grip. The GH3 has an option of recording video at 72Mbps straight out of the box. capturing excellent quality even in low light. With the help of this. you can not only transfer your images wirelessly. had a hack that was not official. The camera is equipped with WiFi. This is a big deal. It also has several other jacks. consider a camera good enough for broadcast use only if the data rate is higher than 50MBps.5mm mic input. Its predecessor. but became really popular. Professionals will be happy to see that the GH3 has a PC Sync socket. The camera gains dedicated modes for HDR.5 PE • SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.
The amount of detail captured by the GH3 sensor with the 12–35mm lens is excellent.8 lens. slow motion capabilities and professional camcorder features such as Time Code round up the GH3’s exhaustive video expertise. Plu s • Weather sealing • Superb video • Highly customisable Minus • Not-so-great EVF • Only one card slot 52 record such high bit-rate video. The GH3 is undoubtedly the heaviest camera in the Ergonomics Front mirrorless camera segment. I think Panasonic has done a good thing by not conforming. G5 and the OM-D. Like the GH2. In fact. one rarely needs to go into the menus. better than other Micro Four Thirds cameras. which shoots video at a 2. A PC Sync socket can be seen at the front. april 2013 . The screen is not flushed with the body. the camera has an Extra Tele Converter mode. and that is bound to make it a favourite of professional cinematographers.6x crop. On the top. The GH3 is much easier to handle for those with average to large-sized hands. Due to this and the extremely effective touchscreen and Quick Menu. one of which can be customised. the body design is very close to the entry-level APS-C size DSLR. there are several options like the GF5. In a day and age where every mirrorless manufacturer is trying to make their camera smaller. There are two microphones placed around the hot shoe. For those who are looking for smaller cameras.test Test Shots Excellent Dynamic Range The GH3 improves on older Panasonic sensors and delivers fantastic dynamic range. All over the body you will find as many as five customisable buttons. the GH2. This basically implies far superior quality. Handling We tested this camera with the Panasonic’s new high-end 12–35mm f/2. there are four buttons. The use of magnesium alloy frame and weather sealing gives a clear signal that this is a pro tool. The overall body weight is 470g which is close to Nikon D5200. Uncompressed video through HDMI. Faithful Colour Reproduction Colours are pleasing and reasonably accurate. Better Photography The camera looks just like any entry-level DSLR. A majority portion of the body is covered with textured rubber. but without downsampling any pixels. which results in your thumb touching the aLSO LOOK FOR • Sony Alpha 77 • Olympus OM-D Top Flash Mode dial Front exposure dial Rear Drive mode dial Electronic viewfinder Focusing mode switch Rear exposure dial Textured rubber grip Lens PC Sync socket Drive mode dial Hot shoe Mode dial Customisable Fn button Tilt-and-swivel OLED touchscreen Customisable Fn button The handgrip of the camera is considerably larger than that of its predecessor.
and if shot and processed carefully.5EV (in 0. ensure that the quality of the footage is really good. we would say that the GH3 has better video capabilities than any hybrid camera in the market.990. The AF works very well during video. resolution Sensor size. handles better than any Micro Four Thirds camera. the only reason why a full frame DSLR may be more enticing for some. Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync..14. Noise Test ISO 1600 Model name MRP Effective pixels Max. the camera jumps to a 100% view.0. Type-C Lithium-ion 575g (body only) ISO 3200 Aspect ratio (w:h) 4:3 Performance The focusing on GH3 is real quick and accurate. The touchscreen implementation is quite good. type Sensor cleaning Focusing modes AF points Metering Shutterspeed range Exp.3 steps) sRGB.. 75Mbps video shooting. Cinematographers ought to seriously consider this though. CMOS Yes AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF Contrast AF system Multi. but that is not too bad a thing. you will get far better cameras at much lower price tags. There are very few options available in the market that will even come close to the video performance of the GH3. The Electronic Viewfinder is better than other MFT cameras. without artefacts appearing. 3. 2. While being a competent camera for stills.8 lens does provide a lot of bokeh). 100% FOV RAW. It simply means that one can sharpen in post. USB 2. 1/160sec Sync speed 13/15 41/45 14/15 16/20 3/5 Performance Fast AF. 4 / Colour temperature setting 6 fps in full resolution (max 18 consecutive shots of RAW+JPEG Yes Yes Red-Eye Reduction.608 x 3. Sharpness levels are low. even ISO 6400 can give good results. The high bit rates and the ETC mode. ISO 200–12800. This is a good improvement. Adobe RGB Auto. and the footage is tack sharp. but not as good as Sony’s EVFs. the images straight out of the camera show good colour balance and excellent contrast. I was very impressed with the video quality of GH3. is if they want far shallower depthof-field (though the GH3 with an f/1. in terms of features. it is a filmmaker’s delight. With the extensive amount of control and the fantastic data rates. If you tap the screen in the Playback mode. Environmentally sealed Yes Why? Dimensions (W X H X D) 133 x 100 x 79mm Value for Money Better Photography .test S p ec i f i cat i o n s RECO DE MMEN D corner of the screen each time you press the video-record button. with brilliant colours. 2. Ergonomics As many as 5 customisable buttons Warranty & Support Three year warranty with limited service network OVERALL 87% Who should buy it? Filmmakers who do not want to compromise anything in terms of video functionality. no in-body IS. the GH3 is very good—it is fast. 53 Drive modes Built-in flash External flash Flash modes Flash range LCD size LCD dots Viewfinder File format FINALRATINGS Features 20fps. The quality of RAW photographs is even better. and produces excellent images. good noise control at ISO 3200 Image stabilisation Not in Body Live View Mirror lock-up Remote control Self-timer Storage types Timelapse recording Movie clips USB HDMI Battery Weight april 2013 Build Quality All-weather design..800 The sensor seems to perform quite similarly to the Olympus OM-D E-M5. compensation Colour space ISO White balance Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 Rs.264 Yes Yes Yes Yes. but this is not a major problem. MPEG-4 AVCHD/H. magnesium alloy body Conclusion For still photographers. JPEG. For JPEG shooters. 99. Slow Sync. ISO 6400 ISO 12. Spot 60–1/4000sec +/. expandable to ISO 25600 Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1. Rear-curtain Sync 12 (in meters at ISO100) 3-inch TFT OLED 6. But it is too expensive. The body costs Rs. Centre-weighted. The viewfinder and tilt-swivel screen have been upgraded to OLED. Mini-B connector Yes. the GH3 is the best video interchangeable-lens camera. data rates and on-field performance. 99.456 pixels 17. as compared to the GH2. if video is not your prime concern. PC Sync socket.3 x 13 mm. even while shooting in really low light. 10sec SD/SDHC/SDXC card No Yes Yes.000 pixels Yes. This holds good even when the light levels falls.05 megapixels 4. In fact. Dynamic range at base ISO is excellent..990 (body only) 16. Images captured under tungsten lighting showed a warm cast.
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ameraphone technology has been evolving at breakneck speeds. Cell phones are striving to offer better sensors and more megapixels. The point-and-shoot market is being eaten into, and the latest wave of revival seems to be cameras which run the Android OS system and offer the facility to connect to the web instantly via WiFi or 3G.
Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100
Ambarin Afsar tells you about the only question you need to ask yourself while considering the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100.
with a 4.8-inch high definition capacitative touchscreen, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and a 1.4GHZ quad core processor. All these essentially make it a Samsung Galaxy SIII phone with a superzoom lens, slightly larger sensor, a popup flash and an inferior screen. You can use a 3G microsim or use a WiFi hotspot to do everything that a smartphone does, except make actual voice calls. The camera has the usual suspect PSAM modes, 15 Scene modes and 15 Effects or Art Filters. I found the Galaxy camera performing really well when it came to effects like Old Photo, Gothic Noir, P lu s • Instant connectivity • Third-party apps Minus • Lacklustre image quality and detail • Too large
Weightage of parameters 5% 15% 30% 15% 35% Features Performance Build Quality Ergonomics Warranty & Support
The Samsung EK-GC100 is a 16MP compact offering 21x optical zoom (23–483mm),
Annoyances Within the Galaxy Camera’s Interface
Camera controls are provided in the form of a virtual lens barrel which covers half the screen while shooting, making one miss what is going in the frame.
The most frustrating thing about the Effects line-up is that every time you get back to shooting, from playback, the camera forgets which effect you had chosen.
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Impressionist and so on. But when I viewed the images on the PC, I realised that they had all been downsized from 16MP to 2MP without so much as a warning! The camera can record Full HD 1080p video well as slow motion video at up to 120fps.
The camera is very large and it weighs a whopping 300g! This is considerably heavier than most point-and-shoots and smartphones. The design of the camera is quite minimalist. The rear is only dominated by the 4.8-inch touchscreen. Surprisingly, this did not deter me too much. The interface is fairly easy to understand and the camera is not sluggish.Third-party apps as well as native apps work quite well. Battery life lasts around 2-3 hours of continuous shooting. The CIPA rating given to the camera is around 340 shots, which more or less matched up to what I found. However, regardless of whether you are a moderate or heavy app user, be prepared to charge the camera by evening.
that, it is disappointing. There is ruthless noise reduction at almost ISOs, and even at ISO 100, images soften up, display oversharpening and artefacts. All of this gives the images a mushy appearance when viewed at 100%. The colours are punchy and contrasty straight out of the camera and Auto White Balance does a good job in almost all situations. Autofocus is also fairly decent and intuitive at the wide end, while at 21x, it gets slightly slow. The touch focus and touch shutter features are quite responsive. The lens functions smoothly throughout the zoom range, however, it shows some fringing in high contrast situations.
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Model name MRP Sensor size, type Resolution LCD Aperture range Shutterspeed ISO range Optical zoom Metering modes File formats Battery Storage Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight
Samsung EK-GC100 Rs. 26,520 1/2.3-inch, BSI CMOS 16.3MP, 4608 x 3456 pixels 4.8-inch, HD TFT f/2.8–5.9 16–1/2000sec Auto, 100–3200 21x Multi, Spot, Centre-weighted, Face Detection AE Still: JPEG, Movie: AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV Lithium-Ion MicroSD (upto 64GB) 70.8 x 128.7 x 19.1mm 300g
The EK-GC100 has plenty of glitches to be ironed, in terms of the interface and image quality. In order to be a true convergence device, the camera needs to be at par with the smartphone experience, which has not happened. Priced at Rs. 26,520, you have to ask yourself whether you really need this gadget. If you really want good image quality, you could simply opt for the Canon SX50. But if you have your heart set on this camera, then wait for the WiFi version.
The image quality of the Galaxy camera is much like that of a basic compact, and in
Android 4.1, Good 3G/WiFi connectivity, touchscreen, 21x zoom, no voice calling
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Aggressive NR, soft edges, mushy images
Stylish, minimalist, sturdier than the Galaxy phones, but needs to be handled with care
Too quirky an interface, requires some back and forth
Warranty & Support
Two-year warranty, limited service network
Who should buy it? Someone interested in investing
in yet another cool toy.
The Vintage filter lent a nice cool blue tint to my images. The camera’s strengths lie in its filters.
Ambarin Afsar april 2013 Exposure: 1/320sec at f/4 (ISO 100)
The device is still not a true convergence device. The camera capabilities require a lot of finetuning. On the other hand, the touchscreen experience is perfect.
Value for Money
Sigma 18–250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO
Jack of All Trades
Ambarin Afsar finds out whether Sigma’s latest superzoom offering, the 18–250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM, lives up to the promises it makes.
18–270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, also offers a ratio of 1:3.8. The lens features a maximum aperture of f/3.5-6.3 and 16 lens elements in 13 groups. It also features a Hypersonic Motor for quiet focusing, and focuses on entry-level Nikon bodies. It is optically stabilised, and the manufacturers promise a 4-stop advantage. Sigma has also limited the minimum aperture to f/22, in order to help prevent degradation of image quality. On the other hand, Tamron offers f/40 at the telephoto end.
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uperzoom lenses are always very interesting for me. I like the freedom to go from wide to tele in a matter of seconds. These allin-one lenses are something that third-party manufacturers keep updating and reworking, so much so that they end up giving better value than proprietary lenses. The Sigma 18–250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is one such update.
The 18–250mm Macro OS HSM offers two main updates over its predecessor, the 18–250mm DC OS HSM. These are improved close-up capabilities and a much reduced size and weight. The updated lens offers a magnification ratio of 1:2.9 while its predecessor offered a ratio of 1:3.8. Its competitor, the Tamron
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The 18–250mm reminds me a lot of the Tamron 18–270mm in terms of design, size and build quality. The lens is lightweight, with a solid plastic barrel.
The sharpness suffers at the telephoto end of the zoom. But, the price, close-up capabilities and the compactness make this seem acceptable.
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where there is some red and purple fringing towards the corners of the frame. My observations about the sharpness of the lens are slightly mixed. Performance The autofocus is very quiet and impressively fast. when pointed downwards. Chromatic aberration is reasonably low. S p e c i f i cat i o n s DED MMEN RECO Model name MRP Lens construction Closest focusing distance Max. What was surprising was the amount of pincushion distortion that I observed at 35mm. These control AF and OS.9 7 62mm 73. However. Value for Money Better Photography .6 improves centre and corner sharpness drastically. 30.500 16 Elements in 13 Groups 0. and stopping down by one stop eliminates it entirely. this lens is complete value for money.5-6. I found the Sigma’s AF system to be faster than competing lenses from thirdparty manufacturers.5 x 88. this image displays a lot of pincushion distortion. 30. detail suffers a little. On the other hand. Additionally. While its Tamron rival is also a wonderful performer. It offers you macro capabilities. This gets better as you progress towards 135mm and 250mm. given the price.3 DC OS MACRO HSM Rs.6mm 470g P lu s • Close-up abilities • Price Minus • Slow apertures • Zoom creep 59 Conclusion Priced at Rs. you will necessarily have to stop down to f/11. The lens also features a depth-of-field scale and an image magnification scale.35m 1:2. limited service centres OVERALL 84% Anyone looking for a decent performer within an affordable budget. This lens is a good all-in-one travelling companion. the compromises are few and far between. I do not know why this could not have been included and seems quite irksome to me. It is most noticeable at the wide angle. All three buttons can be reached quite easily. feels sturdy Ergonomics Zoom creep. especially since the lens has macro capabilities. Magnification Diaphragm blades Filter diameter Dimensions Weight Sigma 18–250mm f/3. pincushion distortion Build Quality Solid plastic build. which is to be expected at 18mm. but in this case. At 18mm. If you want optimum sharpness at 135mm. I did find the lens suffering from a lot of zoom creep.500. Vignetting is apparent only at the maximum apertures throughout the zoom range. image quality could have been sharper.9. Exposure: 1/1000sec at f/8 (ISO 400) Ap r i l 2 0 1 3 Ambarin Afsar Superzooms are often full of compromises. The lens features two switches on the left side of the barrel. and if you want peak image quality. no full time MF override 17/20 30/35 22/25 13/15 2/5 Performance Responsive AF. This lessens when you move to mid-range focal lengths and becomes apparent at the extreme tele end again. Sigma would do better to make the zoom ring more resistant to this. which seems palatable. FINALRATINGS Features Magnification ratio of 1:2. you have to make do with slow apertures—a trade-off. Who should buy it? Why? Shot at 62mm. 4-stop OS advantage. even at the telephoto end. DOF scale Warranty & Support Two-year warranty. There is the usual barrel distortion. sharpness is average in the centre and quite soft towards the edges of the frame when the lens is wide open. it is priced a little too expensively. it would be best to further stop down to f/8 and f/11.test The zoom and focus rings operate quite smoothly. stopping down to f/5. At 250mm. what I found unnecessarily lacking was a full time manual focus override option. while there is another smaller button located on the zoom ring to lock the lens at 18mm for transport and to avoid zoom creep. a good autofocus system and a large zoom range.
Lexar seems to have heard us because they soon announced an updated version with just that. durable back support.5 x 1 inches • Warranty: Limited Five-year Warranty Product source: Nikita Distributors. In a bid to be a great wildlife-cum-daily backpack. adjustable chest harness and a secure waist strap make carrying the very comfortable. it makes more sense to opt for a simple USB 2. Vanguard has given special attention to the ergonomics.0 memory card reader. But that is about it. If you are a photographer who wants to accelerate his workflow. At only Rs. it is great value for the money.0 Reader supports as many as 25 types of memory cards with the six built-in slots that it sports. we are not completely convinced about the build quality of the pop-up mechanism given the much bigger size and weight.0 Reader Not The Best Option Multipurpose and Fast Lexar adds more slots to its top-of-the-line USB 3. three lenses. Lexar has carried forward the unique pop-up design and which is their new exclusive feature. we mentioned how we missed slots for multiple cards in it. the camera compartment is vertical and along the back rather than the base of the bag. It is a camera bag and backpack combined in one. it fails to be good with either. but limited K 60 You can carry a spotting scope or a long lens comfortably.9 x 2. 1999 • Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.0 enabled computer. This makes one fear that all the gear will fall out each time you open it. The Kinray 53 is specially designed for bird and wildlife photographer. hen in October 2012 we reviewed the Lexar Professional USB 3. Lexar seems to have covered everything that any photographer might need from a card reader. It is even equipped with extra straps to carry a sleeping bag and a rain cover making it a reliable option in any weather. If you are not using a superfast memory card or a USB 3. It ensures that no dust enters the card slots when not in use and safeguards it from any possible damage. almost double than the speed offered by a USB 2. S p e c i f i cat i o n s • Product name: Vanguard Kinray 53 • MRP: Rs. Pune Tel: +91-2030500614 R at i n g Product source: Fastrack Communications. Except for a small pouch to carry memory cards and other accessories. 14. Delhi Tel: +91-9871388886 R at i n g Better Photography april 2013 . W S p e c i f i cat i o n s • Product Name: Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3. the speed is considerably better. No space to carry a laptop is a big letdown.990 • Warranty: Lifetime.0 computer as well. the device is a one stop solution. the rather catchy colours of green and purple are going to make it distracting when out in the wild. and often. The addition of two security straps along with the zip to lock the camera compartment helps photographers breathe a sigh of relief when carrying their equipment. the bag does not do justice to the high price tag it carries. inray 53 is the first in the latest line up of camera bags from Vanguard. Not that we are complaining.0 reader that is half the price. Vanguard has sure made a colourful entry with the bag available in combinations of Purple-Grey and Green-Grey. with this reader.mi cr o test Vanguard Kinray 53 Camera Bag Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3. Even with a normal CF card. Removable inner compartments means you can turn this bag into a backpack with ease. You can use the device on a USB 2. then this is the perfect reader for you. The bag can hold upto two DSLR bodies. Overall. However.0 card reader. Wide and padded shoulder strap. The Lexar Multi-Card USB 3.0 computer. you can transfer data at speeds as high as 150 MB/sec when using a high speed memory card. safe and reliable. a flash unit and tripod. So whether you want to transfer images from a high end UDMA 7 CF card or from the microSD card in your mobile phone. the bag misses out on any other compartment to carry small everyday items.0 Dual-Slot USB Reader. On a USB 3. However.0 Reader • MRP: Rs. However. You can easily carry a spotting scope or a long telephoto lens. 40 more than the dual-slot reader. but that is compromising its high-end capabilities. With this.
A range of pockets in the compartment help you organise and store a wide variety of personal items with ease. The bag fits in a camera body. However. 3500 • Dimensions (W x H x D): 2. The bag also features two internal pockets to fit in extra accessories such as a charger. lens cleaning equipment or a portable hard drive. The tripod is the latest high-end professional offering from Vanguard and sports some never-seenbefore features. The three legs can be locked at different angles for use in uneven terrain and to shoot from extreme low heights. anti-rust spikes or angled rubberised shoes depending on where you are using the tripod in.990 • Warranty: Lifetime. a photographer has to consider the stability it offers. irrespective of what terrain you are shooting in. The feet can be switched between normal base. the centre column of the tripod itself is conspicuously not made of carbon-fiber. Each section of the two-fold legs can be locked using special locks that resist dust or sand from getting lodged in the joints. three lenses and a flashgun. 28. While one can be used to carry a water bottle. The tripod has a load-bearing capacity of 14kg and can extend to a height of 67 inches. The Auctus 283CT packs the best from all these three in a single tripod and within an affordable budget. ease of use and how feasible it is to carry around. S p e c i f i cat i o n s • Product name: Vanguard Auctus 283CT • MRP: Rs. But while the bag can fit in all the photography equipment you own easily. but limited T Product source: Nikita Distributors. S p e c i f i cat i o n s • Product Name: Tamrac Jazz 83 Photo/iPad Backpack • MRP: Rs. it weighs only 3kg itself due to its lightweight but durable carbon-fiber legs. a camera like Nikon D7000 takes some effort before it can be accommodated. Vanguard has designed the tripod such that it stays solid. W hile buying a tripod. Yet. Designed for the urban photographer with multiple gadgets. Delivered No Nonsense Innovative new features in a rock-solid The camera bag is designed to do one professional tripod makes it one of the best. card reader. The best feature is the dual 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch locking screws that can be easily switched from one to other without having to take either of them out. the other can be used to carry a small tripod or a gorillapod. It might be a little bulkier than a full carbon-fiber tripod but it comes at half the cost. Removable internal compartments help you customise the bag to your liking and equipments.4 x 9.m i cro t e st Vanguard Auctus 283CT Tripod Tamrac Jazz 83 Backpack High Performance. The Auctus 283CT is a great option for professionals who are looking for extreme stability and versatile features. Whether on a sandy beach or a rocky terrain. Pune Tel: +91-2030500614 R at i n g he Tamrac Jazz 83 is a compact and easy-to-use backpack that photographers can carry around on a daily basis. The camera is a great value-for-money option for photographers who lug around with multiple cameras. it can accommodate all of them together at the same time.4 inches • Warranty: Limited Five-year Warranty 61 Product source: Shetala Agency. The excellent build of the bag makes sure that the weight is distributed properly and avoids making it feel like a burden. In fact. Tamrac has provided mesh pockets on either sides of the camera bag. the bag lets you carry all your equipment in a lightweight bag. The lens clinch strap ensures that your lens attached to the camera body is secured safely in its place. The outside compartment has a foam-padded sleeve to carry a 10-inch tablet around. Chennai Tel: +91-44-42125148 R at i n g apr i l 2 0 1 3 B e tt e r P h o t o g raph y . lenses and accessories every day. I was surprised by its ability to adjust itself with ease. do remember that it does not leave out space to fit in any bulky personal belongings. While a camera like Canon 6D fits in easily.8 x 2. simple thing and it does a decent job at it.
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you need to previsualise the moment you wish to capture. stop right there! Here are five things that you need to think about before you release the shutter.shooting technique on assignment digital technique Say Goodbye to Camera Shake No more blurry photos! 80 I’m Not Here The self represented as a shadow 82 Personalised Sho ot ing Picture Postcards Creativity with images T echnique 90 73 Arriving at the Photo M april 2013 Ketan Kundargi lists five things you need to consider while setting the exposure for the image you have in mind. before the action actually takes place. Irrespective of whether you shoot in the Manual mode or in the Program mode. think about what you Exposure: 1/250sec at f/16 (ISO 200) Better Photography John Byer When there are plenty of colours in the frame. Once you have figured out what you want to photograph. you need to think about certain settings before you dial in the aperture or set the shutterspeed. aking a stunning photograph is all about planning right. pay special attention to the exposure as it will decide how each colour is eventually rendered in the final image. Think Before You Shoot Before you make a photo. . If you believe in simply making a picture and moving on.
if required.Sho ot ing T echnique 74 Ned Horton If you are in a tricky lighting situation.8 (ISO 200) Better Photography april 2013 . Exposure: 1/60sec at f/2. use exposure bracketing in order to retrieve shadow or highlight detail.
But you can also use these can help you get presets creatively for a cool or warm tone for great images. Shoot. The Contrast setting within the camera can enhance the lighting conditions further. diffused light can help you create magical lowcontrast images. However. Basically. On the other hand.Sho ot ing T echnique Even if you are shooting in plain daylight. using the Cloudy WB will help you make your images more warm. mind. want it to look like an work on its aesthetic appeal. then simply overexpose! Exposure: Not Available The Contrast Consideration Harsh light can help you make high-contrast images which are graphical and impactful. Do You Need to Adjust Exposure? Need the image to be brighter? Overexpose! Want to avoid highlights getting blown out? Underexpose. Do not always go by the camera’s default reading.6 (ISO 400) To be Safe If you are still unsure about getting the exposure right. your images. Rethink. if you want the subject to be well exposed. they will become ingrained and will help you make good pictures instinctively. Shoot in the RAW mode and use Auto Exposure Bracketing to be able retain details later. Think. play it safe. every time you lift the camera. stop. Go through these steps each time you shoot. Do you want varied tones of a single colour or do you want to mute them. and be used wisely to create a certain mood. Samten Kabo Exposure: 1/320sec at f/5. Gradually. 75 Multiple Colour Tones or a Simple B&W? We live and see the world around us in various hues. april 2013 Richard Sweet Better Photography . how many tones you capture depends on the saturation value you set in your camera. even the White Balance presets simply help you achieve the correct shade of white in every Program mode lighting situation. the range of tones offered by soft. Experiment by varying exposure by a stop or two next time. Once you tweak camera settings Playing with White Balance with these Every light source has a certain colour five factors in cast that affects all the hues in the scene. and make a B&W photograph instead? When faced with backlighting.
In such cases. use a tripod.Supriya Joshi presents simple points you should keep in mind to make sure your images are always in focus. A slight movement and you could lose your focus. Keep calm and shoot! 76 Sharpness is a critical aspect of macro photography. Better Photography april 2013 Aji Jayachandran .
. how do you make sure your images are always in focus? Here are little things you can ask yourself before and while shooting. Feels strange. For the camera to achieve focus. 77 Mukesh Srivastava april 2013 Better Photography . think about the best photograph you have seen. we sometimes click the shutter-release button a little too fast. Do You Know How AF Works? The default focusing system of your camera tends to focus on the Small. doesn’t it? Similarly. When the camera makes a beep sound. you know that camera has achieved focus. you must first half-press the shutter-release button. fast-moving birds are often difficult to capture. make sure you focus on the eyes. or when the AF point turns green. So.W When shooting portraits.. the point of the image would have been lost if the camera’s focus was off even by a little bit. Zoom in and use Continuous AF to follow their quick movements. for perfectly sharp images. hat is life without focus? Imagine going through life unfocused. Did You Click too Soon? In a hurry to shoot.
switch to the Continuous Autofocus mode. This system is usually called Multipoint AF. The focus will automatically be set at infinity and you will get sharp results. Better Photography Snehal Brahmbhatt . you can get close to the window and then try focusing. april 2013 While photographing birds and animals. So. reframe and shoot. switch to manual focus. it becomes impossible to focus. as this will throw light on the subject and let you focus with relative ease. so you may face difficulties while focusing. Are You Shooting Through a Window? Specs of dirt or moisture on a window can confuse your camera’s AF system. If the subject is off center. switch to Single Point AF. Alternatively. Is The Subject Moving too Fast? If you want to shoot a fast-moving subject. While shooting fireworks at night. If your main subject does not meet these criteria. where you can decide where you want the camera to focus. switch to the Night Landscape mode. Are You too Close? The minimum focusing distance of every lens is different. However. the camera will refocus if the subject has moved. However. Is it too Dark? Poor lighting conditions confuse the AF system of most cameras. compact cameras and mirrorless cameras are not so good at doing this. and if you get too close to a subject.Sho ot ing T echnique Souvik Bhattacharya 78 brightest and closest subject to the lens. first lock the focus. most compact cameras have a Macro mode. which allow you to get as close as 1cm to the subject. it will focus on the dirt. keep these limitations in mind while you are shooting. To avoid this. focusing on the eye is essential. In this mode. Make sure that the AF-assist lamp is switched on. So instead of focusing on the subject beyond the window.
It comes in handy while shooting star trails. your camera’s AF might not work well. Due to this. Learn about hyperfocal distance and depth-of-field in order to get sharp landscape images. This means that only a small part of the overall scene 79 Neelima Vallangi april 2013 Better Photography . you need to be a lot more critical while focusing. Are You Shooting a Group of People? In such cases. The camera will also meter off the faces of the people in the group. you can go completely creative and do whatever you want in order to make the most effective photograph. Then. is rendered sharp. What are the things it is good at? What are some things it cannot achieve? Of course. learn the various idiosyncrasies of your camera’s AF system.Sho ot ing T echnique Here Are A Few Situations Where You Should Choose Manual Focus Jesse Therrien Deba Prasad Roy Andrey Gorshkov In Low Light In very low light. switch on Face Detection. capturing the moment! To Experiment with Bokeh If there are a lot of light sources around you and you want to achieve beautiful out of focus blurry lights. Are You Expecting Too Much? Before you shoot. While Prefocusing for Action Manually prefocus at the point where you expect your subject to pass. thereby ensuring that the faces in the frame are well exposed. some subjects like street lights look great when they are out of focus! In fact. Like the name suggests. shoot when the subject enters the frame. which is when you should switch to manual focus. How Critical do You Need to Be? Wide apertures like f/2.8 make the depthof-field (DOF) really shallow. switch to manual focus. this feature will detect all the people present in the frame and focus on them.
hold the device with both hands using a sturdy grip. This will ensure that you will have a shake-free photograph.8 allow more light in. and how Fire the Flash Most cameras today are capable of producing good quality images at high ISOs. Pulling them tight towards the inside of your body will further help to keep you centered. Shoot at the Widest Aperture Touch Shutter. This is because the camera is more prone to shake at the telephoto end. A noisy image is still better than a shaky one. Be Careful While Using Touch Shutter The more you zoom in to the scene. Boost the ISO 80 Wide apertures like f/2. Better Photography Support the Lens Specially in the case of heavy lenses. Avoid it during problematic conditions and stick to the regular shutter-release button. At the extreme end of a 3x zoom compact camera. Try to keep the minimum shutterspeed 1/60sec. april 2013 . Use the wrist strap for further stability.Sho ot ing T echnique say goodbye to Switch on the camera’s flash to freeze the moment. use at least 1/125sec. Increase Shutterspeed When You Zoom In Improving Posture to Reduce Camera Shake Use Both Hands While using a compact camera or a cell phone. The same applies for the kit lens of a DSLR. can result in camera shake. make sure that you hold the lens from one hand to maintain balance. thereby giving you faster shutterspeeds that can reduce camera shake. though handy. Camera shake eating at your patience? Confused about what settings to use ? take a look at this list of the things you could be doing wrong. Mind the Elbows Hold your elbows close to your body. the higher the shutterspeed should be.
use a tripod or a steady surface. take a deep breath and breathe out completely. you will also have the added stability of the surface to reduce camera shake. Therefore. And hold it. This will help you stand steady. Switch to the Burst Mode When you are shooting in quick succession. Anonymous Take a Deep Breath After you have made your frame. Switch on Image Stabilisation IS uses motion sensors to detect movement and automatically stabilises the frame. if your camera allows so. It will help you steady yourself as you photograph. However. However. Pay Attention to the Handshake Icon The handshake icon suggests that the camera settings are not optimal for handholding the camera. This can be done with any camera while shooting JPEGs. just shoot three or more images in Burst Mode. And shoot. So. to rectify the mistakes. The picture may be dark. Better Photography . 81 Underexpose the Settings If none of the other points work. the images in the middle of the burst will be the sharpest. underexpose your image in such a way that the shutterspeed given by the camera is fast enough for you to handhold the photo.Sho ot ing T echnique camera shake Before you get angry at your camera and give up on making images. april 2013 Balance Your Weight While Shooting Vertical Frames Divide your weight between both your legs and stand firmly. Supriya Joshi tells you how. IS does not help freeze fast moving subjects. if you are facing camera shake issues. but you can recover some amount of details in a postprocessing software. Use Your Elbows as a Tripod Not only will this give you a totally new frame and way of seeing. while pulling your elbow towards your body. switch to RAW so that there is minimal loss of quality while brightening the image.
I use my shadow and a pair of running shoes to express an absence within myself. Better Photography april 2013 .o n a s s i g nm e n t I’m Not Here 82 What happens when you separate the person from the shadow. the self from the whole? Pol Úbeda Hervàs explores this in a series of self portraits.
T Duration Notes here was a point in my life where I hardly recognised myself. I am surprised by this. The name. How do we accept that we are changing? How do we accept that we hardly recognise ourselves in certain situations? I am changing at this very moment of my life. came in quite naturally because the real me was just not there. I will resume it sometime in the future. The shoes remain only to make sure that there is something more than. These pictures came to my mind naturally. too.. My Perspective I was not really inspired by some other project or an accidental shot.. The idea behind the images emerged just from a need to express myself. My Assignment Description To portray a metamorphosis that occurs within one’s life. as a means to reflect the way I feel about myself. Is this me? These pictures display the way I see myself now. It is an on-going series which I started in February and continued till August 2012.o n a s s i g nm e n t 83 This series taught me that introspection can take various forms. at a particular point in time. if the need arises. I do not the react in the same way that I used to. but I erase myself because I do not know who I am any longer. This series actually acted as catharsis for me. a shadow. My shadow is there. Immersing myself in these photos was therapeutic. How do we accept that we hardly recognise ourselves in certain situations? Better Photography april 2013 .
stone. different patterns on floors and so on. I simply make three or four pictures per location and then move on. The reason behind this is that I began photography with an analog camera. I do not make a whole bunch of pictures simply because I do not need more. I just chance upon them on the go. this image conveys a sense of loneliness typical of urban areas. a dynamic pose would be interesting. I chose a static pose that was common for all my photos. Tips on Creating a Series of Shadow Photos • Neat and Simple Backgrounds: Play with different possibilities regarding where the shadow will be projected. I always carry a camera along with me so that when I see a place that appeals to me. Try different surfaces like water.o n a s s i g nm e n t 84 The Process To me. tarmac. • The Pose: Ask yourself how you want your shadow to act. Better Photography april 2013 . I am quite quick with each shoot. It is important for a location to strike the right chord with me. bricks. concrete. You realise what you really want to achieve and how to go about it. however. In a The colour palette is important. • The Time of the Day: Shoot the pictures soon during the morning or around the time when the day is ending. This will help you capture a shadow with a length similar to your own height. The experience of shooting film makes one much more focused. I shoot there immediately. All the locations where I make these pictures are not really spots I have scouted for previously. The subtle pastels of the series further helped establish a certain kind of mood.
I do not want the photos to lose their significance for me. So. This may happen in a few days. aloof atmosphere. in this case. I found out a lot about myself and how people change. However. As far as the technique goes.flickr. Better Photography . I will just say this much. Always keep this reason in your mind. However.com/photos/polubeda Maintaining a static shadow throughout the series helped me create a distant. I decided not to take more pictures till I felt the same way again. a few years or maybe even never. I will keep it a secret. this series was an enlightening experience for me. It is important to think this way because while the series is easy to attempt. you can visit his Flickr page. if you observe my pictures closely. It is always hard for me to know where to stop making a series. My Equipment I usually use a Nikon D800 with a 24–70mm f/2. you will hit upon the idea yourself. it also makes you realise the true worth of every picture you make. To see more of Pol’s work. the only thing you need is a reason to make pictures. This is exactly what I needed when I started this project. How would you go about achieving this in a software? Needless to say. really—just think of it as removing yourself from your shadow. It is quite simple. I use a Leica M8. and try making a couple of shots. april 2013 way.8 lens.o n a s s i g nm e n t 85 One of the things that this project taught me was how shadows change and lengthen during different times of the day. When I am travelling. www. I do not want it to merely be reduced to an exercise.
in an effort to find the perfect Facebook profile picture.. I’m Here Now P Better Photography ersonally. It may not have you in it. then every single photo that one makes. your background. only because it was fun. april 2013 .. Several years ago. but it still portrays something about you. likes.86 Raj Lalwani peers into mirrors wherever he goes. is a self portrait. She laughed her head off. I believe that if a photographer is honest. I told my friend this. dislikes and all such things. dismissing my thoughts as intellectual rubbish. where are your photos?” So. in a bid to prove her wrong. “You are always in front of the camera. I started including myself in a lot of my frames. your influences.
Duration I shot the first frame four years ago. everyday.o n a s s i g nm e n t My Assignment Description To remember the places I have been to. There is a picture waiting to happen. almost everywhere. 87 Mirrors and reflective surfaces are all around. while adding a hint of myself in the frame. Notes The most vital aspect to self portraits is to have fun. april 2013 Better Photography . and see new ones.
they be. The moment I shared the picture with my I get weird reactions from passersby when I point my camera at mirrors. a bit of humour is never a bad thing.o n a s s i g nm e n t 88 Were these My Perspective self portraits After all. My Equipment Does it really matter? I used whatever camera I had on me at that point of time. No. but the photos are often worth it. But the entire I go see. exercise of looking into mirrors and searching for shadows has helped me be on my toes all the time. The Process All sensible talk left aside. a picture is worth it. isn’t that what most of us seem to forget? Photography is meant to be about me? fun. not the real one. but as that be boring? something that you want to share with all I’d rather that your friends. always ready. to DSLRs and cell phones. even if it is for the infamous Likes on Facebook. with the entire scene around me being framed. I saw a kitschy poster of the actress amidst a lot of crazy artefacts. the first time I decided to follow my friend’s advice was when I encountered Kareena Kapoor. It was almost a “I have to have a picture with that” kind of moment. I generally enjoy wider focal lengths as the story conveyed is more wholesome. Better Photography . Sometimes. about A lot of these self portraits have been the places born out of sheer boredom. april 2013 When the kind of photography you do is an exercise in narcissism. not But wouldn’t because it will stand the test of time. thus keeping my vision fresh and my camera. from compact cameras.
as have my self portraits. I don’t want to call this a series. or my favourite downtown cafe.com. everyone was curious to know where I had spotted this sight. with a mirror being dead in the centre.. The early ones were obvious. He occasionally blogs at rajlalwani. That got me thinking. place or an idea? • Look up the Masters: From Lee Friedlander to Cindy Sherman.rajlalwani. and just wait for things to fall together. but in front of some scenes. a statement that this is where I am.... study how the masters have dealt with this challenging genre. much like a personal diary. Or you you want to convey your relationship with a person. Shadows may be cliché.com. Raj’s work is online at www.wordpress. I often park myself wherever I need to be in the frame. friends. I now enjoy transparent surfaces..o n a s s i g nm e n t Going Beyond with Self Portraiture • Find Out What You Want to Say: Is it only about you? • When You Should Shoot: It depends on whether you want to plan a structure or just enjoy a picture at a time. and as my style has changed. wouldn’t this be an awesome way to photograph places that leave an impression on me? So whether it was a a mountaintop in the middle of Himachal. The Kareena photo happened four years ago. Sharing these photos not only tells me how my friends react to environmental self portraits. apart from the sheer enjoyment of being in a particular place at a given point of time. since they show a hint of me and the world beyond. it is also a status update of sorts. 89 april 2013 Better Photography . it is not shot with any agenda. they are just too tempting.. I started looking for ways to bring myself in.
You could add a thumbnail of the picture used in front of the postcard. and were used as a way to share stories or gather souvenirs. there are a few things you can try to make it distinctive. The following tutorial will help you understand the technique of making digital postcards. april 2013 . which consist of his best postcards from the 1950s-1970s. In fact. you can experiment with various typographies for writing the message you want to send. these postcards allowed people to share the adventures and experiences of the traveller. British photographer Martin Parr has time and again confessed his fondness for collecting postcards. You will be to create two very different contrasting postcards—a sepia toned photo collage and a dramatic vibrant one. Original The Back of a Postcard The back of a postcard is usually where the recipient’s address is added. if you plan on mailing a series of such postcards.digi tal Techni que 90 Personalised Picture Postcards Have you ever wondered how to creatively reuse your old photographs? In less than six easy steps. He compiled a book called Boring Postcards. add a thumbnail of the image you will send next as a sneak peak. They make great souvenirs to distribute among friends or hang on your wall. While it is customary to keep this space clean. D Better Photography o you have a bunch of casual snapshots of friends. family and all the tourist destinations that you visited over the years? Such photographs are in fact the perfect images to convert into postcards. For instance. At a time when travel was difficult. The first known picture postcards date back to the middle of 19th century. Aditya Nair shows you how to make different styles of postcards. Additionally.
go to the selection and right click on it. Go to a layer of an image in the background. Stroke the selection like in Step 3. Save this image and then follow the same procedure for the other images. Select Stroke from the dropdown menu. Resolution 300 pixels/inch. 6 ADJUST THE TONES: Select the ‘Create new adjustment layer’ icon at the base of the layers palette. Go to Select > Inverse to inverse the selection. 3 ADD A WHITE BORDER: On the image. change the colour to white and select the tab that reads inside. Tools Used • Free Transform • Layer Blending Modes • Canvas Size • Hue/Saturation • Marquee tool • (in Photoshop CS or higher) T Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 his tutorial makes use of five images that were shot at a wedding. Place the resized images on the canvas. 2 CREATE A CANVAS: Create a document of Width 6 inches. Raj Lalwani 91 1 RESIZE IMAGES: Go to File > New. Height 2 inches. In addition. Resolution 300ppi. you can give your images any colour tint that suits the postcards by merely dragging the Hue/Saturation sliders around. choose the Outside tab in the Stroke menu. Better Photography april 2013 . you can add a texture or a vignette to this tutorial. Choose Hue/Saturation. While a sepia tone is used for this tutorial. This will create a white border for that image. From the centre of the image. Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E. With the centre image layer on top. 5 ADD THE CIRCULAR BORDER: In order to add a border to the photo collage. Choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Check the Colorize button. 4 CREATE THE CENTRE OVAL IMAGE: Select the centre image layer. Height 4 inches. select the Marquee tool. Do the same for the other three images.d i g i ta l T ec h n ique An Old World Photo Collage Learn how to recreate sepia toned photo collage with a set of five images. Drag one image of the collage into Photoshop. Ctrl + Left click the thumbnail next to the layer name to select it. Hit the Delete key to erase the rest of the image. Saturation to 45 and Lightness to 5. The technique relies on the use of basic Photoshop functions such as Hue/Saturation and Marquee Tool for selection. Change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and adjust the opacity. It recreates the original photographs into a sepia toned photo collage that doubles up as a memorable gift for the newlywed couple. Change Hue to 40. Create a custom file —Width 3 inches. you need to inverse the selection again. However. Choose a suitable width. while using the Hue/Saturation slider in Adobe Photoshop. Adjust it to fit the canvas size. hold down the Alt key and draw an oval selection. Transform the layer and increase the size of the image if you feel it is necessary.
They can double up as your very own photo diary! 4 REDUCE THE IMAGE SIZE: Double click on the Background layer to unlock it. Press and hold the Shift and Alt keys. the postcard gets a more dramatic and graphic effect. simply by changing the Blending Modes. set a suitable size for the postcard by going to Image > Canvas Size. Add an element of fun to the otherwise boring business card. You can use it as a gift for friends and family. 5 FIT IT IN: With all layers selected. keep all layers selected and press Ctrl + T. and drag one of the corners inwards. However. Select all four layers. Place the texture over the gradient map layer. The entire image will become smaller. You can refer to websites such as sxc. duplicate the layer. You can add your contact details on the back of the postcard. A Box Full of Memories: A collection of postcards can serve as a precious visual memoir. Festive Decorations: Postcards are compact and light weight. Change the Blending Mode to Linear Burn. 2 Aditya Nair ADD A TEXTURE: Download a texture that you would use for the postcard. as they are a helpful resource for obtaining royalty free textures that you can add to your images. Using textures and Layer Blending. Before 1 USE A GRADIENT MAP: Change the foreground colour using the Color Picker Palette to red and the background colour to green. In the Mood for Business: Use postcards to create personalised business cards. Additionally. Then. With Shift and Alt keys pressed. 3 CHANGE THE BLENDING MODES: Change the Blending Mode of the texture layer to Soft Light. Drag the edges of the selection till it fills the frame. Go to Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map. To further highlight the texture. Reduce Opacity to 50%. They can be used to customise the decorations of your next Christmas tree! april 2013 Better Photography . Press Ctrl+T to transform the layers. Innovative Field Notes: Postcards can be used as visual reminders while working on the field. Press Ctrl+T to transform the texture.digi tal Techni que After Dramatising a Picture Postcard Use gradient mapping to transform a simple portrait into a dual toned digital postcard. Duplicate the Background Layer by pressing Ctrl+J. you can make use of the internet and a stock image of a postal stamp and digitally add it to the postcard. By the end of the tutorial.hu. T Tools Used • Gradient Map • Free Transform • Layer Blending Modes • Canvas Size (in Photoshop CS2) Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 92 his tutorial uses Gradient Map to create a colorized Pop Art like postcard. Reduce the Opacity of the layer till you get a pleasing effect. drag the corner of the Transform selection to fit the image to the postcard. 5 Ways to Use Postcards Creatively Post a Portfolio: Create a pocket-sized portfolio using photographs as postcards. do this only if you do not intend to actually mail the postcard. you will be able to transform the orignal image and resize it to the exact size needed for printing.
Either you could have fired the flash or tweaked the image in postprocessing. The snail looks like it is contemplating a leap. The textures and the natural colouring of the snail have been rendered beautifully. The snail appears slightly underexposed. So it becomes that much more important to take that extra moment to stretch yourself for a signature picture. available light and even the moment have all come together fto make a splendid image. I would have composed the image with the Rule of Thirds in mind. Renukoot Camera: Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Aperture: f/2. India E-mail: photocritique@betterphotography. the snail looks dark. However. The bright catchlight is also perfect. Additionally. Dodging or even using layer masks would have helped bring out vivid details. Nature lends itself to myriad experiments with photography. The subject.PhotoCritique Want your photographs reviewed? Send your photographs to The Editor. the decision to move in for a really short focal length was a good call.8 Shutterspeed: 1/50sec ISO: 80 A Snail’s World Kedar Bhat: This image shows great use of a wide angle macro shot in order to display the snail in its native environment. Ruby House. Network18 Publishing. But. ‘A’ Wing. zooming in would have helped eliminate distractions. an off-centre placement would have been more aesthetic. Better Photography. For me. Storytelling aside. The low angle vantage point is unique and presents the world from the point of view of the snail. Amrita Ganguly-Salian: I love the “juicy-ness” of the frame. foreground. Dadar (W) Mumbai . background. Firing the on-board flash at a reduced power would have filled in light. By Vikas Sarolia. Including the soil has lent a sense of place to the image.in 94 These blown out highlights are quite distracting and could have easily been avoided. J K Sawant Marg. The chances of getting a great picture are high. the subject has been placed in the dead centre of the image.400 028. Better Photography april 2013 .
As for the composition. Kolkata Camera: Canon EOS 1000D Aperture: f/5. The act of composing is not just limited to framing. She exudes an infectious zest for almost everything around her. Ambarin Afsar is a writer with the BP team. This seems like an indoor shot to me. While the colours are indeed far too saturated. there was potential to make this a vivid graphical image. and continues to inspire many students of photography. is a Physics graduate and a freelance photographer with nearly two decades of experience under his belt. I would have opted for a roughly square crop. Her critique is rooted in classical theories and balances the photographer’s opportunity with the use of technique. The Indian Express and Hindustan Times. the shutterspeed should have been faster (at least 1/250sec). Crisp focus throughout the image would have been ideal. The highlights seem to be washed out and the image look over saturated and way too contrasty. The lines of these leaves draw the viewer ino the centre and make the frame very geometric. Focus and sharpness are key factors as well.6 Shutterspeed: 1/125sec ISO: 400 Refreshing Droplets Kedar Bhat: Since you have shot this at 230mm. By Sayan S. So. But. These droplets make the image look very refreshing. in order to avoid the red areas that can be seen in the background. These areas seem glaringly out of focus. But I like the vibrant colours. april 2013 . Consequently. Ambarin Afsar: Most people would consider this a ‘cooked’ image. everything is a possible subject for photography and she is more than happy to appreciate new ways of seeing.The Panelists This red area further adds a dash of colour to the image and creates an interesting colour contrast. This would have helped achieve critical sharpness. which could have easily been avoided. What irks me is the loss of detail throughout the image. you could devoted some time to perfecting the composition. He has worked with Outlook. Kedar Bhat 95 Amrita GangulySalian befriended the camera 22 years ago. He loves photographing nature and wildlife. the exposure could have been controlled to avoid blown out highlights. The Times of India.
While I agree with that logic for documentation purposes. You could have used a narrower aperture setting to get greater depth-of-field. this crop is lop-sided. Amrita Ganguly-Salian: I am a big fan of extreme close-ups.. Kolkata Camera: Canon EOS 550D Aperture: f/5. Paying attention to these little details is what makes a great moment. and so. Currently. The line of the jaw leads the viewer into the frame. I would also like to ask you whether it was possible to include more space above the alligator than below it. towards the area where the snout of the crocodile ends. there is a slightly out-of-focus region on the left of the frame. The most striking part about this photograph is the brilliantly green eye. the eyes of the reptile are far too close to the frame’s edge.. However. The Eye of the Crocodile Kedar Bhat: This is a simple close-up photograph. You even have enough play of depth with the back of the head to pull off a super-tight frame. The out-of-focus areas in the frame echo the rugged appearance of the crocodile and convey information about his habitat and environment. The unending rows of teeth make the image look menacing. I often attract ire from purists who feel that traditional portraits should have enough ‘neck/nose/ head’ space around the profile. Nature offers the best textures and patterns. By Kaushik Mitra. Including slightly more headspace would have been a good idea idea. The hint of a catchlight makes it seem as if the crocodile’s eye is glinting.photocr itique 96 This is an interesting place to end the frame. wondered how sunny had it really been! Better Photography april 2013 .6 Shutterspeed: 1/4000sec ISO: 400 The inclusion of this tiny blade of grass or some other element could have easily been avoided. This photo is evident of the same. Go tighter for more drama! I also noticed the high shutterspeed. You have got fantastic detail in the eye and it would have made for a superb extreme close-up as well. I would have included the jaw and the snout of the crocodile completely rather than making this choice of a crop. However. one should allow for creative cropping.
To me. I am glad you moved away from the conventional green-yellow colour palette and tried something so different. it looks good here.p h oto c r i t i q ue A Rocky Perch Kedar Bhat: It seems as if you have used a cool White Balance preset such as Incandescent. This overlapping of the dragonfly’s wing and the edge of the rock could have easily been avoided by a change in position. They could have easily been avoided by a simple change in position or framing. By Jinish Matthew.6 Shutterspeed: 1/160sec ISO: 200 97 april 2013 Better Photography . I wish that the frame was tighter and that there was more light on the dragonfly. However. out-offocus background. to be featured in the PhotoCritique section. you have managed to evoke this magic in my mind. Camera: Nikon D90 Aperture: f/5. With the glimmering bokeh in the background. The blue colour palette is also commendable. Whatever may be the case. I also like the soft. You could have cropped the frame from the bottom and the right. Off-centre placement would have worked better. However. Critics’ Choice Award Send your pictures to us. or probably set it in such a manner manually. Ernakulam The texture of the rock is distracting and keeps drawing the viewer’s eye away from the dragonfly. It is refreshing to see an attempt like this. It acts as a wonderful secondary element. The most magical part about this image is the soft shimmering bokeh. which is commendable. If our judges select yours as the best photograph. the dragonfly is sharp from end to end. Additionally. you can win the Critics’ Choice Award—a Sony USB Portable Power Supply of 4000mAh! The out-of-focus background creates a sense of depth. these creatures seem like something out of a fairytale. That said. Ambarin Afsar: Whenever I think of tiny insects like dragonflies or glow worms. the crack in the rock and the blown out highlights on the top right corner of the image are distracting. I think of my childhood and the magic of summer.
in Ayon Mandal 98 THE BEAUTY OF TREES The Lonely One A great way to photograph a tree is to seclude it from its surroundings. In fact. In comparison to the vastness of the landscape and the background. Subhodeep Banerjee Michael & Christa Richert april 2013 . dry leaves or even bare branches. If there is a tree that strikes you as particularly interesting. Autumn is a great season to photograph the changing colours of the leaves. Make Dream-like Frames Photograph trees at night and use long exposures—leaves fluttering in the wind against the night sky create a surreal haze. You will notice that the branches create a surreal jigsaw puzzle. Another thing to try if there is a park or forested area nearby. Look for a lone tree or try to compose the frame in such a manner that the surrounding area is clean and simple. While trees are wonderful subjects to photograph as is. There are several people who take shelter under trees. or even one that is growing in your backyard. India E-mail: editor@betterphotography.Want to share your ideas and tips? Write to The Editor. Weary travellers on a sunny day. ‘A’ Wing J K Sawant Marg. These dark zigzagging lines and curves contrast beautifully with backlit green leaves and the bright sky. Better Photography Network18 Publishing Ruby House. Dadar (W) Mumbai-400 028. You can make close-ups of the bark. include a person in the frame to make the viewer aware of scale. The Human Touch You can easily evoke the feeling of solitude by concentrating on a single tree. make it a point to photograph it every day. Explore changing seasons and their effect. is to simply stand under a tree and look up. paying attention to the sky during a clear night will help you capture striking star trails with the tree in the foreground. the tree will seem solitary and will stand out beautifully. Look for Patterns Trees are full of intricate patterns and textures. Tell Their Story Trees can live through hundreds of years.
But do not despair! You can create a very unusual series with a collection of these blurry photographs. Anticipate and frame your shot. You could even build an interesting photo series around people taking shelter under trees. which can help you create witty juxtapositions. THE HUMBLE BUS Through the Window During bus journeys. Quick Tip Make your landscape photographs stand out by adding a point of interest in the foreground. You can photograph the hapless passenger holding on for dear life in a packed bus. The Passengers The best part about using the public transport system is just that—you get to be in close proximity to the public! You will encounter several kind of people from various walks of life. you can even ask them to do so. Take this opportunity to point your camera at the scenes outside the window. Capture the spirit of camaraderie in your fellow passengers with a quick snapshot.tired pedestrians looking for a short break and even animals can be seen finding solace in the shade of a tree. Along with invoking memories of childhood thrills. In fact. 99 Supriya Joshi april 2013 Better Photography . if your friends or family are enthusiastic about climbing trees. you will also be making some very memorable images. You can also shoot in Burst mode to capture the moments outside the bus. or the groups of people who choose to sit on the roof of the bus when no seats are available. especially during long hauls. Raj Lalwani There are chances that you will be left with several motion blurs. Sometimes buses break down. you get to see several unique sights. Buses are often scrawled with amusing messages.
Let them get on with their daily activities. THE JOY OF PARENTHOOD Be Natural Just like any genre of photography. often providing funny results. Be very smart about the way you travel with your equipment and make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. Photographs like this will be a hilarious reminder about how your child was as a baby. to anger and annoyance. Bus stops often provide shelter to even those who do not travel by one. The Highlight Why not try photographing the bus itself? Make various frames of the bus from unique angles. Then. you could also ask your copassengers to pose in front of the bus as well! Be Vigilant Do remember that there can be several miscreants who may have an eye on our gear. Also store your money in different places. you can truly photograph with ease. The waiting area and the hustle and bustle that occurs when people are trying to buy tickets can provide great opportunities.Saji Anthony 100 At the Bus Stop You can find several photos even while you wait for a bus. Before you begin your journey. while you become almost invisible to them. Capture the myriad of expressions on their faces—from impatience. You can even experiment with a fisheye lens for added effect. Don’t ask them to pose. Better Photography Anupam Pal april 2013 . Keep your equipment well concealed when you are not shooting. You can choose a spot and shoot with a telephoto lens. You can also photograph the long winding lines of commuters as they wait for the bus to arrive. photographing parents is great when it is a completely candid affair. and get truly natural moments.
Sometimes. remember to ask yourself what has made you photograph a particular frame. Use silly props. So. you can have the little child scampering around. you can do just as well with your camera’s onboard flash. You can even head outdoors for a shoot. When it comes to small creatures. Make it a point to feature yourself in these photographs too! These will serve as lifelong memories to be cherished forever. yet do not think about photographing them. the composition was made to bring out these characteristcs. we are confronted with such creatures on a daily basis. the image is what matters.. Quick Tip To get a starburst effect in your images. The frog’s eyes and the texture of its skin were of essence. the onboard flash and an 18–55mm kit lens. Ask your parents to stand or sit next to a window for good directional light. Involve Yourself Since it is your own parents who you are photographing. Raj Lalwani 101 Reader’s Tip Capture Tiny Creatures The world is filled with creatures big and small.. set your aperture to a narrow setting such as f/16 and shoot the light source. Involving them with the shoot can help you capture tender as well as funny moments. In the end. you have plenty of freedom when it comes the treatment of your images. Using only a Canon EOS 450D. — Arpan Mukherjee Arpan Mukherjee I made this image from the eye level of this unusual frog sitting on a bucket. The Choice of Light The most viable source of light is natural light. If you are shooting at home. a posed photograph of them can serve as a wonderful memory too. just have fun! Wonderful Moments If there is a newborn baby or a toddler in the family. and it is a fulfilling experience to photograph them.Poses Work Too If they are not comfortable with candid photography. make ridiculous poses. Arpan Mukherjee The demeanour of an adult also drastically changes when they are around children. while simply drawing the curtains can help you diffuse strong afternoon light. The gear that you use is not important. april 2013 Better Photography . These tiny frogs used to come into my bathroom during the rainy season. A piece of white thermocol can act as a handy reflector. Children are capable of giving the most remarkable and curious expressions. it is best to prefocus your lens before they enter the frame. Even the simplest of gear will allow you to create stunning macro photographs. While external flash units are ideal for illuminating your frame. Photograph them playing games or even when they are trying to pacify the child with a toy. Use your camera’s self-timer to quickly become part of the frame. Candid captures speak a lot more than posed ones. Let children interact freely with their parent.. but context is. I was able to photograph this tiny thing. find an uncluttered space and seat your father and mother together. Guide them on how to pose and try to capture the chemistry that they share..
a costlier lens does not necessarily mean better image quality. Cleaning The Dust If you spot any dust. When you are using a digital interchangeable-lens camera. april 2013 Better Photography Ketan Kundargi . These include build quality. India. keep it in a clean area. J K Sawant Marg Dadar (W). via email The field of view offered by a particular lens depends on two factors—one is its focal length and the other is the sensor size of the camera being used.8. Checking for Sensor Dust Just because you notice dark spots. it may not be effective in extreme situations. If the amount of dust is high. it is now reliable and affordable. Always remember that prevention is better than cure. Cloud Storage for Backup How safe are online storage options for backup of data? Which is a good option? Pankaj Kulkarni. it does not mean that the dust is accumulated on the sensor.4 and 50mm f/1. you are going to face this problem at some point of time or the other. What is a writeprotected memory SD card? SD cards are equipped with small switch on the left. via Facebook The past few years have seen a considerable increase in the number of websites that offer to back up your data on the internet. For example. When switched on. erasing or accessing any data on the card. The slightest of errors may damage the sensor. differ from each other on a variety of factors. E-mail: editor@betterphotography. use the Sensor Cleaning option within the camera. since its 35mm equivalent focal length may differ. What does this mean? Mohan Kumar. use a narrow aperture such as f/11 or f/16 and shoot a picture. thus preventing you writing.in B r i ef ly What is the Difference? Why is there such a huge cost difference between the 50mm f/1. the optical construction of the lens. ‘A’ Wing. Delhi. You can select a folder on your computer and sync it to the online server for continuous H ow to Check Whether Your DSLR Sensor Has Dust Have you noticed unexpected dark spots in your images lately? Do they seem to be in the same place in multiple images? If yes. set a low ISO. image stablisation and the focusing system. switch to the Aperture Priority mode. We do not recommend you clean the sensor on your own.Want your doubts cleared? Write to The Editor. Better Photography Infomedia18 Limited Ruby House. Even an inexpensive lens can result in better sharpness at certain apertures compared to the costlier alternative. whether it is in your bag or outside. Bengaluru. take your camera to an official service center. and also make the warranty null and void. the card is write-protected. When storing your camera. While the technology is still new. minimum focusing distance. there are others that one does not realise immediately. If the problem still persists. This is why people use the term ‘35mm equivalent’ to help convey the actual field of view that the lens offers. camera. the 18–55mm kit lens gives a field of view similar to the one given by a 28–84mm lens on a 35mm full frame The same lens may give different fields of view on different cameras. Clean the front and back element of your lens to check for any dust or marks that it might have. But. Use a narrow aperture and take a picture of a white surface to check the sensor for dust. resulting in these spots. While focal length and maximum aperture are the obvious ones. Full Frame Sensor APS-C Sensor 102 Explaining Field of View I often come across the term ‘35mm equivalent’ when you refer to lenses in your magazine. Is the difference only because of the aperture or is there more to it? Abhishek Reddy. Inspect this photo at 100% on a computer. Nashik. even of the same focal length. Point your camera to the sky or a white surface and overexpose by a stop. The cost of any lens is decided on the basis of all these factors put together. then chances are that dust has settled on your camera’s sensor. While this is safe. Always change lenses when in a dust-free environment. Mumbai-400 028. and is an easy way to access your data from anywhere in the world. Most digital cameras have a built-in option that shakes off dust from the sensor. via email Any two lenses.
they are not the best option. Every camera manufacturer has a different file structure for saving images. Is that considered unethical postprocessing? Vikas Poonia. you can use your own website as an archive for your images. Mumbai. decisions about the truth of a photograph. Hyderabad. As a photographer. Always use an external hard drive to have a local and primary backup of your data. While they are cheaper. Editing softwares are the new age darkrooms. as long as an actual pixel has not been moved. Most manufacturers make proprietary flashguns for their cameras because a lot of information needs to be communicated between the flashgun and the camera. Each provider offers either a trial period or around 2GB of free storage space. While third-party flashguns are reliable to be used with your DSLR. you stand to win a Lexar 8GB 100x SDHC media card! A service like Dropbox offers one-click applications that let you access data from anywhere in the world. Is Editing RAW Ethical? When I shoot in RAW. +1 EV and at the correct exposure. via email What would you prefer? A simple. such basic manipulations are considered ethical. Alternatively. Usually. the image is allowed and not considered ‘photoshopped’. But there is a fine line between aesthetic beauty and ethical editing. I have to open the files in Adobe Photoshop and make a few edits to make them usable. B r i e f ly How do I bracket exposure? If your camera does not have built-in auto bracketing. Send in your queries to Better Photography. make sure that the trigger voltage is compatible with the hot shoe of your camera. It is always a good idea to format a memory card before using it with another camera. not only can you access the data stored on other computers or a laptop but also on a smartphone. it is not advisable to do so unless it is extremely urgent. Try any service before you select a plan that suits your budget and data size. Third-party Flash Are flashguns from third-party manufacturers safe to be used with my DSLR camera? Mehek Adnan. better shadow detail and high tonality? Digital photo editing tools are easily available now and one can correct practically anything in their image. 105 One Card in Two Cameras Can I reuse a memory card that I used to shoot with a certain camera. they have their own disadvantages. conflict between two different folders may result in corruption of data and render your card useless. misrepresentation and ethics are entirely subjective. or a more dynamic image with increased contrast. If your letter wins Question of the Month. contrast and the white balance. untouched image of the moment you just witnessed. you need to decide for yourself what extent of manipulation you are comfortable with. With options like Box and Dropbox. If you are using a manual flash. This has been a much debated topic for quite a while now and there seems to be no end to it. This might not be possible with a thirdparty flash and may require you to use the flash manually. A digital RAW file is just like an old film negative. in another camera? Ramkumar Salian. via email While you can swap memory cards between two cameras. Ultimately. Do not completely depend on it as a server crash might lead to loss of data. Keep in mind that online data storage is only a secondary backup. take three different images at -1 EV. In most photography competitions. They let you correct exposure. Lucknow. via post ja n ua ry 2 0 1 3 . It is important to know that many camera companies consider the warranty null if you use a third party flash. backup. Sometimes.
Pr ofi le ShowCase Amit Mehra • His documentary aesthetic stems from his early training years with the legendary S Paul. • Amongst his contemporaries. “Show your cards one at a time. His favourite photographer is Nadav Kander. • He stresses on the importance of the edit. april 2013 . he deeply admires the work of Swapan Parekh. 106 The Notes of Silence Better Photography Amit Mehra’s photos are as much a collection of his personal observations. as they are an understanding of human psyche. Raj Lalwani finds out. “I breathe his work.” he says. almost like a movie.” he says.
whether something is about to happen. “A photographer is only a witness. and makes you wonder. I spent time at chai tapris and just indulged in conversations.. It is a kind of work that made several thoughts run concurrently through my mind. not as a photographer. if we haven’t experienced it for ourselves. a photo or two later. There was no camera that was blocking my vision. but a fellow human being. he found himself falling into the same trap. like commas. ap r i l 2 0 1 3 . One viewing is not enough. “He is not there to change any opinion. When you are talking about an issue as layered as Kashmir. He is not a judge.” he said. the punctuation changes to a question mark. a discourse. though. on two consecutive days. A friend of mine recommended that I visit Kashmir without a camera. is like a bunch of ellipses. travelling without his eyes. Amit’s work in Kashmir.” he says. I constantly seek to draw parallels between the two. as it is a personal monologue between the photographer and his thoughts. Somewhere along the way. When Amit started this project.” 107 Finding the Vision The manner in which we perceive a place. Better Photography Amit’s photos in Kashmir are a rejection of the beautiful. “I spent days just observing silently. But if his body can create a debate. makes you ponder. “My photos were getting stuck into the realm of the obvious. Images are often like punctuation—the dramatic ones are like exclamation marks and the connecting photos in an essay.. a dialogue. for instance. I wondered what a photographer would do. there are no right answers.my best shot GREAT MASTERS PHOTOFEATURE Mahesh Shantaram Talks about his favourite photo 104 Roman Vishniac The many lives of the legendary storyteller 106 Sayed Asif Mahmud Profile The grim reality of the tobacco industry 114 A mit Mehra’s Kashmir is as much of a conversation with the land. I was not sure how to react. Amit consciously decided that he wasn’t looking for any.” But Amit mulled over the suggestion and went back. when I saw it in Delhi’s Photoink gallery. with an eerie sense of silence that envelopes. Any media coverage or references to Kashmir. from a distance. that is the greatest reward. often depends on the way it is represented in photos. The frame draws you in. Three dots that make you wonder what lies next. are either about its magical vistas or the political conflict. A Bunch of Pauses As someone who loves photography and writing.
it looked as if even the trees were protesting to what has happened to the land. It is like a love affair gone wrong. resembled hands. He isn’t exactly an insider. Naazo. one can only speculate how numb someone who belongs to the region would be. It is not about whose side you are on. Better Photography april 2013 . play of space and the muted colours make the photographs cold and unsettling. The faceless entities. but in Amit’s work. Silence that Deafens Silent photos have always fascinated me. 108 Uncomfortable and Numb Just around this time. Amit seems to play with visual motifs.Pr ofile G adg e ts & G e a r • In the age of automation. My work is not about azaadi. It is almost eerie. but don’t really know where they come from. I had forgotten how to make regular conversation. almost as if something made Amit want to shake things up. To me. “I had grown silent myself. the body of work is fascinating because the tension has been portrayed without any gimmickry. But as we sat awhile later. with all the pain seeming to get lifted. I saw a thicket of trees. Amit says. You seem to hear whispers. you get so deeply affected that it changes the way you see. We paused our conversation as Amit broke out into a broad smile. filled with silent cries and a sense of dread.” The unsettled frame dominates a large part of this work.” The Need for Debate If an honest photographer who throws himself into his subject can get so affected. “I wanted to bring out the kind of pain and alienation I felt. the quietude is not one of calm. Amit is a strong believer that the choice of lens is the most important factor that will influence your pictures. and the branches stretching out. staying in Kashmir. with barriers within the frame portraying the psychological distance between him and his subjects. not quite an outsider. a nanny brought his daughter. I had to undergo counselling for awhile. he spoke of times that he would play with his daughter in his head. within the realm of traditional documentary photography. • He loves the 35mm focal length. My vision was growing narrower. There are equal number of wounds on all sides. but about the common man and his feelings. filled with regret and suspicion. That is why I ended the project in 2011.” Aftermath of a Love Affair For me. “When you start living in a conflict zone.
“Ghalib’s poetry was complex. criticised. Kashmir is an important body of work that needs to be seen. my journey would end at the ecstatic moment of having got the frame. questioned and debated. Amit says that as Indians. appreciated. It is like having a baby.” Photographic considerations left aside. Amit strongly believes that a photographer’s work must go beyond the photographic fraternity. The Octopus It is difficult to imagine that the bystander who has carved silent whispers in Kashmir Better Photography april 2013 .Profile 109 One of his favourite spots in Kashmir. This was the first time I was involved in the entire bookmaking process.” he says. at least). but he also had some simple lines. as compared to the exhibition. “We say that Kashmir humaara hai. Amit made several visits to this tree. Sure. It is the only way one can create more awareness. more empathy. In fact. Earlier. That is why he felt the book demanded a different edit. it is ours. to finally make this photograph. we need to be a lot more warm towards Kashmiris. that is the reality. which the tawaifs and fakirs would identify with. but you can’t force anything. can you? Thodi mohabbat toh dikhaiye (show a little love.
after Kashmir. I think only seven or eight stand the test of time. not about whose side you are on. It is just about trying to understand the human psyche. Amit’s older book was much appreciated. is the same photographer who shot the exuberant India: A Timeless Celebration. “I will redo that book some day. Out of the 70 pictures in the book you are talking about.” With an ongoing project that traces the roots of Sufism. It is very important for a photographer to be ruthless about his own work. with intermingling wires depicting the tangled lives of the people. but I personally didn’t connect with it as much. and individual faces often distract from that reality. Amit likes to keep his Metaphors surround his work.” He believes that the suffering is of the collective.Pr ofi le “It is not about azaadi. Better Photography april 2013 . Amit half smiles at my opinion and says. I am a different person now.
• Make prints. • A subject may often take a year or two to just reveal its nuances. april 2013 Better Photography .com.P r o fil e The omnipresence of graveyards and animals gives an unsettling Kafkaesque feel to the photos. But he has also been revisiting the house where he grew up. www.amitmehra. You can probably call me a schizophrenic photographer. a visit to Nizamuddin dargah after that and a portrait of a friend at night. It will help you put your work in perspective. utna khiloge. in old Delhi. I have learnt from flowers that jitna khuloge. or you may lose focus. “I am like an octopus who likes to deal with different things at the same time. canvas large. Tips by AMIT • Be open to different experiences. you can visit his website. A typical day often involves a commercial architectural shoot early morning. But always have a time frame in your head. 111 The portraits within this work have a weird sense of intimacy combined with distance.” To see Amit’s other work.
In fact a lady guest even helped me get to the shore. He was. I was firing the flash in complete darkness before it stopped working. With a diploma in photography from the Speos Institute in Paris. I use a Nikon D3S along with Nikkor 24–70mm f/2. The highlight of the event was the grand finale where they dragged their family members into the sea. Where and when I shot this image This couple had planned a crazy two-day beach wedding in Goa just before Christmas 2011. Four shots with an external flashgun into the splash fest and the game was over for me. I owe the exciting feel of this shot to the videographer and his halogen lamp. in full wedding attire! How I achieved it It all happened very quickly and I was not fully prepared for this picture. behind the scene instead of in front of it. I still managed to get this photograph. It was packed with plenty of surprises to keep guests and photographers on their toes at all times. The gear I used to get the shot For any wedding scenario. The saline water got in contact with the camera’s hotshoe and I could not shoot anymore. for once.8G ED and Nikon SB-900 Speedlight.My Best Shot Mahesh Shantaram Why it is my best shot What does one say about water and electronics? Not much as not many devices live to tell the tale. Despite all the chaos happening right in the middle of the sea. he is also a member of the international Wedding Photo Journalists Association. Bengaluru-based Mahesh Shantaram is a documentary and wedding photographer who is known for his storytelling approach. 112 Better Photography april 2013 .
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A man jumps out from the second floor of a building. he is gifted a camera and a microscope at the age of seven. art collector and teacher. He creeps away. Images courtesy: The International Center of Photography . avoiding broken glass and barbed wire. T Dancers Emily Frankel and Mark Ryder. New York. The year is 1938. a versatile photographer. He uses these to make microphotographs of tiny insects. It begins in 1897. microbiologist. Better Photography april 2013 All photographs copyright Mara Vishniac Kohn. Vishniac Portrait Studio. when a boy is born to a wealthy Jewish family in a country house in Russia. The family lives in Moscow at a time when most Jews have been expelled. the story doesn’t begin here. This boy has a reasonably privileged childhood. This man is Roman Vishniac. photos that he will send to the League of Nations. He has with him photographs that prove the existence of these camps. he location is a concentration camp where Jews await deportation to Poland. 114 The Story So Far But.gre at master s Roman Vishniac (1897–1990) Ambarin Afsar tells you about the extraordinary experiences of Roman Vishniac. It is the dead of night. early 1950s.
mid-1930s. april 2013 Better Photography .g r e at m ast e rs 115 Window cleaner. Berlin.
And so. Vishniac discovered that there were places where Jews weren’t allowed to own cameras.gre at master s “His photos guided the visual interpretation of Schindler’s List. Boy with kindling in basement dwelling. approximately 1935–38. A Commission Comes His Way Troubled by blatant discrimination. (little Jewish towns) in Eastern Europe. he sets out. Vishniac is commissioned by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to document life in the shtetlekh Being Jolted into Reality These shtetlekhs shocked the young man with an affluent background. Krochmalna Street. the family moves to Berlin. to help raise funds. they were only allowed to buy two rolls of film at a time. In other places.Yoshefa Loshitzky. In 1935. when anti-Semitism is gaining an ugly hold over Germany. Warsaw. Spielberg’s Holocaust The boy grows up to a university education and doctorates in Zoology and Oriental Art. Editor.” . Poland. 116 Better Photography Ap r i l 2 0 1 3 .
I wanted to save the faces. keeping his back to a wall for support. I especially warmth and love wanted to take pictures of children. “I felt it was my duty and a native son’s to preserve a world that might cease to exist. Poland. Better Photography . Germany. and so on. Persecution grew each day. and holding his breath. Vishniac learned to disguise himself as a travelling fabric salesman and would bribe anyone who got in his way. Ukraine. He was an outsider. Hungary. he learned to use a kerosene lamp in low light situations. Gradually. He wanted to destroy the young. a railway terminus near Potsdamer Platz.” april 2013 Interior of the Anhalter Bahnhof. and would even conceal a Leica in a scarf wrapped around his neck. Vishniac rare depth of decided to continue the project on his own. “Vishniac A Wish to Preserve Memories and Faces displayed a After completing his commission. understanding Decades later. late 1920s–early 1930s. his photography seemed to violate the Torah’s prohibition against engraved images. Hitler eventually killed more children than . he said.Edward Steichen old people. Berlin.g r e at m ast e rs 117 People didn’t always welcome him. since for his people. The Escapades of a Young Gun This quest took him to the shtetlekh of Russia. He would hide a Rolleiflex beneath his coat for outdoor photos. and to many.
1926. Better Photography Ap r i l 2 0 1 3 . Germany.gre at master s 118 Recalcitrance. Berlin.
Vishniac’s story tells us that heroes are born not only out of adversity. his family fled to New York in 1940. “I met him in 1966. He passed away in 1990. he was detained 11 times on the suspicion of espionage.000 images made in Eastern Europe. book titled A Vanished World. Out of the 16.” . but out of their desire to preserve life and its essence. to microphotography. and discovered how undiscovered he was. This year. A Haven in New York After many near escapes. Germany early 1930s. only 2000 photos reached America. Berlin Zoo. In 1983. two hundred of these photos were published in an iconic People behind bars.g r e at m aster s Despite his precautions. the International Center for Photography has made available to the public the unseen images of a man who put his life on the line.Cornell Capa 119 Ap r i l 2 0 1 3 Better Photography . Life returned to normal and Vishniac .
the photographer throws light on the difficulties faced by commuters on a daily basis. Money Sharma.A selection of some of the best images from the Indian mainstream media 120 Rajendra Gawankar. a stampede-like situation took place in the general compartment of the Sampark Kranti Express at Anand Vihar Terminal in New Delhi. DNA Better Photography APRIL 2013 . The sheer exuberance and thrill of the game is evident in the expressive silhouettes of the boys. DNA The Way it Should be Played! Despite the scorching heat. Maharashtra. Too Crowded to Breathe On 25 February. a group of young boys are seen enjoying a game of cricket in Thane. By photographing a similar situation.
Vishal Srivastav. Allahabad for the Paush Purnima Shahi Snan. a religious bath on the day of the full moon at the Maha Kumbh Mela. forming an endless view of bridges and pilgrims. The Indian Express The Long Road Ahead On 26 January. This image. 121 APRIL 2013 Better Photography . The Times of India An Epic Journey Over 15.000 flamingos fly thousands of kilometers to reach the marshlands surrounding Mumbai and Navi Mumbai every winter. is also a reminder of how dozens of them die when they hit the high tension electric cables that power the city. Sanjay Hadkar. though serene. thousands of devotees crossed the pontoon bridges at Sangam. The frame is mesmerising.
A stretch of 80km on either side of the river Matamuhuri is under tobacco cultivation in spite of an injunction by a district court on its cultivation. cramped factories without any protective equipment. At the same time. Beedi is a locally produced cigarette made of tobacco flakes rolled in tree leaves. Rs. Several people work at the same time in dark. A graduate from Pathshala. he portrays issues in the urban environment around him with a very personal perspective. A single pack consists of 25 sticks and costs 6 Taka (approx.Photo Feature Sayed Asif Mahmud is a documentary photographer based in Bangladesh. Their lives are similar to this tale which is a continuous cycle of lush green forests being crushed to golden tobacco dust. poorly ventilated. Tobacco Tales Sayed Asif Mahmud documents the cycle of destruction of people and environment. You can see his work at www. T 122 he 100-odd beedi factories of Bangladesh are known to dehumanise people to mere tools of the trade. South Asian Media Institute. no salary. This photoessay depicts the story of the workforce in this industry. This amounts to 80% of all arable lands in the Bandarban district of Bangladesh. Employing them is profitable for the owners as they are paid a minimal amount and at times. a bizarre reality in the tobacco industry of Bangladesh.com. the environment is stripped naked for money. sayedasifmahmud. 4). Better Photography april 2013 . Most of the workers are women and children.
april 2013 Better Photography .P h o t o F e at u r e 123 Reports suggest that 50 million beedis are produced annually in 117 factories across Bangladesh.
Beedi workers often work long hours in inhuman conditions exposed to tobacco dust and chemicals.P h o t o F e at u r e 124 Children working in the factories start smoking at an early age because of easy access. april 2013 . Better Photography Forests are being cut down to be used as firewood for curing tobacco leaves.
Explore their daily routine and capture all aspects of their difficulties. approach related NGOs and contact journalists working in the area to shoot without difficulty. Getting access can be the biggest challenge when documenting sensitive issues.P h o t o F e at u r e Last year. three workers were shot dead during a protest demanding an approx Rs. There are more children working as labourers than those studying in schools. Build contacts.50 increase in their wages. It might put their lives at risk. Family members of the workers often settle close to the industries in spite of the health and environmental hazards. Tips on Documenting Issues Related to Human Rights Workers from different ages and classes will have different issues. Respect your subject’s right to privacy. 125 april 2013 Better Photography . Child labour is rampant in these factories. Do not shoot images that will reveal their identity if they do not want you to. 1.
Better Photography. A few women were picking leaves.” Camera: Nikon D200 Lens: Nikkor 18–200mm f/3.in 128 Tones of Green Debashis Tarafder.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Aperture: f/8 Shutterspeed: 1/125sec ISO: 200 B e tt tter Photography l 2013 ma ap rr cih . J K Sawant Marg. ‘A’ Wing. the entire tea plantation was magnificently green. When one of them was distinctively clear. I released the shutter. Ruby House. Network18 Publishing. India Email: entries@betterphotography.Y ourPictures Want your photographs showcased? Send in your photographs to The Editor. Dadar (W) Mumbai-400 028. Kolkata “From where I was standing.
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5-5. To me. a group of children caught my attention. the presence of a person amidst the rays of light brought a sense of solitude and loneliness in this frame. They were about to jump into the sea fearlessly. I photographed them while they were still in midair.6G ED VR Aperture: f/5 Shutterspeed: 1/800sec ISO: 200 Better Photography april 2013 . Camera: Nikon D90 Lens: Nikkor 18–105mm f/3. Bengaluru “I was shooting at Cubbon Park in Bengaluru one winter morning when I noticed the effect of sunrays. Thiruvananthapuram “While walking along a bridge.6G VR Aperture: f/5.” Camera: Nikon D3100 Lens: Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.Yo u r P i c t u r e s Burst of Light Baiju Abraham.6 Shutterspeed: 1/250sec ISO: 100 130 Dive into the Sea Saran G S.5-5.
where the villagers participated in singing folk songs all night. Kolkata “It was the weekend after Holi in Pandabeswar.” Camera: Nikon D3100 Lens: Sigma 70–300mm f/4-5. The zigzag appearance of the blue river and the man sitting afar lost in thought made this frame an interesting one. The curve of the railing further inspired me to try this composition. I made this picture when these women were returning home the next morning. I wanted to include the river.6 APO DG Macro Aperture: f/8 Shutterspeed: 1/25sec ISO: 100 131 A Scenic View Varun Bondwal. land and sky in the frame. West Bengal.6 EX DC HSM Aperture: f/10 Shutterspeed: 1/160sec ISO: 200 april 2013 Better Photography .Returning Home Sumanta Podder. Hyderabad “The view from the Black Mountain Tower in Australia was breathtaking.” Camera: Canon EOS 600D Lens: Sigma 10–20mm f/4-5.
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1 16 12 12 12 12.8 f/1. Spend on the right accessories: While you can make your own accessories. Focal Range in mm (35mm equivalent) Maximum Image Size Sensor Size (Inches) Storage Media Shutter Speed (Sec) External Hot shoe Aperture Range Resolution (MP) Breadth (Pixels) Length (Pixels) Camera Name Raw Shooting Memory Stick Canon Powershot G1X Canon PowerShot G12 Canon PowerShot SX50HS Canon PowerShot SX40HS Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR Fujifilm X10 Fujifilm XF1 Fujifilm X-S1 Fujifilm FinePix X100 Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Olympus XZ-1 47.1 20. tripods.9 F/2.) Resolution (MP) Camera Name DLSRs offer serious enthusiasts a host of shooting features.1 14. spend on a light but sturdy tripod.3 1/2. Perfect composition.8-16 f/2.8-5.6 15.3 24.9 78 33 38 42.6 25. try moving beyond your constraints by using every possible feature and function of your existing equipment.Using the BP Buyer’s Guide: • This directory is a handy reference to more than 500 products from 15 manufacturers currently available in the Indian market.6 f/2-2.7 1/1. and capturing just the right moment is far more important than the kind of camera you use.990 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 29. Better Photography april 2013 . 990 K 69.3 24.5 1/1. The photography you do most dictates the kind of equipment you buy: There is no reason to purchase equipment for things you intend to do in the future or just because it seems to be a good ‘buy’.4 23. When you feel continuously constrained by what you have: First.5 23.990 1.995 31. using light well. good image quality.999 44.999 22. and tripod heads. lenses and accessories are all tools: The picture is eventually made by you.6400 100-3200 80-1600 100-12800 100-3200 100-3200 100-3200 100-12800 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 80-12.3 1 28-112 28-140 4.1 12. For instance.6 CMOS 23. or a good set of creative filters.9 100-25600 30-1/8000 200-12800 30-1/4000 200-12800 30-1/4000 100-16000 30-1/4000 Advanced Compact Camera A bridge between DSLRs and compact cameras.8 .7-8 f/2. or a small flashgun.7 80.3 1/2. speed. Once you exhausted your options.) CF Type II CF Type I Battery SDHC MMC Iso SD xD MMC SD 175 85 Dec 11 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 20.8 f/1.5 80.3 23.7 80.5 97.1 10. or a lenshood.4 23.2 f/2.5 35. refer to the Review Month. Always remember that your cameras.990 K 59.8-4.8-8 f/3.3 1/2 2/3 2/3 2/3 APS-C 1/1.990 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 29.7-8 f/2.8-11 f/2 f/2. flashes.995 26. and the option of changing lenses. They will radically improve your photography and offer you a range of creative techniques you can try out with them. 500+ products listed here Storage Media Review Month Aug 12 May 12 Dec 10 Review Month MicroDrive Rating (%) 84 84 86 Rating CF Type II Micro SD CF Type I Interchangeable Lens Camera Price-Body only (Rs.1 132.995 24.270 19.3 10.6 CMOS CMOS 100-12800 100-16000 100-16000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 Sony A Sony A Sony A Sony A Sony E Sony E Sony E 539 543 653 812 297 287 291 132.990 14.999 33. Some of the world’s most renowned photographers use very basic equipment to capture the most beautiful frames. and all the relevant information related to the product category is available alongside.990 K 24.990 34. 2. Photographic equipment improves in quality and technology every few months.990 K 16. 4. lenses.63 1/2. 3.6 104 147 117 111 119.8-5. • Products have been listed in an alphabetical order for easy reference.8-5.9 111 63 59 66.1 97.995 29.990 K 79.8-2.1 10.4 15. and by being creative.2 4352 3648 4000 4000 4320 4608 4000 4000 4000 4288 3648 3648 4320 4320 3648 5472 2904 2736 3000 3000 3240 3456 3000 3000 3000 2848 2736 2736 3240 3240 2736 3648 1.1 14.8-f/11 Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion MS Pro Duo Price (Rs.3 1/2. these cameras allow you to shoot in RAW and/or have a hot shoe for an external flashgun.1 24.5 23.999 76.8 23.1/2000 15-3200 15-1/3200 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 60-1/4000 60-1/200 60-1/2000 60-1/2000 60-1/4000 30-1/2000 f/2.2 f/2-8 f/1.1 14. • You will find information on various cameras. Dimensions (mm) Weight (Grams) Shutterspeed (sec) Sensor Size (mm) Sensor Type Lens Thread Iso Range Breadth Breadth Length Length Height SDHC Sony Alpha 57 Sony Alpha 65 Sony Alpha 77 Sony Alpha 99 Sony Alpha NEX-3 Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-7 45.990 A Few Things to Think of Before You Buy 1.950 26. some of them are quite important for a serious photographer.7 2.2 14.79.4-8 f/2.8 1/2.2 24.5 f/2.6 15.3 14.995 22.800 80-6400 60-1/4000 15-1/4000 15 .6 CMOS CMOS CMOS 142. • If you wish to read in-depth reviews of these products.3-215 24-120 24-840 24-720 28-112 25-100 24-624 35 28-200 28-112 25-600 25-600 24-90 28-100 100-12800 80-3200 80 .6 15.8 CMOS 15. it is time to make your next purchase.988 59.3 10 12.
3 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2.8-20 f/2.7-17 f/2.8-5.3 1/2.995 13.3 1/2.3 1/2.495 5. X: Fujifilm) Better Photography april 2013 Review Month Memory Stick MS Pro Duo Price (Rs.6 f/2.1-5.8-8 f/3.3 1/2.3 1/2.499 5.5-5.1 16 16 16 10 16 14.3 1/2.8-8 f/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.995 7.1-8 f/2.8-20 f/2. Maximum Image Size Sensor Size (Inches) Storage Media Focal Range in mm (35mm equivalent) Shutter Speed (Sec) Breadth (Pixels) Aperture Range Resolution (MP) Length (Pixels) Camera Name Canon Digital IXUS 115 HS Canon Digital IXUS 1100 HS Canon Digital IXUS 125 HS Canon Digital IXUS 220 HS Canon Digital IXUS 230 HS Canon Digital IXUS 240 HS Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS Canon Digital IXUS 510 HS Canon PowerShot A1200 Canon PowerShot A2200 Canon PowerShot A2300 Canon PowerShot A2400 IS Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Canon PowerShot A800 8. M: Minolta.1-8 f/3.3 1/2.9-5.3 f/2.1-5. N: Nikon.1 12.9 f/3.9 f/3.1 12.495 6995 7995 5.995 4.1 12.9 f/3.6 f/3.6 f/3.499 14 12.3 1/2.3 1/2.6 f/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.9 f/3.999 16 16 16 16 16 6.3 1/2.8-20 f/3-18 f/3-9 f/2.3 1/2.1-5.1 16.BP Buyer’s Guide Basic Compact Camera This compact shooting device offers automation and numerous creative features for basic.995 19.2 f/3.9 f/3.499 14 14 14 8.3 1/2.1 16.3 28-112 28-336 24-120 24-120 28-224 24-120 24-105 28-336 28-112 28-112 28-140 28-140 28-140 28-140 28-140 28-224 37-122 28-140 28-336 28-392 28-392 32-96 33-165 33-165 27-270 27-270 24-360 24-360 24-360 24-360 24-720 24-720 36-108 28-140 26-130 25-200 28-504 28-504 28-504 24-624 24-720 80-1600 100-1600 100-3200 100-1600 100-1600 100-3200 100-3200 100-3200 80-1600 80-1600 100-1600 100-1600 80-1600 80-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-800 100-1600 80-1600 100-3200 100-3200 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-3200 100-3200 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 64-1600 100-1600 64-1600 100-1600 64-1600 64-1600 1-1/1500 1-1/4000 15-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 15-1/2000 1-1/1600 15-1/4000 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 15-1/2000 15-1/2000 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 15-1/2000 15-1/2000 1-1/2000 15-1/2000 1-1/2500 1-1/3200 1-1/3200 8-1/1400 8-1/1400 8-1/1400 8-1/1400 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 8-1/1400 8-1/1800 8-1/1400 8-1/2000 8-1/200 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 f/2.3-5.5-6.1 12. So: Sony.995 5995 9.1-5.9-5.3 f/2.499 12.6 f/3.) Iso Range CF Type II CF Type I Battery Rating SDHC MMC SD xD .495 9995 11995 3.5-5.4-9 f/2.3 1/2.8-8 f/2.3 1/2.9 Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion AA Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion AA AA AA AA Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion AA AA Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion AA AA AA AA AA 176 Canon PowerShot A810 Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Fujifilm FinePix AV200 Fujifilm FinePix AX300 Fujifilm FinePix AX500 Fujifilm FinePix AX550 Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR Fujifilm FinePix F500EXR Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR Fujifilm FinePix HS25EXR Fujifilm FinePix JV200 Fujifilm FinePix JX300 Fujifilm FinePix JX500 Fujifilm FinePix JZ100 Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD Fujifilm FinePix S2950 Fujifilm FinePix S2980 Fujifilm FinePix S3300 Fujifilm FinePix S4000 18.3 1/2.995 16995 10.7-17 f/2-8 f/3.8-8 f/3.1 16 16 14.995 18995 10. NA: Not Applicable.499 6.8-20 f/2.2 10.3 1/2.8-8 f/2. K: Price with Kit Lens (Mount – C: Canon.3 1/2.1-5. NR: Not Reviewed.3 1/2.4-6.3 f/3.2 f/2.995 22.999 14 14 15999 18.999 14 14 BP Recommended.999 5.9-5.1 12.3-5.3-5.3 1/2.1 14 14 14 14 12 12 4000 4000 4608 4000 4000 4608 4000 3648 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 3648 4000 4000 4000 4000 4288 4288 4288 4288 4000 4000 4608 4608 4608 4608 4608 4288 4288 4288 4288 4000 4288 4288 4288 4288 3000 3000 2592 3000 3000 2592 3000 2048 3000 3240 3456 3456 3240 3456 3456 3456 2736 3456 3240 3000 3000 3216 3216 3216 3216 3000 3000 3456 3456 3456 3456 3456 3216 3216 3216 3216 3000 3216 3216 3216 3216 1/2. S: Sigma.3 1/2.6-6.1 14.6 f/3.2 f/3.5-5.8-5.995 5.499 7.3 1/2.5-5. Q: Manual Film Cameras.995 22.3 1/2.3 1/2.495 12.1 10.7-8 f/3-9 f/2.3 1/2.1 12.3 1/2.8-8 f/2.3 1/2.3-5.3 f/3.3 f/2. everyday shooting situations.3 f/3.1 12.
3 1/2.5-6.0 14.9 f/3.490 4.8 f/3.7-6.3 1/1.950 14.5-810 24-100 24-100 22.950 12.9-4.8 Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion AA Li-ion AA Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 f/2.2-5.3 24-576 24-720 24-720 24-576 24-720 28-280 28-140 35-175 35-105 22.Basic Compact Camera Resolution (MP) Camera Name This compact shooting device offers automation and numerous creative features for basic.950 9.990 12.3 1/2.5 f/3.950 20.2-5.950 6.9-5.3 1/2.7 1/2.3 1/2 1/2 1/2.8 f/3.490 5.8-4.1 14.1 14 4288 4288 4288 4288 4288 4288 4608 4608 3648 4000 4000 4608 4000 4608 4608 3264 4000 4320 4000 4320 3648 4608 4000 4608 4608 4608 4608 4608 4608 4608 4000 4608 4320 4608 4320 4320 4320 3648 4000 4320 4320 3216 3216 3216 3216 3216 3216 3456 3456 2736 3000 3000 3456 3000 3456 3456 2448 3000 3240 3000 3240 2736 3456 3000 3456 3456 3456 3456 3456 3456 3456 3000 3456 3240 3456 3240 3240 3240 2736 3000 3240 3240 1/2.1 12.8-4.6 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 f/3.6 f/3.5-5.3 1/2.950 7.1-87.3 1/2.950 13.7-8 f/3.9 f/3.1-6.999 14 14 14 14 14 14 16 14 10 12.5-5.1 12.950 5.1 16.950 20.8 f/3.950 13.9 f/3.5-5.950 5.8-5.3 1/2.1 16 16 16 16 12.950 18.950 16.950 23.6 f/2-4 f/3.3 1/2.2 16.450 9.7 f/2.3 1/2.3 1//3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.9-4.450 10.1-6.3 1/2.3 1/2.2-6.3 1/2.7 f/3.3 1/2.950 15.7 f/3-5.1 10.1 16 16 16.3 1/2.3 1/2.9 1/2.1 16 14 16 14.9 AA AA Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion AA Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Rating SDHC MMC SD xD 177 1-1//2000 1-1//2000 1-1/1500 1/1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/1600 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 f/3.950 5.3 1/2.2-6.4-5.8 f/3.3 1/2.3 1/2.950 7.999 20.3 1/2.9 f/3.3-5. Sensor Size (Inches) Shutter Speed (Sec) Maximum Image Size Breadth (Pixels) Length (Pixels) Storage Media Aperture Range Review Month Focal Range in mm (35mm equivalent) Memory Stick MS Pro Duo Price (Rs.3 1/2.2-5.7 1/1.1-5.5 f/3.1-5.1-5.3 1/2.8-8 f/2.0 10.5-5.1 12 14 10.2-5.950 16.8 f/3.5 f/3.8 f/3.3 1/2.450 11.3 1/2.3 1/2.4-5.950 4.9 f/3.950 14.7 f/1.9 f/3.9 f/2.5 f/3. everyday shooting situations.950 24.2 14.3-5.1-5.3 1/2.7-6.9 f/3.-5.3 1/2.5 f/3.950 11.1-6.6 f/3.450 4.3 1/2.2-6.9 f/3.9 f/1.3 1/2.950 15.8 f/3.1 14.5-5.) Iso Range CF Type II CF Type I Battery Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Fujifilm FinePix SL260 Fujifilm FinePix SL300 Fujifilm FinePix T200 Fujifilm FinePix T350 Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Nikon COOLPIX P500 Nikon COOLPIX P300 Nikon COOLPIX P310 Nikon COOLPIX P500 Nikon COOLPIX P510 Nikon COOLPIX P7000 Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Nikon COOLPIX S1200Pj Nikon COOLPIX S2500 Nikon COOLPIX S2600 Nikon COOLPIX S30 Nikon COOLPIX S100 Nikon COOLPIX S9100 Nikon COOLPIX S9200 Nikon COOLPIX S9300 Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Nikon COOLPIX S6200 Nikon COOLPIX S6300 Nikon COOLPIX S6400 Nikon COOLPIX S800c Nikon COOLPIX S8100 Nikon COOLPIX S6150 Nikon COOLPIX S4150 Nikon COOLPIX S4300 Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Nikon COOLPIX L120 Nikon COOLPIX L24 Nikon COOLPIX L23 Nikon COOLPIX L25 Nikon COOLPIX L26 Nikon COOLPIX L310 26.3 35-175 25-450 24-450 25-450 25-350 28-196 25-250 25-300 25-250 25-300 28-196 26-130 25-156 26-130 25-525 37-134 28-140 28-140 26-130 37-134 64-1600 64-1600 64-1600 64-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-3200 100-3200 100-1600 160-3200 160-3200 100-3200 160-3200 100-3200 100-6400 100-1600 80-3200 80-6400 80-3200 80-3200 80-1600 125-3200 160-3200 125-1600 125-1600 100-3200 80-3200 125--3200 125--3200 125--3200 160-3200 80-3200 80-3200 80-3200 80-3200 80-6400 80-1600 80-1600 80-1600 80-1600 80-1600 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 8-1/2000 1-1/1000 2-1/1500 4-1/2000 1-1/2000 2-1/1500 1-1/4000 60-1/4000 1-1/4000 1-1/4000 1-1/1500 f/3.8 f/3.950 19.7 april 2013 Better Photography .1 16 12.3 1/2.5-5.1 10.5-810 24-1000 28-200 28-200 28-200 28-140 27-108 26-130 29.5 f/3.1 12.2-5.9 f/3.3 1/2.1 10.9 f/3.1-5.2-6.9 f/3.950 22.
3 1/2.900 7.400 15.8 Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 8-1/1600 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 f/3.3 1/2.990 9.490 8.990 7.6 f/3.3 1/2.990 16.3 1/2.1 10. K: Price with Kit Lens (Mount – C: Canon.1 16.9 f/2.1 12.3 1/2.490 11.9 f/3.8 f/3.1 16 14.3 1/2.400 12.3 1/2.3 1/2. Q: Manual Film Cameras.1 3648 3648 4608 4608 4320 4320 4320 4320 4608 4000 4320 4320 4608 4000 4320 4320 4608 4608 4320 4608 4320 4320 4000 4000 4608 4608 4320 4608 4320 4320 4320 4320 4608 4608 4320 4320 3648 4000 4000 2736 2736 3456 3456 3240 3240 3240 3240 3456 3000 3240 3240 3456 3000 3240 3240 3456 3456 3240 3456 3240 3240 3000 3000 3456 3456 3240 3456 3240 3240 3240 3240 3456 3456 3240 3240 2736 3000 3000 1/2.1 14.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.950 9.990 4.3-5.) Iso Range CF Type II CF Type I Battery Nikon COOLPIX L810 Nikon COOLPIX S01 Nikon COOLPIX AW100 Olympus SH-25MR Olympus SP-620UZ Olympus SP-720UZ Olympus SP-810UZ Olympus SZ-14 Olympus SZ-31MR Olympus VG-150 Olympus VG-160 Olympus VG-170 Olympus VR-350 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 13.5 f/3.3 1/2. NA: Not Applicable.9 f/2.3 1/2.9 f/3.9 f/3.1-5.3 1/2.3-5.990 12.9 f/3.990 6.990 8.5 f/3.3-5.3 1/2.2 14.2 16.8 AA AA Li-ion Updated India’s most comprehensive buyer’s guide BP Recommended.5 f/3.3 28-140 29-87 28-140 24-300 25-525 26-676 24-864 25-600 25-600 27-108 26-130 26-130 24-240 28-112 28-112 28-112 28-112 28-224 35-140 35-140 28-448 29-464 24-120 28-128 80-1600 80-1600 125-3200 100-6400 80-1600 80-1600 80-1600 80-1600 80-6400 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-1600 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 80-1600 80-3200 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/1500 f/2.3-5.9 f/3.990 14.3-5.3 1/2. X: Fujifilm) Better Photography Rating SDHC MMC SD xD . Sensor Size (Inches) Shutter Speed (Sec) Maximum Image Size Breadth (Pixels) Length (Pixels) Storage Media Aperture Range Review Month april 2013 Focal Range in mm (35mm equivalent) Memory Stick MS Pro Duo Price (Rs.990 17.5-5.990 5.1 14.3 1/2.3 1/2.9 Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion 178 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Samsung DV100 Samsung DV300F Samsung ES90 Samsung MV800 Samsung PL20 Samsung PL120 Samsung PL210 Samsung SH100 Samsung ST66 Samsung ST200F Samsung WB150F Samsung WB700 27-135 26-130 27-135 26-130 27-270 26-130 26-416 24-384 25-500 27-870 36-105 35-105 28-112 80-3200 100-3200 80-1600 80-1600 80-3200 80-3200 80-3200 100-12800 100-12800 100-12800 100-3200 100-3200 100-3200 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2000 6.3-5.490 8.3 1/2.3-5.1 14.9 f/3.9 f/3.BP Buyer’s Guide Basic Compact Camera Resolution (MP) Camera Name This compact shooting device offers automation and numerous creative features for basic.490 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 6.1 12.3-5.3 1/2.0 12 14 14 16 12.990 10.3 1/2.990 25.1 12.400 6.990 6. everyday shooting situations.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.1 16 16 14 16.3-5.9 f/3.990 9.990 17.1 14.3 f/3.900 10.3 1/2.1 16. N: Nikon.900 12.990 1-1/2000 1-1/2000 1-1/1600 f/3.1 14.3 1/2.1-6.2 14.3 1/2.2 14.9 f/3.1 16 16 14 14 14 14 16.1 16.3 1/2.1-6.7-6.3 1/2.990 15.900 12.950 14.990 6.9 1/2.3 1/2.950 21. So: Sony.9-4.9 f/3.3 1/2.2 10.3 1/2. M: Minolta.9 f/3.1 12.5-5.990 12.3 1/2.3-5.5-5. S: Sigma.3-5.990 27.6 f/3-5.3 1/2.990 12.1-5.3 1/2.2 14.1-6.5-6.1 14.9 f/3.990 11.5 f/3.900 15.990 7.9 1/2.1-6. NR: Not Reviewed.990 8.3 1/2.5-5.
3 1/2.Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W360 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 9. try borrowing memory cards of different speeds from friends. you ought to look beyond the Auto mode.8-8 f/3.4-5.3 1/2. which basically ensures better quality.3 1/2. they are convenient and discreet. if you wish to get really creative.8-5.3 26-105 26-105 26-105 35-140 25-100 24-120 24-120 34-238 25-250 28-560 28-140 28-140 25-500 27-870 28-140 28-140 28-140 25-250 25-125 26-156 25-125 25-125 80-3200 80-3200 80-3200 125-3200 125-3200 160-3200 80-3200 80-3200 80-3200 125-3200 100-3200 100-3200 100-3200 80-3200 100-3200 100-3200 100-3200 80-3200 80-3200 80-3200 100-12800 100-12800 1-1/1600 2-1/1600 2-1/1600 2-1/1250 2-1/1600 2-1/1600 2-1/1600 2-1/1600 30-1/1600 1-1/4000 30-1/1600 30-1/1600 30-1/1600 30-1/4000 f/2. Digital Zoom is Better: All that digital zoom does.1 18.2 18.6-5. Before you buy a new memory card.990 12. responsiveness. 179 There are times when simple facts about cameras and lenses are overlooked or misunderstood. general ergonomics and AF speed are also important.1 14.990 10.5-7.1 16. and does not have any effect on motion blur.6 f/3.1 10.490 7.2 10.7 f/2.990 4320 4320 4320 4608 4608 4608 4608 3240 3240 3240 3456 3456 3456 3456 1/2. the frame rate of a camera is not entirely indicative of its speed.990 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S5000/B Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W610 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W630 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W670 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 22.4 1/2. Sometimes.3 1/2. However.7-5.990 7. an ISO setting up to 1600 is good enough for most situations.2-8 f/2. is the largest print size one can make using the camera. editing the images so that they can be converted to usable JPEG or TIFF files.6-8 f/3. is crop the image to a slightly closer frame.2 18.4-5.2 18. Higher the Megapixels.3 f/3. and interpolate causing a severe loss of image quality.3 1/2.990 27.490 6.1 f/3.990 8. Third-party Products are Inferior: Every company has some good and bad products.3 1/2. You Should Shoot Only in RAW: Shooting in RAW is a worthwhile option if you are able to spend a good amount of time.1 18.3 1/2.8-8 f/2. You Need High Speed Storage: For most general users.5-4.4 1/2.990 5.990 13. This will help you evaluate if a ‘slower’ card really slows down your camera.990 14.2 10.990 Camera Myths Busted! The Best Cameras are the Most Expensive Ones: There is no ‘best camera’. It is all about anticipation and timing.6-8.2-3.6 f/2.990 12.0 f/2. Higher Frame Rates Are Needed for Action: You do not need an 8fps or 10fps to shoot sports and action.990 14. digital scores highly in terms of convenience and low light shooting.1 16. Stabilisation Helps Shoot Sharper Images in Every Situation: Image Stabilisation only reduces camera shake.9 f/3. Better the Quality: A higher-megapixel camera is not always better than a lower-megapixel one.2 4320 4320 4320 3648 3648 3648 4320 4320 4320 3456 3240 3240 3240 2736 2736 2736 3240 3240 3240 2592 1/2.990 11. While film offers better resolution and dynamic range. a third party lens may actually be superior to the one produced by the original camera company! Compact Cameras Cannot Make Good Pictures: Some of the best photographs in the world are shot with point-and-shoot cameras and even cell phones! Also.6-3.7 f/2.1 Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion 85 Aug 09 76 Apr 10 77 80 Dec 09 May 10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V 17.5-8 f/2.3 1/2. Digital is Better than Film.990 14. dynamic range. Even an 8MP camera is good enough to make an 12 X 18-inch print.1 14. a certain camera may be the most appropriate one for your needs..3 1/2.3 1/2.2 14.7-5. even an Extreme III card is an overkill.6 f/2.1 9.3 1/2.990 14..7-5.1 14.6-8 f 2.1 14.4 1/2.3-8 f/3. april 2013 Better Photography .1 16.6-6.990 22. Depending on the kind of photography you wish to do. Moreover. Automatic Modes are Good Enough: Auto modes are reasonably intelligent and can help make good pictures.7 f/3.3 1/2.1 14. We list out a few common myths that are often propagated by the marketing releases of camera manufacturers. You Need a High ISO Machine: If you are someone who enjoys shooting from dawn to dusk.990 24.990 13.3 1/2.9 F2.1 16. Other factors like startup time.1 14.3 1/2. as well as better image quality at higher ISO settings.8-8 f/2.3 1/2.3 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 f/2. or Vice Versa: Both film and digital have their advantages.3 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 14.990 11.9 f/2. Sensor Size Does Not Matter: A camera that has a larger sensor has larger pixel sites. It does not freeze moving subjects.3 1/2.4 1/2.2 14. The only thing that the megapixel count refers to.2-9.
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Therefore. who dabbled in caricature. an aspiring actress. this portrait of Sarah Bernhardt has been considered to be one of Nadar’s best works. In addition. It employed more than 50 workers. he acquired a new studio at Boulevard des Capucines that marked a new era of mass production in photography. Nadar stopped photographing his long term muse shortly after she acclaimed the status of a legend. In 1861. and a photograph by Nadar became a matter of social prestige. writing and ballooning. While he produced three versions of Sarah’s portrait. theatre.184 Photograph by: Félix Nadar Image Source: Wikimedia Commons B The Photographer’s Divine Muse orn in 1820. which highlighted her natural beauty. Nadar photographed Sarah over a period of time and documented her phase as a struggling actress. and was nicknamed ‘Divine’ Sarah by her admirers. Sarah Bernhardt went on to become the most popular French actress of the 19th century. However. before he eventually turned to photography in 1851. Félix Tournachon or Nadar was a student of medicine. and produced up to 10 portraits a day–a feat that was unheard of until then. In all the three photographs. audacious and unlike any other in France. april 2013 Better Photography . in order to reinvent her failing career and social standing. In the second half of the 19th century. visited the studio in 1862. In fact. Nadar chose to present the actress in a simplistic and unadorned manner. Nadar became the most sought after portraitist in France. it transformed itself into a common meeting ground for the Parisian elite. Sarah Bernhardt. there exist no contemporary prints of the images. Nadar’s new studio was grand.