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Which Is The Best Camera?
After years of lugging around several hundred kilos of photographic gear all over the world for his commercial asignments, Chase Jarvis says, “the best camera is the one that’s with you,” referring to his iPhone. A cell phone camera may not be your immediate preference. Yet, almost all the biggest photographers I have met so far expressed how they want to leave their top-of-the-line cameras behind once the day is done, and simply have fun with photography. While hobbyists aspire to buy the very best equipment, professionals seem to prefer tiny, no-nonsense compact or mirrorless cameras to record moments closest to them. Firstly, remember that photography is all about previsualisation. Apart from making the picture in your mind before you release the shutter, you need to know what you will eventually do with the image. This again depends on the type of photography you do and its purpose. Do you imagine an exhibition of your work, with huge prints on display? Or is it for capturing your family’s most important moments for posterity? The set of features and functions you need in your new camera will depend on how you see your photographs being used in the future. Secondly, with digital cameras, there is always a trade off between size (lower weight and greater portability), speed (faster processing speeds, frame rates and AF), resolution (larger images with more detail), image quality (optics, sensor size, low light shooting capability, colours, and dynamic range) construction (stronger, weather-sealed bodies), and other features (zoom range, customisability and fun features). Depending on what you intend to do with the photographs, you need to decide which one of these is most important. The moment you add a second set of functionality to the first, the price of the camera is bound to increase substantially. The Top 30 listing in this issue contains the very best of what is currently available in India, categorised by price. Once you know what kind of a photographer you are, simply make a choice from this list. Rest assured that you will not go wrong. Happy shooting and may you have a great year ahead!

“Photography is all about previsualisation and knowing what you want to do with the image.”


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Hungry flood victims awaiting relief, Gaforgoan, Bangladesh, 1988
by Shahidul Alam
A love for humanity makes Shahidul’s camera a potent weapon for social and ideological change. “Photography is not something I worship. I am very fond of the medium, but if tomorrow, it ceases to be effective, I would have no qualms giving it up and picking up any other tool, be it picking up a gun,” he says.

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The moment I saw the cover of the December 2012 issue of BP, I was curious about how the photographer had captured such a stunning image. The images in the series offer an interesting perspective of the attachment people share with places and things around them. Inspired by the images of Aneta Ivanova in the On Assignment article, ‘Spaces Within People’, I attempted to try out something similar. I used a self portrait of myself and an abstract image of a painting to create this multiple exposure in Adobe Photoshop. Neha Mithbawkar, Mumbai, via email

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Better Photography magazine has served as a key tool for comparing equipment and a great guide to keep track of technology. Unfortunately, I have noticed that the Buyer’s Guide does not include the lens section anymore. With the wide range of lenses that are available in the market, the BP ratings, specifications and details in the lens, this section was a great help in comparing multiple lenses across different companies. I am looking forward to seeing the lens catalogue back in the magazine soon and urge you to keep updating it regularly. When it comes to buying, I must say that I am a little tired of seeing ‘photographers’ around me buying DSLRs costing more than a lakh, but with no idea or inclination on using them. Has a camera become a status symbol, I sometimes wonder. Kantilal Shah, Ahmedabad, via Facebook


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A digital sensor POCKET GUIDE The August 2010 special edition of Better Photography was completely dedicated to black and white photography. Photography is feeling it. Photography is me. Ayush Rai.. will we be really able to figure out where we are headed in our photographic journey. Maybe that is because of digital. Sanjay Hadkar and Kaushal Parikh WorldMags. The editorial shows a new and unique way of understanding who you are as a photographer and what really amuses you.net jan UarY 2 0 1 3 .. BET TER PHOTOGRAPHY ICKS Interviews with Gaurav Sawn. I still have a copy of that magazine on my work desk and cherish the beautiful matte cover of the issue.. when we use black and white film.com/betterphoto Facebook: facebook. And only when we identify who we are ourselves as people. via email Black and White Magic The last time Better Photography came up with an exclusive Black & White special was in August 2010. A friend of mine dismissed it. Defining Yourself I was touched when I read the editorial in the December 2012 issue of Better Photography magazine. It is interesting how by defining photography in a few words. our mind is striving to see the world in shades of grey. and if your letter wins the Letter of the Month. you can define your own self.com/groups/betterphotography Forum: betterphotography. Bengaluru. Write in to Better Photography with your feedback. Another trend I observe is that photographers resort to black and white only because the colour photograph lacks impact. Nowadays especially. via email Buying Older Pocket Guides? I found the Street Photography Pocket Guide very informative. one is not advised to shoot Monochrome within the camera. via email “Photography is being awake for the first time. So how does one get out of this? Do we go back to nostalgia and enter the darkroom? Or should we tune our minds and force them to see? Karuna Jadhav. or even buying older versions separately. Chandigarh.. you will get a Envie Speedster charger! Ashok Saxena.” 14 records colour photos and from a technical standpoint.net Twitter: twitter.in/forum FIND Us ONLINE!   Defining Photos. PocketGuide SECRETS OF SHOOTING STREETS AROUND YOU Supplement with Better Photography November 2012 issue STREET PHOTOGRAPHY Capturing the beauty and vigorous spirit of street life Gear and lenses you will need How to make a spy lens Learn to deal with the law 16 Handling a mix of locations T PAGES IPS & Shoot the decisive moment TR “Do we go back to nostalgia and enter the darkroom?” B etter P h O t O G raph Y The Secrets of Shooting pocket guide on street photography that was bundled with the November 2012 issue. we do not seem to value the black and white medium anymore. The exercise of creating a diary seems to be an excellent way to document your own photography journey. it fit into my camera bag! I have missed previous Pocket Guides and look forward to finding. The concept of a small-sized book is so cool. Pune. I think that another B&W special edition is now highly due. saying that B&W is too easy.com/betterphotography Flickr: flickr. Most photographers shoot a few pictures and immediately decide what kind of photographer they are.FEEDBACK WorldMags.

com BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. editor of the book.tumblr. Nikon Digiscoping Adapter Digiscoping is a technique that is popular amongst nature and wildlife photographers. 16 Drik Photo Agency Wins Asia Publishing Award B angladesh-based Drik Photo Agency who tells the story. 7. If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography. and photographed Hollywood celebrities like Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe. The Camera of the Year and Advanced Compact Camera of the Year were both awarded to Sony RX100. such as Raghu Rai.net w H aT ’ S n E w Carbon One Mini In terms of looks. The number killed. RICHARD AVEDON (1923–2004) Richard Avedon was an American photographer who became synonymous with portraiture and fashion photography since the 1960s. Rs. as the world becomes smaller and smaller. lenses and accessories to finally reach a unanimous decision. the powerful The Birth Pangs of a Nation. Coincidentally. the DSA-N1 will be available for USD 219 (approx.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . the Pixma iP7220 is a standalone wireless photo printer. The book was shortlisted in the ‘Best Insights into Asian Societies’ category. Microsoft Camera Codec Pack The upgraded Camera Codec Pack is compatible with Windows Vista. it was another compact camera which won the Camera of the Year category in 2011. the number number displaced. has a contested history. But the visual record is won the Asia Publishing Award for a testament to the resilience.2 metre. it is as though I have neglected something essential to my existence. Kishore Parekh and Marc Riboud. a book which spirit of the people who were caught in this. without the cumbersome process of using film. that can give bulky DSLRs a run for their money? Well. Better Photography Celebrates Excellence! T he annual BP Excellence awards applaud the very best camera equiment that managed to constantly score well in our equiment tests during the past one year. The 5MP Carbon One Mini is a pocket-sized camera that allows users to shoot Polaroid-like images. It is compatible with the PictBridge Printer and can be used for both Mac and Windows. as though I had forgotten to wake up. like all other wars. and allows telescopes to make pictures. Canon has redefined digital imaging. The DSB-N1 will cost USD 169 (approx. Canon Wireless Photo Printers With the initiation of wireless photo printing. Rs. the pack only caters to 34 cameras.” celebrates four decades of Bangladesh’s said Shahidul Alam.WorldMags. Nikon’s DSA-N1 Bracket and DSB-N1 Adapter are designed to make shooting with a super telephoto lens. Both these accessories are compatible with Nikon 1 System cameras with interchangeable lenses. and it will prove to be of little help to especially those who have older DSLRs or compacts. It features works of a number of veteran photojournalists. “The Bangladeshi War of Liberation. Is this a growing trend towards leading camera manufacturers making smaller cameras. the new digital camera from Carbon is based on the iconic Polaroid SX-70.000). Canon added three wireless Prixma Photo Printers to its line up of imaging products. We meticulously rate and review a number of cameras. He worked as a staff photographer for reputed magazines such as Vogue and The New Yorker. perhaps even the cameras will. However. unyielding history. 12. We can only guess! To read the complete coverage of the Excellence Awards. the Raghu Rai raped. since the age of 12. While. a much simpler process.000). 8 and RT. The Birth Pangs of a Nation is a valuable visual record. 9. are all figures that change depending upon This book was edited by photographer Shahidul Alam. All the printers are compatible with wireless Canon DSLRs and will be launched later this year. turn to page 40. Image source: www. It is specifically designed to handle RAW files. While the Pixma MG6320 and MG5420 are two-in-one scanners and printers. It consists of a prefocused lens that makes sharp images of everything beyond 1. He began photographing his parents’ clothing store with a brownie camera.

were told to quit work in December. It is compatible with Nikon. perspectives about photography itself. Alexandra Boulat and Patrick Chauve. the lens can be available for even less at select online websites. these are amongst the most detailed night time images of the Earth that we have ever seen!” says Rebecca Roth of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. These highly detailed photographs were recorded by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite. were reported to be the brightest by NASA.SNApSHOTS WorldMags.5 lakhs to a charity in Mumbai.4 Asph IF The Samyang 85mm f/1. Gabriel Fuchs. Google+ launched interest specific communities or groups. Pentax. Additionally.4 is a welcome addition and a convenient alternative for the comparatively costlier Nikkor lens of the same focal range. Sony. Luc Delahaye. has been contributing to BP by writing a column called Different Strokes. 18 Adobe Creative Cloud Upgrades Adobe has opened access to a dozen new features of Adobe Photoshop for the users of Adobe Creative Cloud. filed for bankruptcy as well. after it has been shot. NASA has once again photographed the Earth from space and created a set of jaw-dropping photographs called The Black Marble. and can be used to work with already existing images. the two sister companies of Sipa News and FLS Ltd. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. and much more. BP would like to take this opportunity to highlight Gabriel’s achivements of the past five years.500). The company’s 127 employees. It took the satellite three weeks and 312 he first iconic photograph of the Earth was captured by NASA in orbits to collate 2. For instance. In fact. a sum of approximately 2. the company’s future plan is unclear at this moment. and vying for the photographic database of these social networks. While. The new features that will be now be available for Creative Cloud members include support for Retina display for Apple MacBook Pro. the lens consists of a rubberoid grip and hence provides a staple and secure grip.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 Image Source: NASA . and received only half of the month’s pay. “These are not your average nighttime shots of the Earth. announced its plans to file for bankruptcy. The Photo Community. NASA Photographs Earth at Night! T Google+ Communities Google+ is increasingly replacing photo sharing websites such as Flickr and Facebook. cry out in disbelief. Lytro Living Filters The tube-shaped Lytro camera updated its function set by introducing Perspective Shift. Gabriel managed to change our w H aT ’ S n E w Samyang 85mm f/1. He had intended Sipa Press to rival agencies such as the Agence France-Presse. these showcase the planet at night. the escapdes of Gabriel and his friend Anita will be missed. the lens is covered with an anti-reflection coating. Both the features are available as a free update for Lytro users. which include at least 30 photojournalists. the company also launched nine new Living Filters. a Switzerland-based IT consultant. such as Cairo and Italy between April and October 2012. Sipahiolu launched the careers of many photographers. However. thus enabling sharp images. Crop Tool refinements. Additionally. Thanks to him. 26. Parts of the Eastern Hemisphere. Sipa Press Files for Bankruptcy S Additionally. In its latest announcement. such as Abbas. Sipa was founded by Turkish photojournalist Gökin Sipahiolu in 1973. Moreover. Gabriel Fuchs! F or the last five years. His efforts to understand and decipher the mad community of photography are truly appreciated.5 terabytes of imagery! 1972. we would like to mention that Gabriel has generously contributed his magazine earnings. while still making some great photos. Street Photography and Photo Tips have already begun to attract thousands of members from around the world. we can all laugh about it. We have thoroughly enjoyed Gabriel’s writings. 3D enhancements including live OpenGL. Carnival Filter and so on. and encourage discussion divided by topical categories. In terms of handling. In more ways than one. The service will allow users to join a group either privately or publicly. and was called The Blue Marble.net Adieu. including Film Noir Filter. the leading French Photo Agency. Adobe introduced the Creative Cloud service for teams that will make collaboration easy for groups. Additionally. unlike the previous set of images. After almost three decades. Gabriel has decided to take a break from writing for the time being. Samsung NX and Canon EOS mounts. Four Thirds. ignite our curiosities. We wish him the very best for all future endeavours! Having said that. However. This option allows the users to change and manipulate the standpoints of an image. ipa. It is a high quality portrait lens that makes shooting closeups fairly easy for any amateur photographer. His distinctive sense of humour has made us laugh. and so on. which are part of the Sipa group. Indeed. With an international market price of GBP 399 (approx Rs. it has been speculated that it will be either liquidated or reorganised.

Srinivas Kuruganti Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013 The competition: This is a prestigious competition which offers the winners great exposure into the world of professional photography.uk Deadline: 16 January 2013 Kokrajhar Photojournalism Workshop Kokrajhar. Here are a few • 31 January: A panel discussion on interesting highlights from the event that Chinese photography you can look forward to: • 1 February: A discussion with Shahidul Alam and Shumon Ahmed l 26 January: A panel discussion on ‘Photographic Education and Contemporary Curatorial Practice and Photography’ by Jody Haines and Patricia Mendoza • 27 January: A discussion on ‘Archiving Project in India’ with Christopher Pinney • 28 January: A discussion For a more detailed schedule of the event. Assam You can submit your photographs to the Leica Awards from 15 January 2013. A Phrase. Vivek Singh and Harsha Vadlamani. thereby segregating the contest into two distinct categories. Not a Word Nature Morte. However. 5–25 January Bengaluru Inner Space 20 Patrizia Guerresi Nepal Memory Project’ . and showcase a new series especially modeled on an Indian theme. and offers an opportunity for budding photographers to cater to a global audience. It invites submissions from newcomers and professional photographers alike. The competition will officially start accepting entries by 15 January 2013. To register.betterphotography. you can visit: www.worldpressphoto.parkhana. Black and White and 11 more Prizes: Winning photographs will be featured in a Professional Photographer of the Year 2012’s special supplement in June 2013 Website: www.in Call for E n T ri E S alike. The exhibition is being held after a gap of six years and also showcases a few rare artworks. 3–6 January New Delhi Chobi Mela 2013 Kicks Off! T CEIF 2013 CEIF or Photofair is a biannual event that is organised in the capital by the All India Photographic Trade & Industry Association.org Sony World Photography Awards 2013 The competition: The Sony World Photography Awards are widely recognised as one of the leading global photographic awards programme.leica-oskar-barnack-award.org Deadline: 17 January 2013 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 This is the first edition of the workshop.net . it only accepts digital submissions. Guerresi’s photographs are on display in India for the first time. It will be taught by photographers Srinivas Kuruganti. The competition invites entries from professionals and enthusiasts WorldMags. Categories: Open Competition. large-scale prints. along with Photo he 7th edition of Chobi Mela. Categories: General News. It will accept entries online online and participants need to generate a distinct username and password.worldphoto.com Deadline: To be announced shortly. Website: www.Ev E n TS 1–12 January WorldMags. The festival is held once every two years in Dhaka and features print • 30 January: A presentation of exhibitions. Youth Awards. founder photographer of VII Photo Agency.professionalphotographer. It is the third largest photography expo in the world that features the latest photography equipment and top manufacturers.net P ro Tal K Cobra Flash or Flip-up Flash is Kodak’s patented flash mechanism that creates a distance between the flash and the lens in order to reduce red eye. you can visit Better and book launch of ‘The Photography’s website at www.co. digital presentations. All participants can enter the competition via the official website. workshops and so on. an Circle from Nepal international festival of photography • 29 January: Artists’ talk by is scheduled to begin from 25 January–7 Morten Krogvold February 2013. Categories: Professional and Newcomer Prizes: The winning entries will be showcased at Leica galleries throughout the world. New Delhi An exhibition of photographs. Categories: Medium Format. UK. sculptures and sound installations will be held by the Raqs Media Collective. Nature and nine others Prizes: The prizewinning images will be presented in an exhibition that will travel through more than 100 cities in over 45 countries Website: www. World Press Photo Contest 2013 The competition: The 56th World Press Photo Contest will be chaired by Gary Knight. 7–13 January Professional Photographer of the Year 2012 The competition: The competition is open to photographers worldwide. artists’ photographs by Francoise Callier talks. 3D Awards and Professional Competition Prizes: Winning entries will be published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book Website: www.org Deadline: 4 January 2013 A collection of photographs by the Italian photographer Patrizia Maïmouna Guerresi are going to be displayed in the city.

after the incident. and published on the front page of The New York Post. and showcase around 1000 artists. It beat words such as ‘superstorm’. who became infamous for The New York Post Publishes Controversial Image T photographing a strarving child next to a vulture. Iran. and places and so on. The exhibition is travelling throughout India and has already been exhibited in Delhi and Mumbai. NCPA in Mumbai from 12–24 December 2012.net jan Ua RY 2 0 1 3 . Moreover. He photographed these images by using stereoscopic photographic techniques. Portugal and so on. to being originally termed as 87a. It increases the depth-of-field and reduces the light entering the lens.E V en Ts 7–16 January WorldMags. Former Chief of CompuServe. GIF was introduced in 1987 by Steve Wilhite of CompuServe and was one of the first two file formats to be used on the Internet. as it popularly called. Graphic Interchangeable Format! T he year 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the Graphic Interchangeable Format or GIF. 55 selected photographs were exhibited at the Piramal Art Gallery. Bhatia explored the city spaces The Heritage A collection of 32 photographs by Bhawana Jaiswal were exhibited from 12–14 December 2012 in Bhopal. Film and Photography Festival TFAC Studio. Tokihiro Sato. The 10-day long festival explores a variety of themes within the visual arts. The New York Post struggles to publicly clarify its actions and editorial decisions. 17 January Happy 25th. It will provide a platform to upcoming contemporary art. Some of the photographers featured in this unique exhibition include Yuji Obata. Japan. Mumbai 24 The Photographic Society of India is going to organise the All India Salon of Photography 2013. have been severely criticised in a number of online forums. The Heritage was her 12th photographic exhibition and focused on her most recent work called the Chhaya Kumbh. colour and nature prints to sports and photojournalism. In fact. the exhibition brought to life the historical richness of the capital. GIF was declared Oxford USA’s ‘word of the year’ in 2012. The theme of the exhibition. India Art Fair New Delhi The Nikon Photo Contest International This image was part of a collection of 53 award-winning photographs at the Nikon Photo Exhibition. there is nothing better than GIF. 8–14 January he photograph of 58-year-old Ki Sun Han. It will include workshops.com Kimoko Yoshida 63rd All India Exhibition of Photography Jehangir Art Gallery. Look On The Bright Side UNHATE Foundation. Future Cities Studio X in Mumbai organised an exhibition by John Gollings. Home. Abbasi defended himself by claiming to ‘alert the train by using his camera flash’. While Ki Sun Han’s family mourns his death. In 25 years. Additionally.net P R O TA L K Stopping Down is the process of changing the aperture from a larger to a smaller f-stop. The images portrayed the city of Delhi through Bhatia’s unique perspective. Some of the photographers whose work was showcased in the 12-day long exhibition include Marlies Plank. Shiho Kito and Ken Kitano. GIF has undergone a number of changes—from being developed as an alternative for JPEG. has once again stirred a debate regarding ethics of photojournalism. The images were selected from a number of countries from all around the world. people. It was dedicated to street children living in the capital and was an attempt to celebrate their efforts.thespec. Martin Stranka and Debarshi Duttagupta. many have likened Abbasi to Kevin Carter. Abbasi. Hikari Kolkata A selection of images by Japanese photographers that explore the notion of ‘hikari’ or light. The photograph was made by photographer R Umar Abbasi. and ‘Eurogeddon’. The exhibition will showcase an eclectic mix of images—from monochrome. Mumbai Source:TFAC in totality—from the narrow lanes of Old Delhi to the modern spaces of Delhi’s industrial zones. Gollings showcased the past. Australia’s leading architectural photographer on 11 December 2012. Jaiswal’s work is eclectic which includes a variety of themes such as nature. present and future of global cities.“If you want lossless. United Colours of Benetton and the Salaam Baalak Trust organised a 10-day long photography workshop and exhibition in New Delhi from 21 November–11 December 2012. 31 January–3 February The City Improbable Photographs by Delhi-based Amit Bhatia were displayed at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi from 1–31 December 2012. B E tt E R P H O t O g R ap H Y Kenji Yamanaka WorldMags. along with the paper. However. compressed graphics. Image Source: www. including India. explored the idea of a home for street children living on the streets and in various Salaam Baalak Trust shelters in the city. culture. merely meters away from an approaching train in a New York underground. The 5th edition of the India Art Fair will bring together 105 galleries from 24 countries. The exhibition was titled Now & When: Australian Urbanism and was part of Studio X’s event that explored the art of 3D photography and mapping. artist talks and presentations by amateur and established photographers.” said Alexander Trevor. Madhya Pradesh.

announced its brand new photo storage app called Circ. Nonetheless. However. In fact. Unlike other such apps. Rs. It revealed its plans to completely change its focus from photography to enterprise services and functional printing. He manages to capture the little moments from the lives of his subjects. In fact. I was curious about its contents. The increasing Country Manager & Director India & SAARC. we noticed that the overall growth of compact cameras was less than 10% in 2012. We are geared to specifically design promotions targeted for Tier II and Tier III cities. visiting and working with a number of well-known circuses in India. A lot has changed in a period of six years since Sandisk entered the market of flash memory in India. SanDisk growth of high Corporation performance mobile phones has intensified the competition against compact cameras. The 1100 imaging patents will be sold for more than USD 500 million (approx. we are planning to increase our presence in Tier II and Tier III cities. Android. before I even began reading the book. we are planning to icnrease our presence in Tier II and Tier III cities. “Without his invention we would still be getting only B&W images from our digital cameras. Additionally. “We did not want the customer to have to think about the technology behind it. Needless to say. Google and Apple Circ Offers Unlimited Buy Kodak’s Patents Free Storage! T E ye-Fi. and 2012 was a good year for the company. and allows users to sync more than one device. Das travelled for a year. —As told to Priyanka Chharia ryce Bayer. pocket cameras. a former chairman of the Camera Phone Image Quality Standards Group. I was not disappointed. The app is compatible with iOS. For instance. Saibal’s B&W photographs are composed with meticulous perfection. —Priyanka Chharia B E tt E R P H O t O g R ap H Y WorldMags.” The year 2012 was a growth year for Sandisk and we witnessed a considerable growth in the demand for flash memory. 99. The combination of Rae’s experience as an insider with Saibal’s dexterity as an outsider—the Circus Girl truly unlocks a universe of magic. Meanwhile. he completed the design for a device that enabled capturing detailed colour images. However. 26 he year 2012 was more than just disastrous for the 132-year-old company. Bryce Bayer created the Bayer Filter while still at Kodak.snaps HOts WorldMags. His invention came to be known as the Bayer Filter hence.net jan Ua RY 2 0 1 3 .net ‘Father of Digital Imaging’ Passes Away B I n D U sT RY VO ice “In 2013. his focus on the circus girls makes this book and his perspective distinct from others who have photographed the circus. with the hope to exit the state of bankruptcy by early 2013. I anticipated an informed perspective along with photographs that would be sensitive to the chosen theme. or worry about how much storage space they had left before needing to upgrade or dump photos. rival companies Apple and Google have reportedly teamed up to buy Kodak’s patents. “We did not want to build just another cloud service. There is a lot of work still to be done in the smaller towns and cities. Circ provides unlimited free storage space to users. we are going to strengthen our the company’s online activities. Eastman Kodak. Sandisk is present in more than 400 cities in India.” said Yuval Koren. we witnessed a particularly disappointing growth of point–and–shoot Manisha Sood cameras. as there is a lack of awareness about authorised products.9% of all digital cameras—cellphones. Windows and Mac. the company seems to be in the process of recovery and reorganisation. the SD card maker company. the inventor of the iconic Bayer Filter died at the ripe age of 83 in Bath. Today. webcams and consumer digital video cameras use the Bayer pattern to produce colour photographs. 1595 The Backyard of Magic Circus Girl was borne out of Saibal Das’ year long project of the same name. lends a magic to this book that would have been impossible otherwise. As a result.” said Larry Scarff. 5000 lakhs). this organisation can be seen only in the top 14–15 cities in the country. the Indian market is far more organised. From the illustrious Gemini Circus in Kerala to the formidable Samrat Circus in West Bengal…Saibal’s extensive ground work for the book makes it a thoroughly researched piece of work. CEO of Eye-Fi. which eventually come to define his work. Moreover. United Kingdom. Bayer was an ex-Kodak employee who worked with the company for more than two decades. the growth of Sandisk’s high-performance quality products was robust. In 1974. However.” B O O K Re V ie W   Title: Circus Girl Author: Saibal Das ISBN: 978-1-906-49733-0 Publisher: Seagull Books Price: Rs. which is geared towards promoting the concept of flash memory in smaller towns. Additionally. In 2013. corresponding text by Nola Rae. Sandisk introduced the ‘Memory Yatra’. a renowned mime artist.

it does not require users to register beforehand as well. photobooks. Dark Knight and Megan Fox and so on. and is a one of its kind archive of self-published and independently published photobooks today. That said. It includes DIYs. However. The photograph is in particularly good condition and is reported to fetch a price of more than USD 10. —Priyanka Chharia 28 S O f T WA R e O f T he m O n T h Photo 505 If you are an amateur photographer. users can purchase books from the wide selection…the Indie Photobook Library also invites upcoming photographers and writers to submit their work and get published. What is more. I despise the attitude. I despise the work.snaps HOts WorldMags. It offers an abundance of fun photo effects.” said Meyerowitz. what makes the photo unique is the accompanying handwritten Captain Wood This is the only surviving photograph of the iceberg that sunk text by Captain Wood. thereby rendering the archive highly inclusive.net . who single-handedly initiated an era of colour photography. one needs to keep in mind that Photo 505 is not for advanced photographers.000). It was founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010. in an interview with “Gilden is a Bully. the Indie Photobook Library might just be what you are looking for. then Photo 505 is probably the ideal online photo editing tool for you. jan Ua RY 2 0 1 3 B E tt E R P H O t O g R ap H Y WorldMags. It allows users to search by image. RR Auction.000 (approx Rs. In fact. It was captured by Captain W F Wood. and can be a little intimidating for some. “He is an aggressive bully. openly expressed his displeasure with the working style of his contemporary and Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden. Wood made the photograph two days prior to the sinking of the ship. While. Photo 505 is fun and easy to work with. but found it to be either too expensive or out of stock? Well. — Priyanka Chharia oel Meyerowitz. that dates back to Only Photo of Titanic’s Killer Iceberg Sold A Priyanka Chharia Visit www. The photograph is now the Titanic. it only takes a few minutes to transform your photos completely. For instance. a British newspaper.photo505.indiephotobooklibrary. He was aboard a streamer called the SS Etonian. Additionally. and is titled The Iceberg that Sunk Titanic. an American part of a range of Titanic memorabilia. while it is worthwhile to ponder over the merits and demerits of their individual styles. it lists down a few books under ‘Recommended Reading’.net Websi T e Re V ie W www. This is one of those rare occassions where we have seen one legend of photography openly criticise another. when he recorded the image. title and author. one cannot deny that there is a lot to learn from both these masters. auction house sold the only surviving photograph of the iceberg that killed the legendary passenger ship. veteran street photographer. photography exhibition catalogs. Overall.” says Meyerowitz J The Observer.org How often have you wanted to read your favourite photobook. Additionally. which can be especially useful for first time visitors to the website. fter almost100 years of the sinking of the last century. the website works as an excellent virtual public library. after the processing.com to edit your photos. what makes it a workable choice for photographers is that the software is available free of cost. you can choose from effects like Valentine’s Day. photographs magazines and so on. 5. all his pictures look alike because he only has one idea. Additionally. The website is easy to navigate. All that is offers is a few enjoyable photo effects that can hold your interest only for a short time. Gilden’s style of photography is intrusive.50. A feature that is unique to this software is that it allows the user to rate the edited image.

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During my stay in the United Kingdom. just to test the durability of the camera? “I left my Hasselblad camera there with the lens pointing up at the zenith. I was able to carry out this project with support from The Royal Commonwealth Society and The Royal Photographic Society of England.” Sudipto Das Sudipto’s image shows people celebrating the Chhath Puja in Agra. was shortlisted amongst 60.” he says. It is important to gather sound feedback from time to time because genuine acknowledgement of this kind helps one to evaluate his or her work in a positive way. did you know that one of these cameras was left there. “I came to know about the contest from one of my friends living in the United Kingdom.” he says. Yahoo’s popular photo sharing avid street photographer. a photo sharing website. and not worry about the misuse of their creative work. Uttar Pradesh. such as India. project called Connecting Cultures. The project is called Connect: UK-India and will be on display in the United Kingdom in 2013. titled Prayer. “I want to establish a cross-cultural essence. researchers. Creative Commons licensing gives our photographers more LO O K Wh O ’ s sh O OT in G 500px Introduces Creative Commons Licensing Astronaut Conducts Ultimate Gear Test! T D options to let others share and reuse their work. Creative Commons licensing safeguards artists’ rights. “Copyright is often a challenge for artists and creators.net he ever increasing pool of images and their consequent circulation on the internet had led 500px.net jan Ua RY 2 0 1 3 .” said Eugene Cernan. and eventually was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Jubilee Time Capsule Award. ex-Apollo 17 Commander and the last man to have walked on the surface of the moon. Sudipto Das 34 Photographer Awarded by The Royal Photographic Society to photograph people and culture. —Written by Priyanka Chharia F Kolkata-based photographerannounced Sudipto Das is an releasedSudipto is currently documenting the Anglo-Indian and a new interface lickr. I documented Indians living in the continent. students and fellow imagemakers can make use of the content without being hassled over infringing copyright laws or illegal sharing. Conversely. to include Creative Commons licensing. Users of the photo sharing website can now share their images for non-commercial use with credit. The website recently id you know that there are 12 Hasselblad cameras left on the surface of the moon? Moreover. XX XXXXXXXX site has once again gone through “Genuine acknowledgement of this kind helps one to evaluate his or her work in a positive way.000 entries. as it is the central focus of my project. I think that awards of this nature are always encouraging for photographers living in developing countries.” said an official statement by the company. a makeover.snaps HOts WorldMags. It provides the 500px community with greater flexibility on usage and photo attribution. the idea being someday someone would come back and find out how much deterioration solar cosmic radiation had on the glass. His photograph. for a thematic called ‘Liquid Layout’. B E tt E R P H O t O g R ap H Y WorldMags. He is constantly driven population in his hometown Kolkata.

It’s got the emotional quotient that anyone from anywhere can relate to and identify with. only one’s perception. ‘for them’. wish level. Before anyone else has seen the photograph. If we could borrow the sensibilities of the ‘other’. Alice Walker had once said. time or society. The difference and similarity would be akin to love and lust. Pornography has become so undeniable that reputed universities offer a study of the subject. while another may not. his recent interests have been as varied as mythology. social mores and prejudice. The point at which the photograph shifts from art to pornography could be several depending on who is viewing it. It holds a mirror to us and often. where the objectors to the education outnumber those who are for it. Subjectivity comes with its own filters. the animal and the divine or sacred.. is associated with explicit depictions of the sexual act. At that point in time.net At What Stage Does Art Become Pornography? ave you wondered at what point can nude photography be considered art. would our world view be that much more enhanced or diminished? The nude human form is the most challenging subject there is. just the start. That was not the issue of contention—what was—did it merit being seditious? There seemed to have been total agreement that it didn’t. It might be difficult to get emotional or attached to a pressure cooker. side. If art doesn’t make us better. How one deals from behind that eyepiece with one’s humanity is the process to greater potential. there have been ‘terrible’ people who’ve made great art. is the polarity. M F Husain’s Saraswati and Bharatmata along with Andreas Serrano’s Piss Christ have a common element. but the human form is quite another issue.” would the context change the content? Eventually art is not necessarily to be ‘liked’. An active educationist with a unique teaching style. it was not up to the TV channels and their experts to ordain whether the cartoon was ‘art’ or ‘porn’. It is such a far cry from our country where mere ‘sex education’ is such a hotly debated subject in the Parliament. A photograph when it becomes public has to fit into a sensibility. regardless of space. At another point in time when debating what is art and what is not. Many ask him what he intends to do with these photos and he most often only manages an incoherent answer. A lot has to do with motives. Why are you making the photograph to start with? So even at the concept. Hypocrisy is one of our many legacies. The museum in Melbourne was vandalised by right-wing fundamentalist Christians. “Early examination prevents cancer. A general rule of societal thumb is when a group of people at a certain space and time become offended. it could be art or vulgarity depending on that single test. The recent Aseem Trivedi cartoon controversy seems to have highlighted a few aspects of how we can subvert the main issue depending on our own pomposity. in essence. if you are above legal age. If we can remove morality for a minute. Human beings have a heritage of making judgments and often what has been handed down as good and bad remain our sacred tenets.. entirely for his own delectation. sexual survey was done in our country it would then expose what everyone sort of surmises. it is crucial to know one’s motives. Individual or mob violence is a tendency that comes out of our animal side. If a proper scientific. and that would not be acceptable. It might be crucial to check on Sorenno’s antecedents and his track record. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. But go beyond the obvious. sitting on the fence. compassion from the sacred. 35 David enjoys making photographs of subjects of special interest to him. divested of pretensions and fashions. it veers towards the pornographic. would it change things to discover that he might be a devout and practising Christian? If you saw a pair of perfect. becomes vulgar. art and artists’ roles are to challenge our perceptions of the world and ourselves. suddenly becomes eternal. morality. So that. some devout Christian might even have thought it worthy of veneration in their home. notice that the image has not changed at all. what if the image was called Honey Christ? What if it was dipped in honey and called Piss Christ? Many what ifs and as the answer oscillates from ‘art’ to ‘offensive’. Hypocrisy can be pornographic. The human form laid bare of time and space. But that is not the end of the line. what if Serrano did not have a title to his photograph. in protest of a not-too-brilliant image of a crucifix in David de Souza H an amber liquid.VISUAL MUSINGS WorldMags. Friedrich Nietzsche in Twilight of the Idols exhorts us to examine our values and see if they ring true. neutral is perhaps our human. but what if you then discover a sign at the bottom that reads. dreams and 3D. There are several countries in Europe and South America and even some in Asia that have pornographic channels along with porno magazines and DVDs that are free to view and buy. the human.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . then what on earth is it for. The photograph does not need a title and explanation. staying non committal.” Having said that. ideological. our warts and our insecurities show up. If a photograph is exploitative. it might get a little simpler to understand. half the population could swing either way. sensuous breasts in a magazine. that our sexual misconduct and crimes would then show us up and dent our ersatz pride for who we truly are. Shall we be content to be unaware of our isness and bury our heads in the sand? Most often historically. the object of their disdain. the cartoon could have come up for scrutiny then. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. it is politics and those vested interests that create schisms and intolerance of one set of people over another. All of us have resident within us. One culture would consider a photograph vulgar or pornographic. “Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. Because it’s all to do with perception. as opposed to pornography? Pornography in the pejorative.

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Just think about it. but actually a compact camera! That just goes to show that an expensive camera is not necessarily the best one. M onth after month. inspects and introspects how the latest technology will help you chronicle the most important moments in your life.. test cameras that make us fall in love... but has also transcended categories and changed the way we will see future cameras at this price point. despise others and occasionally. the Sony RX100. we weigh the pros and cons of each gadget. with its giant sensor and fast lens. For the Camera of the Year and Innovative Product of the Year awards. in the past one year. the BP team tests. there has never been a better time to be a photographer.. with fantastic quality at ISO 3200 and a fast f/1. it fits into your pocket! JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 0 WorldMags.WorldMags.8 lens. We appreciate some of this equipment. The BP Excellence Awards are a stamp of quality. With these awards. Camera of the Year 41 Sony Cyber-shot RX100 The Sony RX100 is not only rewriting history.. the RX100 is a better low-light machine than your regular entry-level DSLR with its kit lens..net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . For those who can live without the ability to change lenses. After all. we recognise the gear that has scored the highest ratings in our tests. with the way technology is racing. Oh. and hey. is a far more versatile package than some higher-priced mirrorless cameras and DSLRs as well. the most exciting camera we tested in 2012 was not a high-end DSLR. this is no ordinary compact camera. and then decide the best. Like last year. and our way of celebrating cameras and lenses that have earned the highest rating on our test bench.net E XC E L L E N C E AWARDS And The Award Goes to.

stills quality. Film Simulation modes and the ability to shoot multiple exposures. Consumer DSLR Lens of the Year Sigma 12-24mm f/4. It is sharp. But when done right. it is actually quite difficult to get close enough to make a good frame at 12mm. Sony has successfully taken the ergonomic excellence of a tiny camera like the Canon S95 and managed to stick in a much faster lens and significantly larger sensor..net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 2 . this is a camera you will want to carry... Do remember that a focal length this wide is not for everyone. in the same-sized. Advanced Compact Camera of the Year 42 Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Why is the RX100 so revolutionary? Let us ponder over a simple fact. video capabilities and on-field handling. whether you are setting out for a casual vacation or starting photography as a serious hobby.. the impact is spectacular.5-5.net Basic Compact Camera of the Year Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR With 15x zoom and complete manual control.6 EX DG ASP HSM II The widest rectilinear full frame lens in the world strikes all the right boxes in terms of performance. the F660EXR also does well in terms of shooting Full HD video and capturing 360° Motion Panoramas. pocketable body! This is probably the only camera of its kind. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. not too expensive and has extraordinary control over distortion. which scores equally high marks in pocketability.WorldMags. Besides important photo features like a 1/2-inch EXR sensor.

One can shoot handheld photos at one second. The biggest highlight of this optical marvel is that the combination of a wide focal length and VR brings forth new possibilities that no other lens is capable of.WorldMags. Our best pro lens. this is the best way for an Olympus or Panasonic user to get into the disciplined zone of using a small camera with a fixed lens. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 0 WorldMags. actually helps you see the world in a new way.8 may not be as small as the older pancake lens. but this one is even better. The lightweight nature of this lens makes it far better for landscape. but it is a huge step forward in every other aspect.net Pro DSLR Lens of the Year E XC E L L E N C E AWARDS Nikkor 16-35mm AF-S f/4G ED VR The 16–35mm is one of the sharpest wide angles we have seen. is sharp at the widest aperture. Pro Mirrorless Lens of the Year Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1. and remarkably free of optical aberrations. or experiment with ultrawide panning shots of slow movement. this year. beautiful bokeh and distortion free. Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 peers.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY .4 Normal lenses are usually very good in terms of optics.8 The new 17mm f/1. Exemplary sharpness. travel and street photography than its more expensive f/2. this is the lens that does most justice to the fantastic Fujifilm X-Trans sensor. at a mere fraction of their price. The Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1. Consumer Mirrorless Lens of the Year 43 Olympus M.4 gives Leica lenses a run for their money. better than some of the best primes in the market. At an affordable price point. It has a distance scale.

we wondered. top-of-the-line video features. but the D4 has a bunch of small refinements that will be appreciated by a pro on field. the Olympus sneaked ahead with slightly better quality. Backlit buttons. The initial Indian pricing is higher than we expected. the ability to shoot lower resolution photos at 24fps. we have seen the same sensor in other. completely silent working. Whether you are a first-time DSLR buyer or a pro who needs a backup body for his D800/D600. to date. which probably was one of the best cameras we have ever tested. no doubt. Ethernet connectivity. the D3200 gives you image quality that has never been seen before at this price point.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 2 . Consumer Mirrorless Camera of the Year Olympus PEN E-PL5 A tough fight between the Panasonic GX1 and the E-PL5. but there is no doubt that the new sensor (borrowed and tweaked from the OM-D E-M5) makes the Olympus E-PL5 the best PEN. far more expensive cameras.net Consumer DSLR of the Year Nikon D3200 We were a little apprehensive about the D3200 when we tested it. Since then though. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. Full Frame DSLR of the Year 44 Nikon D4 The 36MP D800 almost won this crown. due to the lack of an AA filter and a superior JPEG engine. the D4 adds all this to the D3S.. several AF refinements and a crazy buffer capacity of over 100 frames (unmatched by any camera). It is an excellent camera.WorldMags.. but does an entry-level user really need 24MP.

but it has better dynamic range. it has been beaten by its younger sibling.WorldMags. but surprisingly. noise performance and detail than several full frame DSLRs in the market.net Consumer DSLR of the Year of the Year Advanced Mirrorless Camera Fujifilm X-E1 E XC E L L E N C E AWARDS We fell in love with the X-Pro 1. the X-E1 may not have a full frame sensor.2-inch sensor ensures that the stills and video quality exceeds most compact cameras! Most importantly. Its massive 1/1. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags... The best quality ever seen at less than a lakh. Innovative Product of the Year Nokia 808 PureView The 808 is an ordinary smartphone if you compare it to the best iOS and Android devices around. but let’s put it this way. the X-E1. the ingenious way in which Nokia has used its 41MP sensor can well lead the way for future imaging technology..net .. it is the world’s best camera that can also make calls and share pictures instantly.

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and for amateur wildlife lovers. Do not eye that Nikon D3200 or Canon EOS 1100D if you simply want to use it in the Auto mode. but also want a small camera for inobtrusive shooting. 50 I Want a DSLR. you probably do not need a full frame. nothing works better than a smartphone to help This is the first you put your picture online. you may not even need interchangeable lenses. wants something small. Buying the latest and best camera will not. superzoom cameras go up to 50x too! Smartphone Camera In this age of convergence. Others are meant for advanced users who may have a DSLR. Advanced Compact Camera If your photos usually fall in the 28–105mm range. depending on whether you want more automation or external control. But are you actually shooting anything beyond flowers. maybe you should continue using a compact and use it to its fullest. or alternatively. instantly.. They then buy a DSLR. a projector. sunsets and random snapshots at the weekend party? DSLRs are preferable if you regularly shoot in low light and wish to experimenting with different settings and lenses. when it comes to zoom capabilities. Let’s Do a Recap. Quite a circle of confusion this. make you a better photographer. Budget compacts often have 10x zoom. But compacts still make sense for those who value manual settings. More cameras. what we have never seems to be good enough. in any way. Some target the point-and-shoot user who simply wants better image quality. ever drawing that Android and iOS users can also benefit illustrated the working of from a wealth of photography apps. but feel too lazy to carry it. What Will I Use a Small Camera For? Mirrorless cameras fall into two broad categories. The compact camera user yearns for a DSLR.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . Find Out What Kind of a Camera Will Work For You Best Basic Compact Camera Smartphones today are more than enough for a casual audience. Superzoom Camera Phones cannot match compacts. tired of his bulky camera. the DSLR owner wants to go full frame and the full frame pro.net BUYER   SPECIAL DO I REALLY NEED peak to a photographer on his or her birthday and their gift wishlist would almost always be the same. Gear cannot replace vision. But Do I Need it? Almost everyone seems to think that a DSLR is that magic bullet that will suddenly transform their photos and make them interesting. Make a choice. This issue of Better Photography will tell you about the best cameras currently available.. better optics and the ‘feel’ of a regular digicam.. Some compacts have fast lenses. S Should I Just Get a Mirrorless Instead? But then. larger sensors and are great on the go. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. but do you actually need all these cameras? You may want a new camera. more lenses. step up to a mirrorless camera.. What’s the Big Deal About Full Frame? Let us put it this way—unless you are regularly shooting at ISO 6400 and above. do you see yourself lugging around a DSLR everywhere you go? A lot of enthusiasts make great photos when they first get into photography (while using a compact camera).’S WorldMags. but do you actually need it? Confused about film or digital. If you fall in this bracket.

but do not wish to give up the experience of peering through a viewfinder and the hands-on control offered by a high-end DSLR. Go away from the herd. Zoom is What I Want If you love shooting subjects that are really far off.   51 In the analogue world. but gets out of the way when you look. hipsters endorse cameras like the Lomo and Holga because of the crazy colours. A love for zoom could also be the sole reason for you to move beyond your smartphone. seriousness and patience to appreciate what photography used to be (and still is. But Do I Need to Change Lenses? If you are someone who has never bothered with ultrawide or super telephoto focal lengths. You will either fall in love. let’s see what kind of camera you need to look for. manual control and all-round functionality. Do I Even Need a Camera? Sure. or a camera that has a fixed lens of a single focal length. You also have the curiosity. a regular DSLR or mirrorless is more than enough. I’m a Pro. Entry-level DSLR One big reason to buy a DSLR over a mirrorless is if you wish to get into action photography. with flash) and if you do not intend to print your photos. see and create. Most mirrorless cameras are still not very good at tracking fast moving subjects. If most of your photography takes place in the daytime (or at night.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . for some). a full frame may make sense. you can consider a pocketable compact with a fast lens. if you want zoom. heavy vignettes and attractive ‘flaws’ they produce.net bUYER’S SpEcIAL THis cAMERA NOW? DSLR or mirrorless? Is your cell phone good enough or should you invest in a ‘real’ camera? but before that. Cropped sensors nowadays are so good that they match or surpass the pro full frame cameras of yesteryears. Only some kind of professionals actually do the kind of photography that needs a full frame camera.. but value image quality. a superzoom compact camera is far more affordable than trying to buy a DSLR with equivalent lenses. But today. High-end Mirrorless Camera These cameras are ideal for those who value portabilty.. smartphone sensors have come a long way. but there is a certain charm about the real thing. Entry-level Mirrorless Camera Ideal for those who point and shoot. Raj Lalwani helps you choose. You could use Instagram and do this digitally. photo sharing and wish to make use of creative photo apps. But for almost everyone else. Does it really matter as to what camera you use? Remember that the best camera is the one that is in your hand. pick up film camera from the secondhand market (they barely cost anything). they rarely have viewfinders as they are targetted at compact camera users who do not mind using the LCD. Shoot analogue and learn to process it. a compact camera is still the answer. Full Frame DSLR If you love crazy high ISOs or crave to get the best possible dynamic range. Unique Photos with ‘Weird’ Cameras Is Film the Answer? You are disciplined enough to not shoot a 100 frames in an hour. Wait.WorldMags. or just come away with a richer mindset. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. do you really need anything more than a phone? Smartphones also make far more sense for those who are heavily into social media.

’S BUYER   SPECIAL WorldMags. we told you how to determine what kind of a camera you need. this question of choice—almost always. The following pages are also an interesting reflection of market trends.net . to make a list of P BETTER PHOTOGRApHY hotography is all about choices. at the camera store. Our list of the top 30 cameras has something for everyone. have deep pockets or on a budget. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. Raj Lalwani analyses the pros and cons of every single camera out there. Should the subject be sharp or would a blur convey the story better? Should the background be out of focus or not? And of course.we will help you make a choice. Whether you are a beginner or pro. should you make the picture or wait for another moment? But where does it all start.net 52 On the previous two pages.

This is meant to help you plan your next investment. as long as you use it to its fullest. there is no mirrorless camera less than Rs. the 30 best cameras that are currently available. Almost every camera today is capable of making fantastic photos. If your camera is not a part of this list. For instance. The OM-D. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. despite JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 being very good.WorldMags. do not worry. The 5D Mark II and D700 exit the list after five years with an end in life cycle. for varied purposes and at different price points. mainly because there is something better at that price point.net . sadly because the best inexpensive ones are not being sold in India.000.. 40.net B U Y E R ’ S Sp ECIAL 53 But even after this. NEX-7 and 6D miss out. the number of choices that are there in the market can be a little intimidating. There are some noteworthy omissions..

A High-contrast Monochrome mode gives good results and the camera is one of the few. especially for kids. the 4x zoom (28–112mm) is ideal for day-to-day use and Creative Filters like Toy Camera and Super Vivid minimise the need for postprocessing. 950 Rs. Why? The functionality is not great and there is no manual control. you should definitely consider this camera. but if you are a serious photographer who wants something that will survive rain. Who Should Buy It? Anyone who wants a budget rugged camera. 4 Who Should Buy It? Families and casual users who are looking for the least expensive way to step into the digital world. the S6300’s 10x zoom stabilised lens starts really wide. 720p HD video. 15. at this price. Why? Waterproof and shockproof. Announced in February 2012 Who Should Buy It? Stills and video enthusiasts who can sacrifice manual control. Eye-Fi support and 3D functionality are other reasons to get this feature-rich COOLPIX. This generation of Sony’s compacts also allows these panoramas to cover a complete 360° rotation. Why? Besides being the cheapest camera to shoot Full HD footage. 720p HD video. 9 Nikon COOLPIX S6300 16MP.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . this is the least expensive camera in the current market to boast of a Sweep Panorama mode. it is a fraction of the price of other rugged compacts. Nikon COOLPIX S3300 16MP.000.1MP. but if you are prepared to make good use of the Program and Scene modes.1MP. 6 16. Who Should Buy It? Landscape photography hobbyists and video enthusiasts on a budget. The images up to ISO 800 are quite good. at 25mm. the easy functionality and excellent lens in this camera offer great value for money. though not Full HD. USB charging. to boast of optical VR. Significantly. but want a lot of features at a reasonable price. With children being the primary audience. 720p HD video. Announced in February 2012 Canon PowerShot A1200 12. but that does not take away from the fact that there is a very competent camera for its price. 720p HD video. The 6x zoom range is useful as it starts at a rather wide 26mm. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. Easy Panorama. Full HD video. the S30 may get you some curious stares. Why? It may lack image stabilisation. Announced in February 2012 54 Sony Cyber-shot W630 950 Rs. 7 Who Should Buy It? A casual user who wants to experiment with low light photography. Announced in January 2011 990 Rs. which usually start at Rs. Why? The optical stabilisation in this camera is optimised for video shooting and the quality of the footage.BUYERS’ Sp ECIAL BelOW Rs.net Nikon COOLPIX S30 995 Rs. optical VR and 6fps shooting are all very useful on field and the Multi-shot 16 mode is an addictive way of making eyecatching portraits. 3 10MP. 20. is quite crisp. Announced in April 2012 990 Rs.000 WorldMags.

The lens is slower than the P310’s. Why? It may lack RAW shooting. Announced in January 2012 0.8 lens.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . The extensive manual control is what makes this camera stand out amidst its peers. Why? 21x zoom at this price is an absolute bargain. when connected to a PC. 720p HD video. unlike the more expensive F770EXR.1MP.190 Rs.. 1 55 Who Should Buy It? Photography and travel enthusiasts who do not need a pocketable camera. but appreciate zoom and manual settings.49 Rs. But this Panasonic scores past them with a 10x zoom Leica lens that starts at 25mm and excellent autofocus performance. 9 9. the DV300F is a natural progression for a cell phone photographer who wants a little more.BelOW Rs. it is a little bulky. there are several options in the market. The lens shows fringing though. Why? The 5x zoom and image quality are not as good as other cameras at this price.1MP. 9 16MP. the LZ20 is the most versatile and value-formoney option you have. Also. The f/1. 1 Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR 16MP. Why? The extensive Picture Controls borrowed from the company’s DSLRs produce excellent JPEGs. including ultraslim offerings from Nikon and Sony. 1 Nikon COOLPIX P310 14. 720p HD video. 720p HD video. Announced in January 2011 0 6. but the dynamic range of the EXR sensor produces excellent JPEGs. And while there is no WiFi. but do not need the advantages of RAW shooting. make this a great budget camera for low light. Why? For those who want a camera as a fashion accessory.1MP. so that they are automatically uploaded to Facebook. so ignore the P310 if you are critical about making large prints. If you want to learn photography and crave zoom. Full HD video.000 WorldMags. Who Should Buy It? Serious hobbyists who appreciate external control and wish to shoot in low light. The only caveat. you can mark the images you like within the camera. Considering that the Android cameras from Nikon and Samsung are way more expensive (and not perfect. but this is the cheapest camera to have WiFi. by any means).99 Rs. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LZ20 16. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. Announced in January 2012 B U Y E R S’ Sp ECIAL Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ1 16. Full HD video.net Samsung DV300F 990 Rs. 1 Who Should Buy It? Those who value good looks and want a camera that is truly sleek.. but you gain 15x zoom and superior optical quality. Who Should Buy It? Social media addicts who pay a huge emphasis on immediate photo sharing.95 Rs. travel and nature photographers who do not mind shooting JPEGs and want a compact camera with excellent optics and good dynamic range. a highlight that immediately separates it from its peers. Announced in August 2011 Who Should Buy It? Landscape. the optical stabilisation of this camera is superior to the competition. combined with a good sensor and VR. 20. Announced in July 2012 0 2.

Why? Does someone really need 50x zoom is. 0 4. Considering it is so cheap. but the 1100D continues to offer a great bargain. Full HD video.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . If you are buying your first DSLR though. Announced in July 2012 Who Should Buy It? Zoom lovers who want to experiment in low light and use shallow DOF.99 Rs. 3 Who Should Buy It? Budget resolution fanatics and anyone who is willing to invest in good lenses. this one is far more versatile. it is best that you save some money.. And while it may seem pricey. For a lot of people who buy a DSLR or mirrorless camera and stick to just using its kit lens. discipline and technique.. Announced in September 2012 Canon EOS 1100D 12.2MP. a tilt-and-swivel screen and 13fps shooting make this a very high-end camera. Why? The FZ200 is an engineering marvel. 20. all throughout the zoom range! The sensor of this RAW-shooting camera may not be as good as the price suggests. 720p HD video. Why? Its features are not class leading and the Nikon D3200 has far superior image quality. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. It is the world’s first and only camera that has a large amount of zoom (24x. RAW shooting. complete manual control. Announced in May 2012 0.1MP.net Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12. If you do not need the 50x zoom of the competition. Nikon D3200 24.750 Rs. of course. If you do not need the 24MP of the Nikons. 3 nly) yo (Bod 0 4.2MP.8. get the 1100D and probably invest the remainer in a fast normal lens. 25–600mm) and a maximum aperture of f/2. Full HD video.1MP. remember that a camera of such a high resolution needs an investment in optics. Announced in April 2012 56 Sony Cyber-shot RX100 20. s R (Kit) 5 9. Who Should Buy It? Those who want pocketablity but do not wish to make any compromise in terms of stills and video quality. it is an absolute bargain.000–50. we would actually recommend the RX100 higher. No other DSLR or mirrorless camera comes at this price (apart from a few that are at the end of their life cycle). 3 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200 12. 2 Who Should Buy It? Budget users who want the versatility of changing lenses. debatable.000 WorldMags. Why? The RX100 is an astonishing product that actually transcends categories. Why? Up to ISO 3200. Full HD video. a DSLR with lenses that go up to 1200mm will cost lakhs more. but the fast aperture reduces the need for using high ISOs in most situations. Who Should Buy It? Amateur wildlife enthusiasts who want the best reach possible. Full HD video. the D3200 produces better image quality than any non-full frame DSLR.99 Rs.99 2 . but that does not stop the Canon from being a very good camera.99 Rs. A hot shoe.2MP.BUYERS’ Sp ECIAL RS. Announced in February 2011 0 6.

net Olympus PEN E-PL5 16. but this PEN’s cost makes the sensor a lot more attractive. but the APS-C sensor’s quality is better than its Micro Four Thirds counterparts. Announced in September 2012 B U Y E R S’ Sp ECIAL Nikon D5200 24. but want the flexibility of being able to change lenses. an excellent AF system and high quality sensor. but it is still very small. Full HD video. and the fact that the M is a lot smaller (and cheaper) is a deal clincher. good handling and in-body IS. Announced in November 2012 0 1.1MP sensor that was seen in the OM-D E-M5. it has all that we love about the PENs—Art Filters.RS. The quality of the footage. 5 9.99 Rs. 57 7. it actually gives sharper results with the excellent Micro Four Thirds lenses.1MP. For a little more money than the E-PL5 and for far lesser than the OM-D.1MP. Announced in May 2011 Who Should Buy It? Travellers who want a budget mirrorless camera. The G3 may not have the rangefinderesque body of the PEN. Full HD video. you get a mirrorless camera that has an in-built viewfinder. Why? The E-PL5 is the first PEN camera to have the 16. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. Other than that. it is not completely smooth sailing though. Videographers will appreciate the quality of the footage. 4 n ody o (B 0 4. Autofocus is a big disappointment. amount of video control and the overall functionality are as good as DSLRs like the 650D. The OM-D itself may seem overpriced. but the lack of an external mic input is something that may hinder serious filmmakers. with no buttons but an excellent touchscreen. 4 Kit) ( Panasonic LUMIX G3 15. Full HD video.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY .990 Rs.99 Rs. 20.45 ) ly Rs.000 WorldMags. Why? Consider this.8MP. 4(Kit) Who Should Buy It? Serious photographers who do not mind sacrificing build quality and hands-on ergonomics to gain a fantastic AF system and excellent image quality. The ergonomics are a mixed bag. It has inherited the 39-point AF system from the D7000 (a version of which is also seen in the expensive full frame D600). Who Should Buy It? Street and travel photographers who want a small and lightweight camera. Why? The amount of external control is not perfect. Announced in July 2012 Who Should Buy It? Video enthusiasts and serious filmmakers. Why? Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless world shines when it comes to the video capabilities.000–50. 4(Kit) Canon EOS M 18MP. An improved version of the D3200’s sensor and a tilt-andswivel screen are the crowning glories of this value-for-money package. but are too used to framing photographs at eye level. This makes it the first ever camera at this price point to have such sophisticated autofocus functionality. but the D5200 has definitely raised the bar when it comes to entry-level DSLRs. For still shooters. The one change from the OM-D is that the E-PL5’s sensor does not have an AA filter and so. Full HD video.

quite good. invest this huge sum elsewhere.3MP. 7 16. 6dy only) (Bo 16.1MP. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY Why? Video fanatics will love the 14–140mm kit lens. Announced in September 2010 Fujifilm X-Pro 1 9 6.00 ly) Rs. Why? After the X-E1’s announcement. Announced in September 2012 0 5. ignore the Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro 1 and buy the non-interchangeable lens X100 instead. ergonomics. Stills are good.net Fujifilm X-E1 0 4. but do not need an OVF. 720p video. but the camera is very overpriced in India.2MP. Why? As long as you do not need 24MP.95 3 . Rs 58 Who Should Buy It? Street photographers and portraitists. Full HD video. Who Should Buy It? Those who want fantastic low light quality on the go.)9 1 .3MP.000 WorldMags. but the EVF is very sharp. 50. Full HD video. s R (Kit Who Should Buy It? Full frame aspirants who do not need 36MP. Who Should Buy It? Filmmakers who don’t mind spending a premium for ease of use with pro video. but considering the analogue philosophy of the X cameras. Fujifilm X100 12. Nikon D600 24.000–1. the Hybrid viewfinder remains the only reason to spend extra money for the X-Pro 1. Why? The X-E1 produces the same high quality images as the more expensive X-Pro 1.45 Rs. Who Should Buy It? Those who want full frame quality in a small package that has an optical eyepiece.BUYERS’ Sp ECIAL RS. Announced in September 2012 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 16. but if you are not into movies. Announced in September 2012 Nikon D7000 16. 1 . The Hybrid viewfinder and old-school controls are excellent and the image quality. Full HD video. and also has a built-in flash. You lose out on a Hybrid finder.50. but the image quality and photo-video features are good enough for almost every kind of professional use. 7 n o y od (B Who Should Buy It? Serious hobbyists or professionals who want the reach of an APS-C sensor. Announced in January 2012 9 4.99 0 . Announced in September 2010 0 0. an optical way of seeing the world just has a lot more charm. Full HD video.49.99 Rs. speed and value. the D7000 is the best non-full frame DSLR in terms of low light quality. Full HD video. Why? Its ergonomics are not perfect.net . Why? If you enjoy the 35mm field of view. Rs 90 . 1 . JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags.3MP.3MP.

3MP. but there is no doubt that the 5D Mark III is a maestro in terms of autofocus.2MP.50. but sneaks ahead in terms of burst rate (14fps) and AF speed. Ethernet connectivity and silent shooting.29.06. but not as good as the Nikon D600 that is far cheaper. thus enabling them to catch up with Nikon in a market that the latter had dominated with the D3 and D3S. The D800 is one of the most complete cameras in the market for both still and video pros. but do remember that it needs a lot of investment in optics and storage.0.04. Why? 36 megapixels are not for everyone. falls behind in dynamic range.63. no matter what.9 1 . can consider this to be the pinnacle of video technology—not only is the video focusing fast.000 WorldMags. Why? If you are a stills photographer. Full HD video. it also has unique still features like backlit buttons. but it is incredible that Nikon managed to fit in so many. The 1D X matches the D4 in almost every aspect. though.n9 3 .net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY .49. ly s n R (Body o ) 24. speed. The most all-round option for someone who has Canon optics.3MP. 1. The buffer capacity is the best in the world—over 100 RAWs at one go! 95 . It is the first time that the company has decided to use a full frame sensor in a sports camera. Video professionals.3MP. The ability to shoot at ISO 2. Why? Not only does the D4 match Canon in terms of video. 4 ody only) (B Canon EOS 1D X 18. Who Should Buy It? Professionals who want quick AF during video and wish to make use of the advantages of a full frame sensor. Announced in January 2012 50 .9 Rs. it is the subtle handling changes that make this camera a joy to use. ly s R (Body o ) 59 Who Should Buy It? Pros who do not need a large body. but wish to shoot action. Announced in October 2011 Who Should Buy It? Sports photographers and photojournalists who want a rugged camera that can survive (and capture) any situation.net Sony Alpha 99 50 . s R ody o (B 16. Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22. Full HD video. Who Should Buy It? Action professionals who want the ultimate in low low light performance. Full HD video. Announced in March 2012 Nikon D4 95 . Full HD video. low light performance and video.9 1 . and yet maintain the lofty high ISO standards set by the D700. Full HD video. Announced in September 2012 B U Y E R S’ Sp ECIAL Nikon D800 36. Announced in February 2012 00 . Why? The 1D X is one of Canon’s most significant DSLRs.1MP.n0ly) 2 . the Alpha 99 is competent. the A99 is one of the only cameras to shoot 1080p60 with AVCHD 2. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. Why? The dynamic range and resolution are not as good as the competition.79. ly s n R Body o ) ( Who Should Buy It? Professional photographers dealing with any genre as long as it does not involve massive volumes of shooting.AbOVe Rs.800 and 12fps shooting mean that you will get your shot.

ergonomics. semi-professional and professional categories. Value for Money does not affect the final percentage. Final Ratings Under each main parameter. based on the current pricing of a product. we distinguish between advanced and basic compact cameras. if the promises do not translate to onfield performance. For compacts. dynamic range. but from the time I started using this new Alpha full frame. The Process We primarily test for features. we also test consumer and pro lenses. This is Better Photography’s recognition of the very best products launched in the course of the year. The DSLR is divided into entry-level. The 24. Similarly. we arrive at a score for that parameter. we also tag products as ‘BP Best Performer’ and ‘BP Best Value for Money’. colour accuracy for individual colours in different lighting. It packs in a lot of innovation. the final score. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY J Features So that is what I decided to find out. a star rating for ‘Value for Money’ is considered. performance. While this remains constant. printers. and the companies that made them. and that is what makes it so interesting. with continuous autofocus? Or one that has a tilt-and-swivel LCD? Maybe one with in-body stabilisation? A full frame that can make panoramas without postprocessing? Or has Picture Effects like Toy Camera that JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. The first ever full frame DSLT is unique.TEST GearGuide WorldMags. warranty and support. and then. But photographers usually prefer cameras and not gadgets. but then. individual features. Our Seals of Approval Any product that scores 80% or higher in individual tests gets ‘BP Recommended’—a seal of approval from our team. flashguns.net . 62 we list out hundreds of individual variables (for eg. BP Excellence Awards At the end of the calendar year. because different types of consumers have diverse expectations from products. have you ever seen a full frame camera that shoots Full HD 60p video. and a feature-packed camera is of no use to a pro. isn’t really what it looks. the weightage we give to these parameter differs from category to category. and other photographic accessories and gear. etc) against which we either give points or simply mark ‘yes’ or ‘no’. denoted as a percentage. build. I don’t know if it is just me. is the Sony Alpha 99 different simply for the sake of being so? Raj Lalwani ponders. In comparison tests. Additionally. and can perform neat tricks with a sense of flair.net HOW WE TESt Product Categorisation We first segregate products into categories for the purpose of equitability in testing.3MP Alpha 99 takes on a completely unique path as compared to Nikon and Canon’s full frames. when I first started using this full frame camera with a difference. center-to-edge definition. light falloff. Sony Alpha 99 Quite an Oddball WeIGHtaGe of paraMeters 5% 15% 15% 20% 45% Features Performance Build Quality Ergonomics Warranty & Support ames Bond must be using a Sony Alpha 99. I started imagining it to be a gizmo from a 007 thriller movie. Thus. because prices for products change constantly. After all. the highest rated products in each category automatically win the Better Photography Excellence Award. There is a definite difference between the two.

net OlympusE-PL5 OM-Dqualityin a cheaperpackage TEST TEST 68 74 Olympus 17mm f/1. the camera allows you to transfer uncompressed video via HDMI. Once I got a little comfortable. a unique set of video features. Unfortunately. the camera adopts the SLT technology that Sony has been using for the past few years. but professionals will be more than happy in terms of the amount of control they get.TEST Fujifilm X-E1 Good looks and excellent quality WorldMags. The overall handling is decent. until one realises that these are accessible only while using six particular Sony lenses. The autofocus functionality ensures that the camera can be used efficiently by a video newbie as well. Moreover. even while using 102 focusing points. in a way. the camera has focus peaking. Handling Like the RX100 and NEX-7.8 T E ST Another impressive lens from the MFT stable 80 When using the High Contrast Monochrome Picture Effect. that the practical application seems rather restricted. The new Depth-map Continuous AF function speeds up tracking AF.. the sensors are so packed in near the centre of the frame. one needs to spend quite a bit of time with the camera to fully understand it. the camera’s viewfinder is electronic. There is a useful joystick and as many as five customisable buttons! An innovative Silent Control WHat’s IN tHe boX • Alpha 99 camera • Li-ion battery • Charger • USB Cable • AV cable • Camera strap • Body cap • Accessory shoe cap • USB cable clip • Software CD-ROM 63 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. a full frame DSLR-style camera that is not a DSLR. Like all SLTs. as long as you tell the camera at what distance you expect your subject to be. Like its peers. the highest ISO settings look really good. which is extremely useful for manual focus.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY All photographs by Raj Lalwani . The 102 points seem impressive on paper. Sony has decided to exclude an onboard flash.600) are usually seen in compact cameras? Or of course.. Exposure: 1/60sec at f/16 (ISO 25. It is. but certainly not the best at this price point. I started enjoying certain things. One can monitor sound using headphones and the camera also has Real-time and Lip-sync settings to further control the output. Its regular 19-point AF system is good. but with the sheer number of buttons (some of which are weirdly labelled).

TEST WorldMags. Exposure: 1/100sec at f/8 (ISO 1000) BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 .net 64 The AF is fast and the in-body stabilisation is quite useful when using telephoto focal lengths.

the initial preview in the EVF showed a black and white feed. to switch between RAW and JPEG. probably due to the fact that either Live View or the EVF are continuously switched on.WorldMags. one must remember that the 102 AF points do not cover a large part of the frame though. but it feels good. It can help adjust still photo functions too. Battery life is a serious problem with the Alpha 99. I started switching off the camera when I wasn’t using it. but it is still shocking performance from a pro camera. I decided to set one of the shortcut buttons to Quality. The autofocus is pretty good. After struggling for four seconds. especially when combined with the lenses that allow you to use the Dual AF system. As a power conservation practice. despite a solid magnesium alloy construction. you would want to invest in extra power.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . The camera may not score too high on looks. I did this because I wanted to use the High Contrast Monochrome Picture Effect. colour). If you are a professional. Performance My problems started after I had customised the camera. So while it may sound JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 65 WorldMags. so customising a button to toggle between RAW and JPEG was actually a neat trick to switch between colour and B&W. the Sony falls short significantly. All this was perfect until the battery levels fell.net T E ST Ring is ideal for videographers as it allows them to change settings without affecting the audio of the footage. but in practice. this lock actually works quite well. the camera identified the fact that it was actually set to RAW and then showed the colour feed! This was a quirk that I experienced only while using Picture Effects. but unlike cameras like the D600. it is a little difficult to use since the ring is quite loose. it would take a long time to start up! Despite the fact that the camera was set to RAW (and hence. Now. a problem that is there even with the Nikon D600. It is better than the other DSLT models. However. But whenever I would switch it on. Picture Effects get disabled while shooting RAW. The mode dial has a lock. It is also quite lightweight. but when compared to full frame DSLRs.

when the subject falls within the AF sensors. Autofocus is not as good as. That said. Sony does not have the same proprietary hot shoe as previous cameras. I was relieved to see that unlike previous Sony SLTs. but the A99’s shot-to-shot time is admirably quick. considering they are said to have the same sensor. Dynamic range is stunning and the RAW files have a great amount of latent detail. but was it necessary to have a translucent mirror in their flagship camera? It may have the best EVF in the world. Now. it is invaluable while shooting video. say. When we see SLT cameras like the A57 and A77. the JPEG engine is a lot more refined. ever since I first read about the camera. I was surprised to see that the high ISO photographs consistently had more noise than the D600. but an EVF can be very useful to gauge the final result of the photo. Sony’s excellent and often underrated range of optics help capture fantastic. but a little confusing to use for stills.net An Excellent Sensor. Convenient mode dial lock Button to help High resolution lens focus gauge Customisable tilting LCD distance Function button This is the only full frame camera in the market that has an onboard Electronic Viewfinder. does seem to have affected the resultant quality to a certain degree. The light loss that takes place due to the SLT technology. you can mount standard flashguns with slightly limited control. which was something that badly affects the JPEG files of the cheaper SLTs. and helps change settings. Since there are no hard buttons to press. it does have its caveats. but it still does not even come close to the experience of using a full frame optical viewfinder.net . even purists would not mind P LU s • Excellent video • Lightweight • Usable images at the highest ISOs MINUs • Poor battery life • Overpriced ErGoNoMIcs Front AF-assist lamp Light for top LCD Top Rear Customisable Function button Deep grip Magnesium alloy camera body Customisable Silent Control Ring The Silent Control Ring can be accessed by the left hand while shooting. without being an irritant. aLSO LOOK FOR • Nikon D800 • Nikon D600 • Canon EOS 6D 66 astounding on paper. the focusing is blindingly fast and accurate. sharp photos. After all. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY Hot shoe Useful joystick controller As a welcome change. Sony’s SLTs have charmed us in the past. However. And that brings me to something that I have been pondering about. The mode dial lock is smooth and useful. while minimal. and is lesser in price. but the noise in the shadows is more than that seen in the D600—surprising. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. But Does It Reach Its Full Potential? This ISO 6400 image retains detail well.TEST Test Shots WorldMags. I am making the comparison because the Nikon is said to have a very similar sensor. It is definitely a different experience from conventional OVFs. this is the first Sony SLT that allows you to switch off noise reduction. Quick Response Time and Accurate Focusing Its startup time is nowhere close to ideal. the D800 or 5D Mark III but it is very accurate.

excellent video quality. hot shoe Auto. is ‘good’ good enough? In this age of cutthroat technology. 1.600 files. resolution Sensor size. But it is surprisingly inferior to the D600’s high ISO capabilities. this is the best that there is! Environmentally sealed Yes Why? Value for Money BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. T E ST ISO 6400 Model name MRP Effective pixels Max. but the Nikon has obviously got better processing algorithms.990. Fill-in. 2. SLT technology Flash range Flash sync speed LCD size LCD dots Viewfinder File format Image stabilisation Live View Remote control Self-timer Storage types Timelapse recording Movie clips USB HDMI Battery Dimensions Weight JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 12/15 37/45 13/15 15/20 3/5 Performance Poor battery life.S pec I f I cat I o N s WorldMags.800 and barely usable ISO 25. Wireless NA 1/250sec 3-inch 12. but it is more expensive and nowhere near as good as the competition. Standard). complicated array of buttons. Slow Sync. The SLT decision.600 The noise performance of the Alpha 99 is excellent. Optional Yes. mini HDMI Type C Lithium-ion 147 x 111 x 78mm 812g ISO 12. the camera only shoots 6fps. the Alpha 99 may be alright. it is a good camera. for stills. But in trying too much. Adobe RGB Auto. The 12fps mode seems like a gimmick in a camera that is so expensive. Continuous. Spot 30–1/8000sec -5 to +5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps sRGB. with good detail up to ISO 12.28. Let’s not even start comparing it to similarly priced models like the D800 or 5D Mark III. because the A99 takes a long time to write the files to the card. in trying to be too different. 50–25. Both cameras are supposed to use the same sensor. Make no mistake. the excellence in video is the saving grace. widespread service network in India OVERALL 80% Who should buy it? Professional filmmakers and multimedia journalists. Fluorescent. Daylight. Tracking Single. Off. But in 2012. Red-Eye. 102 points only available with few lenses. slight lag in EVF. For still photographers.. this viewfinder falls short. which actually makes this the video powerhouse that it is. In a full frame arena. but not as good as that of the D600. which even cheaper full frame cameras manage. Incandescent.990 24. The Sony’s image quality is competent.800 AF type AF points Metering Shutterspeed range Exp. Cloudy. with the several still photography quirks that the camera has. a camera that costs significantly lesser. Also..79. with continuous autofocus activated. 6fps or 2. Fine. it remains the best video camera that a professional would want. when even entry-level DSLRs serve well for most kinds of photography. comes across as an overtly enthusiastic contender who is trying to crack one punchline too many.36 million dots OLED) JPEG (Extra Fine.79. Face Detection. It is obvious that the SLT technology has been implemented because of only one reason—autofocus in video. Selective single-point. is also counterproductive. Rear Curtain. AVCHD Yes Yes Yes. SD. And eventually. weather sealed Ergonomics Lightweight. 2 or 10sec Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo. Live View Single-shot. The quality of footage is better than any other full frame. Continous. the raison d’être. At Rs. Auto. it is important to rate a camera in comparison to its peers… on whether it really makes sense to invest so much money. RAW.5fps No Yes. In terms of video. compensation Colour space ISO White balance Conclusion There is no doubt that the Sony Alpha 99 is a fantastic video product. Exmor HD CMOS Yes Phase Detect. On. no flash. and might be the one reason to steer away still photographers.3MP 6000 x 4000 Full frame. 67 Drive modes Built-in flash External flash Flash modes FINALRATINGS Features Dual card slots. while SLT technology’s highlight is supposed to be speed.  ISO 25. 1. useful Silent Control Ring for video Warranty & Support Two-year warranty.net . For stills though. Depth Map Assist selectable 19 (102 with 6 lenses) Multi.800 pixels Electronic (100% coverage. Multi-area.600 Auto. the Sony Alpha 99 stands out a bit like a sore thumb. High Speed Sync. and the utility of autofocus during video recording is something that will make this cexpensive amera a favourite amongst multimedia journalists and documentary storytellers. Center-weighted. Flash and Kelvin Yes. SDHC and SDXC No Yes Yes Yes. type Sensor cleaning Focusing modes Sony Alpha SLT-A99 Rs. the A99. inconsistent metering Build Quality Strong chasis that is made of magnesium alloy.net Noise Test MM RECO ENDE D the EVF because it is bigger and more practical than the tiny OVFs seen in entry-level DSLRs. Shade.

The X-E1 brought back old memories. but I wondered if it would feel the same. it was time for deja vu.. there was magic in the air. the camera went back to the manufacturer. the X mirrorless cameras are fantastic. There is no AA filter. and let me get straight to the point—this APS-C sensor is special. Both in terms of noise performance and dynamic range. or so I thought. one does not even realise that the camera is not full frame. but the X-E1 seems more interesting than the WorldMags. It was love.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . They are very similar. It is special because when one sees the photographs made by the Fujifilm cameras.3MP X-Trans sensor is the brain behind this gorgeous camera as well. I met someone called the Fujifilm X-Pro 1. no doubt. and then some more. S Features Saying hello to the Fujifilm X-E1 is like rekindling an old love affair. and though the camera did test my patience with her idiosyncracies.net 68 The Sexy One WEIGHTAGE Of PARAMETERS 5% 15% 15% 20% 45% Features Performance Build Quality Ergonomics Warranty & Support BETTER PHOTOGRApHY Fujifilm X-E1 ix months ago.TEST WorldMags. but the X-E1 seems to have all the nice qualities of her predecessor. but unlike regular sensors. An identical 16. A few weeks ago. the Fuji has rearranged the pixels Maybe it is because I have just met her. Here is her story. Raj Lalwani discovers that the romance is still the same. X-Pro 1.. But then. love affairs are often shortlived.

Though it is small. and for good reasons and bad. The retro. analogue controls are there and you can use an old-school threaded cable release.net to ensure that the removal of the filter does not cause moiré. has a faster aperture. but the X-E1 also allows you to use an electronic release.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY All photographs by Raj Lalwani . T E ST WHAT’S IN THE BOx • Camera body • 18–55mm kit lens • Battery • Charger • USB Power cable • Software CD • Neck strap The X-E1 helps you see differently by simply getting out of the way. it was an important factor in terms of the way I perceived the X-E1. Exposure: 1/60sec at f/11 (ISO 6400) Handling Being in love is a lot about the experiences that one shares.WorldMags. the lens came in the way of the flash! Even without using the lens hood. Simply put. It is surely admirable how Fujifilm managed to design this lens. but it just makes it versatile. I think this was inexcusable. this is something that dramatically improves sharpness and helps do complete justice to the fantastic lenses of the X system. It has the same field of view as a DSLR kit lens. and the way we see the 69 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. The X-E1 is someone who combines her traditional values with a bit of modernity. but the X-E1 shows off her new thinking by adding a 2.5mm stereo microphone socket. One of these lenses is new. The emphasis is still on pure photography—video features are kept to a minimum. but is the same size! But it made the X-E1 seem like a different person. The X-Pro 1 was vintage in design. and is included as a part of the camera’s kit. and help you see the light in situations that might be dark and dreary otherwise. the fact that there is a flash is a welcome change. She can add a spark when one’s required. Of course. the flash causes a shadow when shooting at the wide end of the lens. and that was something that I didn’t quite enjoy. It is the 18–55mm f/2. A lot of people feel that the inclusion of a flash makes a camera ‘less professional’.8-4 OIS lens. especially considering that this is a lens that is bundled with the kit.

Fujifilm should address the issue with a firmware update. an important element that some recent pro DSLRs have excluded because of an overt emphasis on video.60. By playing with Film Simulation.net The Magic of Fuji Colours Fujifilm’s colour reproduction may not be completely realistic. which can switch between optical and electronic at will. continues to remain poor. but there is more clarity in her vision. though. sadly. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY The X-E1 has an onboard flash that works well. but the X-E1 is a little different. C2 gave me vibrant. Highlight detail is superb.. With a camera like this. I made both C3 and C4 into B&W profiles. So gone is the optical viewfinder option. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags.36 million dot OLED viewfinder is the brightest. It can still be adjusted by turning a ring. I could simulate low and high contrast film. In that regard.net .TEST Test Shots WorldMags. The Auto ISO functionality itself.36 million dot OLED finder is as good as the best in the world. but the tones are pleasing and have a characteristic look that just brings back the film days. to vary the amount of grain. She has only one line of thinking. Every single camera setting within each profile can be customised. so the lower resolution did not pinch. and considering that the old X100 allows this. The kit lens has a variable maximum aperture and hence. The 2.000 dots. Excellent Dynamic Range and Discreet Nature When people assume you are using a film camera. but the EVF is a lot sharper than the one seen in the older camera.000 dots LCD screen Cable-release thread Quick Menu button Lens-release button AF-assist lamp AF mode switch Hot shoe Onboard flash Exposure compensation dial High-resolution OLED EVF The camera is actually smaller than the X-Pro 1 and more similar in size to something like the X100. just that you have to see the value in the camera. The X-Pro 1 has a fantastic Hybrid Viewfinder. slide film-like results with Velvia Film Simulation. ALSO LOOK FOR • Sony NEX-7 • Olympus OM-D E-M5 70 world when we are with the other person. I was pleased to see that it retains the AF mode switch. There is no way of setting the minimum shutterspeed. In fact..60. thus being themselves. The LCD resolution though. the 2. I also set the highest ISO allowed in Auto ISO differently. the X-E1 is quite different. PlU S • Excellent sensor • A lot of useful external control MINUS • No focus peaking • Inefficient Auto ISO ERGONOMIcS Front Shutterspeed dial Top Rear Inferior 4. sharpest and highest resolution electronic viewfinder in the market and gives a true rangefinderesque experience while shooting. so while I set C1 to Standard photos. has dropped to 4. there are no aperture markings. Shadow Tone and Highlight Tone. Cloudy WB and contrast further bumped up.. but casts a shadow with the kit lens. it is either a conversation starter or something they simply ignore. The Quick Menu gains the ability to save as many as seven Custom profiles. I never found myself using the LCD.

batteries) 350g Value for Money JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. MF is still not perfect— focus peaking is missing—but at least. her modern-day outlook means that she acts a lot faster than the X-Pro 1. what makes a camera truly special is the way she feels. Environmentally sealed No Why? Dimensions (W X H X D) 129 x 75 x 38 mm Weight (inc.800 ISO 25. but does not give you the best possible results. improved EVF. I cannot think of any other camera that costs Rs. Slow Sync. The quality of the kit zoom lens is quite good. 72 Conclusion Unless you are shooting moving subjects (and no mirrorless camera apart from the Nikon 1s are great at that). Daylight.000 or less.  Drive modes Built-in flash External flash Flash modes Flash range Flash sync speed LCD size LCD dots Viewfinder File format Image stabilisation Live View Remote control Self-timer Storage types Timelapse recording Movie clips USB HDMI Battery FINALRATINGS Features OLED EVF. mini HDMI Lithium-ion Effective pixels Max.8-4 OIS lens) 16. apart from the fact that you save a lot of money.S P Ec I f I cAT I O N S WorldMags. the X-E1 is the queen of the mirrorless world. considering how good the JPEGs are. A camera like this is best appreciated with a fixed lens. but the X-E1 adds a sense of spunk and allure that just makes you want to call it the sexy one.600 The X-E1 is the best APS-C sensor in the market when it comes to low light performance. class-defining image quality. Warm White. In fact. Normal). Center-weighted. Even if you skip the romance and talk about pure functionality. it does not take the entire day trying to activate the fly-by-wire focusing. since the loss in quality is minimal. the discipline enforced by a prime is invaluable. Center. 90. analogue controls. In fact. 1 Custom: Kelvin Yes. type Aspect ratio Focusing modes AF type AF points Metering Shutterspeed range Exp.60. 16:9. The AF speed is much improved. Spot 30-1/4000sec -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps Auto. the battery life is also far better. Progress is natural. On. Optional Yes. RAW Yes Yes Yes. and even come close to this Fuji’s image quality. 6fps Yes Yes. is not that good and does not do any justice to the NEX-7’s sensor. Third-party RAW support for the X-E1 is there. The charm is intact.net Noise Test MM RECO ENDE D Performance Besides her stunning good looks. 70. MF Distance Indicator 49 Multi. resolution Sensor size. Off. the X-E1 has a heart of gold—a sensor that produces fantastic looking images. and improved many aspects that were lacking. I felt inspired to go out there and make the picture of my life. poor Auto ISO functionality. T E ST ISO 6400 Model name MRP Fujifilm X-E1 Rs. it is important that a camera gets out of the way and allows you to connect with the world. not only is the form factor more intuitive. One cannot use RAW above ISO 6400. More importantly.000 (body only) Rs. I will urge you to process RAW files within the camera or even shoot JPEG. compensation ISO White balance ISO 12.6 x 15. 1:1 Multi-area. improved AF speeds Build Quality Durable magnesium alloy body. Vibrant and energetic. 2 or 10sec SD. Continuous AF. The flash. However.6 mm/ CMOS 3:2 (default). as is the shot-to-shot time and write speed. smaller body Warranty & Support Two-year warranty. but I will advise you to buy the body-only option.000 (with 18–55mm f/2.net . Fine. 200 to 6400 8 Presets Auto. Live View Single.. SDHC and SDXC No Yes Yes Yes. The camera itself is quite good. Custom profiles and improved autofocus are all significant reasons to buy the X-E1 over the X-Pro 1. no AA filter. The X-E1. it easily rivals some full frame DSLRs and delivers high quality photos all through its ISO range.36 million dots OLED JPEG (Fine. Continuous. the lens availability in India. but what I appreciate most is that Fujifilm stuck to absolutely everything that made the X-Pro 1 so good. flimsy flash Ergonomics Seven Custom profiles. though a little outdated. hot shoe Auto. Red-Eye. 2. Underwater. Wireless Guide no 7 1/180sec 2. 70. High Speed Sync. In fact. which is not that big a problem.3 million 4896 x 3264 pixels 23. limited service facilities OVERALL 90% Who should buy it? Stills and video enthusiasts who are willing to buy lenses from abroad. video functionality is strictly okay 12/15 44/45 13/15 18/20 3/5 Performance Fantastic.8 inch 4.000 dots Electronic (100% coverage). but every time I held her. Rear Curtain. Cool White. In a day and age when even entry-level DSLRs produce excellent images. Shade.. Single. excellent sensor. like the X-Pro 1 is not perfect. Fill-in. Incandescent light.

an extra button. We have heard that Olympus may not introduce the E-PM2 to India any time soon. the E-PL3 and the E-P3. the E-PL5 also the same capacitative touchscreen capability of the E-P3 and the OM-D. And at Photokina 2012. The screen also gains the ability to pivot through 170° for people who wish to make self portraits. what do you get when you choose this diet version? Features Besides the sensor and the image processing engine. what with the slew of releases they had when they announced the E-PM1.TE sT WorldMags. Olympus did it again by announcing the E-PL5 and the E-PM2. While I did not use the screen for this feature. Both cameras feature the OM-D E-M5’s 16. I certainly enjoyed having the ability to tilt the screen up for waist- The E-PL5 is the diet version of the OM-D E-M5. The tiny. cost-effective E-PM1 had the same sensor as the E-PL3 and the E-P3.net . Billed at quite lesser than the OM-D’s price. WEIGHTAGE Of PARAMETERS 5% 20% Olympus PEN E-PL5 B 20% 15% 40% Features Performance Build Quality Ergonomics Warranty & Support BETTER PHOTOGRApHY ringing big camera speed and image quality to a compact body has been a part of Olympus’ plans for a while. According to the US pricing. So for users looking for the OMD’s quality. But is it an affordable diet? JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. the E-PL5 turns out to be their best bet.net 74 The Lite Heavyweight Who is the Olympus PEN LITE E-PL5 aimed at? A DSLR user looking for a smaller body? Or a compact upgrader? Ambarin Afsar finds out. So what does the E-PL5 have that the E-PM2 does not? A mode dial. they have been priced a 100 dollars apart. a flip-up LCD and a screw-on front grip.1MP sensor and the TruePic VI image processing engine.

which I found to be a little annoying. Sadly. by simply tapping on the desired areas of the screen. On the other hand. The Touch AF in video is quick. and one can even switch between Art Filters while recording! You just need to switch Movie Effects on. M modes. it leaves a lot of unused real estate in the form of two thick black bars. A. the E-PL5 only corrects for pitch and yaw. and for up/down and left/right translational motions.5 (ISO 2000) 75 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. This helps the camera retain extra detail. Exposure: 1/60sec at f/3. the LCD clocks in at 460k dots instead of the OM-D’s more lush 610k dot OLED screen.WorldMags.net level shooting. While this sort of a screen is great for shooting video. the downside is that the camera might be subject to moiré. So.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY All photographs by Ambarin Afsar . the camera has 12 Art Filters. As usual. T E sT WHAT’S In THE bOX • Camera body • 14–42mm kit lens • Battery • Charger • Clip-on flash • Screw-on grip • HDMI cable • Camera strap The 16MP sensor exhibits great dynamic range and gives far better quality than the previous PENs. though I personally did not observe any such aberration that affected image quality. including a couple of new ones like Watercolour and Key Line. The camera offers Full HD video along with stereo sound and does a great job of allowing users to adjust focus while shooting. like most image stabilisation systems. Besides the usual P. 16:9 aspect ratio based screen. when you are shooting in the native 4:3 aspect of the sensor. Now. ultimately. This is great for those discreet captures or for finding a better angle without having to twist around too much. A very interesting thing about the E-PL5 is that it does not have an Anti Aliasing filter at all. the useable area of the screen is closer to 2. Additionally. However. though the LCD is a 3-inch.5 inches. the Filters are a delight to use and one can even bracket them using the Art Bkt option. the OM-D offers something called 5-axis image stabilisation that corrects for roll. S.

I felt a little intimidated. What I also appreciate. featuring just a lens release button and a plastic screw-on grip. but the camera feels sturdy enough to withstand a few knocks. while Olympus has provided a groove for the LCD to fit snugly beneath the hot shoe. So you are not being forced to use the touchscreen. you can play endlessly! ALSO LOOK FOR • Panasonic G3 • Nikon D5200 • Sony RX100 and you will be able to fade in and fade out between the Filters. the camera is pretty simple to use and quite light. Handling The camera is decidedly tiny. Despite being a 460k dot screen only. but it still produces very sharp images. The build is definitely plastic. which is bundled only with the E-PL5. What I love most about it is its touchscreen experience. Without the grip. the camera is comfortable enough to hold. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. It would have been better if the camera had an inbuilt viewfinder with the option to attach a flash. Simply put. The menu system is extensive and exhausting. but this system is pretty standard to Olympus cameras. Fun Filters that are Customisable Each of the Art Filters can be customised to your heart’s content. the touchscreen and the buttons. The images looked crisp and the colours looked bright. The grip feels solid enough to hold the camera steady. the clip-on flash obstructs a small part of screen when it is tilted upwards. Ergonomically. However. it is something I have always found a little too flimsy. and I found it useful to tilt it at waist level for discreet shooting. I also 76 did not have any trouble viewing the LCD in bright sunlight. The buttons are responsive and the dials rotate smoothly. and I have tiny hands. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY The top features a hot shoe which can be fitted with either a clip-on flash or a viewfinder. While the E-PL5 comes bundled with a clip-on flash. is the fact that Olympus has given important functionalities to both. The optics are definitely better than the usual kit lens standards.net . The only disadvantage is that you can use only one of them at a time. it was a complete joy to review my photos. From adding vignettes to making colours pop out radically. The LCD dominates the back. the menu system PlU S • Excellent sensor • Great image quality • Capacitative LCD MInUS • Poor lens system • No viewfinder ERGOnOMICS Front Mode dial Top Rear Thumbpad On/off switch Direct record button Screw-on grip Lens Menu button Lens-release button Playback button Hot shoe Fn button 170° tilting LCD The front of the camera is quite simple. too.net A Sharp and Efficient Lens The corner performance of the lens is not perfect. Some might even call it too tiny. It did slip out of my hands a couple of times (thank heavens for camera straps).TE sT Test Shots WorldMags.

800 Personally.3EV (in 0. where they fell short of matching up to APS-C cameras. Spot. The high ISO performance is quite impressive and very workable. resolution Sensor size. Incandescent. Right from ISO 200–6400. was in the sensor quality. the colours are vibrant and crisp. The AF is blazing fast. AVI Yes Yes Yes. JPEG. compensation Colour space ISO White balance Drive modes Built-in flash External flash Flash modes Flash range LCD size LCD dots Viewfinder File format Image stabilisation Live View Self-timer Storage types Timelapse recording Movie clips USB HDMI Battery The image quality of this camera is far better than previous PEN cameras. It is everything that made the original Olympus PEN series of cameras work. perhaps a little too compact. 44. ISO 200–25. And as with all PEN cameras. depending on your preference. Center Weighted Average. Tungsten. Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain).5 megapixels 4608 x 3456 pixels 17. 2.990) is even more than the price of the E-P3. simplifying the interface would be a good idea. MF. Shadow. Above this. Environmentally sealed No Why? Dimensions (W X H X D) 110. There is some chrominance noise at ISOs 2000 and above. 44. MPEG-4. Live MOS Sensor Yes S-AF. I had overexposed a few images by nearly about two stops and when I saw the RAW files. C-AF is fast while recording video. S-AF + MF. T E sT Performance Model name MRP Effective pixels Max. however. Slow sync (2nd curtain) Guide no 7 3-inch Tilting Touchscreen 460k dots Optional RAW. Redeye. Touch AF. this is the cheapest mirrorless option that combines an excellent sensor with good autofocus. filled with features. If you want an inbuilt viewfinder. type Sensor cleaning Focusing modes AF points Metering Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Rs. in-body stabilisation. Bulb +/.2mm Weight 325g Value for Money BETTER PHOTOGRApHY JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. The dynamic range is superior to previous PENs. AF Tracking 35 Digital ESP. C-AF.net . Flash Off. There is nothing really to complain about. and has great image quality. that were irrecoverably white in the JPEG versions. Slow sync (1st curtain). 12 Art Filters. 8fps (focus and exposure locked. But the E-PL5 has several other advantages including in-body IS. clip-on. Spot with Highlight Control. Type-D Lithium-ion Shutterspeed range Exp. 12sec. Cloudy. I was quite surprised.600 Sunny.3 x 13mm. Full HD Yes Micro HDMI. 3. IS off). 460k dot screen Warranty & Support Three-year warranty. The E-PL5 inherits the 35-point AF system of the OM-D. good battery life Build Quality Feels sturdy. but it is nothing that cannot be corrected. Art Filters and similar quality to the OM-D. But. flimsy flashgun Ergonomics Lightweight. wordy menu system. Custom SD/SDHC/SDXC card Yes Yes. the Panasonic G3 is available for just a little more. the colours begin to bleed. Adobe RGB Auto.net Noise Test MM RECO ENDE D would be heaven for geeks and for someone who loves customising. and the AF points can be made larger or smaller.  Performance Best image quality seen in a Micro Four Thirds camera.3 EV steps) sRGB. and I am very happy with the image quality of the camera even at ISO 6400. wide service network OVERALL 86% Who should buy it? Anyone who values a small camera with good ergonomics and interchangeable lenses. Combine this with extremely intuitive Touch AF and Touch Shutter. Spot with Shadow Control 60–1/4000sec.5 x 63. The E-PL5 also does a great job of blending available light with fill flash. Olympus has always had a great lens system. I love grain. the company certainly seems to be catching up. With the E-PL5.6fps (IS on) No Yes. no inbuilt viewfinder 27/30 28/30 16/20 12/15 3/5 Conclusion The E-PL5 is a lightweight camera that is completely customisable. Considering that the budget NEX cameras are not available in India. and you can make images in an instant. The RAW files had recorded data even in the areas which I thought would be completely blown out.S P EC I f I CAT I O n S WorldMags.7 x 38. Fill-in. though you can still use the files at a small size. 77 FINALRATINGS Features 16MP. But. included Flash Auto.990 (with 14–42mm kit lens) 16. the camera does not disappoint. fast AF. We are disappointed that there is no body-only option and that the kit’s price (Rs. and you can simply tap the screen to focus on a different area! ISO 3200 ISO 6400 ISO 12.

8 lens—the camera seems to offer a lot. an f/1. Pets. a 3-inch 920k-dot swivel screen. Party. WHAT’S IN THE BOX • BenQ G1 • 8GB SD card • Camera manual • USB cable • Battery charger • Leather pouch • Instructional CD JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. S. Moving on. I was quite excited.net 78 Not a Superhero Ambarin Afsar tests the BenQ G1 on a variety of parameters and finds out that it falls short of most expectations. BenQ G1 W Features WEIGHTAGE Of PARAMETERS 5% 30% 15% 15% 35% Features Performance Build Quality Ergonomics Warranty & Support BETTER PHOTOGRApHY A resolution of 14MP. I discovered that a fast aperture cannot be the only saving grace of a camera.TEST WorldMags. is a swivel screen. The only thing that the Nikon P310 lacks. effects like Lomo. on paper.8 lens with a roughly similar optical zoom of 4. most of which are the usual suspects like Sunsets. The camera features 20 Scene modes. the G1 offers the P. Oddly enough. It also has a stereo microphone and and offers 1080p Full HD video. Handheld Night Shot and Filter modes.8 lens and a tilt-and-swivel LCD. If we take a look at the feature set. Text and so on. Fisheye and Toy (the Miniature effect) have been put into the Scene mode list instead of Filters. the camera features optical IS and can make macros at about 3cm from the lens. and my eagerness reached new levels. Add to that the claim of being the world’s slimmest compact to have both. you get a 16MP camera that offers an f/1. it is hard to ignore the fact that for a slightly cheaper amount. But. I also realised that besides the trend of packing more zoom into affordable cameras. companies are also moving towards providing better low light shooting.2x—the Nikon COOLPIX P310. The Defocus mode involves adding an unnatural amount of gaussian blur to the photo. But. with the BenQ G1. It is the main competitor of the G1. M modes along with Background Defocus. hen I found out that I was testing a compact with an f/1.net . A.

the camera freezes and you cannot do anything but wait. Spot. it takes a good 15–20 seconds to write them to the card! For this duration. CMOS 14MP. you might not find yourself using ISO 1600 and above. Why? Value for Money BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. and not be confused.8 lens. AF areas and so on. you realise how much loss of detail has occured. LCD feels flimsy Ergonomics Customisable buttons. RAW and far better image quality.5 x 25.990 seems okay.8. the shots get too noisy. besides blowing out. a price of Rs. The wheel allows you to access shutterspeeds in the Manual mode and exposure compensation or Scene Modes in others. there is nothing to hold it in place when it is shut.8–8 4. but feels flimsy.WorldMags. 18. but messes up horribly. you could pay a little extra and get the Nikon P7100. unless you wish to spend a considerable amount of money for compromised quality. With an aperture of f/1.3-inch. S P E C I f I CAT I O N S T E ST Model name MRP Sensor size. it has made a batch of 13 photos. For f/1. I have also been testing a mirrorless camera.net Handling The first thing that struck me about the camera was that it was rather boxy. beyond ISO 800. which has a hot shoe. extreme flaring Build Quality Lightweight. poor buffer. it more than makes up in functionality and image quality. The G1 has a video recording button and a ‘Q’ button that can be customised to settings like ISO.950. Full HD video. Center Weight 15–1/2000sec Lithium-Ion SD. too. It takes a little while to get used to both the wheels. WB. along with an exposure dial situated right below the mode dial. The image quality is where the camera really shocked me. The playback time taken between shots is also quite slow. it could have had a better design to make it truly pocketable. it turns into a weird blotch! The lens flares terribly and there is quite a bit of fringing. While the G1 might be slim. 920k dot. The four-way controller. The lens flares so badly that any light source in the frame turns into a blotch. The LCD swivels out easily enough. too boxy a form factor Warranty & Support Two year warranty. swivel 24–110mm Auto. manual control 27/30 20/35 11/15 12/15 2/5 Performance Sluggish AF. 4288 x 3126 pixels 3-inch. this BenQ camera does not even come close to the performance of its peers. both are roughly the same size! What I cannot understand is how a camera with a compact sensor and with lesser functionality than a mirrorless can be roughly of the same width. 18. swivel 920k-dot LCD. when you view it at 70 or 80%.990 1/2. In the 6fps mode. once FINALRATINGS Features An f/1. and strangely enough. Ambarin Afsar JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 Exposure: 1/1800sec at f/8 (ISO 80) Despite having excellent features on paper. and it is more expensive. Also. with JPEG artefacts at even base ISOs. It takes a few seconds between each shot. till you realise that the Nikon P310 is priced at Rs. has a dial that can be rotated. While the P310 lacks a swivel LCD.8 and a swivel LCD. Anyway. The AF is very sluggish and keeps hunting. type Resolution LCD Focal range ISO range Aperture range Optical zoom Metering modes Shutterspeed Battery Storage File Formats Weight BenQ G1 Rs. metering. SDHC. The camera features a dedicated mode dial. limited service centres OVERALL 72% Who should buy it? Avoid. but they function smoothly. on the back of the camera. Dimensions (W x H x D) 114 x 62. mostly plastic.6x Matrix. When there is bright source of light in the frame. Or. 16.5mm 79 Performance The camera is slow.net . MOV 195g Conclusion The G1 starts out ambitious. ISO 100–6400 f/1. While the shot might look good overall. SDXC JPEG.

The only other lens with the same focal length is Olympus’ own 17mm f/2. The focus ring uses a push-pull method to actuate AF or MF.net .7.net 80 As Good as it Gets K Madhavan Pillai finds out if the Olympus M..Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1. Olympus calls this the ‘Snapshot Focus’ mechanism. Considering that the depth-of-field produced by the lens is JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. These elements include three aspherical lenses. The lens features a new. Olympus builds on its line-up of high-quality block lenses for Micro Four Third cameras. Olympus M. used in the manufacture of Olympus microscopes. serious street shooters will find the moderately wider 17mm a more attractive proposition. this lens provides a full frame equivalent field of view of 40mm (as opposed to the 34mm of the 17mm f/1. to prevent flare and ghosting when shooting against the light. manual SLR lenses.8 is of a fairly complex design as compared to either the 17mm f/2.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.7 ASPH pancake (launched late 2009).8 or the 20mm f/1. Another comparable lens belongs to Panasonic. Pulling back the ring for MF operation reveals the focus distance and DOF scale. While some may feel that the difference in focal length is small.8. akin to old. comprising nine lens elements in six groups.8). a lens with no compromises. WEIGHTAGE Of PARAMETERS 5% 15% 25% 20% 35% ith the recent addition of the M.. The lens also includes a High Refractive index element.8 W Features Features Performance Build Quality Ergonomics Warranty & Support BETTER PHOTOGRApHY The 17mm f/1. These are meant to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations. including a Dual ‘Super’ Aspherical element. The lens surfaces are coated with Olympus’ proprietary ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating. the Lumix G 20mm f/1. internal focusing mechanism (MSC or Movie Still Compatible) which is silent enough for shooting movies and yet quick enough for still photography. However.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 pancake (launched mid-2009).8 delivers all that Olympus promises it to be.TEST WorldMags.

the 17mm f/1. T E ST Performance In our field tests. The difference was visible only at the lowest ISO settings of the E-M5. the M. this is certainly an oversight.8 Rs. the 17mm f/1. balances well Warranty & Support Two-year warranty OVERALL 89% There is no visible distortion and the lens produces excellent conrast and sharpness.25m.08x (35mm equivalent: 0. Snapshot Focus mechanism works exceptionally well. In short.8 also has great functionality for working quickly with MF and hyperfocal distance settings. the magnification ratio of 0. Center to edge sharpness was superbly high from f/4 to f/16.WorldMags. Value for Money BETTER PHOTOGRApHY JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. both flaring and fringing were superbly controlled. On the Olympus OM-D E-M5.000. exemplary sharpness Build Quality All-metal construction. inspires confidence Ergonomics No lens hood.net respectably large at smaller apertures. At the widest apertures. The lens is priced at Rs. The closest focusing distance is 0. In this. serious street photographers will find this feature extremely useful for quickly setting hyperfocal distances while shooting.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.5 x 35.08x (35mm equivalent of 0. Min focusing distance 0. at this point.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1. Movie Still Compatible. the ring has just the right amount of resistance. at which. There was no visible distortion. The front element of the lens does not rotate while focusing. The focus ring is nicely ridged and the Snapshot Focus mechanism makes a big difference in the overall handling. f/1. Light falloff was minimal.8 18/20 34/35 23/25 12/15 2/5 Performance No distortion or flare. 28.8 is solidly constructed and feels good to use.7. there was a drop in sharpness especially at the corners. While this may not be the most inexpensive option. Coupled with the high level of sharpness. even in low light.8 aperture helps shoot in lower light conditions and blur out backgrounds if the subject is close enough to the lens. this lens excelled. After everything that Olympus has done to enhance its performance. 28.16x) 7 46mm 57. optics and handling for a Micro Four Thirds system user. S P E C I f I CAT I O N S DED MMEN RECO Model name MRP Lens construction Max Magnification Diaphragm blades Filter diameter Dimensions Weight Olympus M.16x)—which is good for a moderate wide angle lens. the lens balances rather well. Pulled back for MF operation.net .   P LU S • Snapshot Focus • Optical quality MINUS • No lens hood • Price 81 FINALRATINGS Features Excellent optics. high-contrast picture situations turned out beautifully. but it was still quite good. it remains the best combination of focal length.5mm 120g Handling Though not as diminutive as the 17mm f/2.8 is quite unique. the all metal 17mm f/1.6 (ISO 2500) K Madhavan Pillai Who should buy it? Why? Street photographers who enjoy working with a moderate wide angle prime lens. features.25m Conclusion If you are an avid street photographer.000 9 elements in 6 groups 0. The lens features seven circular aperture blades and standard filter diameter of 46mm. The f/1.8 is the lens to buy. There is no lens hood supplied with the lens.8 or the 20mm f/1. the performance of this lens was nothing short of exemplary. Against the light. The numbers marked on the distance and the DOF scale stand out nicely against the silver finish and are easy to read. Apart from its all-metal construction and superb optical quality. AF was wonderfully quiet and responsive. Exposure: 1/15sec at f/5. What differentiates it from its competitors is its fantastic optical quality and its ability to quickly switch to MF while allowing the user to easily set hyperfocal distances.

You can also merge these shots to create a stunning HDR. use Manual focus instead. Most cameras overlay a grid on the LCD screen in LiveView which solves this. Spot Metering Ask yourself if you need flash. B ette R P H O t O g R A p H Y WorldMags. AF-assist Beam Photographing in low light and the camera will just not focus? Switch on the AF-assist lamp which emits a ray of light and helps your camera focus better. Flash Compensation The Grid Getting the horizon straight can often be a problem. Adjust the power if the flash is overpowering ambient light. It also acts a reference guide for the Rule of Thirds. switch to Spot metering and meter off the subject.F e At U R e WorldMags. Ketan Kundargi tells you about a few such features that you Find it difficult to gauge the lighting and get the right exposure? This feature helps you shoot images at different exposures. It can be a useful tool to remove harsh shadows or freeze the subject. you explore its various functions and settings. This way. If you do not want to disturb your subject. Exposure Bracketing 82 If you are still finding it tricky to get the exposure. the subject will be perfectly rendered.net Camera Features to Improve When you get a new camera.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . But once potential of your camera. so that one of them is at least perfect.

but are guaranteed to improve your photographic skills. Picture Controls If your images look dull or if you find it hard to postprocess many images. this is a great solution.button to override the camera’s setting and control exposure yourself. Image Stabilisation Camera shake causing a blurry image? Switch on the image stabilisation in your camera or lens to get sharper images when shooting handheld.net F e At U R e Your Photography Instantly you decide your favourites amongst these. 83 Burst Mode Often miss the moment? The Burst mode increases your chances of capturing candids. you get comfortable and stop using the full may have missed. this mode also increases your chances of getting one sharp photo. Look for a small beep or a green signal before you press it all the way down. half-click the shutter-release button and wait for confirmation. It lets you customise parameters such as contrast and saturation for better results in camera. If you are getting out-of-focus images. Exposure Compensation There are situations when the exposure set by the camera might not give the best results.WorldMags. instantly. Use the +/. While using slow shutterspeeds. Focus Confirmation Every camera needs to lock focus before the shutter is released.net Rick W Berg B ette R P H O t O g R A p H Y . JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags.

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Notes Forget shooting on cloudy days or capturing anything that would look good in colour! BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags.O N A S S I G NM E N T BetterPictures WorldMags.net 86 Deadwood Walking: I planted a large piece of driftwood in shallow water. it suddenly emerges as a white sabre in infrared! That kills me! The experience has been one of wonder. A little bit of magic is all it needs and lo.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . Anne Cutler takes you on a journey into the infrared world where everything is alive with a hidden glimmer. Duration An ongoing project that has lasted several years. A Surreal Glow ometimes. I point my camera at a branch that is hidden underwater in such a way that you can barely see it. facing the sun. and is the main reason why I started seeing the world through infrared vision. S My Assignment Description To photograph the hidden infrared world.

almost black sky.net Your photographs reviewed by our panel of experts PHOTOCRITIQUE TIpS & TRICKS 90 92 Shoot holidays. Ghostly porcelain faces. the first infrared (IR) photographs I made were a complete disaster.DIGITAL TECHNIQUE Infrared Made Visible Recreating the B&W infrared effect WorldMags. Assembled Crab Claw and Bull Kelp: A small hill that had formed helped me capture the shadow. skies and white foliage suddenly appear and stun the human eye. the science of capturing invisible light fascinated me. This is where the colour of the sky Mt Vision: Photographed from a low angle.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . 87 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. The Process Of course. It dawned on me that to get a really dark. black oceans. Then. I had shot in the evening and as I realised. the tree stands out starkly against the deep black hues of the sky. decorations & butterflies O N A S S I G NM E N T 96 My Perspective Since I am a bit of a technology geek. eerie landscapes. I shot in bright sunlight and gradually began to understand how the sky reacts to IR. evening light is not so good for IR—those early photos were dark and murky. you need to look for an area away from the sun.

seaweeds or rock formations loom much larger than they actually were. They are inexpensive. • Go Beyond Photoshop: Try toning your images with selenium and gold tints. I especially like to work near water. I also realised that I would need an extremely low angle to fill the entire frame.The website www. and your patience short. printing IR photos on metallic paper makes them look luminescent.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . So. Like most thin clouds. It is worth converting a camera into an IR-only device. I still Mare Tail: One of my colleagues told me this cloud formation is called a ‘Mare Tail’. when I would shoot at the beach. they appeared to glow from within. There is something primordial about being by the water’s edge. Since I use a camera that has specially been converted for infrared. the exposure times Glowing Horsetails: Shot from the other side the grass seemed flat and lifeless. • Experiment with Filters: You can use plastic IR filters for compact cameras. it wasn’t as pronounced in real life as it is in IR. I actively look for ways to separate it from its background. The Essential Ingredients for Dream-like IR Photos • Get a converted digital IR camera: With a screw-on IR filter.O N A S S I G NM E N T WorldMags.com has some very helpful tutorials. Once I have identified my subject. but when the dark green stalks were backlit. I would dig a hole in the sand and keep the camera inside it! Doing this also made the driftwood. easy to cut and let in more visible light. calculating exposure is easy. The natural life around me is quite captivating and so I am constantly inspired by it. Also. looks deeper.lifepixel. WorldMags. While I have become better at imagining what something will look like in IR. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY will be long.net 88 Infrared photographs help the human eye see what it cannot usually perceive.

which is why I have converted one and carry it on bike rides. can look gleaming white in IR! The driftwood that we often find lying on the beach begins to resemble human-like creatures! Often. I am open to discovering what the day has in store for me. as well as the unexpected surprise of seeing a person doing yoga on my monitor when I first opened the file in Photoshop. I have realised that at some occasions.  To see more of Anne’s surreal infrared work.geckographics. Japanese Fractal: Taken at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. visit www.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY .WorldMags. Compact cameras have weaker IR filters. plenty of people have come up to me and told me that they see certain things in work. I have a plan.net My Equipment I started with a Nikon COOLPIX 950 and currently use a Canon EOS 30D. San Francisco. I even have an IR filter for my cell phone camera. I discovered that seaweed. I just loved the manner in which the foliage glowed in IR. For instance. 89 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. shadow and reflection are all represented here. mostly. Ultimately. which usually appears dark brown and merges with the sand.com Yoga: The combination of subject. At other times. things that even I have not seen and noticed. O N A S S I G NM E N T find myself being occasionally surprised. while working on a series such as this one.

• When you feel the warmth from a fire or a heating element. for instance.net Before After Infrared Made Visible Ambarin Afsar helps you recreate the black and white infrared effect in the digital darkroom. an image that is dominated by greenery will work best for this technique. Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 Infrared photographs record the spectrum of light that is not visible to the human eye. in the digital world. in which foliage appears to be glowingly white instead of being in shades of grey? These photographs. we can try a few tricks in Photoshop to simulate the effect.net Emily Cahal . Trees and other forms of foliage. the more energy it radiates and the shorter the peak wavelength of the radiation that it emits. the lower its energy. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. • Infrared movie film was used to create the day-to-night effect in movies. Since foliage reflects the greatest amount of IR light. record the spectrum of light that is not visible to the human eye. The greater the wavelength of a photon of infrared light. Traditionally. The warmer the object becomes. part of what you are feeling is the infrared radiation emitted by the hot fire. However. Warm objects like humans or even heaters radiate light in the infrared region of the spectrum. Tools Used • Channels • Gaussian Blur filter • Channel Mixer • Noise filter (in Adobe Photoshop 6. you can experiment with a range of images and observe the magic unfold. appear to be glowing in these photographs.DIGI TAL TEcHNIQUE WorldMags. infrared photography has been done using visible light blocking.  A Few Fun Infrared Facts • Infrared photography is also known as near-infrared photography because of its position on the visible light spectrum. reflect a great amount of infrared light and hence. known as infrared photographs. However. • A few animals like pit vipers can detect warm-blooded prey by sensing the infrared light that their prey emits. After H infrared passing filters.0 or above) ave you seen surreal black and white photographs.

Select Channel Mixer. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. go to Layer > Duplicate.net D I G I TA L T Ec H NIQUE 1 DUPLicaTe The LaYeR: Open the photograph that you wish to edit. is a part of this channel. Adjust the Opacity slider so that the effect is not unrealistically pronounced. Input a value that allows you to see basic shapes in the image. you might want to simulate more noise in your image as well. but various images might require a lesser or a greater value. Now. go to the Channels Palette and click on the Green Channel to toggle it on. go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Add an AdJUsTMenT LaYeR: Click on the Create Adjustment Layers icon located at the bottom of the Layers palette. Go to Filters > Noise > Add Noise. 91 3 BLUR The GReen ChanneL: With the Green channel still selected. tick on the Monochrome option. Change the Amount to approximately 20% and select Uniform. 2 SeLecT The GReen ChanneL: With the duplicate layer selected.Six Simple Steps to Convert Your Image into a Stunning B&W Infrared Photo WorldMags. This is known as the Wood effect named after British inventor. Go to the Layers palette and select the Background layer. we used a value of 8. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 5 6 Add Noise: Since B&W infrared film is very sensitive and grainy. who discovered it. You need to toggle this channel on mainly because most of the colour information you wish to modify. Increase the Green Channel’s value to +200. 4 AdJUsT The OPaciTY: Adding a blur lends a surreal glow characteristic foliage to infrared images.net . Reduce the values of the Red and Blue Channels to -50. Ensure that Monochromatic is selected and apply the filter. Duplicating the layer helps you blur the Green Channel of the image in a nondestructive manner. Here. Robert W Wood.0. and in the dialog box. We used a value of 35%.

net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . while I appreciate the bond one can see between the photographer and the child. The child’s tiny face seems lost among all the busy elements in the frame. However. India E-mail: photocritique@betterphotography. Does it grab you? Does it make you want to double click and view the image in a larger size. Instead of f/1. Dehradun Camera: Nikon D90 Aperture: f/1. Sometimes. the composition makes me wonder whether the photographer could have moved closer to the girl. where unfortunately. great expression. possibly to discover a lovely expression? Taking two steps closer would have helped this photo pass the thumbnail test. Dadar (W) Mumbai .8. The bright out-of-focus areas keep drawing attention away from the child. But then. The cloth forms a great frame around the child. from where one could get a better view of the environment around her. A slight vignette would have helped.PhotoCritique WorldMags. Network18 Publishing. Raj Lalwani: Children make great subjects because of their candid expressions and their eveready nature to strike a pose. great moment! The central placement of the child works very well. guiding the viewer’s eye through the photo. A subtle shift in position or a slightly different angle can radically alter the frame. it currently falls short.net Want your photographs reviewed? Send your photographs to The Editor.400 028. By Anant Agarwal. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. Perhaps. which the photographer has captured well. A tighter crop could have been better. the true test of an image is what it looks like in thumbnail size. I wish the frame was a little tighter.8 Shutterspeed: 1/1000sec ISO: 320 Great timing. but one that makes me wonder if it could not have been done differently. Ruby House. Better Photography. you could have chosen a narrower aperture. This kind of a portrait begs tack sharpness.in 92 The lines formed by the pinched cloth and the clothesline form great tension. he could have looked at the frame from another angle. Peek-a-boo Mahesh Bhat: There is a sense of wonder in the child’s eyes. Ultimately. J K Sawant Marg. ‘A’ Wing. this is a good effort.

it is a tendency to go overboard with processing. According to him. I love the doorway where the children are standing. Alternatively. and the slight flare. However. This would have helped him avoid the door. Only a part of it is seen now. The image also seems a bit overprocessed for me. Kolkata Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S3300 Aperture: f/3.1 Shutterspeed: 1/10sec ISO: 64 This discolouration has occurred due to flare and has looks worse due to overprocessing.net . JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 Ambarin Afsar WorldMags. He often disregards the conventions of picturemaking as he considers photography to a far more personal journey. Ambarin Afsar: I like the distortion in the image. By Saptajit Paul. the image has been processed a little too much. Consequently.net The Panelists A Slice of Life Mahesh Bhat: When I look at this image. His book. and of the experiences he goes through while making the photos. which is not in harmony with this particular frame. The expressions of the children are also quite interesting. he could have moved to the left and included all of the door. Raj Lalwani is a writer with the BP team. I have noticed that these days. Mahesh Bhat This child’s hands peeking out from behind the boy in the foreground create a great point of interest. makes photos that are full of stories—those of the people inside them. Unsung. These add to the feel of the image. while the others are lost in their own world. everything is a possible subject for photography and she is more than happy to appreciate new ways of seeing. The flare adds a nice touch to the image. pays tribute to people who have made extraordinary contributions to society against personal odds. inspiration lies in the fantastic. you need to make sure that you do not end up compromising on the overall natural flavour of the frame. the earthy tones are very pleasing. While it is good to want a decent amount of contrast or sharpness in your images.WorldMags. which could be avoided. It seems like he has tried to make an HDR. choosing a wide angle approach has let you convey a rustic sense of place. however the out-of-focus circle of light is a little distracting. the ordinary and in love. Cropping out the door and the slanting roof would have made for a tighter composition. where two children are looking straight at the camera. The inclusion or exclusion of small things like these can make or break a photo. The distortion could have easily been corrected to avoid this slanting portion of the roof. and this incomplete view does not add any value to the frame. While the image does look overcooked. I find myself thinking that the photographer could have easily moved a little bit to the right. 93 is a senior member of the BP team. She exudes an infectious zest for almost everything around her.

in terms of brightness and contrast. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. for instance. lines and contours of the faces lead the viewer through the frame. The skin tones of the various faces and the clothes they are wearing could have also contributed to a certain kind of mood. I still like the overall feel of the image. seems a little unnatural. the common trend is to strive for increasingly sharp images. sharpness is not a critical factor. The eyes form a striking. All their expressions are spot on and the composition is as tight as it could have been. the moment is. but. The shapes. this image portrays the exuberance and excitement of children. However. The perspective actually makes the viewer feel like he is a part of this enthusiastic group. The faces are so close to the camera that I am left wondering about how close you must have been standing to them. This fact grows on the viewer. By Shashank Shekhar Pandey. perhaps it could have been processed better. and the way in which they are getting cropped. With the advent of digital. But I do not believe in this. The manner in which their hands are placed.net 94 This bit of empty space provides some welcome relief from the cluster of faces. almost hypnotic pattern throughout the frame. While the foreground lacks sharp focus.pHOTO cRITIQUE WorldMags. Ambarin Afsar: Truly. this sort of a frame makes me wonder how it would have looked in colour. New Delhi Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2950 Aperture: f/5 Shutterspeed: 1/150sec ISO: 64 Correctly estimating hyperfocal distance would have ensured a sharp foreground. Excitement Contained Mahesh Bhat: This is a pretty good composition.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . while shooting photojournalistic images.

Great timing! 95 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. This out-of-focus stick is a little disturbing and obstructs the viewer’s eye as it moves across the frame. considering that the two superstars are at the extreme edges? Maybe you could have been in the midst of the action more. p H OTOcR I T I Q UE Critics’ Choice Award Send your pictures to us.net Uproarious Celebration Mahesh Bhat: This is the best photograph of the entire lot. expressions and colour (and rarely has a festival photo triggered such associations). But then. thus eliminating all other distractions. and one that introduces contrast. Such a kind of an image tells a vivid story without the help of any caption. yet another Holi image from around Mathura. which makes the dish tastier! Raj Lalwani: When I first saw this photograph. has acted like that little extra bit of an ingredient. It is a lovely composition and the photographer has managed to capture the moment very well. was this the best possible frame. While it may not be a flawless image. it has its own strengths that make it a perfect photo! What I find very interesting are the cool sunglasses worn by a couple of people in the frame. If our judges select yours as the best photograph. you can win the Critics’ Choice Award—a Sony USB Portable Power Supply of 4000mAh! By Dr Harsh Wardhan. I thought that here we go again. It was a good idea to fill the frame only with figures and faces. Including this group of men facing away from the camera is a good decision. to be featured in the PhotoCritique section.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . shot with a wider focal length and got a more impactful photo. But I looked closer and spotted an absolute superstar of a reveller wearing crazy sunglasses while being drenched in colour! I am actually reminded of a surreal movie with weird characters because of the props. New Delhi The sunglasses worn by the performers and their expressions make this a tongue-in-cheek capture! Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Aperture: f/5 Shutterspeed: 1/160sec ISO: 400 It is interesting how each performer is facing in a different direction.WorldMags. The largely monochromatic orange feel of the image further establishes a festive mood. Those really add a twist to the entire image! Choosing to include people wearing them.

Better Photography Network18 Publishing Ruby House. Subhodeep Banerjee Swarup Dutta Jan UarY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. But. They also love the sun. Have Lots of Patience Often. The best way to photograph these colourful wings is by using a macro lens. so if you are casting a shadow on them. Enter a nature park or a butterfly park and you will find specimens of various beautiful colours. Notice Colours and Patterns The most striking features of a butterfly are the patterns and colours of its wings. Once the sun’s warmth reaches them. people usually believe that it is difficult to photograph them. a macro filter or even an extension tube. In addition to this.net . India E-mail: editor@betterphotography. It will take awhile for the butterflies to get used to your presence and hover around you. It is always good to have another element like a flower or a leaf to complement the butterfly. So stand or sit as still as possible and wait. ‘A’ Wing J K Sawant Marg. the air is cooler and butterflies stay onto leaves or flowers because they are unable to flutter their wings in the cold.in 96 Suraj C FOLLOWING BUTTERFLIES Explore Early Mornings Since butterflies are very mobile and animated. At this hour. the Macro mode in a compact camera delivers good results most of the time. there is always the option of a using a fast telephoto. Step out early in the morning around 7–8am. But if this is not feasible. a butterfly will sit still while you are composing your shot. but by the time you release the shutter.net Want to share your ideas and tips? Write to The Editor. it might fly away.WorldMags. This is because butterflies are very perceptive of sudden movement in their surroundings. they will start flying around. they will usually fly away. The contrasting colours of the butterfly and background make this a striking picture. Dadar (W) Mumbai-400 028. simply setting out to shoot at the right time can help you make butterfly photos with ease.

QUICK TIP Instead of a filter. Group pictures need not have people in them! You can photograph shadows. You can then go on to photograph the journey as it unfolds. You will also need to pay attention to the colours in the background. bus. car or train. feet or even rows of footwear and bags. try to capture the madness you share with your family.net B etter P h O t O G raph Y . it is quite easy to end up with a background cluttered with twigs or foliage. try various vantage points.WorldMags.net Look for an Uncluttered Background Considering the natural habitat of butterflies. Vivek Nigam A VACATION STORY Create a Storyline Think of your family vacation as a movie. Whether you are travelling by plane. especially while visiting monuments. leaves or even branches out of focus. Shoot at a wide aperture to throw petals. Keep your camera ready to capture candid portraits. Start making pictures from the beginning of the journey itself—that is when the kids and other family members are busy packing and preparing for the trip. Capture Funfilled Moments Always have a camera with you because you never know when a family member indulges themselves in a funny situation. you can use colourful gelatin paper in front of the lens to get some interesting results. or someone might just suddenly jump into the pool! Instead of simply making your family stand in front of monuments and popular tourist spots. reaching home—let your pictures complete a full circle. From arriving at the destination to packing your bags and ultimately. 97 Pragadeeshvel S Jan UarY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. and look for hitherto unexplored views. They may start dancing unexpectedly at the bonfire.

coastal areas will offer an array of seafood dishes. dancing and enjoying their holidays. but also the streets. Talking to residents or even shopkeepers can help you make insightful photos. Observe them and capture their movement. They are also very likely to play pranks. candles. For instance. Photograph while you are on a rollercoaster or on a ride yourself for an unbeatable view. Another interesting thing to do is to photograph local foodstuff. look for certain kinds of shapes patterns and lights that you can photograph. you can even take a picture of other tourists enjoying their vacation. Every place has food preparations peculiar to that particular region. Decorations & Celebrations Focus on One Subject During any celebrations. These decorations are not isolated but found in groups or strings. All these occasions can provide you with great candids! Having photographed only the reindeer part of the decoration keeps the interest of the viewer. Moroever. In such a busy situation. Bring Out the Local Flavour Look out for interesting neon signs or scenery that brings out the local flavour of the place. if you are going to spend the day at the beach. the city is lit up.net Jan UarY 2 0 1 3 . festival or occasion. while you make candid photos of them. B etter P h O t O G raph Y Choo Yut Shing WorldMags. you will surely be surrounded by trinket sellers. Be Childlike Around Kids Kids are filled with excitement on vacations. decorative lights and so on. adorn not only houses. This will help you avoid touristy photos.WorldMags. You will most likely find them jumping. For instance. discover unexpected knick-knacks or even set off on their own scavenger hunts. Paper lanterns.net Mayank Kanyal 98 Ask your family to loosen up and simply walk around the place.

or Tungsten to override the orange colour of the street lights. You can also choose the B&W or Monochrome mode of your DSLR and switch to Live View to see the frame in B&W. photograph just rows of fairy lights. B&W analogue photography is becoming obsolete. they appear as though they have more substance and character. Jan UarY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. or focus only on glowing neon signs that say Happy New Year or Merry Christmas. Then. and establishes the main subject in the image. You can even create a bokeh filter out of black chart paper! Cut out a heart or star shape and place the paper in front of the lens. — Indrajit Bhattacharya Indrajit Bhattacharya Keeping this image in B&W has enhanced the pattern of the staircase and drawn attention to the boy. Additionally. Explore Bokeh and Zoom Bursts The point of photographing decorations is to have fun. QUICK TIP On your daily commute. So try blurring out the lights to attain colouful bokeh. READEr’S TIP Challenge Yourself with B&W Portraits With digital photography becoming more and more popular. wait and then change the focal length. The key to making a B&W portrait is to visualise the frame beforehand. there is also something very striking about the absence of colour. its good to be creative with your white balance settings. all you need to do is simply rotate the manual ring until all the lights are blurred.net For instance. Experiment with White Balance Some light decorations look really good when they are orange in colour.net B etter P h O t O G raph Y . You can also choose to photograph just the bauble decorations or the gifts placed near a Christmas tree. You can achieve this by switching to manual focus and choosing a wide aperture like f/1. try the zoom burst technique. But no matter how much colour appeals to us. Look at them only once you are done.  Stephen Vance 99 Release the shutter. Others look pleasing with a white or blue cast. such that the cutout is centred. by zooming in or zooming out during a long exposure. using a tripod. Another advantage of stripping the colour from a photograph is that it removes any other distractions. Black and white is wellsuited for portrait photography because monochrome photographs tend to have a timeless feel to them.WorldMags. Moreover. This way the image will be sharp and you will get the right amount of streaks. make pictures without looking at the viewfinder or LCD. the kind of light also plays a strong role. Set the White Balance to Daylight/Cloudy for warmer results. You will get a picture with a heart-shaped or star-shaped bokeh! On the other hand. While making pictures where the decorations are lights or brightly lit sign boards. effectively drawing attention to or from a specific subject.8.

the problem does not persist when I try doing the same with an LCD TV. The post went on to say that the sensor could suffer permanent damage if the exposure duration is beyond a limit. The Technical Side Most of the videos we usually see are played at a speed of 24–30 frames per second. one can capture the gradual change or progress in a subject and its environment. this rate is much faster. Finally. you are going to need a total of 720 images. Having said that. E-mail: editor@betterphotography. Is there a specific technique to shoot clear pictures from a television? Anand Ramaswami. 100 Special Lenses Recently I came across the term ‘portrait lens’. whereas in case of an LCD TV. India. Mumbai-400 028. Traditionally used with exposure settings. So. have a clear idea on the duration of the event you want to shoot. but not for a camera. ‘A’ Wing. always remember that time-lapse photography is only a technique that you can use to complement a wide array of creative ideas. For example. Make sure that you stick to using a single white Capturing Time Progression Documenting the change in your subjects has never been easier with the advent of digital cameras. the smoother your video playback will be. The more number of frames you add. Better Photography Infomedia18 Limited Ruby House. While the sensor does heat up W H at I s Time-lapse Photography? Time-lapse photography refers to shooting multiple images of a constant frame after regular intervals of time. Is this true? Sudarshan Trivedi. the image sensor heats up. and a reasonably wide aperture opening. Shallow DOF is not the benchmark of a good portrait. Before deciding on your subject. using a shutterspeed of 1/25 sec or 1/30 sec will ensure an unbroken image of the TV screen. What does this term mean? Also.in B R I e F lY Broken TV Every time I try to capture an image of my old TV. a stop-motion video or even a single merged image of the event you shot. that happens over a period of time. such changes. They are preferred because of the degree of shallow DOF that they offer. In case of traditional televisions. Trichy.net Want your doubts cleared? Write to The Editor. I came across a blog post that said that while making long exposure shots. anyone can create wonderful time-lapse works that depict Geraint Otis Warlow Four different images. were merged to make the above photograph.WorldMags. via post The post that you read is partly true. shot at regular intervals of time. let us take a quick look at the technical side of a television. the refresh rate can vary from 24 to 30 frames per second. Every television has a certain frame refresh rate which specifies the time taken for a complete image to appear on the screen. Noida. provided that you learn to work with limitations like shorter focal lengths and narrow apertures. even the kit lens of a DSLR or a compact camera can make great portraits. The change happening on the screen is difficult for the human eye to perceive. J K Sawant Marg Dadar (W). via email Any lens with a field of view between 70mm and 130mm (in 35mm parlance). If you want to create a video with a duration of 30 seconds at a frame rate of 24fps. I find black streaks running across the screen. The end result can be a series of images. is it possible to make good portraits without using a portrait lens? Priyanka Singh. is ideal for portraiture. Portraits like these can be made even by using simple compact cameras that offer a wide angle view. via email Before starting with shooting techniques. With the right choice of subjects and a tripod. You can convey a sense of place by using a wide focal length and including the environment.net . What is bracketing? Bracketing is the the technique of shooting pictures with variation in a particular camera setting. Even though many high end DSLRs offer time-lapse shooting mode. Anil Risal Singh and hence is called a portrait lens. Long Exposure Aftermath Very recently. bracketing can also be used to bring variations in the WB and focus of the camera. Using time-lapse photography. Ja N UarY 2 0 1 3 B etter P h O t O G raph Y WorldMags. one can practice this technique even with a simple compact camera. However. but misleading. Surat. balance and shooting mode throughout the series.

Nandita Bhattacharya. Even during the film camera era.net  Need for Postprocessing The December 2012 edition of BP had published the news of a photographer who was stripped of his title as the winner of a photo contest. One will only make long exposures in conditions where the available light is very less. Pune. since manually cleaning the sensor involves risk of damaging it. Always remember that processing is a technique that can be used when necessary. While it can help in enhancing the look and feel of an image.. I would like to know if postprocessing is against photography ethics. and less light means less heat in the atmosphere preventing the sensor from heating up beyond a point. If your letter wins Question of the Month. which. editing and extreme manipulation of pictures is considered unethical in certain photography competitions and genres like photojournalism. you may still need to carefully clean the sensor using specially designed brushes. it is called an exposure triangle. Such spots are more visible in pictures shot at narrow apertures. the best way to get this done would be through an authorised service centre. via email Unlike what people think. B R I e F lY Annoying Distractions I recently noticed small black spots on all my photographs. postprocessing is not restricted to the digital age. may not be completely effective in eliminating dust. when shooting at places like beaches or playgrounds. Since a triangle is the easiest way to keep these points in mind while shooting.  What does the term ‘exposure triangle’ refer to? The exposure of an image depends on three factors—ISO. Hence. Even if your exposure lasts for a few hours. You are always free to explore the vast possibilities of postprocessing in terms of fine art photography. for digital manipulation. when documenting an event or a situation. the resultant images are expected to depict the reality and truth. dust might still settle on the sensor.WorldMags. What could be wrong with my equipment? Bhavik Choudary. but it is not a necessity itself in the modern day. But. chances of your equipment suffering any damages are highly unlikely. shutterspeed and aperture. while useful. consider the end result and your target audience before deciding the extent to which you are going to process your images. The dots are a huge distraction in some of my pictures. this only results in excessive noise in your images even if the ISO used is low. However. via email Black spots or dust orbs start appearing on images as a result of dust accumulation on the camera sensor.net Image Source: Wikimedia Commons . Send in your queries to Better Photography. developing the film in a darkroom for a final output was a necessity. you stand to win a Lexar 8GB 100x SDHC media card! Similar images can be made with exposure durations of several hours without any damage to the camera. the extent to which images have been processed has always raised questions on the ethics of photography. Kolkata. Despite your best efforts. After using this feature. 102 when subjected to long exposures.. Most cameras also come bundled with a sensor cleaning feature. One way to prevent this is to make sure that the camera is facing downwards while mounting and dismounting the lens. LCGS Russ WorldMags. However.

net ja N ua RY 2 0 1 3 .PRO fILE ShowCase WorldMags. Jaber has attempted to recreate the Syrian landscape through the lines created by the body of the horse. 104 Jaber Alazmeh In Metaphors.net • He is a Syrian photographer. born in Damascus in 1973. • He is also passionate about painting. B E T T E R P h O T O G R aph Y WorldMags. • He has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine ArtsVisual Communication from the University of Damascus. • Jaber’s view of photography is that the challenges that come with creating the work should be resolved before releasing the shutter.

Despite moving. this reflection is not something that strikes you immediately when you see the series. When Jaber Al Azmeh fled from Syria.net . I ja N ua RY 2 0 1 3 magine having to leave everything behind and relocate to a new place.GREAT MASTERS Shahidul Alam on what drives his work WorldMags. he was firm about showing the world the Syria that he grew up in. Traces and Wounds Jaber Al Azmeh takes Conchita Fernandes on a journey to Syria.net Furqan Khan shares his love for the Ladakh landscape PHOTOFEATURE YOuR pIcTuREs 110 118 A selection P Rof Of I L E our reader’s best photographs 122 105 Metaphors. However. where he depicts the country’s duality with the help of his photographs. Jaber simply said B E T T E R P h O T O G R aph Y WorldMags. hills and horizons of the scenery through the body lines of horses. he took with him his images that best reminded him of a place he had called home for most of his life. Creating from Visual Memory In Metaphors. When asked about this. Jaber has acted on his visual memory to create a reflection of the valleys.

Metaphors will not appear to be a stark contrast in terms of subject matter. that he wanted to bring out something beyond what there was to see. This series was created well before the Syrian Revolution which broke out in 2011. Jaber has managed to weave beautiful stories of people that lay beneath the surface of Syria’s landscape through old run-down doors and metal scraps. “To those who know the Syrian terrain and landscape well. the Minolta X-700. “At the time I made Traces. and he felt that in a way.net 106 In Traces.PRO fILE WorldMags. the series served as a kind of prelude to Wounds. namely. B E T T E R P h O T O G R aph Y WorldMags. Jaber has portrayed waste in a visually compelling manner. It is through Traces that GADgEts & GEAR • Jaber has worked with a range of cameras.” he has investigated the rubble and ruin in Syria. • However. the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III among many others. he does not really have any kind of attachments when it comes to camera gear. Through rundown buses and metal scraps. Yashica 6x6.net ja N ua RY 2 0 1 3 . everyone still existed The Other Side of Syria After the elegance and grace of Metaphors. Jaber has managed to capture symmetry in the oddest of places. Jaber transports you to a landscape that was once beautiful.

In a way.” P R Of I L E Through dilapidated objects. Jaber has thrown a different light on the Syrian landscape. in a state where speaking out was not an option.net B E T T E R P h O T O G R aph Y . the image manages to capture the subject’s unique and once beautiful past. while he was in the process of creating Wounds. he had to flee the country. there can be no photograph. Turmoil and Hopelessness Jaber then brings the Syrian storm to you through his most striking work.” ja N ua RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. Suddenly.WorldMags. it is a Despite its rundown nature.net “The situation in Syria is such that the feelings associated with it have a different sense of urgency. He also features himself quite prominently in these images. Traces was like the quiet before the storm. Unfortunately. freedom and struggle 107 “If there is no idea. when you are surrounded by people speaking out. Wounds. “Speaking out about your political opinions in Syria was unheard of in the past.” through the deliberate use of the colours black and red. where he has managed to capture the feelings of hope.

surreal and overwhelming experience. hopes and aspirations for the revolution. Which is why all of his work revolves around his country. “When a country is so rich in history T i Ps BY JA B E R • Do not get carried away in the process of imagemaking.” The series therefore became an enactment of the emotions of the individuals who chose to participate in the revolution. it is your eye and mind that you should really invest in. while still managing to associate it with the bloody revolution. B E T T E R P h O T O G R aph Y WorldMags.net ja N ua RY 2 0 1 3 . This metamorphosis culminated into a photo series. • The camera has a very small role to play. In terms of technique. The photographs records people from the intellectual and creative sphere of Syria.net 108 This image reflects the people of Syria and their pain and struggle fighting the revolution. Here. What the Future Holds As the events surrounding the revolution escalated. Rather. Jaber found himself morph from being merely a social observer to being a social activist. summing up their visions.PRO fILE WorldMags. A Small Group of Syrians which is at its final stage. He believes that his home country will continue to be his muse for sometime. at least. concentrate on the people or theme you are representing. It is very apparent that Jaber is driven by what affects him the most. he has tried to be very symbolic and has portrayed creation. he has used one source of red light and a very slow shutterspeed to create multiple black shadows of human figures with several exposures and prefers to keep his work as close to his original concept as possible.

    To see more of Jaber’s photographs. I think it is only then. you can visit his website www. what he set out to do will reach a complete circle. Jaber remains hopeful about exhibiting his work in Syria. the stories that emerge from it and its people are endless. in the near future.WorldMags.com 109 Jaber has managed to cleverly use the colours black and red to emphasise extreme human emotions.” P R Of I L E This image brings out the hopes and aspirations of the Syrian people despite their ongoing struggle. and culture.” It is very unfortunate when the work you have created goes unnoticed by the very people who you have represented in your photographs.net “Contemporary art is actually the social commentary of our time.jaberalazmeh.net B E T T E R P h O T O G R aph Y . ja N ua RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags.

This was before Zia was elected as the Prime Minister. Dhaka. Manik Mia Avenue.net 110 This is Khaleda Zia at a pre-election rally. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags.GRE AT MASTERS WorldMags. in 1991. She was also the first female PM of the country.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 .

activist—Shahidul Alam is a man who dons many garbs.net G R E AT M AST E RS Shahidul Alam Photographer. 111 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags.WorldMags. Ambarin Afsar interviews one of the world’s most influential photographers in an attempt to discover what drives him. curator.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . writer.

Dhaka. during one of the worst floods of the last century. This was in 1988. Bangladesh. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags.GRE AT MASTERS WorldMags.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 .net 112 A woman wades through flooded streets near Kamlapur Railway station.

Pathshala and Majority World came about is because Alam felt he was waging a war on mindsets. but if resistance of a physical nature is required. vibrant city of Dhaka. Bangladesh with the intention of meeting one such personality. I am very fond of the medium. and a photo festival. Bangladesh. I would have no qualms giving it up and picking up any other tool. political changes. They are waiting in the rain for relief wheat. A Relentless Drive images remain a Amongst various roles and initiatives that powerful tool of change with time. W hat is the difference between a good photographer and a great photographer? A good photographer is someone who can speak clearly and crisply through his images. legal reforms.net G R E AT M AST E RS Made in Gaforgoan.” The Resistance of the Majority World The reason why Drik. Majority World. but if tomorrow..  “In a country where most people can neither read nor write.” A woman raises her fist at a rally at Shahid Minar (Martyrs’ Tomb). in 1994. on the other hand. a photo school. but also influences some sort of change in the functioning of the world around him. a photo collective. wondering if it will run out. A great photographer. Dhaka. I will resist by a physical nature. there needs to be one communication. is the founder of a photo agency. is someone who not only makes himself heard. I think that is what holds everything together for me.” constant in his life. What I am looking for is being able to strategically intervene in places where I can perhaps change the course—be it of the photographic mindset. social justice. Pathshala. 1988. structural changes within the system and certainly. Photography is not something I worship. against biases. this image shows flood victims who have not eaten for three days. as opposed to being someone who makes the change himself. I am a pacifist. Shahidul Alam.” 113 The Changebringer I made a trip to the tumultous. and I needed a battleground. it ceases to be effective.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . be it picking up a gun. Chobi Mela. Drik.. “A relentless drive for JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. “I see my role more as a catalyst in various spaces. “I needed soldiers. 57.WorldMags.

net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . in 2005.GRE AT MASTERS WorldMags.net 114 A girl looks on from an earthquake-stricken area of Pakistanoccupied. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. Kashmir.

Motijheel. perhaps. The person who is the most powerful in the entire chain! So these power dynamics needs to change for imagery to change. The next.” This was on 10 November 1987. the commercial centre. all the replacement terms reflected the same Western bias that classified a country based on what it lacked. it is my politics. says Alam. is the WorldMags.WorldMags. Alam comes from a country that was classified as a part of the ‘Third World’. When a Bangladeshi is photographing a villager in Bangladesh about farming issues. Bangladesh in 1989. say.  A Bias Influenced by the West In terms of the aesthetic. the majority of humankind. there is also an inherent bias in the way in which photographers in Asia and the majority world countries approach a certain issue. ‘A black man with a black camera will not necessarily make black pictures. our ethos. at Tongi. Dhaka Siege Day. It is now the world’s second largest religious gathering of Muslims. “There is a very interesting statement by Stuart Hall that goes. the most knowledgeable person in this case is the farmer. Gazipur. Now is the time for us to speak. our issues. rather than on the basis of what it possesed. Now is the time to erase distinctions of ‘third’ and ‘other’.” JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 There is another reason for the building of stereotypes.” photographer and the least knowledgeable is the photo editor from. was empty as opposition parties united to oust a dictator. Alam and everyone with him are on the brink of a very crucial movement. a world that he has long since christened the Majority World. our pathos. We have divided ourselves. This is at the Bishsho Istema.” I realised that in a world where the dialogue is constantly changing.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY .net G R E AT M ASTERS 115 Political repression is accompanied by fanaticism. My term highlights that we are. and even our ways of seeing the world. “The photographer is still driven by market forces.’ So it is not the colour of my skin that determines what I do. and for us to listen. New York Times. indeed. A Market that Demands Certain Imagery “I look back and merely feel the ineffectuality of my images. “While we may not use the term ‘Third World’ any more.

Mumbai. who was finally hanged for his role in the 26/11 terror attacks. Justice Delivered People outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). Kalpak Pathak. The photographer has captured a scene that serves as a closure to all those affected by the attacks. The image is a wonderful representation of how fans go out of their bounds to capture a glimpse of their favourite idols. Hindustan Times BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 .net A selection of some of the best images from the Indian mainstream media 116 Satyajit Desai. Mid Day The King of Hearts A large crowd gathers outside Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s home in Mumbai to wish him on his birthday on 2 November.WorldMags. put up an effigy of Ajmal Kasab.

Mid Day An Oasis of Lights This wide angle shot of the illuminated Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi makes for a stunning image on the auspicious eve of Gurpurab.WorldMags. the photographer has captured a sorrowful moment between a son and his late father. 117 Vipin Kumar. Gurpurab marks the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev and is an important day in the Sikh calendar. Celebrated on 28 November this year.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . his son Uddhav is seen performing the last rites. Hindustan Times JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. By including Bal Thackeray’s image in the background. Bipin Kokate. Here.net Saying Goodbye Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray was cremated at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on 18 November 2012.

from snow-covered peaks to crystal clear skies. and since then.PHOTO WorldMags. His unending love for travel takes him to Ladakh time and again. However. L BETTER PHOTOGRApHY adakh is famous for its rugged. I have tried to capture this mesmerising land through continuous pursuit of its snow-clad terrain and shooting its landscape through various dimensions.net FeATuRe Furqan Khan is an Udaipurbased landscape photographer. 118 Exploring the Unexplored Furqan Khan throws some light on Ladakh’s beautiful landscape and elaborates on his love affair with the region’s glorious vistas. During this period. certain portions of its land were opened to the public. Most tourists visit the region during this time.net . Now people are able to enjoy its mystical festivals and breathtaking landscapes. My focus was to JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. A thick white sheet covers the entire scenery and gives an impression of lifeless habitat. colourful and barren landscapes. Ladakh receives heavy snowfall in the month of November. He also enjoys shooting monuments in different parts of India. Mother Nature manifests itself in many beautiful ways. which sometimes stretches up to March. Around 15 years ago. Ladakh has become a major tourist attraction.

WorldMags.net P H O T O F E AT U R E The large vistas of the Ladakh landscape are a delight to shoot. 119 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . The presence of people in this photo convey the grandeur of the place.

Yet. shoot frames created by nature and showcase the land’s pristine beauty.P H O T O F E AT U R E WorldMags. that transports me to a place. Ladakh is often covered in a blanket of snow. not far from home. the place exudes a sense of calm. which is considered its unique identity. where the snow and the stones complement the blue sky. It is no wonder I find myself in this haven. Two Ladakhi women make their way through a road deserted because of military activity. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . the landscape is constantly changing its character.net 120 I keep an eye out for natural formations like this. each time. on several occasions. Due to the different weather conditions and the ever-increasing human activity.

use the camera’s Snow mode.WorldMags.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . For perfectly exposed snow photographs. The flash light will reflect off the snowflakes. Alternatively. 121 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. Avoid using flash when photographing snowfall. The landscape can be as unforgiving as it is breathtaking. boost your camera’s exposure compensation by one stop. Include elements like barren trees. foliage or rocks in your snow photographs to make the frame stand out. A complete whitewash will not make for a very appealing photograph.net Photographing Ladakh is quite a challenge. P H O T O F E AT U R E Tips on Photographing Snow The manner in which the houses are fenced. making it look like you have shot white blobs! I love how the slow melting off the frozen river has caused little icicles to form. form a beautiful pattern amongst a blanket of snow.

Dadar (W) Mumbai-400 028. Vadodara “This marigold was in its last stage of life. Ruby House. India Email: entries@betterphotography. Pilani “I happened to see an ant in the garden. I found this quite unique and photographed it. J K Sawant Marg.net Want your photographs showcased? Send in your photographs to The Editor.5 Shutterspeed: 1/40sec ISO: 100 122 BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. After a few pictures. Interestingly. the ant crawled upon a flower and I made this photograph. Better Photography.Y ourPictures The Garden Ant Ramkumar S. most yellow petals had feathered away in a symmetrical pattern.in Yellow Wonder Sunny Kharwa.” Camera: Nikon D5100 Aperture: f/11 Shutterspeed: 1/50sec ISO: 100 WorldMags. Network18 Publishing.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . My curiosity led me to follow it through its way.” Camera: Canon EOS 550D Aperture: f/4. ‘A’ Wing.

net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . and it can be a task to make interesting frames. I thought this frame worked well since the flower looked pleasing against an entirely green backdrop.8 Shutterspeed: 1/200sec ISO: 100 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. Hassan “Photographing flowers can become mundane.WorldMags.net 123 Colour Bloom Arun S N.” Camera: Canon EOS 550D Aperture: f/2.

Malappuram “Instead of capturing the entire flower in the frame. The varied colours and the water droplets on the petals made the picture look like an abstract.7 Shutterspeed: 1/60sec ISO: 100 BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags.net 124 A Colour Abstract Muhammed Safi.YO U R P I C T U R E s WorldMags.” Camera: Canon EOS 1000D Aperture: f/5.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . I opted to make a close-up.

I noticed how the sunlight created a flare near the edge of the frame. I added a retro effect to it.8 Shutterspeed: 1/350sec ISO: 100 JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags.net In Lotus Land Alan Varghese.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . New Delhi “When I made the picture. Thiruvananthapuram “The leaves in the background were dark and each lotus flower looked as though it had been lit by professional lights. To enhance the flare and make the image more interesting.” Camera: Canon EOS 1000D Aperture: f/8 Shutterspeed: 1/500sec ISO: 200 125 Vintage Nature Sourav Majumder. The entire image gives out a feeling as though it was shot in a studio.” Camera: Samsung ES10 Aperture: f/4.WorldMags.

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8-11 f/2 f/2.2 24.1 14.3 1/2.6 CMOS CMOS CMOS 142. or a good set of creative filters.3 23. refer to the Review Month.990 A Few Things to Think of Before You Buy 1.995 22. WorldMags.990 K 24.6 f/2-2.5 f/2. Dimensions (mm) Weight (Grams) Shutterspeed (sec) Sensor Size (mm) Sensor Type Lens Thread IsO Range CF Type I Breadth Breadth Length Length Height SDHC Sony Alpha 37 Sony Alpha 57 Sony Alpha 65 Sony Alpha 77 Sony Alpha 99 Sony Alpha NEX-3 Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-7 35.990 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 29.995 31. these cameras allow you to shoot in RAW and/or have a hot shoe for an external flashgun.4  15.6 15. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags.8-8 f/2. speed.800 80-6400 60-1/4000 15-1/4000 15-3200 15-1/3200 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. and the option of changing lenses.999 76.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.3 1 24-840 24-720 28-112 24-624 35 28-200 28-112 25-600 25-600 24-90 28-100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 20.4 23.7 80.995 24.3 1/2.1 20.2 f/2.) CF Type II CF Type I Battery SDHC MMC IsO SD xD MMC SD Canon Powershot G1X Canon PowerShot G12 Canon PowerShot SX40HS Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR Fujifilm X10 Fujifilm X-S1 Fujifilm FinePix X100 Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Olympus XZ-1 47. lenses.7 28-112 28-140 24-120 100-12800 80-3200 100-3200 80-1600 100-12800 100-3200 100-3200 100-12800 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 100-6400 80-12.1 14.8 CMOS 15.6 15. lenses and accessories are all tools: The picture is eventually made by you.6 25.7 80.3 10.950 26. Once you exhausted your options.8 23. good image quality. Photographic equipment improves in quality and technology every few months.6 15.6 CMOS CMOS CMOS 100-16000 100-12800 100-16000 100-16000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 30-1/4000 Sony A Sony A Sony A Sony A Sony A Sony E Sony E Sony E 448 539 543 653 812 297 287 291 124.3 10 12.990 K 59.990 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 29.5 23.1 14.1 10.8 F/2.1 10. try moving beyond your constraints by using every possible feature and function of your existing equipment.990 K 45.3 24.5 97. Some of the world’s most renowned photographers use very basic equipment to capture the most beautiful frames.6 CMOS 23. some of them are quite important for a serious photographer.990 K 16. and all the relevant information related to the product category is available alongside.7-8 f/2. They will radically improve your photography and offer you a range of creative techniques you can try out with them. When you feel continuously constrained by what you have: First.4 23.5 1/1.7 80. flashes.990 K 79.1 16 12 12 12. Perfect composition.270 19. it is time to make your next purchase. and by being creative.990 1.3 14. 4. • Products have been listed in an alphabetical order for easy reference.999 44.8-16 f/2.3 24. 990 K 69. 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 MS Pro Duo Price (Rs.999 59. and tripod heads.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY .8-5.8-2.8-5.6 104 147 117 111 119.999 22.9 111 63 59 66. or a small flashgun. tripods. or a lenshood.) Resolution (MP) Camera Name DLSRs offer serious enthusiasts a host of shooting features. Always remember that your cameras. 2.5 84.5 35.4 23.63 1/2.net 500+ PRODUCTS LISTED HERE Storage Media Review Month Aug 12 Review Month May 12 Dec 10 Dec 11 MicroDrive Rating (%) 84 Rating CF Type II Micro SD Interchangeable Lens Camera Price-Body only (Rs.8-f/11 Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 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 84 86 85 175 1/2. 3. For instance.1 24. 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’.7-8 f/2.1 16.8-5.5 23.9 78 33 38 42. and capturing just the right moment is far more important than the kind of camera you use.8 .2 4352 3648 4000 4320 4608 4000 4000 4288 3648 3648 4320 4320 3648 5472 2904 2736 3000 3240 3456 3000 3000 2848 2736 2736 3240 3240 2736 3648 1.1 132.8 f/1. • You will find information on various cameras.1 97.990 34. Spend on the right accessories: While you can make your own accessories.3 1/2 2/3 2/3 APS-C 1/1.2 14.7 1/1.79.2 f/2-8 f/1.6 15. spend on a light but sturdy tripod. • If you wish to read in-depth reviews of these products. using light well.995 26.4 92 132.990 14.9 100-25600 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.

1 12.8-20 f/2.3-5.1 16 16 16 10 16 14.6 f/3.3 1/2. everyday shooting situations.8-5.499 14 14 14 8.1 14.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 Rating SDHC MMC SD xD .1-5. M: Minolta.1-5.3 1/2.3 1/2.999 14 14 15999 18.9-5. S: Sigma.3 f/3.7-8 f/3-9 f/2.9 f/3.3 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/2.9 f/3.9-5.9 f/3.3 1/2.8-5.1-5.net Basic Compact Camera This compact shooting device offers automation and numerous creative features for basic.1 12. NR: Not Reviewed.2 f/3.3 1/2.1-8 f/3. K: Price with Kit Lens (Mount – C: Canon.999 14 14 BP Recommended.3 1/2.3 1/2. 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 Review Month Memory Stick MS Pro Duo Price (Rs.3-5.3-5.9 f/3.3 1/2.495 9995 11995 3.1 12.3-5.995 5.5-5.3 1/2.6 f/3.999 16 16 16 16 16 6.8-8 f/2.9 f/3.8-20 f/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.6 f/3.5-6.3 1/2.8-8 f/3.495 5.995 13.3 f/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.8-8 f/2.3 f/3.1 12.3 1/2.3 1/2.499 5.995 16995 10.499 12.3 f/2.3 1/2.6 f/2.6 f/2.3 1/2.499 7.3 1/2.7-17 f/2-8 f/3.1-5.3 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2.3 1/2.7-17 f/2.499 14 12.1 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 1/2.8-20 f/3-18 f/3-9 f/2.1 16.3 1/2.1-8 f/2.995 5995 9. NA: Not Applicable.995 4.3 1/2.995 22.3 1/2.1 10.1 16 16 14.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.995 7.4-9 f/2.495 6995 7995 5.2 f/2.999 5.5-5.995 22.8-20 f/2.1 12.3 1/2.) IsO Range CF Type II CF Type I Battery 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 8.1 12.8-8 f/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 18.495 12.9-5.995 18995 10.BP Buyer’s Guide WorldMags.499 6. Q: Manual Film Cameras.5-5.3 1/2.4-6.8-8 f/2.5-5. N: Nikon.8-8 f/3.995 19.3 f/2.6 f/3.6-6.3 1/2. X: Fujifilm) BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. So: Sony.1 12.3 1/2.3 f/3.2 10.1 16.1-5.2 f/3.

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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

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9,990 14.1 4320 3240 1/2.3 26-105 80-3200 1-1/1600 f/2.7-5.7 Li-ion 11,990 12,990 14,990 22,990 14,990 13,990 12,990 14,990 24,990 13,990 14.1 14.1 10.2 10.2 10.2 14.1 14.1 14.1 9.1 16.1 18.2 18.2 18.2 14.1 14.1 14.1 16.1 16.1 16.1 18.2 18.2 4320 4320 4320 4608 4608 4608 4608 3240 3240 3240 3456 3456 3456 3456 4320 4320 3648 3648 3648 4320 4320 4320 3456 3240 3240 2736 2736 2736 3240 3240 3240 2592 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.4 1/2.4 1/2.4 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.4 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 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 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 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 1-1/1600 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/2.7-5.7 f/2.7-5.7 f/3.5-7.1 f/3.5-4.6 f/2.4-5.9 f/2.4-5.9 f/3.6-5.6 f/3.5-8 f/2.8-8 f/2.6-8 f/3.3-8 f/3.2-8 f/2.8-8 f/3.2-9.1 f/2.8-8 f/2.8-5.9 F2.6-8.0 f/2.6-3.6 f/2.6-8 f 2.6-6.3 f/3.2-3.3 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-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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V 17,990 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 22,990 27,990 5,490 6,490 7,990 8,990 7,990 10,990 11,990

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 14,990

Camera Myths Busted!
The Best Cameras are the Most Expensive Ones: There is no ‘best camera’. Depending on the kind of photography you wish to do, a certain camera may be the most appropriate one for your needs. Higher the Megapixels, Better the Quality: A higher-megapixel camera is not
always better than a lower-megapixel one. The only thing that the megapixel count refers to, is the largest print size one can make using the camera. Even an 8MP camera is good enough to make an 12 X 18-inch print.


There are times when simple facts about cameras and lenses are overlooked or misunderstood. We list out a few common myths that are often propagated by the marketing releases of camera manufacturers.
Digital is Better than Film... or Vice Versa: Both film and digital have their
advantages. While film offers better resolution and dynamic range, digital scores highly in terms of convenience and low light shooting.

Automatic Modes are Good Enough: Auto modes are reasonably intelligent and
can help make good pictures. However, if you wish to get really creative, you ought to look beyond the Auto mode.

Sensor Size Does Not Matter: A camera that has a larger sensor has larger pixel
sites, which basically ensures better quality, dynamic range, as well as better image quality at higher ISO settings.

You Should Shoot Only in RAW: Shooting in RAW is a worthwhile option if you are able to spend a good amount of time, editing the images so that they can be converted to usable JPEG or TIFF files. Higher Frame Rates Are Needed for Action: You do not need an 8fps or 10fps to shoot sports and action. It is all about anticipation and timing. Moreover, the frame rate of a camera is not entirely indicative of its speed. Other factors like startup time, responsiveness, general ergonomics and AF speed are also important. You Need High Speed Storage: For most general users, even an Extreme III card is an overkill. Before you buy a new memory card, try borrowing memory cards of different speeds from friends. This will help you evaluate if a ‘slower’ card really slows down your camera. Third-party Products are Inferior: Every company has some good and bad products. Sometimes, 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, they are convenient and discreet.

Digital Zoom is Better: All that digital zoom does, is crop the image to a slightly closer frame, and interpolate causing a severe loss of image quality. Stabilisation Helps Shoot Sharper Images in Every Situation: Image Stabilisation
only reduces camera shake, and does not have any effect on motion blur. It does not freeze moving subjects.

You Need a High ISO Machine: If you are someone who enjoys shooting from dawn to dusk, an ISO setting up to 1600 is good enough for most situations.

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yet interesting. an award-winning photoblogger. photographed by Naveen Krishnan. but soon changed his technique after realising that his photography had more success when the cats were in ridiculous poses. She believes that the mundane becomes the magical through a camera. By 1872. or SMS “BP Jan <your caption> <your name>” to 51818 (for eg. Through her simple. He even added captions to the images as he found this made the photos more successful. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY Amusing Cat Photograph Date Back to the 1870s Funny pictures of cats with quirky captions have quickly become viral on the internet in the recent past. He began his career making natural pictures of cats. this is nothing new. Apparently. photographs. Source: Wikimedia Commons www. Diane stresses on bringing out the beauty in nature around her. BP Jan The nerd from the wild Rahul Hota) Last date to receive entries 5 January 2013 B LO G O F T H E M O N T H DId YOU KNOW? Wonderful Images.in. to get a chance to win Camelion batteries and charger worth Rs.WorldMags. A simple slideshow of the images and a well arranged gallery makes for a great browsing experience. USA. he came up with a series called The Brighton Cats that consisted of over 100 images of his pet cats which were exhibited all over London and Ireland. The blog is a visual journey of her everyday walks along the northern coast of California. the image count adds up to a few hundred. The blog is an interesting read for anyone wanting tips on photographing their everyday lives.dianevarner. The selected entry will be published in the February 2013 issue of Better Photography. While text content on the blog has been kept to a bare minimum.com WorldMags.net CaptiON This! Provide a caption for this picture. ! N I W Last month’s winning entry “The dancing shadows” — Sanil Churi via SMS 180 Send your captions to E-mail: entries@betterphotography. English photographer Harry Pointer was one of the first photographers to capture images of cats in amusing poses. as she updates it on a regular basis. Everywhere Daily Walks is the creation of Diane Varner. 1455. In the 1870s. Also featured on the blog are postprocessing techniques that she uses to enhance her pictures. Her images range from stunning macros to dramatic landscapes and covers a wide variety of photography techniques.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 .

tourism photography. and by now being on the actual highway. or being utterly bored. tourism photography and photojournalism. Even a tiger has been sighted according to the local police. and wildlife photography.  181 Naveen Krishnan Gabriel Fuchs is a Swiss-based IT and management consultant. now that you have the habit. No matter what. With this. the traffic seems to be the one thing constant here). a rather likely possibility. See how even a small Indian 5-million city can have its fair share of traffic queues. Rarely has three hours of driving offered so much of beauty. Yup. photojournalism. The Mumbai-Pune highway. Get closer to Pune and the landscape flattens out. Take some portraits of the truck drivers stopping for breaks along the way now that you are at it. See how people change with the architecture.net bY GAbRIEL FUcHs All-in-One Photography I magine being able to do nature photography. the Mumbai-Pune highway can be quite a sight. portrait photography. Where can one do that? Easy. I have had the pleasure of having been driven the Mumbai-Pune highway on numerous occasions. If one wants to do some serious tourism photography mixed with photojournalism and architecture photography (a rather unusual combination indeed). Portrait photography can also be part of some serious social realism. Few other stretches of road offer so many different photographic opportunities. But hey. It becomes hillier and during the monsoon. And take photos to prove it. one passes by the classically built. and see how the traffic changes (well. and so another book on the working class around Mumbai can be prepared. and the illegally built. Once having left Mumbai. and wildlife photography. I have not taken this road one single time without having seen a truck having slid off the road. More. as well as those small furry things that are too quick to be properly identified. but add the ride out of Colaba in Mumbai and the entry into Pune. very green. combined with more portraits of an upset truck driver having quite some explanation to do. photojournalism. all this can be done during the first hour while leaving Mumbai. See the more flat city of Pune. Now is the moment for some mayhem. Add to this a rather common fog and the scenery is set for some really cool nature photography. And while you are at all this photographing. and the ride will be closer to 150 kilometers. architecture photography. Drive into Pune and see the immense difference in atmosphere compared to Mumbai.net BETTER PHOTOGRApHY . The Mumbai-Pune highway itself is not more than 100 kilometers. See how cars with Gujarati license plates get stopped by the police while other cars whisk by. as are snakes. all within three hours. the landscape changes. social realism. It is almost surrealist how much this tiny stretch of 150 kilometers of curvy asphalt called the Mumbai-Pune highway. make another photo book. Leaving Mumbai. Gabriel is also a proficient writer of more or less serious industry articles. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 WorldMags. the newly built. The light during the monsoon. On top of the hills are some quite interesting private villas. I suppose that in order to combine nature photography. During the monsoon. How surrealist is it? Penguin! And that in turn will make for some serious photography. See how calm a 5-million people city can feel all of a sudden. Social realism and photojournalism all in one. It is all like some kind of ethnological confetti. take a photo of the driver and you can thus add some portrait photography to all the other photography you are doing. Monkeys are likely to hit the road. offers in terms of photography. both on IT and photography. See how normal Pune feels compared to Mumbai. with its combination of clouds and the sun sticking out in between. architecture photography. portrait photography. Take photos of it and you have enough for a book on Mumbai today. you shall be able to get enough photos for a book on nature and animal life outside of Mumbai. and so nature photography can be combined with architecture photography. See how different things can be from Mumbai. surrealism is a minimum. tourism photography. also adds drama. And see the diversity of the people.DIFFERENT STROkEs WorldMags. At around this time. actually. Continue on the Mumbai-Pune highway and the road continues to ascend between the hills. You are now on your way to build up a whole library with your own photo books. as well as a keen hobby photographer. if there are traffic queues. Keep on driving and some animal life enters the scenery. the driver of the car is likely to be either smiling at the crazy photographer asking the car to stop every ten minutes. and mayhem.

She is known to be the first photographer to introduce the use of soft focus while making portraits. managed to permeate photography with their accomplishments. id you know that the BP team is predominated by women? But. Being a woman can change the way you see and hence. including scientist Charles Darwin and poet Lord Tennyson. despite all odds. Anna was trained as a botanist and was the first to combine the use of science and photography. the women have had to grapple with the predominantly male idea of the ‘master’. when we take a larger overview of photography. photograph. She worked with John Herschel and became the first person to self-publish an illustrated book of cyanotypes in 1843. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY Anna Atkins (1799–1871) She was born in the English countryside and is speculated to be the Julia began photographing at the ripe age of 49. here is an abridged history of a few women who. D 1 first woman to ever make a photograph. we end up asking the quintessential question: where are the women? While the field is filled with great men and their achievements. 10 Women Who Changed The Way We Photograph Priyanka Chharia pays tribute to a few spectacular women who altered the course of photography. And so.net 182 Dorothea Lange takes a break from photographing and strikes a playful pose in California.net Rondale Partridge . She made pictures of several renowned figures. She was also the great-aunt of the famous writer Virginia Woolf! JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 2 Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879) WorldMags.HISTORY WorldMags. USA.

unlike any other. who she later married. Ilse was one of the first professionals to make use of advanced camera equipment and represented the new age of technology-savvy women. became one of the most iconic images from the Depression period.  10 Martine Franck (1938–2012) Some Other Significant Women Achievers in the Field of Photography Mary Ellen Mark (1940) She is an American photographer known for her distinctive style of photography. and the first foreign photographer to document the USSR during the 1930s. A woman of exceptional talent. portrayed nude photographs of her three children. Her work titled Immediate Family. This century.WorldMags. She was the first woman to master the art of street photography. her portrayals of dwarves and transvestites and have come to deem her as one of the most controversial woman photographers. Nan Goldin (1953) Cindy Sherman (1954) Dayanita Singh (1961) She changed the way photo books were made and conceived in India. she became a woman of many firsts. Her images of Indian sex workers reflect her vociferous persona as a woman and an imagemaker. For instance. 8 Inge Morath (1923–2002) It is tough to categorise Vivian into boxes. Ilse Bing was a German photographer who gained prominence in the surrealist Parisian epoch of the early 1900s. HISTORY 3 Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) Elizabeth I. They found unparallel emancipation and freedom in photography. Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and Queen 6 Homai Vyarawalla (1913–2012) Besides being Henri CartierBresson’s wife. 7 Diane Arbus (1923–1971) Despite the fact that Margaret was selftaught and took up photography as a hobby. BETTER PHOTOGRApHY She has come to Cindy’s conceptual epitomise an edgy self-portraits and use of and grungy style of metaphor in photography photography. a projector. A nanny. Myself Mona Ahmed (2001). since the was groundbreaking second halfis ofthe thefirst 20th in the early 1960s. Fondly referred to as the ‘Queen of Leica’. JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 Annie Leibovitz (1949) Annie’s portrait of singer John Lenon was one of the most iconic records of the legendary artist. as we know it today. 4 Ilse Bing (1899–1998) One of the founders of the New York School of Photography. Unlike other photographers of her time. Additionally. Moreover. she was the first woman to photograph an array of famous Hollywood celebrities. Her iconic images were the first by any woman photographer to grace the cover of magazines such as Fortune and LIFE. Sally Mann (1951) In 1992. She was the first woman to cover war zones. and created a stir in the world of photography. Her photograph. was the first of its kind that was authored by the subject. she also co-founded the renowned photography magazine called Aperture in 1952.net . While working in Paris. she was the first lady of Indian photography. she worked briefly with Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. Diane is today remembered for her distinctive voice. Dorothea became synonymous with the portrayal of human suffering. WorldMags. kept the legacy of her husband alive. Migrant Mother. She photographed the likes of Jawahar Lal Nehru. 5 Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971) Inge was the first woman to become a full member of the Magnum Photos Agency in 1955. Her book. street photographer and a fiercely independent woman—she was an ultimate closet genius. Homai had picked up photography skills from her then boyfriend Maneckshaw Vyarawalla. She was one the first women members of Magnum Photos and with her daughter. images of She pioneered a number ever Her drawing that of visual forms including American subcultures are of illustrated the working the historical portrait. Always dressed in a plain saree. and not the photographer. her contributions to photography are widely acknowledged. 9 Vivian Maier (1926–2009) 183 Nicknamed ‘Mummy’ and ‘Dalda 13’.net Most women photographers used the camera as a means to an end. Sally rose to instant acclaim.

The pilots would take a quick look at the photographer before touching down.net 184 Photograph by: Unknown Image Source: US Department of Defence The Controlled Crashes T he invasion of the Gilberts Islands by Japan in 1941 was the first large scale amphibious assault during the Second World War. Lieutenant Walter L Chewning is seen climbing up the plane to evict the pilot from the inferno. Their vantage point was an area called vultures row on the deck. But if he had his camera up against his face. the US carriers always used to sail with a photographer on board. it was the sign of a crash to come. making the deck an action packed zone. Planes would often miss their designated landing area and crash on the deck or hit the water.net JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3 . What makes this picture unique is that this is the only image from a series of similar plane crashes which shows a person climbing up the burning wreckage. During times of war.WorldMags.   BETTER PHOTOGRApHY WorldMags. Such landings were called controlled crashes. Technical glitches and wet landing tracks were major factors that contributed to the adverse landing conditions. Aircraft carrier ships were vastly used to haul fighter planes and bombers across the Pacific Ocean. The above image shows the crash landing of a Hellcat F6f-3 fighter plane. If the photographer looked bored. then the pilot knew that his landing approach was fine. into the carrier’s weapons gallery.

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