SAP Media Worldwide Ltd. publishes monthly magazine for Indian Photography Industry
 
 

Current Issue : June 2017

 

In this Issue

The Thrill of Adventure
Festivals of India - Garasia Adivasi Mela (Mount Abu)
Photo Feature - The men behind Ramlila
Going Back to Film
5 Mirroless Myths
Review - Canon EOS M6
Camera Review - GoPro Hero 5 Black
 
 
 
 
 

The Thrill of Adventure

After playing around with photography as a kid, he picked up his first professional camera at the age of 19. He started exploring the hills and mountains with his camera, and not much later began shooting adventure sports photography. He has shot numerous renowned climbers and adventure sportspersons. This month, we speak to adventure and landscape photographer Nadir Khan, who tells us about the thrill behind adventure photography, and how it gets his adrenaline pumping.

 
 
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Festivals of India - Garasia Adivasi Mela (Mount Abu)

India is the seventh largest country in the world, and for a country with such a huge population of people belonging to various religions, cultures and traditions, is bound to celebrate a variety of festivities at different times of the year. Imagine the various cultures and traditions that you would come across if you would be able to visit every festival celebrated in India. It would be nearly impossible, but then there are pictures from people who travel and those who look forward to tell a story through their images, presenting a visual trip which will take you to the place where you wish you could be.

In the month of May as well certain places come alive with some or the other cultural activities and that is the time when people also choose to travel and take a vacation. After some research and trying to fi nd something interesting, I came across an article which said about various festivals which are observed and celebrated in the state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region. Rajasthan is culturally a very gifted state as there are many people from different origins which comprise the population of Rajasthan. Rajasthan also has a big population of Adivasis and Nomads who are still living in small societies in and around certain areas of the state of Rajasthan. Soon I came across an Adivasi festival which is observed in Mount Abu, Rajasthan at the time of Buddha Poornima. I was convinced and decided to pack my bag and go out to witness the Adivasi extravaganza that was about to happen in Mount Abu during that period.

 
 
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Photo Feature - The men behind Ramlila

Ramlila is the dramatic re-enactment of the well known ancient hindu epic Ramayana written by the Hindu sage Valmiki, which narrates the life of Shri Ram Chandra, the legendary prince of Kosala Kingdom in poetry form. The Ramayana is one of the largest ancient epics in world literature. It consists of nearly 24,000 verses (mostly set in the Shloka meter), divided into seven Kandas (books) and about 500 Sargas (chapters). In Hindu tradition, it is considered to be the adi-kavya (first poem). Ramlila, the dramatic re-enactment is a very informal affair. It is organised in a makeshift open-air theatre at night and is accompanied by musicians and singers. The actors usually improvise dialogues and the roles played by them change everyday. The entire story of Lord Rama is told through the play in stages for over a typical 10 day period beginning right from his birth. Some places however hold the event for 31 days!

 
 
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Going Back to Film

In the current digital age, shooting images has become as easy like breathing and literally, the cameras these days are more capable of doing things that other photographers once had a hard time figuring out. Before everything transitioned to digital, photography existed but only in the hands of those who knew what it was and how was it to be done. Having a lot of cool cameras was not an option and only a handful of people could afford cameras if they could really shoot with them. The main reason being that the cameras of the past were fully analogue or what we call manual cameras. These cameras used film (35mm/120) and you could only get a handful of images from every roll of film. Shooting film is also not everyone’s cup of tea and so the famous photographers we idolise now were those among the handful in the past who used to shoot.

 
 
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5 Mirroless Myths

Mirrorless cameras have been around for some time now but hasn’t really caught on as much as a DSLR, even though photographers wish to have the capabilities of a DSLR in a smaller package. Manufacturers found out that removing the mirror mechanism from a DSLR and changing the viewfinder to digital considerably reduces the size without harming the performance. While this was a much needed transformation, people still adhere to DSLRs because of a few myths around the mirrorless cameras. In this article we will bust five myths that revolve around mirrorless cameras.

 
 
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Review - Canon EOS M6

Canon has been focussing on its mirrorless products from some time now. The latest addition is the EOS M6. The EOS M6 is a APS-C sensor mirrorless camera that has been designed to be small and compact. The M6 however missed the EVF and instead comes in a compact sized body like the previous M3. The M6 sits right between the M3 and the M5 models. We tested the new camera, and here is how it fared.

 
 
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Camera Review - GoPro Hero 5 Black

Action cameras have been around for quite some time now and most manufacturers seem to be doing an ‘okay’ job out of it. While development is in full pace the quality and experience of using an action camera had not improved as much until last year when Ricoh released its WG M2 and GoPro took it up a notch with its Hero 5 Black. So when GoPro sent us the Hero 5 we couldn’t pass on an opportunity to review the camera for the people who are looking for an all rounder camera for the upcoming holidays!

 
 
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