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

Current Issue : October 2018

 

In this Issue

Photokina 2018 Roundup
Pro-Profile - Pascal Mannaerts
Capturing Festivals in India
Long exposure photography and shooting fireworks
Best Books related to festivals
New trends in photography
Festivals of India - Muharram
 
 
 
 
 

Photokina 2018 Roundup

Photokina 2018 Roundup


As mentioned in the previous month’s article where we predicted some of the cameras and products that might be launched at the show, hence it is always befitting to also do a round up of what actually happened. If you have already read the article from September 2018 issue then you would’ve also known that we successfully were able to predict many of the launches that happened at Photokina. And this was also the last edition of the same format and from 2019 it will be an annual affair.


But apart from all the things that we called out, many other exciting products and technology was also showcased this year. Let’s take a look at what were some of biggest highlights at the show this year.

 
 
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Pro-Profile - Pascal Mannaerts

Since he was a kid, Pascal Mannaerts has always travelled around the world. First with his family and then while growing up, he started to regularly discover new places, backpacking with his camera and his notebooks. "I am a self-taught photographer. I learnt photography when I was travelling. For over ten years now, I’ve been traveling the world with my camera. My passion for travelling brought me to Asia, India, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East”. At the beginning of all these trips,Pascal had a simple and powerful dream: He wanted to discover the world with his own eyes. "I dreamt of the unknown, of discovering different cultures. From the very beginning, I combined this desire to discover the world with my passion for photography.” And that is how Pascal got hooked to photography.



 
 
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Capturing Festivals in India

Festivals can be a testing ground for you as a photographer as you will be facing an excited and a spirited crowd to capture, which can easily turn into a hostile situation for you and your equipment. Specially in a a country like India , which is so passionate about its culture and its festivals, it becomes a complex task for a photographer to capture special moments and keeping her/himself safe while doing so. For example while shooting the firework or people during Diwali, you never know which cracker might burst near your camera or more dangerously near you. Staying Safe is the key. So to help you with your festival photography we are writing down some basic tips. Though it is totally on you how you wish to capture a certain festival and present it. Also in situations like these , you can hardly play by the rules as your subjects are going to be so dynamic. But it is always advisable to plan beforehand and know a few tips/tricks for smoother shooting experience.


 
 
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Long exposure photography and shooting fireworks

Long exposure photography can be quite challenging but it is quite satisfying to look at the images that you can make with long exposures. Long exposures ideally mean longer shutter speeds or the time till when the shutter remains open. For a faster shutter speed like 1/500th of a second, it would be nearly impossible to see it with naked eyes. Faster shutter speeds can freeze the motion in moving subjects. The faster the subject moves, the faster the shutter speed is required to freeze the moving subject. Similarly if you want to show motion or movement in still frames, you will have to select a longer shutter speed depending on the subject motion. Anything below 1/60th of a second will register the subject as a blur or simply long exposure.


Long exposure photography is used to shoot varied landscapes, water falls, and astro photography. However there is more than one thing to follow. One more interesting subject to shoot would be fireworks. Fireworks usually take to the skies and display various patterns and colors. This makes shooting fireworks not only very interesting but also a bit challenging. There are certain parts of the year when festivals or celebrations are done with beautiful display of fireworks. So, it becomes a great opportunity for both amateurs and professionals to shoot some amazing long exposure firework images.

 
 
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Festivals of India - Muharram

Though we usually talk about festivals that are mostly vibrant and celebratory in nature, but today in this section we are going to talk about a very auspicious day of the Islamic calendar. This day is associated with mourning. It is a first month in Islamic Calendar where Muslims begin mourning from the first night of Muharram and continue for ten nights, The tenth day of Muharram is called Ashura.. Ashura, which literally means the "Tenth" in Arabic. It is well-known because of historical significance and mourning for the murder of ?usayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. During that time there some unrest regarding the rulership of the community. After the death of Prophet Muhammad there was a divide amongst the followers upon who will become the successor of the last Prophet. While the majority believed that Prophet Muhammad's father-in-law and close friend Abu Bakr will be the successor, some supported the succession of Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law – Ali ibn Abi Talib. Winning the consensus Abu Bakr became the first muslim caliph, however, years later during a war against the ruling Caliph, Ali’s son and Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein ibn Ali was brutally murdered at Karbala. It was in this month that Hazrat Imam Hussain, and his family was martyred over 1,300 years ago in Karbala, in present-day Iraq. Britannica Encyclopedia's article on Al-?usayn ibn ?ali ( Prophet's grandson) says that " According to traditional accounts, he met the poet al-Farazdaq on the way and was told that the hearts of the Iraqis were for him, but their swords were for the Umayyads. The governor of Iraq, on behalf of the caliph, sent 4,000 men to arrest ?usayn and his small band. They trapped ?usayn near the banks of the Euphrates River at a place called Karbala? (October 680). When ?usayn refused to surrender, he and his escort were slain, and ?usayn’s head was sent to Yazid in Damascus (now in Syria). The details of ?usayn’s life are obscured by the legends that grew up surrounding his martyrdom, but his final acts appear to have been inspired by a definite ideology—to found a regime that would reinstate a "true” Islamic polity as opposed to what he considered the unjust rule of the Umayyad"


 
 
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