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

Past Issue : April 2018

 

In this Issue

Pro Profile - Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Pro Profile - Neelima Vallangi
Festivals of India - Gangaur
Culture through travel photography
How to regain inspiration
Review - Fujifilm X-H1
 
 
 
 
 

Pro Profile - Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Growing up in Nigeria, studying in America and photographing the polar regions, Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s journey has been an exhilarating one. With a degree and a career specialising in Geographic Information Systems, she is today one of the foremost travel photographers in the world. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, National Geographic Channel, several in-flight magazines, New York Times online. She has also bagged a number of awards, including winning the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award. She talks to us about her experiences over the years, battling institutionalised racism, and her undying love of capturing cultures through her lens.

 
 
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Pro Profile - Neelima Vallangi

After quitting her corporate job of over seven years as a software engineer, she took to her passion – travel. She explored India’s vast diversity and began freelance travel writing extensively. Along the way, photography became a critical aspect of her detailed storytelling. Her adventures have taken her to remote and offbeat corners of Mongolia, Turkey, Indonesia, Nepal among others. Her work soon began getting published in a variety of publications including National Geographic Traveller, BBC Travel, Travel + Leisure, Discover India and The Indian Express among others. This month we go on a journey with Neelima Vallangi to explore her work, the diversity of India and beyond.

 
 
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Festivals of India - Gangaur

The different states of India exhibit varied cultures and traditions and some places, and people do leave a lasting impression. The Northern state of Rajasthan in India is a large state with a varied landscape and geography. The state of Rajasthan has some of the biggest deserts in India along with some marvellous architecture in its major cities. The cultural interests of people in Rajasthan make them very colourful and most of the occasions will definitely involve a lot of colours as a part of their culture. 

The festivities in India range from various beliefs and various faiths. It is quite a challenge to understand the importance of each and every festival, although we can be a part of it by travelling to places and joining the locals and the people to celebrate the local festivals. All this adds an immense pleasure to travelling and seeing and having new experiences. In this edition of Festivals of India, we travel to Udaipur, also known as the "City of Lakes”, in the colourful state of Rajasthan, to experience the Gangaur festival, a yearly festival celebrated in some parts of Rajasthan.

 
 
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Culture through travel photography

Travel photography is different for different people. Some like to capture monuments, whereas others like to shoot majestic landscapes. However, the common element that stays is that we as photographers go to usually foreign or unfamiliar places and capture them with our cameras. We capture the beauty of the places, but we also capture an essence of the culture. This month we explore how culture can be documented through travel and street photography, its nuances, from being respectful of a culture to getting into the details and beyond.

 
 
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How to regain inspiration

We have all felt uninspired at one point of time in our lives and while our first instinct is to blame ourselves and give up, there are a lot of ways to find inspiration in the field of art. In this article we will discuss how one can get back their inspiration to work harder and produce beautiful images again and not give up.

 
 
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Review - Fujifilm X-H1

The Fujifilm X-H1 is the recently launched flagship X Series mirrorless camera, sitting above both the X-T2 and X-Pro2 in the range of Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. As you would expect for a camera aimed at serious enthusiast photographers, pros and videographers alike, the X-H1 features a 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans III CMOS, and a host of comprehensive features, including in-body image stabilisation which is a first for a Fujifilm camera. We recently got our hands on the new camera and put it through the tests. Read the full review to find out how it fared!

 
 
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