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

Current Issue : May 2018

 

In this Issue

Pro Profile - Adnan Abidi
Festivals of India - Charak Puja
Beginner’s guide to Photojournalism
Visual Storytelling with Pictures
Review - Canon 3000D
Review - Sony A9
Review - Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens
Review - Vivo V9
 
 
 
 
 

Pro Profile - Adnan Abidi

After discovering an S. Paul photo-book at a local library, he delved into the world
of photography. Years later, he has today covered world events ranging from the
1999 Kandahar hijack of Indian Airlines flight IC814 to the Kashmir earthquake
in 2005. In April this year, he was one of the two Indians that were part of the
Reuters team that won the 2018 Pulitzer prize for Feature Photography for the
coverage of the Rohingya crisis. This month, we speak to Reuters photographer
Adnan Abidi about his work, the physical and emotional exhaustion covering the
Rohingya crisis, and all things photojournalism.

 
 
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Festivals of India - Charak Puja

Our country has the largest number of varying cultures, traditions and festivals. This makes our country a vastly diverse and different country. It’s strange that even after living in a country which is so culturally endowed and blessed, there are people who cause unrest in all situations. But for most parts of it, festivals have been the way for people to step out, celebrate and soak the cultural experiences, be it locals or travellers from all parts of the world. This month we take a trip to the southern part of Assam into the town of Silchar and witness the Charak Festival.

 
 
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Beginner’s guide to Photojournalism

Let’s first take a look at what photojournalism is exactly. To define it in the most basic way, photojournalism is narrating a story through your photographs. Except that the the rules of journalism applies to all the aspects here. It is about telling true stories, in a fair and balanced way, that you would in any journalistic scenario. Thus images play the role that, for example, a news report or an article would. Photojournalists usually work at different forms of media, the most common being newspapers, magazines, mass media companies and news agencies. Today, with internet being one of the most preferred medium, there are photojournalists for online news portals, blogs and other type of online mediums as well. There are freelance photojournalists as well, that work independently, and take up assignments for various different newspapers and magazines, or work on long-term assignments and projects.
 

 
 
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Visual Storytelling with Pictures

Photojournalism and the words ‘visual storytelling’ go hand to hand as the former’s visual cues will establish the story in the mind of the viewers. The forms might be different and there may be instances where art as a medium is used to create strong compelling images to make an impact. The big picture being the ways people can use to tell a story, and in this case its images.

 
 
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Review - Canon 3000D

Canon recently released another entry level DSLR which the company reportedly aims at smartphone camera users. The Canon 3000D is a bare minimum DSLR with a very low price and as such, has sacrifi ced a lot of things here and there. We got our hands on the same and reviewed it. Let’s see how it performed.

 
 
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Review - Sony A9

The Sony A9 is the company’s first camera aimed at professional wedding, action and sports photographers. It is a 24MP, fullframe mirrorless camera that can shoot at 20 frames per second with full autofocus, very minimal viewfinder lag and absolutely no blackout during continuous shooting. This month we have the Sony A9 with us and we find out how well it performs.

 
 
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Review - Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens

The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is a professional standard zoom lens for the Sony A7-series full-frame E-mount compact system cameras. It features 18 elements in 13 groups including a newly developed, extremely precise XA (extreme aspherical) element that reduces aberration and increases resolution, as well as three aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion elements. It has a near-circular 9 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image, Sony’s Nano AR Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and it’s also dust and moisture resistant. We tested the lens with the Sony A9 camera, and here is how it fared.

 
 
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Review - Vivo V9

The latest entry into the mid-range segment smartphones, Vivo V9 is a promising one. Competing with phones such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro this phone boasts of a beautiful screen and a seamless user interface. We got our review unit on the day of the launch and this is our thoughts on the phone.

 
 
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