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

Past Issue : August 2009

 

In this Issue

Pro-Profile: David Zimmerman
Shoot My City: Thimphu
It's only about 'you'
Theories of composition, simplified!
BALI-The Paradise Island
Review: Casio Exilim EX - Z400
 
 
 
 
 

Pro-Profile: David Zimmerman

PANORAMAS: The way you perceive them
"I am always curious about what is over the next hill. I am uncompromising in my own work. I love what I do", says David Zimmerman, an American born commercial, landscape, environment and documentary photographer.

The best way to improve as a photographer is to work at it constantly. I am always reevaluating my work and looking at how to improve my concepts and the execution of those concepts," says David. David started his photography career when he was in his late teens and had travelled throughout the Middle East and Western Europe. The beautiful and diverse quality of light and the exposure to a wide range of cultures and places widened his initial interest in photography.

 
 
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Shoot My City: Thimphu

They say the best trips are the ones which have no semblance of a plan whatsoever. We went a step further this time

As our travels brought us to Kolkata, West Bengal, we fancied the idea of going to another country. Our very own friendly neighbor "Bhutan" which was within reach, so we thought we would pay a visit to their capital city Thimphu. Except that we had no idea how we’d get there. And so, after a most satisfying time at Oly Pub in Park Street, we set off on a crazy journey that would take us through the hot and humid plains of West Bengal in beat-up buses teeming with people and even an overloaded share auto rickshaw. We had no idea of how to go about the hotel bookings and phone calls, tickets and travel agents were a distant horror. And so, backpacks strapped on et al, we walked through the chaotic town of Jaigaon and into the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan.

 
 
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It's only about 'you'

With the growing popularity and size of Social Networking, Online Dating & Communities, have enabled people all over the world to interact with each other. Social network is a social structure tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, financial exchange, common hobbies, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige. Social networking is a mainstream activity among all age groups, and a highly popular online pastime second only to instant messaging. Simply put: everyone is doing it, and they’re doing it often. Besides this, users can also share files, photos and videos though social network websites such as Myspace, Youtube, Orkut, Facebook, Flickr, and Blogger.com. The social networking websites in India offer a social media platform; free of charge. Social networking has become not only an increasingly popular stress buster, but also serves as a platform for business.

 
 
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Theories of composition, simplified!

Composition is one of the oldest lessons taught to artists. The use of shapes, perspective and direction were used to communicate the story in a painting. And having controlled the viewer’s eyes, you lead them to your story in the painting. Artists of course have an advantage over the photographers. They can move objects around in their picture frame to suit their own artistic desires. Thus, if a tree is not in the right place in nature, the artist will move it to another place on his canvas to make a better composition.

 
 
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BALI-The Paradise Island

My dream of visiting the Island of Gods was finally realized when the plane landed in the beautiful Ngurah Rai International Airport of Bali. Bali is one of over 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. What amazed us was that in Indonesia, a country dominated by Muslims, Bali remains an Island of Hindus with 90 percent of its population follow Hindu religion and culture. Every aspect of Balinese life is suffused with religion, but the most visible signs are the tiny offerings (sesajen) of flowers, rice and salt in little bamboo leaf trays, found in every Balinese house, restaurant, souvenir stall and airport check-in desk. They are set out and sprinkled with holy water three times a day, before every meal. Solemn temples and the Hindu culture are what make Bali more than just a beach resort, giving birth to enchanting phrases as "The Island of Gods" and "Paradise on Earth".

 
 
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Review: Casio Exilim EX - Z400

Casio has off late announced a new addition to its EXILIM digital camera series, which offers this new unusual masterpiece. The EX-Z400 is available in three colours- brown, gold and pink. The camera boasts of high-speed image processing engine which enables the camera to cut and paste the moving subjects on to still backgrounds. The Casio EXILIM EX-Z400 provides a wide-angle 28 mm lens which is capable of 4x optical zoom lens and offers resolution of 12.1-megapixels. The camera also boasts of a 3-inch LCD screen which features the CCD shift anti-shake mechanism. The camera also provides incredible battery life so that you can capture around 550 images on a single charge.

 
 
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