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

Past Issue : September 2009

 

In this Issue

Pro-Profile: Michael Rubenstein
Shoot My City: Amritsar
Papiers Collés - The art of collage
Make your own Pin Hole camera
Photographing Landscapes
Camera Review: Olympus PEN E-P1
 
 
 
 
 

Pro-Profile: Michael Rubenstein

Michael Rubenstein is an all American editorial photographer based in Mumbai currently. Having worked with publications such as New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, he is presently in India to cover the South Asian region for his agency Redux Pictures in New York. Some of his recent photo stories have been about the foreclosures resulting from the United States housing bubble and the sperm banks in Mumbai. In this interview, Michael tells Asian Photography of how photographers can make a thriving existence from following their passion.

 
 
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Shoot My City: Amritsar

We are so bound to like everything in India that we seldom take time to look around. With the decision of shooting a city that pulls us out of sleep with its violin song and dreams of trains, food, people and its culture. If I had to select any place in India to shoot then I can never forget Amritsar. Like any other hustling and bustling city, early mornings in Amritsar allows one to hear its people, rickshaws, car horns among others on the street. The morning seems to be ancient even before the sun rises up. As we emerge from the tight doorway leading out of the room, we can see that the colour of the sidewalk and street matches the tone of the sky.

 
 
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Papiers Collés - The art of collage

Photography is an art form with can be explored in many different ways, be it using different printing techniques, filters or using Photoshop procedures to enhance your images.

There are many ways to make your images stand out. One such technique is creating photo collages. It is not a new art form but now there are easier ways of creating this art through your photographs. One does not need to use glue, papers and scissors to explore this art form. All you need is a photo editing software or software meant especially for collage and believe me, there are lots of them available on the internet.

 
 
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Make your own Pin Hole camera

A pinhole camera is a very simple camera with no lens and a single small aperture. Simply explained, it is a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light passes through the hole and forms an image the camera. The ideology is similar to that of using small apertures, and the human eye in bright light, both of which act like a pinhole camera. The smaller the hole, the sharper the image. Optimally, the size of the aperture should be 1/100 or less of the distance between it and the screen.

 
 
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Photographing Landscapes

"The early bird gets the worm"
Photography is a creative endeavour and should not be learnt in a hurry. There is no point in rushing or chasing to click a photograph during the golden hour. Arrive early at the location, well before the golden hours start. You cannot randomly click and expect the photographs to be flawless. Mental preparation and slow peaceful approach is any day better than rushing your shot with chaos and time constraint. Landscape photography should be creative and not mechanical.

 
 
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Camera Review: Olympus PEN E-P1

These days most DSLRs come with one hitch, their weight. If you are a photographer who plans to shoot for long hours, the weight could mean backaches on a regular basis. I'm sure that most of you have thought that why can't DSLRs be lighter? That would allow us to shoot tirelessly for hours and also the lighter the camera the lesser the chances of getting the unwanted blurs in the images as your hands wont shake under their weight. The reason why DSLRs are heavy is because traditional SLR (single-lensreflect) cameras require a mirror and prism in order to direct an image back to the camera's optical viewfinder. These internal mechanisms require space and cause SLR cameras to be larger and heavier than point-and-shoot cameras.

 
 
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