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

Past Issue : January 2010

 

In this Issue

Cover Story: D3s - The revolutionary camera from Nikon
DSC Shootout: Canon IXUS 100IS
Pro-profile: Altaf Qadri
Shoot my city: Hampi - A land where the past comes alive
Tips & Techs: Shoot onboard
Travel feature: Totally Tokyo
 
 
 
 
 

Cover Story: D3s - The revolutionary camera from Nikon

In November 2007, Nikon introduced their revolutionary camera the D3 that stunned the world of sports photography. The camera then offered features such as high ISO performance and an unbelievably accurate AF-precision. The Nikon D3 shook the Pro's world to its foundations. This caused a lot of professionals to switch from the camera’s major rivals since it was supposed to be a vastly improved DSLR. So our jaws dropped the moment we heard about the launch of the new D3S and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on one, and what would be a better time than to feature the same in our 22nd Anniversary issue.

 
 
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DSC Shootout: Canon IXUS 100IS

The Canon IXUS 100IS is the replacement for the IXUS 85IS. What makes it different than its predecessor is its distinguished stainless steel body which is available in the choice of black or red. The Canon IXUS 100IS is a great looking camera with some handy features. The camera is lightweight and smaller and slimmer than any IXUS camera released before this. Still, they have managed to include a 12.1 megapixel resolution with features like face detection, self timer and auto red eye reduction. Plus, you have the option to shoot movies in HD (1280 x 720 30fps) and playback through your HDMI connection on the big screen. With the new Intelligent Auto mode you can take photos while letting the camera adjust the optimum settings; detecting faces and scenes (macro, backlit, sunset etc) ensuring you get the perfect shot.

 
 
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Pro-profile: Altaf Qadri

Altaf Qadri is a Kashmiri photojournalist born in Srinagar. With a study background in science from Kashmir University and professional training as a computer engineer, the photojournalist had a compelling reason to take up the camera as instrument of personal expression. Altaf grew up in an environment of revolt and much anger against the authorities. He witnessed violence carried out on civilians, but observed that journalists and photo-journalists were rarely harassed or ill-treated. Thus he took up photography, so he would be able to show outside world the situation at his home and avoid being troubled by the authorities. Altaf began his photographic journey with a freelance assignment and, in 2001 he became a staff photographer for a local newspaper. In 2003, Altaf joined the European Pressphoto Agency, where he provided extensive coverage of the Kashmir conflict and is now presently employed with The Associated Press.

 
 
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Shoot my city: Hampi - A land where the past comes alive

From the moment you enter Hampi, you will feel like you have travelled into a completely different era. A land forgotten by time, things seem to move at their own natural pace and you just have to let go and be a part of this sphere of self-contained combination of timeless natural wonders and historical human impact.

 
 
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Tips & Techs: Shoot onboard

It’s that time of the year where you travel more than any other month. And if you are planning to take a flight, make sure your camera accompanies you onboard. Photographing through the window of an Airplane can be fun and tricky also. The fun part is self explanatory, with all the great view you get to capture. It can be even more fun and satisfactory if you know how to overcome technical obstacles like flare, focus and timing.

So here’s a quick set of tips for those of us taking a trip in a plane and wanting to get those classic "out of the window shots” that turn out to be eye catching and surreal images.

 
 
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Travel feature: Totally Tokyo

Few cities in the world can defy description like Tokyo. Here in this bustling metropolis of twelve million people, you can walk in the company of blacksuited salary men and Gucci-toting youngsters, down a glitzy street awash in the glow of neon lights, mediatrons and outdoor TV screens. On the alleyways, pachinko parlors ping in nickel-plated unison while unseen speakers blare out video game music. Turn a corner, though, and you might suddenly find yourself basking in the serenity of an ancient Shinto shrine.

 
 
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