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

Past Issue : September 2012

 

In this Issue

AAA Rechargeable Battery Shootout
Fixed Focal Length Lens Shootout - Mirrorless Camera Lenses
Fixed Focal Length Lens Shootout - DSLR Camera Lenses
Pro-Profile - Illusive Delights
Shoot My City - The Endless Landscapes
Tips and Techs - Camera Care
Tips and Techs - DIY Camera Beanbag
Tips and Techs - Cartoon Vector Effect
Camera Review - Canon EOS 650D
 
 
 
 
 

AAA Rechargeable Battery Shootout

Buying rechargeable batteries is tricky business. The average consumer seldom invests time or thought into choosing the most appropriate battery for a particular purpose. Understanding your requirement is crucial to selecting the most suitable battery for your electronic devices. For example, a digital camera consumes much more power than an average wall clock. All batteries have a power rating, and it’s important that you rationalise the battery’s power rating against the power requirement of your device to select an appropriate battery for your needs. With last year’s winner, Sanyo’s eneloop, not participating in the shootout this year, choosing the contenders for this year’s shootout was tricky. This month, for the AAA rechargeable battery shootout, we chose batteries based on general product visibility at electronics stores, cameras and accessories stores, keeping in mind that the batteries had the exact same mAh (Milliamperes per hour) rating in a bid to offer the contenders of our shootout a level playing field. We’ve attempted to keep the tests as error free as possible and hope you benefit from it.

 
 
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Fixed Focal Length Lens Shootout - Mirrorless Camera Lenses

Since all the manufacturers participating in the shootout didn’t have lenses of the same focal length, we called for the best fixed focal length lenses with focal lengths ranging from 10mm to 18mm. We evaluated the lenses across parameters like build quality, picture quality, colour reproduction, distortion, chromatic aberration and value for money for the benefit of our readers.

 
 
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Fixed Focal Length Lens Shootout - DSLR Camera Lenses

For this years lens shootout in the fixed range category we called in for entries in the best lens in the 50mm category since it one of the most popular lens used by photographers both amateur and professional. We have the Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM, AF-S NIKKO R 50mm f/1.4G and Tamron SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II Macro 1:1 lens which go head-to-head in this years shootout.

 
 
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Pro-Profile - Illusive Delights

His images will grab your attention and hold it there for longer than you expect. Each one a carefully crafted blend of photography and image manipulation, Erik Johansson’s work is an amalgamation of all that he loves and more; drawing, computers, photography and even the Swedish countryside he grew up in. This month he tells Asian Photography how he creates the images he does and what inspires him to see the world upside-down, sometimes literally so!

Born in 1985 outside a small town called Götene in the middle of Sweden, Johansson, for as long as he can remember liked drawing. He received his first digital camera at the age of 15 and it opened up a whole new world for him. Being used to drawing from an early age, the process of capturing a photo initially felt strange. It wasn’t the process of creating something in the same way, but with his interest in computers he naturally started to play around with the photos and create something that you couldn’t capture with the camera. "It was a great way of learning,” he says, "Learning by trying.”

 
 
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Shoot My City - The Endless Landscapes

What comes to your mind when someone uses the words landscapes and Ladakh in a single sentence And tells you that you would practically be cut off from the world with no mobile network coverage and internet? It was these and a few other facts that sold the idea to me. So with my kit packed I was off to Ladakh to witness the stories of the war-heroes, the landscapes and the Thukpa (local Tibetan food).

As a photographer’s paradise, Ladakh lives up to all the expectations since every nook and corner offers a photo-op. So it is advised that you carry as much memory as you can, especially if you are going to shoot in RAW, or you will find yourself choosing between deleting your great and good pictures. First things first, I have always believed that a photographer is as good as his equipment. So make sure that you carry you best equipment for a trip like this. I carried the 18-200 mm, 50 mm f/1.4 and the 10-24 mm with me.

 
 
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Tips and Techs - Camera Care

Digital cameras are expensive investments and it is important that we recognise how to take proper care of them. Providing even basic camera care for your digital camera equipment will help to reduce the risk of damage and therefore, hefty repair bills. Below are a few simple camera care tips to protect your equipment from some of the more common, everyday dangers and problems encountered by photographers.

 
 
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Tips and Techs - DIY Camera Beanbag

Ever tried taking a photograph with a telephoto zoom lens from the ground level without camera shake? If you have, you would know just how difficult it is to achieve that. Since most tripods have a minimum height restriction it is not convenient to use them, add to that the time taken to set one up. While shooting a photograph from ground level, you are bound to use your elbows for support, but we say, spare your elbows and use a camera beanbag. A camera beanbag is like a tripod when set down, or a stabilizer when braced against any surface. It is useful in situations where you cannot use a tripod due to space constraints. It is a popular tool amongst wildlife photographers who use it in various scenarios to get pin-sharp photographs. We show you and easy way to make one yourself at a fraction of the cost of a readymade camera beanbag.

 
 
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Tips and Techs - Cartoon Vector Effect

We have been playing around and providing you with a few smart tips to improve your creative skills in Photoshop for quite some time now. This month we are going to make sure that you have fun experimenting with the cartoon effect in Photoshop. We are going to share with you a few important steps to go about creating this effect. This technique can be experimented with in various ways, but we thought of introducing a basic method by which you can create a neat cartoon effect from your photographs while sitting in your home. So let’s create…

 
 
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Camera Review - Canon EOS 650D

With major buzz surrounding the launch of the Canon EOS 650D, there was high anticipation for the much awaited successor of the famous and globally well-received EOS 600D. Canon pulled a fast one on the competition with the announcement of the EOS M series as well as the EOS 650D. But what makes the 650D stand out against the rest is its touchscreen interface which makes it the first DSLR in the industry to offer touch capability.

 
 
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