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

Past Issue : May 2013

 

In this Issue

Fujifilm adds HS50 to Bridge Series
Making your own portfolio
Aerial Beauties
Bekal
FLIP PERSPECTIVE
SHOOTING THRU GLASS
Interior Photography
Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm FinePix SL 1000
 
 
 
 
 

Fujifilm adds HS50 to Bridge Series

Fujifilm India has launched FinePix HS50 in its category of ‘superzoom’ bridge cameras. Rohit Pandit, EVP – Sales & Marketing, Fujifilm India commented, "This year the focus will be on enhancing the line-up of Bridge and X series. Even the Bridge series will feature many powerful cameras between 40x optical zoom to already launched 50x zoom SL1000.” The camera comes with a high-precision manual zoom of 42x that translates into a focal length range of 24mm - 1000mm. It offers focal lengths which would require several different lenses on a DSLR. HS50 claims autofocus speed of just 0.05 seconds owing to the inclusion of Phase Detection pixels on the sensor. The camera that comes with a built in stereo microphone is capable of full HD movie recording (1080p) at up to 60 frames per second. One can also record lower resolution movies at up to 480 frames per second — and capture slow motion action.

 
 
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Making your own portfolio

I am very happy to see that avid readers of Asian Photography are reaching out to me and giving feedback and thoughts on my monthly column. I really encourage you to do so as I love to hear from all of you, and am always up for a good conversation on all things photography related. This month’s column tackles a question posed by Vicky Mania, and deals with how young photographers should prepare their portfolios to present to potential clients. As most of you know, I specialise in shooting fashion and advertisement photography. So not surprisingly, my portfolio and subject matter will differ from someone who may shoot weddings, architecture or landscape. However, the base ideas remain the same and should be considered by all. I will begin and end with the same base thought for you, something that I am sure you have come across before, but I do believe holds true and should always be present in your portfolio preparation and decision-making. Your entire portfolio is only as good as your weakest image. That statement pretty much sums it all up and is everything you need to know in putting together your portfolio. Just as a side note, I would even go so far as to say this concept can be applied to your career as a photographer as you will often be judged by the latest interesting images you’ve clicked.

 
 
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Aerial Beauties

As a kid he was fascinated by everything that could fl y. As a kid, is also when he received his fi rst camera, a 6x6 from the ‘50s. 18 years ago, in search of a new way of subsistence in tune with a new way of living, closer to nature and creativity, he decided to bring the two fascinations from his childhood together by means of Kite Aerial Photography. French photographer Nicolas Chorier, settled in Pondicherry, has been photographing India for many years now. He tells Asian Photography all about kite aerial photography and what keeps him interested in continually exploring its potential.                 Chorier counts off the numerous advantages of kite aerial photography, over other genres, that keep him at it, "It’s light, easy to set, non-intrusive, silent and eco-friendly. It also facilitates waiting on a site for hours, without disturbing anything, for the right moment to shoot.” Through this genre it is possible to work in urban spaces, crowded environments, non-accessible sites, sensitive places like religious sites, wild sanctuaries, and significant monuments like the Taj Mahal, and attempt close-up shots of such exciting subjects like no other aerial media can do.

 
 
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Bekal

A little known place on the out skirts of Kerela, Bekal is a beach destination that offers total, ultimate relaxation. The spas, beaches, flora and fauna are all part of a day’s retreat when you visit the place. So when we decided to feature it in this month’s issue we weren’t quite sure if it would provide enough for the spread. Bekal is one of those unexplored wonders on the outskirts of Mangalore in the southern strip of the country. It’s more like a weekend getaway from the busy lives of people staying close to Bangalore and Mangalore. So when we discussed the possibility of featuring this place, being a beach destination I wasn’t sure if it would live up to our expectations. We started researching the place to find out what was on offer, apart from the exotic location that it boasted about. Armed with the recently launched Nikon D7100 and an 18-105 mm lens, I set out to try and delve away from your regular beach oriented journeys. If you have been following our column, you would know that we have had our fair share of beaches in recent times. So the objective here was to try and eliminate the beaches and squeeze more of the rest into the frame.

 
 
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FLIP PERSPECTIVE

Visual art like photography can be treated with interesting perspectives, which can often hold a viewer’s gaze longer than usual. Photography is such that photos which look completely meaningless can be turned into something meaningful simply by adopting a different perspective in capturing them. This article is to prove that photography can create innumerable images even when just flipped from original perspective; rendering a unique beauty to the images. The best photographers are always the ones with an unconventional angle. An eccentric angle can put a spin on the simplest of pictures and create something unusual for the viewers to witness. The whole idea of this experiment is to use your camera and lens in recording angles that can be presented as unique photographic artwork. There are many ways to make this work for you; one of the simplest methods of doing this is by just flipping a photograph upside down. There are ways in which you can skillfully capture images and be creative in flipping them upside down.

 
 
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SHOOTING THRU GLASS

The dynamic nature of photography is forever amusing; you can shoot in various styles to deliver unique effects. Being involved in photography often leads to new ways of thinking and imagining, and that imagination can be transformed to make images that stand out. The art of capturing light is purely based on technical skills and imagination. This month we decided to use glass as an object to shoot through, to see what effects it renders. Shooting through glass can cause distraction to the subject and can cause difficulty in setting the right exposure but we decided to challenge ourselves to turn the negatives to positives and see what we get.

 
 
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Interior Photography

Interior photography refers to photography of the interiors of a space; residential or commercial. There is quite often more to a space than meets the eye. Enhancing that is where interior photography comes in. Taking appealing photographs of interiors can be challenging but it’s a skill that can be developed through practice and a keen eye for detail. From tricky exposures to mixed lighting causing white balance issues, and getting the right composition, there are a few hurdles you must overcome in order to shoot quality interior photographs. There are many things to be considered when shooting interiors of a place; well balanced interior light and exterior light exposures, intensity of external flash units or strobes that you want to use, colour temperature, composition, and so on. As much as there is a technical side to it, there is a crucial aesthetic side that you cannot ignore. Following a simple workflow will help ensure that you achieve good interior images.

 
 
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Nikon Coolpix A

The Nikon Coolpix A is the new kid on the block in the compact camera market. The 18.5 mm (28mm equivalent on a full-frame) joins models from Fujifilm and Sony in an emerging breed of small compact cameras with prime lenses. The launch of this camera just goes on to show the changing dynamic of the camera market. Over the last few years, with competition from smartphones, in order that compact cameras have an edge over the smartphones, camera manufacturers have looked for ways to improve picture quality. The large Dx-format sensor, fixed-lens Coolpix A is a good example of this, and is Nikon’s first and smallest compact camera with a Dx-format sensor, the same as in the D7000.

 
 
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Fujifilm X20

After the launch of Fujifilm x10 in 2011, which was one of the most advanced compact cameras in its segment then, Fujifilm has developed another camera, the Fujifilm x20. With similar attributes like its predecessor, the x20 is loaded with a 12 megapixel sensor, 28-112mm equivalent lens capable of 4x manual zoom and a 1080p HD video recording capability set in a body designed similar to the x10. What distinguishes it from the x10 though is its new x-Trans CMOS II sensor, an improved 12fps burst shooting mode and Focus Peak Highlight, to name a few features. We review the camera to see if the features up to a convincing reason to buy?

 
 
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Fujifilm FinePix SL 1000

After making an impression in the mirrorless camera segment and producing compact cameras for the consumer segment, Fujifilm has made yet another leap, this time in the Bridge Camera segment. Making an entry into the market in early 2013, the Fujifilm FinePix SL 1000 with its 50x optical zoom lens is coined as a superzoom camera. Armed with a 16 megapixel sensor, with a 3-inch tilting screen, 920K dot evF, Full HD video, RAW format support and much more to offer, will the SL 1000 make the cut in the Bridge Camera segment?

 
 
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