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

Past Issue : February 2017

 

In this Issue

Pro Profile - Dhritiman Mukherjee
Wildlife Photography
Developing your creative style
Techniques that amateurs must try
Using shadows and lights
Pongal
 
 
 
 
 

Pro Profile - Dhritiman Mukherjee

With a love for the outdoors and wildlife since childhood, this photographer recognised his passion and turned it into his profession. While the journey was not an easy one, he has managed to go from teaching physics and mathematics, to become an award winning nature and wildlife photographer. After humble beginnings shooting birds on a birds watching trip, he has managed to capture rare Indian birds and mammals, photographed Snow Leopards in Himalayas and swam with Bull Sharks in Fiji. He is over 280 days of the year on field, and is known to mostly work on rare, endangered and challenging subjects. His work has been published in print and digital media across the world and He has received many national and international awards and accolades for his work. But behind all this is still a wildlife photographer full of humility, who sincerely shoots for his love for wildlife and the outdoors. This month, we speak to Dhritiman Mukherjee and learn more about the man behind the lens.

 
 
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Wildlife Photography

It is February and photographers are executing their long awaited wildlife photography tours. The winter chills and the early morning safari ride making up for the long and arduous wait to get the perfect shot. For this reason, we decided to give some tips on wildlife photography focussing more on how to use your long lens to the fullest to get the best photographs for the season.

 
 
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Developing your creative style

When we look at photographs on the internet or in magazines and newspapers sometimes some photos instantly grab our attention. ‘Something different’ we say. In a world where millions of photographs, maybe more, are taken every year, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out in terms of subject matter, editing styles, finding inspiration and so on. So, how do we stand out? The answer is in finding your own creative style.

 
 
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Techniques that amateurs must try

Photography as a whole might seem very consolidated in one word, but the genres and applications of photography is very vast. Photography does not mean only taking pictures but there are many things to know and consider before beginning with photography as a hobby, or if looking forward to taking it as a profession. In a common note, those who know titbits about photography will know about fashion, editorial, photojournalism, wildlife, wedding and documentary styles of photography. Similarly there are many techniques that one must attempt before selecting a genre and sticking to it. It’s all about practice and how much one shoots to polish his/her skills in photography. So those who are looking forward to expanding their photographic knowledge and skills, we have discussed a few techniques that one must try.

 
 
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Using shadows and lights

As photographers, we will always notice one thing first and that is light. In fact, we often think of light as one of the most important aspects of photography. On the other hand, shadows may seem to be less important or simply a lack of light. This would be a major mistake though as for light is nothing without shadows. Shadows are not simply a dark mass that borders the light. Rather, shadows are an entity as important as the light. It is the shadows that shape the light, draw attention to the light, and integrate with the light to produce striking photographic opportunities. If we are to reach our full potential as photographers, we must think as much in terms of mastering the shadows, as we do of mastering the light. This article will look into shadows and lights, and how photographs can be created using both the entities.

 
 
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Pongal

Celebrating PONGAL Thai Pongal is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamilians. A non-religious harvest festival, it is a four-day festival according to the Tamil calendar is normally celebrated from January 14 to January 17. A day after the Thai Pongal, Tamils celebrate Mattu Pongal, wherein cattle are recognized and afforded affectionately, and it includes games such as Jallikattu. The game has recently come under a lot of scrutiny, saw a government ban on the sport. We decided to take a trip down to South India, and document the celebration of the festival in Tamil Nadu.

 
 
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