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

Past Issue : November 2013

 

In this Issue

Kingston completes 26 years in the industry
Nikon announces D5300
Sony unveils world’s first fullframe mirrorless cameras
Konica Minolta eyeing bigger share in Indian market
Mangalore Between Mountains and Beaches
Master of the Moment
The Storyteller
The Dos and Don’ts of wedding photography
Colours at a wedding
Importance of Post-Processing
Weapon of Choice
PHOTO PRINTER SHOOTOUT
Canon EOS 70D
Fujifilm XM1
 
 
 
 
 

Kingston completes 26 years in the industry

Kingston announced that it had completed 26 years in the industry, and in order to celebrate the occasion, the company unveiled REX, the superhero from Kingston. The renowned symbol of the memory leader was the highlight of the manufacturer’s participation at a recently held exhibition where the company showcased four of his upgraded superpowers – HyperX Nitro boosters, USB 3.0, Branded RAM and Solid State Drives (SSDs). Speaking at the event, Vishal Parekh, marketing director, Kingston India said, "We are the leaders in memory and are elated to complete 26 fruitful years in the industry. Taking cues from the fantastic response received from the markets, we will continue to build a better experience for our network and end users.” He added, "REX is now equipped with newer and secure technologies that will win us more positive feedback.”

 
 
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Nikon announces D5300

Nikon India, the 100% subsidiary of Nikon Corporation Tokyo, has announced the launch of the D5300 D-SLR camera, a compact entry-level model that delivers exceptional performance. It is Nikon’s first digital SLR camera to offer built-in wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) and GPS functions, which enables sharing of images captured with the D5300 and NIKKOR lenses. The camera possesses EXPEED 4 image-processing engine with no optical low-pass filter. Speaking on the announcement, Hiroshi Takashina, managing director, Nikon India said, "Today’s announcement strengthens Nikon’s leadership in the D-SLR category. The D5300 features Nikon’s latest innovative technologies, allowing users to instantly shoot, store and share images. The new entrant is specifically designed to give an edge to the users to unleash their creativity, and truly test the boundaries of a photographer’s imagination” "The D5300 is a unique and compact DSLR with features such as Wi-Fi and GPS function that allow users to look back on routes taken on vacation or with outdoor activities. The new entrant boasts an EXPEED 4 image-processing engine and a smaller and lighter body which is easy to carry and durable as well,” said Sajjan Kumar, Vice President Imaging, Nikon India.

 
 
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Sony unveils world’s first fullframe mirrorless cameras

Sony’s new a7 and a7R digital cameras are claimed to be world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens models. The a7R model features a 36.4 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor – the highest resolution sensor in the history of Sony’s a line – with no optical low pass filter for increased image detail. The a7 model boasts a 24.3 megapixel 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor and a Hybrid AF system. Each camera is equipped with a BIONZ X processor, an XGA OLED Tru-finder, full HD 60p video recording, Wi-Fi and NFC connection, dust-and moisture-resistance and more. "With these new a7 camera systems, Sony has completely redefined the look and feel of a professional-grade digital camera,” said Mike Kahn, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics. "The a7 and a7R cameras are significantly smaller, lighter and more portable than any other full-frame interchange lens camera, yet deliver image quality, power and performance that professionals and enthusiasts crave,” he added.

 
 
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Konica Minolta eyeing bigger share in Indian market

International office giant Konica Minolta Inc. Japan, is watching the Indian market with a keen interest as it continues to gain market share year on year. Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt. Ltd is a subsidiary company of Konica Minolta Inc. Japan. The global head and senior executive from Konica Minolta Inc. Japan. Jun Haraguchi was on a two day visit to India recently in order to further understand the Indian market dynamics. Appreciating the success of its Indian subsidiary in the short span of three years Haraguchi said, "India is one of the important markets for Konica Minolta and our objective is to continue our top positioning in the country. With more than 40000 unit placements during these three years, Konica Minolta India has been able to penetrate various market verticals across India. Our products have been accepted well by our customers that include commercial printers, print shops, corporates, SME, etc.”

 
 
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Mangalore Between Mountains and Beaches

For this month’s Shoot My City we had many options listed out during our editorial meeting. Banaras was one of the hot favourite. However, with the festive season on the horizon, it was impossible to get tickets. Our other option was Mysore, as the capturing the festival of Dussehra would be amazing in the city. But with Mysore covered in one of our previous issues, it was off our list. We finally zeroed down on Mangalore. It was surprising to know that Mangalore has not been covered by us till date. It was not just a new place for Asian Photography; it was going to be my first time in Mangalore too. I made sure that I did some research on Mangalore before landing there, and what better way than to speak to Mangaloreans. With inputs from my mangi friends I understood that there is more opportunity for my camera lens on the outskirts of Mangalore. Hence, I decided to cover or give more time to such areas.

 
 
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Master of the Moment

Weddings are all about moments you want to cherish for the rest of your life, and Emin Kuliyev can rightly be called the master of capturing those moments. Settled in New York, Kuliyev has been shooting weddings for about a decade now. His style of photography can be best described as a triumphant marriage of photojournalism with traditional wedding photography. Kuliyev treats each wedding as a journey, and the outcome is refreshingly contemporary. In our wedding issue, Asian Photography interacts with the master himself, who tells us how he made it from Azerbaijan to being one of New York’s top wedding photographers. Kuliyev’s journey began in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he hails from. While in school, he liked drawing in his notebooks during classes, and at the end of the semester, he had more drawings than text for studying. On his fifth birthday, he was gifted an encyclopaedia of art history by his grandmother, which he says changed his life. "This book has become a reference for me for years. I didn’t read the book but I looked at the pictures. In my childhood, we didn’t have a lot of comic books or books which were very bright and well-illustrated. Thus, the encyclopaedia of art history became my substitute for everything,” he said.

 
 
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The Storyteller

A wedding is a big day in one’s life. But this photographer, through his pictures, makes it even bigger. He magnifi es the grand day, capturing the emotion, passion and love. And he does it all in a contemporary manner. He has, over the last four years, shot about 200 weddings worldwide. This month, we talk to Joseph Radhik and fi nd out how he went from business school to becoming one of India’s fastest growing wedding photographers. Joseph Radhik’s interest in photography goes way back, relating to his childhood hobby – painting. As a kid, he used to sketch cartoons and make portraits out of everything he read or saw, from comic books to newspaper pictures. He painted landscapes and people with oil on canvas, deriving inspiration from reality and not abstract. His hand, however, found his first camera in 2001. "I was used to playing with film cameras in my house, as my uncle was a photographer. But my real introduction to this addiction was my first camera – a 1.3Mp BenQ. The camera used to accompany me every day to my engineering college and by the end of the day I had exhausted all of its miniscule 16MB capacity,” said Radhik.

 
 
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The Dos and Don’ts of wedding photography

Shooting weddings is no easy task. Photographers have to constantly be on their toes, ready to catch each expression, each smile, and each emotion. They have to ensure they are prepared for this big day in every way possible. Photographing weddings is a professional’s job, and we spoke to four of them. We asked the photographers to dish out some Dos and Don’ts that upcoming photographers can keep in mind. 

 
 
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Colours at a wedding

Never has the genre of wedding photography been as creative and dynamic as now. People are going that extra mile and having weddings with colour themes. Wedding planners are working together with decorators to conceptualise, create and coordinate themes, setting colour schemes for everything from the stage and mandap to floral décor, besides working towards creating ambient and mood lighting for the venues. as a wedding photographer, it’s important you use every opportunity to choose the right backgrounds in your pictures. For most of the pre-wedding shots, family portraits, and even for portraits of the bride and groom, you have the liberty to choose the right location. Editing and enhancing your images is really the second stage towards achieving the look you’re working towards with your pictures. While taking photographs, choose your locations and backgrounds based on the general colour scheme of your subject’s attire. Western weddings are often planned so meticulously that even the guests are required to observe a certain kind of dress code keeping a colour palette in mind. Bridesmaids often wear clothes of the same colour. That makes choosing backgrounds for photographs fairly simple, as you don’t have too many colours to work with. In India, however, things work a little differently, and you’ll find yourself working with a bold, bright colour palette.

 
 
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Importance of Post-Processing

In this month’s wedding special we wanted to highlight the importance of post-processing wedding images. In our last month’s issue, we spoke about post-processing and how the methods have changed from darkroom to Lightroom. We also touched upon how post-processing has changed the value and detail in any visual medium. With today’s advancement in technology, post-processing has enabled us to create some amazing images. Retouching has come to a level where imaging and film industries have taken it to a serious profession. Likewise in wedding photography, enhancements and manipulations have become a standard procedure for most photographers today. It is important to make the most of the technology, but note that there is always a limit to developing picture-perfect images. Many photographers tend to take post-processing to unwanted levels, making photographs which are over-the-top and immature in style and technique. Apart from imagination and creativity, post-processing is a skill that needs tolerance, and only a few photographers in the wedding industry have that.

 
 
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Weapon of Choice

Shooting a wedding is a mammoth responsibility. With most commercial photography assignments, you can shoot and re-shoot till you get it right. However, weddings are a different ball game altogether. You have to get it right the first time, every time. Skills are of utmost importance, but what if while shooting a wedding, your camera stops working, or your lens doesn’t focus, or you run out of batteries or fall short of memory. These are things your skill may not be able to troubleshoot, but investing in the right gear can definitely help. Need is a very subjective idea, and remember the most expensive is not always what is best. If you are just getting started in the business of wedding photography or pondering on what the next upgrade should be (in case you’ve been in the business for a while) it is in your best interest that you choose your gear that will help you work in a quick and efficient manner and focus on what really matters - creating wonderful images of the bride, the groom and obviously, the course of the days events. Here’s the A to Z on photography gear you would need while shooting a wedding.

 
 
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PHOTO PRINTER SHOOTOUT

Last month, we completed the All-In-One printer shootout, and this month photo printers will battle it out in the shootout. The parameters for the photo printer shootout largely remain the same. This year, we have three contenders participating in the shootout, Canon PIXMA iP7270, EPSON Stylus Photo T60 and HP Advantage 6525.

 
 
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Canon EOS 70D

Canon’s latest offering, the eos 70d is a new entrant in the arsenal of the company. The 70d replaces the workhorse eos 60d in the mid-range dsLR segment. after a successful four year run of the 60d, the 70d is pleasant welcome loaded with a 20 megapixel Cmos sensor. along with the newly adopted dual-Pixel Cmos aF system which gives the user a quiet and quick focussing in live view, the camera also offers full Hd video recording. It has a dIgIC 5+ image processor, built-in Wi-Fi and a few more bells and whistles. The specifications the 70d carries are truly impressive, but does it stand to its ground in real world application? Read on to find out.

 
 
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Fujifilm XM1

It’s been a little over a year since Fujifilm introduced the x-Pro 1, a top-end professional model featuring the company’s hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. The x-Pro 1 was followed up with the x-e1, a camera targetted at enthusiasts, with most of the features present on the x-Pro 1, minus the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder was replaced by a purely electronic one with the x-e1. not radically different from its predecessors, the new x-m1 is loaded with a bunch of features to appeal to a broader range of users as compared to the x-e1.

 
 
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