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

Past Issue : January 2014

 

In this Issue

A to Z of Photography – The 26 essentials
26 THINGS TO REMEMBER AS A PHOTOGRAPHER
Talk with their Hands (One subject many stories)
Pro-Profile - Martin Prihoda
Lucknow - Of Heritage and Cuisine
Photographic Resolutions
Trends for 2014
Advanced Mirrorless camera shootout
Compact Camera Shootout
DSLR kit lens shootout
DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens Shootout
Entry-level DSLR shootout
Entry-level Mirrorless Camera Shootout
Mid Level DSLR Shootout
Mirrorless Kit lens shootout
Mirrorless Wide Zoom lens shootout
 
 
 
 
 

A to Z of Photography – The 26 essentials

On the occasion of our 26th Anniversary issue, we are going to give you, our readers, a one-off essential guide to basic photography terminology.

 
 
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26 THINGS TO REMEMBER AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

1.       Do not hesitate
One of the most common qualms new photographers have is being comfortable clicking pictures of people, or in public. If you keep worrying and fretting about what people might think, then you are never going to get a good shot. Many photographers are also shy to get close to their subject, especially when shooting people. If you approach them and interact with them, they will be more than happy to pose for you.

2.       Research:

Plan out your images in advance. Always be on a lookout for a good shot, even if it is not the correct time of the day, or even the right time of the year. Make notes of the kind of images you want to capture and plan on being there on the right time. The best way to do that is making a checklist


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Talk with their Hands (One subject many stories)

Photography has always been a great tool that allows one to broaden their scope of creativity. As this was our 26th Anniversary issue, we wanted to use a simple, yet effective, idea to complement it. We decided to choose one subject and create twenty six different photographs.  We zeroed-in on a subject that can be creatively shot with different characteristics resulting with twenty six individual photographs. And the subject that we chose was ‘Hands’.

 
 
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Pro-Profile - Martin Prihoda

Having mastered the art of photography and lighting in his hometown Vancouver in Canada, he wanted to step out into the world, to see how far he can take his skills. He landed in India in 2009 and in a couple of years, photographed some of the biggest celebrities, ad-campaigns and featured his work on everything from magazines to billboards. For our 26th anniversary special edition, Martin Prihoda talks to us about his journey so far and how he has become one of India’s most sought after commercial photographers. 

 
 
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Lucknow - Of Heritage and Cuisine

When the topic of visiting Lucknow came up in our food and photography group, I remembered a congested, not-so-pleasant city. I had visited Lucknow a few years ago, and the only bright spot seemed like the presence of Bara Imambara. All the same, hesitantly and slightly reluctantly, I agreed to accompany the group.

 
 
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Photographic Resolutions

Wow! 2014! I remember being a kid and thinking of all the futuristic possibilities in the year 2014. We might not be flying around in sleek personal carriers, but we do continue to see big shifts in photographic practices with each New Year of digital technologies impacting the way we shoot.

I would like to start off with firstly wishing all of the readers of Asian Photography a wonderful 2014 filled with prosperity and countless exciting photographic adventures. I am more than pleased to say that we are going on to 4 years of my monthly column. We have tried a few styles and formats with the column along the way and my sincerest hope is that, whether you are just new to photography, or it has been a lifelong passion, you were able to take some valuable information each month to apply to your photographic works. Anyone who has been following and reading my column over the past several years will be aware that I maintain an open door policy. I am more than happy to receive specific questions, feedback or your thoughts. It would be my pleasure to hear from you either through the magazine or directly at todd@toddanthonytyler.com. Don’t hesitate to drop a note at anytime, as your perspective is important.

 
 
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Advanced Mirrorless camera shootout

 

Mirrorless cameras have become more popular in recent times with a lot of consumers, as a lighter and more compact alternative to bulkier traditional DSLR cameras, advanced and otherwise. The Mirrorless cameras are loaded with features that most of their DSLR counterparts boast of. In recent times, many camera manufacturers have started developing advanced MILCs which are at par with most pro-level DSLRs (with the exception of the sensor size). Combined with the right lens, these advanced MILCs produce high-quality images, with a faster and more responsive performance. 

 
 
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Compact Camera Shootout

Over the last decade, smartphones have gone on to become the camera of choice for many people. The sales of digital compact cameras are declining as consumers are beginning to choose smartphones over compact cameras. In a bid to rescue the compact camera market, manufacturers are merging technologies used by products like smartphones and tablets into compact cameras to increase their connectivity options. For example, as time passes, we’re seeing more and more cameras capable of uploading images directly to photo-sharing and social media websites, thanks to the inclusion of WiFi. For the shootout this year, we set the price bracket between Rs.12, 000 – Rs.15, 000. 

 
 
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DSLR kit lens shootout

Many photographers starting out are confused by all the lens choices available with their first new ‘pro’ camera, and buy the manufacturer’s kit lens. Most kit lenses are inexpensive because manufacturers compete with one another to keep the prices of their camera kits low. Owning nothing but a kit lens doesn’t mean you should buy a better lens immediately. A kit lens is a good start and you’ll be surprised at what all you can do with it once you get started and know how to get the most out of it. For our DSLR kit lens shootout this year, we have some of the best kit lenses competing with each other. 

 
 
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DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens Shootout

One of the categories in this year’s DSLR shootout is the Telephoto lens between the focal ranges of 70mm to 300mm. This particular segment of lens is popular among most amateur and novice photographers. This focal range is especially a must-have for most photographers, as it can be used in multiple genres of photography like, sports, wildlife, portraiture, to name a few.

 

Most lenses in this category do not cost as much as pro-level fast lenses like the 70-200mm f/2.8 and makes them a perfect choice for amateur photographers or those who do not intend to invest much into gear.

 
 
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Entry-level DSLR shootout

Despite competition from mirrorless cameras, modern DSLRs still have an edge over them when it comes to shooting action, wildlife, sports and other photography that requires your camera to be fast and responsive. After having concluded with the advanced DSLR shootout last month, this month we put entry and mid-level DSLRs to test, pitting leading camera manufacturers against each other.

 

‘Entry-level’ DSLRs are ideal for those looking to move beyond the regular compact camera for greater control over their images. Modern entry-level DSLRs are packed with features for better control, and at the very least, you can expect your new DSLR to come with an APS-C sensor, which is much bigger than the standard 1/2.3-inch sensors found in most compacts. The most obvious benefit, of course, is that entry-level DSLRS allow you to build up a collection of lenses and swap them around as you see convenient. Good entry-level DSLRs combine many point-and-shoot qualities with more professional features so you can easily make the transition from compact cameras to more serious photography at a pace that works with you.

 
 
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Entry-level Mirrorless Camera Shootout

Mirrorless cameras have always been an exciting category in recent years. While they have become extremely popular in the global imaging scene, somehow they haven’t enjoyed the same amount of popularity in India. But it is a category that seemed to be on the rise the last year, and we feel that it will get only better in the time to come. We always set a price parameter for the manufacturers to send across their entries, and this year we set a price range of below Rs, 50,000 for the segment.

 
 
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Mid Level DSLR Shootout

For the mid-range segment, we set a price range of Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 90,000. As compared to cameras in the entry-level
segment, these DSLRs are targeted at enthusiasts, with features and specifi cations slightly better than the entry-level
cameras. These cameras are priced higher than entry-level cameras. For the mid-level DSLR shootout, we got in three
of the fi nest cameras currently in the market; the Canon EOS 70D, the Nikon D7100, and the Sony A77. We tested the
cameras on the basis of build quality and handling, image quality, video capabilities, and value for money.

 
 
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Mirrorless Kit lens shootout

Kit lenses are basic lenses that are bundled with DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Generally, these lenses are inexpensive owing to their build quality, and are one of the accessories that users need to get started. The focal lengths generally tend to be around the 18-55mm range while few manufacturers give an option of a wide zoom lens as a part of the camera’s kit. 

 
 
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Mirrorless Wide Zoom lens shootout

For most amateur or novice camera users who start off with a standard zoom kit lens, insufficient zoom is a common complaint. Lenses offering a vast focal range, like the wide zoom, are an excellent choice for users as they do not have to carry two different lenses (one for wide range and one for telephoto). Wide Zoom category of lenses have gained so much of momentum that many camera manufacturers are bundling these lens with the camera kit.  

 
 
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