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

Past Issue : March 2009

 

In this Issue

Shoot My City: Bangalore
Pro Profile: Billy Dodson
Tips & Techs: Shooting life into the inanimate
Tips & Techs: Basics of Product Photography
Tips & Techs: Abstract Photography
 
 
 
 
 

Shoot My City: Bangalore

This month the Asian Photography team heads to Bangalore to train our lenses on the best fighter aircrafts from around the globe. The occasion was Aero India 2009, one of the biggest air shows of the Asian continent. Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16, F-18, and MiG-35D - they were all going to be present to show off their capabilities. We were invited by the freelance photographer Jagadeesh N. V. who was going to shoot there. The Aero India 2009 took place from February 11-15, 2009 and at that time it was the biggest event in the Karnataka state. It was obvious that we weren’t going to miss a chance to catch the action. The show was organised by the Ministry of Defense and had defense ministers from countries such as France, Oman, Peru, Bolivia and Maldives attending, including our own Union Defense Minister A. K Antony. This was certainly a very official affair.

 
 
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Pro Profile: Billy Dodson

Billy Dodson has received many awards for his landscape and wildlife images. He has also been recognized during the Nature Conservancy’s 2007 worldwide photo competition and more recently, as an honored finalist, in the Smithsonian Windland Smith Rice nature photography competition. He regularly contributes his images to The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and according to him, "The AWF’s conservation efforts are truly noble, and supporting their work has been my most gratifying achievement to date."

Billy tries to capture something beyond simple animal portraits. He hopes to capture an emotion or a specific behavior. Absent that, he tries to photograph the subject in the context of its environment, and effectively capture the spirit of the location. Billy started photography in 2001, when he, and his friend, decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He had always been interested in African wildlife, so they incorporated a ten-day visit to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater into the itinerary.

 
 
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Tips & Techs: Shooting life into the inanimate

You may not find subjects such as arts and culture to your interest, but if you enjoy photography, shooting handicrafts can result in some fascinating photographs. These objects usually consist of finely crafted statues and figurines of people and animals. These inanimate objects can be your most patient models too.

There is always a handicraft exhibition happening some or other place in the neighborhood and scanning the daily events’ page in the newspaper will show you where and how to reach them which is the easy part. The tricky part is clicking pictures of the handicrafts once you’ve found them. Not every photographer is endowed with this bright idea and you’re likely to stick out like a sore thumb once you start shooting. Seeking permission is an issue too, as some of the vendors might believe you have come to steal their designs with your camera.

 
 
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Tips & Techs: Basics of Product Photography

Table top photography also known as still photography or product photography can be one of the most mundane categories to shoot. But still it is very popular and also has the potential of being a very interesting. Studio photography is all about how well you can handle the light in any given situation. Be it people, pets or products. But products are the trickiest and also the easiest of the studio photography category. If you understand light well and can imagine the final shot in your mind, it is easy to execute the final shoot. But if you are not clear about what you are looking for, you could waste a lot of time experimenting. But everything has its positive side and the experimentation can also lead to a lot of interesting shots which you might stumble upon by chance and also it will give you a lot of experience which can be used in other situations as well.

 
 
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Tips & Techs: Abstract Photography

Every now and then I get into a phase where I am bored of shooting the same old stuff - buildings, and people, and buildings. When such a thing happens, I usually just lay off my camera for a bit. But when it happened a few days back, I decided to pick up my camera and get a little random. Later, I was pleased to find out that this randomness even had a name! It’s called; Abstract Photography.

 
 
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