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

Past Issue : April 2021

 

In this Issue

“Nothing Is As Naturally Ordered And Balanced As The Wild" - Aarzoo Khurana (Special Feature)
“Follow Your Dreams” – Anushka Menon (Special Feature)
Photography, Fantasy & Time-Travel – Bella Kotak (Sepcial Feature)
Exploring Landscapes Known & Unknown – Isabella Tabacchi (Special Feature)
“With Every New Piece, You Become A Better Photographer” – Jovana Rikalo (Special Feature)
“When I Am Photographing, I Am Only Responding To The Things That Make Me Feel...” – Saumya Khandelwal (Special Feature)
“I’ve Been Mauled By A Cheetah...” – Shannon Wild (Special Feature)
Distortion Done Right
Street Portraits
Dog photography tips for better portraits
 
 
 
 
 

“Nothing Is As Naturally Ordered And Balanced As The Wild" - Aarzoo Khurana (Special Feature)

A rising star in the wildlife photography scene of India, Aarzoo Khurana is not just hitting glass ceilings; she’s shattering them to smithereens. An ambassador for a reputed brand as well as a wildlife photography mentor, Aarzoo started her adventures in photography capturing the streets; that’s until she encountered the magic of the wild. Since then, there has been no turning back. Her pictures of nature in all its unseen glory will leave you enchanted; awakening your desire for exploring the wild. We spoke to her about her ventures into the wild, the dangers of the jungle and much more.

 
 
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“Follow Your Dreams” – Anushka Menon (Special Feature)

An eminent fashion & beauty photographer, Anushka Menon has been at the forefront of some of the most ground-breaking moments in the photography industry. She is not only one of the first female photographers in India, but also the first Indian speaker to present at Photokina in Germany. Her legacy has laid the way for a generation of women photographers to embrace their dreams and follow them fearlessly. She stands out boldly and distinctively in an extremely male driven word; courtesy of her style that is inspired by her western upbringing and eastern roots. Her work with brands such as Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Reebok and Rolex to name a few, continue to inspire women photographers from all walks of life, thus strengthening their belief they too can soar the incredible heights of success! In a candid chat, we spoke to her about her experiences in the industry, the lessons she has learnt and how she manages to stay relevant despite the cut-throat competition in the industry.

 
 
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Photography, Fantasy & Time-Travel – Bella Kotak (Sepcial Feature)

A fine art and fashion photographer, Bella Kotak turns her fairy-tale inspired thoughts and imagination into the tangible form. While studying architecture, Bella began learning Photoshop for one of her classes – and that’s how her tryst with the creative world began. It wasn’t long before she picked up the camera and fell in love with the medium as it allowed her to find magic in the most ordinary of spaces and beauty in every face. Today, Bella is teaching others to create magic through the venture she co-founded, The Color Lab. She is also the brand ambassador for Phase One, SmugMug, Canson Paper and Vanguard. From her inspiration behind the mesmerising pictures she creates to the hardships she faced establishing her name in the field, we spoke to her about it all.

 
 
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Exploring Landscapes Known & Unknown – Isabella Tabacchi (Special Feature)

A nature & landscape photographer based in the north of Italy, Isabella Tabacchi wields her camera as a tool to explore natural landscapes, capture the beauty of these places the way she sees it and show it to the world at the same time. She travels all around the world, bringing forth the inimitable allure of nature – both known and unknown – through the pictures she clicks. Isabella has won many international competitions including the Monochrome Awards, the International Photographer of the Year awards, the Outdoor Photographer of the Year to name a few. She has a partnership with Hasselblad and is the brand ambassador of Haida, Fotopro and Irix. Read on to know Isabella’s secret of capturing the perfect picture as well as her journey thus far.

 
 
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“With Every New Piece, You Become A Better Photographer” – Jovana Rikalo (Special Feature)

A fine art & portrait photographer based in Serbia, Jovana Rikalo has the gift of capturing emotions and telling stories that teem with magic. Although she started out as a law student, Jovana has been actively practicing photography since 2012. Her pictures transport the viewer into a magical world while subtly showing the deep bond humans share with nature and the other inhabitants of Earth. Her work has been showcased in exhibitions around the world including the cities of Paris, Toronto and Belgrade among others. She also teaches others to bring out the magic in their pictures through her workshops. We spoke to her about her transition from law to photography, how she creates magic in her pictures and how she deals with the challenges that pave her way.


 
 
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“When I Am Photographing, I Am Only Responding To The Things That Make Me Feel...” – Saumya Khandelwal (Special Feature)

A fierce, independent photojournalist & documentary photographer based in India, Saumya Khandelwal has been shedding light on gender and environmental issues that plague the country for the last six years now. Through her camera lens, she captures pictures that send a chill down the spine; not only forcing the viewers to pay attention, but also encouraging them to act. She is a recipient of the National Foundation of India Award 2017 and recently in 2019, she has been nominated for World Press Photo 6X6 Global Talent Program from Asia region too. Saumya has previously worked with Thomson Reuters and national daily Hindustan Times; she has contributed to famous organisations such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and The Guardian among others. We spoke to her about the start of her journey, her favourite click and how she manages to capture deep emotions with just a click.

 
 
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“I’ve Been Mauled By A Cheetah...” – Shannon Wild (Special Feature)

A wildlife photographer, cinematographer, film-maker, conservationist, and social entrepreneur... There’s no end to the number of feathers Shannon Wild, a.k.a Shannon Benson, has added to her cap. An Australian based in South Africa, Shannon who once worked as a wildlife rescuer, has carved her own niche in the wildlife and conservationist photography over the last 18 years now. She has worked with organisations such as NatGeo Wild, WildAid, United Nations, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Bvlagari, Converse and many other NGOs and non-profits. After a near death experience, Shannon started a business Wild in Africa - Bracelets for Wildlife to support and raise money for conservation charities. From her career transitions to her adventures and near-death experiences in the jungle, we spoke to her about it all.

 
 
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Distortion Done Right

Distortion. The nightmare that keeps amateur photographers up all night. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? After all, who would want to click a picture only to realize that it hasn’t perfectly captured the scene you witnessed with your own two eyes – whether it’s crooked lines of the buildings or people looking like they put on weight in the most unsavory places? Distortion has earned a lot of negative clout in the world of photography, and you may argue that it’s rightly so. But... not if it’s done right!


 
 
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Street Portraits

Street portraits, this means connecting with the strangers you’re photographing. Street portrait is different from the common idea's of street photography. Most of the times, the photographer have no idea with what they are photographing. Looking for subject with an fascinating face to photograph is not so tough job. The challenge is approaching strangers, to have a relation for this kind of portrait shot. There are much more factors that make street portrait photography exhausting and tough. This means you have to practice a lot for yourself, to achieve an experience in street portrait photography. Basically a street portrait photography is showing the person’s face in the shot and it will be taken on the street. Lets see the tips and tricks to shot the street portraits.

 
 
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Dog photography tips for better portraits

Every photographer’s urge is to frame everything that they find amazing and are close to their hearts, including their family members and pets. Dogs are subject which give some of the most beautiful, the funniest, and the most vibrant photographs. However, just like capturing kids, it can be very hard to capture really good images due to their unpredictable behaviour. Here are a few practical and helpful tips to make your images as easy and handy as possible for you and your lovely pet. Pet photography isn’t that tough once you learn how you can make your furry best friend feel comfy in front of the camera and how to capture high-quality images of them. Check out our tips below and you’ll be a great pet photographer with some time and practice.

 
 
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