Past Issue : June 2021

 

In this Issue

Stories are everywhere - Arati Kumar Rao
Shooting Desertscapes
Stop! That's not the way to shoot! - Ethics of Wildlife Photography
What are the 7 elements of photography?
 
 
 
 
 

Stories are everywhere - Arati Kumar Rao

Arati Kumar-Rao has taken a path less trodden; one that takes her across the South Asian continent, meandering her way through the fringes of society documenting the slow violence of ecological degradation. An independent environmental photographer, a writer, and an artist, Arati uses her passion for art as a medium to bring to attention and chronicle the various environmental issues that plague the changing landscapes and climate of the continent while adversely impacting mankind and biodiversity. Arati has not only won awards for her compelling environmental photojournalism, but also has contributed to plethora of noteworthy organisations as an environmental activist. We talked to her about her journey into photography and art and how she has been using her voice to advocate for the rights of the planet.


 
 
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Shooting Desertscapes

The sun is beating down on your back, the searing heat penetrates your skin setting it ablaze and you trudge through the sifting sand dragging your heavy, hiking boots-laden feet. As exhausting as it may sound, you know that at the end of this, you are going to walk away with a memory card full of exceptional desert landscapes pictures that would make the unbearable heat and all the ensuing madness worth the while. Pictures of the vast desert in all its glory – whether it’s the changing lines in the sand, the stormy monsoon clouds hanging over the horizon, a herd of camels warily making their way through the unforgivable heat or even the mesmerising star trails that frame the perfect desert skyline. Makes you want to grab your camera and run towards the desert, doesn’t it?

The desert forms an integral part of the environment. Preserving its ecosystem is as essential as preserving any other ecosystem of the planet. And desert photography – one of the most underrated forms of photography – is one of the best media to raise awareness about this often overlooked ecosystem. So, for this month, why don’t we dive into Desert Photography and take a look into how we can do our part in desert conservation?

 
 
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Stop! That's not the way to shoot! - Ethics of Wildlife Photography

"I will not harm my subject!”


Every photographer should happily follow this simple rule – even when no one else is watching.


This is not a hard job for anyone, and for those with a true love, nature is always priority for them. Unfortunately, thanks to the huge numbers of photographers who now own professional photography gears, and are perpetually on the look out for nature subjects to capture and instant satisfaction after uploading the images on social media and there are examples of photographers damaging wildlife or habitats in chase of the perfect shot, which has been alarmingly common. Many of it is due to a lack of awareness and knowledge.


Whatever it might be, one thing is sure, if right-minded nature photographers get together, we can stamp out the danger of unethical photography to a large extent and it will also help the beginner generation to learn ethics. Self-regulation is the best regulation, so make sure to follow all the rules before you step into widlife.

 
 
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What are the 7 elements of photography?

Seven basic elements of photography, that mention to the way you set up your shot. To represent any of these elements in your photography, composition helps you to choose the way you want to represent the photographs.

 
 
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