Current Issue : July 2021

 

In this Issue

Pro Profile: Travel Talks - Bobby Joshi
On The Horizon: Stories from the streets - Sammya Brata
Reflection and Photography
Capturing landscapes in rain!
Rain photography ideas at home
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ 1
Sennheiser MKE 400 Mic Review
 
 
 
 
 

Pro Profile: Travel Talks - Bobby Joshi

A well-known name in the photography circles of India, Bobby Joshi has made his mark as a travel and landscape photographer, co-founder of GoodShotz and a photography mentor. His dreamy pictures of beautiful landscapes from all around the world will compel you to pack your bags and book your next trip as soon as you can. With his strong business acumen and burning passion for travel photography, Bobby has been inspiring budding photographers to turn their love for photography into a profitable career choice. Asian Photography talked to him about his photography journey, his favourite travel destinations and his recipe for success.

 
 
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On The Horizon: Stories from the streets - Sammya Brata

A management consultant turned street photographer, Sammya Brata Mullick has been carving his own niche in the industry with his remarkable visual stories from the street. Sammya began his love affair with photography in 2012 and since then he not only has won numerous accolades but also is the founder of the largest community of social media enthusiasts from Kolkata – Calcutta Instgrammers – a platform for visual artists to showcase their creativity. In an eye-opening talk with Asian Photography, Sammya spoke to us about his photography journey, capturing the limitless possibilities in the streets, crafting compelling stories and much more.


 
 
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Reflection and Photography

Reflection photography otherwise you can say mirror photography is that the use of reflective surface to capture artistic images. This type of photography changes the perspective to offer some stunning and confusing photographs. Reflective surfaces are often anything from glass buildings to rivers, or a window or maybe a puddle after a rain. There are less reflective surfaces also like mirror, metal, glass or any shiny surface. Let's examine how one can capture some beautiful images with reflection.

 
 
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Capturing landscapes in rain!

The first drop of rain has hit the earth. The unmistakable scent of wet earth fills the air. And before you head out to watch the beauty of rains, you hear the rain drops pattering on the roof, the sidewalk and the road. Your senses come to life one by one – sight, smell, hearing and the touch of the cool rain drops on your skin. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?


What if you could enjoy the beauty of the rain while gazing out into a green paradise? Wouldn’t capturing such a mesmerizing scene be the best way to spend your monsoon? If that drives you to grab your camera bag, head out and get clicking beautiful landscapes in the rain, wait a second!


Read our guide to capturing landscapes in the rain first!


 
 
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Rain photography ideas at home

Photography at home does not sound appealing, as no photographer wants their equipment to be harmed by rain, shooting in the rain can be enjoyable and exciting, but there is a possibility that your equipment can get messed up. As a result, we'll learn how to photograph rain at home in this post.

 
 
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Fujifilm Instax Square SQ 1

Often some of us find ourselves in a digital rut and we switch to film to get in pace. Using instant film takes away the need to take rolls to the lab (or your darkroom) to be developed, and provides the same immediate results physically.


Instax is a line of instant camera from Fujifilm that prints photos on the spot. We got an Instax Square SQ 1 for a review and we have spent some time with the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ 1, launched last year in September 2020 at a price of Rs 10,999 in India. The price has been decreased now. The latest price of Instax Square SQ 1 is Rs 9,999. This Instant camera was launched in three vibrant colours including Chalk White, Glacier Blue and Terracotta Orange.

This review features the Terracotta Orange colour model of the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1.

Often some of us find ourselves in a digital rut and we switch to film to get in pace. Using instant film takes away the need to take rolls to the lab (or your darkroom) to be developed, and provides the same immediate results physically.


Instax is a line of instant camera from Fujifilm that prints photos on the spot. We got an Instax Square SQ 1 for a review and we have spent some time with the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ 1, launched last year in September 2020 at a price of Rs 10,999 in India. The price has been decreased now. The latest price of Instax Square SQ 1 is Rs 9,999. This Instant camera was launched in three vibrant colours including Chalk White, Glacier Blue and Terracotta Orange.


This review features the Terracotta Orange colour model of the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1. So, let’s see how it performed.


Look, body and design

Starting with the design, this one looks like a proper instant camera unlike the previous one Instax Square SQ6, which looks more like a toy camera. It is little large in size and it’s difficult to use it with single hand. It weighs around 390 grams, which can be a downside for consumers because there are instant cameras that are compact and easy to carry and use. Instax Square SQ 1 is going to take plenty amount of space in your bag for sure. Overall, the design of the Instax Square SQ1 camera looks pretty nice, but it could have been better if it would have been more compact.


The Instax camera is built really well and doesn’t feel fragile, which is great. It comes with a hand strap to easily carry the camera. The camera includes a big lens right in the middle while the shutter button is placed on the left corner. The button is placed well but one should be careful as it can be mistakenly clicked a photo and wasted a film, available in limited quantities.


Fujifilm offers one film pack at Rs 600, which is little expensive. One film pack contains only 10 films. So, one must be very cautious with the camera and ensure keep your hands away from the shutter button.


Camera performance

We captured few images in indoor scenarios as well as outdoors. Images clicked indoors looks dull and dark, the quality really improves in outdoor shots. One must keep their hands stable while capturing any image with this camera as even a little movement can blur the photograph and it can be regretful to lose a film.


If you want proper crisp images with impressive colours, you are looking for the wrong camera. In fact, no instant camera can give images as good as a DSLR or mirrorless. The Instax Square SQ1, similar to other instant cameras available in Indian market, clicks nice images but misses out on details in image but gets the colours come out really well. The warm tone it offers to all pictures looks really pleasing to the eye. The camera works with 2 CR2 batteries that are replaceable.


Conclusion

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 camera is an entertaining instant camera to use and not for users looking for a professional camera. If you have a fancy desire to own an instant camera, go for the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 at  ?9,999. If you have budget restrictions, there are other inexpensive Instax cameras in the Indian market.

 
 
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Sennheiser MKE 400 Mic Review

The Sennheiser MKE 400 is a shotgun microphone designed to attach into the hot shoe mounts of DSLR and mirrorless cameras. This new, 2nd-gen of MKE 400 model looks and sounds like a serious piece of prosumer gear, but more casual video shooters need not look away: the MKE 400 also has a naive side that can incredibly boost the quality of smartphone camera clips as well.


We have been using the Sennheiser MKE 400 for quite a while and this is the new offering from Sennheiser for the in their MKE range and this effectively is the upgraded version of the MKE 200 mic, which we had reviewed earlier. The price of this mic is ?16,900 and it is now almost two times the cost of the MKE 200. While not every aspiring videographer will find it a complete recording solution, the MKE 400 can still be one of the best microphones for amateur video recording. Let’s find how it performed and if you should buy it or no?


Design, Body and Look


Sennheiser MKE 400 is big daddy of the MKE 200 and it is also very compact in size and light in weight despite being bigger in size than the MKE 200. The increasing the size also comes with a new set of features that give you more customizable options over the sound quality that a videographer would like to take control over.


The MKE 400 is powered by 2 AAA batteries which are expected to last 100 hours of recording time as promised by Sennheiser and on the opposite hand the MKE 200 is directly powered by the camera. It also has 3 new buttons to control the recorded sound. On the left side is the Power On/Off button along with the Input Gain settings which can be tuned depending on how far the subject is. Apart from this, it also consist of a filter noise button which will minus out the background noise if needed.


On the right side, we have the 3.5mm headphone jack which allows you to now plug in the headphone directly onto the mic and control the headphone volume using the buttons. The camera connector input remains at the same place as the MKE 200, which is the front part. Now all of these features weren’t available in the MKE 200 so that is the reason MKE 400 is known as Big Daddy of MKE 200.


Sound Quality


When it comes to sound quality the MKE 400 has a similar shock mount like the MKE 200 which means it will reduce any vibration coming from surrounding. Being a shotgun directional mic, it will only record sound from the front mostly, hence the overall sound quality is pretty amazing. We also used the mic in the outdoor conditions as well and the sound using a dead cat was pretty decent.


Mobile Vlogging

Now since this mic is targeted towards vloggers and content creators, it can be used with mobile phones as well and hence it comes with 2 cords – one is for the camera input while the other can be plugged into the smartphone.



Conclusion


So what do we think about the MKE 400 microphone from Sennheiser and which one should you buy? Now the MKE 200 is priced at  ?8,490 while the MKE 400 is priced at  ?16,900.

Both of these mics are targeted to content creators or vloggers or amateurs who are looking to shoot videos using a shotgun mic.


Both the mic perform well and the option to choose one clearly depends on the budget and features a consumer is looking for. If your budget Is relatively lower, then you can choose the MKE 200 which is a basic mic with no control over the sound but can definitely get the job done for you. But if you have a good budget and you are looking for a mic that gives you more customizable options over sound recording, then you can go for the MKE 400. The overall sound quality of the microphone is really impressive for a shotgun mic and it also gives you customisable options.


 
 
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