Friday, 23 September 2016

DOCUMENT YOUR LIFE

MOMENTS

Yesterday I was sitting with my mother cleaning the cabinets and drawers when I saw a small rectangle shoebox amidst some papers. When I opened the dusty old, purple shoe box I found old family albums, photographs; sepia, black, and white, professional, candids etc. The box was filled with our photographs, memories of our old house, parents, grandparents, friends, and family, we playing board games and drinking coffee, just chatting with buddies.Those happy moments and sad moments, photographs of our childhood, my parent's childhood, their marriage. It was every segment of our life, beautifully documented and preserved in those glossy sheets.


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Soon this shoebox became so important that we kept on looking and digging into the box for hours. One album after another. Time flew right by us while we were traveling through time ourselves. It was such a beautiful moment, it's hard to explain and hard to express what type of feeling it was. It's difficult to categorize such feelings. It was just amazing. It affected me so much that I actually took a beautiful old photograph of my parents and I got it enlarged and framed. I will prefer such candid moments a thousand times than any professionally clicked photograph of my parents. (That reminds me of prints, why one should get photographs printed, but that's worth another post).
Since then I have been thinking about it for quite some time now. Why have we stopped clicking the small moments of our life? Moments which are not significant, moments that are slow and mundane? After all, these moments are what we treasure for life. Not those that are clicked in a studio or retouched by an expert. Nobody is going to remember who clicked perfectly clean background, filtered, blemish free, the stylized flawless photograph of yours. Not even you or the pro photographer who clicked it. Trust me he forgot about you the moment he delivered you the prints.  Some of you might find it odd, some may find it weird or some might even agree with me. To be honest this is what I feel. I don't want clean backgrounds, distraction free photographs, I want raw photos, photos that matter, not those that would look great on an advertisement board or the TV or on your desktop as a wallpaper. 
Capture moments, emotions, feelings. This is what photography is made of. This is what we call art. Like I always say, your camera is just a tool that you use to document stuff, content is primary everything else is secondary. 
Now let us talk about learning photography and how this can help you improve.  
Start documenting!
When you'll start documenting your life, you will get a sense of what it is like to connect with your subject or feel the emotion and the energy of your environment. Your photographs don't need to be perfect, noiseless or even straight. Experiment! document moments that tell a story. Start narrating and practicing story telling. Your content and the context is the king, rest is secondary. Let me explain you: Wake up early on a Sunday before anyone else and click your house. (Let's name the project "A Lazy Sunday"). Click the silence and track those morning light filtering through the window. Then when they wake up click them squinting (yes it is annoying for your subject, but hey! they are your family, they'll understand). Click them during breakfast, lunch, while watching TV, watering the plants or cleaning the car. Basically, document a day every week to improve. Trust me when you'll click every moment of that day you'll start to improve and understand what it is to create and tell a story. You don't have to post those photos online, get them printed if you want, but do try this. Once you do you'll see the difference in your perception and your vision will expand. Apart from improving your photography skill, this will also help you preserve precious moments of your life which you could later show it to your children or your grandchildren. You'll document a lifestyle an era. 

So get started with this project. And if you found this article  helpful, then do share, like and comment. In case you practice this method do share your experience with me, I would be glad to hear from you.
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Saturday, 3 September 2016

IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!



People often ask me, "Which brand should I go for?" before buying a DSLR. Most common brand options which are compared are Nikon and Canon others are pretty much neglected. Should I go for a Canon or Nikon ? Which one is better ? and many questions of that sorts are often asked. If you too have these questions in your mind. Don't worry you are not alone. In fact, before I stepped into photography, before buying my first DSLR I too had these questions in my mind. However, after being in this field for quite some time now I realized that it doesn't really matter. Be it Nikon or Canon, or Sony or any other brand it doesn't matter at all. 

In fact, no camera does. It's all about you and your vision. The beauty of your mind is what sets you apart from other photographers. A camera is just a tool which helps you to develop an image which is already in your mind . It's all about your creativity. Everything else is secondary. You can create some beautiful images using your phone which can have a 5mp shooter. When I started photography I used to click photographs using a second hand Sony cyber-shot F88 camera which had a 5mp sensor. I learned what is exposure, how to read a histogram, ISO etc on that camera. It was a basic point and shoot camera and trust me it was more than enough to learn the basics of photography. After using that camera for about 3 years I upgraded to Nikon D90. It was my first DSLR. 

Now coming back to the main question. Which brand should you select? and the answer to that question is: whichever feels comfortable to use. Go to a store try out different cameras, different brands and rate your experience using that camera body. If it is easy to use and you feel that you can hold that camera for hours comfortably without any problem to operate then go for that brand. It can be Nikon, it can be Canon, Sony, etc. Choose which you feel is the best for you. All cameras these days come with amazing specs and cost pretty much the same. 

So if your budget is stopping you from buying a DSLR because of which you are unable to practice or learn photography, don't worry! start small, practice, practice and practice and when you feel you have learned and explored each and everything that camera has to offer then upgrade your camera. It's all about you and your creativity mate, don't give up just because you don't have a DSLR. 

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Monday, 22 July 2013

CAN YOUR CAMERA DETECT INFRARED RAYS ?



How to know if your camera can see infrared or not?
Its very simple! Take a remote control, it can be tv,
ac or any other control with an infrared transmitter.
Face the bulb side of the controller towards the
camera. Keep the button pressed down and click
a photograph. If you see a purple/white dot
in the photograph  near the bulb section, then it
means that your camera can detect infrared and
you can do infrared photography.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

ITS A SENSITIVE ISSUE (CCD/ CMOS SENSORS)

ITS A SENSITIVE ISSUE 

So many camera manufacturers,so many camera models and so many sensor types. Without the correct information about these sensor types one can easily end up buying a wrong camera.  So what are they and what do they do? 
Well an image sensor is a device or a unit present inside your camera's body whether it is a dslr, handy-cams (capable of clicking photographs) or compact, which converts optical image into digital or electronic signal and sends it to the processor and then to the display.Therefore an image sensor is a very important part of the camera. 
So if all sensors do the same thing, then whats the great idea to have so many different types of sensors ? 

Today we have variety of sensor types, this is because there are different levels of cameras present today. From compact cameras to professional DSLRs (compact-advance compact camera-entry level dslr-mid level dslr- semi pro dslr-professional dslr and many more ! ) These different sensor types are placed in different levels of cameras. Here are the two main type of the sensors.

CCD SENSORS 

CCD sensors or charge-coupled device. These sensors produce images with very good quality, low noise and are highly light sensitive. The CCD sensors perform well when compared side by side with cmos sensors. But these (CCD) sensors use a lot of power therefore the cameras with this type of sensor usually have lower battery life. This type of sensor has been used for many years and are more mature than cmos sensors. CCD sensors were in mass production few years back but today they have been over shadowed by cmos sensor.


CMOS SENSORS

Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor sensor. These sensors are cheaper than CCD sensors and are much more cost effective. These sensors are used in wide range of cameras, from low to mid range and to even high end cameras. This type of sensor has a lot more transistors present around each pixel on the chip than CCD. Therefore when light hits the chip, due to majority of transistors the ray of light misses the photo diode. This leads to lower light sensitivity, high noise and bit low image quality. This type of sensors, was used earlier in products where image quality was not a priority, like webcams handycams etc. Today these have replaced CCD sensors to reduce cost as these are not made up of pure silicon ( which is very expensive ) but are coated with silicon fibers. Other reason they have replaced ccd sensors is because CMOS uses 80-90 times less power. These days CMOS sensors are being re-engineered to be used in DSLRs and other cameras and the image quality produced today by them is almost similar to CCD image sensor picture quality.

OTHER MAIN SENSOR TYPES.

Bayer sensor

Foveon X3 sensor

3CCD
 


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

DON'T JUDGE A CAMERA BY ITS RESOLUTION !

DON'T JUDGE A CAMERA BY ITS RESOLUTION !

 When people go to buy a camera (for the first time or to upgrade), they often ask for cams with more MEGA PIXELS ! They think (maybe even you, reading this) that more mega pixels means better picture quality. So they end up buying a low level camera with high pixel count and they curse the company who manufactured it. Well MORE PIXEL= MORE QUALITY ! that's not true ! AT ALL !  Picture quality is not related to pixel count. It doesn't determines if a camera is worth buying or not. Many cameras with less number of pixels do a better job than cameras with more pixels (or better resolution). 

The quality of a camera or the quality of the photos taken from it, is determined by its noise performance, ISO sensitivity, color accuracy, saturation, sharpness and  sensor type and quality. Mega Pixels only determine the print size of the photographs, it may help you if you have to blow it up to large sizes  (hoardings perhaps). In that case Hasselblad cameras with 100+ MP may help you :P. However mega pixels do come handy when you'r out to capture a very important moment and you don't have enough zoom! You can always crop the image without worrying about its quality or it will be  pixelated ( if its a good quality camera). You don't judge a book by its cover. You read it and decide its worth. Similarly Don't Judge a camera by its resolution.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

ISO

ISO

ISO ! what is it ? Well ISO basically is the photographic film sensitivity to light, or the photographic sensor sensitivity to light. (A BIT OF SCIENTIFIC THING: The study of light sensitive materials is known as   SENSITOMERTY ) Sensitomertry determines the ISO senstivity of the sensor.How to and when to change ISO settings ? These days cameras have wide iso range. Minimum iso being 100 and max 25,000 or less depending on the camera model. Higher the iso more sensitive will be the camera sensor to light. And more brighter the image. But with brightness, noise or the grain in the image will also increases. Lower the iso lower will be the noise.  EXAMPLE.


When should one increase the iso sensitivity ? 

One should increase iso only when lighting is very low or its too dark. But do not increase your iso to maximum (eg:12000 + ) or it will make your 5 mp or 8mp mobile camera look better in front of your DSLR. ISO should be set upto 800 when shooting indoors with poor light condition. If it doesn't work, then use an external flash using a diffuser or artificial lighting for better image quality.During daytime, in natural light ISO could be set to minimum (eg:100). To make photos brighter or darker and contrasty try different shutter speeds and apertures and avoid increasing iso sensitivity.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

YOUR FIRST DSLR ?

So you'r going for your first DSLR ! Are you confused what to buy at what price and why? Well you are not alone. About 75%  of people who buy their very first DSLR don't know what are their needs and what should they keep in mind before buying a DSLR. These confused, fresh so called Amateur Photographers end up buying wrong stuff. Either they buy wrong camera body or wrong lens. 

So before buying a DSLR what should you do ? When is the right time to buy a DSLR ?

Imagine a monkey with an umbrella. What will he do with it ? He will open it, chew it,jump on it ,but he will never use it as it should be ( untill he's Einstein among monkeys). He will even sit on it grabbing it hard while getting soaked in the rain. Well giving a DSLR to a person who has never used a camera in his life is equal to giving an umbrella to a monkey.

Before buying a DSLR one should explore a compact camera to its full potential. Worse type of compact camera will be great , because this will not only polish your skills but will keep you motivated while exploring the world of  DSLRs. Practice makes a man perfect. Practice on compact cameras and when you feel you are ready to upgrade and you can handle a DSLR and take good care of your equipment, then go for a DSLR.