Unveiling 19 years of King's Exoticism & Glamour
The masses have always awaited the launch of the Kingfisher Calendar every year with bated breath. And each year, the calendar has managed to meet those expectations with new faces, new themes and new locales. In a talk with Atul Kasbekar, the man behind the head-turning images of the Kingfisher Calendar for the last 19 years, we tried to dig our way to the core and find the story behind the calendar shoots. Excerpts:
Styling for Foodtography
Log on into Instagram and you’ll certainly see at least one picture of a mouthwatering dish or a delicious meal on your feed, arranged perfectly to invoke the right centres of your brain. A plate that has been rightly arranged or a picture of food that has been rightly clicked will have people clamouring for a bite. If you too are exploring these tasty avenues of foodtography (food photography) or food blogging, there is one aspect you need to master: food styling.
Discovering New Life's First Clicks
One of the pioneers of the Maternity & Child Photography genre in the country, Amrita Samant is the founder of Mommy Shots and the ambassador of Newborn & Child Photographers Association of India (NCPAI). With more than 1,400 photoshoots across 10 countries under her belt, Amrita has created her unique mark in the industry characterised with cherubic smiles and twinkling eyes. An all-rounded artist, she uses her leisure time to work on social campaigns and raise awareness around issues such as NICU babies & Breastmilk Donation. We spoke to her about her experiences in the industry and the challenges she faced. Excerpts:
There’s no doubt that Landscape Photography is one of the most rewarding genres of photography which offers equal amount of enjoyment too. Who doesn’t want to get outside more, to breathe the fresh air, and to connect with the nature? These landscape photography tips will help you make the most of your next photo expedition.
Have you ever thought of the best way to add a touch of dreaminess or surrealism to your photography with the least bit of efforts? If you are still pondering over this question, then we have got the answer for you! It’s time to bring the beauty of Bokeh to your photoshoots!
How To Photograph Urban Landscape?
Urban landscapes are extremely interesting photographic subjects. Also known as cityscape photography, urban landscape photography is nearly same to other outdoor photography, but also has some particular considerations to be familiar with.
Tamron 70-300 mm F/4.5-6.3 Sony Mount
Tamron has been extending its portfolio for the E-mount lenses gradually and it now features the wide zoom 28-200mm, the 70-180mm and the recent addition - 70-300mm. With so many overlapping lenses now from Tamron, it is possible that you might be wondering which is the best lens you ought to get? Like most of the lenses for the E-mount this lens effectively goes against the Sony 70-300mm. Like the other category of lenses, Tamron 70-300 mm (at ₹ 47,900) is at nearly half the price of the Sony lens (approx. more than ₹ 1 Lac). Similar to the other Sony lenses, you will get image stabilization in Tamron lenses too. So, the Tamron is effectively a much lighter, more affordable and compact lens for this focal range. To review the Tamron 70-300mm lens, we paired it with the Sony A7 S iii.
Nikon Z7 ii
In October 2020, Nikon announced the launch of the Nikon Z7 ii as a continuation to its imaging line-up legacy. Priced at ₹ 2.5 Lacs (body only), the Z7 ii effectively goes against the popular offerings like the Canon EOS R5 and the Sony A7R IV. It is considerably cheaper as compared to both these cameras and with the reduction in the price point, certain things are amiss in the Z7ii.
Moto E6i Android Go Phone Launched With 6.1-inch HD+ Display
Moto E6i price and specifications have been announced as the phone was officially launched in Brazil.
Samsung Galaxy M12 Launched With 48MP Quad Cameras, 6,000MAH Battery
Samsung Galaxy M12 specs are now official as the company has quietly launched the mobile phone in Vietnam. The handset is available for sale via retail stores in the country.
THE MOST EXCITING PRODUCTS OF 2020
2020 might have not been the year we imagined it would be when we took on our New Year’s resolution, but it has had given us its fair share of excitement. Covid-19 really put a spanner in the works for everyone; we shifted from attending live launch events to watching them online. For some companies, the pandemic even caused a temporary disruption in their launch dates for new products – they faced all kinds of issues – events got cancelled, gear was delayed and factories were temporarily shut down. But all these problems haven’t stopped them from launching some of the most incredible products of all time in 2020. To show the resilience of the tech industry and how they combated the times of Covid despite so many problems, we compiled a list of all the high-tech products of 2020 that created a lot of buzz and left an indelible mark!
Seeking Creative ingenuity in the Spotlight
A renowned photographer in the national as well as international circles, Tarun Khiwal has rewritten the rules of fashion photography with his experimental style while paving new, unusual ways for the era of exploration. Whilst honing his craft for more than 30 years, tarun Khiwal has created an unparalleled style of visual story telling which doesn’t adhere to conventions or trends, instead it draws inspiration from a personal treasure trove of memories and experiences. To usher in 2021 with new lessons and commemorate our 33rd anniversary, we spoke to Tarun about his source of inspiration, his journey of living under the spotlight and the challenges he faces in the ever-changing industry. Excerpts:
Xiaomi launched the cheapest 108mp smartphone MI 10i
Xiaomi recently announced the Mi 10i, a new phone in its 10 series intended for the Indian market and manufactured in India, that’s what the “i” stands for, apparently.
Vivo launches Y20A in India with Triple Rear Camera Setup & 5,000mAh Battery
Vivo Y20A was recently launched in India as the latest smartphone offering from the company.
Products to Look For in 2021
A new year brings with it a new wave of excitement; excitement for a new line-up of brand new products! We have scoured high and low to find out all about exciting products – including cameras, smartphones and some cool gadgets – that are rumoured to be launched in 2021. Here’s the list of products that might create waves in the industry and entice you to dole out some fresh, green notes; so keep an eye out for them!
Panasonic launches LUMIX G100 mirrorless camera in India
Panasonic recently launched its latest mirrorless camera, Lumix G100, in India.
GoPro launches The Remote and announces new firmware update for Hero9 Black
GoPro recently announced a new firmware update for its HERO9 Black flagship camera that makes it compatible with the company’s recently launched bluetooth remote named, The Remote.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BENJAMIN VON WONG
He dons different hats; that of a photographer, a digital artist, a storyteller, a viral creative and an activist. Regardless of which words you would use to describe him, there’s one thing you cannot deny – his art conveys deep social and environmental issues through carefully crafted pictures that inspire people to stand up, take notice and act. His recent projects, especially the ones that depict global issues through the lens of fantasy & surrealism, have left a lasting mark on the world. Ahead of our 33rd anniversary, we spoke to Benjamin Von Wong about all things photography, art and activism.
The Best Mirrorless Camera in 2020
Mirrorless cameras have been gaining a lot of popularity mainly because of their new technology and their lens choices which provide us amazingly great quality pictures which SLR cameras cannot. And if you ask photographers, some would definitely tell you that mirrorless cameras are very good for both photography and videography. The mirrorless camera comes for both entry-level and advance level photography professionals, so let’s see which are the Best Mirrorless Cameras of 2020.
Fashion Photography 101
Becoming a fashion photographer seems like easy work and a profession full of freedom.
When Fashion Meets Fantasy
Photography is not just about capturing images from the real world, it’s also about envisioning a world that hasn’t existed hitherto. A world, where fairies prance around in flower gardens, where mermaids lead a secret life underwater and where forest nymphs hide behind magical trees. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
A PEEK INTO THE GLAMOROUS WORLD OF FASHION - Saurabh Dua
SENSUAL, ALLURING AND ARRESTING – SAURABH DUA’S PHOTOGRAPHS OFFER AN ENTICING GLIMPSE INTO THE GLAMOROUS WORLD OF FASHION AND THE FILM INDUSTRY. WITH MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING IN NUMEROUS COUNTRIES AND WITH EMINENT PERSONALITIES, HE HAS SUCCESSFULLY CREATED HIS OWN MARK IN THE INDUSTRY. TO BRING THE BEST OF THE WORLD OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE FOREFRONT, WE SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT HIS FORAY INTO THE FASHION GENRE AND THE INSPIRATIONS THAT ENCOURAGED HIM TO KEEP CHASING THE NEXT BEST SHOT. EXCERPTS:
How to Photograph & Create The Perfect Fashion Lookbook
If you have just ventured into the fashion photography industry, there is one thing you need to know – how to photograph the perfect fashion lookbook.
Fashion Photography - Trends You Need To Try
Fashion and Photography are art forms of self-expression that have heavily influenced human society.
Is Fashion Photography A Profitable Career Choice?
The purpose of fashion photography is all about delivering a positive kind of content and lifestyle to your audience. It’s all about capturing photographs with a high fashion style that satisfies the viewer’s eye, featuring the model’s charm and elegance. Fashion photography has now collected its beauty of aesthetics, mood board, various techniques, accessories and locations. This is precisely why proper photography training is important, to understand each part and the talent to use it at the proper time and place.
Panasonic launched S-S85 lens with f/1.8 for Lumix S-series cameras at ₹59,990
Panasonic recently announced its first lens of the large aperture series based on L-mount and designed for Lumix S series full frame mirrorless cameras.
Motorola launches Moto G 5G
Motorola recently launched the Moto G 5G.
Micromax launches IN Note 1 at ₹10,999, IN 1b at ₹6,999
After entering the market back again Micromax is full set to take on the Redmi 9 series, as well as phones from Itel, Tecno, etc, which dominate the budget segment.