STORIES OF THE WEEK
Pixean
Apr 12, 2019
Not for nothing is photography called a creative art form. It does let you run wild at times. This is a photographic technique in which you move a hand held light source as if to draw something in space while taking a long exposure shot. This is presently used in scientific as well as commercial purposes. Imagine a beautiful night sky with millions of stars embedded on it. I set my camera on a tripod and click a nice photograph of the same. Now, think of the antithesis! Instead of making the sky...
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Pixean
Apr 5, 2019
The combination of magic and a creative art form can be really enthralling. Photography is a creative art form and light painting can be the magic you can introduce into the images. So what actually is light painting? It is nothing but a type of long exposure photography in which the light source is used to paint patterns while the camera shutter remains open. With the camera operating on slow shutter speed, you need to use the light source to make the painting in front of the camera lens. This ...
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Pixean
Mar 29, 2019
A crystal ball seems mythical and magical, even now! It somehow takes us back to the glorious fairytale days of our pasts. The crystal ball has started to make its mark in the world of photography and how! Whenever the creativity in photography seems to get close to any point of saturation, new magic creeps up. A crystal ball is one such magic. Let us take a look at the following tips on how to use the crystal ball to the maximum potential…                               Image courtesy: Amazon.co...
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Pixean
Mar 22, 2019
We have read about crystal balls in fairytales. We have seen characters peeking into the future with the help of these mystic objects. Gone are those days for sure or are they? Jumping back to reality, we suddenly have crystal balls in use. Crystal ball photography is a highly creative genre of photography wherein we enhance our images with the help of a crystal ball in the foreground. Obviously, they don’t let us see the future but they don’t seem any less magical though. Landscape photography ...
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Pixean
Mar 20, 2019
Every photographer has a few best practices or rules which they follow religiously on every shoot to avoid disaster. Today I am going to share my best practices which can save you from getting into trouble. The purpose behind sharing these tips is to keep a backup plan ready before you realize you are in deep trouble. Prevention is better than cure.SourceCreate folders in camera for every new shoot.There’s an inbuilt option in almost every camera to create a folder. So whatever photos you shoot ...
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Pixean
Mar 15, 2019
Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar once quoted “We eat with our eyes and first impressions are everlasting”.  He was spot on with that as I am often impressed with the colorful presentation of the cuisines, be it at restaurants or the food magazines and cookbooks in the advertising industry. Yes, the visual appeal has become a very important factor of the Food industry which brings me to pen my tips on Food Photography.  Food photography isn't just randomly clicking a whats-on-my-plate picture intended...
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Pixean
Mar 1, 2019
“Let's plan something for the upcoming holidays” or “I love to travel” Sounds familiar. Right? Considering the pictures posted on social media these days, Travel has become a hot topic and Travel Photography a most-sought-after option.  Traveling the world, capturing a beautiful location, its people, different cultures and customs seem very exciting. Almost like a dream job!! But then nothing comes easy J.  You need to sacrifice a lot of time and put in a great amount of hard work for that. None...
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Pixean
Feb 22, 2019
Everybody enjoys and appreciates a beautiful sunset and regardless of how cliché it may sound, no photo collection is complete without sunrise or a sunset picture. But have you ever wondered, “Why my sunset photos don’t look like the way I saw it?”  Taking beautiful sunset pictures can sometimes be challenging.  However, if you keep a few tips in mind, capturing the last rays of the day and the golden light can be a very satisfying experience.  Let me guide you through this: ** Image courtesy Pi...
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Pixean
Feb 15, 2019
Ever admired the images where the subject is still and everything around it seems to be in motion. Wondered what technique could have been used to capture that image. Well, let me introduce you to a very creative aspect of photography called Panning.Panning basically means following the movement of a subject so that your subject stands out sharp and the background becomes blur which would give the shot a feeling of motion and speed. And how do you do this? Conceptually planning is easy: set your...
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Pixean
Feb 6, 2019
Night photography is one of the toughest genres of photography. It can again be categorized into portrait images, landscape images and even street photography. Night time street photography challenges not only the photography but also his/her camera gear. The darkness of the night is beautiful, enthralling and thrilling. Setting up a story telling image against such a backdrop will res storytelling wonders. Let us take a look at the following set of tips which will help you make stunning night t...
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Pixean
Feb 1, 2019
Fashion is in us, with us and around us. Not only now, but it has also been the same for ages. Fashion has been one of the most important factors whose influence on global culture has been massive. The fashion industry is an ever growing one. In fact, fashion is getting expensive all the time. In the United States alone, close to 250 billion dollars is being spent on different types of fashion accessories. These include bags, shoes, apparels etc. So what is fashion actually? Fashion is actually ...
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Pixean
Jan 25, 2019
The word Photography literally means the study of light. There can be no photography if there is no light at all. Photography requires the skills of using light to your advantage to make images artistically. There can be two types of lighting in any condition, artificial light, and natural light. Natural light refers to the light sources present in nature. Natural light is not under our control. It may differ from place to place and from time to time. Artificial light sources can vary in size, i...
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Pixean
Jan 18, 2019
How do you actually show an entire event to your viewers in a short span of time? Realistically speaking, they will not be interested to see the video of the entire phenomenon. As a result, you will have to show the content in a much more interesting way. Presenting a time-lapse video is a solution. A time-lapse is nothing but showing a long event in a very short duration of time. This can be done to shoot everything ranging from sunsets to cooking recipes. Time-lapse videos have become quite co...
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Pixean
Jan 11, 2019
Portrait photography takes a lot of effort to master. Like most other genres of photography, a lot of technical expertise is required to make attractive portrait images. You need to be thorough with the basic concepts of photography. Portrait photography is actually quite a vast genre of photography. When we hear the term portrait photography, we may be limited to thinking about the studios and the lights within but in reality, there can be several types of portraits. While shooting portraits in...
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Pixean
Jan 9, 2019
 Meet Brendon Fernandes. He is one of those cliché photographers who quit their jobs and moved to photography to follow their passion. He is an MBA graduate and for almost 5 years he was working in Reliance Communications as a Marketing Manager for Blackberry devices. It was a sweet job at first but corporate red tape and culture quickly turned that sweetness into something sour and unpalatable. Photography was just a hobby for him at that time and in 2012 he finally had enough and quit his job ...
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Pixean
Jan 4, 2019
Portrait photography is a game of light and poses. We can use this to depict several emotions of the same subject with the help of different types of lighting effects. We have normally come across something called the 3 point lighting setup. The first one is the key light source, the second one is the fill light and the third can be used as a rim light or hair light. Although this may seem complex at first, regular practice can render this quite simple. What if we try to simplify this further by...
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Pixean
Dec 28, 2018
You may be a beginner in photography, an amateur or even a professional. You might be shooting wildlife or landscapes for a living. Even then you need to have the basic knowledge of portrait photography. Whenever people will get to know that you are a photographer, they will request you for portraits. “I am a wildlife photographer and hence I cannot shoot portraits” – this is a very lame excuse and is nowhere close to professional behaviour. You may not be interested in making that a profession,...
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Pixean
Dec 26, 2018
We have been trying to replicate the natural lighting condition using artificial light sources for years. We have made significant progress too. But no matter how far we actually go, natural lighting will never be replaced. Natural lighting is a boon if you are shooting portraits. Portraits shot in natural light have a completely different look and feel from the ones shot using artificial light sources. Using natural lighting requires certain skills as well as a strong grasp of the concepts of p...
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Pixean
Dec 21, 2018
Portrait photography involves emotions. The variety of human emotions is enormous and hence there are several types of portraitures. A portrait may not be describing the entire life of a person but it can depict the current condition of the person. The visible emotions in your portraiture will determine the beauty of your shot. A portrait may be a story telling one, an emotional one or even a fashionista! There are certain guidelines to shooting portraits. They are obviously not rules that are m...
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Pixean
Dec 14, 2018
Colors and creativity go hand in hand in photography. Neon themed portrait shoot is a great example of this. You must have seen portraits with bright flashes of colors in the background or even in the foreground. Such portraits are called neon themed portraits. These look quite attractive and hence are often used in magazine cover shots, posters etc. In neon themed portraits you have the opportunity to be extremely creative with lights. The normal lighting setup rules of portrait photography are...
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Pixean
Dec 13, 2018
‘It’s been two years; I am learning how to work. In return I get food’ – Rahat (8), explains his promising job. The UN estimates that 168 million children are being put to work globally. According to UNICEF, more than 7.4 million children are engaged in economic activity in Bangladesh.  Many of them work in extreme circumstances; some even risk their lives. For a shift of up to 12-16 hours, most earn less than $3 a day - many receive half of that. Many children are often physically ruined as a r...
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Pixean
Dec 7, 2018
If you are a photographer, you will get requests for portrait photography and it doesn’t even matter which genre of photography you are interested in! So basically, you may be bitten by the landscape bug but you still need to learn how to shoot portraits. Friends and family look out for photographers who can take great portraits of theirs and you, as a photographer will be no exception. The challenge here is that most of them are not going to be models. They will not be having any idea about pos...
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Pixean
Dec 5, 2018
We are always bewildered about what is happening outside our world. For all of you who are highly interested in star gazing, night sky and constellations, this is going to be an experience of a lifetime. And for those who are not into the night sky at all, this will be a unique experience! I used to belong to the latter category. Photography is an illimitable art form. Time-lapse photography is a perfect example of that. Why time-lapse then? Well, we always want to see things we have never seen....
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Pixean
Nov 30, 2018
In case you have heard the term hyper lapse photography and wondering how it is different from time lapse photography, you have just arrived at the correct place. Now what is time lapse photography? It is a type of photography in which an event is shown in a much shorter duration of time. The entire event seems sped up, creating a lot of excitement in the final video. Once the shots are taken, they are processed and later put together in a video sequence to manufacture the final product. Hyper l...
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Pixean
Nov 28, 2018
Time-lapse photography involves the stitching together of several images to form a video. It has the ability to depict an entire event in a much shorter duration of time. However, as we all know, the video is not actually sped up. So how is this achieved? Well, time-lapse photography involves certain parameters like time interval and number of shots. The time interval is the interval between two successive shots. For example, if you are shooting a time-lapse with an interval of 10 seconds betwee...
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Pixean
Nov 26, 2018
Time lapse videos depict an entire event in a much shorter duration of time. They are played at great speed and hence enthral the viewers. Time lapse photography takes a lot of practice to attain perfection. There are kits dedicated to this genre of photography. They may not be mandatory but they go a long way in helping you achieve excellence. There are a few other nuances involved in this that not many are aware of. We don’t think of these while we are getting ready for the shoot and this beco...
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Pixean
Nov 14, 2018
Time lapse photography is addictive. It is one of the most attention grabbing genres of photography. Once you have mastered time lapses, you can build an entire portfolio out of it. This will not only help you in photography but videography too. Most travel video-loggers are using time lapses these days. Although time lapses require intensive efforts and a lot of time, the results are quite gorgeous and in the lame man’s language, catchy! Time lapse photography requires a proper kit most of the ...
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Pixean
Oct 31, 2018
Fireworks in the night sky look surreal. To capture and enjoy anything so heavenly, a price has to be paid. Getting good fireworks photographs is not a luck-by-chance scenario. There has to be a well-designed plan. To have a good fireworks photograph, you have to be very aware and agile. This is tricky and challenging but that’s where all the fun lies. Let us take a look at the most crucial aspects of fireworks photography. SOURCEThe location vantage point: Location scouting is one of the most i...
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Pixean
Oct 29, 2018
Photography is a game of lights. If you are into this article, you may already know how significant a role lighting plays in any genre of photography. You may be shooting an outdoor shot in natural light or an indoor portrait with artificial lights but the lighting techniques have to be spot on in order to make splendid images. There are several types of lights used in photography. These include tungsten lights, LED lights, Xenon lights etc. LED light is one of the common types of lights. There ...
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Pixean
Oct 26, 2018
We have always associated the word ‘Golden’ with a once in a lifetime kind of an opportunity. Mankind has always fallen in love with this. Golden opportunity, golden times, golden moments and many more such phrases have always enveloped us to the extent that whenever we find an opportunity worth trying, we use this word as a prefix! In the world of photography too, we have associated this word. Photographers love the golden hour. Golden hour is nothing but the time period leading up to the sunse...
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Pixean
Oct 25, 2018
We have with us Vivek Gowda who is a cinematographer, photographer and an emerging entrepreneur, who love to convey stories of human life and condition through video and images. Here he depicted the story of Vittal Pindi which is the famous Sri Krishna Leelotsav celebrations held annually during the Krishna Janmashtami at the world-famous Udupi Sri Krishna Temple in Karnataka.Vittal Pindi – PhotostoryThe unique aspect of Vittal Pindi is that a clay murthi of Krishna is prepared for the occasion ...
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Pixean
Oct 24, 2018
Low light photography is one of the stiffest challenges a photographer has to encounter. Photography is a game of lights and when the light is reduced substantially, we start to face what photographers call impending doom! Low light situations test your camera sensor to the core. All shortcomings of the camera body get properly highlighted. In low light situations, you need to operate with very slow shutter speeds and that in itself is a major reason to worry. Slow shutter speeds doesn’t allow y...
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Pixean
Oct 22, 2018
Photography is a creative art form. There is no limit to the amount of creativity you can have while shooting a particular image. Camera manufacturers have come up with filters to assist you in this process. There are two kinds of filters if we can classify in a broad way. The first one is the on camera filters like the neutral density filters, polarizing filters etc. The second type is what the manufacturers like to call “creative filters”. These are inbuilt camera filters. Most entry level dsl...
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Pixean
Oct 18, 2018
As beginners in photography, we tend to shoot everything. While that is a good practice for a beginner, the actual fun begins when we are able to analyze the reasons for choosing a particular subject. The choice of subject depends on several factors ranging from ad-hoc shots to subjects you like to shoot. Professional images are planned well in advance. There is quite a lot of pre-visualization involved in making a professional image. Consistent choice of subjects will help you in creating a pho...
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Pixean
Oct 17, 2018
Photography is all about being able to clearly depict one’s feelings, thoughts and stories. For this to happen, your subject must stand out properly. The subject can be enhanced in many different ways. It depends on the focusing aspect, the background, the composition and the lighting. Each of these is responsible in making the subject stand out. Let us take a look at a few tips to actually make your subject stand out.1) The background: The background actually enhances the foreground. Choose a b...
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Pixean
Oct 15, 2018
Backlit subjects always tend to grab a lot of attention. Perfect back lit shots always leave the viewers with a will to come back for more. Silhouette is a name given to such back lit shots. The back lighting throws the subject in to darkness but the shape remains clearly visible. We have all seen such kind of shots in desert landscapes etc. Silhouettes are highly appreciable and takes a lot of effort to master. Let us take a look at the 5 tips to create stunning silhouettes and then proceed onw...
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