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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oct 12, 2018
Silhouettes are nothing but backlit images. The subjects are normally in shadow. The outline of the subject is visible in silhouettes. Capturing silhouettes is one of the oldest forms of photography. We have associated ourselves with such images from time immemorial. Each of us has a silhouette of our own. They might be taken intentionally or even by mistake! When we stand to pose for a portrait on a beach with the sun behind us, we get a dark image of our self. More often than not, it is an uni...
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Oct 8, 2018
In a world as vast as photography, misconceptions will exist. A world of creative art that it is, it tells us to believe in it without any boundaries or limitations. Solving misconceptions is fun. One of the common topics of misconception in photography comes ashore when the boundary between adjustment of white balance and colour correction is breached. Let us take a look at the differences between the two and try to remove such a confusion from our grey matter for one final time.1)   White bala...
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Oct 5, 2018
White balance is the setting in the camera by which you can convey to the camera how to perceive the colour white. You may have used several image editing applications. The white balance option is always present in the application, no matter how basic or simple that application is. This tells us the significance of white balance. White balance is used to control the temperature of the image and in the process controls the mood of the image too. You may have seen that when you push the slider to ...
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Oct 3, 2018
Exposure is the first thing we try to sort out when we are clicking a picture. A common question comes up every time. What is the correct exposure? To be very honest, there is nothing called as correct exposure. Correct exposure has to be determined by the photographer. If you are talking of technically correct exposure, the histogram can help you achieve that. In professional photography, playing safe with the exposure settings is no longer good enough. You need to be creative with your exposur...
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Oct 1, 2018
With the emergence of new photographers every single day, photography has become a highly competitive field. The quality of photographs is rising all the time and you need to be at your best all the while. Portrait photography is no exception. With the massive rise in demand of portrait photography, wedding photography etc. the quality of portraitures has kept on surpassing the previous highs. So how do you actually stand out when the scenario is such? How do you actually get out there and prove...
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Sep 28, 2018
Night time photography has become a craze amongst photographers. The quality of your night time photographs depend on your knowledge of photography more than anything else. Most of us are concerned about the equipment. In fact some of us tend to believe that night photography should only be done when one has acquired high quality camera gear. While a high quality gear really helps, great night shots can be captured with basic cameras too. Apart from your knowledge of photography, there are a few...
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Sep 26, 2018
Whenever we talk of photography, the discussion about exposure follows. Exposing an image properly is perhaps the first step in photography. The exposure triangle parameters are the foundation pillars of photography. The three parameters are aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Whatever exposure changes you need to do in your camera will have to be done by adjusting these parameters only. Exposure triangle is nothing but a simple chart showing the stops of light of these three parameters on each sid...
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Sep 24, 2018
We have seen a lot of images with flares in them. Some of them look quite natural and beautiful while others seem to be ruined by them. It depends on how the photographer is using the lens flares. To be very honest, we don’t have much idea about how to use lens flares to enhance photographs. We are very skeptical about having these flares in our images. We find them always unwanted. So what is this lens flare actually? Lens flares happen when the light rays hit your lens at oblique angles and th...
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Sep 21, 2018
When we are starting out on our photography journeys, we tend to run after the perfect exposure. What is perfect exposure? It is hypothetical. Perfect exposure doesn’t exist. There are several ways to photograph the same scene. What may seem to be perfect exposure for me may not be the same for someone else. The perspective is what matters in this kind of a scenario.SOURCELet us analyze what a good exposure is…A photograph is exposed properly if it is neither too dark nor too bright. Having said...
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Sep 20, 2018
We have with us Oli Murugavel who is born in the south of India, he always dreamt about the scenic snowy mountains of the north. A wish of him to visit Kashmir and its people to capture through his lens came true in January 2018. Kashmir is called as 'The Paradise on Earth' because of its pristine natural beauty and its unique culture. When it comes to Kashmir, the Phiran (traditional long clothing of Kashmiris) and the snowy, foggy landscape were the only things he knew about but Kashmir had mu...
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Sep 19, 2018
Portrait photography revolves around the living subject or subjects in your frame. The process of instilling life into the subjects must be carried out by the photographer. Photography is not bound by rules, but it is spoilt by mistakes. There are several mistakes one makes while doing portraitures. Let us take a look at some of those mistakes related to the composition, camera height, lighting and other factors and learn how to avoid them while we are in the field.SOURCE1)   Eyes are not in foc...
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Sep 17, 2018
Photography is all about playing around with light. Lack of light is what challenges the photographers the most. Night photography is a perfect example of that sort of a challenge. On the other hand, night photographs look extremely beautiful when shot properly. What do you do in such a scenario? Let us take a look at the best camera settings for night photography as well as the challenges faced normally.SOURCE1)   Ideal camera settings:The biggest challenge in night photographyis to shoot in ex...
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Sep 12, 2018
Sunbursts and starbursts are wonderful effects used to enhance several types of images. These effects can be shot on the field or introduced in post processing. Light bursting out of any light source is called a sunburst effect. We have all seen several landscapes and street images in which the presence of a sunburst is prominent. Now, anything that we don’t normally observe is a fantasy. Starbursts are not clearly view able by the naked eye. So the presence of sunbursts in certain images grabs ...
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Sep 10, 2018
Camera gear fascinates all. The most common question received by all photography institutions is related to the camera gear required in a particular genre of photography. This leads to the question “What lens should I use for portrait photography?” There is no definite answer to this. This will depend on several factors which we are going to take a look at over the course of this blog. Portrait photography is perhaps one of the most common types of photography since no matter whichever genre you...
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Sep 7, 2018
The most common photography questions surround the gear required for photography. Questions like “Which lens is the best to shoot portraits?”, “Which camera will get me the sharpest images?” flood the internet every single day. Photography gear fascinates us all. Being a creative art form that it is, every lens can be used to shoot every genre of photography. For example, a telephoto zoom lens can be used to shoot landscapes, wide angled lenses can shoot wildlife and macro lenses can do portrait...
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Sep 6, 2018
Thank you to all those photographers who shared their best photos from their product photography experiments. We are super excited to announce the Winners of our Product Photography Contest. Congratulations Varsha Chakrapani, Renjith R, Jagdish Choudhary, Avdhoot Fox and Priyanka Rozario on winning the contest!! Photo By: Varsha Chakrapani Photo By: Renjith R  Photo By: Jagdish Choudhary Photo By: Avdhoot Fox Photo By: Priyanka Rozario All the contest winners take home exclusive Pixean t-shirts....
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Sep 4, 2018
Photographing people with glasses has been a challenge for us since a long time. Whenever we try to shoot them, we end up with glares due to the reflection off the glasses. This in turn hides their eyes and produces some odd colour and flares. This blog is dedicated to all those people who have faced this problem quite a few times while shooting portraits of friends and family members. The problem is that you cannot ask them to take it off. At least, not always. In case you are shooting children...
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Aug 31, 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...
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Aug 29, 2018
You must have seen the shots of the earth’s surface, from high above. Some unique patterns, some sharp group portraits, unbelievable landscapes, unseen viewpoints, what so ever be it; they look more than just stunning. Drones are mini aircraft capable of shooting photographs with the cameras that have been attached to them. Drones are controlled remotely using the controller. The amazing perspectives that the drones offer are the primary reason of their existence and not only existence now; they...
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