The Elephant Parade : Mumbai 2018

With the novel objective of raising awareness for elephant corridors across the country, The Elephant Parade India arrived at Mumbai this month. Along came exquisitely designed and painted elephant replicas, each having an interesting story to its own. Apart from being an awareness raising tool, it is also an amazing means to showcase the artist’s expertise and talent. I met with the following elephants at … Continue reading The Elephant Parade : Mumbai 2018

Long Exposure : Demystified

Time and again, I have had requests and queries on how to take the amazing “trails” photos, today, I shall try to demystify them. The technique is called Long Exposure. As the name suggests, we make the photo’s exposure long. In doing so, any light source, or lit up object, that is incident on the sensor, shall be registered by it. In technical terms, we … Continue reading Long Exposure : Demystified

AtoZ Challenge: N – Normal Lens

A normal lens is one which produces images corresponding to the normal viewing span of a human eye. Generally this focal length is taken as 35-50mm. So, photos taken at focal lengths beyond the range are termed to be wide or telephoto and hence the wide and telephoto lenses. The 18-55 mm kit lens, despite popular disregard, is one the most versatile lenses out there … Continue reading AtoZ Challenge: N – Normal Lens

AtoZ Challenge: I – Infinity Focus

Infinity Focus Often we hear the term “Infinity Focus” being used while shooting landscapes or during astro photography. What it actually means is, the focus plane to be such that maximum light rays which focus on the sensor shall be in parallel plane. While shooting landscape photos, we focus at a plane, where the infinity of the lens is within the hyperfocal distance; but while … Continue reading AtoZ Challenge: I – Infinity Focus

AtoZ Challenge: H – Hot Shoe

Hot Shoe It is a mounting arrangement found on the top of the camera bodies for mounting external flashes, commander modules, GPS modules etc. The hot shoe is generally found in a standard form and the various compatibility issues arise due to the different firing voltages which trigger them. One may not find daily use of the hot shoe but it sure is an indispensable … Continue reading AtoZ Challenge: H – Hot Shoe

AtoZ Challenge: G – Ghosting

Ghosting Ghosting is a phenomenon that is observed if there is strong light directly incident on the lens and it reflects off the various lens elements, the diaphragms and even the sensor, and causes multiple translucent artefacts to be created. This often causes the photo quality to degrade. One of the ways past this is to use a lens hood, or to use polarizer filters. … Continue reading AtoZ Challenge: G – Ghosting

AtoZ Challenge: F – Forced Perspective

Forced Perspective Take a good long look at the picture below. Often we see photos of people holding the tip of Eiffel Tower or leaning against the Leaning Tower of Pisa or even gobbling up the sun. That is what forced perspective is all about. We use the camera settings in such a way that the difference between the foreground and the background is intentionally … Continue reading AtoZ Challenge: F – Forced Perspective

AtoZ Challenge: E – EXIF Data

EXIF Data It is a condensed form of Exchange Image File format which is basically a standard format set to report the various parameters of a photograph. The data that are captured mostly include the make of the camera, shutter speed, focal length, the aperture, ISO. When suitably available, location coordinates are also available in the EXIF data. Extra information as to whether the flash … Continue reading AtoZ Challenge: E – EXIF Data