Friday, 17 June 2016

How to do Light Trails Photography?

Light Trails at Hawa Mahal, Jaipur took this Shot on 18-Dec-2012.
Camera body - Canon EOS 50D, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, Focal length - 23mm, Shutter Speed - 1.6 sec, Aperture - f/4.5 and ISO - 250
After my recent article about Which is the Best Camera and lens for Photography? I got lot of inquires about how to shoot Light Trails, but before I proceed I want to let you know that everything takes time, practice and patience. For example I am sharing these four photographs with you; First one of Albert Hall, Jaipur below this text, which I took in 17-Oct-2009. The second one of Hawa Mahal, Jaipur on top, which I took on 18-Dec-2012. Third one of a balloon seller at statue circle, Jaipur took on 24-March-2015 and the fourth one of Vidhan Sabha Jaipur which I took on 2-March-2016. With the help of these four Images you can easily understand that what effect time, experience, knowledge and bit of modern equipments can bring to the quality of Photograph. In 2009 there was little knowledge and Information about Light Trails even on the Google. But with the time people had shared lot of stuff, tutorials, photographs and experiments which helped lot of people to learn and here are the result of reading all that . . . :)

Ok so today we will try to learn the right technique and approach to shoot Light Trails but first let me tell you that Light Trails is just one of the small part of big subject Night Photography. Hopefully everyone who is reading this knows what photography is? If not let me repeat its definition “Photography is technique of capturing the light with the help of camera”. So In Light trails also we are capturing the lights but with some proper settings cause if you will capture too much light the picture will over expose (Too much Bright) if the light will be less then it would be under expose (Too much Dark).

First we have to find a Background or a Still subject which is not too much lit up. If it would be too lit up then in our long exposure it will get over exposed. You can also shoot without any significant background or subject but those shots will be hard to compose. I will say if you are newbie go with this approach and once you learn it then experiment as much as you want. Newbie’s will need a tripod any cheap tripod will do but it has to be sturdy. After finding the right place to shoot, Place your tripod, fix your camera on it and then compose the shot. Make sure there is some moving traffic between your camera and subject or in front of your camera and I don’t think I need to tell this to anyone that Light Trails will be taken in the night only or in the dark conditions. Now once you had composed your shot we have to understand and adjust the camera settings. 

For Light Trails we need to have a long exposure it means that we have to open the face of our shutter for long time. So that we can record the moving light on our camera sensor but the longer the shutter is open the more light will hit the sensor and it will create a chance for your pic to get over exposed. So with the help of ISO and Aperture we will try to balance the light conditions and what kind of effects we want (All this will be done on manual Mode). We even have to make sure that we don’t shake our camera at time of shot because that will give you a blur image. For example in the Jaipur Vidhan Sabha pic my settings were Exposure - 6.0 sec; Aperture - f/14 and ISO – 100 and you can see that because of 6sec exposure I got the beautiful wave of Light Trails. This shot was without the tripod I just done the settings put the camera on the ground and pressed the shutter but the road gave me the nice and sturdy base for my shot and Kaboom. Next shot I would like to discuss is the shot where Hawa Mahal is in the Background settings for this shot were Exposure - 1.6 sec; Aperture - f/4.5 and ISO – 250. The reason for this setting was the conditions I was in I did not had the tripod and still I wanted to take this shot because I felt that the moon was at perfect spot. I didn’t even had any sturdy place to keep my camera for this composition so I used the roof of my car but that was also giving vibrations as any heavy vehicle pass by it. So I had to do it fast and by fast I mean can’t leave the shutter open for long time so after finalizing these settings I put the camera on the roof of my car and pressed the shutter and Kaboom. So by these two examples I think it would be clear to you that there is no set settings for Light Trails but you have to experiment a bit according to your conditions. Go and take some pics don’t worry or lose your heart if you don’t get it right for the first time just practice and experiment.
Light Trails at Albert Hall, Jaipur took this Shot on 17-Oct-2009.
Light Trails at Albert Hall, Jaipur took this Shot on 17-Oct-2009.
Camera body - Canon EOS 6D, Lens - EF50mm f/1.4 USM, Focal length - 50mm, Shutter Speed - 1.0 sec, Aperture - f/4.0 and ISO – 100
Light Trails with a Balloon seller at Statue Circle, Jaipur. took this Shot on 24-March-2015.
Light Trails with a Balloon seller at Statue Circle, Jaipur. took this Shot on 24-March-2015.
Camera body - Canon EOS 6D, Lens - EF50mm f/1.4 USM, Focal length - 50mm, Shutter Speed - 1.0 sec, Aperture - f/4.0 and ISO – 100
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Light Trails at Jaipur Vidhan Sabha took this Shot on 2-March-2016.
Light Trails at Jaipur Vidhan Sabha took this Shot on 2-March-2016.
Camera body - Canon EOS 550D, Lens - EF50mm f/1.8 II, Focal length - 50mm, Shutter Speed - 6.0 sec, Aperture - f/14 and ISO - 100
If you have any questions you can ask them on comments below, I would try my best to answer them as fast as possible.  You can also share the links of your pictures you clicked after reading tutorial, that will surely help you me and newbie’s. The best way to learn is to do experiments, feel free to share these free tutorials because more you share more you learn. 
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Which is the Best Camera and lens for Photography?

Which is the Best Camera and lens for Photography.
Light trails in front of New Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha or Rajasthan Legislative Assembly which is at Janpath, Jaipur.
I was on a photo walk with one of my student, I was teaching him about night photography and how to play with lights. When we came at this place I was on the footpath and asked him to go in the middle of street and take some light trails shots and keep the Vidhan Sabha in the background. After few minutes he came back to me (I saw him reviewing the pictures on his cameras LCD screen from distance.) and said to me sir my camera and lens is not good enough to take good light trails or for good night photography. I looked at him and said ok, he was having “Canon 70D” with “Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens” both were latest.

I have three DSLR camera bodies’ one full frame and two cropped sensor. Whenever I go for Street Photography or photo walks I carry any of one cropped sensor body and any one lens of choice depending on the mood. That day I was carrying “Canon 550D” with “Canon EF 50mm f/1.8” I think I have these both with me from last Five years.

So after he told me that his camera is not good enough I said let me try with my camera. I took out the camera from my bag and went to the middle of street and took this shot. I came back and showed him this shot. And asked him whose camera and lens are much better your latest set or my five years old set?

I meet lot of Photography students, amateurs, professionals and hobbyist daily and most of the time I see them in dilemma about which is the best camera and lens? Instead of practicing Art of Photography these people spend lot of time in digging the net and on discussions about the latest and best camera in market, which is horrifying. I will not blame anyone completely about this but I will say that we have to understand this whole situation and why is this happening.

This entire problem has arrived with the commercialization of everything including you and me. With the commercialization came the concept of best “The Top”. And with the concept of best “The Top” came the race to “The Top”. For example in India I had heard it many times that “Beta tau maa baap ke budhape ka sahara hota hai” (A son is backbone of their old parents). The meaning of this statement is simple that the son will take care of their parents when they get old. That means to take care of your parents you have to be a successful person. So this is the pressure which parents put on their son from childhood that the more successful you will be the better care you will provide to us. And the commercialization starts Son wants to become successful, then he wants to become best and then the race to the top starts. This was the story of Son, few years back our government started a campaign “Beti Bete ke barabar hai” (Daughters are equal to son). (Although this campaign started with different objective in mind, to stop female foeticide but it created different problem.) When we started saying that Daughters are equal to son then the daughters also jumped into competition of becoming best and to be on the top. Now question is who are these sons and daughters and how does this affect the economy of world and how is this related to Which is the Best Camera and Lens for Photography? Everyone in this world is these sons and daughters, I gave you the examples of India but everywhere in the world reasons could be different but we are cultivating this kind of breed.

Instead of child getting proper education and space to groom and decide what he wants to do in life, he is forced in the competition from childhood. Before a child understands he becomes the part of rat race and starts manipulating, telling lies and god knows what, to just be on the top. In this race people had created lots of companies and every company wants to get on the top. So to get on top they tell and spread all kind of lies and rumours they possibly can and try to suppress the truth, this whole process is called advertising.

Now let’s get back to the point, Which is the Best Camera and Lens for Photography? There are two giants in Photography Industry Canon and Nikon they both are on the top. It’s very rare these days but let’s say if two friends are on top of the world then what will they do? They will get united and say let’s make a fool out of this world and make sure that no one else gets to the top. And that is exactly what these two giants Canon and Nikon are doing with the world right now. For example take any camera or lens of Canon and you will find the same kind of thing with Nikon with slight difference for approx same price. If Canon launches any new product then at approx same time same kind of product is launched by Nikon for approx same price. What is hard for me to understand is that these two say that they both have different Research and Development teams but still both of them come up with same kind of product at same time for same price. Can you imagine how can be that possible other than that they are united internally? They show us that they both are competitors in the race for top, so that we don’t even bother to think about any third option and end up buying one of their product. So in first step of getting the Best Camera for Photography we can easily say that Nikon or Canon they both have same kind of product for same price range so the brand name will not going to make any difference in your photography.

Don’t you think it is easy from here, both companies have same product all you have to do is go to the store and buy the most expensive product of any of one company and it has to be the best. But sadly this will be the wrong approach. Even if you have money and can afford anything, still you have to understand many things to get the Best Camera and Lens for you. Everyone is different and has different approach towards photography. Some have big hands, some have small hands, some are strong, some are weak and so on. . . and everyone has different interests in types of photography. The thing is first we have to understand that what is the most important thing in the camera which makes all the difference and that is it’s sensor.  Sensor of the camera is the most important part which makes all the difference, picture quality and lot of other things depends upon the sensor only. Both the companies use CMOS sensors with many fancy words for their image developing techniques but more or less that is also same. Both the companies use basically two types of sensors for their Armature level DSLR’s and their Professional level DSLR’s and that is Cropped Sensor and Full Frame Sensor (We will talk about the differences between Cropped Sensor and Full Frame Sensor in another article). What these companies do is they keep the sensor same but keep on adding different functions to camera and keep on raising the price and making the camera bulkier. Now the right approach to choose the Best Camera for you is to see which functions you require and which you don’t. For example when I first bought a DSLR I had two choices a camera which was offering option of video recording and there was a camera without video recording but the image quality was same. At that time I had opted for camera without video recording because I am not at all interested in movie making so that function was waste for me and the money I would have spend for that function would also would have wasted. Similarly when we see DSLR cameras with full frame sensors we find that sensors remain same but the functions changes and upgrades but again we have to keep in mind what we want and what is waste.

So now you have to select which camera is best for you according to functions, weight and size you are comfortable with, because you have to carry it around with you to take good pictures. Just don’t think that buying all those new and expensive cameras can give you good photos. Similarly you have to select the lens according to your requirement there are many different kind of lenses for different use. For example I love doing portraits and street and I am comfortable with 50mm and that is good enough for me, but one of my friend like to go wider but it is his choice not mine. So it’s you who has to decide that what your budget is and how much mm do you want. But don’t go for the cheap all around lenses like 55-250mm in Canon because these kind of lenses are of no use and you end up thinking that either your photography is bad or your camera and you end up spending lot more. The combination of comfortable Lens and Camera body is half battle you won.

Last thing is that once you buy what you want then stick with it and spend time on Clicking Pictures and learning the art of photography. Instead of finding shortcuts to get good pictures and to get on the top, art takes time and patience. Any good photographer will tell you it’s the brain behind the camera which takes photographs not the Camera.

If you have any questions you can ask them on comments below, I would try my best to answer them as fast as possible.  You can also share the links of your pictures you clicked after reading tutorial, that will surely help you me and newbie’s. The best way to learn is to do experiments, feel free to share these free tutorials because more you share more you learn.
Happy Clicking. . . :)

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

No Smoking? Indian Coffee House, Jaipur.

No Smoking? Indian Coffee House, Jaipur.
This pic is reflection of action of Arvind Jodha a famous cartoonist from Jaipur, India. I took this pic at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. 

The Problem is that this side of Cafe was designed to be a Smoking lounge and it was like that from the beginning. Everyone was happy and no one had any problem or issues from last many years. But suddenly few days back some people came to the cafe that were “self appointed members of morality brigade” and created a scene about why are people Smoking at Smoking area and so on. . . . After the Big Scene the authority instead of protecting the rights of artists and visitors who come here from years and years, they chose the easy way and stick the sign of No Smoking and now trying to implement this rule.

Most of these Members of Morality Brigade in India are politically motivated and do this kind of stuff to get easy fame, but in their attempt to get easy fame the common people are the one who get penalized.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Fashion Show at PIE Grand Finale Jaipur.

Backstage shot of Model Sangeeta Gharu and Model Monika Karwasra
Backstage shot of Model Sangeeta Gharu and Model Monika Karwasra
On the Eve of 12th June I covered this Fashion Show which was a part of PIE grand finale Jaipur. Models were great and show was entertaining there were three sequences and it held at Maharana Pratap Auditorium of Vidya Ashram School, Jaipur. This show was Choreographed and Styled by Abhimanyu Singh Tomar a renowned name in Fashion Industry.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Jaipur Weather, Shower of Relief.

Jaipur Rains Street Photography
I took this photograph yesterday evening at Tripolia bazar, Jaipur. When the sudden rain after a sandstorm took the Jaipurites by surprise. This rain brought great relief to Jaipurites from the scorching heat. The temperature dropped drastically and it was the happy time afterwards. This was not even the pre monsoon; the monsoon is estimated to hit Jaipur by 20th June 2016. It is predicted that this year there will be more than average rainfall in the region.
Jaipur Reflection after rains
Time to Capture Reflections after Rain. . . :)

Friday, 10 June 2016

"Sarga Suli" and an Affair - Jaipur

"Sarga Suli" and an Affair - Jaipur
I took this shot of Sarga Suli or Isar Lat, Jaipur in the background of an affair today when I was there on a photowalk with a friend.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

What is Abstract Photography or Art?

Abstract Photography or Art Clouds
Abstract Photography or Art is a combination of shapes, forms, colours or lines in whichever way artist please. Abstract Photography or Art is solely created to satisfy inner emotional or physiological hunger of artist. Abstract Photography or Art is totally free from the attempt to capture or reproduce visible reality of world.

There is no any set or official definition of Abstract Photography or Art but to understand it further we have to look into the history of Art. Till the mid of 19th century the visual art was emphasised on the reproduction of visual reality of the world. At the middle of 19th century artists started feeling the need of the art to satisfy their psychological hunger instead of reproduction of a visual scene. And by the end of 19th century few artists started creating art pieces solely to express their feelings or philosophy and that work was given the name of Abstract Art. Abstract Art is basically sensed as the disappearance of reality and head towards world of imagination. This disappearance of reality can be slight, partial or complete.

For example I am sharing few photographs below all of them are work of Abstract Photography but instead of explaining the individual image I had assembled them in such a way that they convey my feelings or philosophy to the viewer. *Best viewed in Laptops or Pc.

Abstract Photography or Art Clouds

Abstract Photography or Art Clouds

Abstract Photography or Art Clouds

Abstract Photography or Art Clouds

Abstract Photography or Sun Rise

Abstract Photography or Art Clouds

Abstract Photography or Art Clouds


Abstract Photography or Art Clouds

If you have any questions you can ask them on comments below, I would try my best to answer them as fast as possible.  You can also share the links of your pictures you clicked after reading tutorial, that will surely help you me and newbie’s. The best way to learn is to do experiments, feel free to share these free tutorials because more you share more you learn. 
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What is Still Life Photography or Art?

Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life Photography or you can say Still Life can be defined as a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells and so on) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewellery, coins, pipes, and so on).

This is the common definition of still life but this definition just gives half knowledge. The second part of still life which is mostly left unsaid is that even when you take pictures of unanimated objects or you can say take pics or paint the life less objects even then you have to put life in them. To be clearer even the life less objects in your art should give a feeling to the viewers that they are living.  For example Life is also generally related with the movement so your objects can give a feeling that they can move or can be moved any moment. And when you get a feeling that the things in this art work has life or can move any moment but you had captured them still, will be called as still life.

As an example of still life Photography I am posting some pics with this article. All the pics are of non living things but they give you a feeling that they have life.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Still Life photography clicked at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
If you have any questions you can ask them on comments below, I would try my best to answer them as fast as possible.  You can also share the links of your pictures you clicked after reading tutorial, that will surely help you me and newbie’s. The best way to learn is to do experiments, feel free to share these free tutorials because more you share more you learn. 
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

आदत

Indian-Coffee-house-Jaipur
Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

क्या एक आम आदमी अपनी आदतों का गुलाम होता है?

वैसे हर इंसान का इन् आदतों के प्रति अपना अपना नज़रिया होता है। कुछ लोग किसि आदत को अच्छा कहेंगे तो कुछ उसी को बुरा। मगर कुछ आदतों पर समाज ने अच्छे और बुरे की मोहर लगा रखी हे ताकि समाज के ठेकेदारों का भी कारोबार चलता रहे।

आदत लत कब बन जाती हे, ये समझना बच्पन से ही मेरे लिए बहुत ही कठिन विषय रहा है। इस लिए इस विषय पर टिपणी देने का अधिकार शुरू से ही जाने अनजाने हमने अपने माताजी और पिताजी पे छोड़ दिया था। इस अधिकार का भरपूर आनंद उठाते हुए वे वक़्त - वक़्त पे हमें कुछ ना कुछ मशोहरा दे ही दिया करते थे। जैसे की जब हमने पीना शुरू किया था तब हमारी माताजी ने कहा था ये आदतें अछि नहीं। कुछ साल बाद माताजी ने एक दिन फिर कहा तुम्हें तो शराब की लत लग गयी है। फिर कुछ साल बाद हमारी शादी हो गयी हमारा एक नौ-निहाल भी हो गया, इस दौरान बीवीजी ने भी इस अधिकार के कुछ शेयर दाब लिये थे। कुछ दिन पहले यका यक माताजी और बीवीजी ने एक स्वर में बात चालू की, की ये शराब की आदत अच्छी नहीं तुम इसे छोड़ दो। खैर हमारे कभी कबार पिने का शौख कब आदत बना फिर कब लत और फिर कब आदत बन गया, ये समझना मेरे लिए थोडा कठिन था। मगर जब उन्होंने ये विषय चालू कर ही दिया था तो हमने भी पूछ लिया, की प्रभु गौतम बुध ने भी अपनी आदतों को छोडने की शुरुआत एक आदत छोड़ के की थी, कहें तो मैं भी वहीँ से शुरुआत करूँ? खैर बातचीत और मशहवरों का दौर कुछ और देर चला फिर पता नहीं कहाँ से कहाँ निकल गया।
अगले दिन मैं उठा, तैयार हो के, नाश्ता पानी कर के, घर से निकला और जवाहर कला केंदर के इंडियन कॉफ़ी हाउस मैं जा बैठा। एक कॉफ़ी का ऑडर भी दे दिया, कॉफ़ी आई और हमने पी भी ली। फिर हमें पिछली रात की बात चीत का ख्याल आया और हम सोच में पड़ गए। हमारे सामने सवाल ये खड़ा हो गया की जिस कृत की जानकारी घर पे होती हे उस पर तो हमें बिन मांगे भी टिपणी मिल जाती है। मगर जिन कृत्यों की जानकारी घर तक नहीं पहुँचती उस के बारे में विशेष टिपणी कौन करेगा? जैसे इंडियन कॉफ़ी हाउस में अक्सर आना, फिर यहाँ की कॉफ़ी का आर्डर करना और फिर वो "गन्दी" कॉफ़ी मुस्कुराते हुए पी जाना। ये आदत है, ये लत है या ये क्या है?