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URBAN LANDSCAPES

Most photographers are fascinated by landscapes. That's why most dream of heading off to the next trek, or to the sea shore, hoping to capture some breathtaking landscapes. Unfortunately, the pressures of our work do not always allow this.

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FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY – GETTING IT RIGHT

If you enjoy looking at any food in a photograph, don't forget to credit the photographer before going crazy over the food. Food photography has emerged as a genre in itself. As the commercial requirements for photographing food items have grown, the art of photographing food has also evolved.

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THE NEW LOW LIGHT CHAMPIONS FROM NIKON

The photographers' battle against low light has been going on since the beginning of photography. Thankfully, technology has continuously evolved to ensure the battle has tilted heavily in favor of photographers, if not already won.

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INTRODUCTION TO SHOOTING MACROS

A fascinating world exists around us but remains largely unseen. This is the world of tiny things - living and non-living. If observed carefully, this world has the ability to amaze us as much as vast landscapes, exciting wildlife or vibrant festivals. Macro photography is all about capturing images of tiny objects or to go very close to normal sized objects to show their features in minute details. It is as much challenging and rewarding as any other genre of photography.

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NIKON VIEW NX I – NEW SOFTWARE FOR IMAGE ORGANISING AND EDITING

Last year, Nikon launched View NXi, as an additional option to transfer, organise, and edit your images in the same way as the popular Nikon View NX2 was known for. View Nxi is simple, yet incredibly efficient. Nikon technicians have kept most of the features of View NX2 in View NX i, but given it a new look. If you have used View NX2, you will find View NX i very easy to use and would enjoy the additional features. The interface is very similar to View NX 2. However, the file and camera information panel looks just like the info display on the camera LCD monitor. View NX2 allows you to sort your images by name, date shot / modified, file size, type, labels and ratings. In View NX i, in addition to these, you can also sort images by ISO, exposure time and focal length.

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NIKON MAKES IMAGING HISTORY

Meeting needs, exceeding expectations – that has been the vision of Nikon since 2007. In course of exceeding expectations of the photography world for almost a century, Nikon has created many firsts in the imaging industry. Let’s look back at some of the imaging technologies that Nikon gifted the photography world. 1959 is probably the most important year in the history of Nikon’s imaging business in which the very first Nikon SLR – the iconic Nikon F was launched. This was the great beginning of the Nikon SLR range that was to follow in the coming years, later evolving into the game changing Nikon DSLR line up.

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MONSOON PHOTOGRAPHY

If the seasons were to compete for being the favorite of photographers in India, monsoon should win easily. Monsoons are the lifeblood of India. Much of the country’s economy, cultures and traditions revolve around monsoon. After braving the intense heat of the summers, the whole country prays and eagerly waits for the blissful showers that infuse new energy into everything alive. And how can photographers miss this great opportunity?

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TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Long gone are the days when taking a photograph or being photographed were special occasions. At the present state of the digital revolution, everyone is shooting images many times a day, capturing everything from having lunch at home to scuba diving during vacations. How much has technology changed the way we shoot ? To start with, now we are almost always ready to shoot. Whether it's a special moment or a casual stroll in the park, digital cameras in different shapes, sizes, and with a variety of capabilities can always be with us.

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ETHICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Right from the beginning of photography, unethical practices have been used by many photographers to gain fame or money. However, after a couple of decades into the digital era, this has increased exponentially. Almost every day, we hear about photographers using unfair means to get the image they want, or even to get more followership on social media. Of course, we are not talking about commercial or art photography here. A photograph can be made or captured. The ethics we are talking about refer to the latter, where we try to capture a moment as it happened. On the other hand, commercial photography is about creating an image, as per a very specific requirement, like a client’s brief to shoot a product. While what is right and what is not will forever remain subjective and be hotly debated, a few simple ethics of digital photography can be followed by all photographers to make sure they remain on the right side of the ethical line while capturing a moment.

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SHOOTING ABSTRACTS – HOW TO BEGIN

One of the best ways to make images that you can truly call your own is to shoot abstracts. An abstract art form can be described as one in which details have been overlooked in favour of the form, colour or pattern of the subject or subjects. What I like most about abstracts is that you can shoot them just about anywhere, and there is almost no possibility of someone shooting the exact frame. However, like every other genre of photography, shooting abstracts also takes training and patience. Not every pattern or form will make an attractive abstract frame. Learning to identify the potential subjects and framing them to create the best effect is the key to abstract photography.

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TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY PREPARATIONS

Breathtaking landscapes, amazing moments, the perfect light, the frowns and the smiles, all make up the travel photographer’s portfolio. However, it is not just the photography on field that matters. Often travel photographers have to spend months, even years to get their most cherished shots. Careful preparation and research often add as much value to an image as the equipment or technical mastery of the photographer.

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SHOOTING ON THE MOVE

While traveling, we mostly shoot when we stop at certain sightseeing points, or at certain locations we like. However, while on the move, we cannot stop everywhere, even when travelling in a car. But at times during a long journey by road, rail, or even air, lovely frames pass us by, leaving us with regret for not shooting it. Shooting on the move is tricky, but if we plan well, and be ready for the action, then we can capture at least some of the scenes passing us by.

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FOCAL LENGTH AND PERSPECTIVE

Ever wondered why certain images look great while some, taken at the same settings, look unimpressive, distorted, funny, even weird at times? In an era when most people are starting photography with zoom lenses, the importance of learning the relation between focal length and perspective is often getting lost. Put simply, focal length tells photographers how much area of a scene they can view through a lens, and also, how much the image will be magnified. It is measured in millimeters, and denoted by ‘mm’. Often, photographers simply mention the number to denote a lens, like, a 35, or a 50.

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IN CAMERA EFFECTS WITH NIKON DSLRS

I love to experiment with my photography, and try out new things with my Nikon DSLR. What’s the fun in shooting the same things over and over again ? With my Nikon DSLR, I can give you a list of cool effects that I use to make my images stand out from the rest. If I can do it , so can you, of course with a Nikon DSLR and a bit of creative thinking!

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I AM 'SHOOTING AT THE ZOO'

Don't fret, almost every major Indian city has a zoo in it, and that's where you can hone your wildlife photography skills. Obviously, it's not the real thing, but shooting in a zoo will prepare you for the challenges you will face when you eventually head to the jungles.

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I AM 'THE MAGIC OF ULTRA-WIDE ANGLES'

While shooting a portrait posing before a large monument, the conventional wide angle lets you include the subject and a part of the monument. With an ultra wide angle you can shoot the monument in its entirety along with the subject.

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I AM 'TO EDIT OR NOT

The digital era is often associated with post-processing, but all it has done is bring processing within reach of everyone. Whether you have expensive editing tools, or basic free applications, all images can benefit from varying degrees of editing. All those time consuming and often secret processes are now within our reach.

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I AM 'SHOOTING AT THE MARKET'

The people in any market place can make excellent portraits. However, the challenges are many. Firstly to photograph them during their work can disturb them. A good idea is to spend time around the chosen area before you start shooting so that the person gets comfortable with you around. If someone is unfriendly, or even hostile, it's better to look elsewhere. Wasting time in vain at one place may cost you many other good images.

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I AM 'USING THE KIT LENS'

This focal length range is handy for most photographers. At 28mm, you get a useful wide angle, while at 80mm, it works well as a portrait lens. Most photographers, especially the ones starting out, will operate within situations that can be covered by the range of the kit lens. You can shoot landscape, portraits, group shots, and decent close ups.

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I AM 'UNDERSTANDING LIGHT'

The first important decision a photographer has to make is - when to shoot. It does not make sense if you travel all the way to a famous monument, only to find it backlit from the sun behind it. Of course, there are techniques to correct it, but it's always better to reach when the sun is in favourable direction. Find out about the direction of light while planning to shoot at any outdoor location.

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