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Sachin Kalbag discusses why photojournalism is still strong Chronicling the times of the masterful Roman Vishniac How Twitter can help your photography business grow Amit Mehra talks about his silent notes from Kashmir VISUAL MUSINGS GREAT MASTERS MARKET SENSE PROFILE INSIDE FREE POSTER & FUN DIY PHOTO CUBES! A basic guide on how to get rid of camera shake 5 steps to make the shot that's in your mind INSIDE An exhaustive Buyer's Guide on all the cameras in the market today MAKE & GIFT PERSONALISED PICTURE POSTCARDS CREATING INNOVATIVE SELF PORTRAITS April 2013 (Total 186 pages) EXClUSIVE TESTS Canon EOS 1D X Panasonic GH3 Samsung Galaxy Camera Sigma 18–250mm oS Sureshot techniques to ensure that the subject is always in perfect focus FOCUS SIMPLE WAYS TO ACHIEVE PERFECT

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  • Sachin Kalbag discusses why photojournalism is still strong

    Chronicling the times of the masterful Roman Vishniac

    How Twitter can help your photography business grow

    Amit Mehra talks about his silent notes from Kashmir




    & FUN dIY


    BETTER PHOTOGRAPHYVol. 16 No. 11 APRIl 2013

    A basic guide on how to get rid of camera shake

    5 steps to make the shot that's in your mind


    An exhaustive Buyer's Guide on all

    the cameras in the market today


    (Total 186 pages)

    EXClUSIVE TESTSCanon EOS 1D X Panasonic GH3Samsung Galaxy Camera Sigma 18250mm oS

    Sureshot techniques to ensure that the subject is always in perfect focus

    focusSimple WAYS to Achieve perfect

  • B e t t e r P h o t o g r a P h y aPr i l 20 1 3


    e d i tor i a l there are No SecretsAmongst all the

    qualities that are essential for success,

    discipline usually wavers first.

    How does one make money through photography, and how does one make lots of it? At the recent iClick Symposium in Bengaluru, this seemed to be a recurring question amongst a lot of young hobbyists. After having interacted with many masters of photography from India and abroad, I thought of putting down six rules that form a chain of thought about becoming a successful photographer.

    Rule #1: It is not about the money. There are other, easier ways to get rich. So, the motive to make money from photography must come from a powerful, raw need to release the shutter for other reasons.

    Rule #2: Therefore, as clichd as it sounds, it is about a craving hunger to make excellent photographs because of a deep-rooted love for something beyond the camera.

    Rule #3: Conversely, when perfect frames are required, internalising the craft becomes an indispensable prerequisite.

    Rule #4: To learn the craft, making a lot of mistakes early on and quickly learning from them becomes very important. Thus, being curious and experimental is equally important.

    Rule #5: Mistakes help you discover things about yourself. They help you put yourself into your own images. In essence, this helps you create your own identity and style.

    Rule #6: Building an identity takes time, effort and, most of all, discipline. Amongst all the qualities that are essential for success, discipline usually wavers first. This happens because discipline needs the conviction of a bigger purpose. If it does waver, you need to go back to Rule #1 and ask yourself why you are doing photography in the first place.

    That said, the secret for success is actually not really a secret, regardless of which profession you choose. Success needs passion, knowledge, dedication, discipline, willpower, resourcefulness (as opposed to resources), money and effort. And if you think about it, the only part of this equation that can possibly be transposed or interchanged... is effort for money. Everything else needs to be there, unequivocally.

    K Madhavan [email protected]

    Kashmir by Amit Mehra It took some time for Amit to realise that he was reacting to Kashmir just as a photojournalist would. After observing the valley for a while, without his camera, he decided to restart the project. A photographer is only a witness. He is not a judge. He is not there to change any opinion. But if his body can create a debate, a dialogue, a discourse, that is the greatest reward, he says. To read more about Amit Mehras quest to capture the eerie silence of Kashmir Turn to page 106

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  • 44 test Canon EOS-1D X Canon redefines speed with its latest flagship

    50 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 Broadcast quality video in a mirrorless system

    56 Samsung EK-GC100 Does one really need this Andriod camera?

    58 Sigma 18250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Will this superzoom fulfill its promises?

    60 micro test Lexar Card Reader, Tamrac Backpack, Vanguard Camera Bag & Vanguard Tripod


    April 2013

    34 Book ReviewOkavango: Africas Last Eden by Frans Lanting

    40 Look Whos ShootingAlok Rai41 Visual Musings by Sachin Kalbag




    PhotograPh: Mukesh srivastava Design: santosh D kaMble

    Sachin Kalbag discusses why photojournalism is still strong

    Chronicling the times of the masterful Roman Vishniac

    How Twitter can help your photography business grow

    Amit Mehra talks about his silent notes from Kashmir




    & FUN dIY


    BETTER PHOTOGRAPHYlearn to avoid camera shake how to achieve perfect focus simple waYs to create personalised postcards

    vol. 16 no. 11 april 2013vanguard photo-video Booklet

    Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo

    A basic guide on how to get rid of camera shake

    5 steps to make the shot that's in your mind


    An exhaustive Buyer's Guide on all

    the cameras in the market today


    (Total 186 pages)

    eXclusive testsCanon EOS 1D X panasonic Gh3samsung Galaxy camera sigma 18250mm os

    Sureshot techniques to ensure that the subject is always in perfect focus

    focusSimple WAYS to Achieve perfect




    72 sHootiNG tecHNiQUe Arriving at the Photo Create the perfect picture in five easy steps

    76 Dont Lose Focus! Simple techniques to get crisp photographs

    80 Say Goodbye to Camera Shake Tweak your camera settings to avoid shake

  • InFocus

    106 Profile Amit Mehra And his silent notes on Kashmir

    112 MY BeST SHoTMahesh Shantaram114 GreAT MASTerS Roman Vishniac

    Chronicling the life of a legendary storyteller

    122 PHoTofeATUreSayed Asif Mahmud Documents the tobacco industry in Bangladesh

    182 MArkeT SenSeClick, Click, Tweet, Tweet! Using Twitter effectively

    184 STorY BeHinD THe PiCTUreThe Photographers Divine Muse

    ShowCase PhotoFinish

    RegularsfeeDBACk ........................................................... 20

    PHoToCriTiqUe .................................................. 94

    q & A ................................................................. 102

    1000 WorDS ....................................................... 120

    YoUr PiCTUreS .................................................. 128

    BP BUYerS GUiDe .............................................. 174


    82 on ASSiGnMenT Im Not Here What if you remove the you and only keep the shadow?

    86 Im Here Now Finding yourself wherever you go

    90 DiGiTAl TeCHniqUe Make Personalised Picture Postcards How to make lovely gifts from your photographs

    98 TiPS & TriCkS Photographing trees, buses and parenthood

    CALL FOR ENTRIES TO INDIAS BIGGEST PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS!For more details, turn to page no 64

  • FeedbackSend your feedback to The Editor, Better Photography, Network 18 Publishing, Ruby House, A Wing, J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W), Mumbai-400 028, India

    Email: [email protected]

    Best Issue so Far!The March, 2013 issue of Better Photography is one of the best that I have read in the past one year. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the On Assignment articles, From Day to Night by Stephen Wilkes and A Small Wonder? by Christopher Boffoli. These photographers not only employed genius techniques but their photographs are fine examples of creativity at its very best.

    However, the Shooting Technique Dare to Shoot Against The Light was the most impressive. I enjoyed reading all eight techniques but Playing with Silhouettes was the best. The article inspired me to experiment and shoot silhouette photographs. Dr Amit Vakil, Chamba, via email

    Underage for Competitions I am disappointed with the lack of photography contests for people under 18 years of age. The last time BP had a contest addressing this category of photographers, was the Young Photographer of the Year award, back in 2009. Since then, there has not been a single contest. Being a 17-year-old, I feel that minors have very little scope of participating and showcasing their work.

    I urge BP to bring back the YPOY awards or introduce some other competitions for young photographers. This would help give us an early start. Prithwish Karforma, Kolkata, via email

    Would Love a Calendar!It was a delight to receive two posters in the February 2013 issue of Better Photography. I loved the cheatsheet but found the poster with the quotes, a little boring and would have preferred a calendar instead. Nikita Joseph, Chennai, via Twitter

    The New DSLR TrendRecently, a cousin of mine insisted that she wanted a DLSR for her birthday. I do not know her photography habits or whether she wants to simply photograph casually.

    What I fail to understand is the fascination behind DLSRs. People are made to believe that great photographs can only be created with the help of great cameras. They think that the more expensive the gear, better is the quality.This ignorance does not just end here. There are many who believe that by owning a DLSR, they have mastered the art of photography. What they fail to understand is that the real legends have spent years mastering this skill.

    Everyday, I see people creating their own Facebook photography page which is flooded with mediocre photographs of sunsets, insects and flowers. At this rate, I think that the quality of photography is only going to deteriorate.Priyanka Surve, Mumbai, via post

    Amateur-looking PhotographsOver the years, the articles in Better Photography have become even more informative, addressing several issues.

    However, the only department where I have seen a dip, are the photos that are being published in the Shooting Technique section. While some of the images are good, I think that better pictures can be published. Shobhit Das, New Delhi, via Twitter

    More Cell Phone Photography!I find the magazine to be very educative and informative. However, the thing that I find missing is a separate cell phone photography section. Although there is a regular mention about shooting with cell phones in articles, I think that it deserves much more attention and importance.

    I hope BP organises

    competitions for minors who

    are unable to participate in

    most contests.

    BP reader Dr Amit Vakil sent us this image he shot after reading Dare to Shoot Against The Light (March 2013).

    Dr Amit Vakil

    B e t t e r P h o t o g r a P h y


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  • Gabriel Fuchs column, Different Strokes, was last published in the January 2013 issue.


    I dont think I would call myself an artist but I do enjoy sketching frequently. I would draw whatever came to my mind, until a friend asked me if my doodles meant anything.

    I tried to reason out that not every work of art must have meaning attached to it, but she did have a point. Then I was introduced to photography in college and before I knew it, I was drawn to it. While photographing,

    On Finding the Artist in Me

    Write in to Better Photography with your feedback, and if your letter wins the Letter of the Month, you will get a Envie Speedster charger!


    Find us Online!

    I say this with regard to my recent smartphone purchase.

    It has completely changed the way I photograph. While shooting on the streets, I liked that neither I nor my smartphone attracted attention. Being a shy person, my phone allowed me to be part of the crowd and I could take better pictures. However, I learned that cell phone photography is not as easy as it looks and there is still so much to explore and know.

    This is why I think that apart from the current Tips and Tricks section, another section that focuses only on cell phone photography techniques should be included. Even a Pocket Guide covering this topic would be great! This would really benefit beginners like me. Hetal Kumar, Patna, via post

    Laidback Attitude I have a few questions, rather observations that I would like to make. Why is that so many photographers including professionals seem to be so dependent on postprocessing? Is it difficult to create photographs today without adding final touches to it using software? More so, why are photographers becoming laidback and not wanting to make an effort to photograph correctly in the first place? Jhanvi Karkera, Indore, via email

    Different Strokes Will be MissedEach time a new edition of Better Photography hits the stalls, I find my heart literally pounding with excitement. My anticipation usually leads me to reading the magazine within a couple of days.

    However, I am saddened with the discontinuation of Gabriel Fuchs column. I used to look forward to it and enjoyed his take on photography and the manner in which he penned down his thoughts.Dr Samrat Ray Chaudhuri, Kolkata, via email

    I constantly asked myself if there was any way I could combine both my passions.

    Better Photography introduced me to two photographers, Ben Heine and Christy Lee Rogers. I thought that Bens photograph sketches were ingenious. At the same time, Christys images were nothing less than paintings created underwater. I also learned that she previsualised her shots, with the help of the sketches she drew. This made me wonder if these were the only two ways I could combine photography and drawing.

    Then, an idea struck me! I began to shoot pictures of friends and family. Once I would photograph, I would print it out on paper and trace it. I was able to draw things that did not exist in the picture and could finally give my drawings a context.

    I still do not know if this is what it means to combine photography and art. But I am glad that I get to photograph people in different situations and then convert their photos into art.

    Audrey Fernandes, Panaji, via email

    Cell phone photography is

    not as easy as it looks. Just like

    the camera, there is a lot more that needs to be kept

    in mind.

    Christy Lee Rogers work was published in the December 2012 issue of Better Photography


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  • Sony SLT-A58 and NEX-3NSonys new A58 features a 20.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor in a DSLR-style body. The upgraded translucent mirror camera will replace the A37 and A57. The NEX-3N is a compact mirrorless camera with a 16.1MP APS-C sensor. Sony claims that this camera is the worlds smallest and lightest interchangeable camera with a APS-C-sized sensor.

    Adobe Photoshop TouchAdobe has finally brought its photo editing application, which was earlier restricted to only tablets, to smartphones. Photoshop Touch lets you create layers and use selection tools and filters. Priced at USD 5 (Approx. Rs. 270), you can download the app for both iOS and Android phones.

    Pelican 9460RS and 9470RS RALSPelican Products, Inc has announced two new versions of remote controlled, multi-terrain versions of their Remote Area Lighting Systems. Both Pelican 9460RS and 9470RS RALS lighting systems are designed to provide convenient and ecologically responsible alternatives for wasteful generator powered lights whil shooting outdoors.

    Nissin Di700Third-party flashgun manufacturer Nissin announced a new flash available for Nikon, Canon and Sony mounts. The Di700 model has range of 24200mm and can achieve a maximum output of GN50 at 200mm. It is also equipped with

    an external slot for a battery pack that reduces its recycle time and gives it more power.

    Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer who is known for his magic with light and his ability to create stunning images with flashguns. He has been a photographer at magazines like Sports Illustrated, LIFE and a long time contributor to National Geographic. He was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography and is one of the most versatile photojournalist today.

    whATS NEw

    Unpredictability. Accidents. Not good when youre engaging in, say, brain surgery.

    But when lighting... wonderful!


    Image source: Kodak

    Mansi Midha and Rudra Sharan Bag NFI FellowshipThe fellowship is supported by United

    Nations Women. While Rudra will be documenting the life of women beyond public spaces, Mansi plans to highlight the issue of lack of education for the girl child. NFI also organised an exhibition of the work done by last year recipients.

    National Foundation for India has announced Mansi Midha and Rudra Raksha Sharan as the two photographers for the annual NFI Media Fellowship. The photographers will each receive a grant of Rs. 1,00,000 to produce a body of work on the issue of gender.

    Nikon COOLPIX A: APS-C Sensor in Compact Bodyrange of 100-6400 which is expandable to 25600. A built-in hot shoe lets you attach Nikon Speedlights. COOLPIX A can shoot images in 14-bit and 16-bit RAW

    too. Moreover, the camera has a manual focus ring, offers full manual controls and comes with multiple Scene Modes. A major disappointment is the absence of an electronic or optical viewfinder in spite of the huge price tag.

    Following the footsteps of Sony, Canon, Fujifilm and Olympus, Nikon has finally launched a compact camera with an APS-C sensor. The Nikon COOLPIX A is built around a 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, same as the D7000, a 3-inch high-resolution TFT LCD monitor, features a 18.5mm f/2.8 fixed lens and offers an ISO

    Award-winning Photographer Passes Awaypolice, he risked his life by standing on the railway tracks to take photographs of

    the festival. This raises the much debated question-to what extent should photographers risk their lives for making pictures?

    In his 55 years of photography, Vincent, a resident of Kodungallur, Kerala, won over 65 national and international photography awards. Amongst his many achievements,

    the most prestigious one was the India Press Photo Award.

    Well known photographer K J Vincent passed away on 26 March 2013 after he was knocked down by a running train. The 59-year old photographer suffered multiple head injuries in the accident which turned fatal. At the time of the accident, Vincent was in the pursuit of taking photographs of fireworks of the Uthralikavu Pooram festival in the rural part of Thrissur District, Kerala. Despite being warned by the

    This image by KJ Vincent won a special mention in BP Fun Frames Awards.

    K J Vincent

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  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300, HX300 and TX30Sonys latest addition to their line-up are, the DSC-HX300 a 20.4MP 50x superzoom with a 241200mm equivalent lens, whereas the WX300 is an 18.2MP WiFi compact superzoom with a 25500mm equivalent lens. The TX30 is a tough, waterproof, card-style camera that is built with a 26130mm equivalent zoom.

    Fotopro Camera AccessoriesCamera accessories manufacturer Fotopro has a wide variety of new products to help photographers shoot better. The new launches include P Series, T Series and CT Series of tripods, TT-1 backpack and WH-30 and RH-10 ballheads.

    Vizelex RhinoCamFotodioxs new mount system turns a Sony NEX E-Mount mirrorless camera into a digital back for full 645 medium format photography. The kit, named RhinoCam allows NEX owners to shoot with classic medium format camera lenses that capture 140+ megapixel photos.

    Phase One IQ280, IQ260 and IQ260Phase One unveiled WiFi enabled IQ260, IQ260 Achromatic and IQ280 medium format digital camera backs. Digital back users can now take pictures wirelessly and view them from their iOS devices. The company also launched Capture One Express 7. A stripped-down version of Capture One Pro, with features including HDR processing, lens correction and digital asset management tools.

    WHATS neW

    National Geographic has started a new Tumblr site titled Found which aims to publish long lost photographs in celebration of the magazines 125th anniversary. The initiative was the brainchild of William Bonner who curates National Geographics extensive photo archive. The tumblr site breathes

    a new lease of life into old photographs, most of which have never been seen or published before.

    This is a great move from Nat Geo as these pictures share interesting stories about events, culture and lifestyle from the past. You can see the images at

    New Tumblr Site Revives Old Nat Geo Photos

    Delhi-based photojournalist Mansi Midha trained women reporters of the Global Press Institute J&K desk, last month. GPI is a social venture that uses journalism to educate, em and empower women in the developing world, to produce local news coverage that elevates global awareness. According to Mansi, The reporters at the GPI desk have incredible access, being women and Kashmiri. The kind of stories that any photojournalist would

    die to have access tothey have it. So while writing is their strength, imagine if they were empowered with cameras and some training. This is why I was there, to put their own stories into a visual context.

    In an age where photography is becoming more democratic, it is most

    rewarding when the medium is used to empower people and foster change. At Better Photography, we applaud the initiative and hope it sets the tone for more.

    Solar Lab which was founded in 1973 turned 40 last month and is the oldest Indian photo lab still in existence. The lab has continuously reinvented itself to keep up with the changes in the technology. Celebration plans included new services for photographers as well as a tie up with Ricoh for better and higher quality prints.

    Empowering Women Journalists in J&K

    Solar Lab Celebrates 40 Years of Existence

    Associated Press photographers David Guttenfelder and Jean Lee are one of the first few people to share rare glimpses of North Korea with the world. With the countrys newly launched Koryolink 3G network, which is available only to foreigners, David and Jean became the

    first few people to use Instagram and share images of a reclusive North Korea.

    The country only recently lifted the ban on foreigners use of mobiles. The images have already been receiving a lot of appreciation and give us an intimate glimpse into a country that has for long been in

    Stories From North Korea Now On Instagram

    Aliya Bashir

    You can find both the photographers on Instagram and follow them at @dguttenfelder and @newsjean.


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  • Call for entries

    Dorothea langePaul taylor Prizethe competition: Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), UK is looking for photographers with an ongoing documentary project. The work needs to be created with methods such as research and interviews.Prizes: Cash prize of USD 10,000 (Approx. Rs. 5,40,200) and a featured exhibition at CDS, UK.Website: entry fee: USD 65 (Approx. Rs. 3500)Deadline: 30 April 2013

    ViPa 2013the competition: Vienna International Photo Awards calls documentary photographers to submit digital entries for the 2013 edition of the awards.Categories: Professional, Amateur and Smartphone.Prizes: Professional category winner wins USD 4000

    (Approx. Rs. 2,16,000) and their work will be exhibited in a group show in Vienna.Website: entry fee: 35 Euros (Approx. Rs. 2400)Deadline: 30 April 2013

    Photobook Dummy award 2013the competition: As a part of the 6th International Photobook Festival, photographers can submit photobooks that is not already a printed body of work.Prizes: A complete book production from German publishers seltmann+shne, presentation in European Photography magazine and showcase of their work at multiple photo festivals across Europe.Website: entry fee: 34 Pounds (Approx. Rs. 2800)Deadline: 2 May 2013

    adobe Design achievement awards Contestthe competition: Open to 18 years old or older students of higher education from across the world, ADAA Contest calls for entries to showcase their photography skills. The images must be photographic in nature and then digitally enhanced or manipulated primarily (over 50%) with Adobe tools.Categories: Individual and Team.Prizes: Each category winner will receive USD 2000 (Approx. Rs. 1,08,000), a winners certificate, a 3D award and a 24-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership.Website: www.adobeawards.comDeadline: 21 June 2013

    Tethered Shooting is the option to control your camera via a computer to take pictures. You can view and save images directly on the computer.

    Pro talk

    if you have always wanted to show your

    work as a photobook, take part in Photobook

    Dummy award 2013.

    Iconic Photographs by Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

    Delhi Photo Festival 2013 Open For Submissions

    Never seen before images by legendary photographer Roman Vishniac are on display in an exhibition at the International Center of Photography, USA. The rediscovered work at Roman Vishniac Rediscovered consists of vintage prints, film footage, personal correspondence and

    exhibition prints made from Vishniacs recently digitised negatives. The exhibition is on display till 5 May 2013 and puts together over four decades of his work, most of it being published for the first time. It highlights the versatility and innovative work by the iconic photographer. To read more about Roman Vishniac, turn to Page 114.

    The second edition of Delhi Photo Festival is now calling photographers and curators to submit entries for the 2013 festival. You can send in your work for consideration as print or digital exhibitions, photo-based installations

    or multimedia and film. Submissions for print exhibitions must be based on the theme of the festivalGrace. The deadline for submission is 20 April 2013. For more details on the festival, visit www.

    20 february1 May

    Zen of PhotographyIndia Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    Zen of Photography is a series of workshops conducted by photographer Achal Kumar. The workshop is meant to teach partcipants to capture the unnoticed 6 March6 april

    ParsisChemould Prescott Road Gallery, Mumbai

    Sooni Taraporevalas images highlight the daily life and simplicity of the Parsi community in Mumbai. The photographs span over two decades and capture parsi families, charming old Bombay streets, parsi aunts in floral dresses and more.

    21 March 18 april

    noida soliloquy Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai

    These images by Dhruv Malhotra capture

    the anatomy of an aspiring metropolis and its in-between spaces. Being a chronic insomniac, he has consistently photographed the night resulting in this collection of images.

    6 april

    Bird Photography trailRanganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore

    BPW is organising a one-day bird photography trail to the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary in Mysore. Participants will be a part of ranger-guided boat tours of the isles. This is the best way to watch and photograph birds, crocodiles, otters and bats. Contact: +91-945153005.


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  • Lens Drive System refers to the mechanism that drives the lenss autofocus system to the required focus point. It can be in the camera or within the lens.

    Pro talk

    through the lens Penguin Books India and Visual Arts Gallery together organised Through The Lens, an event to launch Amit Mehras new book titled Kashmir. The book was launched by renowned photojournalist Raghu Rai. The launch took place on 20 March at India Habitat Center, New Delhi and was followed by

    a conversation about the book with Uma Nair.

    a Village in Bengal Mumbai-based photographer Chirodeep Chaudhari showcased images from his latest book in this exhibition held at Project 88, Mumbai between 1426 March. The series puts together over 24 years of his work based on his ancestral village in Bengal. Chirodeep was also a part of a Q&A session with Sooni Taraporevala where he spoke at length about the process and motivation behind this body of work.

    France HeritageOn display between 1621 March, this exhibition held at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad highlighted the elegant French architecture and the cultural influence of the country. The exhibition on display included the works of photographers Anay Mann, Gigi Scaria, Serena Chopra, Rishi Singhal, Isabel Saij and Jean Pierre Dubois. Additionally, the photography project was built around the work done by Aishwarya Tipnis, an Indian conservation architect.

    iClick Symposium 2013 Bengaluru hosted Indias first photography symposium from 1617 March 2013. It brought together both hobbyist and professional photographers and was dedicated to explore the power of photography. Participants had the opportunity attend seminars, discussions and live photography sessions from photographers, editors and curators under one single roof.

    a Fantastic legacy: Early BombayA collection of original images of Bombay dating from 1850s to 1900s were on display from 1327 March 2013 at Max Mueller Bhavan in Mumbai. The images, put together from public and private collections, are displayed throughout the gallery in various formats. The photographs are some of the first few images taken of the city and are a mix of the architectural beauty and portraits of residents of Mumbai.


    a visitor looks at the images from a

    Village in Bengal that were on display at

    Project 88 in Mumbai.

    Nikon D7100 Gains 51-point AF from D800Nikon announced their latest offering for serious photography enthusiasts the Nikon D7100. As the successor to the Nikon D7000, it is the new flagship model of Nikons DX-format DSLR lineup.

    The camera packs a 24.1MP sensor which omits the optical low pass filter, an interesting decision coming close on the heels of the D800E.

    This may make the quality different enough from the D5200, but one can only speculate on whether the difference would be stark. The big change in the D7100 is a 51-point AF system, similar to the one seen in the D800.

    This is the first time that we will see such an AF system in a camera at this price point.

    Nikon also announced an update of the Nikkor AF-S 80400mm f/4.5-5.6 decade-old telephoto lens.

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    a Comprehensive lightroom WorkshopMumbai

    Photocaddy teaches you the nuances of Adobe Lightroom in this two day workshop. The workshop will teach students how to organise and manage all their images as well how and how much to edit any photograph. Visit: 15 24 april

    Inner SpaceNCPA, Mumbai

    Italian photographer Patrizia Mamouna Guerresi will present an intimate perspective on the relationship between women and the society through this exhibition. This is her first exhibition in India and the new body of work has been created as a response to Indias culture.

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    land of the lionGir National Park, Gujarat

    Toehold is organising a four-day wildlife photo tour to the Gir National Park in Gujarat. The tour will give wildlife photographers to test their skills and take stunning pictures. Visit for details 4 May

    Somnathpur: one Day Photography WorkshopBangalore

    Interested in photographing the rich cultural and architectural heritage of India? This one-day workshop organised by BPW is a great chance. Contact: +91-9483518811






    New Canon Sensor Can See In Extreme DarknessCanon unveiled a new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor that is specially designed to shoot videos in low light. The sensor can capture details even in extreme darkness. However, we wait to see if and when this sensor will be used in a consumer camera. Watch the sample footage at

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    Solar Lab has completed 40 years of successful existence in the photography industry. Enthusiasm and passion for photography from people across all professions is the reason we have managed to survive for such a long time. When we began, colour film was still a

    novelty. Today, it has almost died out. However, digital photography has opened up new avenues of its own for photo labs to exploit. For any photo lab that aims to survive for such a long time, it is necessary that they keep adapting to the latest technology while still delivering good quality prints.

    In the year 2012, we introduced the concept of Photo Cafs. Today, photographers can visit our stores, relax and have a cup of coffee while they get their photographs printed. At the moment, our main aim is to open over 100 Photo Cafs in the western region of India by the end of 2013. Eventually, we are looking to have more branches countrywide.

    A major credit for our success and our ability to stay up-to-date with the latest technology goes to the government. We have had the freedom to import raw materials as well as the machinery to deliver best quality prints. Though taxes still account to 35% of our total production costs, we still hope that in the coming years, the government will offer a few exemptions on the multiple taxes levied.

    As told to Ketan Kundargi

    Industry Vo Ice

    Photo caf is a revolutionary concept with HP and caf coffee day to make printing photographs more fun.

    Into the WildDutch photographer Frans Lantings Okavango: Africas Last Eden was first published in 1993. The book documented a year-long journey that Lanting undertook in the Okavango Delta in Southern Africa. The book was widely appreciated then and became a reference point for photographers working with nature and wildlife. Almost 20 years later, Lanting along with his wife and editor of the book, Christine Eckstrom have compiled an updated version of this classic work.

    The new edition of the photography consists of more than 170 photographs, with at least a dozen new images. Lantings painstaking efforts to document Africas pristine beauty are evident with full colour photographs that make you fall short of words. With this book, one can clearly see the diversity of wildlife and nature found in the vast Okavango wetlands and across Botswanas arid plains. The volume is divided in chapters and an introductory text supports each chapter. Lions, hippos, herd of elephants, hyenas, giraffes, African fish eagles, spoonbills, flamingos, swamps, marshes and lagoons...Lanting has photographed every aspect of the Okavango Delta with ultimate skill and imagination.

    Okavango: Africas Last Eden is a visual delight for photography, nature and wildlife lovers. In more ways than one, this book truly manages to unite the reader with the vivacious life force that is common to all living beings on Earth. written by Priyanka chharia

    title: Okavango: Africas Last EdenAuthor: Frans LantingIsBn: 978-3-8365-3415-4Publisher: TaschenPrice: USD 39.99 (Approx. Rs. 2100)

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    Olympus India has recently launched eight new compact cameras in the Indian market. Some of the prominent cameras in this list include the XZ-10, SH-50 and the TG-2 all of which were announced this year at CP+ and CEF. This is a great move by Olympus as other cameras companies often avoid or even delay launches in India.

    Mr Kenichiro Mori, the newly appointed MD of Olympus India said, This year, we want to be at the forefront of advanced compact camera race.

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    Mumbai Gets its First Photography FestivalSpread over two weeks, from 1327 March 2013, the first ever photography festival for MumbaiFOCUS was organised by Asia Art Projects in collaboration with curator Matthieu Foss.

    The festival celebrated the photography medium with over 22 exhibitions, artist talks and free workshops across two dozen venues that included gallery spaces, cafs, shops, boutiques and even garden spaces in the city of Mumbai! In its debut edition, FOCUS was themed The City and the photographs throughout the festival showcased the city in urban as well as in its traditional landscape.

    The festival was all about sharing, and exchanging dialogue on photography. Photographers and photography aficionados and people from various forms of media came together to share their thoughts and ideas, Matthieu said.

    SanDisk completed 25 years of existence in the flash memory technology in March. The company celebrated at a social evening with the members of the photography industry on 4 March 2013 in New Delhi. The event was an opportunity for the members to interact with Mr Sanjay Mehrotra, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of SanDisk Corporation India. At the event, SanDisk also offered insights into the future of Consumer Electronics and Flash Memory technology.

    SanDisk Celebrates Silver Jubilee Year

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  • Nat Geo Photography Show Now on Indian TV The first photography based reality TV show, Mission Covershoot will follow and document the journey of eight Indian amateur photographers in Sri Lanka. The photographers will battle with their SLRs to have a photograph shot by them as the cover of National Geographic magazine. The show premiers on 25 March at 10 pm on National Geographic Channel.

    US Students Teach Photography in Rural IndiaMany cultures in rural parts of India are slowly vanishing due to the changing environment and technology. A unique program Children Learning International Cultures (CLIC) Abroad has undertaken an initiative to teach Indian rural children how to use a camera. This way they can photograph and create an archive of their own homes and disappearing cultures. CLIC Abroad was founded in 2009 by photographers Bhaskar Krishnamurthy and

    Frank Christian in collaboration with the University Lake School, USA. By March-end, students from Wisconsin, Georgia and Missouri, USA, will travel to Pragpur, Himachal Pradesh and get acquainted with 50 rural children. With 60 digital cameras donated by Nikon, the program will educate young rural kids to photograph their own daily lives. Additionally, the program has previously donated shoes and computers for rural schools and coolers for an orphanage.

    Photokipa 2013: More Interactive. More Entertaining. More Photography.The 2013 edition of Photokipa will be held between 1921 April 2013 at Bhrikutimandap Exhibition Hall, Kathmandu, Nepal. Photokipa 2013 is Nepals photography trade fair which is being organised by Creative D Pvt Ltd and marketed by Workspace Nepal. This year, the objective of the fair is to provide an international exposure for the local industry.

    Photokipa 2012 saw the participation of some big brands such as Samsung, Sony, Elinchrom, Canon, Mimaki, Sharp, Apple and GoPro. This year, the number of

    Photokipa 2013 will see photo associations and industry members from India, China and Nepal, come together.

    The second edition of the fair has a wide range of events scheduled for photographers to test their photography skills. Multiple workshops have been planned for all three days.

    Over 50,000 visitors will be participating at the fair.

    exhibitors is only set to increase with many more domestic manufacturers from India and China all set to take part. Over 50,000 visitors are expected to be present at the fair. Unlike other fairs, Photokipa 2013 will also see multiple trade associations coming together to appreciate the contribution

    of various individuals in the field of photography.

    The three-day fair will also showcase works by renowned photographers from Nepal, India and China. Apart from this, exhibitions, fashion shows and workshops will form a major part of this fair.


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  • Just as the name suggests, Lost Photos is a simple software that digs out all your forgotten pictures from the decades of emails lying in your inbox.

    With Lost Photos software, one can easily search for any picture that you may have received or sent from your email account. You may argue that you dont need the software since you never felt the need to search for that particular image. But only after using the software did I remember that the image even existed.

    To find old images, simply enter the email Id and password of your email account. The software then searches through various emails in your inbox and gives you the results of the photos it has searched. You can browse through these pictures and most likely, you will find a photo that you had completely forgotten about. You can share the picture on facebook, twitter or even email them once again to a friend!

    Chandni Gajria

    Software of the month

    Lost Photos





    What if you could share a video simply by passing a print of a photograph? The new HP Live Photo mobile application does exactly that! The free app for Apple iOS devices (mainly iPhone and iPad) works on augmented reality to view videos that are stored in photograph prints.

    Creating a Live Photo print is easy. Download the HP Live Photo app on your iPhone or iPad and choose a video which is 45 seconds or less in length. Then, select a still from the wide variety provided by the app. Add a frame from the templates available and just hit print. A blue icon on the Live Photo print indicates that the

    Watch Your Photo Come Alive into Videospicture is embedded with a hidden video. Using the app, point the phone at the Live Photo print and you will be able to see your photograph come alive!

    www.fototazo.comFototazo is an interesting website launched by Tom Griggs, a photographer and educator based in Medelln and Philadelphia, US. The site combines photography with a social cause and raises funds for young and emerging photographers from economically disadvantaged backgrounds of Columbia to help them purchase a piece of photographic equipment. The grant is applicable to those who are already building a career in photography and whose growth is hindered by the inability to purchase equipment.

    Visitors on the website can take a look at the work of the photographer chosen for the grant and chose to donate any desired amount they wish. Apart from this, the website features in-depth interviews and projects of several contemporary photographers. An online gallery on the website is regularly updated with single images along with a statement from the photographer. With the format of the website, one gets to look at new photo projects everyday.

    Chandni Gajria

    webSite rev iew

    watch the video at to see the magic of hP Live Photo

    Dove Launches Campaign Against Photo Editing Skin care products manufacturer Dove launched an interesting and unique marketing campaign. The campaign challenges the concept of using editing softwares in order to fake beauty of models and people. And it is doing so by launching a new Photshop action that undoes any editing that might be done by a retoucher on a photograph. Dove decided to prank photo manipulators by launching a fake

    action that claimed to add glow to portraits. However, when someone applies it to a photo, the image is reverted back to its original, untouched state. It also overlays a banner with the messageDont manipulate our perceptions of real beauty.

    While the action was not very effective and only a few retouchers fell for it, Dove has definitely brought out a new and fun way to promote its message.


  • New Photography & Multimedia SchoolThe One School Goa is now accepting admissions for its three year Photography and Multimedia courses starting 1 July 2013. Renowned photographers Shantanu Sheorey, Mahesh Bhat, Dinesh Khanna, Prashant Panjiar, Mahesh Shantaram, Suresh Natarajan and Rafique Sayed will be a part of the teaching faculty. The school aims to teach young photographers why to photograph rather than simply concentrating on the technical details. The relaxed and creative nature of Goa, make it a great location for a photo school.

    One of the images from Aloks winning series. Here, workers at the Pushkar fair set up a roller coaster ride.

    Alok Rai Indian Photographer Wins Scholarship at Foundry WorkshopLOOk WHOs sHOOt ing

    To me, photographs are like breadcrumbs. They help me navigate my memories.

    Alok Rai is a 29-year old Pune-based photographer. For him, the medium of photography is just another way to relive the journeys he has been through. He says, The texture of life within a photograph helps to reconstruct the memory and thereby the experience that is associated with making the final photograph.

    His series of images of the Pushkar fair, won him a full scholarship to the seven-day 2013 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop to Sarajevo. Magnum photographer, Peter Van Agtmael judged the entries. Winning the scholarship feels good. It is reassuring to know that my work matches up to the strictest standards in the industry. It also makes me

    confident of the fact that I am doing the right thing by following my own style rather than getting trapped into the trends.

    Most of his images in this series have not been published anywhere yet. When asked why he stayed away from showcasing his pictures on the social media, he replied saying that they only offer instant gratification. Alok hopes to publish these images in the format of a book someday. This way, the viewer can always come back to the memories.

    Alok loves to travel. He photographs his experiences sometimes using a DSLR and at times with his iPhone.

    Written by ketan kundargi

    Alok Rai

    Photography Workshops by Tamron Across IndiaTamron India, as a part of its Tamron Challenge campaign will be conducting photography workshops for hobbyists and serious enthusiasts. From March till June 2013, 12 workshops across different cities in the country will be conducted by three professional photographers. Assisting these professionals will be the five winners of the Tamron Challenge 2012 photocompetition.

    The five winners will showcase their images and also get a hands-on experience with various Tamron lenses at the workshops. The Tamron Challenge

    was a two-month nationwide photo competition which aimed at identifying five photo enthusiasts. The winners were announced at CEIF 2013. Bhaven Jani, Eesh Dewan, Ravi Dhingra and Adarsh Anand are partners with Tamron India on this project.

    the winners of the tamron Challenge 2012 pose with nitin goyal of tamron india at CEiF 2013 in new Delhi.


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  • A Thousand and One Words: Why Photojournalism is More Important than Ever

    As the Executive editor of one of Mumbais leading tabloids, MiD DAY, Sachin Kalbag strongly believes in the power of the photograph. In the past, he has stood behind his staff photographers, whenever a photojournalists freedom has been questioned or compromised. He is active on Twitter as @SachinKalbag.

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    Mumbais iconic Azad Maidan saw a few hundred people on 11 August, 2012, protesting the inhuman treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Police investigations are painfully slow, so we will, perhaps, have to wait a long time before beginning to unravel why, around 3 pm, the crowd swelled to thousands and went on a rampage burning buses, private vehicles, attacking policemen and journalists, even molesting female police personnel. Two people died, and 54 were injured, including 45 policemen and seven journalists.

    In the middle of the mayhem, MiD DAY photographer Atul Kamble shot what became the symbol of the riot and the basis of a nationwide manhunt for the two men who destroyed the Martyrs Memorial. Over the next fortnight after MiD DAY published them, the photographs went viral across several media outlets and were shared close to a million times on Facebook and posted almost an equal number of times on Twitter. They were shown on television channels and made it to international newspapers and websites. Everybody had just one question: Who were these two men?

    Two weeks later, they were arrested by the Mumbai Police. Atuls pictures were instrumental in tracking down the two rioters; a classic case where news photos not only resulted in great journalism but also had a massive impact on society and law enforcement.

    If Atuls photojournalism was literally one of courage under fire, it was perhaps the same courage that led six personnel at Mumbais Mantralaya building to climb to the terrace and save the national flag from burning. If not for MiD DAY photographer Bipin Kokate, their valour while the Maharashtra government headquarters was on fire, would have never been highlighted. Overnight, they became national heroes. They had kept the flag safe for over two hours and it was only when the chief ministers office told them to climb down with the flag did they do so.

    As editor of a tabloid, I am often asked about the importance of photography to making stories more effective. The examples I mentioned are proof enough. Over the years, top-class news

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    photography has brought down governments, created revolutions, stopped wars, changed laws, made us smile, and even brought tears to our eyes.

    Richard Drews photograph of a man plunging to his death from the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept 11, 2001; Pablo Bartholomews picture of a boy buried in sand during the Bhopal gas tragedy in December 1984; Steve McCurrys much talked about picture of an Afghan girl every single photograph has had an indelible influence on our minds.

    Often, the counterargument is that it is television that feeds on social or political unrest and is the catalyst of change. But television is really a series of moving images strung together. Therefore, it is the sequence that stays with us, never the moment. Admittedly, this helps in several ways. For instance, if there were no moving images of the planes hitting New Yorks World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001, wed never have been able to understand the terror in its worst form. Or, for that matter, the battle between the NSG commandos and the Pakistan-trained terrorists who attacked Mumbai on Nov 26, 2008.

    However, in both instances, it is that one momentthe photographs of the planes hitting the North and South Towers of WTC in 2001 and Sebastian DSouzas chilling close-up image of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Qasabthat defines the event for us. Photographs have always had that impact. It is this that makes photojournalism the most exciting and effective storytelling tool.

    In the age of smartphone-photography and social media sharing, it is not impertinent to ask the question whether photojournalism is still relevant. To be sure, the relevance never diminished; it just got democratised further with the inclusion of citizen journalistson Twitter, on Facebook, on blogs, just about everywhere. Consequently, there are millions of photographers serving a larger cause, and potentially, each of them could go public with their pictures. And change lives. That, to me, is a good thing. That, to me, says that photographs now speak a thousand and one words.

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    How we TesTProduct CategorisationWe first segregate products into categories for the purpose of equitability in testing. The DSLR is divided into entry-level, semi-professional and professional categories. For compacts, we distinguish between advanced and basic compact cameras. Similarly, we also test consumer and pro lenses, flashguns, printers, and other photographic accessories and gear.

    The ProcessWe primarily test for features, performance, build, ergonomics, warranty and support. While this remains constant, the weightage we give to these parameter differs from category to category, because different types of consumers have diverse expectations from products.

    Final RatingsUnder each main parameter, we list out hundreds of individual variables (for eg. colour accuracy for individual colours in different lighting, individual features, dynamic range, center-to-edge definition, light falloff, etc) against which we either give points or simply mark yes or no. Thus, we arrive at a score for that parameter, and then, the final score, denoted as a percentage.Additionally, based on the current pricing of a product, a star rating for Value for Money is considered. Value for Money does not affect the final percentage, because prices for products change constantly.

    Our Seals of ApprovalAny product that scores 80% or higher in individual tests gets BP Recommendeda seal of approval from our team. In comparison tests, we also tag products as BP Best Performer and BP Best Value for Money.

    BP Excellence AwardsAt the end of the calendar year, the highest rated products in each category automatically win the Better Photography Excellence Award. This is Better Photographys recognition of the very best products launched in the course of the year, and the companies that made them.

    Canon eos-1D X

    Featuring the most sophisticated AF/AE system yet, the Canon EOS-1D X is a whole lot more than a speed demon, as K Madhavan Pillai discovers.

    An ode to speedM

    erging two parallel lines of previous flagship DSLRs the high-speed APS-H sized EOS-1D Mark IV and the high resolution full frame EOS-IDs

    Mark IIIinto a single DSLR was a bold move. The loss of the 1.3x crop (which may seem minimal, but is considerable for wildlife photographers) is now offset with a18MP full frame sensor that can blaze away at 12fps. In terms of features and control layout alone, the 1D X is an improvement over the previous flagships, giving Canon users an immediate reason to upgrade.

    FeaturesOne of the recurring questions that users in India have is... why just 18MP? After all, compact cameras now sport a minimum of 14MP. For full frame sensors today, 18MP marks the perfect sweet spot in terms of superb sensor quality (dynamic range and extreme high ISO performance) and high enough resolution for most users.

    Everything in the 1D X is about speed. Under the hood, the 1D X is a shooting, AF and image processing monster. It uses three high speed processorstwo Digic 5+ processors (17 times faster than Digic 4) for

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    image processing and AF, and a third Digic 4 processor only for metering.

    To enable a maximum continuous shooting speed of 12fps, the mirror mechanism has been redesigned and the shutter blades are made up of carbon fibre (tested for 400,000 shutter cycles). The camera can shoot upto 290 JPEG and 34 RAW images continuously before it begins to slow down for data to be written to the media card.

    The new AF system has 61-point AF with up to 41 cross-type AF points (like the 5D Mark III), and boasts a greatly improved tracking and low light focusing capability. The central five of points have diagonal Dual AF elements for improved precision. One can now also customise the way the camera uses these points to focus, from using individual points, to clusters of points around a single point, to Zone AF or full Auto. With the latest firmware update, cross-type AF supports apertures up to f/8.

    AF is now given its own independent space in the menu system of the 1D X, unlike earlier flagships. There are six AF presets, called Cases. Cases range from versatile multi purpose to erratic subjects moving quickly. Each Case defines the cameras three main AF responses...tracking sensitivity, acceleration or deceleration, and how rapidly the autofocus point will switch from one to another. These responses can be fine-tuned using sliders in the Menu.

    The difference between the 1D X and the 5D Mark III is in the way metering system links with AF. The 1D X has 100,000-pixel RGB metering that can be used with Automatic AF point selection when tracking subjects around the AF area. Called the Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (EOS iTR), the camera can now detect faces and colour when tracking subjects. Personally, I have yet to come across a camera with more detailed AF /AE functionality.



    Panasonic GH3High quality video meets mirrorless



    Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100 Fun all the way?



    Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO A jack of all trades?


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    Controlling image parameters at high iSO, without worrying about losing detail or bad noise, is nothing short of liberating.Exposure: 1/80sec at f/22 (ISO 16,000)

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    Canon was, and continues to be a pioneer in movie capture in DSLR cameras. There are plenty of video features in the 1D X, like 1080p at 30, 25 or 24fps , stereo microphone input, ALL-I compression at 24fps. Although AF isnt available while shooting (making the 1D X a choice only for expert users), it is possible to adjust aperture and other settings live.

    There are some serious omissions though. There is no headphone output, or HDMI out for uncompressed recording or previwe to an external device. All of these could have easily been included and are available in the Nikon D800 and D4, and the Sony Alpha 99. In fact, Canon has just announced a firmware upgrade that allows the 5D Mark III to output uncompressed video. To me, the sole purpose of restricting the 1D X seems to be to differentiate it from the more expensive, cinema oriented 1D C.

    handlingSolidly built to withstand tough shooting environments, the EOS-1D X is both larger and heavier than its predecessors. Yet, it has not compromised on handling comfort. After a couple of days of use, I found myself enjoying the weight and heft of the camera, even over long durations of time.

    There are several new additions to the control layout, including mini joystick controllers to move through options, a direct live view button, and a Q button to jump to the Quick function menu. Canon has improved the vertical grip considerably, with a three button layout and joystick similar to the main grip.

    Customisation options abound in the EOS-1D X. Both the control layout and the way the AF and metering behaves in different shooting conditions can be set according to user preferences. For most action, sports and wildlife photographers, these customisations will revolve around the quick changing of focus points, modes and Cases, and all of these are easy to set. For example, I could registered a custom AF function, like Zone AF, to the DOF button so that I could easily switch between Single Point AF and Zone AF whenever the situation demanded.

    That said, there are two ways to get to grips with all the various options the 1D X has to offer. Either simply set the

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    camera options based on the descriptions of the shooting scenarios and let the camera handle things from there. Or, one could get into the various sliders and sensitivity settings, and experiment more to understand exactly what changes... which is what I did. It took me a good two weeks of extensive trials to discover the best settings under various situations before I customised sensitivity, settings and controls to exactly the way I wanted it.

    This is not to say that the camera does not perform extremely well in all of its default user settings. Yet, the 1D X is a perfectionists camera. The best handling experience and results at the highest shooting speeds depend on these customisations.

    I found myself being a little disappointed with the life of the battery, especially considering the shooting speeds possible. It drains out after about 1400 shots. Serious widlife or sports photographers often spend the entire day in the field and rake in the frames. Buying a second battery is recommended.

    PerformanceThe camera is extremely quick to start up and get shooting. In terms of performance, just as in its features and handling, the camera shows plenty of improvement over its predecessors. The most significant, immediately noticeable changes are in terms of AF accuracy, image quality and overall speed.



    ColoursandGrainReminiscentofTransparencyFilmRemember the quality of transparency film being projected? The camera can be

    tweaked for nice, punchy colours. The tinest details were captured brilliantly.

    extremely responsive and accurate FocusingI particularly enjoyed using cluster points with the Single Point AF. Extremly accurate

    and superbly quick, I very rarely missed critical focus at shallow depth of fields.

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    The Canon EOS-1D X is made up of tough magnesium alloy and is weathersealed against the elements. Though heavy, the camera is better contoured than its predecessors, and is comfortable to hold over long periods of time.

    The top of the camera would be familiar to older Canon users. The flash exposure lock button from earlier flagships is now a customisable button right next to the command dial. White Balance can also now be directly accessed.

    The AF toggle switch and mini joystick on the vertical grip for moving AF points is a welcome addition. A new Live View button has found a place near the viewfinder while the playback and review buttons have moved just below the LCD.

    Front Top Rear

    Remote iR signal receiver

    Vertical grip

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    lens release button

    Shooting\AF\drive modes

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    F I N A L R A T I N G SFeaturesDual card slots, highly advanced linked AF/AE system, lacks some critical video features


    PerformanceAverage battery life, superlative image quality even at high ISO, extremely quick AF


    Build QualityWeather sealed magnesium alloy build meant to withstand tough shooting situations


    ErgonomicsLarge and heavy for most users but feels great, needs to be customised for results


    Warranty & SupportTwo-year warranty, widespread service network in India


    There are so many different ways to customise AF and AE that it is well nigh impossible to go wrong. Even at 12fps, the camera maintains AF almost perfectly, with hardly one out of twelve frames going awry. However, the best results at the fastest speeds also depends on the user being able to anticipate and set the camera for the shooting condition.

    In good light, images were wonderfully clean. Both dynamic range and critical detailing were excellent, with the RAW files showing substantial recoverable details in the shadows and highlights.

    Low light performance is where the EOS-1D X outshines every other camera in the Canon line-up. I was using ISO speeds up to 16,000 regularly! Even without noise reduction, the images were brilliant and perfectly usable straight out of the camera at its highest resolutions. Extreme low light AF was slower than normal, but locked quite satisfactorily.

    ConclusionThe Canon EOS-1D X is clearly meant for the high-end pro action, sports and wildlife photographer who can use the advanced feature set, excellent image quality, low light performance and speed.

    While the camera excels in every area of our review, it must be said that a large part of the performance delivered by the camera heavily depends on the expertise of the user too. This is true for every flagship DSLR by Canon or Nikon, but it holds especially true for the EOS-1D X.

    Which would be the better camera between the Canon EOS-1D X and the Nikon D4? The answer to that is subjective indeed because the differences between them, though diverse, are extremely close (except in video recording features). A buying decision at this level would, in all likelihood, be based simply on which lens system a user already owns or whether a user is already familiar with Nikon or Canon.

    For Canon users, the 1D X is a significant leap, in technology and image quality, over its predecessors, the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and the EOS-1D Mark IV. Despite a steep price tag of Rs. 4,29,995, it will prove to be an attractive, worthy proposition for many professionals.

    Value for money

    Who should buy it? High-end professional photographers who are into action, sports or wildlife.

    Why? Extremely high image quality and AF at 12fps! While it needs a lot of user customisation for optimal results, It delivers excellent overall quality.

    OVERAll 92%

    Noise Test

    With good exposures, luminance noise is barely visible until ISO 1600 and chrominance noise till ISO 3200. Images are surprisingly clean all the way up to ISO 25,600. The grain is pleasantly film-like. There is no colour shift all the way up to ISO 51,200. Opening badly underexposed shadows by three stops showed progressive colour noise at higher ISO, but this is easily correctable in software.

    iSO 25,600

    iSO 51,200

    iSO 12,800

    iSO 6400

    Modelname Canon EOS-1DX

    MRP Rs. 4,29,995

    effective pixels 18.1MP

    Max.resolution 5184 x 3456

    Sensor size, type Full frame CMOS

    Sensor cleaning Yes

    Focusing modes Single-point, AI Servo, Manual

    aF type Phase Detect

    aF points 61

    Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted, Spot

    Shutterspeedrange 301/8000sec

    Exp.compensation -5 to +5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

    Colourspace sRGB and Adobe RGB

    ISO Auto, 10051,200

    Whitebalance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash and Kelvin

    Drivemodes Yes, 12fps 14fps with AE/AF Lock

    Built-inflash No

    Externalflash Yes, hot shoe

    Flashmodes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual E-TTL II Auto Flash and Metered Manual

    Flashrange NA

    Flashsyncspeed 1/250sec

    LCDsize 3.2 inch

    LCDdots 10,40,000 pixels

    Viewfinder Pentaprism (100% coverage)

    File format JPEG (Extra Fine, Fine, Standard), RAW (14-bit), MPEG- 4 AVC

    Imagestabilisation No

    LiveView Yes

    remote control Yes, Optional

    Self-timer Yes, 2 or 10sec

    Storage types Dual Slots. Type I or II CF card, UDMA mode 7-compatible.

    timelapse recording Yes

    Movieclips Yes

    USB Yes

    environmentally sealed Yes

    HDMI Yes, mini HDMI Type C

    Battery Lithium-ion

    Dimensions 158 x 163.6 x 82.7mm

    Weight 1530g

    SPEC iF iCAT iOnS



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    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3

    The Panasonic GH3 sets the standard for what a hybrid camera that shoots both stills and videos should be. Shridhar Kunte sees if it is worth its price.

    The New BenchmarkP

    anasonics flagship mirrorless cameras have always been great hybrids. Both the GH1 and GH2 were universally accepted as competent still cameras with

    excellent video functionality. The GH3 is now here, and with this new camera, the company has taken giant strides to give a pro-like feel to their flagship.

    That was the first thing I noticed when I removed the camera from its box. With a larger-than-usual body, this is a camera that can match even a high-end DSLR in terms of its build.

    FeaturesBefore we elaborate more on its pro aspirations, lets quickly see what kind of new features this update sees. If you

    were hoping for an upgrade in terms of megapixels, you will be disappointed. Just like the GH2, the LUMIX GH3 also has a 16MP sensor. However, the company says that though the resolution is the same, the sensor has been modified to provide a wider dynamic range and a 1EV gain at the high end of the ISO sensitivity scale.

    The default aspect ratio is 4:3, and the camera crops pixels to get 3:2 and 16:9. While this is similar to the working of most other cameras, the GH2 had something called a multi-aspect sensor, one that gives full 16MP images in all aspect ratios. The GH3, unfortunately, loses this.

    But from here on, it is mostly positive. The camera boasts of a new Venus Engine VII FHD, which not only speeds up


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    the gh3 has one of the best micro Four

    thirds sensors to date, capturing excellent

    quality even in low light.Exposure: 1/20sec at

    f/2.8 (ISO 3200)

    startup and shot-to-shot time, but also enables extremely high bit rates while shooting video.

    The camera has an impressive burst speed of 20fps in the Super High speed mode, making it the fastest Micro Four Thirds camera in the market for JPEG shooting. Thats right, this high frame rate is not available while shooting RAW, which only allows 6fps.

    The camera gains dedicated modes for HDR, Interval Shooting and Multiple Exposures. The camera is equipped with WiFi, and has a dedicated app on iOS and Android. The GUI of this app is very simple to use and concise.

    With the help of this, you can not only transfer your images wirelessly, but also control the camera remotely. You can make the smartphone into an off-camera viewfinder. What was great to see was that

    you can even control the lens if the camera is fitted with a power zoom.

    Professionals will be happy to see that the GH3 has a PC Sync socket. It also has several other jacks, including a 3.5mm mic input, a headphone jack and compatibility with an optional battery grip.

    It is the video features in which the camera takes a big leap. Its predecessor, the GH2, had a hack that was not official, but became really popular, as it allowed the camera to record video at much higher bit rates than the competition. The GH3 has an option of recording video at 72Mbps straight out of the box.

    This is a big deal, considering that several broadcast corporations worldwide, including the BBC, consider a camera good enough for broadcast use only if the data rate is higher than 50MBps. The GH3 becomes the only camera of its kind to





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    The handgrip of the camera is considerably larger than that of its predecessor, the GH2. A majority portion of the body is covered with textured rubber. A PC Sync socket can be seen at the front.

    The camera looks just like any entry-level DSLR. On the top, there are four buttons, one of which can be customised. There are two microphones placed around the hot shoe.

    All over the body you will find as many as five customisable buttons. Due to this and the extremely effective touchscreen and Quick Menu, one rarely needs to go into the menus.


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    record such high bit-rate video, and that is bound to make it a favourite of professional cinematographers.

    Like the GH2, the camera has an Extra Tele Converter mode, which shoots video at a 2.6x crop, but without downsampling any pixels. This basically implies far superior quality. Uncompressed video through HDMI, slow motion capabilities and professional camcorder features such as Time Code round up the GH3s exhaustive video expertise.

    handlingWe tested this camera with the Panasonics new high-end 1235mm f/2.8 lens. The GH3 is undoubtedly the heaviest camera in the

    mirrorless camera segment. In fact, the body design is very close to the entry-level APS-C size DSLR. The overall body weight is 470g which is close to Nikon D5200.

    The use of magnesium alloy frame and weather sealing gives a clear signal that this is a pro tool. In a day and age where every mirrorless manufacturer is trying to make their camera smaller, I think Panasonic has done a good thing by not conforming. The GH3 is much easier to handle for those with average to large-sized hands. For those who are looking for smaller cameras, there are several options like the GF5, G5 and the OM-D.

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    ExcellentDynamicRangeThe GH3 improves on older Panasonic sensors and delivers fantastic dynamic range, better than other Micro Four Thirds cameras.

    FaithfulColourReproductionColours are pleasing and reasonably accurate. The amount of detail captured by the GH3 sensor with the 1235mm lens is excellent.

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    corner of the screen each time you press the video-record button, but this is not a major problem.

    The touchscreen implementation is quite good. If you tap the screen in the Playback mode, the camera jumps to a 100% view. The viewfinder and tilt-swivel screen have been upgraded to OLED. The Electronic Viewfinder is better than other MFT cameras, but not as good as Sonys EVFs.

    performanceThe focusing on GH3 is real quick and accurate. This holds good even when the light levels falls. For JPEG shooters, the images straight out of the camera show good colour balance and excellent contrast. Sharpness levels are low, but that is not too bad a thing. It simply means that one can sharpen in post, without artefacts appearing.

    The quality of RAW photographs is even better. Dynamic range at base ISO is excellent. Images captured under tungsten lighting showed a warm cast.

    I was very impressed with the video quality of GH3. The high bit rates and the ETC mode, ensure that the quality of the footage is really good, even while shooting in really low light. The AF works very well during video, and the footage is tack sharp, with brilliant colours.

    In fact, we would say that the GH3 has better video capabilities than any hybrid camera in the market... the only reason why a full frame DSLR may be more enticing for some, is if they want far shallower depth-of-field (though the GH3 with an f/1.8 lens does provide a lot of bokeh).

    conclusionFor still photographers, the GH3 is very goodit is fast, handles better than any Micro Four Thirds camera, and produces excellent images. But it is too expensive. The body costs Rs. 99,990... if video is not your prime concern, you will get far better cameras at much lower price tags. Cinematographers ought to seriously consider this though. There are very few options available in the market that will even come close to the video performance of the GH3. With the extensive amount of control and the fantastic data rates, it is a filmmakers delight.

    F I N A L R A T I N G SFeatures20fps, 75Mbps video shooting, PC Sync socket, no in-body IS, 1/160sec Sync speed


    performanceFast AF, good noise control at ISO 3200


    build QualityAll-weather design, magnesium alloy body


    ergonomicsAs many as 5 customisable buttons


    Warranty & supportThree year warranty with limited service network


    oVeraLL 87%

    Noise Test

    The sensor seems to perform quite similarly to the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and if shot and processed carefully, even ISO 6400 can give good results. This is a good improvement, as compared to the GH2.

    spec iF icat ions

    Modelname Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3

    MRP Rs. 99,990 (body only)

    Effectivepixels 16.05 megapixels

    Max.resolution 4,608 x 3,456 pixels

    sensor size, type 17.3 x 13 mm, CMOS

    sensor cleaning Yes

    Aspectratio(w:h) 4:3

    Focusing modes AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF

    AFpoints Contrast AF system

    Metering Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot

    Shutterspeedrange 601/4000sec

    exp. compensation +/- 5EV (in 0.3 steps)

    Colourspace sRGB, Adobe RGB

    ISO Auto, ISO 20012800, expandable to ISO 25600

    Whitebalance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Colour temperature setting

    Drivemodes 6 fps in full resolution (max 18 consecutive shots of RAW+JPEG

    Built-inflash Yes

    Externalflash Yes

    Flashmodes Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain Sync

    Flashrange 12 (in meters at ISO100)

    LCDsize 3-inch TFT OLED

    LCDdots 6,14,000 pixels

    Viewfinder Yes, 100% FOV

    File format RAW, JPEG, MPEG-4 AVCHD/H.264

    Imagestabilisation Not in Body

    LiveView Yes

    Mirrorlock-up Yes

    Remotecontrol Yes

    Self-timer Yes, 2, 10sec

    storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card

    timelapse recording No

    Movieclips Yes

    USB Yes, USB 2.0, Mini-B connector


    HDMI Yes, Type-C

    Battery Lithium-ion

    Dimensions(WXHXD) 133 x 100 x 79mm

    Weight 575g (body only)



    iso 1600

    iso 12,800

    iso 3200

    iso 6400

    Value for money

    Who should buy it? Filmmakers who do not want to compromise anything in terms of video functionality.

    Why? While being a competent camera for stills, the GH3 is the best video interchangeable-lens camera, in terms of features, data rates and on-field performance.

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    Ambarin Afsar tells you about the only question you need to ask yourself while considering the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100.


    Need? Or Want? Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100

    Cameraphone technology has been evolving at breakneck speeds. Cell phones are striving to offer better sensors and more megapixels.

    The point-and-shoot market is being eaten into, and the latest wave of revival seems to be cameras which run the Android OS system and offer the facility to connect to the web instantly via WiFi or 3G.

    FeaturesThe Samsung EK-GC100 is a 16MP compact offering 21x optical zoom (23483mm),

    with a 4.8-inch high definition capacitative touchscreen, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and a 1.4GHZ quad core processor. All these essentially make it a Samsung Galaxy SIII phone with a superzoom lens, slightly larger sensor, a popup flash and an inferior screen.

    You can use a 3G microsim or use a WiFi hotspot to do everything that a smartphone does, except make actual voice calls.

    The camera has the usual suspect PSAM modes, 15 Scene modes and 15 Effects or Art Filters. I found the Galaxy camera performing really well when it came to effects like Old Photo, Gothic Noir, Weightage oF


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    Camera controls are provided in the form of a virtual lens barrel which covers half the screen while shooting, making one miss what is going in the frame.

    The most frustrating thing about the Effects line-up is that every time you get back to shooting, from playback, the camera forgets which effect you had chosen.

    annoyances Within the galaxy Cameras interface

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    speC iF iCat ions

    Model name Samsung EK-GC100

    MRP Rs. 26,520

    sensor size, type 1/2.3-inch, BSI CMOS

    Resolution 16.3MP, 4608 x 3456 pixels

    LCD 4.8-inch, HD TFTAperture range f/2.85.9

    Shutterspeed 161/2000secISOrange Auto, 1003200Opticalzoom 21xMetering modes Multi, Spot, Centre-weighted,

    Face Detection AE

    File formats Still: JPEG, Movie: AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV

    Battery Lithium-Ion

    storage MicroSD (upto 64GB)


    70.8 x 128.7 x 19.1mm

    Weight 300g

    the Vintage filter lent a nice cool blue tint to my images. the cameras strengths lie

    in its filters. Exposure: 1/320sec at f/4

    (ISO 100)Ambarin Afsar

    F I N A L R A T I N G SFeaturesAndroid 4.1, Good 3G/WiFi connectivity, touchscreen, 21x zoom, n