August 24, 2012


“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.” ~ j k rowling

March 13, 2012

Before Buying Your First SLR Camera

If you are planning to purchase DSLR camera then this article is for you. If you are serious about photography then only you should consider it otherwise my advise would be taking a better point and shoot with creative controls (Tv, Av, M modes) and with 10x or more zoom. Often I have seen many people take SLR and they don't shoot because the camera is too big to carry, or they don't want to go beyond the kit lens and hence limiting their shoots. Nowadays, there are good point & shoot cameras that perform very fast and effective.

Few questions that can decide your purchase.

  1. Which Brand?  There are many brands available in market, some are them are quite famous since the beginning of photography like Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji and few of them are new like Panasonic, Sony etc. I would suggest you to opt either from Nikon or Canon because these companies have been spending lots of money in research and development in the field of camera and lenses and other accessories. Many third party manufacturers like Sigma, Tamron, Zeiss, Zuiko etc also creates product for Nikon or Canon but not for other companies. You will never get short of choices in Nikon or Canon. Both cameras are equally good and there are some pros and cons. This is a famous classical question btw discussed many times over the web. Good photographers will suggest you to go either of them as it doesn't matter much. It is individuals preference to select one brand. Note that you can't mount Nikon's lens on Canon or vice versa. So once you decide your brand, you have to struck to it for a long time because it is a kind of investment and it is very difficult to switch between them as you will be building your kit. Read more from experts here - Ken Rockwell or or Digital-Photography-School and there are lot more when you google :-)
    • Nikon gives you bolder colors and it is quite fast in performance.
    • Canon gives you more natural and saturated colors, its autofocus system is faster than Nikon usually.
    • In the low end, Nikon has sturdy build than Canon but as you go higher in the ladder, the difference is negligible.
  2. What type of photographer am I? What would I will be shooting? Depending on subject you should consider your purchase. If you are going to do product photography or advertisement photography or journalism which requires faster camera will bold colors and depth and sturdy build quality then you should pick Nikon. If you are in to Nature or Wildlife photography or Sports or Wedding/Portraits then go for Canon. But I again like to say that both can be deployed to any type of work and it will just work. This divide is just based on the observation of photographers's exif and their work. But it is not a rule.
  3. How much I am willing to spend? Both camera manufactures have good range of cameras in all segments so it should not be a major factor in deciding your pick. Spare some money for lens purchases also and also think of replacing the kit lens with some good lens. 
  4. Future plans and upgrades? There are two types of SLRs - full frame (35 mm censor) or Crop (1.5x or 1.6x of 35mm). So basically it is the coverage of your sensor which is going to record image. With same lens, a full frame camera will have more coverage over frame and it will be true focal length. So suppose if you have taken a picture with 50mm lens on full frame, effective focal length is 50 but on crop sensor it will look like a 80mm (50mm x 1.6). Many lenses are only compatible with crop sensor camera and they won't work on full frame. Plan your lens purchase accordingly. 
  5. Which lenses should I purchase? You can read more about Canon lenses here, here and Nikon here.
Best combination on full frame camera is 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8, it covers almost every situation. 

I hope you will focus more on photography than your camera or lens. There is no rule in photography, shoot directly from your heart and enjoy it. 

Some great sites that you should visit before your pick.
Wish you good luck and Happy Shooting. Please join me on Facebook

February 05, 2012

World Wetlands Conservation Day (Feb 02)

First of all those who don't know about Wetlands, I would like to quote its formal definition.

"Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all year or for varying periods of time during the year, including during the growing season. Water saturation largely determines how the soil develops and the types of plant and animal communities living in and on the soil. Wetlands may support both aquatic and terrestrial species. The prolonged presence of water creates conditions that favor the growth of specially adapted plants and promote the development of characteristic wetlands soils."
-- EPA, America's Wetlands: Our Vital Link Between Land and Water

To celebrate and to share awareness about the conservation of Wetlands, The Nature Volunteers group (TNV) organized a photo walk and bird watching camp at Sirpur Tank (is also a Wetland).  It is  important to save various species of plants, birds, mammals who survives just because of the condition provided by wetlands. Also it helps in maintaining our ground water levels and helps human population to survive.

Sirpur Tank, Indore

Currently most of the wetlands are in danger due to various reasons -
a)  Land acquisition for real estate purpose & other monetary benefits,
b) Changing environmental condition,
c) Industrial pollution,
d) Use of plastics, polythene etc.

Each wetland is a home for variety of species and they are sometimes found only in that particular region. So think of loosing hundreds of species from Nature if you loose one of them. Its a very important channel to connect land and water. You can read more information here - and and take steps to protect the wetland near you.

Some birding spots near Indore area (List by Shariq Khan)

Lakes and Wetlands
1. Sirpur Lake, Dhar Road, Indore
2. Kishanpura Lake, Dhar Road, Indore
3. Yeshwant Sagar, Depalpur Road, Indore
4. Bilawali Tank, Khandwa Road, Indore
5. Pipliyapala Regional Park, Erstwhile AB Road Indore
6. Khatipiplya Village Pond and Buranakhedi Village Pond , Kanadia Road  Indore

Forest Plantations and Open land
1. Ralamandal Sanctuary, Near Rau-Dewas Bypass Road
2. Tincha Village and Forest Plantations, Near Simrol, Khandwa Road
3.  Telyakhedi Forest Plantations, Near Kampel
4.  Shivni and Banjari Forest Plantations, Near Double-Chauki, Nemawar Road
5.  Kajligadh Forest Plantations, Near Simrol, Khandwa Road
6.  Residency Garden and Indore Zoo
7.  Pitra Parvat, Indore Depalpur Road