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Rajdeep Das is a graduate with a BCom (Hons) degree from Calcutta University. He learnt photography from CSFK (Click Start From Kalighat), a group led by Joydeep Mukherjee, a nationally and internationally acclaimed photographer. Rajdeep gradually took to food photography. A major role behind his interest in this genre was played by his indomitable love for food; Another reason was the vast scope for food photographers in Kolkata, as there are very few food photographers there. For economic reasons, Rajdeep styles the food himself, which he learnt after studying a lot about using props and styling of food from each and every possible source, and a lot of trial and error.
Capturing WOW, initiated by WOW Awards and curated by ace photographer Luv Issrani, concluded on Saturday evening, June29, 2019 amidst esteemed photographers and film-makers. The most distinguishing part of the event was the special blend of insightful Expert Jams (Master-classes) alongside Live-shoots and the WOW Summit which allowed the delegates to not only learn from a distance but also interact with their favourites on a one-on-one conversation throughout the 2 days. Mahesh Shirodkar from Tamarind Global, an ace in Wedding Planning, with over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, inaugurated the event. The most important aspect was the WOW Gallery which displayed the best works by 30 photographers and the WOW Premier which showcased 12 world-class films by promising film-makers in the country.
The WOW Summit was an intense culmination of the best from the event and wedding industry discussing insights on the topics: Everything is Content & Content is Everything moderated by Mahesh Shirodkar (Managing Director – Tamarind Global) with panelists including Chetan Vohra (Founder, Director – Wedding Line), Khantil Mehta (Founding Director – GoBananas), Madhavan Pillai (Chief Editor – Better Photograpy) and Anand Shahani (Co-Founder & CEO – WedMEGood); Discovering Your Style moderated by Anand Rathi (Reels and Frames) with presentations by Arjun Kamath (Arjun Kamath Photography), Rafique Sayed (Rafique Sayed Photography), Raonak Hatiramani (Recall Pictures), Nitin Dangwal (Shutterink) and Abhimanyu Sharma (Going Bananas Photography) and Collaboration is the New Black moderated by Megha Isrrani (Isrrani Photography and Signature Filmz) with panelists including Neha Seth (Var Vadhu Weddings), Rahul Kumar (Vivaah Weddings), Rajeev Jain (Rashi Entertainment), Akash Agarwal (WeddingNama), Jayant Chhabra (Cupcake Productions) and Lakshya Chawla (Shutterdown). Experts Jam was an initiative where masterminds from the photographers and the filmmaker’s community shared their expert insights into various methods of Capturing ‘WOW’ moments with still photography, cinematography & post production. The topics covered ranged from Experience Counts by the veteran Raju Sultania with close to 5 decades of experience in the field, to Photography – When Art meets Business by Anand Rathi of Reels and Frames, Awards – Cracking the Code by Abhimanyu Sharma of Going Bananas Photography, Decoding Couple Portraits by Saurabh Rungta, Black and White Photography by the Maestro Rafique Sayed, Secrets of Sustaining Happy Clients by Luv Isrrani from Signature Filmz and Isrrani Photography, Storytelling through pictures by Arjun Kamath, Science of Selling by Arjun Kartha of Twogether Studios and to Finding your Inspiration by Divyam Mehrotra.
The activity was supported by leading partners like Canon, Panasonic Lumix, GoPro, Lacie – a top notch storage solution for experts via Seagate and Vitec group which includes brands like Manfrotto, Joby, Gitzo, Avenger, Litepanels, Lowepro and National Geographic to name a few. These brands had even arranged exciting activities and prizes for the winners.
There are quite a few monitor display manufacturers in the market, but when it comes to photography monitors, not many can claim quite the expertise. BenQ has been a frontrunner in the photography monitor space and the company is back with their latest 27-inch monitor. The SW271 is a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) monitor that can reproduce 99 percent of Adobe RGB colour space.
The SW271 uses a 10-bit IPS panel producing over one billion colours and providing a wide viewing angle of up to 178 degrees. The monitor features BenQ’s AQCOLOR technology for accurate reproduction of colours. The monitor has been certified by Technicolor, which guarantees that the white point, gamut, gamma curve and colour differences are within the specified values. The monitor can reproduce 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, and 100% Rec.709 colour gamuts, allowing photographers and retouchers more tonal width for better editing possibilities. The built-in 14-bit 3D LUT (Look Up Table) improves RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in accurate colour and grey tone reproduction. This allows Delta E≤2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB colour gamuts. The SW271 supports HDR10 standard of High Dynamic Range content via HDMI cable.
BenQ bundles Palette Master Element calibration software to adjust the monitor’s internal image processing IC without altering graphics card’s data. This ensures consistent colour irrespective of graphic card settings. Users can use calibrators from X-rite and DataColor to implement Palette Master Element calibration. You can set three customised calibration profiles and switch between them.
The Hotkey Puck bundled with the monitor lets you switch between Adobe RGB, sRGB, and Black and White modes effortlessly. The buttons can be customised to map other modes or OSD settings, such as brightness and contrast. BenQ also bundles detachable shading hoods for both landscape and portrait orientations. The hood reduces glare from ambient lighting.
The monitor offers PIP (Picture In Picture) and PBP (Picture By Picture) mode for multitasking in GamutDuo viewing. This enables you to simultaneously display content side-by-side in two different colour spaces. A Black and White mode allows you to choose three presets to preview your images before actually making adjustments. The SW271 features BenQ’s eye-care technologies that reduce eye fatigue, enhancing productivity. The screen is coated with anti-glare coating and the device uses flicker-free technology.
The monitor offers connectivity with 2 x HDMI (v2.0), 1 x Display Port, 2 x USB Downstream, 1 x USB Upstream, USB Type-C, and SD/MMC card reader. The BenQ SW271 measures 504.49 – 610.95 x 613.8 x 213.43 mm (H x W x D) without shading hood and with base. It weighs 16.4 kg (gross).
OnePlus has been the disrupters in the market, offering powerful devices for great value, starting with the One Plus 1. The OnePlus 7 Pro is a premium smartphone that competes with the flagships in the market, while the OnePlus 7 holds the fort in the value-for-money segment.
Design and Build Quality We received the Nebula Blue version of the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the device looks stunning with the subtle, yet classy play of colours. The device features curved 3D Corning Gorilla Glass on front and back. The phone does not feature a notch since the front camera is a pop-up type model. This makes the entire screen area available for display. While the back surface has a matte finish, the metal rim has a glossy finish. The triple cameras at the back are aligned vertically in a straight line at the centre along with the flash. The front-facing pop-up camera retracts automatically if it detects that the device is being dropped. According to OnePlus, the system has been tested to withstand sliding out up to 300,000 times. It is also resistant to everyday dust and dirt.
Key Features The OnePlus 7 Pro uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor clocked at 2.84 GHz along with a Qualcomm AI Engine. It is combined with an Adreno 640 GPU for better gaming performance. The device uses OxygenOS based on Android 9. The OnePlus 7 Pro is available with 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB internal memory.
The OnePlus 7 Pro uses a triple camera system with normal, ultra wide angle and telephoto cameras. The normal camera uses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor. It features Optical (OIS) and Electronic (EIS) image stabilisation and offers a maximum aperture of f/1.6. The ultra wide angle camera is a 16-megapixel model offering f/2.2 and 117-degree angle of view, while the telephoto camera features 8 megapixels with OIS and f/2.4. The device incorporates a Dual LED flash and features Multi Autofocus including PDAF (Phase Detection AF), LAF (Laser AF) and CAF (Contrast AF).
The main camera can record videos of up to 4K quality at 30 or 60 fps, while Super Slow Motion videos can be captured either at 1080p, 240 fps or 720p, 480 fps. Other features include UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection and Raw image. Nightscape is a high dynamic range mode that allows cityscapes shot at night look bright and detailed. The phone uses a pop-up front camera with a 16 MP Sony IMX471 camera. It features Electronic image stabilisation and a fixed focus with f/2.0 aperture. This camera can record videos up to 1080P at 30fps. The device offers Time-Lapse mode.
The phone uses a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display providing a refresh rate of 90 Hz and resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels (QHD+) at 516 ppi. The screen offers HDR+ technology for better video playback of Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Videos. It also offers Night Mode 2.0, which filters out blue light and optimises brightness level to eliminate eye-strain while reading. Dual Speakers and Dolby Atmos provides crystal-clear sound.
The 7 Pro uses a USB 3.1 GEN1 Type-C port that also supports standard Type-C earphones. It has dual nano-SIM slots and is powered by a 4000 mAh non-removable battery. The device supports Warp Charge 30 (5V/6A), OnePlus’s new fast charging technology. This allows you to charge the phone even while playing games. A new liquid cooling with ten cooling layers strategically placed throughout the phone keeps the device cool. The phone measures 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm and weighs 206 g.
Ergonomics The phone is a pleasure to use with a comfortable form factor and ideal size for one-handed operation. The notch-less display offers the best viewing experience along with QHD+ resolution. The on-screen fingerprint sensor saves some more space on the display and the system is responsive and user-friendly. The device never lagged even with intensive gaming and videos. With fast refresh rate, scrolling and other actions on the display feel fluid. The phone uses haptic vibration. Dual stereo speakers ensure great audio.
Performance The OnePlus 7 Pro, with its impressive hardware specifications, did what the company promised. The phone never exhibited any lag even while handling graphic-intensive games and apps. The stereo speakers provided excellent audio reproduction. The battery lasted for over a day on full charge even with above-average use.
The triple camera system performed well with all the three cameras providing sharp and crisp images. Colours were true to the original with sufficient details. The OnePlus 7 Pro controlled noise very well. Even ISO 3200 proved to be usable in good lighting. The device performed well under low-light. Portrait mode rendered images with smooth bokeh. However, the effect was not as distinct as that of some other devices. Videos were quite smooth and punchy.
Value for Money The OnePlus 7 Pro is available in three versions. The 6 GB, 128 GB variant retails at Rs.48,999, while the 8 GB, 256 GB variant carries a price tag of Rs.52,999. The most powerful 12 GB, 256 GB version is listed at an MRP of Rs.57,999. Please note that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a premium offering from the 7-series and not exactly a value-for-money replacement to the OnePlus 6T. The device is certainly worth the price.
Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android 9
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (Octa-core, 7nm, up to 2.84 GHz) with Qualcomm AI Engine
GPU: Adreno 640
RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 2-LANE
Main camera: 48 MP, Sony IMX586 sensor, 7 elements, OIS, EIS, f/1.6
Born in February 1950, Swaranjeet Singh lived in Delhi for 35 years. In 1985, he moved to Bombay to set up a public limited company as Chief Executive for Supreme Industries, and in 1991, he set up Multibase India Limited, now owned by Dow Corning. In 2005, he decided to retire after a very hectic 20 years as CEO/MD and decided to have a life. In February 2010, on his 60th birthday, his wife gifted him his first camera (Canon EOS 7D and the 17-55 f/2.8 lens), and thus began his new life and love affair with photography. Now he travels six months a year around the world with his gear.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec Focal Length: 24 mm ISO: 200
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec Focal Length:88 mm ISO: 100
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec Focal Length: 227 mm ISO: 100
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec Focal Length: 100 mm ISO: 100
The last decade has seen sweeping changes in video technology. From standard definition, we moved on to High Definition and then to Full High Definition. 4K is now common, and soon we will be moving to 6K and 8K. High Dynamic Range adds to brightness levels and produces richer colours. Still photography seems to be missing out on this revolution. This makes it all the more likely that in the near future, the distinction between still and video photography will be blurred and excellent quality stills will be extracted from moving images. Any takers? H. S. Billimoria
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Sparingly used PC-E NIKKOR 24 mm f/3.5D EDlens. The lens is a couple of years old but it is almost in new condition.
MRP of this lens is Rs.150,500. Make an offer but remember, this is not a distress sale; hence bargain seekers, please excuse.
Capturing WOW, an experiential festival for professional and commercial photographers and film-makers invites photographers across the globe to learn the art of photography from the leading photographers. Along with photographic skills, their aim is also to provide a platform to the community to showcase their best pictures and videos and thus get introduces to the top-most event and wedding planners.
The Jury includes internationally acclaimed names like Scott Kelby, Peter Hurley, Lindsay Adler and Jatin Kampani. The 2 day event is scheduled on 28th and 29th June 2019 at Hotel Pullman, New Delhi Aerocity and is curated by Luv Isrrani , a celebrated fashion and wedding photographer from Signature Films and Isrrani Photography. Co-Located with WOW Awards Asia, the event will comprise of intriguing Master-classes, Live-shoots and a Mega-summit between event and wedding planners as well as photographers.
Vishal Nagdev, the founder of WOW Awards states “Over the past 11 years of WOW Awards Asia, the most important objective has been to bring together the sub-communities of the larger event and wedding industry on a business and knowledge exchange conducive platform. Capturing WOW furthers that objective and we are thrilled to welcome the creative and talented community of event and wedding photographers and film makers to join #TheWOWTribe”
“It has been a great journey putting together this exciting initiative. My goal is to bring about a radical shift in the industry by bringing the most premium opportunities to our community so that Indian photographers and filmmakers can make a mark on the global map, the talent and capability for which exists in abundance in our country!” says Luv Isrrani.
The activity is emphatically supported by leading partners like Canon, Panasonic Lumix, GoPro, Lacie – a top notch storage solution for experts via Seagate and Vitec group which includes brands like Manfrotto, Joby, Gitzo, Avenger, Litepanels, Lowepro and National Geographic to name a few. These brands have even arranged exciting activities to be held on 28th and 29th June and participants can anticipate winning some astounding prizes and treats!
The Press Institute of India, Chennai and the International Committee of the Red Cross, New Delhi are organising a competition for the best three articles and best three photographs on a humanitarian subject. The article or photograph should have been published in any national or regional newspaper or magazine in India between 1 April 2018 and 15 May 2019, and can be in English or in any Indian or regional language (English translations required). Only one entry is allowed per individual. Entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to the Press Institute of India, RIND Premises, Second Main Road, Taramani CPT Campus, Chennai 600113 by 31 July 2019.
The theme for this year is ‘Impact of Climate Change on Humanitarian Issues’. The top three prizes in each category are Rs.100,000, Rs.70,000 and Rs.40,000, respectively.
Last year, in the Best Article Category, Rakhi Ghosh, an independent journalist working in Odisha, won the first prize for her article that appeared on the Village Square website, ‘Kanas villagers make water safe through simple interventions’. Sarita Santoshini, based in Guwahati, writing for IndiaSpend, bagged the second prize for best article, ‘Text messages save lives in state with highest maternal deaths’. The third winner in the same category, Maitri Porecha, was awarded for her insightful article, ‘Mobile phones hand-hold mothers through pregnancy’, published in Daily News and Analysis (DNA). Special awards were presented in the Best Article category to Tabassum Barnagarwala, Indian Express, Mumbai; Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed, Frontline, Bengaluru; and Rakhee Roytalukdar, Grassroots, Jaipur.
Last year, in the Best Photography category, Neeraj Gautam, senior photojournalist with Rajasthan Patrika, won the first prize. Special award in the Best Photography category was presented to Indranil Mukherjee of Agence France-Presse, Mumbai.
Sanjib Das is a government employee based in Naihati, West Bengal. He works at IISER Kolkata. He is passionate about landscape and wildlife photography. His adventurist tryst with nature began with a trek to the mighty Himalayas during his teens. This offered him an opportunity to catch a glimpse of mountain life that left him breathless and speechless. This led to further treks to hills, deserts and forests. Sanjib tries to capture those magic moments and pens his travelogue diaries. His travel articles have been published in several leading magazines, journals, and newspapers. His photos have won a number of national and international awards and recognition. His debut book written on Sikkim, Himalaya has been highly acclaimed by critics and readers. Even then, he feels that the best is yet to come. To view and follow his photo work, please visit his websitewww.sanjib.in
Sunset at Chidiya Tapu HDR Image; no EXIF data
Wooden bridge of Baratang Island Camera: Nikon D750 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/25 sec Focal Length: 24 mm ISO: 560
Golden reflection at Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock Island Camera: Nikon D750 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec Focal Length: 15 mm ISO: 100
Solitary tree of Kalapathar Beach at Havelock Island Camera: Nikon D750 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 15 sec Focal Length: 15 mm ISO: 100