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These 10 Lightroom Tips and Tricks will help you speed up your editing workflow. Some of these shortcuts, tips, and tricks are less explored and you might not be aware that they exist in Lightroom CC. If you are a beginner, this Lightroom tutorial can help you edit photos faster and better.
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10.or G is a smartphone crafted especially for Amazon India and was launched to target the camera lovers. The 10.or G features 13 MP + 13 MP dual-rear camera setup with f/2.0 and PDAF (phase detection auto focus). The first one is an RGB image sensor while the second one is a monochrome image sensor to capture better details. This dual camera setup also allows you to capture photos with bokeh effect, to get that sweet blur effect in your photos.
The smartphone looks like a fully loaded camera phone on papers, let’s find out if it truly is in real life situation. This is an in-depth camera review of 10.or G smartphone on the basis of various physical and functional aspects.
Camera placement and Handling
Talking about the camera placement on the 10.or G, the camera is placed perfectly at the top center position. One thing I like about this camera position is that even if you are handling the phone from the corners, there are less chances of the camera lens attracting fingerprints on it. It has a slight camera bump, but that can be protected using a mobile cover which is not provided in the box.
The handling on this phone is good, as it does not easily slip out of your hands while clicking photos in landscape/portrait mode. The only issue I have with this phone is the odd placement of the lock key, strangely it is positioned above the volume rocker.
The 10.or G rear camera does focus quite fast and accurately, be it in well lit situations or in low light conditions. Honestly, I am quite impressed with the focus speed. Unlike many other smartphones, the 10.or G one detects the focus swiftly without much of focus hunting. The response time is fast and accurate and I hardly got any misfocused shot, except for some situations when the lighting was too low or if the camera to subject distance was very less.
One thing I like about the focusing system on this phone is the focus confirmation alert. When you tap on a subject in the frame, a circle appears with green lines to confirm that the focus has been locked.
I wish the camera app has the option to adjust the exposure as we tap on a subject to focus.
Sharpness and Dynamic Range
This 13 MP shooter does produce sharp photos in well-lit conditions, no doubt about that. As the light starts reducing, the camera starts producing minor grains, but to be honest you can not expect a better low-light photo from a Rs.11000 smartphone. The fact that it allows you to manually select a low ISO value and adjust the exposure compensation between -2 and +2, helps you capture decent photos at night.
Talking about the dynamic range performance, the 10.or G captures the contrast between the highlights and the shadows decently. This helped me click some good photos, where I framed the scene in such a way that it had a building as well as the brightly lit sky.
It’s good that this phone offers the HDR mode, using which the phone internally clicks multiple photos and them merges them into a single photo. This makes the shadows as well as highlights balanced and the dark, as well as the bright part of the frame, gets balanced. Honestly, I personally didn’t like the HDR mode performance as it desaturated the photo completely as shown in the sample below.
Portrait Mode Performance
Talking about one of the key highlighting camera features of 10.or G, the portrait mode does a decent job. While I was clicking photos using this mode in broad daylight, the subject detection worked well. But as the light started reducing the subject detection accuracy started reducing. But honestly, at this price range, the 10.or G portrait mode is one of the best you can get your hands on.
I am most impressed by the feature which allows you to change the focus point and the blur effect strength even after clicking the photo. Now getting something like this in a Rs.11000 smartphone is a great advantage as a photography enthusiast.
I feel that the closest focusing distance could have been better especially while using the camera in portrait mode.
Low light performance
As the 10.or G does not offer the manual mode, I had to click photos in low light conditions using the automatic mode. The noise was a bit on the higher side and the focusing accuracy was average. I somehow feel that the provision of manual mode could have made this an ideal camera phone in this price segment. The aperture opening of f/2.0 does help in getting more light on to the image sensor in low light conditions.
But let’s be practical here, a Rs.11000 phone would not let you capture amazing low light photos. But the 10.or G is one of the smartphones under 10,000 price range that offers some great camera and video features.
Video Performance and Features
One of the most impressive features of this smartphone camera is that it features EIS (electronic image stabilization). This means that you can capture smooth videos at 1080p at 30 fps, using the front as well as the rear camera. Also when you switch off the EIS, you can shoot 1080p videos at 60 fps.
I personally do not think there is any other smartphone in this price range that offers such amazing photo and video features.
Talking about the video performance at 1080p using the rear camera, I found it to be perfect. The fact that you can shoot a video at 60 fps or at 30 fps with EIS is a great pleasure. I tried shooting in EIS as well as non-EIS modes, and yes the difference is huge. the EIS video clip appears smooth while you are walking and shooting a video.
Final Verdict: An Indeal Camera Smartphone?
If you love clicking photos while traveling or even in day-to-day life, this is one of the best camera smartphones in the market priced at Rs.11000. If you use it in well-lit conditions, you would not be disappointed but the results. I wish they introduce some software improvements in future updates to make edge detection in portrait mode much better and accurate.
The video performance especially at 1080p with EIS on is brilliant. If you are looking to buy a good camera smartphone within Rs.11,000 price range, this is one of the ideal choices.
Here is a list of SD cards and CF cards which are used in all Canon, Nikon as Sony DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Depending on your use, you can choose the desired memory card for your digital camera from the list shared below.
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Dual Camera is a smartphone targeted towards the selfie lovers, but I had some other plans while reviewing it. Being a photographer and an old Asus smartphone user, I wanted to test the 16 Megapixel rear camera capabilities of this Zenfone 4 Selfie Dual Camera version (dual-front camera). What’s better than putting the smartphone camera to the low-light test and get to know about its performance.
I decided to visit the Jama Masjid to capture some sunset and after-sunset photos using the Zenfone 4 Selfie camera in auto mode. Before I start talking about its camera performance, I would like to highlight the fact that the smartphone is very lightweight which makes it easy to use while clicking photos.
As I entered the Jama Masjid, the sun had just started setting and it made the ideal situation for me to try my hands on Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Dual Camera smartphone camera. The photo that you see below is straight out of the camera and I have haven’t edited it at all.
The Colors and Dynamic Range captured by this 16 MP camera is impressive, considering the fact that the available light was not that good. The image below does not have any over-exposed areas, which means that it balances the exposure in the frame quite well. If you look at the sky you would clearly see the blue as well as yellow color tones, which are very well retained by the camera.
Talking about the second image shared below, I switched on the HDR mode to capture the frame as the sun was right behind the structure. Trust me, HDR mode is the trickiest test for any smartphone camera especially when the sun is right behind the subject. The Zenfone 4 Selfie scores a 10/10 here because of the way the software processed the HDR image, making it look natural and well balanced in terms of exposure. I can clearly see the details in both the dark as well as bright areas of the frame.
Another challenging situation I face while clicking photos during sunset is to capture a well-focused photo. The 16 MP PDAF (phase detection auto focus) rear camera sounds impressive on paper, but does it focus accurately in low light conditions was my question. While clicking the photo shown below, I simply raised the phone, framed the scene, and clicked the photo.
Usually, I tap on the screen to focus on the subject and then click a photo to ensure that the focus is locked accurately, but while testing the focusing ability of a smartphone camera I don’t. Zenfone 4 Selfie rear camera again proved to be an ideal smartphone choice for low light photography because of swift and accurate focusing in this condition.
My last test was to click a photo when the sun is completely gone and the moon is taking over the sky. The photo shared below was clicked in auto mode and the camera settings were 1/15 sec and ISO 4500.
My comment on this photo would be that the camera does a decent job in capturing such a photo at such high ISO and slow shutter speed. The focusing is on point, the colors are accurate, and the grains are less compared to some of the other smartphones available in the market in this price range.
Wedding photography in India can be challenging as well as exiting, depending on how well you can control your camera and the light source. It is always better to capture properly exposed wedding photos so that you can save time during the editing process. But this can only be done if you know what camera setting you must use as a wedding photographer.
Before I start sharing some wedding photography tips, I would like to talk about a big myth in photography. You must have heard or have been told that a professional photographer always shoots in manual mode. Trust me that is not at all true. As a professional wedding photographer, your objective should be to compose goof frames and click well-exposed photos at a fast pace.
Wedding Photography In India: Overview
As you must be well aware that the wedding in India takes place either take place in an open group or inside a hall. In either of the situation, the lighting condition usually changes when you move from one part of the area to the other. As a wedding photographer, your job is to roam around the venue and capture moments without fail. Now as you would be moving around the venue, you will observe that the lighting is changing simultaneously. Now in order to properly expose each and every photo as you are on the move, you need to know your camera setting well.
If you are well aware of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together in-sync, then the manual mode is perfect for you. But what if you are not sure how these three exposure settings work together?
As per my experience as a wedding photographer, I would advise you to shoot in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority mode. Now you might be wondering why these two modes over the manual mode.
As I mentioned that the lighting conditions keep changing as you are moving around the venue, changing the camera settings in manual mode might not be the ideal for you. You might miss important moments just because you were busy adjusting the exposure settings and could not click a photo. In order to speed up your shooting speed, simply click in aperture priority mode if the depth of field is your priority. But if your priority is shutter speed and you want to freeze an action, shoot in shutter priority mode.
When to shoot in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority Mode?
So if you are clicking candids, group photos or any photo where you want to make sure that the depth of field is as per your requirement, then click in aperture priority mode. But if you want to make the subject or elements in the frame to freeze or if you intentionally want a slow shutter speed photo, then shoot in shutter priority mode.
As you start shooting in one of these two modes, you will realize that you have started focusing on composition and moments instead of wasting time in adjusting the camera settings manually.
What if ISO starts going high during wedding photography?
There might be situations when you are shooting at faster shutter speed in shutter priority mode or at a higher aperture value in aperture priority mode and the lighting condition is poor. Also there might be instances when the available light is low and your camera is struggling to click good quality images because of high ISO.
In either of the cases, the issue is high ISO value due to the bad lighting condition. There are two solutions to this problem which can help you reduce the ISO value and get better quality images in a wedding.
The first solution is to use an external light source such as a flash or a strobe. This will allow you to produce more light and click a well-exposed photo with low ISO value. But in order to make this setup work, you would either need a light stand or a lightman along you all the time. But if you can, then the results can be amazing.
The second solution is actually a trick that you can use during a wedding in India. You would have seen videographers moving around the venue along with a lightman carrying a continuous light. All you have to do is simply follow them and frame your shots. This witty idea can be useful especially when you are shooting at night or in poorly lit areas.
I hope you find these wedding photography tips and camera settings useful and might implement in your upcoming wedding shoots.
The recently launched Redmi Note 5 Pro by Xiaomi is a smartphone which offers great camera performance. The dual-rear camera setup features a 12 Megapixel camera sensor at f/2.2 and a 5 Megapixel camera sensor at f/2.0. Apart from these exciting camera specs, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is loaded with some amazing camera modes and features which you might not be aware of.
In this post, I shall be taking about 5 camera tips and tricks of Redmi Note 5 Pro which will help you click sharp and creative photos in various conditions. These are some amazing camera modes and settings which I found to be helpful while reviewing the smartphone, so I thought of sharing it with you all.
Redmi Note 5 Pro Camera Tips & Tricks (Hindi) - YouTube
1. Redmi Note 5 Pro: Save Previous Mode
Whenever you open the camera app, be it on Redmi Note 5 Pro or any other smartphone, the photo mode opens by default. What if you shoot video most of the times, or if you want the app to always open in portrait mode by default?
Redmi Note 5 Pro allows you to change the default mode in the camera app by navigating to the settings and turning on the ‘Save Previous Mode’ option. I personally found this option to be really helpful as mostly I am shooting photos in the manual mode. and now I get that camera mode by default as I open the camera app.
2. Redmi Note 5 Pro: Camera Scenes
Most of us are not professional photographers and might struggle while clicking photos in tricky situations. There might be situations when you are clicking a fast moving car, a night portrait or a light trail and struggle to click a good photo.
By simply navigation to the top right corner of the camera app and by tapping on the modes icon, you can find a variety of camera scenes under the ‘Scenes’ mode. Camera scenes such as portrait, landscape, sports, night, sunset, etc allows you to click sharp and correctly exposed photos in the respective scene.
It is better to click photos using one of these scenes (if the scene suits the nature of the subject) instead of the auto mode, to capture comparatively well exposed and clear photo.
3. Redmi Note 5 Pro: Camera Auto Exposure Modes
The exposure of a photo is decided by the camera on the basis of the camera metering mode you select. The Redmi Note 5 Pro camera app allows you to choose between Frame average, Center-weighted, and Spot metering exposure metering modes. By default, the Center-weighted mode is selected and you can switch between the three modes by going to the camera app setting panel.
The ‘Frame average’ exposure mode taken an average of the light reflected by all the subjects in the frame. The ‘Center-weighted’ exposure mode allows the camera to take exposure reading based on the subject/s placed at the center of the frame. The ‘Spot metering’ mode makes the camera read the exposure from a specific portion of the frame, depending on where you tap on the screen.
In a majority of situations, it is better to use the Frame average exposure mode to get a balanced and properly exposed photo. You should switch between three modes depending on the nature of the subject you are clicking.
4. Redmi Note 5 Pro: Straighten Mode
One of the challenges you might have been facing while clicking photos using a mobile camera is the orientation of the frame. If you click a photo while walking or in a hurry, you would have noticed tilt especially when there are vertical or horizontal lines in the frame. To rectify that you must have been using various editing apps, but with Redmi Note 5 Pro you can skip this step.
The camera app in this phone features the Straighten mode which enables you to click straight photos even if you are holding the phone with s slight tilt. Once you enable this mode, the camera app automatically detects the straight position of the phone and it maintains the position even if you tilt the phone.
But one thing you need to consider while using this mode is that it crops the frame depending on how much you tilt the phone. For a detailed explanation, watch the video.
5. Redmi Note 5 Pro: Tilt Shift Mode
If you are not happy with the results from the portrait mode or if you want to capture something different, Tilt Shift is an interesting camera mode on this phone. It allows you to add the artificial blur effect, both circular and liner depending on your choice.
The best thing about this mode is that you can manually move the position of the area that you want to be in focus, and let the camera software blur the rest of the frame. In linear tilt-shift mode, you can also change the selection area between vertical and horizontal shape.
I hope you find these 5 camera tips and tricks of Redmi Note 5 Pro useful and interesting. Feel free to comment below your favorite camera mode/trick.
The Great Indian Photographer 2018, also known as #TGIP2018 is a photography contest which is open for a hobbyist as well as a professional photographer. The objective of this photography contest is to bring together the talented photographers of India on a single platform. This will allow the viewers to witness amazing photos clicked by all the talented photographers including you.
The winner gets to win a Xiaomi Mijia 4k Action Camera. This is not a brand sponsored contest, the prize is being given by The Photography Blogger Youtube Channel.
The contest is open to the citizens of India only
You must be at least 13 years of age in order to participate
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A Xiaomi Mijia 4k Action Camera
The winner will be selected on the basis of votes, composition and overall look of the photo
Contest starts on: 10 February 2018, 12:00 Noon
Contest ends on: 10th April 2018, 11:59 P.M.
Winner Announcement on: 20th April 2018 on YouTube
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The last few months have been all about dual cameras in the smartphone industry. We have seen almost every smartphone manufacturer participating in this race by announcing a dual camera phone in the market. Some of these smartphones offer RGB + Monochrome, while the majority of them use both the camera sensors to add bokeh effect.
What is a dual camera setup on a phone and what are its benefits?
A dual camera setup on a smartphone can be placed on the front or the rear side of the phone. Less than a year back, we only had smartphones with a single camera enabling us to capture decent quality images. But somethings were lacking such as the ability to optically zoom and to achieve DSLR-like bokeh effect.
Very soon the manufacturers realized the need of the consumer and introduced smartphones with dual camera setup. Using this evolution in hardware, smartphones allow the user to click photos of much better quality, with more details, with optical zoom, and with DSLR-like bokeh effect. There are various ways in which smartphone companies feature the dual camera setup on their phones, so let’s discuss this in details.
Types of Dual Camera Smartphones
RGB + Monochrome Dual Camera Sensor Setup
The first kind of dual rear camera combination being used is to allow the users to capture better monochrome (black and white) as one of the sensors is monochrome while the other is RGB. Smartphones such as Honor 8 and Huawei P9 pro feature two camera sensors, one of which is a monochrome camera sensor. Apart from capturing monochrome photos, this sensor also captures better details in a given frame. When paired with the second camera sensor which is RGB, this results in a photo with more details and better quality.
Wide-angle + Telephoto Dual Camera Lens Setup
The second variation is where both the sensors are RGB but they work together to capture photos with bokeh effect and longer focal length. So the first lens would be a wide-angle lens while the other would be a telephoto lens, allowing you to capture a photo as per your requirement of focal length.
We never had the option to increase the focal length of a smartphone camera lens optically, we were only able to perform digital zoom. This was until smartphone manufacturers launched dual camera phones which are able to perform optical zoom by 2x/3x. Smartphones such as Samsung Note 8, OnePlus 5T, Xiaomi Mi A1, Moto X4, Asus Zenfone S, etc feature dual-rear camera setup resulting in longer focal length and optical zoom.
Another feature of smartphones with dual-rear camera setup is the portrait mode which gives DSLR-like bokeh effect. In portrait mode, the smartphone uses the focal length and the aperture value of the telephoto lens. Using both the lenses, the smartphone senses the depth in the scene and calculates the distance between the subject and the backdrop. This allows the sensors to capture details such as the position of the subject in the frame and the amount of blur to be applied.
If you wish to learn Lightroom in Hindi online and that too for free, I have a video for you. This Adobe Lightroom tutorial video in Hindi is especially for the beginners as I shall be talking about the basic tools of this software.
I feel that after watching this Lightroom tutorial you shall be able to get started with the basic editing and color correction. You can use this editing software to edit landscape photos, wedding photos, portraits, and almost all forms of photography.
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Channels and groups in flash photography are basically means of categorization of multiple camera flashes or Speedlights in order to make the workflow smooth. While doing a photo shoot at a wedding or an event, have you witnessed that the same flash gets triggered when you and your co-photographer click photos using different flash triggers? Did you know that using a speedlight/flash trigger you can control the flash intensity, mode and flash exposure compensation? Be it a Canon, Nikon, Youngnuo or a Godox flash. this happens with all the flashlight makes.
Flash channel and group is the answer to all your questions to the ones shared above. In this article, you would read about how and when you can use the groups and channels in order to control multiple flashlights.
What are Channels in Flash Photography and how to use them?
Channels in a camera flash system is a feature which enables the flashlight and the flash trigger to communicate with each other in a particular manner. Now assume the flashlight as a television set and the flash trigger as a remote control. If you notice, the remote control of your television set would work all the other sets of the same make. But it would not work with the television sets which are of different make because of some technical modifications.
Now assume a situation that you and your friend Rahul are doing a wedding photo shoot, equipped with individual flash triggers and three flashlights each.
Situation: Yours and Rahul’s trigger is set on channel 1, and all six flashes are also on channel 1
Now if you either you or Rahul click photos, all the six flashlights would trigger at the same time. In order to make sure that only your three flash triggers when you click a photo and the similar when Rahul clicks a photo, you have to change the channel.
By setting channel 1 on your three flashlights and the flash trigger and channel 2 on Rahul’s flashlights and trigger, you can find a solution to this problem. So now when you click a photo only your three flashlights would trigger, Rahul’s three flashlights would only trigger when he clicks a photo. This change happened because you both are now shooting on different channels.
So in a situation when there are two or more photographers, make sure each photographer has set a different channel on the flashlights and the flash trigger. This will ensure that their flash trigger will communicate only with their flashlights on the chosen channel.
What are Groups in Flash Photography and how to use them?
Continuing the example stated above, now let’s talk about how flashlights can be controlled remotely using the trigger.
If you are using three flashlights, you might want them to be controlled remotely with the help of the flash trigger, instead of manually adjusting the setting of each flash. This is possible only if you select a unique group for each flashlight.
Now suppose you select Group A, Group B and Group C on each of the three flashlights. With the help of the trigger, you can now individually adjust the flash mode, exposure and flash exposure compensation of each flashlight. So if you want the Group A flash to be on TTL mode, the Group B flash to be on manual mode and Group C flash to be on TTL mode but with -2 FEC, you can do that from the trigger itself.
Selecting dedicated groups on each flashlight is very helpful when you have placed the flashlight in different spots and want to adjust the setting quickly. Instead of manually adjusting the exposure or the mode, you can use your trigger to remotely adjust these settings with the help of the group selection.
Understanding Flash Channels and Groups: Flash Photography Hindi - YouTube