An umbrella helps one to shield from rain or sun. An umbrella for a photographer does more than the above. Recently, I purchased a new umbrella for my photographic needs & off-course to shield me against the Mumbai monsoons.
Strong – No doubt a stronger umbrella will hold good for long time. I also wanted to make sure the umbrella could withstand some knocks during my photography shoots in addition to braving gutsy monsoon winds. For this, I picked up an umbrella having ten spokes(or whatever they are called) for added strength. The normal ones have 7-8 spokes.
Silver coated from inside – The silver coating from inside not only helps to avoid seepage of water inside umbrella but also makes the umbrella acts as a photographic umbrella for shoots.
Big in size – The umbrella is big in size & so I can easily shelter someone during rains without either of us getting half drenched. Another positive was that I wanted a big umbrella so it could act as a large source of light which we all know is great when it comes to photography.
The umbrella cost me Rs.350 & I feel its money well spent. So the next time you go out to buy a photography umbrella get an rainy umbrella or vice-versa like I did. This strengthen my belief that one doesn’t necessarily needs pro grade equipment’s for photography & at times its fun when you hack something from your regular stuff to help you satisfy your photography(or for the matter of fact any) needs. :)
Most people buying a DSLR camera purchase it with the kit lens. The most popular lens to be bundled as kit lens is the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 for the entry-upper entry level DSLR models followed by 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 or the 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 or even 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 for the enthusiast/semi-pro DSLR models. Kit lenses are good to begin with but most photographers categorize them as junk as they drool on those fixed aperture heavy zoom monster lenses. If you’ve nothing more than kit lens then it becomes indispensable for you to learn to take good quality pictures with it. Following are some ways to maximize the potential of your kit lens.
The inbuilt pop-up flash in most camera’s is purely for amateurs. It has no potential to create great photographs when fired directly over the subject. Being a compact camera user, I always wished it had an hotshoe so I could mount an external flashgun for creative lighting. Left with no hotshoe option, I decided to bounce it using a white card paper from another white paper. The results were astonishingly brilliant. I regret not having done this before though I had it on my mind for sometime now.
As I promised earlier, I’m back with another photo series. This time the subject is ‘Stairs’. Yes the same old-school stairs which nobody bothers to use in this age of escalators & elevators. From now onwards, I’ll let the pictures do talking with no commentary. If you have something to ask or any comments to make, you’re free to ask them in the comments below.(Click on pictures to enlarge them)
A lot of people still debate over what is more important – ‘The Photographer’ or ‘The Camera’? Still people are not clear whether a good camera produce good photographs or the person behind the camera i.e. The photographer is the most important ingredient of a good photograph. After reading tonnes of replies & having experienced photography myself for some years now I have come up with a self conclusion.