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A flash-gun can do wonders to your photography. Simply using a flash in your photos can elevate them to a new level altogether. However, flash in his primary form is very unattractive & often needs to be used along-with other accessories like reflector, diffuser, flash gels etc to create the desired effect in the photographs. In this article, I’ll talk about flash gels. About creating flash gel for yourself.

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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. :)

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.


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