Below are given a few Camera Tips and Tricks which can improve your photography by multiple times.
Aperture controls the amount of light the lens lets in and the depth of field in an image — this determines how bright the image will be and how much of the area behind/in front of the subject will be blurred. Aperture is counted in f-stops on any camera — denoted as f2.8, f3.5, f8, f16 and so on. A lower f-number means a wider aperture which in turn means a shallow depth of field. This highlights the subject and is ideal for portraits. A higher f-number or narrow aperture keeps everything in in-focus. This works great for landscape photographs.
2. ISO Level
ISO refers to light sensitivity; higher the ISO, higher the sensitivity and vice versa. The values are counted in numbers and it starts as low as 50 going as high as several lakhs. If you are shooting at a low ISO, your camera is less sensitive to available light so you shoot in low ISO when there’s a lot of light available. Lower ISOs mean better quality images overall, so there is always a trade-off. A higher ISO level makes the camera more sensitive to available light and therefore is ideal for use in low light environments. At higher ISO levels, cameras tend to add a lot of grain in the image. This will be one of the primary differences between cheap and expensive DSLRs: with more expensive ones, you will be able to push the ISO up to 800, 1600, 3200 and more to still get good, noise-free results.
Every place has a rich and eventful history that helps define its personality. Evidence of this local aroma of life is, in a special way, preserved in our spiritual buildings and blessed sites. Whether it’s just down the road or something you’ll come across on holiday, visiting a place of worship is your chance to photograph part of cultural and spiritual history. Here’s is some details on how to become a successful architectural photographer.
Plan Your Voyage (Where to Visit)-
First up, you’ll need to find a site. If you don’t live in an area with many famous historical places, you might need to do some research to find a proper building to photograph. Not to worry—finding local resources is part of the fun with this kind of photography. You could even plan a trip around somewhere special that interests you.
Once you’ve found your topic, it’s imperative to remember that every building is different. Do some research into the history of the building. Take your time and try to avoid cliché compositions. Think about how you can capture the building’s character, eminence and history in your work.
A good photographer doesn’t haste
Upon visiting the building, don’t just commence snapping away; have a good look around before you get your camera out of your bag. Use the information from your research and look for details and descriptions. Again, take your time and be sure not to just come up to everything at eye level.
In locations like an old palace, you will likely be surrounded by interesting articles, monuments and artefacts on display, and intricate details covering the walls, pillars and ceilings. Take note of anything of particular interest and be sure to come back to it after you’ve had a good look around.
The Bhawal Case is still regarded as one of India’s weirdest identity cases. It mainly revolved around a possible impostor who claimed to be the prince of the Bhawal Estate, one which comprised over 2000 villages and was one of undivided Bengal’s largest zamindari estates.
In 1909, Ramendra Narayan, the second Kumar of Bhawal, a famous principality near Dhaka (presently Gazipur in Bangladesh), was thought to have died suddenly while recuperating from syphilis in Darjeeling. His family were all at home in Joydebpur, and none of them was present at his death. A cremation also took place before they could reach Darjeeling. There were several eyewitnesses, including both Indian and English doctors, who signed off on the death certificate. The death of the Kumar was particularly hard on the Bhawal zamindar (estate), because it left the estate without male heirs, and in danger of being given over to British control.
Doubts about his death circulated for years, but they reached a breaking point in 1920 when a dreadlocked, Hindi-speaking Sanyasi(ascetic) showed up in Dhaka who bore a striking resemblance to the supposedly deceased Kumar. Members of the Narayan family went to see the Sanyasi, and eventually, they invited him to their house. He broke into tears upon seeing a photo of the deceased prince, and after two weeks suddenly made the announcement that he was himself Ramendra Narayan, Kumar of Bhawal. He claimed he had fallen unconscious after receiving a dose of medication, and woken up sometime later in the jungle, in the company of a Sadhu (monks) who then took care of him. He had spent the next 12 years wandering northern India. The British were extremely sceptical, and some members of the family (including the Kumar‘s wife, Bibabhati) flatly denied this to be the case after meeting him. But most of the family, including his sisters and mother, enthusiastically supported his claim.
” We don’t know much about the history associated with the items, owners brought them to us and we sell those through auction – simple ” says Mr. Salim , the co-owner of the only active auction house of Eastern India – Russell Exchange Kolkata , with tad repugnance but within a while he changed his sulk and said ” well….. you’re free to take photographs of these items and post it to your blog “.
When the British started packing up and leaving India, they started selling off their goods. That’s how the auction house came into being. However, after a period of time, the auction houses started wrapping up. The two main auction houses after Mackenzie Lyall & Co. shut down and which survived were The Russell Exchange Kolkata and Chowringhee Sales Bureau Pvt. Ltd. Chowringhee too shut down leaving Russell Exchange the only breathing auction house of Kolkata.
The Europeans in Kolkata in earlier days of English settlements was not a quite normal one. It was an age when communication with their motherland was not so brisk and the Europeans were placed in a country where they were practically isolated from the people and had to communicate with them only in matters of business. Among the early English Settlers in Kolkata, early rising was a “rule” and a morning ride was frequently indulged in. According to a contemporary writer ” at four o’ clock in the morning, while it is yet utterly dark, there is a universal stir throughout the house, much talk of horses, hats whips, and coffee, and a voice at the door enquiring whether a drive or a ride would be preferable.
The facts about the “Taking of Calcutta in 1756” and the calamity in which it culminated, are of course known in a general way to most readers ,and familiarly to the researchers of history ;still it may be worth-while to restate the Black Hole Tragedy once more and unearth a few of the half-forgotten names of those actors who played their parts in the scenes, which chiefly conspired to stamp the main incidents with the notoriety attaching to them.
Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay a noted British Historian and Politician wrote at length and vividly about the tragedy that took place in the night of June 20th ,1756 which goes as follows….From a child, Surajah Dowla (Siraj-Ud-Daula,the Nawab of Bengal) hated the English.He had also formed a very exaggerated notion of the wealth which might be obtained by plundering them . Pretexts for a quarrel were readily found . The English, in expectation of a War with France ,had begun to fortify their settlement without special permission from the Nabob. On such ground as these Surajah Dowla marched with a great army against Fort William.