Camera Tips and tricks for you

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Below are given a few Camera Tips and Tricks which can improve your photography by multiple times.

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Aperture Tips


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.

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ISO Tips

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.

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Steps to become a successful Architectural Photographer

Queens Mansion at Park Street, Kolkata Photographer

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.

Old Building at Hooghly photographer
Old Building at Hooghly

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.

The Warrior Mother-Victoria Memorial Kolkata
The Warrior Mother-Victoria Memorial Kolkata

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.

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The Princely Pretender of Bhawal : Stories behind India’s longest running trial .

Bhawal Case

The Reality :

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.

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The hammer still goes down every Sunday at Russell Exchange Kolkata

The Russell Exchange-Kolkata

” 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 “.

The Sleeping Beauty - Victorian Artifact
The Sleeping Beauty – priced approximately at 40,000 INR

The Beginning

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.

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The Daily Chronicles of early Europeans in Kolkata

Old European Ladies Kolkata Photowalks

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.

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Rare pictures of Old Calcutta (Kolkata) : Part-2


 Rare Pictures of Old Calcutta Tram 30s

This Rare picture of Old Calcutta Tram was probably taken near Kidderpore during the 30s. The volume of passengers reminds of today’s Local Train. Courtesy Life Images Rare pictures of Old Calcutta

The "Malishwallahs" (Masseur) of Babooghat in 1940
The “Malishwallahs” (Masseur) of Babooghat in 1940. You still can have this kind of experience by spending few hundred bucks at Babughat, only if your body permits this massive pressure. Getty Images- Rare pictures of Old Calcutta
The Clay Artisans of Kumhartolly , Calcutta 1928.
The Clay Artisans of Kumhartolly , Calcutta 1928. Getty Images. These Clay Models represents Hindu Deities being worshipped at Pandals during auspicious seasons.


streets of Calcutta flood
3rd September 1937: The streets of Calcutta were turned into rivers after rains in the monsoon season were heavier than usual. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
 An aerial view of Calcutta
1932: An aerial view of Calcutta, showing Governor House-Raj Bhawan (large white structure to the left), The General Post Office (with white dome) and the Esplanade Curzon Park in the foreground. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
A food queue in Calcutta
1946: A food queue in Calcutta near Firpo’s (present New Market), after four days of rioting and looting. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) Rare pictures of Old Calcutta

Rare pictures of Old Calcutta -Part-1

A British Fighter at Red Road ,Kolkata
A British Spitfire plane at Red Road , Kolkata during World War -II .For a temporary period , this important road of Kolkata was used as an Airstrip.Photo courtesy Team bhp.

Bus Standing near Howrah Station circa 1945.
Buses Standing near Howrah Station circa 1945. Photo courtesy Rare pictures of old Calcutta
Chowringhee Tram terminus
Chowringhee Tram terminus during British Era.The photo was taken from the rooftop of The Statesman Building. You can notice the famous Tipu Sultan Mosque on the left-hand corner.Photo courtesy Getty Images.
Chowringhee Tram Terminus of Old Calcutta
Chowringhee Tram Terminus of Old Calcutta which is still operational until today. The photo was taken sometime during the early 50s. Getty Images Rare pictures of old Calcutta

A Busy Esplanade Streets during the 50

A Busy Esplanade Streets during the 50s. Tram used to play a pivotal role in the transport system of Kolkata those days. Getty images                                     PART 2 COMING SOON

The “Black Hole Tragedy”of Kolkata

Holwell Monument - The Black Hole Tragedy

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.

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