Photography is one of the best activities you can do in this time. We today have the best equipment available in the market and price range is so wide, almost everyone can afford atleast one gear to get some basic stuff done. But lately a lot of focus is put on DSLR than mastering skills of photography. Everyday I see photography workshops on Facebook and other social media platforms; crash course/ 5 day course on DSLR handling. Yes today DSLR is needed to get some good results in photography. Yes its important to know your own DSLR a little thoroughly. But the catch is photography was already there when DSLR was invented. DSLR is just another instrument in photography. A convenient mode. The point I’m trying to make is that DSLR is being given too much importance and people are losing on the vital part of photography — Composition. You see if you get your composition right then regardless of whatever gear you use your result will always be a masterpiece. And then there is another problem of idiots becoming teachers of photography. Only handful of masters are left today for the large enthusiast audience.
So if you don’t want to be another monkey with a DSLR, here’s what you need to do —
- First read a lot of photography articles on composition, posted by many masters on the web. I personally recommend Steve McCurry. No one comes close to the legendary photographer.
- See which area you tend to like. There’s no such thing as ‘I like all kinds photography’. When you seek out the knowledge you’ll realize that certain types of photography you are enjoying more over the other. I personally love automobile and story telling presentations. Find what you like more and read what the masters have to say about it.
- Consider how much time you want to dedicate to photography. If hardly then you can do good with a mobile camera, if some amateur level stuff then a mirrorless type cam will suffice. If going high above then only a DSLR makes sense. Full professional? Well that’s a whole different blog post. First get till level good.
Many authors write over 100 pages on just these three points; so here I’ve shortened it for you. Get some useful knowledge, get clicking, practice, take a critic and become truly good in photography. In time you’ll know the difference between good and great. The learning curve is infinite. Good Luck. If you have any doubts in your mind on which you want a second opinion, you can drop a comment here or email me via contact page.
It had been over 6 months since the Spiti Valley trip. And had just come home from Goa where I had gone for the New Year 2012. Rides were going good but still felt some thing was missing.
Just two days after this thought a friend from my first Leh trip back in 2008 mentioned about riding to the state of Royals… And yes Rajasthan plan was ON.
In just couple of days our itinerary was ready and we were ready to make the circuit this winter.
I won’t be able to make this log in a full story as I have been on a hectic schedule in recent times… so this will be a full photo feature entry.
Hope the photos are treat to the eyes…
We were 3 on two bikes. Me on Ninja 250R and Varun – Anita on the Classic 500.
Our ride went from the coldest part of Rajasthan to the remote region of Dholavira, up to the Golden city and far east to the life in the wild – Keoladeo National Park.
The ride ended with a good note of making back together safe and sound. A new dawn awaits to head back on the highway. But until then, its the office office game in foreplay.
My dream was to spend New Year in Goa at least ones and finally in the end of 2011 it came true. 2012 began on the sand of Goa. A trip to remember for life time.
I’ll not go in the detailed log but I’ll just say I had lots of fun. Here are some pictures I took, they themselves will speak a 1000 words…
Happy New Year – Goa 2012
Somewhere in the back of my mind I have decided that my New Years will be in Goa only. The fun I had here I don’t think I’ll have anywhere else.
How do you capture the picturesque scenery, when you are on a ride, and show it to your loved ones, just as you have seen it? Simple. Use an action camera.
There are several brands available in the market, and one such Drift HD, a compact action camera suitable for many rugged sports.
Some Standard Feature:
- Full HD video for creating crystal clear footage.
- More compact housing, 4.1 inches and 5.04 oz., 25 percent smaller than its predecessor.
- Rotatable, replaceable lens.
- Second rear cover to protect the camera when using an external mic or a USB charger.
- An integrated LCD screen for shot setup and playback.
- Micro HDMI connector for HDTV playback.
- A remote control to enable you to film what you want to record, not the boring stuff in between.
- New goggle strap in addition to curved and flat adhesive mounts, paired with a universal clip for multiple mounting options.
- Standard ¼” 20 thread for use with most tripods.
- A rotating lens so you can mount the camera at any angle and any position to get that shot you are looking for.
- 9MP still photography; put it in the photo burst mode and you can take pictures every few seconds for as long as your memory card and battery lasts.
- You can pair the remote control to your camera or any number of additional cameras.
- A digital zoom function so you can get even closer to the action, or your friend in front.
- A 2.5 microphone input for external microphones.
- Optional waterproof case to take your Drift HD to depths of up to 30m.
- Optional external power pack accessory, taking recording time up to 20hrs.
Of all the action cameras available in the market, I found HD Drift to be the coolest, easiest and most convenient to use. You can order online or get it from a dealer located in Bangalore – RaceTech.co.in.
Price: Rs. 22,000/-