Month: September 2018

The City of Joy and its Connection with Photography

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In today’s blog, we’ll be focusing on the old Kolkata or Calcutta and how it has become a hub of commercial and creative photography in India. Photography as a practice began in Kolkata in 1840, just a few months after the technology was patented in England and France in 1839. Mostly the elite communities of the city were involved into it as in those days it was a very costly affair. Both sahibs and Indians took to photography and practiced it as a trade and hobby. Soon commercial studios and camera clubs were founded which exchanged photographers, ideas and styles and interacted with their European counterparts.

Establishments of Studios:

  1. Bourne & Shepherd was an Indian photographic studio based in Kolkata and one of the oldest established photographic businesses in the world. Started in 1863 at its crest, it was one of the most successful enterprises in 19th-and early 20th-century India, with agencies all over India, and outlets in London and Paris, and also ran a mail order service. A distressing fire in 1991, shattered much of the studio’s photographic archive and resulted in a severe financial loss to the company. The long-term impact of the fire, legal difficulties with the Indian government, which owned the studio building, and the increasing supremacy of digital technology, finally enforced the studio’s shutting down in June 2016. At its closure, the studio had operated at a stretch for 176 years.
  2. Johnston and Hoffman was a commercial photographic studio active in India between 1870 and 1918. P. A. Johnston and Theodore Hoffman founded photographic studios first in Calcutta and then in Darjeeling in 1890. They were used comprehensively by the British government in India.

In recent times, in August 2018, the Victoria Memorial Hall has made the endeavor of tumbling into its vast and tremendous worth to hold a intriguing exhibition of 96 photographs by Bourne & Shepherd (27 prints) and Johnston & Hoffmann, generally of Calcutta (long before it was renamed Kolkata) as it looked in the elevated midday of the British Raj in late 19th and early 20th century.

The Present is moving forward with the past:

Kolkata is a city of delight and to observe the marvels it encircles within one really needs to quit Google & plod down on the streets. Beyond the gloomy, grunge, sultry putrefaction and the honking chaos, when you really slow down and start “living” the city, break to undergo its pulse you comprehend there is more to it.

If portraits or capturing people in their impulsiveness at swarming market-places is what gets you going then you need to go for this one.  One of the biggest wholesale vegetable & flower markets of Kolkata, it offers your places of interest, flavor, aroma, and experiences you would have never ever imagined or experienced before. The opportunities and challenges this marketplace offers to the best photographers are unmatched. Located under the Howrah Bridge and on the boundaries of Mallick ghat, known as one of the largest flower markets in Asia, reaching here is a tough task for those who aren’t early risers. The varied hues and shapes of flowers are made for a perfect college. Then there are the ghats, Howrah Bridge and Hooghly River that complete the click-worthy experience for both amateurs and professionals.

Kolkata is also known as City of Joy for the friendly and loving behavior of residents. On the lines of photography, one can never get tired of this city of joy for it keeps showing you surprises from all the corners. The people of Kolkata are known for their generosity and implausible love.

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SOME EXCITING TIPS FOR THE Engagement Photography

Engagement Photography

Engagement Photography has become a staple for wedding photography in India. An engagement shoot is done during a couple gets engaged and it usually is apprehended before the wedding. Whether someone wants to recreate their proposal moment, or just simply want to capture candid and artistic photos of their ring ceremony, having an engagement shoot is a fantastic way to express that elated glow they get in the lead up to the wedding.

The Significance of an Engagement Session: Educating the client on the importance of an engagement session might prove crucial for the growth of any photography business and photo-artist’s relationship with clients. It is also a great opportunity for a photo artist to show the client what you can do without being in a zero hour. The engagement sessions give a great turn to the clients to understand how photographers work behind the camera and give a chance to practice for their upcoming wedding as the photographers subjects. Now, there’s a point to be understood by both of the parties, i.e; photographers and the couples. Sometimes, most of the clients consider the pre-wedding photo and filming session as a part of their engagement. But as a photo artist, it’s the photographer’s responsibility to educate their clients about the differences between the outdoor-based candid pre-wedding shoot and the engagement photo and film session. So a telephonic conversation may not be enough to know each other and to initiate the process of wedding photography and film. We always recommend a face to face interaction to identify the client’s preferences and expectations.

The venue, Timeline, and Date: In India, choosing the date of engagement is mostly a job of the parents or the senior family members. But as the photo artists one should be knowing about the venue and the timing as the main component of capturing the images or filming the moments is the lighting and the weather conditions. If a client expected to get captured in a park or such a place which is a natural outdoor then it’s recommended to be in the first half of the day and the rainy weather must be avoided. For the outdoor venue like banquets, it’ll be an easy job as the shutterbugs because the external weather will not affect the shoot.

Clothes for the groom: If you are the groom to be and stumped on how to dress for your upcoming engagement party, use this list as inspiration.

  1. Choose patterned kurtas or patterned jackets/ bandhgalas in interesting patterns for they are a great way to add a dose of personality to your engagement.
  2. Rajwadi Koti With Asymmetrical Kurta is the royal outfits that will make your features look sharp and you are bound to make an impression.
  3. Mughal inspired outfits like designed Kurta has made a comeback into the mainstream Indian fashion.

Clothes for the bride: If you are the bride to be, use this list as inspiration.

  1. Floor Length Anarkali Gowns.
  1. Gowns with attached capes.
  1. Glam Gowns.
  1. Light Lehengas.

Hope this blog will be helpful to the photographers and the would be couples who’re planning their engagement in coming days.

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The Bridal Jewellery and It’s Photographic Importance in Indian Weddings


One can never imagine his/her wedding without jewelry. Jewelry is one of the most prized possessions of any Indian bride. The pattern of buying and preserving the jewelry differs from family to family. In some affluent families, the ladies of the families collect and store the jewelry from generation to generation. Modern nuclear family based girls prefer to go out and pick a personalized piece in obedience to what is in trend now.  This blog aims to discuss the popular bridal jewelry types and their acceptance in matrimony families and as the wedding photographers in India, how one can utilize them to click a perfect frame.

Different Jewellery Styles:

  1. Kundan: Traditionally used by Mughals, Kundan Jewellery is made by Rajasthani artisans with an unblemished finish and angled designs. It makes significant use of glass imitations set in stones with Gold or Silver tones. Kundan is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewelry involving a gem set with a gold foil between the stones and its mount, usually for elaborate necklaces. Kundan, also known as Bikaneri or Jaipuri jewelry, is a popular variation, wherein enameling with vivid colors and designs is on the reverse, while the kundan setting is in the front. The city of Jaipur in Rajasthan has traditionally been the center for Kundan jewelry in India. It features Meenakari enamel printing work on its reverse side.

2.Pearl: For brides who would like to go minimal with their jewelry, Pearl is a perfect choice. With multi-layer Pearls, fine strands and statement pieces of Pearl jewelry, add a touch of royalty to bridal look in the most tenuous way.

3.Mughal: During the Mughal rule in India, jewelry-making was given utmost importance. The magnificent jewelry worn by the leading pair in Jodhaa Akbar, with its florid patterns and majestic look, got the attention of both the common people and the jewelers. Now, many jewelry stores are stocked with glorious Mughal-styled jewelry.

4.Silver: Oxidized silver jewelry offers a homely look and on-demand now a day. Silver jewelry designs for pre-wedding rituals like your Sangeet or Mehendi ceremony and is unique.

  1. Polki: Polki is a form of jewelry made of uncut raw diamonds, becoming an interesting choice of bridal jewelry well-knowns for its exotic shine and designs.
  2. Panchikam: Unlike other jewelry, these Gujrat based patterns use Silver as its base and is set along with different precious and semiprecious stones. The process of making this type of jewelry is quite tedious but is well-appreciated for its handmade touch of excellence and superior finish.
  3. Temple: It is a chunky type of jewelry set in patterns with sacred pendants of Lakshmi, Ganesh and more. South Indian brides prefer to use temple jewelry for their bridal look. Not only this looks majestic, but it is also said to bring in good luck and prosperity.
  4. Others: There are other forms of jewelry which are very much popular. The most popular choice of bridal jewelry is Gold and is considered to be very auspicious. Diamond Jewellery, plated in gold or platinum offers a rich selection of styles and attracts everyone.

Now your job as a wedding photographer is to capture the wedding jewelry which makes the wedding albums fabulous.

Camera: For jewelry photos, where lighting is abundant and controlled, a basic DSLR is all you need.Full-frame means that the camera captures a wider range. This is important when shooting landscapes or other nature-related photographs because you can capture a larger scene from the same distance. For jewelry, since products are small, a DX camera works fine. The 18-55mm lens that is included with your camera kit is sufficient for almost all items or object. In most cases, you don’t need a macro lens or any additional lenses. For smaller pieces like rings or small studs, a macro lens will give you a better quality picture in a bigger size. For bracelets, necklaces, chunky earrings, etc, the basic 18-55mm lens works well.

A macro lens is useful when you want to blow up small products like rings or small studs to poster size images. Canon 100mm lens is very useful and much recommended.

Hope this article was helpful for you.

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