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Friday, 11 August 2017 13:46

BISHWA IJTEMA

The Bishwa Ijtema is an annual gathering of Muslims in Tongi, by the banks of the River Turag, in outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:47

DISCOVERING BISKET 2.0

Experience one of the most vibrant festivals in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu. 

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:40

DISCOVERING KOLHAPUR

For the people of Kolhapur, especially the men, wrestling is not just a sport but also their cultural identity. It defines their collective pride.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 06:05

TAMRON SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC REVIEW

I’m a people photographer and one of my favourite focal length is 16-35. You may be surprised that how this focal length could be a favourite for a people photographer. Well, firstly I don’t shoot from a long distance. I prefer to go very close to my subjects, I talk with them make them comfortable with the camera and shoot. Secondly and most importantly you have a lot of other advantages with this focal length like you can create a human frame between the frame and you can include much more subjects in your frame. You can get very good environmental portraits also with this one.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/3.5 1/125sec ISO: 160 Hand Held

When I have been offered to use TAMRON’s SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD, the world’s first f/2.8 image stabilization, during my last Workshop at Kathmandu, my primary goal was to find out how good the lens is, particularly when compared to that lens which I have been relying on heavily for years.

With its impressive optical performance and the Ultrasonic Silent Drive motor (USD), the lens focuses both silently and quickly, similar to other high-quality professional lenses like the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC. The built-in image stabilization, which Tamron markets as “Vibration Compensation” (VC), provides up to 4 stops of compensation for hand-held shooting. I hardly use tripods so it was a great additional advantage for me also especially during low light conditions. VC is definitely the highlight of the Tamron’s 15-30mm f/2.8 because it is the world’s first ultra-wide angle zooms to offer it. Tamron has been consistent in its use of vibration compensation in high-quality lenses – the lens follows the path of the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, which also was world’s first 24-70mm lens to offer image stabilization. While both Canon and Nikon have been excluding image stabilization from their professional-grade wide-angle and standard lenses, Tamron has been making it clear that image stabilization should be included in every high-end lens, no matter what the focal length is. And that’s where I am in total agreed with Tamron – despite the claims by some photographers that image stabilization is not needed on wide angle lenses, based on my experience, image stabilization is very effective and useful for every type of lens.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/5.6 1/1250sec ISO: 3200 Hand Held

When it comes to optical design, the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is just great with a total of 18 lens elements in 13 groups. 3 of which are of low-dispersion type, 1 moulded - aspherical glass and 2 expanded glass moulded aspherical elements. On top of this, Tamron threw everything it had in its arsenal at the 15-30mm, adding fluorine coating to the front element to repel water and dirt, weather sealing and special eBAND coating to reduce internal reflections and thus effectively minimise ghosting and flare.

As I have already mentioned, the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is a beast of a lens, being both larger and heavier than the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, which is already the heaviest Nikon ultra-wide angle zoom lens available. Though weight is 1,100 grams, still on higher-end full-frame camera bodies, the lens balances better and feels much steadier especially with body grip along with the well-positioned zoom ring on the lens allowed me to balance it quite well with proper support and comfort of both hands and feels very solid in hands.

As the front element is huge and round, Tamron designed a built-in petal-shaped hood for it, which also feels quite solid. When zooming in and out, the lens does not change in length, although the front element will move in and out together with a secondary plastic hood that matches the shape of the primary hood.

As for the zoom ring, it is very smooth and I didn’t find it getting any stiffer which is a sign of good quality. The same goes for the focus ring, which also feels quite nice when rotating it. Similar to Nikon and Canon lenses, when you get too close focus or infinity marks, the focus ring will continue to rotate, giving very slightly resistance. To protect the front element, Tamron supplied the lens with a push-on front cap also.

As expected from a high-quality lens, the mount is made from durable metal and similar to all recently top class lenses, the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 also features a rubber gasket on the lens mount to minimize the risk of attracting dust and other debris into the camera chamber. The Vibration Compensation (VC) switch, along with the AF/MF switch are both located on the side of the lens. The lens comes with a button to turned VC on and off. These switches are easy to move and use.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/6.3 1/100sec ISO: 100 Hand Held

When it comes to sharpness and contrast, very few lenses can truly compete with the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G, which in that sense is a truly remarkable lens. In fact, the 14-24mm f/2.8G is known to be sharper than most ultra-wide angle prime lenses – it is that good. However, with the introduction of high-resolution cameras like the D800, D800E and D810, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G started to show some of its weaknesses, particularly when it comes to focus shift. When I first looked at Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC’s Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) Chart, I knew that the lens would not disappoint optically. As I had expected, the lens performed admirably well and I did not see any issues with focus shift.

I saw that the lens is very strong at its widest focal length, with remarkable centre sharpness at f/2.8, which almost does not change as you stop down. Such impressive performance is quite rare to see in lenses. The mid-frame and the corners are a bit weak though, which is expected – one would have to stop down to get those sharper. The lens produces very impressive sharpness in the centre frame. The lens again performs the best overall at f/5.6, with a very good balance of centre to corner performance.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/100sec ISO: 250 Hand Held

As for contrast and colours, I found them to be quite similar to what my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G produces, which is superb. With such a complex design and so many aspherical and low dispersion elements, it had better be!

The day I converted myself into digital I never shot Jpeg. I always shoot in RAW. I process my images on my own. I was really very curious also that how good this lens is in terms of Vignetting, Chromatic Aberrations, Ghosting and Flare as I had to correct these things during my post productions.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/5.6 1/500sec ISO: 1250 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/2sec ISO: 500 

However, I must say that this lens has done very good job controlling all these factors. Thanks to Tamron’s special eBAND and BBAR coating technologies, the 15-30mm f/2.8 VC performs admirably well when shooting against very bright sources of light. I have a number of images with the Sun in the frame during the shoot, and as I can see, there are little to no signs of ghosting and flare in images. In fact, based on what I have seen so far, I would rank the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 among one of the best lenses I have tested so far in terms of handling of ghosting and flare.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/125sec ISO: 5000 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/400sec ISO: 160 Hand Held

Tamron deserves a lot of admirations for its SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC lens – it’s truly a remarkable lens if you see its features and overall performance.

The added benefit of image stabilization is huge – as I have mentioned earlier in this review also, that image stabilization is immensely helpful for photography, even on ultra-wide angle lenses such as this one. And videographers will be even happier with the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8, because it will make their videos look smoother when shooting hand-held.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/5.6 1/640sec ISO: 3200 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/60sec ISO: 2500 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/10 1/5sec ISO: 100 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/125sec ISO: 5000 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/640sec ISO: 160 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/5 1/640sec ISO: 320 Hand Held

Based on all this, the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is a lens which falls into my “highly recommended” list of DSLR lenses for the photographers who are into the field of shooting landscapes, wedding, people photography, architecture or environmental portraits. If you are looking for a professional-grade ultra-wide angle zoom lens without spending a lot of money, look no further – the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is your lens.

All the images have been shot with TAMRON SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC 

 Published by Tamron India also on their site. Click to view on Tamron site. 

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 11:30

ALLAHABAD KUMBH MELA

Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering of mankind on the Earth. Millions of devotees take a holy dip in the sacred water during the mela.

Friday, 23 June 2017 19:40

COLOURS OF PUSHKAR 2.0

Experience India’s biggest tribal festivities of more than 100-year-old Pushkar Mela. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the COLOURS of PUSHKAR and the culture of this historic place.

On the auspicious occasion of “Dev Depawali”, a Four Day Street Photography Workshop, has been organized, with internationally renowned photographer Apratim Saha, Manish Khattry & Vinay Tripathii at Varanasi, from 2nd to 5th November 2017.

Dates:                         2d November (Thursday), 3rd November (Friday),
                                  4th November (Saturday) & 5th November (Sunday)

Place:                          Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Fees:                           18000 INR for Indian Participants
                                  450 USD for Foreign Participants
                                  (Including accommodation and food)

Total students:             Maximum 25 participants

Teaching language:      English, Hindi & Bengali

To apply e-mail at:       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:                       +91 8509333385 & +91 8900702900

About the workshop:

This four day Photography Workshop is designed for advanced photographers as well as beginners.  This comprehensive workshop mainly focuses on practical functions. This workshop will help you to build up a solid understanding of composition and visual literacy in street photography. In this Four days workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of street photography, how to capture “the decisive moment”, how to interact with people in the street and how to conquer your fear of shooting at streets. You will be given guidance to discover your style in street photography, and how to work on meaningful projects that you will continue to pursue after the workshop.

The workshop has 20% theoretical aspects and 80% practical. Come and join this workshop for finding street stories in the magical light of winter, on the auspicious occasion of “Dev Depawali”. Learning to capture street portraits and making street stories will be the two main concentrations in this workshop with hands-on experience. These four days workshop will help you to find the core concept of photography. Besides discovering your own inspiring trigger, you will be guided towards achieving mastery in street photography. To find your style and to discover the secret of street photography enroll decisively in this workshop.

Apratim Saha, Manish Khattry & Vinay Tripathii will intensely go through each participant’s work during class and will elaborately instruct each one in the field. Both of the mentors will thoroughly help out students to learn photography exclusively.

After the workshop, participants will have a boarder understanding of how to work to create amazing photography projects of their own. To complete this course, all participants must have genuine interest and passion for photography at first, the camera is next.  

The main intention of this comprehensive workshop is helping participants on practical application. Apratim Saha, Manish Khattry & Vinay Tripathii will thoroughly help out each student to learn photography independently. In the location of the outdoor practical shooting, Apratim, Manish & Vinay will thoroughly help each participant passionately and according to their individual needs. Do not miss the golden opportunity of being part of this.                                                                                  

Before enrolling please check our participant’s feedback: http://www.apratimsaha.com/reviews.html 

Workshop course outline:

  • Introduction
  • Getting to know your Camera
  • Lenses
  • Your Camera’s Automatic, Assisted Settings and Manual Settings
  • Understanding Exposure (Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO)
  • Composition and Content
  • Depth of field
  • Moments and Motion
  • People and Portraits
  • The Simple Math of Photography
  • Angle of Light
  • Photography as a Way of Life
  • The fundamentals of street photography
  • How to overcome fear of shooting at streets
  • How to get involved with strangers and situations when shooting on the streets
  • The way to anticipate and capture “The Decisive Moment”
  • Focus on ways to develop a unique third eye when shooting on the streets
  • Guidance to discover your individual style in street photography
  • To help you gain hands-on experience, the workshop is designed to be less lecture-based and more focused on your shooting on the streets
  • Discuss and guidance on your individual portfolio
  • The workshop will also be tailored to your individual needs
  • Understanding File Format (Raw, Tiff, Jpg image files)
  • Monitor Calibration
  • Editing Images : Post Processing
  • Growing as a photographer and much more
  • Submission of Photo Storey/ Photo Essay
  • Critique and feedback of the final submission

What you will achieve from this workshop:

  • Greater ability to work quickly and decisively with your camera
  • Increased confidence in your skills as a photographer
  • Effectiveness in establishing rapport with subjects
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with editing and sequencing your work to create a powerful visual narrative of your subject
  • To create powerful photographs
  • To build a photo story / photo essay
  • Certificate of completion after the workshop

What you will need:

A Digital camera with just one or two lenses (for example – 24mm, 28mm 35mm, 50mm or zoom covering a part of this range).

Emphasis will be placed on going light, and simple and moving yourself to get the photo.

A Computer with photo-processing software. 

Conditions:

Only a maximum 25 hardworking Indian photographers will be selected for this workshop. Participants will be granted admission to the workshop based on email confirmation. Therefore interested participants are requested to send their short CV and a portfolio of 8-10 photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feel free to call  +91 8509333385 / +91 8900702900 for any further assistance.

The fees include accommodation and food (from 2nd November Morning to 5th November Afternoon).

The Workshop Fees includes: 

  • Standard non AC double bedded room, in twin sharing basis from 2nd November morning to 5th November afternoon.
  • 2nd November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3rd November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4th November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5th November - Breakfast & Lunch

The Workshop Fees Do Not includes:

  • Anything else other than mentioned in includes
  • All expenses of persona nature
  • Any other actual expenses would be shared by all participants on actual basis

In order to reserve your seat, 100% advance payment is a must.

If accepted, the participant will receive course details, along with an application form and Rules & Regulations, confirming the success of his/her application by email.

To confirm registration, the participant must pay the amount through NEFT or IMPS or RTGS. Once the payment is done please send us a copy of bank receipt (screen shot is also fine) of your payment sent details. Once we confirm your payment, we will send you a money receipt along with the Rules & Regulations of the workshop, which makes you, a confirmed candidate

Deadlines:

Registration is open from 1st July 2017, until 15th October 2017.

Cancellation:

Full payment needs to be made in advance. No refund on cancellation. Please read all details on this page and Detailed Terms and Conditions, Disclaimer / Undertaking in the Registration cum Booking Form.


Meet Your Mentors

Manish Khattry

Manish is a renowned legendary photographer from Varanasi. He is a guest mentor in Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University. Manish is mentoring students of Mass Communication and Journalism of BHU in Photography. Manish Khattry won many National & International Awards and honours.
Manish’s works has been published in national and international magazines, newspapers and journals including National Geographic Traveller, India Today. He has been ranked photographer of Black and White street photography group, USA among approx. 40,000 photographers.

Vinay Tripathii

 

Vinay started as a street photographer and doing many concepts shoots preserving oldest living city Varanasi through his camera. He has more than 5 lakhs unique and rare photographs of various themes.  He has worked as the youngest film critic at the age of 16 and his articles were published in various magazine and newspaper like an International Magazine namely ‘HELLO’, National Magazine ‘AHA ZINDAGI’, ‘SAHITYA AMRIT ‘etc. As well as Vinay had also worked as a sub-editor in “Kashi Pratiman” magazine as the youngest member. He had also worked as a camera unit member and did cinematography for an International Movie Shot in Varanasi names “Fest Of Varanasi” which is releasing this year and shown in Cann Film Festival.

Apratim SahaVinay 

Apratim started photography at the age of twelve inspired by his father. He feels capturing images that people enjoy to look at and are impressed with is not the only reason that inspired him to take up photography seriously but to give people a reason to care was the main intention for him. Apratim is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Stock Photography, Getty Images and Stocksy United. He is a Brand Ambassador and Mentor of Tamron & Data Color. He has over 30 years of experience, from traditional film to digital photography. He is a commercial photographer specializing in people photography, portraiture, lifestyle & editorial clients. Besides commercial works, Apratim also shoots weddings, family portraits, and other subjects that stimulate his visual or emotional sensibilities.

Friday, 24 February 2017 15:08

DISCOVERING BISKET

Experience one of the most vibrant festivals in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu. 

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 12:44

UJJAIN KUMBH MELA 2016

Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering of mankind on the Earth. Millions of devotees take a holy dip in the sacred water during the mela.

Enjoy the Guided Phototour of Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016

Saturday, 19 March 2016 12:19

COLOURS OF PUSHKAR

Experience India’s biggest tribal festivities of more than 100-year-old Pushkar Mela. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the COLOURS of PUSHKAR and the culture of this historic place.

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