Amongst the eight panelists who will be speaking at SILK INSPIRE 2017, only one photographer is a woman. This fact raised several comments criticizing the decision for not consciously creating a gender-equal panel. But should festivals like SILK INSPIRE pay special attention to ensure equal representation of men and women panelists, or should the panel be decided based on other criteria and disregard any gender issues? Read more
In recent years, there’s been a surge in wedding portals that offer a plethora of ideas, and a whole host of listed wedding photographers that they claim are handpicked from the best of the best. Wedding photographers in India usually have to pay anywhere between Rs. 1 lakh upto Rs. 5 lakhs annually for a premium membership on these portals. Portals like WedMeGood, WeddingsOnline and others claim that wedding photographers who sign up will get a significant amount of business through them, exclusive stories on them, features on social media and more. Read more
What if all of a sudden, you are told that you cannot plan your dear sister’s fairytale wedding, the one she always wanted? What if your own dream of having a lavish wedding just goes down the drain, not because of you, but because of an external and impersonal factor? Imagine the nuptial set-up getting completely changed, due to a government-imposed bill, setting expenditure limit for a wedding. Read more
In the last few years we have seen a dramatic change in the realities of wedding photography in India, as more and more women choose to take up the profession, which was previously a men-only dominated field. Do women make better wedding photographers than men? The jury is still out on that one. Most women wedding photographers believe they have an edge when it comes to capturing the bride on the special day.
“It is relatively easy for a woman to open up to another woman,” Puja Kedia, a Surat-based wedding photographer says, “that makes me a bride’s best friend for that particular day.” Others like Payal Kumar, who has been shooting weddings for five years says that her proximity to the bride and the constant attention she trains on the lady means that at certain weddings she almost gets designated as bridesmaid. Rimi Sen, a mentee in the RAW SILK program, describes feeling like she is part of the family even before the actual wedding and getting easier access to places than other photographers. Read more
This week the south Indian city of Kochi in Kerala became the setting of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016. The massive art exhibition now in its fifth year was inaugurated on December 12th and will run until March 2017. This celebration of international contemporary art, the only one of its kind in India, has become synonymous with the city, but, what is lesser known is that another professional art form thrives in Kochi: wedding photography.
Over the years the city has emerged as a hub for wedding photographers and the centre of a bustling wedding photography industry that is spread across the state of Kerala. Though the city of about 2 million is not counted among the large metropolises in India, it is at the forefront of the adoption of new photography technology and products. Read more
As much as photographers love Fuji cameras they seem to hate the service provided by Fujifilm India.
At the centre of the love-hate relationship is Fuji’s flagship X-series that veteran photographers cannot stop raving about. This year has been busy for the Japan-based company. In July, they launched the X-T2, an upgrade on their X-T1, a high-end camera. A few months earlier the company has also released the new and awaited XPro2. Read more
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