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Digital Window Shopping – Is it the same?

To answer the question, no, it is not the same at all. But I don’t mean this in a negative way. For the most part, we enjoy traditional but passive window-shopping.

Leisurely walking past the stores on a street, it was just a way to pass the time. But the thing with window-shopping is…

Zulf_Photography-896787840..that it rarely ends up in a purchase. You may pass by a store and see your favourite dress, but you’d probably put it for later, maybe owing to the crowd in the shop or just because it’ll take time to do the transaction.

All the people who haven’t watched the 2002 Sci-Fi movie ‘Minority Report’ might have never thought about another way to window shop, but the technology gurus were way ahead of us. Apparently, they are into the movie and so not only did they invent the technology, but it has started to successfully operate in many stores.

Zulf_Photography-8156 How is it any different? For starters, it enables you to interact and complete a transaction at the storefront. I find it quite an attractive feature, simply because it saves times and is plain cool. The launch of eBay’s interactive windows was the starting point, other stores followed suit. Adidas Neo has incorporated a touch-enabled interactive storefront in some of their outlets in Europe.

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The windows functions as a virtual store and has life-size digital products that are quite fun to go through. But the best thing is that we can easily purchase the products via our mobile phones

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I would love to see these services in my town, considering the crowds in shops. This technology has changed the dynamics of our shopping experience, though the old schoolers might miss the traditional ways.

3 Photography Tips for Beginners

There could be a lot of confusion and disastrous results for those new to photography. The complex controls, the confusing manual, and the oh-so bewildering settings! That can be too much, especially for those just starting out, so here are some useful tips to help you through this time.

The Quality of your Camera

Don’t stress out if you don’t have high tech camera and equipment. Well, it’s true that the right camera will provide the best pictures, but it’s more than just that. The right angle, the perfect light and what you include in the frame will make the picture more stunning.

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I for one believe that every camera can take a good and high quality picture, but if you have the skills and knowledge, every insignificant picture can be made into a stunning masterpiece. Take my word for it!

Watch the Light

The right light can make drastic changes in the quality of photos – worst of all times to take photos is the midday. The harsh sunlight exposes every little imperfection of the skin and your subjects would appear dull and tired. I prefer to start my day with a few shots in the early sun but the golden glow at sunset also provides great light. Creative Campaign

The light glow makes the dims the features of the subjects but it gives a great look. Just use lighting to your benefit. A useful tip; use flash even during the day.

Don’t be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Come on, no one expects you to get it right on the first go, start slow and you’ll learn with every mistake you make. Actually, that’s what I did; every other photographer does this and in my opinion that’s the right way.

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You can’t just wake up one day and start taking great photos. So give it time, don’t rush yourself and in case you make any mistake, take it as a stepping stone and learn from it.

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How to Isolates your subjects?

It always looks amazing when you draw attention to a single element of the image and isolate the subject nicely.

You can use the isolating technique in different creative ways. Here are a few pointers on how to get started “on creating an isolated look”.

  • Look for subjects which have distance between them and the background
  • Use the lowest F-number available on your lens
  • Lights in the background give a nice background bokeh (blur)
  • Steady the camera or use high shutterspeeds

If you’re unsure on depth of field check out my explanation here (I use my collection of cars as subjects).

Here are a few photos to show you what it would look like if you truly crack the look.

Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.8 @1.8

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Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.4 @1.4

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Birmingham Library Book Trolly

Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.4 @1.4

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BPYC Birmingham Mela Event 2014

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The Photography Gear I Use – Cameras

A good camera alone does not take good photographs, furthermore be it “Canon” or “Nikon” the brand has no relevance any more. These days there is not much between the two brands in terms of quality of images produced.

I have shot with a basic Canon for a good chunk of my career. My first camera was a Canon 500d and I still use this as my backup camera today. Digital SLRs are what most people would consider a ‘proper’ camera. It’s the type of camera chosen by professional photographers and keen amateurs, and for three broad reasons:

1. larger sensors than compact cameras.

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Canon 500d m42 vintage 50mm lense

2. Interchangeable lenses

Canon 500d Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Canon 500d m42 vintage 135mm lense

3.  You get much more manual control

You can get different creative effects by adjusting the shutter speed, lens aperture and focus yourself rather than leaving it to the camera to do it automatically. Like below a mix of movement in a still image

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