Just Go! – By Globetrotting Girls India.

November 16, 2016 at 12:05 am

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The travel scenario has undergone a tremendous change in the recent years, more and more people are setting out to explore the world and experience different cultures. Digital nomads, travel bloggers, solo travelers, flash-packers, voluntourism are some of the buzzwords in the travel industry; People are quitting jobs, selling off their belongings and taking the roads less traveled. These travel trends have soared the rise in social media sharing and you wouldn’t be surprised to know that photographs form a large chunk of it.

In 1970, mankind as a whole took 10 billion photographs. Today that number is close to 400 billion. Taking pictures has become an essential part of traveling and why wouldn’t it be so? Photographs have always enhanced an experience for us; be it pictures of the food you devoured on the streets of Thailand to upload on Instagram later or be it a picture of the mighty Himalayas you clicked to share with your grandma who might never be able to go on that trip.

Good pictures will let us again live a moment otherwise gone. The elements of a good photograph are subjective, but it is a successful shot if it reminds you of something beautiful and brings back the moment something moved you. Beauty and art are everywhere, it’s just a matter of looking with a open heart. Capturing a photograph can be a soothing activity or a mindless clicking spree, but for some it could give them an Adrenalin rush.

And so, Zoomin is taking you on a virtual journey with Globetrotting Girls India to bring out the best travel pictures with a great story or a precious memory associated with it. Globetrotting girls India is a virtual travel community of female travels of Indian origin from around the world who share, inspire and help one another travel better.

The platform aims to empower women to take life-transforming journeys, inspire them to break from the shackles and realize their dreams of seeing the world. Women from all backgrounds and ages form a part of globetrotting girls India, from travel bloggers to travel entrepreneurs, it is a diverse community of women who have come together because of their ever-growing wanderlust. The women in this community are compulsive image-consumers and all of them have great travel stories to tell.

So on your next holiday, be mindful of your surroundings to create beautiful images and you will be rewarded for years to come. A wave may never crash the shore again, likewise a moment gone will not be returned, so take that picture and treasure it for life.

 


 

A special thanks to Globetrotting Girls India for sharing this post. Globetrotting Girls India (GTGI) was co-founded by Ankita Sonawane and Divya Shetty as a networking space for Indian women who love to travel. Do checkout their their group https://www.facebook.com/groups/914927355265589/. GTGI is a group exclusively for Indian female travelers.

4 Tips To Clicking Awesome Baby Photos!

March 30, 2015 at 6:01 am

Taking photos of your little one is more like an art form and adventure than anything else. Capture all the giggles, smiles, tears, and everything in between with these 5 simple tips that we’ve put together just for you:

  • Don’t be afraid to get silly: Keeping the attention of a baby during a photo shoot is definitely a task. The trick is not being afraid to get silly – use puppets, a favorite toy and even crazy sounds.

 

Be Silly: The more you

Be Silly: The more you let go and enjoy yourself, the better your photo will be!

 

  • Fast Shutter Speed: Babies are always on the go! You are lucky if they will slow down long enough to get a kiss in – that is why it is always important to increase your shutter speed to freeze them midway through their actions. The faster your camera is, the quicker you can grab that perfect shot.
  • Everything is better in multiples: We all know babies aren’t always the model photography subjects. They tend to do everything besides what you need them to. To help offset those not so glamorous shots take more than one photo at a time – then you can look through it later to grab ‘The One’.

 

Click away! Click as many photos as possible.

Click away: Click as many photos as possible. This photo is a combination of a fast shutter speed and the camera ‘Burst mode’. Phew!

 

  • Shoot through the imperfect moments: Babies don’t always throw tantrums, but when they do they are pretty epic. Regardless the mood, or unplanned moments capture them all! There will always be a beautiful shot among all the chaos.

No matter the difficulties photographing your baby may bring, there is nothing more beautiful than an amazing photo to record those little moments you’ll want to remember tomorrow and hold onto forever.

Now go on, grab a camera and get creative – you’ll thank yourself in the end.

 

 


What tips have helped you photograph your little one? We’d love to know.

Introducing the Photodiarist!

April 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

Are you the type who thinks that a picture is actually worth a thousand words? One who believes that their camera is as good as their third eye? Do you wish to keep your camera with you at all times and never miss a moment? Well then, you, most definitely, should consider becoming a Photodiarist!

What is a ‘Photodiarist’ you ask? Well, it’s quite self explanatory really. It’s a person who likes to create a diary out of simple everyday photos that they’ve clicked. More often than not, they let their own photos do the talking. Anywhere, anytime, anything – they believe in capturing ordinary every day (and much overlooked) moments and providing their own vision and thoughts on it. They believe in capturing anything and everything from the little pleasures to the stark realities of life. They don’t need an occasion or a reason to go out capturing photos. All they need is their camera and their vision…

Here are a few pages from my photodiary – places and moments that caught my attention this week…

The Silent Street

The Silent Street – Taken at the wee hours of a weeknight, I was walking a friend of mine back home & noticed how empty the otherwise ‘no-space-to-breathe’ stretch of Lamington road was. It was screaming to be captured.

 

The Storm before the Calm

The Storm before the Calm – Best friends sit sea side and ponder about what seems to be a grave discussion.

 

ZoomIn’s Guide to Travel Photography

February 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

You’re going on vacation…how do you make sure you capture the pictures to represent the holiday? How do you shoot a perfect collection of photos that will make you remember your holiday for years to come?


Don’t shy away from the shot.
Once you’re back from your vacation, it’s your photos that will do the talking for you. A few years down the line, all the memories will reflect through the photos that you’ve clicked, so make sure that you’ve captured enough from your trip to take back with you.

Also, while it would be intimidating, try not to get carried away with the locations/structures around you. There’s a whole lot more to capture out there! Keep your eyes open and let your mind run free. We suggest:

  • Don’t be afraid to push the shutter button – Click first, sort later.
  • Get different angles – Don’t click that same old monument in that same old angle. Try a new one. You don’t want to return home with photos that look like postcards.
  • Frame your shot…multiple times! – Same subject, different frame. Try it; you never know the output till you don’t see it!
  • Click candid photos – Remember, each photo has its own tale to tell.
Get different angles

Get different angles – The famous ‘Burj Al Arab’ hotel at Dubai shot from a lesser known area.

 

Shoot locals. What they do, what their activities are, what they wear, the way their markets are spread out, their temples, their everyday grocery shopping routine…capture it all! You’ll be surprised at how much you can get out of capturing everyday basic activities. Remember – You’re the tourist, not them!

Shoot locals!

Shoot locals – The simplest of activities will look incredibly engaging.


Be familiar with customs.
Look before you leap! Do some basic research before you go clicking like crazy. Is it okay to take a picture of a Buddha statue? Is it ok to take pictures inside a temple? Be aware of restrictions and be respectful of the culture.


Shoot those signs/maps.
You’ll be surprised how helpful these references are when you get around to sharing your photos. Signs and maps will help you recall your day’s event and also identify the images you just captured. So instead of calling it “That beautiful cave” you can actually rewind back to the sign and caption the photo as “Elegant Ellora – Cave No. 17“.

Also, the shot of a road map will never go waste for obvious reasons….

Shoot those maps - It always helps to have a shot handy of the map explaining the route you're on.

Shoot those maps – It always helps to have a shot handy of the map explaining the route you’re on…for obvious reasons!


Be comfortable.
Strike the right balance! Don’t carry any “extra luggage” around while you’re out on your feet – take only what’s absolutely necessary. Extra items will only mean extra weight which might make you uncomfortable. Remember: A light traveler is a happy traveler.

We’ve come up with a list of essentials that you can’t leave home without!

Spare storage – Since most cameras are around 14-16 megapixels these days, the output of each jpeg is nothing less than 3-5 MB per photo. A standard 4 GB SD Card could possibly be problematic, especially if you’re going to be recording HD videos. We reckon a 16 GB card (class 6 or above if you’re going to be recording videos in Full HD) should do the trick.

Spare batteries – The last thing you want is to be waiting for that perfect shot and suddenly your camera refuses to respond. And ‘oh the sorrow’ when you realize you’ve run out of power! We recommend carrying a spare set of batteries with you at all times. If a spare set of batteries isn’t a viable option, it’s best to carry your charger on you. You can then take a break from your day and recharge yourself and your cameras battery at the nearest cafe!

Comfortable pouch – You’ll be walking with the camera on your shoulder/waist all day long. Ensure that the pouch you carry around on you is comforting and doesn’t make you feel uneasy at any point in time. Sometimes, the free manufacturer bags/cases/pouches just don’t cut it. Carry a pouch in which you can fit an extra card, a soft cloth with which you can clean your lens, your battery charger, etc. (Or for the DSLR consider a camera strap which gives the mobility to shoot swiftly without any hassle).

Hope these simple yet powerful tips help you take your photos to the next level!