I continue highlights of my event photoshoot in this Part 3. I had the privilege of being hired by Poor-Box Productions (of "The Vagina Monologues" fame) to photograph the debuting theatre performance of Eve Ensler's globally acclaimed play "Emotional Creature", produced and directed by Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal & Kaizaad Kotwal, at the NCPA Mumbai on March 15, 2014. Reproduced here, with permission, are my those photos I believe do justice in capturing the intense emotion and vigour with which the nine-member cast brought out the strong messages in the play. And to do justice to them all, I need to break up my photo essay into multiple parts.
Kit lenses (those plastic ones that are sold as part of an inter-changeable lens dslr camera body) are often looked down upon. In reality I have found them far more useful than people give them credit for. The truth really lies in knowing your equipment, something I have addressed in some detail in my previous blog ... "Know thy photography equipment - Part 2 ... how it saved by backside".
There are pluses and minuses to using kit lenses. So don't get me wrong, they cannot substitute professional lenses. But they can do a lot.
Lens performance is looked at from a very wide range of criteria. Some can be measured, others are more a matter of taste. The key ones are (not necessarily in this order) - build, speed (or how wide the aperture opens), distortion, centre sharpness, peripheral sharpness, sharpness at different apertures, colour rendition, ability to handle flare, chromatic aberration, bokeh, image stabilisation, zoom range, filter size, smoothness of movement, focus shift, focus breathing, and many others. Also, if you have a fetish for gadget looks then add finish and feel as well to my list above. And last but not the least, price.
Here I shall limit myself to my experiences with the key criteria.
A self-taught photographer, Sheriar decided to pursue his passion, photography, professionally over half a decade ago - giving up a successful career in investment banking - and never looked back since.