Meditations in Film

I still remember finding that old beaten up Nikon F3 in a corner store in Tokyo. It seemed cheap enough for someone who was going on broke at that time. After a little bargaining, I walked out of the shop, a proud owner of my first film camera. It wasn’t perfect by most measures; it was…

Photoshop or PhotoNot: Steve McCurry is a LIAR?

With the recent hype about a few shots on Steve McCurry’s website that have been ‘manipulated’, here’s what Jasmine, thinks: Don’t get me wrong, Steve McCurry is a great photographer: he has been shooting AND winning awards before anyone under the age of 35 was even born. So he photoshopped his images? Well he as been…

Ethical Filmmaking and Photography

Most recently, a group of filmmakers/photographers from the group ‘High On Life SundayFundayz’ decided to go off the boardwalk at Yellowstone National Park. Not only was the group filming without a permit, but they trespassed the Grand Prismatic Springs and started to shoot there. This stunt caused the group a criminal complaint as arrest warrants for three…

People > Paper: 3 Lessons From Graduation

It’s polytechnic graduation season and our feeds are getting filled with people in robes, holding certificates, looking pretty awesome. We’re truly happy to be part of so many student’s learning journey, happy that its time for you to celebrate 3 years of growing and happy that you will now put y. Graduations are often labelled as…

Will Filmmaking Die?

Robots are taking over many manual tasks, from manufacturing, farming, fishing and even banking. First we had industrialisation and automation, then the democratisation of technology and now, the next wave of artificial intelligence is fast approaching. The question of whether filmmaking will cease to exist might seem far-flung, but perhaps it is better that we…

Gear or Fear?

With NAB 2016 coming to an end this week, we might be thoroughly disappointed that the Canon 5D Mark 4 or Panasonic GH5 did not get released. Perhaps you may be thinking of ways to incorporate the new gadgets into your current workflow- but wait, is that really necessary? While new gadgets and improved gear…

Framing for Communication

Written, visual or verbal communication is changing more rapidly than ever before. As the space gets crowded, just reporting data or ‘what happened’ is no longer sufficient. The words we say and photos we take actually reflects the way we think and our worldview, much more than we may realise. Professionals or anyone who wants to be…

Videos: Tool, Art or Business?

With more information being created every single day, videos certainly account for a large chunk of that. We are surrounded by all sorts of videos- Movies, short films, security footage, advertisements, animations, 360 and even VR. As content creators, we need to understand the medium that we are working with to create better work that…

Contrivity

If that is even a word… Sometimes, photographers feel that everything is but a big show, an elaborate set up, meant to impress, but its probably not just them. This feeling that things are deliberately conjured up to meet a function or objective is probably a common condition that human beings all have, perhaps all the…

Signal vs Noise

How can we differentiate signal and noise in a world that constantly bombards us with news, media and advertisements? With many things vying for our limited time and resources, here are some questions to help you filter out the noise and focus on what’s important: 1) Chance Variables or Real Change? Camera stops working down…