Shari Academy Blog
  • Sep20

    Pic Of The Day!

    Posted in: Shari




    Photo by: Rachel BECK

    The photographers says that this woman has changed her life. The photographer is an orphan from India who was adopted. She returned to India last year and works as a freelance photographer. On her assignment, she was touring another orphanage for children and adults and the disabled. It was at the other orphanage where she met this lady. She spoke no words and the photographer was drawn to her. Upon returning to the Sates, she was so moved by my experiences, that she planned a fundraiser for India. The lady in this picture reminds us every day to make this world a better place.

    Location: Southern India

  • Sep18


    Sony finally gets some competition from Canon. The PowerShot G7 X uses what is likely the same 20MP sensor as the Sony RX100 III but offers a longer lens, flip-up touchscreen LCD, and arguably better controls.


    PowerShot G7 X key features

    20MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm)

    24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens

    Clicking control dial around lens

    Flip-up rear touchscreen

    Dedicated exposure compensation dial

    3.0″ 1.04m dot LCD (720 x 480 pixels)

    Built-in ND filter

    Wi-Fi with NFC


    1-inch sensor in a compact body

    Large aperture for depth of field control and faster shutter speed

    High build quality


    No viewfinder

    Fixed screen rather than tilting/variangle

    F/1.8 aperture only at the widest focal length


    Canon has had a lot of success with its PowerShot G-series and PowerShot S-series of compact cameras. The new Canon PowerShot G7 X gives photographers a great alternative option when looking for a small camera as back-up to their SLR. Inside its sleek exterior, which is a pretty close match for the S120′s, is a new 20.2-million-pixel, 1-inch sensor and a Digic 6 processing engine.

    As a compact camera, the G7 X has a fixed lens and Canon has plumped for an 8.8-36.8mm optic, which is equivalent to a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens in 35mm terms. The wide maximum aperture is an add-on as this allows greater control over depth of field and fast shutter speeds to be used in comparatively low light. There’s also a 3-stop Images Stabilization (IS) system to help combat camera shake in low light.

    It’s worth noting that the widest aperture is only available at the shortest focal length and the aperture closes to a still-wide f/2.0 as soon as the focal length is adjusted and it’s not long before it drops to (a still very useful) f/2.8.

    Images may also be saved in raw or JPEG format (or both simultaneously) and sensitivity, aperture and shutter speed may be controlled manually when shooting Full HD video (at up to 60p).

    In recognition of the selfie phenomenon the 1,040,000-dot LCD screen on the back of the camera can be tipped up through 180 degrees for easy viewing while facing the camera lens. The screen is touch-sensitive so you have a choice of using the shortcut buttons or the screen to control the camera. Unfortunately, there’s no viewfinder, so the screen is the only option for composing and reviewing images.

    It comes with Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless transfer and quick image sharing, along with NFC technology to speed up connection to NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets. The camera can also use a smartphone’s GPS system for geotagging images.

    Other specification highlights include Creative Shot mode, a small pop-up flash, Star mode for capturing the night sky and star trails automatically, HDR mode for increased dynamic range and Hybrid Auto mode, which captures a snippet of video footage with every still and then creates a movie at the end of the day.

  • Sep16


    Pic by: Soumen Saha
    Comments: This is a beautiful Milkyway Image captured at ?Jessore. The picture encaptures a dreamy world within. The exposure looks perfect. The color tones have been captured very well. The horizon line very neatly divides the sky line from the patch of greenery and river body. The foreground leads the viewer into the picture.

    Exif file Info:

    Canon 650D with Tokina 11-16
    30 sec
    ISO 3200
    11.0 mm


    Pic by: Álvaro Roxo – Portfólio Fotográfico

    Comments: This is a very intriguing landscape captured at Tras Os Montes, Portugal. The Power lies in placing the horizon line in the centre of the frame creating a V pattern out of the nature. The reflection looks perfect.

    Exif file Info:

    Canon EOS 50D + Canon EF-S 10-22
    ISO100; f/11; 1/15s


    Pic by: Suddep th Madhur

    Comments: This is a nice environmental portrait of a young girl captured in a rural area. Her environment speaks volumes about her lifestyle. The book in her hand depicts that she is probably doing her homework after school hours. The cow and the hay suggest that she is a framers daughter who are into agriculture and cattle raising. Her expressions are are that of being amused on seeing a photographer click a picture of her.

    Exif file Info:

    Camera EOS 60D
    Exposure speed: 1/60
    Aperture: 5.0
    ISO: 1000
    No flash fired


    Pic by:Deepanshu Gupta

    Comments: This is a very interesting portrait of a beggar from the street. The angle is extremely compelling. The man’s overgrown unkempt beard, his legs , tattered clothes depict his character. I like the way the two bikes in the background act as a frame for the poor old man. The shallow depth of field is achieved by keeping the aperture moderately open at f/5.6.

    Exif file Info:

    Camera : NIKON D90
    Shutter speed : 1/60 sec
    Aperture : f/5.6, ISO: 250
    post processing: Adobe Photoshop 7.0
    Comments and feedback would be really all the more welcome.






    Article By Harika Chanana

  • Sep15


    Pic by: Vishal Varshney

    Comments: This beautiful landscape image has been captured at Hunder/Dixit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh. The rainbow was formed over the Shyok river due to intermittent spells of light and rain. The sky looks extremely dramatic. The rainbow against the pretty landscape makes a breath taking frame. It was a great idea to shoot the image at 18mm.

    EXIF Details :
    Canon 60D + 18-200 mm lens
    Fstop : f/14
    Exposure : 1/200 sec
    Focal length : 18mm


    Pic by:Ken Lee Photography

    Comments: This is a very interesting shot of an old tree that dates back 5000 years may be even 10,000. Its one of the oldest forest ever as told to us by the photographer. The picture almost looks like a painting. The enhanced perspective of the tree comes with the use of an extreme wise angle, 14mm on a full frame camera Nikon D610. The background has been created with light painting using led torch exposed for 220 seconds.

    Title: Moonrise Bristlecone Pine (3582)
    Photo: Ken Lee Photography
    Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 220 seconds, f/7.12, ISO 400. 2014-07-14 23:49. I used an LED flashlight for light painting.
    Location: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA, USA


    Pic by: Rohit Sharma

    Comments: This is a very interesting portrait of a lama outside Shey Monastary. The background indeed looks engaging with the interesting patterns creating textures. Also the color contrast of red against white engaged the viewers almost immediately. I quite like the wide angle of view. Also his shadow adds to the image.

    Exif file Info:

    Exif : Canon EOS 550D, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 1/50 sec; f/4; ISO 100


    Pic by: Praveen PremKumar Pai

    Comments: This is a very interesting picture captured of a group of ants working extremely hard for their survival. It is really nice to see that the photographer has gone down to the eye level of the ants to highlight them and bring them out from the frame. The shallow depth of filed really adds to the shot. The composition looks striking. Hard work and team work is the message that comes out very strongly through the ants.

    Camera Model :Canon 550d + 18-55mm
    Shutter speed :1/160sec
    F-Stop :f/5.6
    ISO :400


    Pic by: Erlend Lånke Solbu

    Comments: This is a very engaging portrait of the old man captured at Old Havana. His body language is that of a relaxed man who sits calmly by the window with his sleeping shorts, enjoying looking at the street outside his balcony. The street lamp adds drama to the image. There are textures all over the place. The composition is neat and clean and the frame almost immediately engages the viewer.

    Exif file Info:

    Canon 5D Mk III – 135mm / F.2.0 / ISO 500 / 1/125






    Article By Harika Chanana

  • Sep14

    Becoming a wedding photographer can be a very lucrative career choice; however, there are numerous reasons why wedding photography is often one of the most challenging types of events to photograph. If you thrive on challenge and variety – wedding photography may be the perfect choice for you!

    Here we have compiled a list of wedding photography tips that will make sure you are all set for the wedding day and have all the needed tricks to ensure an awesome wedding photo shoot.


    Few Months before the Wedding
    This is a planning period for you as well as the bride and groom. Get in touch with the couple and check if they are looking for any specific ideas or details. Mark your calendar for all the ceremony dates and start preparing yourself for the shoot. Most couples will give you free reign to produce the photos that you want. You can show your portfolio with some samples of other wedding photos that you have completed, so that they have an idea of what to expect.


    On the Wedding Day
    On the wedding day ensure to check all of your equipment and make sure that it is in proper working order. Also, ensure that you have enough batteries and other necessary equipment for the entire wedding photography period. Capture special moments to ensure that you do not miss an important click during the ceremony.


    Be Creative
    The wedding day will be an eventful, fast paced experience that requires you to be at your best as a photographer. You need to be creative and come up with innovative ideas and new posses for wedding photography. You need to be alert all the time, observe and capture creative pictures. You can look for candid photography tips, tricks and ideas online.

    Family Portrait List
    Without a doubt, the most chaotic portion of the wedding day is the family portraits session. Having a family portrait list filled out by your clients is paramount and instrumental to having the family portrait session after the ceremony run smoothly.



    Don’t Forget the Details!
    It is easy to just focus on the people and the big events throughout the wedding day, however, it’s important to remember that many of our clients have put a lot of time and effort into small details and decor for the wedding and as such we should document those too. Another great reason to photograph the details is they help tell the story of the day nicely when incorporated into a blog post or the wedding album!

    Weddings are amongst the most challenging to photograph primarily because of the constantly changing lighting conditions that you are forced to adapt to. Ensure that you use the right settings and carry backup equipment to the event. Lastly add a finishing touch to your photography so that the pictures you capture become truly extraordinary.