Canon 5DM4 – Hands on


Canon 5DM4

Canon 5DM4 – Hands on review

The canon 5D series is undoubtedly one of the most recognized and digitized camera series in photography world. Canon released one of its latest additions 5D Mark 4 and out team got hands on this amazing camera at Photokina 2016. So here is what we thought about the camera Canon 5DM4.

Let’s first talk about the Key specifications.

  • 30.4 MP full frame sensor with 7fps.

  • Digic 6+ image processor

  • 3.2” ouch screen for stills and video focusing.

  • DCI 4k video shooting at 30 fps.

  • 61 autofocus points (41 cross points)

  • Built in Wi-Fi and NFC

Canon 5DM4 is much of a similar to its predecessor 5DM3 physically. There are not so many changes in body but it got some amazing upgrades under the hood. Upgrades include a 30.4 MP sensor with Dual pixel autofocus system, better ISO performance and better dynamic range. The autofocus system of 61 points is taken from company’s flagship sport series camera 1DX M2. This increases the vertical coverage of sensor by 24% in comparison to M3.

Canon 5DM4

In terms of auto focus system, this camera is a big deal because it’s the same AF system from 1DX. If not identical then quite similar. This camera can continuously focus in a live view mode for a still capture. Also, it got an intelligent face recognition system so that even if you move your camera after focusing, it will still hold the focus on the face and that too in live view mode. Isn’t it great?

Let’s talk about the “Dual pixel raw”.

It is one hack of feature that allows you to adjust the sharpness of your photograph even after clicking the photograph in post processing. What it actually does is, it will capture two different raw files with two different perspectives. Imagine how you will see a scenario with each of your eyes closed one by one. That’s exactly what the camera does with dual pixel autofocus. It is a micro to mini adjustment. It can increase the sharpness of your eye ball from eye lashes. But if you are expecting that it will adjust the sharpness from eye ball to nose tip then no. Not gonna happen.

When we had our hands on 5DM4, I actually expected a little bit of lag while shooting in dual pixel raw. But surprisingly no lag, no buffer, nothing at all. Smooth criminal I say.

Talking about Dynamic range, it got some great upgrades regarding pulling out shadows like 2 step increase. Also in ISO performance, the upgrade is pretty good with amount of noise at higher ISO. We are still trying to get the final results for dual pixel raw using post process and you will soon be able to see some final jpeg from photokina.

As I believe, from all the aspects, 5DM4 is a worthy upgrade form 5DM3.

Article by: Vivek Maru


Hasselblad – Back to Square, V1D


hasselblad V1D

Hasselblad V1D – Back to square

This morning in Photokina, Hasselbald announced two new models with a concept camera. We are much more interested into the concept one.

hasselblad V1D

As part of the Hesselbald’s 75 years celebration, the Swedish maker launched a concept called “4116 V1D” concept which is developed typically on company’s V systems. This particular concept promises the future of imaging devices.

This particular concept is using Sony’s 75 megapixel CMOS sensors which is a square one. The most interesting part of this concept is the customization of the camera. Both the sides contains modules which is for controls and gripping purpose and the bottom-up sides contains LCDs and view finder. The whole concept floats around photographer’s comfortability.

hasselblad V1D

hasselblad V1D

Hasselbald has released the system’s pictures on its official website and our team at Photokina might be able to shoot something out of it. Although there is no information on the commercial version of this system and when will it be available.

Article by: Vivek Maru


SanDisk shows a gigantic 1TB SD card

Remember when Western Digital unveiled massive 512 GB SD card 2 years back in Photokina2014?? And guess what, Western digital and San-disk are here with a prototype of 1TB SD card at Photokina 2016. In 16 years, this company went from 64 MB card to 1 TB cards. Not bad though.

1TB SD card

This is just a prototype and still not available to normal consumer market. This card is particularly designed to meet the storage issues for high resolution images and videos. Current technologies like virtual touring, 360 degree capturing and action cameras eat a lot of space.

These kinds of high leaps in storage capacity also come with a threat to loose so much of data at the same time. It’s also big thing to worry about card being corrupted which can lead to a huge data loss. We haven’t heard anything about the pricing of this card yet.

Article by: Vivek Maru


Nikon expands its action camera family with Key Mission 170


Key Mission 170

Nikon expands its action camera family with Key Mission 170

Nikon extended the action camera segment “Key Mission”. Earlier this year Nikon reveled its first action camera Nikon Key Mission 360 which covers 360 degree capture in 4K resolutions.

Nikon is here with its first Action camera – Nikon KeyMission 360

The new Nikon Key Mission 170 does the same with 4K resolution but with a lower resolution sensor of 8.3 mega pixels. It also contains a CMOS sensor. Also this camera has a limitation in capturing angle with 170 degree with 2.4mm – f/2.8 optics. In addition to its big brother, Key mission 170 contains a LCD display at the back and a stability function activated particularly in UltraHD mode.


Protection wise, Key mission is safe under water till 10m depth which can be increased to 40m with a separate case available. Another member added to this family is Key mission 80. This junior is way more weird than the other two. It got a vertical design with Full HD recording. Yes, no 4K with Key mission 80 and that is why this can be the most affordable in all three models. It captures at the angle of 80 degree with 25mm – f/2 optics. It also has a back camera lens just above the LCD screen.


On protection side, this little buddy is little insecure. Water proof till just 1m and dust proof just as his bog brother Key mission 170.  All of these models will be available from next month as per Nikon booth.

Article by: Vivek Maru


Fstop – Photographer’s Tinder

Fstop - Photographer's Tinder

Fstop - Photographer's Tinder

Fstop – Photographer’s Tinder

Fstop is a new web app trying to build up a middle platform for photographers, models and all photography related professionals. Basically a matcher app that tries to find a match for a particular requirement: Model, Photographer, makeup artists, retouchers and stylists.

It is more like Tinder dating app that helps you find a person with your match, just the agenda here is different. Sign up, fill some data and taddaa !!

You will see a simple auto matched profile of another person. Below are some of the screenshots.

Fstop - Photographer's Tinder

Fstop - Photographer's Tinder

Click on the blue “√” and the app will come to know that you are interested to work with this person. Clicking on red “X” will discard the profile and the app will show you a new one.

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Just like Tinder’s right- left swaps. Manual filters help you find better matches with options like age, sex, location, rates, height, hair colors etc. Even the app can tell you if a person has tattoos. Isn’t that awesome? Now, if there is a mutual match found then Fstop provides you a chat facility that helps you communicate with each other. You can fix a deal over the chat itself and its also provides payment options. It is not necessary to use that service though. Also there is an option for reviews where you can express your experience working with any particular.

Let’s see how the idea of connecting photography professionals to a single platform works. Sounds promising to me if you ask. Give it a shot :

Article by: Vivek Maru


Take care of your camera in cold

Take care of your camera in cold image

Take care of your camera in cold atmosphere.
The amount of cloths we wear while going out in a sparkling cold weather is incredible. Your camera and other gear needs that too. We are about to talk how to make your gear works effortlessly in cold weather just like we did for a human body in this article.

Going outdoor and Back indoor :

Digital cameras now a days are tough but still working with them in minus degree temperature is little tough. Some precautions are needed to be taken.

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Airtight bags works like a charm in cold weather. When going out and coming back, put you camera and lenses in an airtight bag which will prevent the sudden change in temperature for your gears. This will prevent condensation happening on your gears. If available, use dry bags like the one in malls. They do a better job. Silica gel balls in airbag can also help in this situation.

Using these will give your camera a little time to settle up with temperature and these things make sure that temperature of your gear increases as gradually as possible. Sudden change and condensation can harm your sensors and other electronics in your device.

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Spare batteries :

You might have noticed that batteries are not performing as expected in cold. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with them, it’s the weather that is affecting the performance.
A cold battery cannot push out as much electricity as a warm one so the amount of time your batteries will last becomes smaller. In this case, spare batteries are saviors. Here is a trick for them : Put your extra batteries in the warmest part of your jacket which keeps it warm and helps in better performance. The same thing with your dead batteries, take them out from your gear and put them in to the same warmest place for some time and put them back in camera. Surprise Surprise! Yes, it regains some amount of energy and ready to use again.

Don’t drop your camera :

Nobody drops their camera intentionally, I know. But holding a camera in cold weather is tough because of gloves and some other accessories. There are high chances that you accidently drop your camera and come back with a bad news. In cold weather, Plastics are also easily breakable so the chances of breaking your camera body increases. To avoid this, Make sure you are using neck or wrist straps all the time.

Article by: Vivek Maru


Winter Photography Tips

winter photography

winter photography

If you’re planning to roam around in winter. Don’t forget to carry your camera with you. Because here you’ll going to get some great tips on winter photography.

1. Search and Decide your route

Searching and deciding your route ahead of time will help you make an idea of which particular locations will look good in snow. Winter photography is not about taking pictures of snow, it’s all about taking picture of the places that looks good in snow. You can always explore and roam around you decided route though.

Have an idea of the places that will look good in snow. Let your imagination work and take a picture with imagination itself. This will help you target your subjects which can be a house or a bridge or a train station.

Check this too: Tips for beginner photographers  

2. Prepare your Clothing and required equipment

Photographing in snow is a bit hard task to do which needs a lot of precautions. First thing to do is to forget about fashion and prepare all the required clothing ahead of time so the storm or snow hits the ground; you just put everything on and leave the house.

Using the warmest gloves will be preferable but at the same time they are very much irritating in photographing because they are too bulky to handle. Using two thin layer gloves can work fine. They are not that warm but they do the job.

Going out in the snow needs care of your whole body. Make sure to wear proper snow boots while going out. Also, two layers of sweater and pants are recommended accompanied with a powerful jacket with a hood. Hoods works like a charm while going out in the middle of the storm. It is also recommended to have some chemical warmers if temperature goes way far down.

winter photography

3. Prepare your camera.

Digital cameras now days are way tough but still you gotta take a little care while working in a drastic change of temperature. Some of the precautions I choose to work with are:

1. Don’t change the lens while out in the field. You might not want to take a risk of moisture getting inside your camera and on your sensor. I would use probably a 18-135mm or 24-105mm lens.

2. Give your camera a little time to adjust with the temperature. Make sure you don’t put you camera directly into -20 C from room temperature. Sense a theme here. Drastic change of temperature may harm your camera. Same thing applies while coming back to home. Make sure that temperature of your camera is increasing gradually.

3. Other thing I would recommend is a protector. Lots of them are available online. Speaking from personal experience, almost each one of them screwed up in snow. I would recommend a handmade protector which is pretty much comfortable to your hand to operate the camera.

winter photography

4. When to go?

Well, this one little question is challenging photographers all the time. Some of them choose to go out in the middle of the storm while the snow is still falling and some of them choose to go out very next moment the snow fall is off. Both the choices have their own pros. If you ask me, I would like to experience both the situation.

Article by: Vivek Maru


Photographing people gives the biggest happiness – Sonia Sharma

sonia sharma on clickersart

Sonia Sharma is a professional photographer from Bangalore & been here on planet from last 27 years. love the life, try to enjoy it in every possible sense, love theatre & love photography. by the way it happened just BY CHANCE..but no chance of leaving it now.

Photography – Why and How?

Why, how and where – that I don’t remember exactly. As far as I remember, 4 years ago one of my friend bought a DSLR (it was the time of boom in DSLR sales ! You could literally see people around you buying and using it. Not sure of the 2nd part though !) So yes, like others I also got interested in this piece of technology. Exploration started,experiments and practice led to better and better clicks. Gradually developed the love for this process of ‘clicking and capturing the moments’. And yes, that was my encounter with photography !

Let’s just say that when you stop loving ‘getting-yourself-clicked’ on trips and start loving ‘clicking others or the place’. Then you may say that you have started liking the practice of ‘clicking-photographs’ For me, its true. I used to like getting myself clicked on any and every vacation/trip, but there came a moment when I hardly cared about clicking my photo, not even one and was busy clicking others… In this process, would like to thank my friend Inder, who literally taught me the real-basics of it (during my amateur phase).. All those friends who motivated me to continue this hobby of mine (esp. Ekta Mahajan) Thank You. All those who have been with me as my guides and teachers (Dipayan, Sharif, Kenuit) Thanks to you all. And to my family, friends and colleagues – who help me continue with this hobby by appreciating the pieces clicked and uploaded by me on social media websites!

sonia sharma_ladakh

 Any person or experience that brought you close to photography?

Though I was always a lover of people-watching..I could always sit in my balcony for hours and hours or at my terrace for hours to watch people. And do nothing! Probably, that was a hint that I love watching people and hence clicking them, sometimes clicking with them first and later clicking them. For me, photography started 4 years ago, but yes it was on and off type. I used to get into it as and when I got time. My sister Jyoti has always been my model I used to click her various types of poses. From there, when I took it seriously (as in falling in real love with photography), I also don’t remember. But yes, if I have to mark it, then it has to be my 2014 trip of Ladakh where I went mad in clicking photos and photos and photos…after I came back, when I saw a reservoir of around 4k photos. I got the confidence that yes I am somewhat good with it and should continue it and do it more often. Many people ask me if I will even take it up as a profession, my immediate and clear answer to that is NO. Why? Because I love it so much that I want to keep it as a hobby, it’s a stress-buster for me and if I make it my profession and my work, I am sure it will no more be my stress-buster. I do believe in doing what you love as an earning in life, but I am happy with my profession and very happy to keep photography as my passion! Let me put it this way – I always want to be in love with it that’s why don’t want to make it my profession. It’s just my choice and my opinion.

What is your definition of People Photography? Your perspective and ideas.

I believe that People Photography or putting it in simple terms that clicking with people and clicking them later gives the biggest happiness. A face can speak million words..we just have to see it carefully ! Try doing that, try clicking with people and then try clicking them…you will get great clicks and more importantly. you will experience another kind of attachment with them when you will see their photos in your camera later!

sonia sharma_portrait

What matters the most? equipment or experience or none?

I would say – Neither of them! What matter the most is the IDEA and that eye for that ‘wow’ click! According to me, photography literally means the process of taking photographs. Nowhere it says ‘the requirement of any specific equipment’ or a ‘minimum experience’. The best of the clicks can come from an amateur, on the way, travelling somewhere, clicking something from his /her Smartphone…that’s it! Therefore, what you need is just the IDEA of what to capture and the eye-to-details for that ‘WOW’ click. Of course, experience makes you a better photographer with the reduced number of clicks to get that ‘wow’ one! Hence, IDEA and that EYE-FOR-THE-CLICK are the things my friend!

sonia sharma_Lady portrait

Which software do you prefer for post processing? or you do not support post processing?

If the idea is to present and showcase everything as raw and natural, then why do we dress-up better when we go out? Or why do we comb or apply make-up. why do we clean our house or get white-wash done (say after a year or so) the answer is – Just so that we become more presentable, to look a bit better. we don’t and we can’t change ourselves entirely, right. In the same way my friend, we can and we should enhance the beauty of our click. But please note that there is a thin line between cleaning the photo/enhancing the beauty/making it more presentable AND fiddling with it/over-dose of post processing, etc. which ruins the real click. Therefore, as long as the essence, the depth, the entire idea of the real/raw click is not getting lost, I am open to the idea of post processing.

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A Word of advice for our amateur photographer friends.

Ohh ..There are many! They are my own on-the-job learnt advice and tricks J

The most important advice – CLICK LIKE A PAINTER! Confused?? Don’t be…continue reading..

By this, I mean that next time when you are about to click, just hang on for 5 seconds… try to picturize the click you want to capture…try to draw it in your mind, just like a painting (keeping in mind what you are seeing in front of you)…and then click !! Now, see the result.

In the course of achieving this, even if you have to wait for 2-3 min to let some people pass off from your frame, then do it…let the current frame convert into what and how you want to see it and capture it finally!!

  • For those who have just started the photography, let me tell you that every day there are 2 golden hours to click anything beautifully! It’s the 1 hour before sun rise and one hour after the sunset..that is the time when you can capture the real beauty..Try clicking anything during this time, you may get the golden-orange touch in every click of yours..

Let me share one of my clicks of 1 hour before sun rise (Photo 1_Before sunrise)

  • Always remember that your first 1000 photos will more or less be a trash…till you get a real good click. The aim should be to reduce the number of photos till you get that bang-on photo and that will surely happen with experience.
  • Given by my photographer friend/college senior – Always showcase your best work in front of audience…you may click trash…that is just for you to see…ALWAYS show your best WORK as a photographer ! (Thanks Dipayan J !)
  • Yes, ‘LIKES’ on social networking websites are an important source of motivation, but don’t just click and upload there for the sake of getting more and more ‘likes’. If you can share your best work with people and make them happy or touch their heart in any way through your photography, that’s it! That should be your ultimate aim

Hope, you will follow some of the advices or tips given by me and can get some great clicks !

Sonia Sharma’s photography page on Facebook. 


Photography Cheat Sheet – Camera Basics

Logically there is no shortcut to learn Photography but some set of tips, definitions and graphics can certainly speed up your learning. Here we came up with an interactive Photography Cheat Sheet to make you learn faster.

If you are starting with photography or just recently got your first DSLR then below Photography Cheat Sheets are perfect for you to learn basics of cameras and how all the function works. There are lots of other beginner tutorials out there but this handy thing can be your companion anytime, anywhere.

Below sheet contains some of the examples that can explain theoretical part explained above in previous sheet.

Being a beginner in photography, it is not easy to get perfect exposure even after knowing all the fundamental functions mentioned above in sheets. In that case, Histogram is your best friend. Histogram is the most useful tool in your DSLR and unfortunately it is the least understood by photographers.

histogram cheat sheet

Understanding this useful tool helps you get better exposure and is one of the most important steps to produce some stunning images. Mainly 3 ways you can track exposure by looking at histogram as shown in the sheet. It actually illustrates the ranges of color tones in an image.

More details on histogram understanding are on its way. Stay tuned.


Article By : Vivek Maru