Thursday, August 16, 2012

This blog has moved to...

From now on, I will be writing for the blog over at,(which will be live very soon in the coming days). The sidvasandani.blogspot will be up and running for as long Blogger will be around....which I guess is a for  very long time. For those interested to know more about this change, hit the jump...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Final Post: Daylight and Flash/Swimsuit Special

In this last post, we will see how to shoot during various times of the day, with and without a flash. The flash involved is not any heavy duty battery powered studio flash, but a simple speedlite. And yes, we are shooting swimsuits, on the lovely beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Raw Talk: Cameras, Computers and 2012

A belated Happy New Year to all of you who drop in here from time to time. I apologize for not keeping this blog active as i did...i've been busy with the transition to wedding photography, and designing some awesome Lightroom presets which will be released soon. I'm going to kick off this years post by revisiting hot topics like Canon vs. Nikon, Mac vs. PC, DSLR vs Medium Format, Raw vs. Jpeg, Film vs. Digital etc. and how the arguments hold up in 2012.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Multiplying Models II

This is a follow up post to the previous Multiplying Models tutorial done over a year back. In a recent E-session, I used this technique to multiply the girl, who is a dancer around the guy, who happens to be a part time bassist in a band. Also we discuss the importance of a tripod and boom stand and toning the image.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Case Study: Pre-Production in Photography

In this digital era, with new photographers coming in and having more experience with computers than camera and lights, there is usually more attention placed on the post production segment of a shoot than the pre-production preparation for the photo shoot.While the post production part is very important, if a lot of what can be done for the shoot is realized in pre-production, the outcome of the product will not only look and feel more convincing, but will require less time spent in the digital darkroom. Inside, there is an example of a recent photoshoot of Patrick Demarchelier for Longchamp, illustrating the importance of the pre-production process, and also how to incorporate the stage of pre-production in other genres of photography.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Case Study: Fashion & Fine Art Wedding

I love to see when different genres of photography fuse to enhance another genre. In this post we see how elements of fashion, lifestyle and fine art are used to portray wedding shoots, with examples from the two biggest names in wedding photography, Jerry Ghionis and Jose Villa. Also a small discussion on Film vs. Digital look regarding colors.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Case Study: Whats Your Angle?

Usually, in Fashion Photography everyone pays a lot of importance on the styling, hair/makeup, the backdrop/locations, the model, technically correct lighting etc. which is fine. When the time comes to press the shutter, almost 90% of the times, the framing and the angle is pretty obvious...dead center or little above or below the model. In this post, we are going to break away from the cliche framing, and take a look at the work of one of the 'Rockstar of Wedding Photography' ....Fer Juaristi. Get ready to be inspired!

Friday, August 26, 2011

3 Point Lighting Essentials

Three point lighting is the standard lighting technique used in video. Many of the special effects movies light their actors using this method on green screens. It’s a good idea to become comfortable with three point lighting because it has the power to transform an otherwise boring and flat image into a dynamic interesting image.Using a 3-point lighting set up will make your subject look awesome and you'll be instantly renowned as a 'pro'. The lighting styles of many pros like Dave Hill, Jill Greenberg, Joel Grimes and rest of the grunge gang is based on this simple traditional film lighting method. Also, a bit about the retouching that'll make the image 'POP'. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Raw Talk: Fashion Wedding Fusion

In a recent interview with Vogue, famed fashion photographer RANKIN says he might scrap his no-weddings rule if Kate Moss asked him to photograph her nuptials. "You don't say no to Kate, but she'll probably get Mario(Testino). If she did ask though, I'd tell her to get back up as well, as I'd be so nervous, and not just because it's her - for anyone it's a really special day. There's too much pressure surrounding weddings. I'll always set up a studio on the day but I won't take pictures all day. You don't want to mess it up." Read more to see how totally different skill set are required for these two types of photography, and how Testino used elements of fashion to create remarkable pre-wedding shots for Kate.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Raw Talk: How to survive/make money with Photography?

This is a detailed introspect here showing what kind of photography really works and where. For all those planning to quit your day jobs to get into photography, this is a good read. Also, in the end are three most important things to think of before getting into photography as a profession....and why i chose thsese guys as the cover for this post is inside...