Understanding Camera RAW: A basic manual for beginners ( Free E-Book )

Here’s my first E-book “Understanding camera RAW: A basic manual for beginners” is available for Download. For past few years I am into photography. What started as a hobby has now become a passion. During all these times I learnt many things in photography for FREE. Now it’s my turn to give something back. Please check the below links to download the book in PDF format. The book is dedicated to my parents, friends and Chennai Weekend Clickers (CWC) Download Links: High Quality PDF – http://bit.ly/14dMeO8 (28 MB) Medium Quality PDF – http://bit.ly/10lCiii (3 MB) In case of any comments or suggestions (Good, bad…

Silver 2 Sensor : Episode 7 – calotypes

In the last episode we saw how daguerreotype process was famous for more than two decades and then brought down by the invention of the newly developed processes like calotype and tintype. In this episode, we are going to see about henry fox Talbot and his invention of calotype which paved way for the modern day film photography process. Henry fox Talbot was a British inventor and photographer who lived in the same era as of Louis Daguerre. Both worked tirelessly on their own photographic concepts and both got successful at the same point of time. But it took twenty…

Silver 2 Sensor : Episode 6 – Rise and Fall of Daguerreotypes

In the last episode, we saw how Louis Daguerre took pain to invent world’s first commercial black and white processing technique how it’s been given to the public for free. In this episode we will see the developments in the Daguerreotype era, and how this paved way for future of film photography. August 1839, Daguerreotype process was released to the public by Louis Daguerre in exchange for a life time pension from the government. But the government told that people should get a license to use the process in order to use the process. Seeing the potential of the process…

Silver 2 Sensor : Episode 5 ( Dream of Daguerre )

In the last episode, we saw about how Niépce and Daguerre used various techniques like heliography and physautotype to process the images and to make them permanent. We also saw that after the death of Niépce , Daguerre continued working and found out a new method to process black and white photographs. He named it as “Daguerreotype”. Daguerreotype is the first commercially successful photographic process. In the 1830’s he found out that copper plates with iodized silver coating will serve as a good base for capturing the images. When he was working further to develop the concept , he accidentally broke…

Silver 2 Sensor : Episode 4 ( View from the Window at Le Gras )

In the last episode, we saw how the idea of capturing images permanently, entered into the mind of Thomas Wedgwood when he was looking for a good teaching medium for children. During some unsuccessful attempts to make images using silver salts, he met Humphry Davy, a chemist who had a good knowledge in the use of silver salts. Soon they started working on scientific paper which featured the mechanism of how to use silver salts to copy images of paintings on glass. They completed the paper in the year 1802 and Humphry Davy mailed it to the journal of the…

Silver 2 Sensor : Episode 3 ( The Tiphaigne conception )

In the Last episode , we saw how 14th century had brought a revolution with the invention of Lens , diaphragm and photochemicals like silver nitrate and silver chloride. But we haven’t discussed what photochemicals are and what photochemical effect is. In 1694, William Homberg explained that some chemical compounds get darkened when they are exposed to light. This is called photochemical effect. The amount of darkening may vary in accordance with the intensity of the light that is falling on it. But as I said earlier, after the 14th century photography hasn’t seen much of a development for a…

Silver 2 Sensor : Episode 2 ( Getting ready for a Revolution )

In the last episode of “Silver 2 Sensor (S2S)”, we saw how great minds of the past have developed the concept of Camera obscura (“Dark Chamber” in Latin) and used it efficiently in the field of astronomy and Art. During the start of 11th century, Silver nitrate (an important ingredient of film technology) was discovered by Albertus Magnus, a catholic saint and bishop. He was referred to as one of the greatest philosopher of the Middle Ages. He was also known popularly as “Doctor of the Church” ( only 35 of them have been named so far ). But it…

Silver 2 Sensor : Episode 1 ( Camera obscura )

Everyone is interested in photography. Here everyone means most of us are interested to either look at pictures or click them. Because, it serves as a unique medium that links art and science which helps us to  create and document a moment for a lifetime or more.  As soon as you get a digital camera or a DSLR what is the first thing you Google? It will be usually, how to get best images with digital camera, How to get sharp images or best settings for your camera model or a unboxing or review video of your camera on YouTube.…

10 Quotes by Ansel Adams about photography

Ansel Adams is one of the pioneers in the field of Photography during its initial stages ( beginning of 20th century) . He is well known for his Black and white photographs especially in Yosemite National Park . During his period and after him  , a lot of his quotes were circulating among photographers and readers. Whenever you type top 10 photography Quotes , you will find at least one quote by Ansel Adams. So i thought of making a small compilation of all the famous quotes made by Ansel Adams. “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring…

Photography – Beyond Hobby

I don’t have the expertise and knowledge to say I am a photographer. I am still a student who is in his learning curve to be a photographer. But lately I am seeing a lot of people coming into photography and uploading pictures on facebook. The stress filled environment, lonliness and lack of creative oppurtunitites is pushing more number of people into making short films , photography and lot more. It all becomes possible after the birth of the digital age. Everything from making a movie to creating your own photo documentary completely lies within the reach of our hand.…