Looking Back at August 2014 || a Month of Experimentation and Sustenance

Without history, our existence is meaningless. If there were no documented accounts, no memory, the concept of evolution wouldn't have existed, and we would be caught in an endless loop of performing tasks without actually ever learning anything. Literally living one day at a time. A concept that sounds nice, but practically would reduce us to the lowest levels of existence possible. We need to thank our ancestors who invented the practice of documentation, starting from the earliest cave painters. Before photography was invented, drawing and painting were the only way to represent an event in a visual form. 

Today, such a world seems difficult to comprehend, but barely a couple of centuries ago, it was a reality. Today, everyone is a photographer and the sheer numbers of photographs being clicked in a day surpasses imagination. So to a large extent, all of us are responsible for documenting history for our future generations. 
Aditya Arya at his India Photo Archives Foundation.
Some, such as the highly respected photographer Aditya Arya, are operating at a completely different level, but the rest of us lesser mortals can play important roles too. There are certain best practices for this too. Here are some I can think of: 

  1. Be authentic, be real
    Unless you are aiming for creative shots, try that your shots show the reality. Keep the editing to a minimum. If the colours of a building are dull, saturating them will only distort the reality and present a false pictures. So try to show things as they are, rather than how you wish they were.
  2. Tell the story
    Frame the shot in such a way that it captures the context along with the subject, and tells a true story from an unbiased point of view.

    For examples, this picture doesn't tell the whole story:


    but this does:
    And you know which one of the two is the winner.
  3. Keep it classy
    Even when photographing the most disturbing scene, make sure you respect the dignity of your subject. Especially for subjects in deprived conditions, make sure you do not photograph them nude or vulnerable. It is most insensitive.
  4. Be courteous
    Wherever possible, ask the subject for permission, especially if the subject is the hero of your photograph. Snapping away at random people without informing them is blatant invasion of their privacy and some day you may have a particularly angry subject socking you in the face and stomping your camera to little, tiny pieces. So this one is for your own safety as much as for their's.  
We are sure there are these and many more guidelines a documentation photographer should worry about. We are sure you will have some points to add to the list too. Do leave a comment for everyone's benefit. We will be ever grateful. 

Looking back at August 2014, the month was about sustaining our existing practices along with experimenting with new ideas. It was about classic photo journeys as much as it was about photography and photo editing techniques.

We continued our journey through the hauntingly beautiful valleys of North of Wales. This time we traveled through the timeless Snowdonia National Park, and we also relived our walks through the Delhi Zoo with our Adobe Friends. We went for an aerial tour of the Chausath Yamini Temple, Suhania Kakanmath Temple and the Bateshwar Group of Temples in the Morena Region of Madhya Pradesh.




August also saw Travelling Camera at The Hungry Monkey witnessing a Theatre of Cocktails, a show worth watching especially if you like a nice drink with your food.


One of PHOTO JOURNEY made us compile a list of weekend destinations around Chandigarh . If you would like to see similar lists for other destinations, send your suggestions to us through the comments section of contact-us form on right side panel.

There is something special for Twitter users. If you have missed the post on creating a interesting background for your Twitter account, then check this and make one for your own profile.

And to conclude, here are some stats that we will aim to beat next month:


Total number of stories in July 2014: 30
Total number of page views till date: 22,55,000 +
Total number of page views in July 2014: 75000 +

Non-Destructive Editing with Simple and Powerful Adjustment Layers of Adobe Photoshop Elements

Adjustment layers non-destructive way of working with the layers underneath. Once we have an adjustment layer, we can pretty much specify where the effect occurs by painting in that layer with the paint brush tool. These special types of layers are very simple to use and powerful in enhancing photographs.

Adjustment layers non-destructive way of working with the layers underneath. Once we have an adjustment layer, we can pretty much specify where the effect occurs by painting in that layer with the paint brush tool. These special types of layers are very simple to use and powerful in enhancing photographsAbove image shows a photograph on which two Adjustment Layers are applied. Top two Layer names shows what exactly is happening to original Photograph. Levels and Brightness/Contrast Adjustments are applied on top of original photograph. In case we don't want any of these effects, just uncheck the layers.Here are few options available as Adjustment Layers -Levels actually correct tonal values in the imageBrightness/Contrast lightens or darkens the image to get appropriate contrast in original photograph.Hue/Saturation adjusts colors in the image to get different shades and intensity of colorsGradient Map maps pixels to the color in the selected gradientPhoto Filter adjusts the color balance and color temperature of the imageInvert produces a photo negative effect by creating a negative based on the brightness values of the imagThreshold renders the image in monochrome with no gray, so that you can locate the lightest and darkest areasPosterize gives a flat, poster-like appearance to a photo by reducing the number of brightness values (levels) in the image, thus reducing the number of colorsOverall beauty of Adjustment Layers is Power with Simplicity of Non-Destructive enhancements !!!

How to get Canvas type texture in your photographs


This is one of the recent query we noticed on Forums and thought of sharing a step by step guideline to get Canvas Texture in your photographs. 

This is one of the recent query we noticed on Adobe Forums and thought of sharing a step by step guideline to get Canvas Texture in your photographs. In Adobe Photoshop Elements, there are different types of textures we can add and whole process is quite easy. Let's check out these simple steps to get Canvas-texture on your Photographs..1. Just grab the photograph which you want to texturize with Canvas effect. Go to File Menu and Open your photograph in Editor workspace of Adobe Photoshop Elements. Your workspace should look like following 2. Now go to Filter Menu and under 'Texture' Menu, select 'Texturize' sub-menu. So just have a look at image below to know the flow of clicks you have to follow.3. Following dialog will be shown to you.4. In above dialog, select 'Canvas' option on left dropdown. Now you have three options to play with. So just experiment with 'Scaling', 'Relief' and 'Light'. Changes in 'Light' adds wonderful impact to the kind of texture we get in final photograph. Scaling and relief impact overall styling & flow of this texture, including scale. So just experiment and get the one which suites you.

In Adobe Photoshop Elements, there are different types of textures we can add and whole process is quite easy. Let's check out these simple steps to get Canvas-texture on your Photographs...

The untamed North of Wales || Where nature stakes its claim

Rivers breaking out from where you would least expect, water falls that are calmer than the rivers themselves. Hills that sit desolate, treeless yet green as if waiting with baited breath for some monster to surface from the depths of the seemingly calm lake that lies on their feet. This is what Snowdonia National Park is the best at. Each step you take here has the power to surprise you, and at each turn you make a new discovery. Gnarled oaks and birches bend down to touch the ground or may be to reach out to the running water below, to feel that sense of eternity that a river usually fills your heart with. Because this is what this entire landscape is, eternal. A sense of forever fills your heart as you roam around these lonely hills. You know that centuries and even eras will come and go, but this landscape will still be here, the same, unaffected, unmoved by any of our day to day sufferings. Moving through Snowdonia in a bus is tougher because you want to stop an take a walk every few minutes. Staying trapped inside is torturous, especially considering the wild, untamed landcape outside. Your spirit wants to be set free, to soar above these hills, amongst which stands hidden the massive mountain called Snowdon.The water reflects the world in its untarnished, sparkling beauty. And you suddenly discover the true meaning of being one with nature. It is nature whose spirit keeps your body alive. You know that once you shed your city mask, you, yourself, are nature. When you turn away from this landscape and move back to your day-to-day madness, you know it isn't really Goodbye. These mountains, once you have known them, will stay with you forever. Someday, when you sit real quiet, you will may be hear the sound of the wind rustling through the grass and water and a haunting cry calling you back to where you were one with nature, one with yourself.
Rivers breaking out from where you would least expect, water falls that are calmer than the rivers themselves. Hills that sit desolate, treeless yet green as if waiting with baited breath for some monster to surface from the depths of the seemingly calm lake that lies on their feet. This is what Snowdonia National Park is the best at.

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