SIGMA 50MM FOR SONY E-MOUNT

I started using Sony mirrorless cameras when we didn’t even have lenses from Carl Zeiss Batis. I’m talking around 4 years back when I decided to move from Nikon and its been quite a journey with Sony Cameras.
Anyhow, now we almost have all the lenses available for Sony E-Mount but today I’m not talking about Sony Lenses.
I’m talking about one of the most famous lenses from Sigma Art 50mm f1.4

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Earlier I tested 35mm f1.4 Art from Sigma, this was my second lens I tested for sigma and I need to agree this lens has some ability. Why I say that is because the lens actually works really well without any focusing issues, and agrees to use all the ability available in Sony cameras. I don’t want to get technical with specs and all the other jazz cause you all must have already checked it out on all the other vlogs and blogs. I’m here to show what I could click with this lens and my experience.


Some random images I shot of the River while the sun light was falling onto the water, shot on the wide open to see what kind of bokeh we can create. I would give 8/10 cause I see a little chromatic aberration on the bokeh.


This image below I had little trouble to focus on the subject since I was trying to take a silhouette shot but I wouldn’t mind cause every other lens has that kind of issues.


This is one of the images I shot at a wedding recently where I was shooting through a transparent glass. I was surprised, It did a pretty good job on focusing.

This is one of the images I shot at a wedding recently where I was shooting through a transparent glass. I was surprised, It did a pretty good job on focusing.

1st image I had trouble to focus even though I had my single auto focus point on the Female Subject but it still kept focusing the Male Subject so I ended up shooting on Manual Focus. 2nd shot took no time and focused right away.


I met this cute girl at a wedding. I convinced her parents to let me shoot her. She had no experience of posing and getting a shoot done. It’s a task to capture such moment when focusing and getting the right expression is very important there is a long story behind these images but my lens needed to be ready to get the right shot on the right time sigma didn’t fail there which is extreme happiness for me.


We were shooting some products around the water side, I asked my fellow photographer friend to pose for me cause I wanted to see how it focuses while the person is wearing a glasses. You can take a look.


She was chilling at the location where I asked her to be in the moment but she got little conscious I still got one shot. If you’re being little candid about your images. It’s quite fast.

She was chilling at the location where I asked her to be in the moment but she got little conscious I still got one shot. If you’re being little candid about your images. It’s quite fast.


I also got some of my self images shot with this lens. Looks good to me.

I’m pretty happy with the lens what I don’t like about this lens is its too huge for 50mm but if you don’t care about the size and weight this lens should be there in your bag pack without any second thoughts. Its priced reasonable for f1.4.

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LOVE STORY WHICH STARTED ON 5TH DECEMBER!

I’ve never really made any blog on weddings but today is the day when I write a small blog and share few images from the wedding of my friend who recently got married to love of his life.

I wasn’t hired to shoot the wedding its just that as a photographer if you get to see the moment you can’t really control and end up shooting. Thats what happened, most of the time I was not even carrying my camera and when I saw the moment I ended up taking the camera from the photographer Abhinash and shot these images.

I must tell you this was one of the first weddings I’ve attended in my friend circle and indeed was the adventures one which took place in some corner of Rishikesh where you have no network or wifi so its like you’re totally disconnected from the world of social media for next few days. I love such wedding.

This love story started 3 years back on 5th December and this couple decided 1 month ago to get married on 5th December of 2018! Impromptu right ?? Okay! Now have a look at the images.

Groom is Anil Agarwal & Bride is Deepali Sharma Agarwal now
Anil is an amazing Film Maker you’ll ever come across and deepali is a beautiful soul. I haven’t really spoken to her much but she’s beautiful from her heart is all I know :)

Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art for Sony E-Mount

I’ve been using Sony Mirrorless cameras for last 3 years and initially when I purchased the E-Mount body we didn’t really have any other options but buy the patent lenses from Sony but now the time has changed and finally sigma has announced lenses for Sony E-Mount camera. 

I happened to test Sigma Art 35mm f1.4
Firstly let me start with a Built Quality as it is same as Nikon & Canon Sigma Art Lenses. This is the first time I’ve ever used a sigma art lens and when I compare the sigma lens with any other third party brands, sigma is built very well. Has a nice body with auto on/off switch and lovey hood.

Source: Adorama

Source: Adorama

Autofocus:
I wasn’t really expecting much since in the past all the brands have failed on auto focusing lens for Sony E-Mount. Not to forget there are few features like Eye auto focus which was not available while we were using third party lenses with the adaptors on. But this lens has completely surprised me with the Auto Focus in a decent distance.

This image was shot in a Natural light where I had just 2 mins to make few images.

This image was shot in a Natural light where I had just 2 mins to make few images.

I shot few images early in morning against the sun to see what it could do. I didn’t want to edit these images so that you all could have a look at the output directly from the camera.

I also gave a shot to this lens in my commercial shoot for a jewellery brand where I was using 3 Light Setup.

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How about the Bokeh?
Everyone knows about the bokeh you can achieve with this lens so instead I created few images where you could not just see the bokeh but also understand how this lens could perform even when the subject is moving and keep the image sharp & intact.

Overall View
When you start to compare this lens with any other lens I’m very excited that sigma is finally in the game. It’s pretty cool to have a fast aperture lens in such an amazing price range which is very affordable to those who needs a fast lens but doesn’t want to invest a lot on the lenses. Colors are great, edges are sharp, less distortion, Little heaver than the Sony 35mm f1.4 but you shouldn't mind the weight when the lens is half the price. It is a great lens for all the portrait shooter & wedding photographers.

That’s all for today. Thank you :)

INDIAN FUSION

It is always fun to mix up your Tradition with western spice. I had to the opportunity to have Shalini Vadnikatti in this shoot. She had the perfect face for what I was planning and such an amazing soul for coming out of her comfort zone, giving her best. 

This shoot turned out to be even more special cause a friend of mine owns this beautiful cafe called Nirvana Bistro in Hyderabad who was willing to give me their space for this shoot. They have this crazy concept of letting you play whatever music you want, you have a projector to play your own Netflix or Prime videos, Food part is special cause it's literally like home food and if you have a nice recipe please go ahead and give it to them they 'll have it on their menu. 

I happened to get my hands on Profoto A1 so decided to make a use of these beauties in my shoot. Please look at the output for yourself. 

I'm attaching few Light Setups for you all to get an idea how lights were placed. 

This shoot wouldnt have been possible with this amazing team I had back in Hyderabad!
Styling: Shilpageethastyles 
Makeup Artist: Hurmat Klair
Hair: Satya Rachamalla
Assisted by: Pranil Chintewar & Ankit Thota
Designer: Mamatha Tulluri

Hope you all liked this series.
Thank You!

MAZE OF CURIOSITY

*MAZE OF CURIOSITY*
You’re scared what will people think of you cause you’re not sure about how you look or appear. That’s not people’s problem but yours. Fear of acceptance is the most horrible thing you’ll go through. It’s a maze where people are very curious to know what happened and what you’re going through. Stop caring, look beautiful for your self.

This project is very dear to my heart and It was one of the quickest shoots of all time. I had an idea and I knew exactly what I needed from my makeup artist and my model. 

Here is the Light Setup I used:

Here is Light Setup I used. Basic 2 Light Setup with one Silver & Golden Reflector. 

Here is Light Setup I used. Basic 2 Light Setup with one Silver & Golden Reflector. 

Model: @olgasimanovich 
MUA & Hair: @khushbusoni06 
Assisted by: @vaibhavdpandey 
Agency: @blumodelmanagement
Magazine: @7huesmag

Link to buy the Magazine: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1479566

Gear:
Sony A7RIII
SONY 90MM F2.8 MACRO
PROFOTO B1
BEAUTY DISH
PROFOTO OCF 2X3 SOFTBOX

Thank you so much for having a look.

HOW TO SHOOT ON NATURAL LIGHT - STREETS OF DELHI

Hello Guys!
I'm sorry I didn't want to stack EXIF data with the images for this series cause I wanted you all to read this blog.

Anyhow, I'm amazed by everyone appreciating this initiative. I'm going to stack light setup for sure and try my best to help you. 

I like to shoot on streets and I love to work with different people who don't belong to the industry I'm tied up with. It's an amazing experience and its challenging for the subject and the photographer, both! that makes it even more interesting, cause now we are talking something else altogether. 
I happened to get in touch with a friend in #Delhi ESHNA KUTTY she was very much interested to shoot with me & try something new, she also got this brand on board called मैं (hindi: i am)

Me & Eshna went all around delhi travelling in auto, metro, cabs to shoot every place we coud cover. It was an intresting shoot. By this blog all I mean to say is try something new all the time don't stick to same genre and create same images. You have got to try your hands on Commercial, Editorials, Street Style, Personal Content, Beauty, Documentry, Landscape, ofcourse Fineart and many more. 

This whole photoshoot was shot in Natural Light. All I want to let you all know that better understanding of natural light can make your life easy. I used only those spaces where I found the perfect natural light to shoot my images. If you see my images has sun in the background but still have a nice fill light on the subject's face. Choosing the perfect area for the shot. 

Hope you all liked my blog. 

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PUNKED UP

PUNKED UP!

This is my latest editorial got featured in @elegantmagazine thanks to the team in #Hyderabad for putting up this great editorial!

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Model: @apoorva_srinivasan 
Styled: @makeupbyamisha 
MUA: @makeupbyamisha 
Digitec: @rohan.foto 
Assisted by: @pranil_chintewar

Smartphone Photography

SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Our generation is always asking for more. Technology has gone to another level where we have Drone flying in the sky and clicking what we see from through its eyes. If I think of it, when they launched cell phone it was just for calling and messaging and few games like snakes. We never asked for cameras, internet, wifi, video calls, WhatsApp, iMessage or anything. They gave us more comfort, asked us to chill relax - everything should be given even if you didn't want it. 

But hey, its easy to criticize! What they have made is beautiful, your life is much faster, you can finish all work within no time. Life is confusing but still so damn easy. Well, I just wanted to let these creators know that I'm proud of them and I love you guys what you all keep creating every single day. Hats Off! 

Smartphone Photography

I somehow get to learn a lot just by shooting regularly on my smartphone. I'll tell you how?
I don't really want to carry my Camera everywhere but I can always carry my smartphone - its SMART, you remember? There is a portrait mode which lets me click as if I'm shooting on bloody 50mm 1.8. There are applications like Snapseed which makes your life more easy cause it has everything you need to do a professional editing. Its small you can shoot whatever you want and nobody point a finger. You can put it in those places where you cant fix your cameras? Well, may be! All what I'm trying to say is, it teaches me more, gives me better ideas of angle, better understand about framing and this education I use when I'm doing my professional shoots. NO BIGGIE! 

Well here are some images from my recent tour to #Kasol with my iPhone! 

Please let me know how you like these images. Thank you

EXPLORE | AKSHAY YADAV | FOOTBALL FREESTYLE

EXPLORE

Every single day I try to learn something. I make it a point that I explore something new. It is more like a challenge to my self I can't sleep without learning something. My close ones, they always ask me this question 'why do you keep your laptop on while you're sleeping" the truth is I keep it on so that I can learn something new by watching anything on youtube or other websites. 

I like to meet new people that's cause they are going to educate me on something new for sure. Yes, I end up meeting very boring people and sometimes very hyperactive but even they have something new to tell you. The reason, why I talk about this today is cause recently I've met few people who have no idea where they are going and they think life has come to end. They are clueless and since they are aged 25 by now they should be settled but the fact is none of us are settled, I am still confused about what I really want to do in life? I'm just exploring. I do not want to waste my time and later say SHIT! I should've tried that. I take my ass and camera every single place and give it a shot. All I want you all to know - it is easy and it is going to be easiest, all you need to do is practice more and more.

Here is the video I made with a friend of mine Akshay Yadav he's an artist and this guy inspires me every single time. 

CHAPLIN IN A NEW ERA

CHAPLIN IN A NEW ERA

Chaplin in a new era! 
This concept was in my mind for quite some time where we find a woman in the form of Chaplin and @kat.kristian our model was very much up for this editorial with all positive vibes. She’s just too stunning you must check her out. 

Please take a look at the images.

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Styled by: @khushikarwa54 
MUA: @khushisoni.khushbu 
Assisted by: @arroon.nair @nikhilmore77 
Magazine: @elegantmagazine
Magazine could be purchased here: Fashion #9 (November 2017)
Thanks for taking a look. 

TALK WHICH MIGHT MAKE SENSE TO ALL THE ARTISTS!

When winter got Goofy

Most of the time people think my production is big. I've lots of assistants, I've all the ease possible to do a great shoot outdoor with all the permission but you know what? It's not easy I don't get permissions all the time. I'm as scared as each one of you while I'm shooting outdoor with models but I keep my mind straight and shoot thinking if somebody comes we will see them. 

You should know or maybe you'll learn by the time passes when you experience situations. I end up bribing these cops or may talk to them in the sweetest tone, or sometimes just run away. 

This particular shoot was not my concept. I shot this one for a friend I recently met. Finished this shoot in 2 hours - 2 lenses, 1 Camera & 1 Light. This time I didn't even have an assistant since it was last minute shoot. 

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When you're trying to shoot with somebody who you've never spoken to its going to be tough. You need to win their trust and try to make them pose, and when the whole team is new. Everybody is talking & suggesting poses to the model while you're shooting and that pisses you off. Always remember you as a photographer:

  • You're the boss. 
  • Nobody should be taking over. 
  • If you're shooting ask everyone to shut up. 
  • Win the trust of the model. 
  • HAVE A CONNECTION WITH THE MODEL WHILE YOU'RE SHOOTING.
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I go with any colors and I don't think much while I'm shooting or editing. I just go with the flow I really don't care if people will like my work or somebody will criticise. Its simple I'm here to explore new things and I want to show my bad and great work altogether. I'm not looking for appreciation, I just want to keep trying new things. I cant stick to same things. I would like to change my style every single day, explore new ideas, meet new people and inspire my work as much as possible. 

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As an artist, it is very important for you to be to open to any kind ideas, you cannot stick to the same thing forever, limiting your self cause you can't do it? THAT'S A BAD IDEA! I push my self every single day to do something new if I'm not able to do something new I take a break for few days and get my ass back to where I belong. No profession is easy, no job is easy, no business is going to make your life easy. It's all about what you think about your work, about how much you love doing it, about what makes you the happiest? 

DON'T RUN BEHIND SUCCESS. You'll eventually get there.    

Wild & Free - Editorial Feature

WILD & FREE

We all have it in us. We all are wild and free. We get wild after the breakups, we get free after the first family fights, we get stronger after the first loss. Experience in life teaches us lessons and we have to go on forward with that. If you were wondering all the wrong things are happening to you, you've mistaken cause your issues are very small compared to others. 

Everybody works hard and when you meet that somebody thats who they are. It has taken the great amount of time to experience, for who they are.

Work hard and don't lose hope. Believe it or not, while we were on our way it started raining heavily and shooting in that kind rain was impossible but "belief " that it should stop raining we drove down around 50kms from Mumbai. My assistant Arroon Nair rode down in that rain cause we didn't have space in the car. After reaching the location we realize rain is not going to stop. We have to look for the places in that location where we could shoot, we got lucky when it was just drizlling and came up with this SERIES.

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TEAM CREDITS
PHOTOGRAPHER & RETOUCHER: SHREYANS DUNGARWAL

MODEL: OLLY ESSE
STYLIST: KHUSHI KARWA
MUA: NIKANKSHA MEHETA

HAIR: KHUSHBU SONI
ASSISTED BY: ARROON NAIR
MAGAZINE: 7HUESMAG 


Thank you.


 




 

Modern Spouse - Webitorial in 7huesMag

MODERN SPOUSE

We all know in the 21st century none of us are here to sacrifice, you've got to deal with everything or maybe come to an understanding. Its tough but when you plan to get married - that means you're ready to sacrifice a lot of things. It tough for women and men both but women have got to leave her house, her parents, pets, siblings etc.

And believe it or not, it is the same story all around the world, in any culture. What we watch in movies and TV series that is not the real story. So this idea was in my mind for quite some time where I could show how women of our generation are changing where they are carefree, wild, and mad. They aren't looking pretty for those 10,000 men out there they look pretty for themselves. 

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Team Credits
Model: Akshara Raj Singh
MUA: Amisha Jain
Styling & Wardrobe: Amisha Jain
Assisted by: Pranil & Ankit
Photographer: Shreyans Dungarwal

Want to see the Webitorial: 7HuesMag - Modern Spouse

Please do comment and like this post. Thank You! 

Secret in Me

It is quite difficult and as a fashion and a commercial photographer, it is important for you to work for free. Guys trust me it's NOT! I've made those mistakes and I still do free shoots but only if I really want to work with them. There are many things to add onto that but keeping that aside. Here is my first editorial shoot: Watch the BTS VIDEO

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Here are the pictures. Hope you'll like my feature. 

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Team Credits:
Photographer/Retoucher: Shreyans Dungarwal 
Wardrobe Stylist: Khushi Karwa
Makeup/Hair: Khushbu Soni 
Model: Jana Galley
Agency: Mezora Talents
Assistants: Arroon Nair | Vaibhav Pandey 
Magazine: 7huesmag
Buy a Print: 7Hues Issue #21 - Fall II 2017 - Cover I

Please do leave your comments. Thank You :) 

In the Metro City - Editorial featured in 7huesmag

I've recently got into Editorial Photography. This is my second feature in a magazine which is quite exciting. All thanks to my friend Rutvik Katuri for getting me into editorials. 

Editorial has a different fun all together where you need to plan tons of things before you even start shooting. You need a great production house for your self! As in, a great stylist to arrange for the right outfit for your shoot, perfect makeup artist who understands your work and also listens to everything that you need in that look, right assistants who're there to look after the lights & also handle the crowd while you're shooting outdoors. 

Last but not the least "PERFECT MODEL" - you have a particular concept and not every face would look right for your shoot. You also need to follow the theme of the Magazines to get your work selected. I wouldn't explain you much at the moment just trying to give you'll a little glance about the editorials.

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In the Metro City

Team Credits:
Photographer/Retoucher: Shreyans Dungarwal
Wardrobe Stylist: Khushboo Karwa 
Makeup/Hair: Nikanksha Mehta 
Model: Lydia Haddad
Agency: Mezora Talents
Assistants: Arroon Nair
Store: Fuzion, Andheri East, Mumbai
Buy the Magazine here: 7Hues Issue #22, Vol 1. - October 2017

Hope you'll liked these images. Thanks to 7huesmag for selecting my work. 

You'll Shine - Motivational View

Recently I was traveling around Maharashtra for 5 days. I happen to shoot a lot of landscape videos and photos. This video has been on the list for a very long time. Finally, I could get some. time to shoot and edit. The reason, why I love traveling, is that it inspires me the most. Keeps me rolling let me think right. I try not to lose my patience, I really try hard to not to abuse people. But we all are humans and we end up losing our shit sometimes. Here is the video which might give you little inspiration.

Please watch the video below and read everything that I've written 


Here are some pictures from my trip. Let me know how you like them.

All the best! If there is any question you have please feel free to ask. 
Thank You :) 

Jazz Hours by Happy Hours Dance Place

Jazz Hours by Happy Hours Dance Place

Dance workshop hosted by Harsha Maheshwari aka Komet in Hyderabad. 


All these while I've been doing slow motion video with slow songs last night I decided to make a video on 25fps and use a slow song to create a story. Let me know how you all link this video. 

I shot this video on 4k and edited on my MacBook pro 15" 2015-16 model. It's not tough to shoot and edit on 4k you have got to give a chance. 

Gear:
Sony a7rii
Sony 85mm f1.4 GM
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
Sony 70-200 f2.8 GM
PS_Shot this video hand held ;)

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Mobile Photography

Hey hey hey! What's happening? 
They always ask me which camera do you use, is it "Canon Mark III"? well firstly I would like to let you all know that now we have Mark IV in market so you might want to update your knowledge, and I use anything and every thing which can take pictures for me cause you know what I don't depend on the equipments I believe in my self, I know i can create fantastic images with any camera or lets say any "phone"

This blog is dedicated to all of them who would want to do phone photography but not sure how to do it. Well guys its easy, trust me it is the "easiest thing ever". We all have smartphones, right? well if you don't then I'm really sorry I cant buy you one. Anyhow, Here are some tips, might be helpful for you all. 

Grid Mode - Rule of third
  • Shoot on Grid Mode on (Rule of third)
    1. Go to your mobile's Camera setting - look for grid mode if you dont find please youtube about how to switch on grid mode on your mobile phone.

    2. Try and research about Rule of Third. You'll will have better understanding. 

  • Understanding Natural Lighting (Ambient Light)
    1. Try to shoot outdoor when there is a good light.

    2. You could experiment low light on your phone once you get better. 
  • Subject & Background
    1. You ll have to understand what background will suit your subject.

    2. Not every images will look beautiful till you flavour it with a great and suitable background.

 

  • Color Wheel (Color Theory)
Color Theory
SNAPSEED
  • Postproduction
    1. Editing your image is very important and we have few applications which does really good job. My Favourite is SNAPSEED.  

    2. You can enhance your images, play with exposure, contrast, crop, transform any thing and every possible, in this application. 

    3. You ll find this application free on App store in iOS or Play Store in android. 



     


Here are some images I've clicked on my smart phone:

Check how I edited the image on Snapseed.
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Hope this blog was useful for all of you. Thank you!