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Explored: Sasha and Rosanna Bell

Hello dear readers. Wassup with you all? We at shutterskills are having a rocking time and to make things more awesome for you, today we have an interview with the  two very famous and amazing people, Sasha Bell and Rosanna Bell. The Bell Sisters are not only awesome with the camera, but also are a pro at post processing the images and make them look more amazing. So without wasting much of our time, let’s jump in straight to what they have to say to us 🙂
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Hey! Sasha.. Tell us something about yourself

I’m English, I live in the country and I love beautiful and pretty things

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Why is Photography important to you?

Photography has helped appreciate the beauty in so many things

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Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?

My family

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Some information regarding the camera gear you use?

Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L

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Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and

expression in a picture?

No. I believe it’s something you can learn – talent has nothing to do with it. Talent (or otherwise called “gifted”) is the evidence of hard work

What do you enjoy most photographing?

Nature, portraits, animals and still life

In general, during a photo taking, how many pics would you say you take

to find “the right one”?

Average is about 5

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What’s your definition of a “pro photographer”?

Someone who can see photographs without having a camera to hand. Someone who
doesn’t need to take 1000’s of photos to get “the right one”, and someone
who knows how to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. I.e. too much
sunlight can become a bonus, not a problem

What is your favorite post-processing tool?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

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Many times, people are concerned more about Photoshopping rather than Photographing and tend to only appreciate/disapprove post processing. Your views?

I can’t really speak for anybody else, however I don’t have a strong feeling
either way

I’ve seen people commenting on some really great photographs like“I would’ve also taken that photograph very easily if only I had that expensive camera”. What’s your take on that? Does cost of the camera affect quality of photographs ?

Obviously if you have an expensive bag of kit you’re going to be better off.
But the difference between an aperture and a pro, is the pro photographer
will make the cheaper camera work at it’s optimum. The pro will make the
cheaper camera work to its 100% limit.

So the answer is, it’s more about the KNOW how, than the kit you buy.

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I’ve observed that the color Pink has a very strong influence on most of your photographs. Any special reason for the same?

Because I love the color. 🙂

Lastly, what advice would you like to give to all the Photography enthusiasts reading this right now?

Just do it. If you want to become a photographer and get really good, pick
up your camera and start snapping. I started a 365 project and it’s helped
me hugely, you’ll improve SO much if you pick up your camera and practice. I
think a 365 project is one of the best ways to do this! 🙂

You can get in touch with Sasha on Flickr

So, that was Sasha. And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have Rosanna Bell with us.

Rosanna Bell

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Hey! Rosanna.. Tell us something about yourself

I live in England and I absolutely love photography

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Why is Photography important to you?

I love creating and finding beautiful pictures in everyday settings. It helps me appreciate the beauty in things you wouldn’t normally notice

Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?

My parents

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Some information regarding the camera gear you use?

Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 and the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L

Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in a picture?

What is talent? I don’t think they don’t need to possess “talent”, they just need to practice and improve their skills. I think someone only gets good at something if they give it 100% focus and practice regularly – in my case with photography – daily

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What do you enjoy most photographing?

Anything beautiful – I mostly photograph nature, landscape, animals, still life and people

In general, during a photo taking, how many pics would you say you take to find “the right one”?

Between 10 – 20

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What’s your definition of a “pro photographer”?

Someone who is skilled and able to produce outstanding photographs

What is your favorite post-processing tool?

Lightroom

Many times, people are concerned more about Photoshopping rather than Photographing and tend to only appreciate/disapprove post processing. Your views?

I do what I feel is required to a picture but I always keep in mind what I took. For me there are no real rules, as long as the picture when finished is beautiful and pleasing to the eye

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I’ve seen people commenting on some really great photographs like“I would’ve also taken that photograph very easily if only I had that expensive camera”. What’s your take on that? Does cost of the camera affect quality of photographs?

Of course a great camera can help hugely but a great camera in an
inexperienced pair of hands cannot create a beautiful picture and so the reverse is also true. A great photographer can use a very simple camera and create beautiful photographs

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I’ve observed that the color Pink has a very strong influence on most of your photographs. Any special reason for the same?

It’s one of my favorite colors

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Lastly, what advice would you like to give to all the Photography enthusiasts reading this right now?

Work on your passion the more you work and practice the more you will improve and opportunities will open up to you

Get in touch with Rosanna on Flickr

PS: There is also an official website of Bell Sisters

Oscar

The 365 Photography Project by Oscar Navarro

Oscar Navarro is a diving instructor, electronic engineer and lover of nature who lives in Caracas, Venezuela.
I am so lucky to see his work of photography on facebook via my friend Agnes Novi.

He has this 365 Photography project that he posted mostly on posterous, and i know everyone can have this kind of project, but his work of photography is amazingly beautiful, from nature, people, statue to a staircase can be a magical photography by him.

So, here are some of his best and my favorites from his site :

My passion for photography comes from the first moment I saw things I could not describe with words, especially under water, then to see things trivial, had in mind just as display them differently, that’s the reason why I love photography. ~Oscar Navarro

For More Visit Oscar Navarro’s gallery: Flickr || Posterous || Blogspot

Connect with him : Twitter || Facebook|| Facebook Fan Page

Explored : Priya Prakash

Hey all ShutterSkills readers and photography enthusiasts out there. Thanks a lot for your amazing response to the explored section of ours where we showcase the works of every awesome artist we can possibly get our hands on. And this week, we have another amazing photographer with us who shares her vision, her style and her thoughts about photography and also gives us tips on how to become even better photographer.

So here we go, please welcome Priya Prakash ….

Hey Yo! Priya.. Tell us something about yourself.

I’m a 19 year old girl from Bangalore, India and currently pursuing a B.E. degree in Biotechnology. I am a curious person and like to stay constantly inspired.

Why is Photography important to you

Photography, for me, is about bringing a moment alive in the form of an image. It gives me an opportunity to capture what I saw and did, and show it to the world. It is important because it is a powerful way of communication.

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Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?

The fact that I could make simple things seem beautiful inspired me to start clicking. Through photography, I get to see new places in my city (which I never would have discovered otherwise) and meet different people from various walks of life.

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Some information regarding the camera gear you use?

I recently bought a Canon 1000D (with a 18-55mm kit lens and a 50mm f/1.8 II prime). Before this, I used a Sony Cybershot point and shoot camera.

Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in a picture?

Definitely. Anybody can buy a DSLR camera and become a “photographer”. But only a few can capture emotion and expression in a picture.

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What do you enjoy most photographing?

I enjoy take pictures of anything and everything that I find amusing, mostly – daily life, people and places. I wish to shoot more interesting people in the future.

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In general, during a photo taking, how many pics would you say you take to find “the right one”?

I shoot in the ‘burst’ mode every time. Once I see the images in large size on my computer, I decide which among the lot is “the right one” based on the composition, light and other factors.

What is your favorite post-processing tool?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.

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Many times, people are concerned more about Photoshopping rather than Photographing and tend to only appreciate/disapprove post processing. Your views?

According to me, enhancing the quality of an image by post processing is required to a certain limit, but should not cross the lines wherein, the concept of the picture is lost. But “photoshopping” definitely is NOT something that one needs to be concerned about. If the photograph is good, the processing will only make it better.

I’ve seen people commenting on some really great photographs like “I would’ve also taken that photograph very easily if only I had that expensive camera”. What’s your take on that? Does cost of the camera affect quality of photographs?

For some photographs, yes, it does. For example (going by your quote), I may want to take a long exposure shot, but I may not have the required equipment to do so. This depends on the kind of image that a person wants to capture. Coming to quality, better cameras do produce better quality pictures (for prints, etc).

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Our detectives have reported that you are also the editor of a super awesome photography magazine. How true is that?

It is true, yes. On August 2010, I launched the first issue of START magazine – an electronic zine showcasing the works of Young Indian Artists. Working on every edition gives me an opportunity to interact with visual artists from all over the country, which is a great experience as a whole. All the issues of START mag can be found here – http://issuu.com/startmag

Have you won any prizes/awards in Photography?

I have won a couple of prizes at the inter college fests (like Utsav ‘10 by BMSCE, etc) around the city. Other than that, a few online contests and recently, my photograph was chosen by The Akshaya Patra Foundation as a part of the “Click a smile” contest. I also got an opportunity to display the photograph at an exhibition organized by the Foundation.

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Phew! So many talents you got 😛 Is there another area of talent you wish to explore that you haven’t yet?

I want to do something about the “biotechnology” part of my education. But really, I want to travel the the world and take pictures.

Lastly, what advice would you like to give to all the Photography enthusiasts reading this right now?

Photography is different and unique to each one of us. Don’t compare your work with anyone else’s. Keep clicking as long as it makes ‘you’ happy.

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Thank you Priya, for being with us and sharing your thoughts 🙂

Thank You 🙂 You are so awesome, and you know that… (ok, ok, this line is edited :P)


Important information for stalkers

Priya is famous on flickr as “Purplebeats

Spams twitter in the name of @pricelessjunk

Also has a blog on Tumblr

Hates Facebook

Does an awesome podcast show at AudibleIndia

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Colour Story – Photography by Lisa Bettany

Lisa Bettany is a Canadian television and podcasting personality, professional photographer, media producer, and blogger based in Vancouver, BC.
Prior to working in media, Lisa had many adventures as a model, actress, competitive figure skater, musician & academic sort. She has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in linguistics.
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Explored: Abhinay Omkar

Hello Friends! We’re back with the most amazing section here that’s called EXPLORE, in which we bring the most amazing, awesome and talented photographers from all over the globe. We interview them, try to get their insights about photography as an art, get some tips and tricks for you and finally showcase some of their most amazing works with a link to them.

This week, we have Abhinay Omkar with us. He is another person whom I know having a quality called “freaking awesomeness” 😛 Jokes apart, Abhi is not only a very good friend of mine, but on the same hand he is an amazing photographer and that you’ll see below. So now it’s time to introduce you to the man himself!

Drum Rolls Please!! Presenting before your, Abhinay Omkar……….

Hi Abhi.. Can you tell us more about you?

Hi there! My name is Abhinay Omkar. I’m from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Currently working as a Software Developer in Bangalore, India. Programming and Photography are my true passions. I like travelling to new places. I started learning photography from 2008 year.

What inspires you to do photography?

Movies are great inspirational for me. Photostreams of my Flickr Contacts are truly inspirational and motivates me to do more. I got my first inspiration from my best friend – Vijay Bandari

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When did you decide to become a photographer or fall in love with the world of photography?

Right from the beginning when I started learning photography, I fell in love with it.

Tell us your first camera and the one that you use now

My first camera is my mobile (Nokia N95). I’m currently using Canon EOS 500D, bought it in 2009 that is 10 months back.

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Many people say that “If I would be having that million dollar SLR camera, I would also have shot those amazing pics”. What’s your take on that?

In my opinion it’s a wrong assumption. Some people feel shy shooting with the normal point & shoot camera, thinking that they should get a better camera. My suggestion is, they should keep practicing with the camera that they are currently using, keep practice with composing and framing. And they should learn how to play with the light.

So you are a Canon guy. What would you like to say on the never ending Canon vs Nikon debate?

I love photography more than my Camera. Some people start Canon vs Nikon debate just for fun. Both cameras do equally same.

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Have you taken any formal training in photography? Do you think it is important to have one?

No. I didn’t take any training in photography. But, I would suggest to attend photography workshops. If you would like to be a full-time photographer I’m sure there are lots of photography courses available.

How do you describe your photographic style?

I try to keep my photos as creative as possible. I follow Rule of third technique in most of my captures.

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Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven’t already?

Kerala is one of the most beautiful places in India. I would love to shoot the beautify of Kerala.

How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it? Which are your favorite digital manipulation softwares?

Using Digital Manipulation tools is fine as long as the photo looks Natural. I would always try to get the picture right on the camera first to avoid post-processing. For beginners, I would suggest to use post-processing tools sparingly and only if required.
My favorite digital manipulation tool is Adobe Lightroom. It’s just a great software to organize or develop my photos.

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Our detectives reported that you are also into web design. How true is that?

Yes, your detective report was right! 🙂

Any tips tricks or final words to budding photographers?

Just keep clicking. Get your photos to your computer screen, see how it looks. If you think, you can do better then try again. Practice Practice Practice!
I would suggest to keep watching movies. Movies can be your great source for your knowledge in photography. That’s how I learned. Some movies are inspirational in photography.
I would also suggest to join any local photography group (Flickr Group) and actively participate in any photowalks of the group, you may learn lot from the them.

PS: You can catch him up on Facebook || Flickr || Twitter