The Mobile Portraiture of Shashank Shekhar

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All Images By Shashank Shekhar. Used with Permission.

Hailing from New Delhi India, Shashank Shekhar‘s portrait work is inspired by the images that he sees from around the world. “[After] graduation I began to take interest in the beautiful American, Indian and European Photography that I saw in fashion and travel magazines such as Vogue, lonely Planet, National geographic, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Femina.” he notes. Despite Shashank’s analogue beginnings, he mostly shoots with his smarthone these days.

Shekhar’s love of photography began during those critical developmental years of the mid-teens. Shekhar scrounged and saved his pocket money and eventually saved enough money to purchase a Yashica fixed focus reel camera. He would spend hours running around his home town of Ayodhya Village capturing the beauty within it, this grew his passion for photography, eventually leading him to study still photography and visual communication in Islamia. “What resonated with me the most in the experience, was how I learned to direct and communicate with my subjects.” Shekhar says of his experience in photography education.

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Cheap Photo: Improve Your Mobile Game With These Affordable Accessories

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Obviously we don’t recommend shooting your professional shoots with your phone, but there is no denying that at times, just using your phone for a shot is faster, easier and just better than lugging around a full camera setup. Keeping up on social media is a big part ot marketing your photography and being able to be creative with your phone images is key, so here are some great phone accessory deals to take your phoneographgy to another level.

  • Mpow MLens V1 Professional Clip-on Lens Kit – Save 17% – Deal
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Adobe Announces Major Updates to Lightroom on Android

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Today, Adobe has brought some new updates to the Lighroom Mobile app for Android users. The biggest: the Lightroom camera now lets you shoot in Adobe DNG RAW–then edit the RAW files right on your phone. In addition to this, you’ll get new presets, split toning, Point Curve Mode in Tone Curve which also gives access to the RGB curves, Dehaze, and the ability to tune the colors of a specific area.

Sounds pretty powerful, right? It surely is. When combined with Moment or Iris lenses, it’s bound to make your phone into an absolutely killer camera. At the same time though, let’s just hope it doesn’t completely fry your processor or murder your battery.

You can download Lightroom for free from the Google Play store right now. Sample images are after the jump.

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Pondering The Significance Behind a Photo Today

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Today, in 2016, million of images are taken each day and uploaded to the web. If millions are being taken, then let’s also consider how many just aren’t being uploaded. To that end, it’s quite valid to say that to most folks, photo aren’t really a crazy special thing. But you see, photography didn’t begin that way.

In fact, there’s a stark contrast between the photographic process today vs years ago.

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How Shooting with My Phone Made Me a Better Photographer

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It’s incredibly easy for every person that is seriously into photography to get all caught up on shutter speeds, apertures, ISOs, and stop worrying about the moment. but the truth is that all that just gets in the way of taking a good picture. While manual control can help you express your creative vision, using automatic cameras (like some of the very lo-fi options out there) and a phone have helped me over the years become a better photographer.

How is that possible, you ask? Because they helped me focus on the whole scene instead of trying to narrow in so much on just one area. On that same line of thought, they also made me just pay attention to everything in the frame so much more closely while the camera handled the exposure.

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Your Camera Isn’t as Important As You Think it Is

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In the past month, I’ve been answering questions from photographers looking to make a small upgrade in one way or another. In every conversation the names that constantly seem to be coming up are Sony, Fujifilm and Canon–with every single photographer suffering from some sort of Gear Acquisition Syndrome symptom. After carefully talking about things with each photographer, it eventually gets to the point where I make them realize something very big that at one point or another they tend to forget.

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The Camera is Becoming a Luxury Item

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For the past couple of years, overall camera sales have dropped. The drop started before the earthquakes and tsunamis in the Eastern parts of Asia that wrecked factories. For a while, cameras and lenses weren’t put out or announced. Then when new announcements finally came, sales went up again before slowing to a trickle.

The camera, the dedicated camera that is, has hit a point in society where it is a luxury item overall. Despite the economy looking a tad better, folks (we mean those nowhere as discerning as those with dedicated cameras) are very happy with the results that they get from their phones.

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Wired Shows You How to Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

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Wired recently created a video showing off how to take better photos with your smartphone–and on top of the list is using the VSCO app. But they also recommend using more manual controls from other camera apps. Of course, they also state that you should make good use of the sun and natural lighting.

Indeed, smartphones were long considered inferior by many photographers due to the lack of manual controls; but that’s changed. Additionally, some Android phones now shoot DNG raw images and Adobe Lightroom Mobile allows you to edit those RAWs with ease.

The video on how to take better photos with your smartphone is after the jump.

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