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INDIAS NUMBER 1 IMAGING MAGAZINE!ISSUE 9VOLUME 08DECEMBER 2012 SUBSCRIBERS COPYRS.100LEARNINGS BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND PROJECT:TABLE TOP PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOUR OFFICE SILVER EFEX PRO 2 PHOTOSHOPS HIDDEN GEM - PIXEL BENDER BLACK & WHITE CONVERSION GIVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY A TILT!ALSO REVIEWEDOLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60MM F/2.8 MACROPORTRAIT PROFESSIONAL STUDIOMASTERCRAFTSMANShibu Arakkal ART & SOULREVIEWED: PANASONIC LUMIX GH3 PANASONIC LUMIX FZ200 NIKON COOLPIX S800C SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-S5000ISSUE9|VOLUME08|DECEMBER201293AALLSSO RRRRRREEEEVVVIEW WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD AL ALSO SO RREVIEWED EVIEWEDOOOLYMMPPUUS OOLYM LYMPPUS US MMM. UU K .ZUIK .ZUIKO O KO D DDDIIIGGG TALL EE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD M / DDIGITAL IGITAL ED ED 60MM F/2.8 60MM F/2.8 MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMACR ACROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPO PORTRAIT RTRAIT PPRROOFFEESSI SSIOONAL NAL SSTU TUDDIIOOLEARNINGS BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND PROJECT:TABLE TOP PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOUR OFFICE SILVER EFEX PRO 2 PHOTOSHOPS HIDDEN GEM - PIXEL BENDER BLACK & WHITE CONVERSION GIVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY A TILT!MASTERCRAFTSMANShibu Arakkal ART & SOULAWARDS2013ANDComing Soon...In JanuaryWelcomeAs 2012 draws to a close, let us look back at the technologies/trends that emerged in the year as these are likely to shape the future.1. It looks as if the majors are marching back to 35mm i.e. full frame sensors. At least 5 such D-SLRs were launched during the year. Tey are also making their D-SLRs smaller and lighter.2. Convergence between phones and cameras is being taken to a new level. More and more cameras feature built-in Wi-Fi and Nikons Coolpix S800C even runs Googles Android operating system.3. Te quality of video available from still cameras is steadily improving to the level where you can shoot 1920 x 1080 p video and send it straight away to YouTube.4. Smaller and lighter mirrorless cameras are steadily increasing market share. And if you thought smaller sensors were no good, just see the review of the Lumix GH3 in this issue.5. Te cheap compact (under 8 MP, currently) is almost history, unable to face the on-slaught from Smartphones. High quality compacts (like Sonys RX 1) will have no problems. H. S. BillimoriaWE ARE GLUED TO THE GLOBAL IMAGING INDUSTRYOur team is updated with all the benchmarks and road blocks that the feld of photography and imaging across the globe experiences. Tis helps us record the changes in the global perspective, thus making us the frst to predict which products will be a rage in the Indian markets.WERE IMPARTIALLoyalty towards our readers is a given, and their best interests are always on our mind. Every verdict is honest and not infuenced by advertisers or personal favorites. So when we say a product is a BEST BUY, then, it is just that!OUR TESTS ARE CONDUCTED BY EXPERTSAll equipment go through a series of tests at the hands of our experts. Our reviewers are experts in the feld of photography across the country and have many years of experience. Tat gives us the foresight to distinguish between a passing trend and a big change in the feld of photography and imaging. And fnally, our reviews are not extended to just fll up the pages!WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOUTere is no debate on why we are here. Our sole goal is to provide you options and beter your judgement in product purchase while, sharing tips and tricks to improve your images. Our biggest joy is in building a bridge between you and your perfect picture!HERES WHATMAKES US #1EDITOR Hoshang S. BillimoriaTECHNICAL EDITOR Rohinton MehtaEXECUTIVE EDITOR Mathew TotungalSENIOR CORRESPONDENT Sujith GopinathCOPY EDITOR Aswathi NairSurabhi RawatPHOTOGRAPHY Mahesh ReddyCREATIVE DIRECTOR Atul D. BandekarDESIGN Ajit Manjrekar, Sanjay Awad, Ajay ParadkarPRODUCTION Dinesh Bhajnik, Deepak Narkar, Ravi ParmarPRODUCT MANAGER Perseus MasterPUBLISHER Girish MallyaCIRCULATION AND SUBSCRIPTION Sanjeev Roy (Asst. Operations Manager) Sachin Kelkar (Subscription Supervisor)HEAD OFFICE - MUMBAI 2nd Floor, C Wing, Trade World, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel ( W), Mumbai 400013 Tel: + 91 22 43525252 Fax: + 91 22 24955394 Email: sp@nextgenpublishing.netSUBSCRIPTION Tel: + 91 22 43525220 Fax: + 91 22 24955394 Email: subscriptions@nextgenpublishing.netNEWS STAND DISTRIBUTION India Book House, Mumbai 400 002, Tel: +91 22 2284626 Fax: +91 22 22835099MARKETING OFFICESAhmedabad Chandan House, 3rd Floor, Mithakhali Six Roads, Ahmedabad 380006 Tel: + 91 79 40008000 Fax: + 91 79 40008080Bangalore #903, 9th foor, B Wing, Mital Towers, MG Road, Bangalore -560001 Tel: +91 80 - 66110116New Delhi Plot No.225, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, Okhla, New Delhi 110020 Tel: + 91 11 42346600 Fax: + 91 11 42346679Chennai Unit No:20,Tird foor, Modern Towers, 35/23 West Cot Road, Royapetah, Chennai 600 014 Tel +91-44-39149889/90/91 Fax +91-44-39149892. Pune 401B, Gandhi Empire, Plot no.2, 5th fr, Sareen Estate, Kondhwa Rd, Pune 411040 Tel: + 91 20 32930291 Fax: + 91 20 26830465HyderabadRichard G.C. +9199492 17127Views and opinions expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of Next Gen Publishing Ltd. Next Gen Publishing does not take the responsi-bility for returning unsolicited material sent without adequate postal stamps for return postage. No part of the magazine may be reproduced in part or full without the prior express writen permission of the publisher. Printed by Girish Mallya, Next Gen Publishing Ltd., Trade World, 2nd Floor, C Wing, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai 400013. Published by Girish Mallya on behalf of Next Gen Publishing Ltd., Trade World, 2nd Floor, C Wing, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai 400013. Printed at Kala Jyothi Process Pvt. Ltd, 1-1-60/5 RTCX Roads, Hyderabad - 20. Published at Next Gen Publish-ing Ltd., Trade World, 2nd Floor, C Wing, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai 400013. Copyright 2006 SMART PHOTOGRAPHYAll readers are recommended to make their own independent enquiries before sending money, incurring expenses or entering into commitments in relation to any advertisement appearing in the publication. Smart Photogra-phy does not vouch for any claims made by advertisers for their products and services. Te editor, publisher, printer and employees of the publication shall not be held liable for any consequence in the events of such claims not being honoured by the advertisers. All disputes are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of competent courts and forums in Mumbai only.Editor Hoshang S BillimoriaDecember 2012 Smart Photography 5Contents DECEMBER 20126 Smart Photography December 2012INDIAS NUMBER 1 IMAGING MAGAZINE!ISSUE 9VOLUME 08DECEMBER 2012 SUBSCRIBERS COPYRS.100LEARNINGS BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHYWEEKEND PROJECT:TABLE TOP PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOUR OFFICE SILVER EFEX PRO 2 PHOTOSHOPS HIDDEN GEM - PIXEL BENDER BLACK & WHITE CONVERSION GIVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY A TILT!ALSO REVIEWEDOLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60MM F/2.8 MACROPORTRAIT PROFESSIONAL STUDIOMASTERCRAFTSMANShibu Arakkal ART & SOULREVIEWED: PANASONIC LUMIX GH3 PANASONIC LUMIX FZ200 NIKON COOLPIX S800C SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-S5000ALSO REVIEWED ALSO REVIEWEDOLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60MM F/2.8 MACRO OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60MM F/2.8 MACROPORTRAIT PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PORTRAIT PROFESSIONAL STUDIOLEARNINGS BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHYWEEKEND PROJECT:TABLE TOP PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOUR OFFICE SILVER EFEX PRO 2 PHOTOSHOPS HIDDEN GEM - PIXEL BENDER BLACK & WHITE CONVERSION GIVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY A TILT!MASTERCRAFTSMANShibu Arakkal ART & SOULCover Photograph : Rajesh BhattacharjeeREGULARS 10 Mail Bag 12 News Watch 32 Kaleidoscope 36 Picture of the Month 38 Showcase - Rajesh Bhatacharjee 42 If I Were You 46 Ask Uncle Ronnie 52 MasterCrafsman - Shibu Arakkal 138 Tidbits Just a moment!Readers can fnd the updated Buyers Guide, log on htp://smartphotography.in/news/monthly-specialSmart Photography thanks the readers who participate in the Picture of the Month contest. We would like to bring to your atention a few changes in the rules for submission. From now on, you may send in your images with the longer side measuring atleast 17 inches. Please note that the images have to be horizontal. Tis permits readers to submit panoramic shots, which was not possible with the current size of 17 x 11 inches.8 Smart Photography December 2012Contents DECEMBER 2012LEARNINGS 60 Basics of Photography: Weekend Project:Table top Photography in your Ofce 64 Silver Efex Pro 2 67 Photoshops Hidden Gem - Pixel Bender 72 Black & White Conversion 76 Give your photography a Tilt! REVIEWS 82 Panasonic Lumix GH3 88 Panasonic Lumix FZ200 92 Nikon Coolpix S800C 98 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S5000 104 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro 106 Portrait Professional Studio10 Smart Photography December 2012MailbagWrite to us at: Mail BagSmart Photography, Trade World, C-Wing, 2nd Floor, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel( W), Mumbai 400013. E-mail: sp@nextgenpublishing.netGreat news to share!Happy Diwali to all SP readers!I would like to share this very exciting news with Smart Photography and its readers. I recently secured the Highly Honored Winner award in the Endangered category of the Natures Best Photography Competition, USA for the sixth time. My image was that of a Rhino and its young one taken at Kaziranga National Park, Assam. Tis esteemed competition received more than 20,000 entries from around the world. It feels great to have received this honour. Tanks and Regards,Jagdeep RajputINDIAS NUMBER 1 IMAGING MAGAZINE!ISSUE 8VOLUME 08NOVEMBER 2012 SmartPhotographySUBSCRIBER