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Choosing the right kind of Print and Frames for the Picture you like!

When it comes to customizing and building an artwork to go on your home/office walls, it takes a lot of thinking and consideration of various elements of the scene.

Below are a few insights to give you a basic idea of different kinds of papers, frames and finishes to go ahead:

A. Print Size

First element to consider is the size of the painting/photograph to go one your wall.  The size of the artwork will decide other factors considerably. For smaller sizes sleek frames will suit and so on. So first decide on the exact size considering other furniture items in the scene etc.

B. Different kinds of Papers

1. Photo Paper – Gloss Finish

Glossy paper is the most common paper for printing photos. It produces a sharp and vibrant image. Glossy paper is also very smooth to touch.

2. Photo Paper – Satin Finish

A satin Photo paper is a result somewhere between matte coated paper and glossy paper. The colors are still vibrant, but the shine is reduced. This can go for both paintings and photographs with a not so glossy effect and yet tints of shiny look and feel.

3. Laminated Photo Paper – Gloss Finish

The best example of a gloss laminated paper is in the form of a postcard. The main photo is on the front, along with a gloss laminate coat applied, which makes it even shinier. The back has the texture of plain card stock.

Laminating the paper makes the colors even more vibrant. It makes the image pop out of the print making it lively.

4. Laminated Photo Paper  — Satin Finish

A lamination is to provide protection to your print – a satin finish lamination on the top of your print will give it a semi-glossy edge. It should be considered when the intent is to make the image sharper and to alter the touch and feel to a lustrous side.

5. Canvas

Canvas is an extremely durable plain-woven fabric and the most popular surfaces to print photos and paintings. It retains the original painting effect and doesn’t necessarily require the glazing for protection.

6. Archival Paper

Archival paper is a specialized type of paper designed not to yellow or deteriorate with age. Excellent for preserving artworks of significant value, it is a cotton rag paper made from cotton pulp. Archival paper or Museum grade paper will ensure durability of the artwork printed on it.

C.      Mount

In the picture framing industry, a mount is a thin, flat piece of paper-based material included within a picture frame, which serves as additional decoration and to perform several other, more practical functions, such as separating the art from the glass.

Photos printed on paper will always be prone to warping or buckling. Mounting aims to prevent this and give photos a solid basis for display by fixing them to a firm backing.

Mounting and matting also give photographers more options when it comes to frame sizes. Instead of being forced to make a photo fit standard frame dimensions or being limited to standard frame sizes for wall display, a mounted photo can be inserted into a much larger frame – or a frame of non-standard dimensions – by cutting the mounting board to fit the frame.

D.     Frames

An artwork should always be framed to give it the right definition and to distinct it on your wall!  The choice of frame depends on the color of the wall and the prominent colors of the artwork. You can either match it or go contrast or go for a standard wooden brown color. Currently two types of frames which one can use are as below:

1. Aluminum Frames

More metallic looking, these frames are suitable for contemporary pictures . They  are plain and are ideal if there is already too much in the picture and you don’t want to draw the focus away from the picture itself.

2. Fiber

Fiber frames can easily replicate the need of a wooden frame without being wooden for real. They come in various textures, sizes, colors and prints and cam go with both a pop art piece and an elegant one depending on the artwork!

All the above mentioned printing and framing options are available on www.artoreal.com once you have bought a photograph and want to give it a customized finish.

Buy amazing photographs at www.artoreal.com

How to Photograph your Artwork better

So you have created an artwork and now want to sell it? Then you might also know how important it is to photograph your artwork in the correct manner so that it makes an impression out there in the market.

We have compiled a list of valuable tips for you to photograph your artwork better, so that it sells better.

Rules of Product Photography

1. Contrast & Clean Background – black/ white

A white background is a mandate. Majority of the products are shot against white backgrounds as this takes any distractions away, so the only thing to look at is the product! Shooting against a white background also means the product is easier to ‘cut out’ in Photoshop if needed. Try using a white sheet, or pieces of white cardboard to create a mini studio. You can also alternatively try a black background. The objective remains to draw all the attention on the artwork/product and nothing else.

2. No Shadow Rule

While photographing your artwork, you should use multiple light sources so as to avoid any kind of shadows on the artwork. Light should always be diffused so that it spreads evenly and doesn’t alter the original color of the artwork. The idea is to get the product fairly evenly lit, avoiding harsh shadows, so make sure you set up in a room with bright lights, or has bright ambient light coming through the windows. And when taking your shots use a flash as well to fill in the shadows but on-camera or direct flash should be avoided.

3. Various faces of the artwork

You should cover your artwork from multiple angles – top approach, side approach. Captures should happen from almost every possible angle because it is only this photograph through which your artwork/product is going to make an impression on its prospective buyer. Most of the websites which allow you to sell your artwork demand for at least four to five pictures of the artwork. And off course lighting needs to be adjusted with every angle that you are capturing.

4. Camera Settings

Aperture of the camera should more than f8 to ensure sharpness of the picture –The camera should ideally be placed on a tripod or any standstill ground like a table etc. to get absolute still pictures. This is important so that when your product picture is zoomed out, it doesn’t give a hazy/foggy picture.

5. Polish till the original stays intact

Post processing is a necessity; we know that- but you also need to keep the picture as realistic as possible because you don’t want the buyer to feel a drastic difference between the photograph and the original product, Beautifying is good but only till the extent that it doesn’t change the originality.  So you can adjust brightness and contrast kind of basic things but not go overboard!

Enhance Your Own Photography Portfolio, Just by Adding a Wedding to it!

Weddings are a grand affair, not just for the couple getting married, but for all the others who have put in much time and effort to make the event a successful, joyous and a memorable one. A photographer does the most basic and significant job there – capturing those extraordinary moments and in the most beautiful way possible!

We here will tell you how by capturing a wedding, you enrich your portfolio in so many different photography categories

1. Candid Photography – A wedding is full of emotions and all sorts of emotions – right from nervousness on the bride’s face to a cold feet groom, a teary eyed set of bride’s parents to a totally frolic bunch of friends , you as a photographer can capture all these emotions under the Candid Photography label.

Photo by – Zainab Malubhai #TumbhiArtist

2. Culture Photography – The very recent genre in photography could very well be enhanced in your portfolio with a few wedding snippets attached to it. No matter which part of the world it is, every wedding is a portrayal of the culture, customs and rituals of the community. Customs and ceremonies happening in a wedding could very well be used to represent a specific region and its people.

Photo by – Harsh #TumbhiArtist

3. Heritage Photography – Destination weddings is your answer to this one! With more and more couples choosing to be wed at some scenic place, your portfolio can encompass places and backgrounds of heritage value. You can be clever, reach a little before the scheduled time of the couple shoot and get few snippets for your own collection!! Win-win situation, isn’t it?

Photo by – Sharik Verma #TumbhiArtist

4. Portrait Photography – This HAS to be the most important component of any photography portfolio. A wedding offers a wide range of willing posers in the best of their attires and even wider range of random shots which just make it to the best of your Portraits captured ever! Apart from the bride and the groom, there are adorable kids, gracefully wrinkled clan, the help and even the flower guy! Anyone can give you that “Your best portrait till date”- so, do look around and get the best while you can!

Photo by – Sudipto Das#TumbhiArtist

5. Experimental Photography – If you are a little bored, or feeling productive or are made to wait before you begin shooting the main subjects, look around and have some weird fun with your camera. You can experiment with anything and everything – it only depends on high your imagination is soaring at the moment. Food, forks, objects, shoes- it could be just anything.

Photo by – Vishal Batheja #TumbhiArtist

After this quick and clever read, if you still have some time on hand, check out our Expressions: Wedding Photography Special 2014 and send in your own awesome wedding captures!!

Merry Clicking!

Tips for Rocking those Instaclicks – Instantly

1. Always take pictures with your regular camera app first. This will enable you to take advantage of the built in camera featureslike iOS or HDR

 

2. Getting that crop right is utterly important. Always centered placed subject gets too main course. Try something different with varying positions of the main subject – adding the glory of the serene background!

3. Add the angle! Awkward angles can reincarnate that pic you just took!

4. A little play with the straightening tool will bring your picture to life and will add the much required fun and vibrance factor into it

5. Do the basic edits first before jumping to the readymade effects straight away. Correct that shot with brightness & contrasts and then apply the effect you like. Scratching away the furniture before polishing always adds the sheen.

6. Use a combination of effects. Say Valencia-topped-pic once more topped with Low fi? Make your own effect!

7. Don’t overdo it – the Editing part! Don’t you want people to believe that this is an actual picture captured by you? Too much of editing will only end up making your real-life picture artificial and unbelievable. Keep it rather simple!

8. Adding a funky caption will convey half the idea of the picture! So don’t just click instead try reckoning on some word-play too!

Were we able to add anything to your already awesome sense of insta-photography?

 

Tips for Solving Three Common Problems in Photography

Photography is about capturing the best moments and objects as seen by the photographer. While passion of the photographer is the most important factor in clicking best pictures, there are some small intricacies to be managed so that the technicalities do not spoil the beauty of the picture.

In this post, we will take a look at three most commonly faced problems with digital photography and some tips and solutions for those:

#1 Red Eye

Thousands and thousands of photos are spoiled because of the bright red pupil in the photograph, called as red eye. Now, rather than understanding the technicalities of why and how that occurs, let us look at some practical ways of avoiding it.

To avoid it, all you need to do is change the camera angel so that the light does not directly enter the eye –click the photograph from slightly higher or lower angel. Try and avoid camera flash as much as possible – turn on the lights or use natural light. Stand farther from the subject.

Even after taking all the possible care, if you do find red eye (in the otherwise good photo), check out if your digital camera offers an in-camera red-eye removal. Most of the cameras now do come with this feature!  You should be able to remove it using this very easily.

#2: Blurry Images

Agreed, blurry images do look artistic, but not always. You need to have some clarity in the photograph so that viewers can comprehend the objects in it.

One of the most common reasons for blurry images is camera shake. You can avoid camera shake by holding the camera close to your body and by standing with your legs approximately a shoulder-width apart. That will help you keep your body stable. Alternatively, you can use a tripod. Some cameras also offer image stabilization feature which can be utilized.

 

Reduce the shutter lag by pressing the trigger a little and then pressing it completely at the moment of clicking the picture.

After the click is complete, don’t move the camera away from eye quickly. Hold it for a moment.

What if the image still is blurry even after taking all precautions? Well, then you need to click the picture again, no alternative for that 

#3 Improper Lighting

Many photographers believe that photography is all about light. Appropriate lighting can make or break a photo.

The first and foremost thing you need to watch is ISO settings in your digital camera. You need to make it higher or lower based on the other lighting conditions. Balance the lighting with these settings. Remember, higher the ISO, greater the lighting in the picture frame.

While shooting indoors, try and avoid flash as much as possible and try and use natural light. Don’t place the subjects in front of bright window (unless you want silhouette effect). If natural light is not available, use lamps in the room.

Try and choose a good background for your picture which can add some brightness to the photo.

While shooting outdoors, if possible, shoot early or later in the day. This will give the soothing effect in your photos. Try and get sunlight on the subject by having the sun behind you when you shoot.

What if the photos show blacks shade or are too bright despite taking all the precautions? Well, there are a lot of available photo editing tools which can help you clean that up. But really, why not master the art of perfect photography? 

In coming posts, we will share more such tips, tricks and articles about photography. If you have any specific points to share, do share those as comments! If you want to join the community of passionate photographers, publish your photographs for public view and interact with interesting people, join the Tumbhi Photography Site at http://photography.tumbhi.com/.

Photography Workshop with Vincent Versace – Few Tips

Are you the kind of photographer who carries a big back pack filled with several cameras, lenses and other photography gears? Are you also worried more about the scratch on of any of your precious photography armors rather than worrying about that delicate little souvenir carried back home?

Vincent Versace, the Nikon Ambassador for US shares a few handy tips in his one day photography workshop at Mumbai with Tumbhi!

1. Shower Caps

They act like the perfect raincoat for most of your cameras and lenses. With their elastic wide enough to hold any size of head, they prevent your cameras thereby also protecting them from any water drop or scratches!

So the next time you are visiting a hotel room, don’t forget to throw in a few complimentary shower caps!

 

2. Lens cleanser

‘Hoodman ‘an enzyme based lens cleanser is what Vincent prescribes. You do realize keeping the lens clean is as necessary as wiping off your eye glasses clean- to give a clearer view and thus a better photograph. Like wet wipes this cleanser is easy to carry and use. Available at Amazon this will sure give you a clearer lens if not a photograph!

3. Torch

A torch is to not only show you your ways through uneven plateaus of that deadly forest for wildlife photography , but also when you need that “little extra sunlight” on the object of your photograph. A 4 spectrum light bulb (battery operated) is what Vincent prescribes.

4: Wrist Strap

A wrist strap, mostly that one used by sports persons is to keep your hand anti-shake while you click that amazing rare moment. It stiffens the wrist and ensures that you don’t get disappointed with a great yet blur picture.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Shade Card

A simple shade card will enable you to have the idea of that perfect shade of ‘grey’ while clicking Black & White photographs. A simple yet very effective technique to determine the desired shade of color in your finished photograph while clicking itself.

6. CamRanger

A CamRanger wirelessly tethers your Nikon or Canon DSLR with your iPad or iPhone. So basically you keep your camera at the set angle and click with your iphone or ipad in hand without pressing the button of your camera. Its best when you need to click secretly without scaring away the subject of your photograph. See more about CamRanger here http://www.camranger.com/

7. Battery Chargers

And last but the most essential, the batter chargers! Generally photographers carry lot of batteries but one or two chargers! That’s a big NO! Carry enough battery chargers in proportion to the batteries you are carrying! You can’t let go of a rare moment just because of a stupid battery you see.

Hope a few of these tips will come in as handy to you as they were meant to be.

Overview:

Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain.

Vincent has recently conducted a series of Photography Workshops in India in association with Tumbhi! A three day workshop in Banaras (Sept 20-22) and one day workshop at Mumbai (Sept 26) along with a photography tour in Meerzapur (U.P.).

To remain updated with Vincent’s future programs in India, stay tuned with us on Facebook and Twitter.

10 Useful Articles for Photographers

The internet is full of information – organized as well as disorganized, useful as well as un-useful, quality content as well as junk. Here we come with a list of carefully selected 10 articles for  photographers – to help them learn some new topics,  know some cool tips and tricks and get to know some very specific features in Photoshop and Lightroom.

#1: Wildlife and Nature Photography
Landscape photography isn’t always easy. Rick Sammon and Rob Sheppard show how to utilize light settings, shutter speed and setting the background for the ultimate photo.
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/xtrain-photoshop-and-photography/wildlife-and-nature-photography

#2: Useful advice to new Wildlife Photographers by Bruna
Should Wildlife Photography interest you in any way, this blog will be beneficial, interesting as well as inspiring for you.
http://www.digitalphotographycourses.co.za/brunas-advice-to-new-wildlife-photographers/

#3: Photoshop Blend Modes Explained
A high-level view of what the various blend modes do, and then a little deeper digging into the nuts and bolts of the blend modes by explaining some of the math involved, and their interrelationships with each other.
http://photoblogstop.com/photoshop/photoshop-blend-modes-explained

#4: How to use the new Radial Filter Tool in Lightroom 5
Some useful tips for selective editing with the new Radial Filter tool.
http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-use-the-new-radial-filter-tool-in-lightroom-5

#5: How To Use Adobe Camera RAW as a Filter in Photoshop CC
In this video, photographer Terry White demonstrates how to use Camera RAW as a Filter for a non-destructive editing workflow in Photoshop CC (this is the first time that Adobe integrates Camera RAW as a filter and not as a separate piece of software into Photoshop and it brings several advantages White talks about in the video).
http://lensvid.com/photo-editing/how-to-use-adobe-camera-raw-as-a-filter-in-photoshop-cc/

#6: 5 Lightroom Organizing Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
Photographers often don’t know how to best organize photos in LightRoom. Here is a handy list of some of the mistakes and pitfalls to avoid and few tips on how to get around them.
http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=4974

#7: How to Create a Panorama Using Photoshop and Lightroom
A perfect tutorial which shows a seamless workflow for creating a panoramic photo using both Photoshop and Lightroom.
http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tools-tips/create-a-panorama-with-photoshop-and-lightroom/

#8: Digital Image Editing & Special Effects – Removing Unwanted Objects in Photoshop
Dust spots and minor skin blemishes are one thing, but supposing you wanted to remove a much larger and more complicated object? The secret is to combine a number of the cloning tools you have at your disposal, and make use of the keyboard buttons “[” and “]” as well as the Tool Options bar so the tools you do employ are working at their best. Here is how.
http://masteringphoto.com/removing-unwanted-objects-in-photoshop/

#9: Understanding the Camera Calibration Module in Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom relies on the Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) rendering engine to convert camera RAW images. The default color and contrast settings look different than what you might see on your camera LCD when reviewing your images. However, Adobe offers alternate Camera Profiles which emulate the as-shot settings from many Nikon and Canon DSLRs. You’ll find these settings in the Camera Calibration panel in Lightroom and ACR.

http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2013/07/12/understanding-the-camera-calibration-module-in-lightroom/

#10: Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts
Mastering Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts will dramatically speed up your entire workflow process, especially if you spend lots of time organizing and editing your photos. Here is a comprehensive list of all the shortcuts.
http://www.wildlife-photography-tips.com/lightroom-keyboard-shortcuts.html

The Artists of Tragedy

Enlisting & remembering “Famous Artists who committed suicide” | People who graced 7 different Art categories with their immortal art but were defeated by life and themselves – Take a look!

#1 Fine Arts- Van Gogh

Vincent Willem Van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.

Artistic Achievements – Van Gogh began to draw as a child, and he continued to draw throughout the years that led up to his decision to become an artist. He began painting in his late twenties and in just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. His work included self-portraits, landscapes, still lives, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.

However it is interesting to know that until his death, his work was known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still. It was only after his death, he achieved world fame!

Most interesting fact about Vincent- He was known to exchange letters with his brother Theo.

Suicide Story- Death Day: 27 July 1890

On that Sunday evening Vincent van Gogh set out, with his easel and painting materials, into the fields. There he took out a revolver and shot himself in the chest. Vincent managed to stagger back to his room where he collapsed in bed and was then discovered by Dr. Gachet. It was decided not to attempt to remove the bullet in Vincent’s chest and Gachet wrote an urgent letter to Theo.

Vincent and Theo remained together for the last hours of Vincent’s life. Theo was devoted to his brother, holding him and speaking with him in Dutch. Vincent seemed resigned to his fate and Theo later wrote: “He himself wanted to die; when I sat at his bedside and said that we would try to get him better and that we hoped that he would then be spared this kind of despair, he said ‘La tristesse durera toujours’ (‘The sadness will last forever.’)

Vincent van Gogh died at 1:30 am on 29 July 1890 The Catholic church of Auvers also refused to allow Vincent’s burial in its cemetery because Vincent had committed suicide. The nearby township of Méry, however, agreed to allow the burial and the funeral was held on 30 July.

Strangely throughout June (a month before his death), Vincent remained in good spirits and was remarkably productive, painting some of his best known works (Portrait of Doctor Gachet and The Church at Auvers, for example).

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Van Gogh

#2 Performing Arts/ Acting – Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Artistic Achievements- She began her career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. During her career, Monroe’s films grossed more than $200 million

Most interesting fact about Marilyn- She suffered a great deal of stage fright and was not allowed to go to movies in one of his foster homes.

Suicide Story- Death Day: August 4, 1962

The final years of Monroe’s life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with.

Sometime after 10 p.m. on that night, Marilyn Monroe slipped into a coma caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. She would never regain consciousness. And a bizarre set of activities took place in her home- some items were allegedly removed, including a diary and a note by the order from someone in the White House, in an attempt to prevent the presidency of John F. Kennedy (whom Marilyn was believed to be in a sexual relationship)

Marilyn is also said to be secretly taken that night by an ambulance crew to a nearby hospital before being returned again to her home. According to some accounts, Marilyn’s body was rediscovered by her house companion, Eunice Murray, and her psychiatrist, Dr. Greenson, several hours following the initial discovery of her remains.

A smart girl leaves before she is left – Marilyn Monroe

#3 Photography – Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter (13 September 1960 – 27 July 1994) was an award-winning South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1993 famine in Sudan

Artistic Achievements-

In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a hooded vulture landed nearby. Sold to the New York Times, the photograph first appeared on 26 March 1993 and was carried in many other newspapers around the world. In 1994, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

Suicide Story- Death Day 27 July 1994

On that day, Carter drove to the Braamfontein Spruit river, an area where he used to play as a child, and took his own life by taping one end of a hose to his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe and running the other end to the passenger-side window. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning, aged 33.

Portions of Carter’s suicide note read:

“I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners … I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky.

#4 Filmmaker – Tony Scott

Anthony David “Tony” Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012) was a British film director and producer.

Artistic Achievements- His films were generally more popular with audiences than critics and include The Hunger (1983), Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987),Days of Thunder (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Enemy of the State (1998), Spy Game (2001), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) & Unstoppable (2010).

Suicide Story- Death Day: 19 August 2012

On that day, at approximately 12:30 pm PDT, Scott committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedroport district of Los Angeles, California. Police found contact information in a note left in his car, parked on the bridge and a note at his office for his family. Witnesses said he did not hesitate before jumping. His body was recovered from the water by the Los Angeles Port Police.

The two notes left behind by him, made no mention of any health issues and neither explained why he committed suicide.

Three days later the cause of death was announced to be “multiple blunt force injuries”. Although anti-depressants prescription drugs were found in Scot’s system on autopsy.

I think we are lucky because there are very few people in life who get to do what we are doing. – Tony Scott

#5 Model/Fashion – Nafisa Joseph

Nafisa Joseph (28 Mar 1978- 29 July 2004) was an Indian model and MTV video jockey.

She was the winner of Miss India Universe 1997 and was a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe 1997 pageant in Miami.

Artistic Achievements- Began modeling at age 12 Joseph was the youngest participant at the Miss India pageant in 1997, which she won. Joseph participated in the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, Florida (1997) and was among the 10 semifinalists in the pageant.

In 1999, she was a judge for the MTV India VJ Hunt. A week later she was called for a screen test to host a show on MTV. She ran the MTV House Full show for close to five years. She also acted in a television series C.A.T.S, an Indian version of Charlie’s Angels for Sony Entertainment Television.

Suicide Story- Death Day: 29 July 2004

Something went terribly wrong in just three hours. Apparently, she was upset with her fiancé behavior with which she had settled a marriage and later discovered him to be already married

She had a long talk with her mother after which she asked her mother to go into the bedroom and leave her alone. Nafisa then hung herself in her flat sometime between 9 pm and 10 pm.

Found hanged, she was then rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead.

Winning is very important to me. I wouldn’t be happy with anything less. And I work towards my goal.- Nafisa Jose

#6 Writing – Virginia Wolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.

Artistic Achievements- During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929), with its famous dictum, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

Suicide Story- Death Day-28 March 1941

After completing the manuscript of her last novel, Between the Acts, Woolf fell into a depression. The onset of World War II, the destruction of her London home during the Blitz, and the cool reception given to her biography of her late friend Roger Fry all worsened her condition until she was unable to work. On 28 March 1941, Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home and drowned herself. Woolf’s body was not found until 18 April 1941. Her husband buried her cremated remains under an elm in the garden of , their home in Rodmell, Sussex.

In her last note to her husband she wrote:

“Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier ’til this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer.”

#7 Music – Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana.

Artistic Achievements- Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the U.S. , and over 50 million worldwide

Suicide Story- Death Day: April 8, 1994

On that day, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love.

Had they been alive , they would have given so much more to the world!

5 Creative Things to do in 5 Minutes

If you work on an internet-enabled computer system and are creative at heart plus bored and got 5 minutes to spare, read below:

#1. Fine Arts

Paint a sketch – a still life- any bottle, cup, saucer, pen stand, telephone in front of you! You can also consider sketching a human face from a person in the vicinity!

Benefit- Improvement in speed of sketching and a gradual but crisp idea of ratios and proportions of sketching! Poetry

#2. Writing

Re read an old poem/story/article of yours, you will find at least one mistake or think of a few word replacements. Polish the edges and try to analyze if reading the same old poem created a different picture of meanings in your mind.

Benefit -Brushing up of the old poems from your archives with updated vocabulary.

#3. Photography

Edit a photo clicked by you! Sorted!

There are many Photo editing software available online which can transform the face of your photograph! Try a few effects! It is very interesting to see a new look of the same picture.

Benefit- A new photograph out of an old photo will be ready in just 5 mins.

#4. Music

Search for your favorite songs lyrics online, and sing it aloud but only remember to record the same. Use the tiny voice recorder on your cell phone for the same. Then listen to the original song and the one sung by you. Repeat this activity when the next time you have 5 mins, you will instantly know your own mistakes.

Benefit- Instant relaxation because of singing activity and also self-improvement on musical notes.

#5. Reading

Read anything that you find upfront and interesting! Don’t be too selective. Generally all good articles are featured by different websites on their homepage- just click and start reading.

Benefit- A lot of learning happens via reading.

And if you still got 2 mins left after trying out any of these tricks, go to www.tumbhi.comSubmit your Sketches, Poems, Stories, Song recordings, Photos etc. and enjoy the opportunities coming your way as an artist.

Also if you want to read a whole bunch of interesting articles – welcome to http://blog.tubmhi.com.

Expressions- Tumbhi’s Digital Photography Workshop

In row to the last photography workshop organized by Tumbhi, this time it was bigger and better- out there in the green mushy fields of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani – with big cameras packed in bags and enthusiasm trolling high in the spirits!

“Expressions”- Tumbhi’s first outdoor Digital Photography Workshop was a close call for 15 amateur but enthusiastic photographers. A two-day trip planned for learning basics of Digital photography along with tremendous outdoor adventure.

Under the veteran gaze of Mr. LC Singh (an established Nature and Wildlife photographer cum trainer and Founder of Tumbhi.com), 15 cameras captured the valleys in different frames, in different fashions and reflections.

The workshop started with an overview and detailed explanation of minute but extremely important basics like Holding the camera- thereby explaining perspective, vertical holding, positioning and Breathing out.

Moving onto the more creative aspect of making a photograph, the concept of Composition was explained with a few principles like Rule of one third, presence of human element in the picture, clutter and contrast management just before you press the click button!

 

Classroom Sessions

In the classroom sessions, which were held mostly during the wee hours of enormous sunlight when photos couldn’t be clicked, participants were given elaborate lessons on using Lightroom! For this Tumbhi team already made sure that each participant had light room downloaded in their machines.

On-field Photography

Sharp pictures and Focusing were explained with hands on click and learn mechanism where the participants clicked pictures and got instant feedback thereby getting an exact idea of where they missed the perfection and how could they have made it better!

But a photograph is not just made when clicked-it has to be polished to be able to tell your story! Mr. LC Singh went on explaining the utter importance of processing an image and in the right manner – so as to make it convey the emotion hidden in it!

 

A post processed photograph

And amidst all the learning and clicking, which could not be explained here, was the amazing experience and fun the participants had while being out there- making it bigger and better!

Also listing down a few testimonials from the participants of the workshop!!

Ashutosh- “It gave me a chance to take a closer look at my camera settings and learnt how best I can use them for a more satisfying experience of photography. I must admit, I knew very less about my camera before the workshop Post processing lessons were a delight.”

Bhushan- “This workshop was not just an avenue to learn about photography, but also one where I was able to connect with other like-minded individuals to collectively enhance skills.”