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How to choose a good Wedding Photographer https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/how-to-choose-a-good-wedding-photographer How to choose a good wedding Photographer ? # Check the style of work - If the portfolio of the wedding photographer relates to your style, go for it. Check his or her own work instead of just showing references and works of other Photographers. Showing other's work also helps in better understanding but check his own profile as well to ensure that he has eye to create some good work.

# Experience counts - There is nothing to beat experience in wedding photography and videography. However creative you may be, its absolutely a different thing all together performing consistently in challenging situations. An experienced and seasoned photographer can understand the fine nuances of an elaborate wedding. The team of Together We Rock is not only experienced but is also headed by a seasoned well established Commercial photographer, Munish Khanna, who knows Photography and cinematography extremely well.

# Every second person is a photographer - Today, with digital photography, every second person owns a DSLR and thinks he or she can shoot anything. Wedding Photography is quite challenging and you need to be creative under all circumstances. Taking snapshots is one thing and creative good photographs is another. Not everyone can handle weddings well as it needs more of a Journalistic approach in handling the event in a creative manner. Good knowledge and command of Photography equipment is important. We also involved in training photographers and run both online and Delhi based photography courses. We can judge the calibre of the photographers and include in our team only the ones who are good at what they do.

# You don't just need candid pictures, Documentation matters as well. Ensure that the team covering your wedding is capable of handling both styles of Photography. You may be paying more for Candid photography just because it's become so popular but documenting everything is just as important. "wedding photographers in delhi", "wedding photography in India","Destination weddings", "Best wedding photography and video in India"

# Good equipment counts only if the eye behind the camera is good as well - Ensure that you are checking out the Photographer's own work. Well established photographers would never ever call someone else's work as their own. So do not judge the photographer by just the equipment he is using but also understand his style of work. He may be using very good equipment but might be using it at very low quality settings as he may not be aware of the finer aspects of good equipment. Once again, experience counts. 

# Turn around times - How fast or slow do you get your Wedding photographs, the teaser, the Highlight and eventually the full version of your wedding film and of course the wedding albums. Check the commitments. Are they realistic ? It does take time to deliver good stuff. The High definition and 4K video data itself is huge and handling itself is time consuming. If you are getting the commitment of getting everything unrealistically too fast, either you may not get it as per schedule or you may not even be getting as per specifications. Check out the time line given by " Together We Rock " Wedding teaserA short synopsis of the wedding

# Be Realistic - Do not compare with very high end weddings if yours is not going to be like that. You may show references and expect the final outcome to be like that. But do not forget that you may be showing an elaborate big fat indian wedding but maybe yours in no where closer to that. The ambiance, the decoration and scale, everything adds to the video. Do not expect the same. Being creative also works when there is scope for it.

# Do not compare prices - If you like the previous work, go for it. You are paying for what you have liked. Don't say that the other photographer is charging so less and has even thrown in an album free of cost. A lot of variable are involved. If you like a Photographer's work and style, it's never a bad idea to pay a bit more as you are sure of good quality images in the end.

# Professionalism -Keep it professional both ways. Do not call the team too much in advance. Give proper addresses and schedules. Do not leave it all to the last minute. Keep all the payment terms clear as as per schedule. Do check if they have a website. A website is more professional than having just a Facebook page.

# Check the wedding albums - Good stuff cannot be just included - Wedding albums and coffee table books come in different sizes, shapes and with different price tags. So it's good to talk about it and pay for it separately rather including it as a part of the package and that too as a free or complimentary element. You can customise and get the album made to your taste and style. There are different options of wedding albums covers including the ones with different types of leather, cut out windows, hardbound full bleed photographs etc etc. Different paper types and thicknesses are also available.  

# Meet up - It will give an idea about the ease of difficulty with which you can work together. Discuss all plans in detail and get the idea from the photography team as to how they plan to approach it. Check out the wedding photography Album samples. Its good to see the Physical albums.

# Check the overall coverage. Check out an actual previous photography album to see the complete wedding was handled. However, different clients get it done differently. You may brief the photographer about your requirements.

# Discuss clearly what all is included and not a part of the package. Do not keep things very casual. Discuss everything in detail and give your requirements in writing and also take up the commitments and inclusions in writing. This avoids any misunderstanding later on. You may send in your requirements through a form like this.

# How Big is the team - It all depends on how big you want it to be. If your venue is quite big and good coverage is very important to you. Ask for more photographers in the team. These can be positioned accordingly to get better coverage of your wedding.

# Don' just go for recommendations - Seeing is believing. Meet and check out the website.

# Most important - Book well in advance Good photographers get booked as early as one year in advance. The Big Photography companies also hire a lot of freelancers besides their own staff. Sooner you book, sooner the Photography company or agency can fix assign the best photographers and videographers for your wedding ceremonies.

# Should be able to work and coordinate with both sides - yes this is a very important aspect. The team should be big enough to cater to both sides well.

# Same team for Photography and Videos helps in easier coordination. - It's always better to source the wedding Photographers and videographers from the same company as it becomes easier for you to coordinate everything at a single point rather than going around here and there.

# Go for a Pre wedding shoot - Book the same team to do your pre wedding shoot. This enables you to understand the approach of the team and also get an idea about the actual style. This interaction helps you understand how easy or difficult it may get to deal with the team during the wedding.

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Boudoir Photography https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/boudoir-photography Boudoir  / Glamour photography


You are Beautiful! You are confident! Offering a blended version of Glamour and Boudoir photography by a seasoned photographer to bring out the best in you. You don't have to be a model or a modelling aspirant to go for it. Do it just for yourself or your loved ones. An experience of a lifetime to unveil the real you. Get a complete makeover, the way you want it, the way you like it - as you are doing it just for yourself. Go bold or give it just a touch of intimacy to add that glamor. 

FAQ s

What is Boudoir photography ?

"The term "boudoir" may also be ascribed to a genre of photography. Boudoir photography is not generally a new concept and numerous examples of famous women photographed in a boudoir style from the 1920s through the 1940s.

Typically shot in a photographer's studio or luxury hotel suites, it has become fashionable to create a set of sensual or sexually suggestive images of women (and occasionally men and couples) in "boudoir style". The most common manifestation of contemporary boudoir photography is to take variations of candid and posed photographs of the subject partly clothed or in lingerie. Nudity is more often implied than explicit. Commercially the genre is often (though not exclusively) derived from a market for brides to surprise their future husbands by gifting the images on or before their wedding day. Other motivations or inspiration for boudoir photography shoots include anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine's Day, weight loss regimes, other form of body change or alteration (such as breast augmentation or reduction) and for servicemen and women overseas.

Boudoir Photography may, in some cases, be distinguished from other photography genres such as glamor photography, fine art nude photography and erotic photography." - quoted from Wikipedia.

Is it a strict version of Boudoir ?

Yes, if you want it to be. No, if you would like it to be blended with glamour and semi nudity. There are no rules. You can do it the way you want it to be and the way you are comfortable. Remember, you are doing it just for yourself.

Can you keep it confidential ?

Yes, if you would like to.

Do you do couple shoots as well ?

Yes, only if you want an artistic approach. If you are looking for something else, this is not the right place.

How much do I have to expose?

That's absolutely your choice and as per your own consent which can be discussed beforehand. The photographs are shot artistically with a play of light and shade. 

How much does it cost ?

Rs. 45,000/-  for three different makeovers / looks / settings

Does it include makeup ?

Yes, it includes makeup and hairstyling by a professional makeup artist.

Does it include wardrobe ?

Its best to bring in your own stuff but we can help and suggest what you should bring and sometimes even provide you with some stuff. You may go for Lingerie, Bikini or some other such outfits.

How many pictures will I get ?

You will get 30 final retouched and enhanced photographs.

How many photographs will be shot.

As many as are required. There are no restrictions.

Can I bring along a friend? 

yes, certainly. However, bring along someone you are friendly with and not conscious of. Someone you are not uncomfortable posing in front of. Also, its fine to bring along one friend or at the most two but not a whole bunch!

What is the minimum age ?

You must be more than 18 years old supported by a documentary proof.

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Best time to shoot https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/best-time-to-shoot what is the right time to shoot? Mornings and evenings? I personally feel that as long as you understand light and know how to play around with it, anytime is great for taking pictures. Several times you cannot choose to shoot at a particular time but the situation is rather available to you at times when the light is "not supposed" to be good. You can't miss out on the shot, just because the light is "bad" Generally if it is raining or overcast, people tend to keep the cameras inside saying that there is not enough light! or there is no sun. Also, I have heard people saying, "Isn't the light too harsh?" when the sun is shining and bright. If you have a subject and the situation at a given time, shoot at that time once you know how to control light.

Otherwise, if you are doing a planned shoot, look for the time of the day when the light is appropriate and suitable in terms of your subject, mood and concept. If you are showing a particular situation that happens in the mornings, the afternoon light will not look appropriate. It will not look realistic but fake.

As a travel photographer or a photojournalist, you may not always get to shoot at the right time. You may have tight schedules and may have to get the best out of the available lighting and situation. If you know photography well, you will be able to handle any challenging situation and use it to your advantage.

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Less is more - shooting with one light https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/shooting-with-one-light Less is always more. Shooting with just one light is the way to go when I shoot models. I often do not add another light unless or until it's absolutely unavoidable and necessary. There is one sun and look at how wonderfully it's bathed the whole world in its magical light. It's that single light source that adds to the character of your subject and gives it the required definition. 

Not that I cannot handle multiple lights. For many commercial assignments, there are numerous lights with different modifiers around just to sometimes illuminate a very small setup. But all this lighting setup is not without a reason. There is a role being played by every piece of the light source added to create the overall ambience and the required light effect to achieve a particular mood in a photograph.

But most of the time, it's that single light source that is good enough for me, especially for the kind of photographs I shoot. I love to keep my photographs as natural as possible with the minimum amount of retouching for my personal work. 

A Single main light source can be modified in such a way that it either illuminates only one side of the face or the body or if it large enough it envelopes and wraps around the subject adding a sort of fill light on the other side of the main illumination.

 

A spotlight, placed close to the camera angle was used to illuminate the Model wearing a diamond pendant. 

It's perfectly fine to have shadows on the wall right behind the subject. As an amateur when you are taking the first steps in photography, you are usually guided to avoid the shadows on the wall behind the subject when illuminated with a flash fixed on the camera itself. 

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As these photographs are for men's jewellery, it's important to highlight that and let the subject be more in shadows.


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Shot towards the late evening the natural light was almost non existant. Notice how the slight chnage in the position of the light and the camera angle has changed the appearance of the subject. Almost short or kind of backlighting to side lighting.


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A series of images shot in the same area with a single hard light can reveal interesting patterns and characteristics of the surrounding. 


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It's a single Beauty dish creating the highlight on the background as well as revealing the texture on the white lingerie worn by the model.


Existing lamps around the makeup mirror can be a good illumination for a subject when shot with an opened aperture. 



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One light is the way to go when shooting creative Nudes. It greatly helps reveal shape and texture at the same time retaining the artistic feel of the image, even when it is in coloured and not black and white. A single light allows more control to selectively illuminate just the right areas.



A series of photographs were shot with an off-camera flash controlled by a trigger on the camera. This lets you control the light the way you wish to let the face and body be illuminated in the best possible manner.

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How to get sharp photographs https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/how-to-get-sharp-photographs A lot of aspiring photographers face the problem of not getting absolutely sharp photographs, straight out of their cameras.

Autofocusing or Manual ?

They do get confused between manual and auto focusing. manual does not let you focus better. I almost always use auto focusing for all my shots as it lets me do other important things like framing etc. Unless required, i do not shift to manual focus.

which focusing Mode is right?

Yes, I do shift my focus points quite a lot to overlap the area or even a small portion, i would like to have sharp in my photographs. many a times, as i am shooting fast, I do focus and recompose my frame, when shifting the focusing point is time-consuming. Do remember that the exposure is linked to the focusing point which you choose. ideally for better exposure I change the focusing point instead of recomposing. and when time does not allow, I focus and recompose. with Digital Photography, exposure is not so much of an issue as it sued to be at the time of film. Advanced full frame cameras with high dynamic range allow a lot of control in exposure during post production.

Single or continuous shot modes?

I generally, avoid setting my focus at " continuous" even when my model is moving. I shoot a lot of fashion images as well as street photography where it's very demanding to shoot fast. Instead of keeping the focusing mode on " continuous " or full-screen mode I always keep it on "single shot" as well as "single point" but release the shutter quite fast just at the right moment. This may not work for wildlife or sports photography but does work quite well in case of fast posing models or random people on the streets.

It also depends a lot on your shooting style and what really works better for you. I personally prefer using the single shot mode even if the subject is approaching me but many photographers would actually prefer that the camera always keep track of the focus as the subject moves towards or away from them. Note that the focus does not really change if the subject moves sideways maintaining the same camera to subject distance.

Be extra careful when Shooting at wide opened apertures

We all love that shallow depth of field and are always tempted to shoot at really wide apertures like f 1.4 or f 2.8 but do remember that there are all the more chances of missing the focus at such shallow depth of fields. always focus on the yes while shooting portraits or otherwise focus at the most relevant part of the subject. You may choose to take a number of shots to ensure that you do not miss on the focus at the right spot.

Shutter speed matters as well. You need to be very steady and press the shutter release 

Every lens has a minimum focusing distance. shifting to the manual focus won't help if your subject is at less than the minimum focusing distance. step back to take the shot instead of moving to the manual focus. if your autofocus can't focus, you can't do it manually. 

Add distance between the subject and the background. Your objective is to achieve that shallow depth of field, which is why you open up the aperture all the way to the maximum aperture available on your camera. This leads to a very shallow depth of field, so shallow that the subject itself tends to get out of focus if you have not focused very carefully. Instead you can keep good enough distance between the subject and the backgroud and close down a bit. Instead of shooting at 1.4 you may choose to shoot at maybe 2.8 while increasing the distance between the subject and the background. 

Use Focus tracking.

many of the new advanced digital cameras now have this feature, which allows the camera to lock the focus on a particular person or the face. As the person moves, the camera tracks along the focus as well.

And most importantly the key to getting sharp photographs on your camera is to know the camera you are using very well. You should quickly be able to switch between modes and be able to shoot fast adapting your self and the camera to changing scenarios. 

Settings on your camera.

make sure that the settings on your camera are correct. If you have reduced the sharpness on the camera, obviously you'll not get sharp photographs.

Switch over to better lenses

If you are a canon user for example, opt for L series of lenses. These will give you best possible optics as compared to cheaper lenses from the same brand. Check out for reviews to understand which lenses are known for good sharpness. Amongst the good sharp lenses, you would need an eagles eye to distinguish but yes, an image from a sharp lens would certainly stand out from the cheap glass. If sharpness is your priority go for an expensive lens compared to an expensive camera body. That is if are on a budget and can spend more on only one. ideally go for a good lens and camera combination.

UV Filter

You do not need UV filters on digital cameras, yet they are good for protecting your expensive lens. Always put on the best UV filter from a reputed brand like Hoya. A cheaper UV filter will kill the sharpness of your superior sharp lens.

This fashion photograph shot late in the evening was supplemented with an artificial strobe light. This not only makes the photograph crisper but allows you to shoot at a relatively higher shutter speed even when the light is quite low. This was shot with Phase one P30+ medium format digital back.



Focus at what is important as you release the shutter to capture such spontaneous moments. While holding the camera steady is important, it's equally important to firmly press the shutter release button just at the peak moment of the action. this is when any fast-moving subject is at the most stationery position.



If you would like to learn more about Photography, do check out my online photography course or still better join the mentorship program / Photography course at delhi.

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Is it necessary to hire a professional photographer for the portfolio of the Miss India audition? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/professional-photographer-for-the-portfolio-of-miss-india-beauty-contest Is it necessary to hire a professional photographer for the Modelling portfolio of the Miss India contest auditions?

Why does one go for a professional photographer? Simply because you want to be photographed the best way possible. You do not want to take any chances with the way you are being photographed. It's all about the eye behind the camera. A good photographer can bring out the best even in an average model or an aspiring model whereas a novice is unable to exploit the potential of the person in front of the camera.

Experience of the Photographer also matters. He or she knows what works well for these Beauty contests and auditions. They are able to guide you accordingly. Good photographers have their own team of makeup artists and stylists who know how to groom you in the right manner based on what will work for you.

Good professional Photographers do charge a lot but then it's worth the price as you are paying for good work. You cannot get a good modelling portfolio on your own. You need a good team of professionals to guide you and shoot you the right way, bringing out your assets and hiding your flaws.

Do not trust someone who does not even know photography well or does not know what light will work best for a particular face structure. You are trusting someone with your whole career? These photographs are going to be your first step forward.

Check out the past work of the Photographer and then Do meet the Photographer to understand and discuss the whole process before you go ahead. Discuss the looks and the outfits. It's a team work. You can fix up an appointment with Munish by sending a whatsapp message at 9871020341 or simply drop an email.

It's is highly recommended to go for a good professional Photographer, if you are planning to enter a beauty pageant or a modelling or acting career.

The following photographs were shot for the final contestants of Miss Earth India.

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If you are an aspiring model looking forward to get a Modelling Portfolio made for yourself or need guidance in general as a Model, do get in touch with Munish Khanna. You can get more tips on modelling and photography as you flip through this website and also get complete details of the Portfolios being offered by Munish Khanna. 

Behind the Shoot - Featuring Tatiana for Daisy Knitwear

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"I need only three Photographs for a beauty pageant ...." https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/photographs-for-beauty-pageant Many people come up with this request that they only need three photographs as per the requirement of one of the Beauty pageants they are participating in.

Every year, a number of well-recognised beauty pageants are organised in India and internationally and a whole lot of aspirants participate in these. They generally require a close-up, a midshot and a full-length photograph of the participants along with their form. This is your first step forward and your first round of selection is going to be based on these photographs. It becomes extremely crucial that you look your very best in these photographs. Clicking good photographs is teamwork between the Photographer and the model along with the makeup and hairstylist and the stylist. Everyone's efforts count towards making you look good specifically for those three categories of photographs. It's not just clicking three photographs but several to get the right three photographs.

A good photographer will always guide you and help you portray yourself in the best possible manner in terms of your appearance, makeup, expressions and posing. It's not about the number of photographs, it all about how you are being photographed. The way the photographer highlights the features which compliment you and hide away your flaws. 

A good photographer can make an average-looking person look great and at the same time, a bad photographer can make a great person look bad in the photographs. 

Meet the Photographer and discuss the requirements of the beauty pageant. Going through the process of the portfolio session itself is very rewarding in terms of the experience you gain in posing, expressions, body language and of course the confidence of facing the camera.

Many models opt for a short video which is a part of the submission in some contests. It's very important to rehearse your lines very well so that you do not fumble in front of the camera. beauty contests are not just about the looks but involve the selection process based on several points, confidence being one of the most important one.

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A group photograph of all the finalists of the Miss Earth India Beauty contest. All these aspirants got a chance to be photographed by Munish Khanna.

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What do "Looks" in a Portfolio mean? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/what-do-looks-in-a-portfolio-mean You must have often heard about the word "LOOKS", when discussing a modeling portfolio.  A Portfolio for acting or modeling may include a number of looks to showcase different styles which you can carry. These are not the number of photographs clicked but the number of styles or characters you are portraying in your portfolio.  based on your preference and personality you may opt for different looks.

For example, Indian and western are two broad looks but you may also explore Indo western wear to strike the right balance between the traditional and modern look.  Further, you may showcase how versatile you are in terms of makeup and hairstyling. Costumes and makeup along with suitable backdrops and accessories can completely change your look and appearance.

Your prospective clients are always looking forward to see you in a look that is closest to the one related to their own brand. Having more looks or variations allows you to open up for more varried assignments provided these work well for you. 

You may have images in a saree but at the same time, you may also have some shots in a boudoir style. It totally depends on the kind of assignments you are looking forward to doing. If you do not relate yourself in the Indian traditional saree, you do not have to include this look in your portfolio. If you are never ever going to do a bold lingerie shoot, why even include it in your portfolio! 

It's after all a showcase of you. These photographs are going to give an idea of your personality to Art directors, film directors, photographers and clients. Your goal and potential should be very clear from your portfolio itself. 

Yes, Sometimes if you wish to explore a broader market for yourself, you may get the photographs done in different varied looks but share only the selected specific looks with your creative team so that they can visualize you better in terms of their concept and storyboard.

Many Photographers offer a short introduction video as a part of your modeling portfolio package to let you speak a few lines about yourself. This is quite convenient when you are aiming at acting and advertising TV commercials. 

In the following photographs of different models you will notice how outfits and makeup has changed the overall look of the models. 

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corporate profiles https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/corporate-profiles Over a period of time in my career as a photographer, I have had a chance to Photograph Fashion editorials and Modelling portfolios along with Lifestyle editorials for magazines. When I am shooting fashion, I am working with models who are professionals, while when I am making modeling portfolios, I am dealing with people who are aspiring to be models. Shooting the CEOs and other personalities falls in the second category and one does not always come across as a personality who is very natural. Though I cannot make them pose, I observe them carefully and try to highlight which conveys their character the best. Sometimes these are close shots with a particular objective, on the other hand, these corporate portraits may include a lot of environment and elements around to convey the mood and atmosphere that belongs to the subject, mostly the most powerful person of the organization you are shooting for.  

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Right photographer for modelling portfolio https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/best-photographer-for-modelling-portfolio How do I pick up the right Photographer to shoot my Modelling Portfolio?

This is one question that is always there in the mind of an aspiring model who is planning to get into the world of modelling and is looking forward to get a modelling portfolio made. There are many good photographers out there but not everyone specialises in making a good Portfolio. It's an art as it involves bringing out the very best in you. While you do not know how to pose or express in front of the camera, the photographer is there to guide you and assist you get the right shots.

The Photographer is the one who runs the show.

The makeup artist and the stylist work along  as a team with him. The Modelling Photographer alone or Collectively with his team may decide and work out the best options for you. The options which go with your personality and not just for the sake of variety.

Many aspiring models end up searching for modelling jobs or agencies which can give them work. Look for the Photographers who make good modelling portfolios instead as the immediate concern is a good portfolio and getting the modelling assignments is the next step which is based on how good your portfolio as a model is. 

Check out the work of your modelling photographer on his business website.

There are a lot of budding photographers today, who are no doubt good as well but may not be experienced enough to work with a person who is just taking his or her first steps in the world of modelling. You will see a lot of good stuff on social websites like facebook instagram etc. but make sure that the photographer you are going for has a good track record of creating good photographs.You need someone with a creative and experience eye to hide your flaws and bring out your good assets.

An amateur or a hobbyist cannot always do justice to your modelling portfolio.

Will you get us work? This is another question many aspiring models are keen to know more than they are keen to understand the process of getting a modelling portfolio made. We all love shortcuts, but let me tell you there aren't any in modelling and acting. You have to have the talent and the right looks to make it in the world of films and glamour.

Its very important to meet the Photographer before you go for a modelling portfolio.

It helps understand everything better. You can check out the Photographer's work and have a look at the studio as well. The Photographer can guide you if you need to make any changes or you are not really ready for a portfolio as yet. This is not possible if you meet the Photographer just on the day of the shoot.

Ensure that your photographer understands, if you are targeting a specific Modelling contest or a Beauty pageant. These Beauty Pageants may have specific rules and guidelines so your portfolio must include the photographs on those lines.

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It's all in the Face of the Model https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/its-all-in-the-face-of-the-model It's All in the Face of the Model !

Nothing can affect the mood of the photograph as can the face ! The expressions ! Even if the model is not really beautiful, it does not really matter as long as she is expressive enough to hold the attention of the viewer.

That's the difference between experienced and new models. Experienced Models know that how subtle changes in the expressions can change the overall look of the photograph besides changing it's entire meaning especially when you are shooting for a commercial advertisement. The expressions need to natural and spontaneous.

When you are a new model and shooting for your portfolio, it becomes even more important to express through your face besides ofcourse a good body language. Same expressions all through out make it very boring and give a clear signal of your inability to emote well. Be versatile. that's what the casting and Art Directors from film productions and Advertising agencies are looking for before they call you for an Audition or an interview.

It also depends a lot on the Photographer who is shooting you. While you are spontaneous, the Photographer needs to be quick and spontaneous as well so as to catch your candid expressions.

If the model or any of your subject is not comfortable in front of the camera it always shows and it's the responsibility of a good photographer to ensure that his/her models are at ease in front of the camera. Most of us are not used to cameras and lights. You need to explain to them and make them relaxed.

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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. But eyes of the Beauty direct the beholder where all to look. Most expressions are conveyed through the eyes and the eye contact makes a lot of difference. It holds the attention if the eyes are expressive and captivating. On the other hand the model's line of sight can lead you to other areas in the photograph.

As you browse through photographs, you will notice the sparkle in the eyes and it's the expressions of the model which is making or breaking the photograph.


Facing a video camera can be quite challenging as you need to continue to emote as long as the camera is rolling. For Photographs, you may build up your emotions or change with every click. With Film, you need to build up under the direction of your director and move from one frame to another.


As the model got ready, I took the opportunity to shoot her right next to the makeup lights before she stepped in front of the studio lights.




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Direct eye contact is important as it holds the attention of the viewer as long as the eyes are expressive. If the model is giving a blank look, it ofcourse is not going to appeal.


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Munish Khanna is an Advertising and Fashion Photographer who has specially created one of the best online photography courses with a vast experience of teaching photography at his photography academy in Delhi. He has been running his Photography course in Delhi since 1993. Munish also specializes in helping young (or any age ) aspiring models to build up a career in the world of modelling and Acting. Do check out more details about the Modelling portfolios which he offers in Delhi. 

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This is the era of pre wedding shoots https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/this-is-the-era-of-pre-wedding-shoots This is the era of Pre wedding shoots and films! 

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With changing times the wedding trends and especially the wedding photography trends and styles have also changed and changed for better. There is more awareness today and modern couples do not just end up meeting on the wedding day itself after their first formal arranged meeting. There is usually a courtship period when the couples can meet and interact for better understanding which helps build up a strong relationship as they get married. Getting a Pre Wedding shoot has picked up so much that it has become almost an additional wedding ceremony before the formal wedding. A lot of couples prefer a destination wedding in India or abroad. Both the Families and their relatives travel to a destination and the wedding takes place in an exotic resort, a Royal Palace or a beautiful beach. Reaching there a few days or a day earlier gives a good opportunity to do an extended pre wedding shoot on the new location with new backdrops of a fort or a beach.

The couple was photographed by "Together We Rock" at Tikli Bottom in Delhi NCR

A pre wedding shoot not only gives the couple a chance to interact with each other but they also get to know the Photographer and his or her team as well. This rapport with the team eventually helps during the actual wedding and everything goes smoothly as planned.

This is the time when you can freely discuss your ideas and concepts with the photographer. Once the photographer knows what is going on in your mind, he can suggest you the whole plan for the pre wedding shoot accordingly. You may go for a more elaborate shoot with a lot of costume changes in a Bollywood style along with a grand location or you may go for something more personal and intimate in a simple cozy and warm setting. Your pre wedding shoot can be more on the Fun side or more on the romantic side. Ofcourse it can be good combination of both.

However, creative or good your wedding photographer may be, it's always a good idea to discuss your viewpoint with him. After all he is shooting for you and not for himself. Discuss the kind of photographs you like and how you visualize yourself to be in your pre wedding shoot. You may want to go for what a lot of other couples have been going for or you may want to do it your own way. You may be more inclined towards Photography as compared to the video or vice versa.

You are not models, so the photographer can't dictate the poses and concepts to you. All these things must come naturally to you and a good Photographer will be able to pick up the best in you. It's more of an art and you should trust your wedding photographer for this. A good photographer should be able to make you both comfortable and help you get the right expressions and postures, which complement your own personality.

A lot of young couples love to add a pre wedding film as well. This may have Candid and spontaneous interviews or very well prepared speeches. Be natural. Candid is always better and you will relish it more in years to come.

The Pre wedding Film may revolve around the close chemistry of the couple. Or this may be choreographed around a famous Bollywood or Hollywood number of the couple's choice. This can be shot along with the photographs or on a separate day exclusively kept for the film. A lot of factors play a role here. How much time you have in hand. How much are you planning to spend? what exactly are you looking for? Discuss these points with your Photography and videography team and they should be able to guide you with all the details. Some of the common locations in Delhi for a Pre wedding shoot are Lodhi Garden, Hauz Khas Village, Humayun's tomb but these places certainly can be very crowded and generally not very comfortable for the couple. Since these can be very crowded especially on a weekend a lot of people prefer foreign locations in Europe or nearby Thailand. Quite a few specific locations have come up in Delhi NCR especially for Pre Wedding shoots. These can be hired for your pre wedding shoot and you get all the privacy needed to pose in front of the camera. Some of the well-known ones are Studio Future Forward, The Perfect Location, Tikli Bottom, Picture Destination, Love city. There are various sets available at these locations and one can shoot at any of these which the couple likes. The storyline, clothes and theme can be worked out around the sets which are available and these can be pre planned to save time on the day of the pre wedding shoot.

Humayun's tomb was the location for this pre wedding shoot.

 

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The video above was shot at The picture Destination in Delhi NCR.

Together we Rock is a professionally managed photography company with a team of dedicated wedding photographers and cinematographers 

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The rise of Boudoir Photography - Man's world magazine https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/Boudoir-Photography-mansworld-magazine Interview excerpts from Man's World April 2018 issue on Boudoir Photography - Hot Shots : The Rise of Boudoir Photography by Cynthia Lewis

What drew you to this field?

It’s a derivative of Fashion, Nude and Modeling. These all involve humans. Probably the artistic interest in shooting Humans in their nude forms and the Photography exhibitions which followed created the category of Boudoir Photography on my website. A lot of people wish to be photographed like a model. A lot of people like to flaunt their assets but just for themselves or their loved ones.


Did you have any apprehensions about its feasibility as a business?

Since I am involved in a whole variety of genres, it does not really matter to me if Boudoir as one of the options in my photography portfolio works or not. As a standalone business option, I don't think India is ready for it as yet. On the other hand, as it grows, I do have the lead and the experience to take it forward.


What lessons did you learn from early shoots?

Not really from early shoots but early inquiries, I would say. One has to be careful before the shoot and the terms and conditions should be very clear. The outfits need to be discussed and most importantly the objective needs to be discussed. I do not earn my bread and butter from this category so I turn down a lot of inquiries, where I do not have the right feeling of proceeding ahead.

One gets an idea. Some would say, a model release is important, but it is meaningless when no one is going to see the images. Or when the face can’t be identified at all.


Who are the sort of people who usually do these shoots and why?

It can be any sort of people who can afford to pay for the shoot. The main reason to do it is for themselves for their own memory. They may not have the same figure in years to come so basically would like to document the way they look today. Many are not perfect but do have the confidence. Aspiring models, may add such looks to aim for certain categories in Films and modelling. In that case the reason is more of a commercial aspect.

I usually avoid getting into the details of “why” beyond a point. You never know if you are being told the right reason. Mostly it is for oneself only.


Do the grooms often join in?

Let’s not mix it with a Pre-wedding shoot kind of a scenario. Most of the couples have a lot of reservations. It will take years in India for Boudoir photography to blend with a photography session before marriage.  We are still very conservative or at least pretend to be for the world. Sometimes women go for it as an experience and sometimes it’s a mutual decision between a couple after the marriage.


Are there any concerns often that need to be addressed, on your part or the client's?

It’s very important to understand what exactly the client is looking for. If the expectations are not artistic in nature, the shoot is declined. Unfortunately, in India, there are clients who are at the extreme ends. Very few who can understand, that exposure can be subtle or more but still artistic in nature. It can be sensual without being vulgar.

Some would ask if there would be a female Photographer! Or How many people would be there! So, one needs to explain the technical aspects and that it’s all very professional. You either do it or you don't do it. Psychologically, in general, Husbands are usually fine if the wife is wearing revealing outfits or posing erotically but in front of a camera with a woman behind it. However, when women take a decision, it’s based more on the talent of the Photographer irrespective of the gender. 


What do you use to convey a sense of sensuality or create the right mood?

Light and the absence of Light works for me to create the right mood in a Photograph. I do not take it up if the basic understanding on this aspect does not exist. I am more inclined towards lowkey photography and shadows play an important role especially in case of Implied Nudes or a pure form of Boudoir. Next to lighting, it’s the body language that plays a key role. Accessories are next.


How different is India's boudoir photography scene from other countries?

It’s one of the major segments abroad while it’s still coming up very slowly in India and most importantly it’s very private, confidential and Anonymous in India. One can say it’s still very much a taboo to go for a Boudoir Photography session. Trust and confidentiality are major issues and for many people, eyebrows can be raised at a slight hint of flesh. Most importantly and unfortunately the whole character in our country is decided by the kind of clothes one wears. So, Boudoir Photography session if one has gone through remains as a hidden part of one's life and personality. Something one does only for personal reasons and not to put across on the social media.

Looking for a Pre Wedding Shoot?  check out our wedding Photography website. TOGETHER WE ROCK

 

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(Munish Khanna Photography | Direction | Cinematography) boudoir photography in delhi implied nudity modelling portfolio photography exhibitions https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/Boudoir-Photography-mansworld-magazine Wed, 02 Jun 2021 17:27:30 GMT
Creative Nudes around the window https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/6/nudes-around-the-window Shooting Nudes has always been a very satisfying experience for any creative professional, be it a photographer or a painter. Here is a series of Nudes photographed around a window. One can either use just the existing window light or smartly mix and complement it with additional lights just to add that extra kick in the photographs and have better control over the way the light falls on the subject to reveal the shape and texture. 
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In these nudes above the subject is mostly in dark rendered almost as a silhouette. the light is relatively much bright outside as compared to the interiors. 


Shot from outside the subject is in a relatively dark interior as compared to the broad daylight outside. The woman is positioned quite close to the glass, with the natural daylight exposing her along with the reflection of the outside environment on the glass. A Black sheet was strategically placed so as to selectively allow reflections on the glass.


This is a typical example of short lighting created by the natural light coming through the window. When the light illuminates the side of the body away from the camera it kind of gives a slimming effect, specifically highlighting the shape and roundness of the features. No external lights were used.


When shooting from this position, it best to keep the exposure that is right for the outside light. The light naturally warps around the subject creating short lighting. Depending on close the walls are in the rooms and the colour of the walls, the light reflects back on the subject filling the darker areas. If you notice, there is a white door right next to her which is working as an existing reflector.



As one moves away from the window and shoots from the opposite direction against the light, the subject is rendered as a complete silhouette allowing to reveal only the shape. Where and how you position the subject is very important as the image is all about shape and other characteristics are not visible at all.


It's always a delight to shoot in the warm Golden light. As the sun is close to set, the light becomes warm and golden. Rinsed through the mesh the golden light is falling on the Nude looking out of the west-facing window. Direction plays a very important role in window lighting. You cant expect this kind of lighting in the morning through a west-facing window. East-facing windows will work better in the first half of the day. Keeping the exposure a little under helps in getting deep and rich tones of the bare skin.


Open up the exposure in comparison to the one which your camera meter is suggesting based on the outside bright light and you have all the details on the subject. Notice how the outside light is spilling over and illuminating the front and the way the light is reflected back from the adjoining white door on her left.

Eye contact always works. A simple nude illuminated by natural light.


Shooting through a glass or a mesh adds an element of interest to the photograph. While the images above were created from the natural light with the subject standing next to a window the shots below were created in the studio with strobes.

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It's always debatable if the nudes should be black and white or colored. While striping off the colors and making the photographs is artier, I am always resistant to discarding the color. I simply love the natural warmth and richness created by the light which is evident in a color photograph as compared to a Black and white one which loses on revealing this aspect of the characteristic of the fine art nude photography. Even though these nude studies are colored, there are almost monochromatic with nothing to take away the attention from Shape, form and texture.

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How to become a successful Model | Actor https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/5/how-to-become-a-model/actor How do I become a model is one question that is so frequently asked to me. Being in the fashion and modelling industry for over two decades, aspiring models expect a one-line answer to it. It's not that simple. It's not too complex either but there are few things that need to be understood and followed before you think of getting into modelling or acting. Acting is a performing art, You need to be talented enough. many people ask, "I am tall, can I be a model?" or  "I have a perfect body, can I be a model?"  It's very important to understand that its more than just having a good height or a body to be a good model or an actor.

Are you Good enough to be a Model?

You do not need someone else, an expert to tell you that you are good enough to become a model. It has to come from within. If you have the confidence and carry yourself well, you can make a start. Today, with so much happening in fashion, Modelling, films, television and OTP platforms, there is a place for everyone as long as you are not restricting yourself to just the lead roles. be open to experiments and accept roles and positions which will go well with your personality. And yes, with parallel cinema in place, you have a lot of scope for unconventional looks as long as you have the confidence. Gone are the days when only being fair meant beautiful. If you are not perfectly fit but confident, there are a lot of unconventional options open for you.

If you are looking forward to being a successful Fashion model or actor you must explore the following aspects.

Be Fit. Before you even get your portfolio made, get into shape. It's important for both Boys and Girls. While women don't really always have to get skinny but tone down and get into proper shape as per their body type. Men do not have to get Bulky and muscular but more athletic and fit.

Be a good actor - You need to perform, be it modelling or acting. There are advertising campaigns that may just portray you as a beautiful subject with an aim to attract the audience. On the other hand, there are advertising campaigns and films which revolve around a story idea. here it is crucial to fit the role that you are playing, however short or long it may be.

Be versatile and expressive - A film revolves around a script with different shades of the same character. You get an opportunity to express your acting skills over a wide range of emotions. If you are versatile and have a good enough understanding of your character which you play in a film, the audience will relate with you better.

Prepare for your Audition - It important to understand that the one who is auditioning you may not always have the right skills to bring out the best in you. Also, when there are so many people auditioning for the same role, the cameraman may just be recording your audition with a very mechanical approach.

Be Punctual! Reach well on time - If you are late for an audition you may not get enough time to understand and grasp your lines. If you have arrived on time, not only you will be more comfortable with the environment and the people around, you will get enough time to rehearse and perform.

Don't be self-conscious at all - Understand the creative brief and the script as the case may be and simply perform. Once you are ready and settled with your looks, simply forget who you are and be the character you are playing. You do not always have to look beautiful but the way the character should look. You will look the best if you portray the character from the bottom of your heart.

Be natural and spontaneous - while modelling, be very spontaneous and go with the flow of the shoot based on your brief. Follow the instructions of the photographer who is shooting you and build it up to improve it further. The same goes with acting. 

Opt for roles that complement your personality - Not everyone can carry comic roles with ease. Know your strengths and opt for roles that highlight your strengths rather than weaknesses. Playing a character that you are unable to relate to will involve more efforts and it will show that you are acting. 

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First steps in taking a Picture https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/4/camera-handling The very first steps of Camera handling which all beginners in Photography should know.

 

           
                            First steps in taking a picture / camera handling      
         
  Make sure that you have read the manual of your camera very carefully and marked/flaged the important points/pages needed to be refered again      
         
  Attach the lens to the camera body as instructed in the manual      
         
  Set the AF/M switch to AF on both camera and the lens. Certain cameras may not have a switch but option of choosing Auto and manula focus in the camera menu. Make sure not to manually rotate the focusing dial on the lens if the camera/lens is set on autofocus. However in some lenses you may do so as instructed in the lens/camera manual.      
         
  To focus lightly press the shutter release button. It needs a little practice to press it halfway and not all the way down. Once the focus is achieved you may hear a beep sound unless you have kept it off through the camera menu. Learn to focus at the most important area of the subject generally the eyes and then without lifting the finger from the shutter release button recompose the shot the way you want it to be.      
         
  Remmember, every lens has a specific minimum focus distance less then which it cannot focus so do not move too close to the subject where it is not possible for your lens to focus.      
         
  Hold the camera steady. Rest the camera lens on the palm of your left hand while holding the grip of the camera as shown. Always keep the strap around the neck, keeping the camera high enough not to touch the belt buckel      
         
  Set the camera on aperture priority. Av or A mode. Do not confuse the A with the Auto mode. Depending upon the kind of depth of field you are planning for your photograph select the aperture accordingly. Open up for less DOF and close down for more DOF. However keep and eye on the shutter speed as you change the aperture and it should not fall under 1/60th of sec. In case it so happens, move the aperture in a manner so that you get a higher shutter speed. Otherwise change the ISO to a higher number but doing so leads to quality loss. If you are shooting a still life, tripod may be used. Tripod and image stabilizing system is for camera shake and not for the subject movement.      
         
  Focal length dial on the lens lets you change the framing of the subject. Moving towards the lower number lets you see a wider angle of view whereas moving towards a higher number lets you see narrow and further away view. Also changes the perspective and depth of field.      
  Hold the camera vertically as well wherever required      
         
  Do not switch off the camera while the card is being written to / light is on      
         
  Make sure that you are inserting the CF/ SD card the right way in.      
         
  To begin with venture out shooting in good natural light instead of shooting indoors and in low light. This will boost your confidence and help you understand lighting and camera functions beter.      
         
  Once you get the hang of your camera also explore various metering modes and exposure compensation features on your camera.      
           
    Do use a UV filter and appropriate lens hood.      
           
    Concentrate on your composition as well as you learn the features of the camera.      
           
    Do check out the Depth of field preview button in good natural light for a better understanding. As you close down the aperture, view gets darker but clearer.      
           

 

 

 


Explained once again .......

Shoot at Aperture priority

while choosing the aperture keep in mind two things

1. Depth of field. choose an opened aperture (f2.8) for shallow depth of field and move towards f 22 for more depth of field.

2. If the shutter speed drops less than 1/60th sec, open up aperture or increase the ISO. If you open up, you tend to get shallow depth of field and if you increase the ISO, you get noise. Increase the ISO only to the extend that lets you shoot hand held at 1/60th sec ( 1/200th if on a focal length of 200mm)

REMEMBER to bring the ISO to the lowest number when a higher ISO is not required

Also REMEMBER that you are not just shooting at a closed down aperture even when you do not need more depth of field.

Its better to have noise /grain due to high ISO as this can be corrected/removed later on but having a blur due to slower shutter speed cant be corrected at all. People in general do not even notice higher noise but no body would accept a blurred image which will be rejected upfront.

FOCUS- make sure that you have focused the subject well. the focusing point must overlap the subject preferably the subject's eyes. It should not be on the background. Also make sure that you release/squeeze the shutter release button very gently. In certain situations dont shoot so fast so as not give the camera a chance to focus.

If you have a f2.8 lens- this does not mean that you always have to shoot at f 2.8 The idea of this lens in low light is also to help the camera focus faster in low light as the camera focuses with the fully open aperture and this makes focusing faster.

REMEMBER- with f2.8 with a very shallow depth of field you chances of error with exact focus are also higher compared to f5.6 /f 8 etc. As the error of focusing at closed aperture may be taken care by the depth of field. This is especially important when the subject is moving around.

REMEMBER to step back and shoot at a higher focal length than to start shooting from wherever you are with a wider focal length. for example if you have a 24-70mm lens, shoot as much as possible closer to 70 than towards 24 in case of portraits.


You have the option to learn photography directly from Munish Khanna at his Academy in New Delhi or online as he conducts online photography courses.

If you are planning to buy a new camera. This "camera buying form" might be of use to you.

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Modelling Portfolios by Munish Khanna https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/4/modelling-portfolios-by-munish-khanna MODELLING PORTFOLIOS by MUNISH KHANNA 

 
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One of the most creative Fashion photographersMunish, with an experience of over two decades in India and abroad, offers modeling portfolios, to facilitate young aspirants full fill their dreams and achieve desirable recognition in the world of Fashion, Films and Advertising. Meticulously planned out, the portfolio includes a wide range of selection from unlimited photographs shot with a high resolution professional Digital camera both in the fully equipped studio as well as outdoors. A number of stunning looks are provided by well-renowned make-up and Hair stylist who gives the right effects as per the frame and bone structure. And this includes Unlimited pictures. Shooting digitally helps you instantly see your images as the shoot goes on. This gives a great boost to your confidence in posing and facing the camera and gives you the best possible portfolio. Complete guidance is provided for promotion and planning out of a successful modeling career. An exclusive web page is provided on the internet with photographs and bio data details at no extra cost! If you are a couple, looking for a romantic portfolio or a pre /post wedding shoot, check it out here. 

Compare All Modelling Portfolios for Boys, Girls, Couples/Pre-wedding and Kids, shot by Munish Khanna at New Delhi, India. Prices start at just Rs. 20,000 only.

Portfolio Mini  Regular -Best Option -works for most Extended Double Features
No. of looks 1 to 2 5 7 10 More looks let you show your versatility and personality better.
Time frame Few hours Full day Full day Two days One day for studio and one for outdoors.
Suggested for 

If you just need few photographs for matrimonial /personal use.

Modelling - Acting

Couples

Modelling & Acting

Couples

Modelling and Acting

Couples

For modeling and acting, go for more number of looks, but at least 5. Up to Five looks is sufficient for couples / Pre-wedding shoots
No. of photos shot Restricted Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited  
Base Price- singles/couples

12000/-one look

20000/-two looks

40000/- 45000 60000  
Kids Reduce base price by 50% (for kids up to 12 years only)
Add Makeup & Hairstyling 4000 5000/- 5000/- 10,000/- Makeup - Hair styling is optional for Men and Kids.
Add wardrobe + Styling Add 8000 Add 15000 Add 15000 Add 25000 If you are adding wardrobe, go for at least 5 looks.
All inclusive 24-32000 60000  65000 95000 Regular and Extended options work out to be the most economical.
Add 18% GST to the above-mentioned prices. Rs.5000/- waived off when 50% is paid one month in advance!
No. of final retouched Photographs 10 20 30 60 only the best ones are included. Based on your requirement extent of retouching is decided accordingly, without making them look un natural
Add more photographs @ Rs. 2500/- for every additional 20 photos Its fine to add more photographs to your own collection, but its good to show only a limited number.
Add Show reel -video portfolio @ Rs. 12,000/- This adds to more impact. especially if you plan to go for films and TVCs
Add specific posing preparation one or two hours session any day before the day of the portfolio. No additional charges except that full payment needs to be made in advance, before this session. However, you can come directly for the portfolio shoot as well. This is highly recommended and you are not paying more.
Get all Un retouched photographs - jpegs @ Rs.12,000/- Not recommended.
Coffee table BOOKS / Portfolios

15 sheets 11"x16" heavy matt @ 6000

25 sheets 11"x16" heavy matt @ 8000
35 sheets 11"x16" heavy matt @ 10000
45 sheets 11"x16" heavy matt @ 12000 
55 sheets 11"x16" heavy matt @ 14000
60 sheets 11"x16" heavy matt @ 16000

This is optional and not always needed as most of the people need soft copies. But its good to have one when you go around for interviews and auditions.
Your own website by your own name @ Rs. 6000/- for one year. "www.munishkhanna.com/your name" is already included  If available. For one year. you can directly renew later on
Guidance and Support Included Ask for any kind of guidance and support.
selection of photos optional Its best to let us select the Photos.
     

Book your appointment with your credit card / online Banking and pay the Balance amount on the Date of the shoot. Kindly confirm the availability before making a date specific booking. You may also make the complete payment beforehand.

   

or an online transfer to MUNISH KHANNA  A/c No. 002901022429 -  ICICI Bank Limited, w-57, greater kailash-1, New Delhi, India pin code 110048

The RTGS / IFSC Code is ICIC0000029. (fifth character onwards is zero)  

 
 
 
 
 

FAQ s


How do I start off ? It's simple, first of all fix up an appointment to meet so that everything can be explained and discussed in length. Also, I do not use standard formulas to shoot every one alike. Only after seeing you, i can judge best as to evaluate the best looks for you. Meeting beforehand also helps evaluate your potential and guide you plan your portfolio in best possible manner. You may call up at 9871020341 (or whats app) anytime to fix an appointment. If you are not based in Delhi, send in your photos or fix a skype chat.


What are the payment terms ? You need to pay 50% in advance to confirm the date. Rest of the fees is to be paid on the day of the shoot. You may make the advance payment online or issue a cheque in favour of " Munish Khanna ". You may drop the cheque for the portfolio at the Studio or at any of the ICICI bank drop boxes / branches.


What are the Cancellation terms ? If cancelled 15 days before the date of the shoot 90% of the total fees will be refunded back immediately. No refund beyond 15 days. If postponed 7 days before the date of the shoot, no additional charges. If postponed within 7 days 10% of the total fees will be charged extra.


How long will my photo session take? A complete portfolio generally takes up the whole day. Time for hair and makeup done at the studio is included in the photo session. It is a good idea to start as early as possible, say around 8 am or 9am. The make up may take about an hour or so. the actual shot thus starts around 10 or 11am. Starting early helps to wind up in time and also take into account any delays due to unforeseen factors.


How early should I book ? Earlier, the better. This helps you also plan everything smoothly. However, if available I can schedule the shoot at a short notice as well.


Modelling Portfolios - www.munishkhanna.com/portfoliosIf you are wanting to become a Model, Your search ends here.

I only want a few photographs. Can i pay less and get lesser photographs? You are not paying for the number of photographs or looks. In fact you are paying for the photographers skill and experience to bring out and show your very best in your portfolio. The  Art and effort involved is almost the same even if the number of looks or photographs is less. However, to make things a little economical for you some special prices have been worked out for a mini portfolio and also for an extended one.


Do you guide the model during the shoot ? yes of course. Complete guidance will be provided during the shoot and all assistance will be given for posing and expressions. As the shoot goes on you are shown your pictures on a camera or a large screen, and suggestions given how best to improve the shots.


Are my photographs retouched on the computer? Once the final pictures are selected, these will be retouched and finished to look the best. There are no additional charge for this. Usually it is done to the extent that the photographs look natural and do not look too artificial. However, you have both the options. You also have the option to add more photographs to your collection.


Do you promote models? It's always my effort to promote my models. Moreover I prefer shooting with models I know are good. Anyways my best efforts are towards making a great portfolio so that your pictures speak out for you. You are guided to the right people in the industry for your promotion.


Want to be a Model ?Want to be a model ? Check out how you can be one. get your portfolio shot by one of the best fashion photographers based in Delhi.

How many number of pictures will you be shooting ? The whole shoot is now a days done on high end digital cameras. This helps in shooting unlimited pictures without bothering about added expenditure of film and processing. You do not have to worry about the number of frames or number of rolls used anymore. Just concentrate on your looks.


Do I have to bring my own clothes? If you have a good collection, do bring it. I do have a complete wardrobe but it is always better to have more options open. However, you will have to bring your own  jeans, shorts, shoes, sandals or any other stuff which requires a specific fitting / size not available here.  All this can be discussed before hand and in certain cases, you may not need to bring along anything.


Can I choose the outfits ? Yes, you can. Alternatively, let us decide what will work best for you, but you still have the final word.

Do I get to select my photographs ? yes, Since there are a lot of photographs i generally shortlist the photographs and among this set you can further choose the best ones you like. this makes your work much easier. At the end of the shoot as well as during the shoot, we’ll look at your photos on a computer screen and talk about which images / looks /expressions work best.


How many pictures will I finally get ? As many as you want. But it is always good to have only the best pictures in the portfolio which are very strong in every aspect and do not show any flaws at all. The images should show the model in his/her best. The presentation CD or website could have more images but the prints should be restricted to about 10. It's all a team work. any picture where the model or the make up artist or the photographer are not up to the mark does not make to the final selection.


How much do I have to expose ? Thats absolutely your choice. It is not necessary if you are not comfortable doing so. Keep in mind the kind of work you are looking for. Your portfolio should reflect the same. However, if you get any such images shot, its not necessary that you have to show everything to your prospective clients.


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I am not really slim, Is it possible to achieve that in Photoshop ? It is possible to do so in photoshop to some extend, however, its better not to manipulate the photographs in a manner which does not portray the real you. Small tweaking can be done but do not expect a drastic change. 


I do not have a good Body, Can I still become a model ?  It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for character roles, a good physique may not always be needed. Meet me before hand and I can guide you better.


Should I join a Gym before getting a portfolio done ? Its good to have a good physique but you do not have to be a body builder. As long as you are fit, its perfectly all right, with or without a Gym. You are most welcome to meet up and discuss this aspect.


I am not tall, can I still become a model ? Yes, being tall is not the only criteria. Though it helps but its not a setback as there are so many options still open and your overall personality matters much more than just the height.


I am tall, and people say that I can become a model. As mentioned above, being tall is not the only criteria but yes, an added advantage. Have a good overall personality  certainly helps rather than just being tall. 


What are the different looks that are included ? Its not always necessary to do every different look. We can discuss and plan, what looks go best with your personality and what kind of work you intend to seek. some of the options are - Western casuals- jeans / shorts /tops etc , western formals / evening gown or a dress, Indian traditional - saree or a lehanga, closeups and beauty shots, Executive / Business look. Based on your fitness you may also go for sportswear or Lingerie / Bikini. 


Is modelling safe ? Its just as safe as any other profession. 


Can I bring along a friend or someone ? yes, certainly. However, bring along someone you are friendly with and not conscious of. Someone you are not uncomfortable posing in front of. Also, its fine to bring along one friend or at the most two but not a whole bunch !


Some people promise to promote ? what do you say ? One does not really need anyone to promote you as long as you have the talent. A good portfolio is your first step in the industry and decide the photographer on the basis of his/her work and do not link promotion with it. If you are good and if your portfolio is good, half the battle is already won. With the right guidance, you can promote yourself much better than anyone else.


Should I have my own website ? Its optional. You anyways get a page on my website " www.munishkhanna.com/yourname " For more visibility, you may go for a personal webpage with all details.


How will I know as to where all should I distribute my photographs ? You will get all the guidance and the details of the reputed modelling agencies and casting directors, both in Delhi and Mumbai. In case of any questions or doubts, you can directly get in touch with me any time later as well.


I just want to get the photographs for myself. Is it any different ? No not really. Its more or less the same except that you can get it done more in a manner you want it to be rather than what will work better in the industry. 


I am just getting it done for fun sake, Just to give it a try... Nothing works unless you give it your best. If you want to pursue modelling as a career, you need to be professional about it just as any other career. You need to put in your best effort towards your portfolio, to begin with as this is going to be your first impression in the industry.


Do you also do couple portfolios ? yes, you can plan out a couples portfolio and the prices are available here. This may be a post or pre wedding shoot or even years after you got married. well, or just as a couple even if you are not married. 


You can also calculate the Portfolio price by filling up this form

If you are couple, looking for a romantic portfolio or a pre /post wedding shoot, check it out here. 


Unlimited pictures. # Complete guidance for posing & expressions. # Check out images as the shoot goes on. # All selected shots on DVD.

# Best make up and hair stylists. # Models own web page on the net. # Guidelines for successful career.

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one of the best wedding photography team https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/4/best-wedding-photography-team Q who all are included in the team ?

We have one exclusive wedding photography - videography package and all our clients get the same importance. Everybody in our team is equal and strives to achieve the same perfection in their work. The photos and videos, that you see on this website belong to the team and not an individual.

 

For a wedding ceremony, it's very important to have at least two sets of Photographers and Cinematographers. Three is preferred. One with Groom, one with the Bride and one at the venue. While documenting the event is important, which can be taken care of by one Photographer, It's also important to catch the moments and the overall mood of people along with the ambiance of your wedding venue. So Two photographers divide their roles in terms of the approach with which they look at things and shoot in a more conventional and tradition n style or a more natural and candid style of wedding photography. As per situation they may even switch roles. This ensures that nothing is missed out.

Similarly the team involved with wedding film also divides their roles in shooting the scene with different lenses and angles so that there is enough footage to put together on the editing table. Different angles, perspectives, Surround Sound and creative camera movements put together, contribute in the making of a good Full High definition film.

In terms of the actual number of people, most of the Photographers and Cinematographers are accompanied by their assistants to enable a faster flow of work as the events unfold in a wedding function.

In case you are looking for a good enough coverage and your venue is quite large, you certainly should consider having more number of Photo and Video cameras. This ensures that all areas are well covered. One could be positioned at the main gate as the parents greet and welcome the Guests. One set could go around and cover the gathering of guests as they socialise and entertain themselves. In case you have some performances and are looking for the complete coverage of same, its important to station one set here. If all this is not overlapping, limited crew members can be utilised accordingly. So based on the number of guests, Venue size, the kind of photos you are looking for, your requirement of coverage, the strength of the shooting team can be worked out. 

Shalini and Munish are constantly involved in every stage of the process, be it shooting, editing, processing or the fine tuning of the final results. However, as a conscious decision, sometimes they do not shoot themselves to ensure that everything is directed well and runs smoothly as required. Its all about the team, which is why it is "Together we rock"

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Shape, Form, Tone and Texture for good Photography https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/4/learn-about-shape-form-and-tone-in-phtography Essentials of Photography - Shape, Form, Tone and Texture 

The three dimensionality of the subject in Photography is revealed by the mid tones, the most important tone as compared to the light and dark tones. The subtle gradation of shades in between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks gives body and substance to all photographs and plays a key role if the photograph is flat.

These tones are the photographic equivalent of the shading in an artist’s drawing. It's this shading - the mid tones that help distinguish and define the contours of a face, or a cube. These help us visually distinguish between a cone from a sphere. To accentuate form, you want the changes in tone between areas of dark and light to be as gradual as possible. This is primarily achieved using lighting. A good understanding of the direction and quality of Light can help a photographer depict a form with the help of tones.

The Direction of light helps add the tones in the subject and thus reveal the form. If a subject is lit from the side, rather than 
from another lighting angle, you get a higher proportion of areas that are half in shadow and half in the light. This then provides the crucial mid tones that reveal the contours of a subject. Varying the angle of the lighting in relation to the subject, either by moving the light itself or by changing the viewpoint, will change the mid- tones, and the amount of form that is revealed. The lighting must not be too direct, because this can create intense highlights that tend to drown out the subtlety of the shading. Full frame cameras and medium format cameras are able to handle such situations much better as compared to the cameras with smaller sensors. The Lighting should not be too soft or frontal as the illumination is too even in such cases. The best light for accentuating form is halfway between the two. The partially diffused light you get by using a soft box over a Bare studio light, or from sunlight that is softened by clouds, is ideal.

Outdoors, the darker side of a side lit subject will almost always be lit indirectly—from sunlight reflected from surrounding buildings, the ground, or even from the sky. This natural fill-in helps to soften the shadows, and create a better range of mid tones to suggest the three-dimensional form of the subject. Alternatively in the studio or outdoors you can use a reflector or a wider light source it self which warps around the subject besides being directional. without a reflector or a fill in, there is too much of a contrast and the shadows can end up being completely black and featureless.

The reflector or the fill light needs to be strategically placed to bounce light back from the main light source into the deepest shadows on the subject. Although specially made reflectors can be bought, a large sheet of white cardboard, paper, Thermocol or a simple white bed sheet, can be just as effective.

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The backlighting creates middle tones as well, highlighting the form. If the lighting was shifted further back, the subject would have turned more towards being a silhouette, emphasising more on shape than the form. While shooting artistic nudes, a good understanding of lighting to reveal shape and form with the help of tones, adds that artistic touch to the nudes, which may not look very appealing otherwise. Another thing that you may notice is that the skin retouching in these nudes is almost not there. Besides revealing form, directional lighting reveals texture as well. Its the feeling of skin texture that makes a nude more artistic and abstract.   

 

nudesnudesnudes While this photograph does convey the sense of shape, being in shadows it does not really reveal the from. Depending upon what you are trying to achieve, it's fine sometimes to give more importance to shape as compared to the form. nudesnudesnudes Another silhouette conveys shape but does not convey the feeling of form or texture.


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The characteristics of Shape and form are extremely important and significant in Food Photography. Its because of the lighting that one gets to know the shape and form of the food. texture is also important as it lets us know how the food feels like. While certain elements in the same shot are smooth others are with quite a rough surface. Form conveys that feeling of three dimensionality.

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Product Photography is another area where these key areas need to be understood and highlighted. Its because of the form that the volume of the bottle or a can can be understood by the consumer. besides highlighting the form, showing texture is very important in case of products like shoes.

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Form and shape can be deceptive at times. This photograph of the outside of the rusted pipe has bee shot through the hollow of another rusted pipe. so you see the inside of one pipe in the foreground and outside of another pipe in the background.

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While shooting intricate lingerie, its significant to show both form and texture. Its the fine detailing that's an integral part of lingerie.


Do check out the Mentorship programs and Photography courses offered by Munish Khanna at Delhi for more in depth information on various aspects of Photography.

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Role of Light in Photography https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2021/4/role-of-light-in-photography The very fundamental of Photography is the Light. Light has been one of the most transient elements which has existed on earth since the existence of earth itself and for more practical purposes since the existence of the mankind and us.

Light is changing every moment and one thing which has not changed over the ages is also Light. If we observe light carefully as it exists in nature over the course of time in the day and all throughout the year, we can bring a lot of improvement in our photography. It can change the way we look at things. In other words, since we have looked at things with a critical eye from the perspective of light in everyday situations, we can relate light better to our work in Photography.

Light conveys life and if the light is right in our pictures they will be closer to life. Photography completely depends on the Light and its changing qualities. This change in the quality of light is what brings out the mood in our photographs. Photographers need to understand this aspect of Light very well so as to apply the right mood or kind of light in the right situation.

It is the light that brings life to our photographs. Light is the most basic raw material for any picture of any genre. It is the light which conveys the whole mood of the photograph, the message which you want to convey in your image. Photography in Advertising is usually made up and staged. Unless the Photographer has good knowledge of Light in the real life and how it exists in nature, it can't be replicated realistically.  Fashion photography also involves actual natural outdoor or elaborate created indoor sets. Whatever the situation may be, the Photograph should look natural and appealing. Not only should it reveal all the detail in the outfits, but should add to the overall mood of the photograph as well. In other areas like in case of wedding Photography or while shooting interiors, the lighting in one way or the other is already set up to create a particular mood. While you add your own artificial lighting to supplement the existing lighting, make sure that you do not overdo and kill the mood created by the event decorator or the interior designer. 

A photograph conveys a thousand words but if the lighting is not good enough it may convey the wrong words instead. For example, a bright sunny day will add to the warmth and happiness shown in the photograph whereas a dull overcast day may convey sorrow, sadness, thoughtfulness, defeat and other negative moods. Something often noticed in movies, whenever there is a dramatic situation, there is lightning and thunder, but it does add to the impact. When there is hunger and poverty a "flare" is added in the frame to get that feeling.

Most people think of light in terms of intensity, if the light is bright or dark, more or less, high or low. There is more to light than just the intensity. It's that unique quality of light which needs to be understood and applied as per the characteristic of your photograph.

These fashion photographs for New York heritage - leather bags were shot against the light, which creates a beautiful highlight on the hair. External artificial lights and reflectors were ofcourse used to fill in the shadow areas.


 

The evening light falling on the side is quite subtle and soft. The beauty of shooting on the digital format is that the while balance can be fine tuned at a later stage on the computer to get the desired effect. It's not about the correct white balance but more about the one that looks appealing to the eye. 


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With Light modifiers, one can control the way the light falls on the subject. For creative fashion Photography, it's not always essential to illuminate the whole scene completely. The light and shade looks nice and directional lighting helps reveal the texture in the garment as well. I do love playing with light and you will see a lot of shadows in my photography.

In Wedding Photography, lighting plays an important role. It plays the key role in setting up the mood for the whole wedding. For such candid shots one needs to make the best of the moment and be able to shoot in the existing light without any artificial support.

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The warm golden light of the setting sun was falling just at the right spot where I wanted the couple to be positioned for one of their pre wedding shoots.  This warm golden light is there in fact before the sun sets and the intensity of the sunlight, though it lasts a brief period is quite strong.


Natural light the way it exists as one shoots images of random people around the globe, has it's own challenges. No modifiers and no support of artificial light as one gets in commercial assignments, be it Advertising or fashion. With experience, I have got the knack of shooting outdoors in unexpected lighting conditions also with proper exposure. Painted with LightPainted with Light

Your exposure in the camera should be just right to get the deep and saturated colours straight out of the camera. If you have shot well, you do not need photoshop or any other image enhancing software to bring out the desired effects in a photograph.


A simple photograph of a leaf illuminated from behind, photographed in the studio with artificial lights.


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While the subjects above are nude, the photographs are creative and artistic because of the way these have been lighted up. A good control over the lighting helps to show only what the Photographer wishes to show. The Photographer's vision helps him create the image that is there in his mind.


Munish Khanna is an Advertising and Fashion Photographer who has specially created one of the best online photography courses with a vast experience of teaching photography at his photography academy in Delhi. He has been running his Photography course in Delhi since 1993. Munish also specializes in helping young (or any age ) aspiring models to build up a career in the world of modelling and Acting. Do check out more details about the Modelling portfolios which he offers in Delhi.

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wedding photography FAQs https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2020/10/wedding-photography-faqs Q and A

In general, there are so many questions and misconceptions related to wedding photography. Get some of those answered below. If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to ask.


Q How many photographers will cover the functions?

Less is more. It is not important to have more number of photographers but the right number of good photographers. Many times when the number of photographers is too high, you end of seeing more of them then the guests in the pictures.


Q what kind of photography is covered?

Both documentary and conventional style of photography is covered together.


Q who all are included in the team?

We have only one package and all our clients get the same importance. Everybody in our team is equal and strives to achieve the same perfection in their work. The photos and videos, that you see on this website belong to the team and not an individual. Shalini and Munish are constantly involved in every stage of the process, be it shooting, editing, processing or the fine tuning of the final results. However, as a conscious decision, they do not shoot themselves to ensure that everything is directed well and runs smoothly as required. It's all about the team, which is why it is "Together we rock"


Q Why is it better to hire the same company to cover the functions of both the bride and the groom.

Not only does it make everything more economical for you, it also improves the overall coordination between different photographers covering the ceremonies. A lot of recordings are common which can be utilized on both the sides. While the teams may share common footage, they are headed by very talented photographers who work independent of each other rendering their own unique style to the photography and videography. Further, two independent designers design the coffee table books to give it a distinct identity, while keeping some common style to indicate the same wedding. Overall besides better output you save 35% of your hard earned money.


Q How are the savings calculated?

If you book 6 months in advance, you save more. If you book both sides together as well, you have additional savings. This is how it works. The number of months you book in advance, the number of thousands you save. Book 24 months in advance and save 24000. Book 6 months in advance and you save 6000 and so on.


Q what equipment is used?

Although it is the talent of the photographers which matters the most, we use only the best available equipment of international standards.

Photography- High resolution Canon and Nikon cameras

videography- Sony Ex3, Ex5 canon 5d mark III /II , 70D or equivalent.  ( we do not use any camera which is not high definition) 


Q What are the add ons?

If you choose a particular package you may add on features from the other package. You can also change the quantities. Additional price applies.


Q Can packages be customised?

Yes, the packages can be customised.  The package prices mentioned are estimated prices and once you choose the package an exact price is quoted to you based on your requirements.


Q Can i mix high definition video with normal to save cost ?

A- Due to technical reasons it is not possible to mix the two.


Q How do I make the payments?

50% advance is required to block and confirm the dates. remaining 40% is to be paid at the end of the first ceremony. 10% needs to be cleared against the delivery of the books and dvds. Both cheques and cash are accepted.


How to confirm?

Many people confirm the dates over the phone or an email. We may block the dates for you, but do not guarantee that your dates are blocked unless an advance is received. If someone else pays before you do, we may not be able to provide you the services. In other words, bookings are confirmed strictly on the basis of advance payments.


Do you cover weddings out of Delhi NCR or India?

Yes, anywhere in this world. However, based on the location, special rates apply instead of the ones mentioned above. A customised package is worked out based on the destination and requirement. Getting the visa is never a problem for any of the team members. 


I have received quotes from other photographers which are lower than yours?

Please do not compare prices in terms of quantity. Photographers may offer their services at a lower cost but it will certainly show in the quality of their work. For your project, we involve only the best, be it the highly skilled photographers or the world class equipment. Its the talent and the skill you are paying for and not the number of cameras or lights used. So evaluate the photography and base your final decision on that and not just a lower cost. 


 

 

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Are Fashion models guided during the shoot? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2020/10/perfect-guide-to-modelling-portfolio Are models guided during the shoot ? © munish khanna photography

yes of course. Complete guidance is provided during the shoot and all assistance is given for posing and expressions. As the shoot goes on you are shown your pictures on the camera itself or a large screen, and suggestions are given how best to improve the shots. 

It's Important that you come prepared for your Portfolio, which is your first step towards a career in modeling. If you are prepared with the basic poses and know your body language, it makes easier to help you further. Within the available time, one can manage to do a number of looks in a comfortable manner.

Practice in front of the mirror as often as you can. This will help you understand your posing angles and build up your confidence. I am sure at this time of selfies most of you are already doing it. The idea is to rehearse your poses and as you practice it a number of times, your muscles are more relaxed as compared to doing it for the first time in front of the camera. There is a catch though. when you practice on your own sometimes you are not too sure if you are posing in the right manner or not. But it still helps when you step in front of the camera for your modelling portfolio. I can correct you as you go wrong and pick up what is right. I help you look your best both in terms of the body language as well as the facial expressions.

Posing is easier if you you have something to lean on or hold on to. 


Munish is shooting one of the Miss Earth India contestant in a hotel lobby.  


Service lanes are great places to shoot. There are natural backdrops and models are also more comfortable with less people around. 


 

Guidance is required even for professional shoots. Just that professional models have already done a number of shoots already, so it is easier to guide them and pass on the required instructions. While shooting for lingerie, the model was instructed if she was to give seductive looks or not. It totally depends on your creative brief as to what kind of looks you are expecting the model to give.


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Emotions are important besides the correct body language. For this advertising campaign for blankets, the models were suggested to play around and be natural and spontaneous with their poses.


Munish Khanna is one of the best Advertising and Fashion Photographer who has specially created one of the best online photography courses with a vast experience of teaching photography at his photography academy in Delhi. He has been running his Photography course in Delhi since 1993. Munish also specializes in helping young (or any age ) aspiring models to build up a career in the world of modelling and Acting. Do check out more details about the Modelling portfolios which he offers in Delhi. 

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What makes a good modeling Portfolio https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2020/10/a-good-modeling-portfolio-Delhi-India What makes for a Good modeling Portfolio that gets you assignments as well.

While you trust yourself with a Good fashion photographer who also specialises in making Modeling Portfolios, set your target right, to begin with.

What kind of modeling are you planning to go for? And what kind of modeling can you actually do? Do not aim to be a model for Lingerie if you have reservations or your family would not allow you to go for it. Not that all assignments for lingerie are erotic in nature but it may be taboo for some. On the other hand, you may be fine with such modeling but you do not have the right figure to carry lingerie well. So both what you want and what you can are equally important.

Your modeling portfolio os the first true impression of yourself as a model, good or bad. It's because of your modeling portfolio, that the Advertising /modeling agency or the casting director has taken a decision to see you in person or call you for an audition. It is highly recommended that you focus on your modeling portfolio to establish your career as a model.

Your Photographer will always choose and pick up the best photographs in your portfolio. He will always suggest you carry just the right number of photographs which reflect the kind of work that you are looking for.

Many of my clients wish to add more and more photographs to their portfolio, which is in fact not a very good practice and can be more harmful than good.

The thumb rule here is - less is more!

Especially for an actor, besides good looks, it's very important to portray different characters, personality and age ranges. Your body language and expressions play a vital role here. The casting director should be able to get an idea from your photographs, about your versatility and he should be able to judge if you would fit a particular role or not. Accordingly, he or she will shortlist you for further audition or screening.

You may also opt to go for some "Polaroids" which are actually some basic shots without any makeup. However, these should also be done professionally. The biggest mistake a model can make is to include photographs shot by mobile phones and that too as selfies which usually distort the features.

There are otherwise no specific rules regarding a good portfolio but be sure that it is very professional in every sense. From shooting to the presentation.

Clear your doubts when you visit the Photographer who is going to shoot your portfolio. there are a lot of misconceptions and myths which one may come across. Feel free to discuss these before you decide to go ahead for a modeling portfolio so that you move ahead in the right direction.

Munish Khanna is a well-established photographer based in Delhi, India who has an experience in various genres of Photography including fashion Advertising and Modelling. The details of the Portfolios made by Munish are available at this link.  

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This is what good wedding Photographers must keep in mind https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2020/10/this-is-what-good-wedding-photographers-must-keep-in-mind Wedding Photography is quite a challenging task contrary to what people generally think. It's not about just picking up a camera and reaching the venue to shoot some photographs. Planning and a lot of hard work is required to get good wedding images. 

Know your equipment well. Shooting weddings is a lot more like shooting on the street except that here you can mostly anticipate what is going to happen next. Not all the time though as many a times, there are unexpected twists in the way the events unfold. However, If you know your equipment well, you are faster at dealing with unexpected changes in the way you need to cover the events. 

Plan ahead. In weddings, you generally know how things would proceed ahead. It's a good idea to know and understand the rituals if you or your team has not photographed the weddings of a particular faith or religion. A Muslim wedding may not be same as a Sikh wedding. A Hindu or a christian wedding on the other hand have entirely different flow of rituals. It's important for the young couples about to get married or their parents to book good photographers early, well in time.

It's a teamwork. One photographer, however good he or she may be at shooting weddings can't possibly cover the whole wedding alone especially when the scale of the wedding is too large. There is too much going on at the same moment for one photographer to cover. Proper planning and a detailed discussion with your client helps here. One can plan the size of the Photography and videography team accordingly.

Coverage is as important as getting good shots. You are not there as a wedding photographer to get some good shots just to show off on social media or your own profile. It's also a responsibility to cover the even well. Take images of as many people as you can. It's the people who are the face of the wedding. If you cannot possibly cover everyone, make sure that you cover the key family and friends for sure. 

Strike the right balance between conventional and candid Photography. If you are a good wedding photographer with a good understanding of what is creative candid wedding photography, you can do justice to the task you have been entrusted with. Candid photography is not just about taking pictures of people not looking into the camera. It's more than that. It's all about looking at the whole scene with a creative eye and to release the shutter just at the right moment conveying the whole mood of the situation.

Shoot discreetly but do not miss the shots. You do not have to be too prominent while taking pictures but at the same time do not get lost as well. be there and be in command. Especially in Big fat Indian weddings, you may also need to play the role of the master of the ceremony at times when things get too chaotic.

Follow the Brief. understand what your client, be it the couple or the parents, are exactly looking for. remember, You are not shooting only for yourself. You need to do it the way they want it. You need to deliver the kind of results they are looking for. Ofcourse, you are on the same page as your client that's why they have hired you, but be very clear to understand their requirements. When you meet the very first time, you should be able to get an idea about their expectations from you. If your style of wedding photography does not fit their requirement, it's best not to go ahead with the project instead of not being able to deliver the right results. It does not mean that you are not a good photographer, but simply that your tastes do not match. 

 

Pre-wedding shoots are perfect opportunities for the couple to know each other better and of course for the Photographer to know the couple better. It lets the Photographer know the strength and weakness of the couple in terms of posing and expressions. Also, the couple gets more comfortable with the team of Photographers and videographers who are going to shoot them.

Paid locations can be a good option for pre-wedding shoots. Shot at Hobbiton Shooting location in Delhi, the couple is quite comfortable posing in front of the camera for their Pre-wedding shoot. Had this been an actual beach, it would have been too crowded to shoot.  


We at " Together we Rock " have our own well equipped studio, where one can put together complete Pre-wedding shoot without having to pay for a "Paid location" It's always better to shoot the couple before the ceremonies while they are fresh and excitedly looking forward to the event. If you have planned well, you can achieve excellent shots in very less time. make the best of the available situation if time is less rather than losing that time in shifting elsewhere. Same goes for shooting the Brides. During the Hindu or Muslim weddings, the couple comes together only much later during the wedding. It's a good idea to have two different teams of wedding photographers and videographers to be there with the Bride and the Groom who are at different locations.

Wedding films are another area where good clarity between the couple and the cinematographer is very important and plays a significant role in getting good results.      TWR is one of the Best Known team of Wedding Photographers who specialise in Pre Wedding shoots as well besides complete candid and cinematic coverage of Weddings in Delhi and Aboad.

Cinematic wedding film by together we rock Wedding Highlight - Aman and Sonam Do check out more cinematic wedding videos.

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Body Language matters in Modeling https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2020/10/body-language-matters-in-modeling Body language is important in modelling.  © munish khanna photography

Its all about the Posture. More impact is created if your posture is correct and shows your confidence. Coupled with your expressions, your posture should define what you are projecting. be it an outfit or just an attitude. Posture is everything. Do not slouch. That shows the lack of confidence. There is a difference between leaning and slouching. Models need to bring in a good posture in everything that they do, be it posing in front of the camera or otherwise sitting or standing. Posture plays a huge role as you walk the Ramp. Every individual has his or her own way of doing things and thats what stands us apart. However, slouching is the last thing you should be doing.

Do not declare that you are nervous! Biting your nails, clicking a pen or something, fiddling with your thumb are all sign of showing how nervous you are. A lot of do it all the time without realising it but you as a model have chosen a career which is all about confidence as you play a role model for a lot of people.

These signs do not give a positive impression as you go out for auditions and interviews with your prospective clients and art or casting directors. This gives the impression that you may not be able to handle a difficult role in a film or express yourself well in an advertising campaign. 

As I pose my models, I try to see what best they are at naturally. How they stand, how they sit and walk around even when they are not in front of the camera. Besides well established models, I do work with a lot of new aspiring models for their portfolio, the very first step they take in the world of modelling. It's important for me to notice and bring out the best in them while avoiding their negative aspects.  


Having some props around us helps us stand comfortably as there is something to lean on to be it a wall behind or a table or a chair in front. Being a Model is different. You may not have such a support system and good models are capable of being on their own all together. The way they stand or sit on a simple plain backdrop can say a lot about their body language and what they are expressing through it. It does not have to be a story always and even a simple posture can look quite appealing so many times. srishti_561srishti_561


Keep you head up and strong. Models don't have to be shy. If you have a good figure, well as a model you need to have a good figure, there is nothing wrong in flaunting it without getting conscious about any flaws you may have. We all have flaws, so do models. But they know how to put it up all together so that the best of them is what faces the camera. Not being shy does not mean that they need to reveal and expose but not hesitate in performing a role and expressing a particular attitude. They need to come across as easy to work with. No one has the time and everything is tightly packed in the days shooting schedule. Following and applying instructions well makes things easier for everyone involved.

 

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Two different models chose to sit differently on the motobike but are equally confidant about their stance.


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Participants of Miss Earth India were  photographed against a plain wall. Most of them were able to confidentally pose and face the camera.


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When male and female models are posing together, the chemistry between them should show across. As professional models they need to coordinate amongst themselves to bring out the best body language and strike a pose which looks appealing. As a photographer ofcourse one can fine tune the postures but it has come from the couple to begin with. 

Even when two female models are posing together, coordination is required between the two


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On the other hand, you have opted for a photography assignment which requires you to expose, again do not be shy and be comfortable about it. It's all professional. The photographer would be more careful about what to show and what not to. When you are working on an image for advertising you do have set guidelines on exposure. Feel free to discuss everything before hand with the Photographer or the Art Director so that there are no misconceptions while shooting.

The model is nude, yet not. Implied nudity is all about good body language and the trust between the model and the photographer to put across the images in a sexy manner and not make it look vulgar. 

  Makeup and Hair- Roberta by Dilshad Ahmed and Yana bypoonam Rawat

As a model for lingerie you should not have any inhibitions and should be able to carry the "outfit" confidently. Any sign of nervousness is going to show in the camera.


Munish Khanna is one of the best Advertising and Fashion Photographer who has specially created one of the best online photography courses with a vast experience of teaching photography at his photography academy in Delhi. He has been running his Photography course in Delhi since 1993. Munish also specializes in helping young (or any age ) aspiring models to build up a career in the world of modelling and Acting. Do check out more details about the Modelling portfolios which he offers in Delhi. 

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Pre Wedding Shoots https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2020/4/pre-wedding-shoots What are Pre wedding shoots ? Why not simply call them a Couple's Portfolio. That's what I have been calling it since ages. It's simply a Photography session of a couple together and of course it can be any time and not necessarily before the wedding. It could also be between friends! What's wrong in having some good photographs with your Boy friend or Girl friend? Traditionally in India, it's only fine to declare when you have intentions of getting married or more precisely when your marriage gets fixed.

Why not a "post" wedding shoot after you get married? Why not on your first anniversary? or even Years later. Interestingly, we end up calling it Family Portraits for photographs shot after the wedding.

In India in recent times their has been a boom of Pre wedding Shoots and has almost become one of the key ceremonies and people give it as much importance to other ceremonies like Engagement, mehndi and Sagan.

Our well equipped studio gives you the privacy and you feel more relaxed as compared to shooting on the streets. The settings can range from more romantic to Fun Pre wedding shoot by Munish Khanna - Together we rock Pre Wedding Shoots By Munish Khanna

Monuments work out as a good and effective backdrop for pre wedding shoots, especially when the couple is not Indian. This Chinese couple was photographed at Safdarjung Tomb in Delhi.


Taj Mahal is synonym for True Love and a very sought after location for Pre wedding Shoots. No wonder this NRI couple made it a point to get their photographs clicked at Taj Mahal in Agra. One can either plan a day trip and shoot over the day or plan an overnight trip to Agra, if shooting at sunrise is a priority and you want to keep it more relaxed.

Outside India, Paris is known for lovers coming from around the world. This young couple from Turkey was shot with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

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Nothing to beat, shooting on the streets especially areas where you had been dating around. However, do remember, Malls and your favourite hangouts may not allow you to shoot. One can however shoot around on the streets and markets. If you are not effected by the crowds, you can do a lot with the actual surroundings and environment. Pre Wedding Shoots By Munish Khanna

Swimming pools are ideal for a pre wedding shoot especially in summers. "Together We Rock" is fully equipped to take your photographs or make a film underwater as well. So if you a swimming buff, we can help you shoot under water as well. 

Its also a very a good idea to invest in a good location. There are some well designed locations in and around Delhi, which are available for a day to shoot your Pre wedding shoot. Some of the well known ones are Studio Future Forward, The Perfect Location, Tikli Bottom, Picture Destination

Further to all this, when you plan your pre wedding shoot or Film, there are a lot of things which you may want to keep in mind. Will be discussing all that in a different section  


Munish Khanna is a seasoned advertising and fashion photographer who is running a complete wedding Photography and Videography company heading a team of very creative professional photographers.

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Correct exposure in photography https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2020/4/correct-exposure-in-photography Correct exposure to get the desired Photographs © munish khanna


What is the right exposure in Photography? Right exposure is whatever makes your subject look its best in the type of photograph you create. That means exposure is definitely subjective. What may be correct exposure for one photographer may not essentially be the right exposure for another photographer in the artistic terms. Scientifically, correct exposure may mean differently. But then when you shoot, you express the scene through the camera as a medium. It's It's your vision of the scene and it does not always have to be truthful. If you are documenting something the exact tonalities of the original scene may play an important role.

However, most people know when an exposure is right or wrong. Overexposed photographs are overly light, and detail is lost in the highlights.

Underexposed photos are overly dark, and detail is lost in the shadows.

The key thing about exposure is that important detail, dark or light, is captured properly so that the scene is light or dark in accordance to the subject, the way it exists.

Unfortunately, the world typically offers up a range of tones greater than what is possible to capture with a sensor. First, you might not be able to hold detail throughout the image with your exposure. Most digital photos look their worst with any overexposure or very dark underexposure. Good exposure results from the appropriate combination of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO speed.

Exposure can be determined solely by the camera, interpreted by you (as the photographer) and the camera together, or solely by you. All cameras have an inbuilt Photometer inside the camera to measure how much light is entering the lens to expose the sensor. In most of the situations the modern metering systems will give you the correct settings and even set these settings on certain modes for you. Based on your own experience, you can alter this suggested exposure to make the photograph dark or light, the way you want it to appear.

Yes, It's not always important to have a very realistic view of the scene you are photographing. It may appear better if it's darker or lighter than as it exists.

The Photograph of this devotee in Allahabad, Sangam has been shot against the morning rising sun in the River, Ganges. The camera's metering will suggest the exposure that is correct for the brighter areas and thats what has been set on the camera. The camera does not know that the person and the boat exists in the scene. If I was shooting a model or a known person, I may have employed a different methodology to create the same photograph. I may have added artificial light of a flash or something in such a manner so that it continues to remain natural but get the detail in the person so that it is clear from the photograph that a specific person is performing prayers, while right now its a general photograph showing one of the several devotees performing a prayer.

The exposure in this closeup of the young girl in Nagaland is based around her skin tones and the background has been rendered dark. It was relatively dark but not so dark for the naked eye. The camera sees differently. And when we show how the camera sees makes things more interesting for the human eye.


Another one with water shot in Phuket, Thailand. Although the background is quite bright, since the sun is not absolutely against the camera, the subject has not been rendered as a silhouette. Rather the colours are quite deep and saturated.


Above photographs have been shot by Munish Khanna, a Delhi based Photographer who loves to travel and explore the world through his camera. He has participated in several Photography exhibitions around the world. He has been conducting Photography courses and workshops in Delhi along with his online photography course.

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Modelling unlike many other careers is based on aesthetics and is an industry driven by Beauty and Glamor. Appearance matters a lot here especially if you are aiming to be a fashion model. Beauty is not restricted to just the face but your over all personality plays a vital role in fashion ? ramp modelling. How you put across your personality is very important. You do not have to be stunning or spotlessly beautiful but if you have that charm and charisma, it instantly puts you in a higher bracket of success.

vlcc spavlcc spa On the other hand if you are aiming at being a successful advertising / commercial model or an actor, concentrate on your acting skills. You need to blend into the character you are playing and need to look natural rather than made up. Your beauty or figure does not matter in the conventional sense but matters a lot more because you are there for the shoot because of the way you look. Be yourself. Don't try to hide that extra fat. Because you were actually selected because of that. You feel your teeth don't look good but probably that's what made you fit in the character to begin with. Simply blend in.

The objective here in this advertising campaign for BlaBla cars was not about beauty or perfection but required the characters to look real life characters which general public, the prospective customers of this ride sharing service can relate to. 


On the other hand, as mentioned above, being a fashion model is all about playing a role model for someone. You need to be perfect and you need to maintain it that way. You can't afford to put on those extra kilos even in days when you are not shooting as you never know when you get a call for that assignment, you had always been dreaming about.

In fashion /ramp modelling, height and weight standards are much more rigid as compared to other genres of modelling. You can't change the body type you were born with but you can certainly stay fit. 

To the outside world, it may appear very glamorous. Not that it's not but there are strict rules to be followed and schedules to be maintained. If you need to report at 4am, it means 4 am no matter what. Unless you sleep early, you cant really manage that. You need to look your best, you can't afford to have puffy eyes or feel sleepy through out the tight schedule of the hectic day. be it a fashion show or a Fashion shoot, you need to look your best. 

Keeping yourself fit does not involve rocket science but following the very basics and following them very religiously. Regular workouts, controlled diet, no smoking and alcohol, priority to perfectly grooming yourself are some of the key element leading to being a super model.

Looking good and your best is only one of the tips to become a successful model and it's not a guarantee that your looks alone will make you a super model. It's always a win-win situation for models. You are anyways doing it for yourself. As early as you start concentrating on your looks, sooner you have the chances of making it big. So, don't get lazy about your appearance, get going and remember, you beauty and appearance is your most precious asset!

It may just be a close shot but since the model has maintained herself, you see the well chiseled cheek and collar bones, which will never really show with that extra fat.


As a Bikini / swimwear model, you you do not have the right figure, you will not be able to carry the outfits well and not amount of photoshop can do any justice to the photographs. 


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Munish Khanna is a leading fashion photographer considered as one of the best and most versatile photographers in India. If you are looking forward to a career in modelling and acting, he is the right person to get in touch for guidance and your portfolio. You are at the right place, if you are planning to get your fashion collection photographed in a creative manner.

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what do you get in our wedding photography package? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2020/4/what-do-you-get-in-our-wedding-photography-package What do you get in TOGETHER WE ROCK wedding and cinematography package? 

Photography   
During the wedding  
Candid and creative photography included
Creative Conventional photography  included
After the wedding  
Shortlisting of photographs You can opt to do it your self
Webpage on our website with password Optional.  this is on our website, with password and guestbook.
Retouching of photos selected for the Book

Our retouching is minimal to keep everything very natural and not artificial. We believe in good photography without gimmicks.

Designing of the Book  This is based on mutual discussions. The over all colours are based on the theme of your wedding.
Output  
Coffee table book by Canvera The price is not included. You have the option to change the size or number of sheets as per your requirement. Once the book is printed, no changes are possible.

 

Cinematography  
During the wedding  
Candid cinematic Filming Full High definition
Interviews /story telling Optional, if planned. No additional charges.
Choreographed film Optional, if planned. No additional charges
After the wedding  
Editing Final cut pro
Full version of all functions together
Full version of different functions as per the number of functions, sometimes smaller ones may be clubbed together.
Highlight / teaser 1
Duration Duration depends on the content of the functions.
Output  
Everything on a Hard disc Hard disc has to be provided by you, cost not included in the package
Blu rays / dvds one set of Blu rays or dvds. Nominal additional cost for more

Anything not listed above, maybe asked for, we may include it complimentary or at an additional cost.

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On a clear sunny day, one can make out the direction in which the sun is shining but on an overcast day the sky itself becomes a light source and a clear point light source, the sun is not visible.  so even though you may not actually be shooting against the light, that's exactly what you are doing as the soft diffused light is coming from all over the overcast sky.

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The difference in the above two shots is, that in the first photograph the sky occupies about 70 % of the space and the metering is influenced by the overcast sky. As the frame has been zoomed out in the photograph bellow, the area of the sky is relatively less compared to the area of the buildings in the photograph, hence less influence from the overcast (light source) sky.

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Facing the Camera in a Beauty Contest https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/12/facing-the-camera-in-a-beauty-contest Facing the Camera in a Beauty Contest can be challenging. Being the official fashion Photographer for Miss Earth India contest - Photography shoot, I tried to keep all the contestants at ease and tried to keep same parameters for all of them so that I can bring out the individuality of these Miss Earth India Contestants. They were all different. from different parts of the Country. Some were more Beautiful while others were more expressive. So they were all beautiful in their own sense of beauty. 

Many of them had faced the camera earlier during professional advertising shoots but at the same time many were quite raw and were facing the camera for the first time during this shoot with me. Having a good portfolio in hand helps facing a beauty contest better as you have some experience at least facing the camera and a good portfolio helps you understand your own pros and cons better letting you be more aware of the better poses and expressions you should face the camera with. Even if the Photographer is not making enough efforts on you, you still give in your best to the camera.

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Another interesting aspect of this shoot was the Group photograph including all the contestants together in one frame. In such shots it's important to ensure that every contestant gets equally highlighted and not overshadowed by others. 

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What are the different looks included in a Modelling Portfolio ? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/12/what-are-the-different-looks-included-in-a-modelling-portfolio © munish khanna photography

What are the different looks that are included in a good Modelling portfolio?  It's not always necessary to do every different look. We can discuss and plan, what looks go best with your personality and what kind of work you intend to seek. some of the options are - Western casuals- jeans/shorts /tops etc, western formals/evening gown or a dress, Indian traditional or Indo western - Saree or a lehanga, closeups and beauty shots, Executive / Business look. Based on your fitness you may also go for sportswear or Lingerie / Bikini. 


ofcourse CLOSEUPS are the most important shot of your portfolio. This should be the first page of your book. Closeups can be deceptive for the clients as they do not show the full body. If you are not tall or slim, you can still look stunning and beautiful as it's only a close face shot. So, if the client is primarily interested in just the face shots for his advertising campaign, then it should not really matter to him but it does restrict him if ever plans to do a wider frame for his shoot. Also, not everyone who is not slim looks slim just from the face. many faces are broader on the other hand but they have an excellent figure. Anyways, Its all in the face of the Model to begin with !


INDIAN TRADITIONAL is the look that is a must if you plan to approach fashion designers who do Indian wear or Jewelery and Saree brands are on the list of your prospective clients. If you are aiming to do a typical indian television serial, this is again one look which you may not really want to miss. However, do not go for it if you are not comfortable in Indian wear and you are not the type who would aim at doing anything Indian traditional. You may explore doing the Indian wear in a more unconventional manner.

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OUTDOORS gives you a lot of options to be very natural and play around with what ever elements are naturally available around. It's much easier to adapt to the naturally available environment as compared to the studio. However, depending upon the location it may also not be devoid of onlookers and passerby unless you are shooting in some private space. generally for portfolios we prefer shooting around the studio as it saves time in commuting to the place and the same time can be well utisilzed towards the actual shooting. 

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Adding GLAMOUR to your photographs does not always mean that you have to expose a lot. While you wear low cuts, it adds to the Glamour yet keeping it very subtle. 

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INDO WESTERN - When we talk about Indian outfits, these do not have to be worn in  a very conventional indian manner. A more westernised look can also be achieved and it can be made to look quite sexy without being indecent.

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WESTERN outfits allow you a lot of flexibility in portraying your body language as well as expressions and possibilities of posing are a lot more as compared to Indian formal outfits. Body language does matter a lot in modelling. Also, one can shoot faster with western outfits allowing one to do more number of outfits for the portfolio. Depending upon your body type you may go for full or short well fitted dresses. 

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You may go for BOLD looks if you plan to get into modelling or acting roles which have such requirements. On the other hand you may do it just for yourself. You portfolio is in parts and you do not have to distribute all the photographs to everyone. Send across such photographs to clients and casting directors who may need them for a specific role or campaign. You do not need to circulate them to everyone. 


or You may go for a more subtle BIKINI look. This is the look which will work well for swimwear or sportswear as it shows your toned and athletic body, most sports brands look for. In many countries it's almost a prerequisite to have one shot in the bikini as it shows your body type very clearly.  None of the options mentioned above is mandatory to create a complete modelling portfolio. To show your versatility you may express yourself in different looks which could be very varied if you have the potential. It could be a narrow range of looks if you are excluding certain looks you are not comfortable with. The whole idea is to show your best in the photographs and be what you are what you aspire to be. 


Munish Khanna is an Advertising and Fashion Photographer who has specially created one of the best online photography courses with a vast experience of teaching photography at his photography academy in Delhi. He has been running his Photography course in Delhi since 1993. Munish also specializes in helping young (or any age ) aspiring models to build up a career in the world of modelling and Acting. Do check out more details about the Modelling portfolios which he offers in Delhi. 

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How to become a Model https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/12/how-to-become-a-good-model
How to become a Model?  This is one question that is most often asked. How did this idea of becoming a model come into your mind? You always wanted to be one or your friends and family suggested that you be one because you are beautiful, good looking and tall. So you thought of giving it a try but are not sure how to go about it. You may be having a lot of questions in mind.

Be truthful to you and self-evaluate your potential - We know ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses. Of course we can always overcome our negative points but we do know if we are made for it or not. Can we face the camera? Can we face the crowd? Do we have stage fear? Can we speak fluently and confidently? Can you act naturally? Can you speak your lines? Are you Photogenic? You still can get into the glamorous world of modeling and Fashion but you may have to work hard towards your goal and make an effort to overcome your shortcomings. There is a place for everyone just that you need to understand your potential and aim for the right position as per your own strength.

Don't just go by what other people feel about you. Do you yourself strongly feel that you can become a good model? Follow your instincts but at the same time be truthful about yourself. You don't have to be the most beautiful person around as it is all very relative but you should be very confident about yourself and should be able to present your self confidently. while being beautiful is important, being able to present your self is just about as important. It should be "I am good and I know it !" kind of an attitude which should show across.

Meet a Good Fashion Photographer who specializes in making a Modelling Portfolio as well. There are many good fashion photographers out there but not everyone specializes in making a good modeling portfolio as it involves dealing with raw talent. The fashion photographer needs to work on you along with properly guiding you with the right poses, expressions, outfits and makeup which compliments you to bring out the best in you. Being in the industry for over two decades, I have kind of understood what all it takes to bring out the best out of an aspiring model with potential, who is facing the camera for the first time. I do not use the same lighting and other elements for everyone alike and customize it all based on your individuality.

Make an effort to achieve your goals - Getting a good portfolio is just the beginning. Do not settle down but get active once you have your portfolio together. Your Photographer should be able to help you with genuine modelling agencies and casting directors. Start distributing your images and build up your own contacts. Follow up with them to check if there is any suitable work for you.

A Modelling agency or a Photographer for a Portfolio. Eventually, it's the Photographer who has to make your portfolio, so why not deal directly with the person concerned who is going to shape up your profile through your images. The modeling agency is important but is secondary. Go for the photographer who you are comfortable with and whose style and approach you like and relate to. The Photographer is responsible for how good or bad your images turn up. He will make all efforts involved to create a good portfolio which works for you. If you have the potential and if your portfolio shows it across, the modeling agency would be more than interested in getting you work as that's what they survive on. For every assignment that you get through them, they earn a percentage which is pre-decided with you. Some agencies may sign up a contract and it all depends from agency to agency. So in other words, they need you as much as you need them. 

Prepare for it. Groom yourself. Prepare for your auditions - This is a continuous process and can't be achieved overnight. Take care of your short comings. or at least learn to deal with them in a way that these do not overshadow your plus points. Understand what is expected in an interview or an Audition and prepare for it accordingly. If you have the script or the lines with you already, you may rehearse them well beforehand. You may Dress up in accordance to the requirement of the shoot. This may not always be possible but you may plan to be closer to it. There are various grooming agencies which can help you with this task. Do check their credentials before joining one of them.

Don't Give up! Be persistent and determined. A Good portfolio does not help unless you put it across to the right people who matter in the modeling industry. You may opt to show your portfolio in the form of a coffee table book or on an iPad / tab or a laptop. It's not a very good idea to show your portfolio on social media like Facebook etc and that too on the agency or casting director's own computer. Some models would even log on to their own account to show the images which certainly is not professional and causes a lot of unnecessary inconveniences. Remember, professionals are generally short on time and such actions do not help at all putting a bad impression. You portfolio in the form of Coffee table books Participate in Beauty contests - If you win a Beauty pageant it can be a great platform to launch a career in modelling or acting. Even if you do not win such beauty contests help you groom yourself quite well preparing you to face various interviews and auditions besides other challenges in life.

Munish Khanna, based in New Delhi, India, has a vast experience of shooting fashion and has been involved in making portfolios for several new models. He is one of the well-known names in the Indian fashion Photography Industry.

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Guidelines for posing Female Models https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/5/poses-for-female-models As a Photographer, How do I pose the Models ? or what are the guidelines one should keep in mind while posing as a model.

There is no rocket science involved in posing a model whether it is for modelling or for a fashion shoot. It could even be for a simple corporate portrait or a formal portrait of a Bride. Once you gain some experience as a Photographer, it all comes naturally to you and you very instinctively guide your model, who may have been hired for a professional Fashion shoot or who may be getting her own professional modelling Portfolio made from you. In both the cases, it's very important and relevant to meet the model beforehand so as to understand her potential. Once I meet, I get an idea about the models expressions and overall body language. 

While shooting I do not have this list, which I kind of compiled for this article but these are the general parameters which are involved while a model is being photographed. The poses are also worked out on the basis of the objective you as a Photographer or a representative of your client or the Fashion designer have in mind. Sometimes posture is a part of what you wish to show or convey through your photograph, be it a look or an outfit.

How one poses can vary a lot from model to model and depends on her Body type as well to some extent. What ever the case maybe, one should not be nervous and confidently pose without getting conscious about your body. Do it naturally and with spontaneity.


Role of Hands

Using Hands affectively helps a lot in Posing. Many Models are clueless about the positioning of their hands.I generally ask my models to play around with their hands and mostly it helps. Models may not be able to make out but you should be careful in not showing absolutely flat palms which may not look very pleasing. A slightly curved hand looks better than keeping it just straight and flat towards the camera.

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A broad classification for the Hands

  • Bring them closer to the face or just around the chin or the forehead.
  • Bring them closer to your chest
  • Put them around the head.
  • Hold them above your head.
  • Put them around your neck.
  • Fold them together. Fold the arms together.
  • Hold something in hands.
  • Hold your outfit - shirt or skirt, whatever feels natural.
  • Place them in your pockets.
  • Place them on something.
  • Let them hang loose but firmly and confidently.
  • Put them around your waist.
  • Any other way, the subject can keep them in a natural manner.

Looking back over the Shoulder

A very romantic and delicate pose, works quite well to emphasise the back, especially if it's bare. It could be a backless blouse or even just a bare shoulder or Back. This can be quite a revealing shot without actually revealing at all. As a Model, you should have the right attitude and confidence to pose with a Bare back.

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Make the Model lie down

Somehow, I love doing this as it puts the model at ease and there are numerous possibilities of shooting her around from different angles. 

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Full length Shots

Many models find it more difficult when it comes to a full length shot. Positioning the legs and balancing the body weight are key to good posing as a model faces the camera upfront. You may need to curve the body in the right manner, usually arched in an S shape helps but is not always essential. I generally tell the model to fine tune her posture by moving slightly in one direction and ask her to stop once I notice that the posture is looking appealing to the camera.

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Just as the right placement of Hands is important, the right positioning of the legs is equally important for a Model.

Slightly bending one of the legs while suitably shifting the body weight helps a lot. It's difficult to explain and express but the following photographs will give an idea.

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Lean on to a Wall

Simply leaning against a wall helps a lot in confidently facing the camera as compared to when you are without any props or surroundings.

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You could even be facing the wall instead of just your back towards it.

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It does not always have to be wall behind. Something in the front or on the side like a pillar can also be used to lean on to. Munish Khanna is a leading fashion photographer of India


 

Be on your own

Sitting shots, but there are no props around and the model is on her own. Simple, yet interesting poses can be worked out.


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Swirl around

It works well in many cases particularly where the garment is quite flowing.

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No Eye Contact

It's generally good to have a direct eye contact in a portrait but sometimes looking away or looking down works as a good variation. While shooting a Model, I do keep in mind to have as many variations as possible. jia_0152.TIF-01771.jpgjia_0152.TIF-01771.jpg jia_0089.TIF-01708.jpgjia_0089.TIF-01708.jpg

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Holding hands above the hands is a sensual pose and requires a lot of confidence and a perfect body to carry.

Here, it was a good option to show off the outfit. 

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Leaning the Body slightly forward can accentuate the upper body of the Model in a very subtle manner 

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Lean forward and rest on something

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Hold on to something

Holding on to something helps the model be more at ease. It could even be her own knee for that matter.generally, it helps one hold on and lean back.

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Play around with Hair

Either you can use a fan to blow off the hair or the model can turn around towards the camera to bounce the hair.

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Play around with the outfit itself


Go for a Side Profile

I usually go for good side or short lighting for the model while shooting her side profile.


Posing a Model with a Male model can be quite challenging for many Photographers.

It's important to understand and keep in mind the objective of the shoot. Is the male model equally important? Is the product being advertised or promoted equally applicable to both. Based on these aspects, poses can be worked out to give equal or more weightage to one over the other.

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If you are an aspiring model looking forward to get a Modelling Portfolio made for yourself or need guidance in general as a Model, do get in touch with Munish Khanna. You can get more tips on modelling and photography as you flip through this website and also get complete details of the Portfolios being offered by Munish Khanna. 

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common photography mistakes by beginners https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/5/common-photography-mistakes-by-beginners Common Photography mistakes by Beginners as explained by Famous commercial Photographer

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As a fashion and Advertising Photographer, I come across several assistants and my own students who are learning photography from me through my online and Practical Photography courses in Delhi. Some of the common mistakes these beginners make as a photographer are listed below. These are very simple yet very significant aspects of Photography which most of the amateurs ignore or overlook.

Do not get too confused with WHITE BALANCE.

While I am not advocating that you should shoot with the wrong white balance but if you are not too sure about it, it's better to keep it at AUTO or DAYLIGHT.

If you have shot in RAW, you can certainly fine tune the while balance on your computer at a later stage as well. "Daylight" is closest to shooting on Film and AUTO works quite fine in most of the situations.

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This image has a warm cast all because it has been shot during the Golden hours of the evening. It is desirable to keep this warmth instead of opting for a technically perfect while balance.


Make sure that the Horizon is not uneven in the photographs.

It should not appear to be imbalanced except when you intentionally due to compositional reasons deliberately keep the camera at an angle for impact. However, it should never be off balance accidentally.

All modern cameras now have a balancing scale on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder itself to help you balance the horizon. The cameras also have the option of using the grid which is quite helpful in shooting interiors and if you are shooting stuff like paintings and carpets where you need to align both verticals and horizontals. 

 

The Horizon occupies a very small portion of the Photograph but it's extremely important to keep it straight.


NO BLURRED or OUT OF FOCUS IMAGES

It's just not fine to shoot a blurred or an out of focus image. It simply can't be corrected at a later stage so it's very important to ensure that you shoot it right.

Make sure that you have selected the correct focusing point when shooting. The focusing point must overlap the main subject and not somewhere in the background.

If you are focusing too close make sure that your subject is at least as away as the minimum focusing distance of your lens.

And focus on the eyes, when shooting a portrait especially at a very close distance.

While the Aperture is quite open so as to get the Bokeh Effect, the eyes are where the focus is.


Both Tripod and Image stabilising modes help to avoid camera shake if you are not shooting at 1/60th of a second or higher.

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COMPOSITION is important and takes care of it for every image that you shoot.

It's not an easy skill to master and the rules are very relative at times from shot to shot. Follow the rules, till the time you have gained enough experience to understand the situations in which you can override the rules and the photographs still look great and in fact sometimes the photograph is good and unique because it does not follow a conventional rule.

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The composition is not restricted to a photograph with a number of elements. Even a simple macro shot requires the Photographer to use his compositional skills.


Trying to get PERFECT EXPOSURE is important but not at the cost of the actual shot!

Many beginners miss the shot because they are aiming at getting a perfect exposure right there in the camera. Once again, there is absolutely nothing wrong in getting the right exposure to begin with but it's also not a crime if you did not get it absolutely correct and you were a bit on the under or overexposure side.

It was often said that a self-respecting photographer while shooting on film would take out several test prints before deciding on the final print to get the right tones, colour and exposure.

Ideally, there should have been detail in the background grass as well but then that was not the Priority in this Photograph of a Model, shot in a monument. When one shoots modelling Portfolios, it's the model who is expected to get all the attention and the detail of the other areas is not really very relevant.. I am sure, unless this is pointed out, no one is going to notice it. 


Shooting on MANUAL mode does not make you a better photographer.

Shooting on APERTURE PRIORITY lets you take care of lot many other aspects of photography besides exposure. With exposure compensation, you still have all the control over perfection in situations where the camera's metering has a potential of going wrong.


Do not hesitate to shoot at a higher ISO on a good modern camera but do not let it be on a higher ISO when not even required at all.

The NOISE in good cameras these days is almost negligible and the higher ISO lets you shoot at a relatively higher shutter speed in low lighting situations.

She was photographed next to the lights of the makeup mirror at ISO 1600. 

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Out of choice or out of compulsion you may not be carrying along all your lighting paraphernalia with you. While traveling and on a holiday, it's not possible to take along the lighting gear with you. You might even consider taking along the most basic photography equipment with you as compared to when traveling on a photography assignment.

This time around, you are not creating the shot. It's already lighted up and is ready to get noticed by an able photographer to bring out the best of the scene as well as the photographers potential.

While you get slow shutter speeds shooting fast is the key to get the shot when the subject is at the right spot with the right kind of light falling on it. Faster lenses are important but with technology improving with every new camera the quality of photographs at higher ISOs has improved drastically making it relatively less dependency on faster lenses. Good lenses today focus very fast and again it becomes less important for one to have a faster lens which would focus relatively faster in low light situations. However, to get good shots, think beyond the Photography gear.

White balance can sometimes be challenging while shooting indoors in mixed kind of lighting. Most professionals would shoot on RAW and handle the fine tuning of white balance later on in the RAW converting software be it Adobe's Lightroom, Canon's Digital Photo professional, Nikon's View NX or Phase one's Capture one. 

Sometimes, supplementing the low available light with a small portable flash helps bring out better detail along with the required "kick" in the shot. It also lets you shoot at a relatively lower ISO striking the right balance between ISO and exposure.

Do remember, noise from shooting at higher ISO can be taken care of in image editing software but nothing can be done for the blur due to the camera shake registered due to the slow shutter speed of the camera. NOISE today is not so much of a problem with cameras like Canon EOS 5D Mark III and I generally choose not to correct it as sometimes correcting the NOISE loses on the contrast of the photograph. 

The lighting was constantly changing as the Ladyboys were photographed with Canon EOS 5D mark III at the Starz Cabaret in Koh Samui, Thailand. Exposure was reduced by one stop to achieve a higher shutter speed. While shooting dance movement its important to take care of the subjects movement as well besides considering the camera shake. Performance of Mrk III is pretty good at ISO 2500. It's always good to shoot right to begin with but In these shots it's actually irrelevant to "correct" the white balance as the whole mood is being created by the coloured lights. What's correct and what's incorrect is all very relative. Technically wrong is the right here.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 75 mm 1/640 at f/4 -1 EV Aperture priority ISO 2500 Pattern

Look out for the spot lights and the peak action moment. the shutter was released just at the moment. Notice the lips and the position of the hands. 

The ISO was further pushed to 6400 to achieve a higher shutter speed of 1/1000th sec with the focus at the distant dancer.


 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 70 mm 1/160 at f/4 ISO 200 Partial

This is just around one of the malls in Dubai, UAE. Even with a slower shutter speed, the boat is sharp as the scenes has been photographed with a wide angled lens.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 24 mm 1/30 at f/4 -2/3 EV Aperture priority ISO 500 Partial


Not strictly very low light as there was light coming inside the cafe through these large windows, I decided the get the silhouette of the lady sitting next to the window. 

Canon EOS 5D 80 mm 1/60 at f/6.3 Shutter priority ISO 200 Pattern year 2008

On the other side of the cafe, I noticed the reflection of this young boy sitting next to the window. The glass actually shows the outside view instead of the framed poster itself. Kohima in Nagaland has several cafes along it's streets. 

Canon EOS 5D 88 mm 1/60 at f/4.5 Shutter priority ISO 200 Pattern


I let the exposure be the one suggested by the camera's multi pattern Evaluative metering. The window lighting is creating a rim light effect while I was able to shoot hand held at f4 at 1/250th sec at ISO 1000.

Canon EOS 5D 85 mm 1/250 at f/4  Aperture priority ISO 1000 Pattern year 2009


Available but not strictly a low light situation as it was shot in Nubra Valley in Ladakh towards the setting sun. To add interest, I asked my fellow photographer to stand right there to get the star burst effect. To achieve a star burst effect, one needs to close down the aperture quite a bit and the sun needs to shine through the edge of the subject. One can see the effect through a DSLR.

Canon EOS 5D 24 mm 1/200 at f/8 -1/3 EV Aperture priority ISO 100


Interestingly what we define as low light in photographic terms is often too good to see around with the naked eye just because of the adaptive nature of the human eye. On the other hand, it's low for photography purposes as it leads to the usage of low shutter speeds even with the aperture wide open. As the light gets lower, there is no option but to increase the ISO so as to be able shoot handheld.


Not a low light situation as such because it was shot in broad day light but inside an Auto rickshaw leading to pushing the ISO to 400 to get the shutter speed of 1/160th sec at f4. Amritsar, Punjab 2009


Munish Khanna is a renowned Advertising and Fashion photographer who is actively involved in Photography assignments across a wide range of genres. His work can be viewed at www.munishkhanna.com  While he started teaching photography in early 90's at New Delhi, he has recently put together his vast experience in the form of an online photography course 

His company, www.togetherwerock.in is involved in wedding photography and films besides corporate films and documentaries.   

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Looking for a good wedding Photographer? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/4/looking-for-a-good-wedding-photographer Looking for a good wedding Photographer? Do not wait for the last minute!

Good wedding photographers get booked early so start your search and bookings at least one year in advance! It also gives enough time for good photography companies to assign the wedding to their best photographers.

Photographs on this Blog have been shot by Munish Khanna's team of Together We Rock - one of the most talented wedding photographer and videographers.

I have a complete team of wedding professionals, both good photographers and cinematographers working for me on various wedding projects. The team is known as " TOGETHER WE ROCK" and includes some of the most talented wedding photographers and cinematographers. We have our own editing studio so all editing of the photographs and videos is also done under direct supervision by experts.

What Photography style suits you the most? Candid or Traditional ! or Both styles

Understand what kind of photography style, you relate to most. Do you like posed photographs or very natural candid photographs? You wish to cover your wedding in a photojournalistic manner or in a more conventional manner. Discuss all these factors beforehand to choose the right wedding photographer for yourself. Photographed by the team of Together We Rock

The Personality of your Wedding photographer is important too

The Photographer and his team are going to be around all throughout your wedding event. In fact they are the one who will be a coordinating a lot of things around, promptly suggesting you in case you get confused with any of the ceremonies as they have witnessed thousands of weddings if not more. The Photographers and Cinematographers pay a key role in the whole wedding, so choose the ones who have a good personality and gels with the elite crowd. They may not be dressed in the most expensive attire but should be presentable enough as they are going to be all around. Our Crew may not be in stiff formals, as they are at work but we do have a strict dress code for them. They are all in their deep blue "Together We Rock" jackets or dark semi-formals. Most of them speak fluent English and can communicate well. 

Clear all your Doubts beforehand. Do not assume things.

"I thought this was included" might end up being too risky. Make sure to go through the inclusions and exclusions. If Drone is not mentioned in the inclusions, it can not possibly be arranged at the last moment. Double check all the parameters.

What is your Photography Budget?

It all depends on your taste and style. You may have spent a fortune on the Venue, decor and food but may give little significance to Photography which is actually going to show across your spending. Wedding planners and experts are of the opinion that you Photography Budget should not be less than 10-15% of your total Budget. 

It's unfair to compare the rates of different Photographers.

Different genres in Photography are very relative. Wedding Photography and cinematography requires a large team both while shooting as well as later to retouch your images and to make a good cinematic wedding film. 

Albums are important but make a decision by the style of photography and not just the layout of the albums.

Even if you do not go for a formal Contract when you are dealing with a good reputed photographer, do make sure that you have put your point across and everything is very clear. Generally, Good reputed Photographers will share all the important highlights of the package and all the details in writing with you so that there are no misunderstandings. this also helps you understand the payments terms and various timelines involved in reference to the deliverables.

 

Photographs on this Blog have been shot by Munish Khanna's team of Together We Rock

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Think beyond the photography gear https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/2/think-beyond-the-photography-gear-equipment Do not just think about the Photography equipment or gear, all the time if you wish to improve your photographs and photography skills in general. Think beyond the equipment. Shift your attention from your gear to the subject.

Content is the king. Content is the king. You can understand why I wrote this twice. If your content is not good, it won't make a good photograph, however strong it may be technically. So don't release the shutter without a reason.

How you present the content. What you show and what you don't. Everything exists there but when you take a picture or I should say when you take a good picture you only show what you want to show. All that is visible does not make for a good photograph. only include what is relevant and adds to what you wish to convey.

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Guess what it is? It's a part of an onion as seen through a macro lens. I noticed different hues in these oninions and instead of showing the complete onion, decided to show it as an artistic abstract.


While talking about Faith for a series of Photographs shot for Max Hospitals in and around Delhi NCR, I did not want the attention to be diverted to unwanted elements around and tried to establish the connection that exists between god and devotee. The belief that makes us stronger especially at times when some one close to us is hospitalised.


Lighting. How you see it! And how you foresee it! Sometimes you see what you want. And sometimes you need to tweak things to be able to see what you wanted. Painted with LightPainted with Light

No filters or photoshop was used to create the seascape during sunset at Kata Beach in Phuket Bangkok. The colours were actually so deep and saturated.  the photograph of this dry leaf was shot in such a manner so as to show the transparency and it's own reflection on the surface below.


What are you trying to achieve? What is your creative brief if it's a commissioned commercial assignment.

Abhishek Bachchan was addressing a serious issue in this campaign for Earth Hour organised by WWF - world wildlife fund. His looks had to match. I could not have asked him to smile or pose in some other manner.

while shooting for a hair product, I explored different variations and permutation to achieve a shot which was not too conventional. 


Both the Photographs above have been shot for lingerie but due to different products, target audience and brief, the approach is entirely different. One for breast feeding shows more innocent expressions while in the other one the model conveys a sexy and seductive attitude. Mix the two and the entire meaning would change.


Spontaneity was important in this photograph of Depika Padukone, Indian Film star, when she reacted to something on stage during face of the year awards organised by NDTV. "Together we Rock" specializes in covering complex large-scale events besides shooting weddings in Delhi or any other destination.


So next time when you like a particular photograph, before you ask "what equipment did you use? " Try to explore and discuss why and how it was shot. Try to understand the thought process of the photographer and not just the equipment. The Photography gear is important but the skills involved in using it are far more significant.


Munish Khanna is one of the well experienced and talented photographers in the Photography industry and has helped shape careers of several photographers by guiding and training them through his photography courses in Delhi and online around the globe.

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Zoom or Prime Lens ? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/2/zoom-or-prime-lens Zoom or Prime Lens ? which one is Better?

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Watch more such Photography videos at www.completephotographer.com or www.munishkhanna.com to get detailed information on topics like Lenses, Exposure, Metering, Composition etc. with different genres like Fashion, Glamour, Products, Journalism, wedding etc covered in Munish Khanna's detailed online Photography course

 

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Tips on candid Photography https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2019/2/tips-on-candid-photography Here are some useful tips on candid Photography. Be it the street or a wedding, some of these tips on candid photography will certainly help you in your career as a Photographer. © munish khanna

Be aware and be alert of whats going on around you! 

Good shots will not just come over to you. You need to continuously look for them. There could be something happening just around you a while you are going through and checking your earlier shots on the cameras LCD screen. There will be enough time back home for you to check out the images. While you are on the feild, continue to keep and eye on things around you.


Be fast

You should be always ready to shoot. If you do not have the right lens on the camera you should be fast enough to change. Or you may keep two bodies with you so that you do not really have to change the lens


Anticipate the moment

So many times, you can anticipate the moment, which is about to happen. If you do not have the right lens on the camera, change it now. If you are not at the right spot, better reach the right place where you can get the right view.


Shoot from the Hip

Many of us, who are used to shooting through the optical viewfinder may not find it very usual but then this practice was utilised even at the time of film as well. When the camera is not next to the eye, the subject is usually not aware that you are going to take a picture. the subject stays quite off guard with the camera at the waist level.


Wait but Don't just Wait for the right emotion!

When you see something happening, wait for the right moment to click. But sometimes, in the hope of getting a better moment, you do not click the existing moment and the better moment never comes. So shoot what you are getting and stay alert to shoot what may turn out to be even better.


Long Lenses help!

A longer focal length lens like a 400mm lens lets you shoot from quite a distance with the subject unaware of your presence. The subject does not get to know that he or she was photographed. But if you are visible, the subject may be more self conscious merely because of the size of the lens.

Reach out for Action!

You need to reach out for action, it won't come to you. You cant expect to get the actions sitting at your home.


Shoot first and think later!

Sometimes you are unsure if you should release the shutter as you see something. Think later and shoot first. If you feel it's not appropriate for anyone to see an image, keep it for yourself only. But if you do not shoot, you may later regret not taking a great shot.


Catch the moment!

Many Photographers release the shutter a bit too early or a bit too late. learn to click just at the right moment and that will come with practice and experience. 

The moment does not have to an action moment but can be an expression as well.


Action repeats itself.

If you miss, do not lose heart. many actions are repetitive. You get a second chance if you missed the first one.


Shoot in between

While the subjects are posing for you, do shoot inbetween the posed shots as you will get several candid moments.

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Do not hesitate to use wide angle lenses.

Yes, you read it right! candid photography can't be done with long lenses only. You can get very good natural and candid shots with wide angle lenses as well. Sometimes, when the lens on your camera is not too big the subject does not really take you so seriously. Does not feel that you might be intruding into his privacy and remains natural and unaffected by the presence of a camera around. Also, a wide angle lets you shoot from within the action.

Check out more about candid Photography in Weddings. 

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How to become a good photographer https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/12/how-to-become-a-good-photographer How to become a Photographer ? This question is very often asked, whenever I conduct a photography workshop or meet new aspiring photographers. I can't straight away say, that you join my photography course and I will ensure that I make you a successful photographer. It sounds a bit commercial but that's ofcourse one of the ways to become a photographer. I cannot vouch for any other course but can most confidently talk about my own program.

Are you talented enough ? Yes, this is the most important question which can only be answered by you. If you wish to become a photographer because you will get a chance to shoot beautiful models and all the glamour attached to it, think again. It's not all that simple. If you are not talented enough, simply by knowing how to operate a camera will not help you accomplish your dreams. There is a lot of hard work at every stage of success.

Are you hard working. One may not be born creative but if one makes the right moves one can enhance the creativity that one has. However, if you are not creative at all, it may take longer for you to understand the concepts and know what creativity is all about.

Creativity has different perspectives. What is great for one creative person may not be the same for another. It's relative and changes from person to person and from time to time. It's always in context. It's meaningless, if not required or not relevant to a particular situation.

Self learning is great as long as you know the direction you are heading for. If you are working hard in the wrong direction, it wont help.

Photography courses are a great support if you have a good photography mentor to teach you the fine nuances of Photography. Someone who can guide you at every step of creativity and help you develop your own unique style of photography. I do not insist on imposing my style of photography to my students but let them develop their own signature style of shooting the way that comes naturally to them. I emphasis a lot on the aspect that photography is all about the subject and not so much about the camera. If you can answer -"what to shoot", means you will make it happen. "How to shoot" is the next step and is easier to master as compared to knowing what to shoot. Photography is an extension of your own self. It's a medium or a tool to express yourself. 

It's quite easy to become a photographer. You can learn through books, one of my online photography courses or my face to face mentorship program at delhi. It takes a while and a lot of effort and persistence to develop and grow as a good creative photographer. I try to help all my students develop this creativity during the tenure of their course as well as when they move out in the field of photography to persue the genre of their choice. 

Many aspiring photographers wish to become fashion Photographers. There is nothing wrong about it. But the sad part at times is that they just want to learn fashion photography without learning photography !! If you can shoot well and have the confidence of taking pictures with the ability to handle your camera and the lights in the studio as well as outdoors, you can indulge in any genre of photography. that is the next step, once you have learn photography. If a person is not interested in wildlife photography, why should he pursue it? Its is a combination of the knowledge of Photography and wildlife. Same way, it's a combination of Photography and Fashion. Not that you need to know how to make a garment but you should have that basic sense of styling along with an understanding of Fashion. A Food photographer does not necessarily know how to cook!

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Shoot Right to begin with https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/11/shoot-right-to-begin-with Shoot right to begin with !


Digital photography is so adaptable and flexible that many new photographers start thinking they do not really have to worry much about exposure when taking photos because they can “fix it later in Photoshop.” This very thought can get you into trouble, leading you not to actually learn the fine nuances of photography.

Underexposure can cause problems with colour in dark areas, as well as dramatically increase noise, no matter what camera you use. Even if you are using a very good camera known for its excellent performance in low light, it will definitely perform better in good light in comparison. So, increase ISO only if there is no other choice. Overexposure can result in highlights as detail-less white areas that can never be recovered. The highlight alert on you camera lets you know if any important area is getting washed out. The washed out area starts blinking and you can make this out in bright outdoor light. While getting the correct exposure is important, you can get away with being absolutely correct and leave slight fine tuning for the camera's RAW convertor. You may use Lightroom or capture one or your camera's own software like Digital Photo professional by Canon or ViewNX by Nikon.

The wrong shutter speed will cause sharpness problems due to camera shake while shooting or due to the subjects movement. This is something which simply can not be taken care of in Photoshop or any other software. So, no out of focus or Blurred images to begin with.

An incorrect white balance can create colour cast problems, but this can again be fine tuned as you go through your images on a large computer monitor.

You do not have to be a pro to shoot your images correctly from the start. Just know your camera controls and be sure to make the right usage of them. This requires that you know your camera thoroughly well. Fine tuning later is fine but not if you just need to rescue your images later from bad exposure or white balance. 

Although image-processing software provides you with a lot of image-adjustment powers, you can always do more with well-shot photographs than you can with marginally acceptable ones. You spend less time working on an image in the software if you have an excellent or close to excellent image to begin with. 

Simply point the camera to something grey or neutral to ensure the exposure is correct before locking it. On the other hand, moving dials becomes quite a reflex action and when shooting on aperture priority. Simply move the exposure compensation dial towards "Plus" to addd exposure (add more light ) and towards "minus" to reduce exposure. ( reduce light )


Once you have your DSLR, get a good-sized memory card (prices are very reasonable now). If you do not shoot on burst mode, do not spend too much money on a very high-speed card, rather get more capacity. The relatively slower cards today are also fast enough for regular photography. Taking photos costs nothing, so move out and shoot as much as you can, however not random photos but keeping in mind that you aim to get a good photograph every time you release the shutter. This is the best way to become a better photographer. Try different exposure settings and compositions, compare them in the LCD, and shoot plenty of photos so that you have a choice among them. Give more attention to composition than exposure as aesthetics is always more important than the technicalities. Exposure can still be taken care of but nothing can change the content of the photograph.

Munish Khanna is one of the Best Known fashion Photographers in the Fashion and modelling industry who also conducts Photography courses helping amateurs and professionals learn the fine art of Photography in his well structured content based Photography course. You can also lean online through his online photography courses.

 

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bodyscapes https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/10/bodyscapes Shooting a Nude can be quite interesting especially when you make it look artistic. It's a nude yet it's not vulgar at all. Bodyscapes draw a parallel from landscapes. When we talk about Fine art Photography, we may be talking about landscapes or Bodyscapes, that is Nude Photography. Creative Nude photography involves good skill of mastering and controlling the Light and hence the shade on a Human Body. The presence and Absence of light reveal the Nude body, the way the Artist, here the Photographer looks at it. The manner in which the light falls on the Body highlights the shapes, contours and form which all exist together on the Photographer's canvas.

Though these photographs have been shot with a digital camera the approach is always very simple with no manipulation at all. On the other photograph, any good photograph is always manipulated by the choice of camera angles and lenses used. A good creative photographer only shows what he wants to show and the rest, that exists but is not a part of his creative imagination is never captured on the film...sensor now a days. So, for a creative artist, all manipulation, if we call it manipulation, happens within those split seconds when he releases the shutter as he looks at a particular pose under a particular light, a single light in these photographs. 

Faces express. The eyes draw the attention.  While the Nudescapes here do not show the face, there are no other props around but just the body under the light.   I have exhibited the Nudes that I have shot in various exhibitions around the Globe. Continue to Check out more visually creative Bodyscapes.

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Q and A

In general there are so many questions and misconceptions related to wedding photography. Get some of those answered below. If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to ask. Most of the answers are general and some specifically in context of our wedding photography team that is "TOGETHER WE ROCK"


Q How many photographers will cover the functions?

Less is more. It is not important to have more number of photographers but the right number of good photographers. Many a times when the number of photographers is too high, you end of seeing more of them then the guests in the pictures.


Q what kind of photography is covered?

Both documentary and conventional style of photography is covered together.


Q who all are included in the team ?

We have only one package and all our clients get the same importance. Everybody in our team is equal and strives to achieve the same perfection in their work. The photos and videos, that you see on this website belong to the team and not an individual. Shalini and Munish are constantly involved in every stage of the process, be it shooting, editing, processing or the fine tuning of the final results. However, as a conscious decision, they do not shoot themselves to ensure that everything is directed well and runs smoothly as required. Its all about the team, which is why it is "Together we rock"


wedding photography by "Together we rock" Q Why is it better to hire the same company to cover the functions of both the bride and the groom.

Not only does it make everything more economical for you, it also improves the overall coordination between different photographers covering the ceremonies. A lot of recordings are common which can be utilized on both the sides. While the teams may share common footage, they are headed by very talented photographers who work independent of each other rendering their own unique style to the photography and videography. Further, two independent designers design the coffee table books to give it a distinct identity, while keeping some common style to indicate the same wedding. Overall besides better output you save 35% of your hard earned money.


Q How are the savings calculated?

If you book 6 months in advance, you save more. If you book both sides together as well, you have additional savings. This is how it works. The number of months you book in advance, the number of thousands you save. Book 24 months in advance and save 24000. Book 6 months in advance and you save 6000 and so on.


Q what equipment is used?

Although it is the talent of the photographers which matters the most, we use only the best available equipment of international standards.

Photography- High resolution Canon and Nikon cameras

videography- Sony Ex3, Ex5 canon 5d mark III /II , 70D or equivalent.  ( we do not use any camera which is not high definition) 


Q What are the add ons?

If you choose a particular package you may add on features from the other package. You can also change the quantities. Additional price applies.


Q Can packages be customised?

Yes, the packages can be customised.  The package prices mentioned are estimated prices and once you choose the package an exact price is quoted to you based on your requirements.


 

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Q Can i mix high definition video with normal to save cost ?

A- Due to technical reasons it is not possible to mix the two.


Q How do I make the payments?

50% advance is required to block and confirm the dates. remaining 40% is to be paid at the end of the first ceremony. 10% needs to be cleared against the delivery of the books and dvds. Both cheques and cash are accepted.


How to confirm ?

Many people confirm the dates over the phone or an email. We may block the dates for you, but do not guarantee that your dates are blocked unless an advance is received. If someone else pays before you do, we may not be able to provide you the services. In other words, bookings are confirmed strictly on the basis of advance payments.


Do you cover weddings out of Delhi NCR or India?

Yes, anywhere in this world. However, based on the location, special rates apply instead of the ones mentioned above. A customised package is worked out based on the destination and requirement. Getting the visa is never a problem for any of the team members. 


I have received quotes from other photographers which are lower than yours?

Please do not compare prices in terms of quantity. Photographers may offer their services at a lower cost but it will certainly show in the quality of their work. For your project we involve only the best, be it the highly skilled photographers or the world class equipment. Its the talent and the skill you are paying for and not the number of cameras or lights used. So evaluate the photography and base your final decision on that and not just a lower cost. 

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Our Dedicated Wedding Photography Website https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/10/candid-wedding-photography-website If you are looking for a Good wedding Photography company which can take care of all your wedding Photography and filming requirements in a most professional manner, do check out the Wedding Photography website of Together We Rock, our dedicated website and Blog to answer all your questions IN reference to WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY.

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It's good to go for the same wedding Photography team for both the Bride and the Groom. wedding photography by the creative team of Together we rock

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How do I start off ? Its simple, first of all fix up an appointment to meet so that everything can be explained and discussed in length. Also, I do not use standard formulas to shoot every one alike. Only after seeing you, i can judge best as to evaluate the best looks for you. Meeting beforehand also helps evaluate your potential and guide you plan your portfolio in best possible manner. You may call up at 9871020341 (or whats app) anytime to fix an appointment. If you are not based in Delhi, send in your photos or fix a skype chat.


What are the payment terms ? You need to pay 50% in advance to confirm the date. Rest of the fees is to be paid on the day of the shoot. You may make the advance payment online or issue a cheque in favour of " Munish Khanna ". You may drop the cheque for the portfolio at the Studio or at any of the ICICI bank drop boxes / branches.


What are the Cancellation terms ? If cancelled 15 days before the date of the shoot 90% of the total fees will be refunded back immediately. No refund beyond 15 days. If postponed 7 days before the date of the shoot, no additional charges. If postponed within 7 days 10% of the total fees will be charged extra.


How long will my photo session take? A complete portfolio generally takes up the whole day. Time for hair and makeup done at the studio is included in the photo session. It is a good idea to start as early as possible, say around 8 am or 9am. The make up may take about an hour or so. the actual shot thus starts around 10 or 11am. Starting early helps to wind up in time and also take into account any delays due to unforeseen factors.


How early should I book ? Earlier, the better. This helps you also plan everything smoothly. However, if available I can schedule the shoot at a short notice as well.


I only want a few photographs. Can i pay less and get lesser photographs? You are not paying for the number of photographs or looks. In fact you are paying for the photographers skill and experience to bring out and show your very best in your portfolio. The  Art and effort involved is almost the same even if the number of looks or photographs is less. However, to make things a little economical for you some special prices have been worked out for a mini portfolio and also for an extended one.


Do you guide the model during the shoot ? yes of course. Complete guidance will be provided during the shoot and all assistance will be given for posing and expressions. As the shoot goes on you are shown your pictures on a camera or a large screen, and suggestions given how best to improve the shots. Modelling Portfolios - www.munishkhanna.com/portfoliosIf you are wanting to become a Model, Your search ends here.

 


Are my photographs retouched on the computer? Once the final pictures are selected, these will be retouched and finished to look the best. There are no additional charge for this. Usually it is done to the extent that the photographs look natural and do not look too artificial. However, you have both the options. You also have the option to add more photographs to your collection.


Do you promote models? It's always my effort to promote my models. Moreover I prefer shooting with models I know are good. Anyways my best efforts are towards making a great portfolio so that your pictures speak out for you. You are guided to the right people in the industry for your promotion.


How many number of pictures will you be shooting ? The whole shoot is now a days done on high end digital cameras. This helps in shooting unlimited pictures without bothering about added expenditure of film and processing. You do not have to worry about the number of frames or number of rolls used anymore. Just concentrate on your looks.


Do I have to bring my own clothes? If you have a good collection, do bring it. I do have a complete wardrobe but it is always better to have more options open. However, you will have to bring your own  jeans, shorts, shoes, sandals or any other stuff which requires a specific fitting / size not available here.  All this can be discussed before hand and in certain cases, you may not need to bring along anything.


Can I choose the outfits ? Yes, you can. Alternatively, let us decide what will work best for you, but you still have the final word.


Do I get to select my photographs ? yes, Since there are a lot of photographs i generally shortlist the photographs and among this set you can further choose the best ones you like. this makes your work much easier. At the end of the shoot as well as during the shoot, we’ll look at your photos on a computer screen and talk about which images / looks /expressions work best.


How many pictures will I finally get ? As many as you want. But it is always good to have only the best pictures in the portfolio which are very strong in every aspect and do not show any flaws at all. The images should show the model in his/her best. The presentation CD or website could have more images but the prints should be restricted to about 10. It's all a team work. any picture where the model or the make up artist or the photographer are not up to the mark does not make to the final selection.


How much do I have to expose ? Thats absolutely your choice. It is not necessary if you are not comfortable doing so. Keep in mind the kind of work you are looking for. Your portfolio should reflect the same. However, if you get any such images shot, its not necessary that you have to show everything to your prospective clients. pallavi_00248pallavi_00248


I am not really slim, Is it possible to achieve that in Photoshop ? It is possible to do so in photoshop to some extend, however, its better not to manipulate the photographs in a manner which does not portray the real you. Small tweaking can be done but do not expect a drastic change. 


I do not have a good Body, Can I still become a model It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for character roles, a good physique may not always be needed. Meet me before hand and I can guide you better.


Should I join a Gym before getting a portfolio done ? Its good to have a good physique but you do not have to be a body builder. As long as you are fit, its perfectly all right, with or without a Gym. You are most welcome to meet up and discuss this aspect.


I am not tall, can I still become a model ? Yes, being tall is not the only criteria. Though it helps but its not a setback as there are so many options still open and your overall personality matters much more than just the height.


I am tall, and people say that I can become a model. As mentioned above, being tall is not the only criteria but yes, an added advantage. Have a good overall personality  certainly helps rather than just being tall. 


What are the different looks that are included ? Its not always necessary to do every different look. We can discuss and plan, what looks go best with your personality and what kind of work you intend to seek. some of the options are - Western casuals- jeans / shorts /tops etc , western formals / evening gown or a dress, Indian traditional - saree or a lehanga, closeups and beauty shots, Executive / Business look. Based on your fitness you may also go for sportswear or Lingerie / Bikini. 


Is modelling safe ? Its just as safe as any other profession. 


Can I bring along a friend or someone ? yes, certainly. However, bring along someone you are friendly with and not conscious of. Someone you are not uncomfortable posing in front of. Also, its fine to bring along one friend or at the most two but not a whole bunch !


Some people promise to promote ? what do you say ? One does not really need anyone to promote you as long as you have the talent. A good portfolio is your first step in the industry and decide the photographer on the basis of his/her work and do not link promotion with it. If you are good and if your portfolio is good, half the battle is already won. With the right guidance, you can promote yourself much better than anyone else.


Should I have my own website ? Its optional. You anyways get a page on my website " www.munishkhanna.com/yourname " For more visibility, you may go for a personal webpage with all details.


How will I know as to where all should I distribute my photographs ? You will get all the guidance and the details of the reputed modelling agencies and casting directors, both in Delhi and Mumbai. In case of any questions or doubts, you can directly get in touch with me any time later as well.


What are the steps I need to follow once I have the portfolio in hand.

Follow these steps once you have got your portfolio made. You portfolio in the form of Coffee table books


I just want to get the photographs for myself. Is it any different ? No not really. Its more or less the same except that you can get it done more in a manner you want it to be rather than what will work better in the industry. 


I am just getting it done for fun sake, Just to give it a try... Nothing works unless you give it your best. If you want to pursue modelling as a career, you need to be professional about it just as any other career. You need to put in your best effort towards your portfolio, to begin with as this is going to be your first impression in the industry.


Do you also do couple portfolios ? yes, you can plan out a couples portfolio and the prices are available here. This may be a post or pre wedding shoot or even years after you got married. well, or just as a couple even if you are not married. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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(Munish Khanna Photography | Direction | Cinematography) advertising and fashion photography best fashion photographer in india boudoir photography fashion photography in delhi leading fashion photographer in delhi lingerie models modelling portfolios in delhi munish khanna https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/9/most-frequently-asked-questions-on-modeling Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:45:14 GMT
camera buying guide https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/9/camera-buying-guide CAMERA BUYING GUIDE

It's not all that easy to select the right camera, which is why I have put together this article to make things easier for you. Since I use Canon, I have bracketed certain cameras and lenses together. There are two things which you need to decide before buying. What is your budget? What do you need the camera for? some people think that since they do not want to take up their photography as a profession so they do not need a pro camera. In fact, they are wrong. If you can afford, go for a more professional high-end camera as it is surprisingly more user-friendly. When we spend more on a car with better features, we do it for ourselves and we never think

On the other hand, you may want to pursue photography as a profession but at this point of time financially you may not be in a position to buy one of your dream cameras. Do remember that it is you who creates all those beautiful images and not your camera. Once you get started, as you get recognition and appreciation for your work, clients and money will follow. This is when you can always upgrade to a better camera/lens. Now you know for sure that photography is going to work for you and is certainly going to pay for your equipment as well.

Why should I spend more on a camera if I can manage with a basic one?

It is also a myth that you need to start off with a cheaper camera and once you learn, you should upgrade to a better one. It's not a car, that you should learn on a cheaper car just in case you bang it somewhere the loss won't be much. If you have the money and can handle the equipment well, go straight for the camera you want. otherwise, you will be spending an additional sum for your first camera besides the camera you always wanted.

Compact, Hybrid, mirrorless or the DSLR?

Depends on your priority. If you want to reduce the weight you carry around or you want to reduce the bulk and size, which you carry around. Mirrorless or Hybrid will be lighter in weight but won't fit in your pocket. If weight is not an issue, then why not an SLR.

 

  SLRs

Budget Recomended second preference
Entry level EOS 600 D EOS 1100D
medium EOS 7 D EOS 60D
no constrains

EOS 5 D mark III or IV

worth the money spent

EOS 1 DX

if you need the features

     
     

Suggested EF ZOOM LENSES in ascending price range

       
Walk around EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Telephoto upto 200mm EF70-200mm f/4L USM EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
upto 300mm      
Wide angle   EF17-40mm f/4L USM EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
       
       

Filters- Always buy a good UV/protection filter and not a cheap one.

I highly recommend IS-Image stabilization

If you are a starter and would like to learn more about photography, do consider checking our my in-depth Photography courses in Delhi or my photography course online.

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visual feast https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/9/visual-feast VISUAL FEAST

Munish Khanna, considers himself to be a Photographer who can shoot anything - and everything - that comes before him. the reason: he does not want to be labelled as a photographer who can shoot only specific types of pictures.

Khanna developed his interest in photography at an early age and has done a couple of professional courses in this stream. He has shot for several designers, ads, celebrities like Ravi Shanker and Nandita Das, amongst others, and has also done several interior shoots. At the moment Khanna teaches a professional course in Photography in Delhi.

Timber Trail 

A shot taken for Timber Galery for an ad campaign. The effect of the lights and the arrangement of the pottery have been crafted well to make the picture interesting. very interesting, in fact.

It is the View

What is the highlight of this visual? The lighting has actually been done from the top, and not from the bottom, even though it may seem so. the smaller glass piece has been filled with crystals to let the reflection of the light play about on the surface.

Stark reality

A shot taken with an emphasis on leaves drying during autumn, Says Khanna " I enjoy taking shots which would otherwise go unnoticed. And this photograph was one of those".

Big Apple

A shot taken in the streets of New York for a designer based in the US. Khanna had chosen this locale particularly because of the old brick-laid streets, which are still present in some areas of New York.

One on One

This shot was developed after merging two snaps on each other. the first shot was of the model while the second one was of a rough fabric texture. the shot of the texture was then imposed upon the previous shot to get this effect.

Glory in colour

The Niagara falls at night. This shot shows the Canadian side. During the night the falls are illuminated and keep changing colours.

The Bond

Pristine affection. This shot aims to capture the love between a father and his son. According to Khanna, this shot was particularly difficult to take as it involved a lot of running around to capture the reflection of the sun in the center.

Don't Look at The Food

This snap was taken in a restaurant at Delhi's Maurya Shereton. Khanna had to use his lights, along with the lights in the restaurant.

Naturally beautiful

This shot was the cover of a book on natural beauty techniques, to be published by harper-Collins. the model's body has been covered with sand granules to bring out the message in the book through its cover. 

Two in One

One of his favourites. No, the other Polo is not a reflection. There are actually two of them. the Polo that is only partly visible has been placed behind a magnifying glass, The surface used is made of glass which is wet, for overall effect.

Eye of the Tiger 

This shot was taken at the Calcutta Zoo. " The camera was placed in a manner to avoid the wired enclosure. But the light was directly on the tiger's face and it seemed as if he was posing for me," claims Khanna

Numbers Game 

Guess how many people are in this snap? Well, three. A snap from his personal portfolio, it has the reflection of three children standing in front of a laughing mirror.

Ethereal

Tunisha behind the veil poses for a catalogue shoot for kanwaljeet's designer collection." The shot was taken from the top in order to make it attractive," says Khanna. The beauty of the golden-coloured fabric is enhanced by the effect of lights. 

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What is a Modeling Portfolio? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/what-is-a-modeling-portfolio What is Modeling Portfolio ?

A Modeling Portfolio is a set of Photographs shot by a Fashion Photographer who specializes in shooting a modeling portfolio as it involves understanding your potential as a model and to bring out the best in you. Highlight your plus points while taking care of your negative points. There are certain essentials involved when you are exploring modeling portfolios.  Portfolio is your first tep in the world of modeling or acting and a good one can shape up your career in modeling, be it advertising, ecommerce, Films, TV serials or Ramp. A Good modeling portfolio includes the following features -

A clean Beauty or Head shot

This is one of the most important part of your portfolio. It shows you without any props or other paraphernalia as such and it's simply you! It shows you in the most natural manner, though it does not mean that you do not wear any makeup but its kept very natural. makeup is important to provide the right contouring of the face and it helps correct the flaws. So no makeup look also has makeup :-) Usually it's a good idea to keep the shoulders bare or wear a dress which is minimal over the shoulder so as not to cause any distractions.


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These kind of images show your versatility, creativity and expressions along with Body language. These can be more of fun shots showing your spontaneity towards the camera. Or how you fit in an environment and play around with the props and accessories. These shots are more to convey your own individuality and personality even if it's an artificial and not the real you!


Full length Body shots

A full length photograph is a must in all model's profile. the objective is to show the proportions and body type to the prospective client or Modelling agnecy / casting Director. Wether you are aiming for Ramp, Ecommerce or Fashion magazine editorial work, this shot is important. Ideally do not wear outfits which hide the body contours. It's better to get into shape before venturing out for modelling but for photographs you don't really need to hide anything. If you are not in perfect shape, let it be. Just face the camera and pose confidently. there is a place for everyone. If you are perfect, wear what shows your body type well. If you are doing more than one full length shots then the outfits can be planned accordingly. 


Indian wear

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Always go for country specific outfits as well unless you have ruled it out of your modelling options. Prospective clients and agencies would like to see how you would look in their kind of outfits. Go for it if you would like to target this area. Both close and full length shots are important in this case.


Specialised Target Areas like Jewelry, swimwear lingerie etc

Your Portfolio should convey what you intend to do as a model. If Lingeries or swimsuit modelling is not in your list, you do not essentially have to include it as a part of your modelling portfolio. You also have the option to do it and show it only to relevant clients and agencies. This may not be a part of your regular portfolio. However, it's always a good idea to decide before hand and plan your shoot accordingly. If you do not have swimwear shots in your portfolio, you may not get calls for same. So if you have no inhibitions, include these images in your portfolio as well.

A Good combination of Outdoors and Indoors

It's generally good idea to include both outdoors and indoors in your portfolio. besides adding variety to your shots, shows you in both artificial and natural light.

Presentation matters a lot

Put together your portfolio nicely and neatly in a File or in the form of a coffee table book. Or show the images on your own laptop /iPad as a slideshow. Do remember to arrange them in good order of priority and less number is more. Show off only your best and do not clutter it. Understand the requirement of your prospective client / agency and show the images accordingly besides your main images. If you are targeting swimwear, showing images in Indian ethnic wear makes no sense and vice versa.

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How early should you book your wedding photographer? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/how-early-should-you-book-your-wedding-photographer The simple answer is - As early as Possible. Now how early is "as early" :-) ?

Well, it's a good idea to book your wedding photography team as early as one year. Just like your wedding venue, good photographers get booked very early and it gets difficult to book good ones at a later stage as they are already booked or their good resources are no longer available. 

Just like other good wedding Photography companies, Together we Rock also does not employ all resources on a salary basis and keeps them on their panel to ensure that you get the best talent based on your interest and budget. For example, if you need an extra large LCD Panel, it is outsourced from a renting company. A specialized photo printer may be outsourced to ensure that you get the right stuff.

However, to ensure consistency, we have invested in regularly used Photography and cinematography equipment like full high definition video cameras, High-resolution Photography cameras, Premium Lenses, Drones and other lights and infrastructure. The key Photographers and cinematographers are a part of main Together We Rock team but some assistants may be working with us on a part-time basis.

For a wedding, in case we need a large number of photographers and cinematographers just like any other company, we may also need to outsource the resources. Sooner you book us, sooner we are able to block the dates of the most talented Photographers and cinematographers who freelance for weddings. We also block the dates of good and reliable assistants.

We do not outsource video editing and album designing which is done by our own in-house staff only as it requires constant monitoring along with your inputs and feedback. "wedding photographers in delhi", "wedding photography in India","Destination weddings", "Best wedding photography and video in India" "wedding photographers in delhi", "wedding photography in India","Destination weddings", "Best wedding photography and video in India" "wedding photographers in delhi", "wedding photography in India","Destination weddings", "Best wedding photography and video in India" "wedding photographers in delhi", "wedding photography in India","Destination weddings", "Best wedding photography and video in India" last pagelast page wedding photography by "Together we rock"

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What are wedding films all about? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/what-are-wedding-films-all-about What are Wedding Films all about ?

Those perfect smiles, long traditional rituals and sequences, Dance and Drama, fun and frolic are all a part of what makes our Indian Weddings great. Sometimes, photographs alone are unable to relive the exact larger than life canvas of your weddings. This is where our creative cinematography brings alive your memories of all those special moments. This is a short wedding film of your wedding so that you can watch it again and again besides sharing with your family and friends over the social media or otherwise. Unlike videos of the past, these are precise and crisp, showing only the best of the moments put together as one wedding film.

TWR team, of artistic and creative Cinematographers, are simply passionate to make their way around the dancing Family and friends during the Baraat or around the DJ as they shake their legs on the beats of Bollywood numbers. They are there discreetly capturing those precious moments as you say good bye to the bride. As you meet and greet your guests You may not get the time to run through everything in your wedding as you planned it or enjoy the beats of the live band but we will document everything for you to enjoy it later on. Our wedding films give the right touch of glamour to your wedding. 

Any wedding with grand decoration and a lavish setup would be incomplete without actually documenting it all. It's important that all this is documented and presented by an equally competent team of photographers and cinematographers who can show the scale of your wedding. 

Besides the visuals, the sound is just as important. This is one area where photography takes a back seat and cinematography plays a vital role. The sound of Pheras, the fun and frolic of the crowd as you share "Jai malas", The cheers, the speeches, the performances, Live music all add up to the memories of your wedding day and not just the visuals. Together We Rock's cinematography team gives special attention to recording sound as well where ever important and relevant. After all, a good wedding film would be incomplete without sound.

We also explore the possibility of including few candid statements by key friends and relatives. Not everyone is very enterprising with words but a line or two by the family adds a lot to the wedding film. The couple can ofcourse speak about their relationship in length. Some couple's prefer keeping their relations personal and avoid talking about it. They can talk about more general stuff. It's not important to prepare a speech for your "interview session" but it makes more sense when you keep it natiural and spontaneous. Its great to record the couple in an actual candid conversation. TWR team makes it comfortable to "talk about" if you plan to include words in your pre wedding video or the actual wedding video.

As a part of the Wedding film, you can opt to have a Pre wedding film, A wedding invitation film or "save the Date" video, a whats app Invite, A teaser of your actual wedding film. You can discuss various option that are available as you book your wedding photography - videography team.

Wedding films by Together we rock are in fact a promise of love and trust along with a deep sense of assurance to keep your wedding memories thriving forever.


 This "save the date" video was shot at Tikli Bottom in Delhi NCR as a part of the Pre wedding film. You can always plan and shoot a part of the pre wedding film in a manner that it looks appropriate as a story for your wedding invitation as well.

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Photographer's vision https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/photographers-vision View or Vision? Learn to see Better in Photography  © Munish Khanna


Taking good photographs is an Art and not just clicking. It has more to do with the photographer’s vision than the brand of camera or lens being used. The actual Knowledge of Photography along with the time spent on shooting, reviewing, and digitally processing your photos is worth more than buying and using expensive photographic equipment.

Expensive digital cameras or fast lenses do have certain features that specific photographers need, such as high-speed shooting for Adventure sports or Shooting in low light conditions but if you really want to improve your photographic skills, learn how to shoot better. Be a master of the area you would like to specialize in. Good equipment without a Good Photographer is of no use. Good view without good vision does not make a Good Photograph.

Learn to choose subjects that you are passionate about. You don't have shoot just about everything, which you may do for commercial reasons but not to satisfy your own artistic urge. Understand and choose good shooting conditions to ensure that your photographs come out nice and the way you have imagined them to be. Determine your own photographic vision.

And you may drive your inspiration from a thousand photographs but do not straight away copy them. Do it your way. There's nothing that's unique. Someone somewhere is doing the same thing all over again and again but it's great if it's done with the individual photographer's own unique vision.

You may also need time to shoot, study, edit, and wait. You may need to wait for better light and contrast when the clouds have covered it all, less wind when you are aiming to take a great macro shot, or even for the subjects that you may be expecting to arrive like the birds and the wildlife. When conditions are good and you are ready to take pictures, you must know your camera well enough that you can start shooting instantly without fumbling with your High tech camera. Digital has it's own merits as compared to Film but this does not mean that everyone with a sophisticated digital camera can become a good photographer without his own contribution to photography. The world of digital SLR photography offers every budding photographer many benefits that make it easier, faster, and cheaper to learn Photography and achieve good shots way more than that was possible with good old film. 

"Better photographs" is a very relative term. A great photograph for your grandfather may be entirely different from a great photograph for a Photography club or a contest or the next generation. However, you need to learn what it takes to take better photos, regardless of the genre or the end use. You learn to recognize what it means to go beyond simply capturing subjects and creating images that you can be proud of. 


Very strange ! three women and no gossip.Very strange ! three women and no gossip.

Shot in Ladakh, these women are actually waiting for a bus to arrive. The use of wide angle gives a feeling of being there. Hope you noticed the Banana peel and most importantly notice that there are "Three women and none of them are talking", Isn't that strange !


  Belle dancers are typical characteristics of Dubai, UAE. As this man walked upto the dancer it was just the right moment when the dancer gestured a flying kiss. The higher ISO noise or the flare of the light on the right-hand side do not matter but the overall mood of the photograph relates to the actual ambiance of that place.


HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA - This was shot in Haridwar in the evening as two sadhu's were walking in the opposite directions. Released the shutter as they approached each other. Notice the Chilam and the smoke. Not to miss the long strands of Hair. Visually the image conveys a lot and there was no need to be conventionally correct about the image. conventionally one may have wanted to bring out detail in the figures instead of letting them be in silhouettes.

Above photographs have been shot by Munish Khanna, a Delhi based Photographer who loves to travel and explore the world through his camera. He has participated in several Photography exhibitions around the world.

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Looks versus number of Photographs in a Modelling Portfolio https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/Looks-versus-number-of-Photographs-in-a-Modelling-Portfolio I am often asked this question, "How many photographs will be there in a Portfolio?" 

"well", I reply, "there are no restrictions on the number of Photographs as such, It's all about the number of looks.  a portfolio with about 5 looks is good enough and works for all"

"Just 5 Images ?" .......

Let me explain the difference between the number of photographs and the number of looks.

When any good professional photographer shoots, he or she does not shoot just one photograph to get one final photograph. One needs to take a number of photographs to get the one, the photographer is looking for. Well, it does not mean that it's a hit and trial method. It's all about how you look at a person. The aspiring model in front of the camera needs to be shot in such a manner that it enhances her or his over looks, beauty and personality as the case may be. The whole exercise is gradually build up to achieve the desired results. As you look through the camera, directing the model, you take a picture or two to further direct the model and continue to improve the posture, expressions and the overall performance of the model, who may be facing the camera for the first time.

When you pay a good Photographer, you pay him for his talent and ability to photograph you in the best possible manner, using the lighting and the camera angles to bring out the best in you. A slight shift of face in one direction may make you look better and more beautiful and gives the photographer and the model the required variations in terms of lighting and expressions. You do not want to settle for just one shot. You want to do the pictures without a smile, a faint smile and a big one as well. Some models have a great smile, some are just beautiful while some have that killer look even though they may not be conventionally very good looking. Some may be quite introvert and open up only after a few clicks under the guidance of an able photographer entrusted with the task of making a great modelling portfolio.

So, if you are looking for one good image, it certainly needs more than one shots to get that perfect shot. Not because the model may not know exactly how to pose or the photographer may not know how to click but simply because, when there are more options, you get the opportunity to pick up the best shot.

A lot of aspiring models would say, that they need just two or three photographs because they are participating in a contest and the application requires them to submit a close-up, a mid shot or a side profile and a full-length shot. so this does not mean that you need to send just about any three photographs for a beauty contest. You need your very best shots to be submitted so that you clear this very first round of a beauty contest.

I would need to work on your looks, your expressions, the body language and the overall feel of the photograph before you send across anything for a Beauty Pageant. This is why you are paying for a good professional photographer. otherwise, you could have easily clicked these three specified photos yourself or asked a friend to do it.

I generally recommend going for a portfolio with the five different looks as it shows a models versatility very well. If you have a budget constraint you may opt for 3 or 4 looks but a portfolio with 5 looks is always more economical. While you may need one kind of looks for a particular assignment, you may probably need different looks while approaching another client. With a complete portfolio, you get all the possible variants in one go.

While there are no restrictions on the number of photographs you can have, it's always good to show around a limited number of photographs and that too just the best ones only. The idea of going for more number of looks in a models profile is to open up to different kind of roles and assignments.  

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What makes for a good Photograph? https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/what-makes-for-a-good-photograph Seeing light and the subject or one can say - light in relation to the subject or vice versa plays a much more crucial role as compared to the camera. Having an expensive camera or a lens does not make you a better photographer. it's the vision that matters the most.

Actually, besides seeing light, you need to be good at seeing. Anyone can take a photograph but when you talk about taking a good photograph, it’s all about seeing not just the light but your complete subject. What to shoot? How much to show are important questions that decide if the photograph is good. That’s the difference between a good Photograph and a snapshot. The content.

Once you are able to take a good Photograph, a costly ( or good ) camera or a lens may make your shooting easier or convenient but not that a costly camera by itself will create good photographs. You may have the most expensive camera or lens with you along with eventually the experience of handling it, but if you do not have the aesthetic sense of seeing, composing, framing, spontaneity and an understanding of your subject, be it an object or a person, You cannot take a good photograph. You can just click a picture. so there is a lot more to it than just clicking. Think beyond the equipment.

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Though the wall behind is white, i decided to illuminate the whole image in such a manner so as to keep the wall in shadows. Lighted up the model with a strip light from the side. 

While shooting lingerie, one needs to take care that the detail is prominent enough. A simple photograph was illuminated with a round Beauty Dish and what you see on the pink backdrop is the shadow created by the light. The direction of light plays an important role in defining the contours, form and texture. one beliefone belief

Although I do not generally crop my photographs but for this one of a Ghat in Varanasi, shot from a boat was cropped from top to exclude some part essentially because I wanted to give the image a wider feel. 

The subject has been illuminated with external light source besides having the light sources in the frame. This is actually a combination of two different exposures. One to get the right effect of the candles and the other one to suitably illuminate the subject. technically speaking, if the light source is included in the frame one may think of showing that as the source of light on the subject. However, in this case the light is coming from a source not in the frame. 

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While shooting one may always take options and do stuff which is not really conventional. noticed it and could not resist keeping the face just behind the leaves. Fashion photography let's you explore  such chances and opportunities to experiment.

There is generally a debate if it's a good photograph when you create it all or when you click it which already existed. Both involve efforts and require a good eye and vision. You create what you imagine and in the other case you see and frame only what you wish to convey through your photograph. It exists but it needs a photographers vision to show that in his photograph. A good photographer would spontaneously capture and exclude the unwanted elements in the existing scene. On the other hand in a well planned setup, it will again involve the Photographer to be able to show it the way he wants to to with the help of lighting, filters, and the choice of lenses. abstractsabstracts

While shooting the original Constitution of India, found the side of the large book quite interesting and shot it in an abstract form.

Found these seed pods very interesting as these these were quite large in size. Noticed them while conducting a Photography workshop in Hyderabad. Brought them back and shot them in water. This is a triptych which was put together for one of my photography exhibitions on abstracts.

 

This photograph is all about colours. The Pre-wedding shoot of the young couple was shot at one of the exciting locations in Delhi - Hobbiton. 

The lavish big fat Indian Destination wedding was spread over a Royal fort palace in Rajasthan. Used a Fish eye lens here to capture this fun moment in between the shots.   Best wedding Photographer in Delhi It's not always necessary to photograph the Bride when she is emotional about leaving her family. These are mixed feeling and there are moments when she is happy and is smiling. Why not include one of those shots as well in the final wedding collection. cameras have evolved a lot. Though the bride was illuminated by the ambient light and she was looking in the right direction, it's quite possible to shoot in very low light situations as well with today's advanced sensors in our cameras. It was the natural spontaneity of the child that was caught on the camera. being able to shoot fast is very important especially when photographing children, just for yourself or professionally for kids modelling portfolio.


Munish Khanna is a well renowned Advertising and Fashion Photographer based in Delhi who regularly conducts photography courses in Delhi.

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Often one light is more than more lights in Photography! https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/one-light-setup-in-photography © munish khanna photography

One light is all that one needs ! yes, in Photography one light can do much more than more lights put together if it is set right. Makeup and Hair- Roberta by Dilshad Ahmed and Yana bypoonam Rawat While shooting Lingerie, it's important to illuminate it in such a manner that besides taking care of the look and expressions of the model, lingerie itself is highlighted to reveal the detail. Lingerie usually has intricate craftsmanship in self. Every detail is delicate. Lighted up in the right manner and from the right direction a single light source can bring up that intimate mood in the photograph. I intentionally positioned the beauty dish in such a manner so as to cast a shadow on the pink backdrop. While pink is close to feminism, kept it a bit deep to reveal the white lingerie.


  

This shot is opposite of the one above. Masculinity needed to be revealed as compared to femininity in Lingerie photography. One light again played the key role in revealing shape and mass to reveal the muscles and fitness of the model


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In nature there is one light source and the photographs look more natural when they are lit by a single light revealing texture and detail. While light on the model who is swirling is soft and directional, it does not illuminate the painting in the background completely balanced by the shadow of the model on the white textured wall. 


Best Fashion Photographer in Delhi When the single light source is kind of coming from the opposite direction of the camera it not only highlights the bone structure but detail and texture in the garment as well. This fashion photograph was shot as the natural light was getting dim towards the late evening. The artificial light source was kept high and away from the camera position striking the model from the opposite direction. The single petal in the foreground is going well with the outfit colours. 


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while a single light source illuminates the model quite well with the right detail in the outfit, it does not make the surroundings too bright, letting the outfit standout besides the fact that everything is in the same tonality. Light modifiers play and important rile in defining the light source. Barn doors were positioned for the right effect on the honey comb.


Directional but soft light was good enough to highlight the couple while retaining enough detail on the pillars and walls of the palace.


The single hard light is not only revealing the fine lines on her face but going well with her stern expressions as well. This tight portrait was made on the streets of shimla on one of the sunny days in summers.


Outdoors, single light source is not always hard. These young Nagamese girl was photographed in one of the villages near kohima. 


Munish Khanna is a renowned Advertising and Fashion photographer who is actively involved in Photography assignments across a wide range of genres. His work can be viewed at www.munishkhanna.com  While he started teaching photography in early 90's at New Delhi, he has recently put together his vast experience in the form of an online photography course - www.completephotographer.com

His company, www.togetherwerock.in is involved in wedding photography and films besides corporate films and documentaries.   

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Behind the Scenes with Top Models https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/behind-the-scenes-with-top-models Here is a compilation of videos, showcasing different Models I have photographed over a period of time. These are only from some of the shoots as many shoots are done without a Behind the scenes Video and due to a lot of work in hand, we are not able to edit the videos of all the shoots, though we do record most of our Modelling, fashion and advertising shoots.

Before we go ahead with a shoot, we discuss in detail the objective the aspiring model has in mind, before she planned to venture out in modeling or took the decision to go for a modeling portfolio. Many are just starting out while many have already made a name for themselves and would like to further refresh the looks in their portfolio. Some aspiring models are clueless as to what they are heading for. It's very important to meet and freely discuss all the aspects of a portfolio in advance and plan the shoot in accordance. The models are guided and given tips on the kind of clothes and the kind of looks that will go well with their personality so that they take a conscious decision after properly evaluating their own potential.

Different models perform differently, as they face the camera for the first time. I always meet the model, before hand to answer all his or her questions and to clear all doubts which one may have in mind in reference to modelling as a career. If you wish you can even go for a mock shoot before the actual shoot to help you build up the confidence and to understand the whole process of getting a portfolio made. during this session, I guide the model about the poses and expressions which they can go for. Aspiring models can also practice the poses and expressions on their own in front of the mirror but during this session, I am able to actually judge and help them improve their performance in front of the camera. It's totally optional to go for this session as many models approach a fashion photographer for a portfolio only a the last minute before applying for a beauty contest like Miss India or Miss India Earth.

It takes more than just sending across and submitting your photographs. You need to groom yourself and be more presentable in front of the camera. Especially for your interviews you need to gain that much needed confidence.

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Munish Khanna is one of the best Advertising and Fashion Photographer who has specially created one of the best online photography courses with a vast experience of teaching photography at his photography academy in Delhi. He has been running his Photography course in Delhi since 1993. Munish also specializes in helping young (or any age ) aspiring models to build up a career in the world of modelling and Acting. Do check out more details about the Modelling portfolios which he offers in Delhi. 

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how to shoot better portraits https://www.munishkhanna.com/blog/2018/8/how-to-shoot-better-portraits How to shoot Better Portraits

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You maybe taking portraits of your friends or you may have been hired to photograph a group of family, the headshot of a celebrity or a corporate CEO or a complete modelling portfolio of an aspiring model. 

You could be shooting in a professional studio or outside in a park or a street, the useful tips that follow, will help you become a better portrait or Fashion photographer.


Shoot at Aperture Priority

Shoot in Aperture Priority mode to control the Depth of field. In this mode, your SLR will automatically set the shutter speed on its own for a correct exposure based on the aperture selected by you. 

At Aperture priority mode, a common photography problem while shooting people with light skin tones is under-exposed tones and a bit of an overexposure in case of dark-skinned subjects. You’ll notice this more when shooting closeups or when there’s lots of white in the scene –people wearing white outfits or standing against a bright source are typical examples. 

In such situations, the subject appears to be darker than what he or she actually is, especially in case of very fair people or if the subject is wearing a white outfit. You can try using Exposure Compensation. Try dialling in up to +1 stop of positive Exposure Compensation to lighten up people’s faces. In earlier times, the camera's typically used to have an "against the light compensation button" to be used in such situations. One of my first cameras, Canon AE1 used to have this button.

For average skin tones, one does not need to do anything as these tones are closer to 18% grey card and the camera's metering is based on the assumption that all subjects are of the same average tone as a standard 18% grey. So the exposure in such situations is generally correct and one does not need to make any changes.

Also while shooting tight portraits with a long focal length lens, there is no need to compensate for the exposure while shooting against the light. The camera in such situations is measuring light from the face and is not influenced by the camera being pointed against the light. No stray light of other areas are included in the frame so "against the light" does not influence the exposure.


Switch to measuring Incident light - The incident light meter measures the light falling on the subject and is hence more accurate as compared to the reflected light reading which is influenced by the tonality of the main subject and well as surroundings.


Move on to Manual Mode - Once you have taken the clue of the right aperture and shutter speed combination, switch over to the manual mode with the right optimum settings which give the correct exposure on the subject. The objective is that as compared to aperture priority mode, the exposure will not change as you change your angles and composition. For example, in case of aperture priority, the camera may suggest a different exposure when shooting full length and close ups. The meter is being influenced by the tonality of the outfit or the background when the frame is wider. A window added in the frame may just influence the exposure, suggesting to reduce the exposure as more light is entering through the window. Setting the camera on Manual mode will help you concentrate more on the expressions and body language of the subject rather than handling of the exposure with changing composition or framing. This is great when you are about to shoot a lot of photographs in the same area, around the same time, while the intensity of the light source itself is not changing.

However, when you are on a constant move as in with street photography, shooting on aperture priority may just work better, most of the time.  


Shoot with an opened aperture

When shooting portraits, it’s best to set a wide aperture (around f/2.8-f/4) to capture a shallow depth of field, so the background behind your subject is nicely blurred, making it stand out better. But do keep in mind that do