Friday, September 30, 2011

My Favorite Photography Hacks

One of the things that I learned these last few years as I started studying and working with professional photographers is that a lot of the creative mystery behind those amazing photographs that you see is really not that mysterious. A large part of it comes from the years and years of experience that results in a high level of mastery. The body, the mind, and the eye have become experts at working together with the scene and the camera to get it right with a minimum number of NG exposures. The other factor is that we rarely get to see or know about the ratio of NG exposures behind a good photographer's work. Typically, for creative work, the great masters aim for a ratio of under 1:10.


However, the one thing that came as a simultaneous relief and a disappointment was the fact that a lot of the clever pictures that you see are really the application of some simple hacks, some of it theoretical, some of it technical. Here are ten favorite photography hacks over at the BornTechie site along with examples of how they turn out.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Amar Singh Arrested and sent to Jail

Amar Singh, along with three other accused in the cash for votes scam - Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Singh Bhagora and Ashok Argal - has been sent to judicial custody till September 19.  This is fast turning out to be the next "in thing," going to jail. With five members of parliament in jail, along with the cream of Indian corporate honchos, the next thing that celebrities will start getting inferiority complexes about seems to be having not gone to jail.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Leadership begins with Followership

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. ~Max DePree

My understanding of leadership has undergone a huge change in the last couple of years, thanks to the guidance of my mentor, and the little humility that I have to accept what life has to teach me. The change began with my renewed interest in value-based leadership that came from my study of Buddhist philosophy, but was really set into motion by a series of challenges at both personal and professional levels.

At a professional level, I found myself being called upon to provide leadership to a large team of people at my erstwhile place of work through a difficult corporate transition, where ownership had changed, and the new business philosophy was significantly at variance from what had been applied for over a decade. As I strove to help my co-workers focus on the benefits of the new reality, I found myself hard pressed to convince myself of the correctness of what I was saying.

At a personal level, I was faced with the reality of facing false criminal charges and subsequent financial bankruptcy arising from enormous legal fees, bond money and a servicing the ever-growing debt. As if things were not bad enough, I was repeatedly relapsing into acute substance abuse that led to my being unable to function normally. As things went from bad to worse, at home, at work, at what pass off as treatment centers for addicts and alcoholics, in prison and at the courts, I was forced to re-evaluate what I wanted to do with my life.

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