Remember, to remember..

“15 commandments for photographers” – This should have been the headline for this post though ūüėČ but I believe, remembering is playing a more important factor. So the headline Remember, to remember seemed perfect to me here. And of course, the credits for this post goes to Better Photography. Hey¬†Better Photography magazine.. Thankyou for being so so awesome. Thumbs up !

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Okay, so are you a photographer or inspiring to be one ?.. Then these are some must-do rules or commandments that you gotta follow along your journey, on which I am your buddy passenger too ūüôā ¬†So here we go …… Tantaanaaaa…

1. You shall familiarise yourself with your gear

2. You shall not shoot in auto

3. You shall not covet your neighbour’s equipment

4. You shall not leave home without your camera

5. You shall shoot everyday

6. You shall not steal ideas

7. You shall exercise regularly to be able to photograph at stretch

8. You shall break rules but only after learning them

9. You shall socialize with fellow photographers

10. You shall not unnecessarily tag people on your photographs

11. You shall organise your images after every shoot

12. You shall respect privacy

13. You shall send copies of images to your subjects

14. You shall save money to invest in photography

15. You shall impart your knowledge

I am not elaborating on these commandments, as I believe everyone will have their own perception on each one of the above.. and everyone would love to follow these in their own unique way.


For instance, ‘not coveting my neighbour’s equipment’ for me would mean that I should be happy with my gear and should focus on shooting best possible photographs with my own gear, without feeling bad about the better equipment that I might not be in possession of, at the moment. It is to remember but this that the best camera or equipment is the one, which we are holding/using now ūüôā As I said, this commandment may mean different for someone else ! It is all about perceiving and then working on it. Happy clicking !

Stay tuned for the first give-away by Amrit Ammu photography, to be announced soon !

Live. Love. Laugh. & Keep Smiling.

Yours Lovingly,
Amrit Ammu.


Photography Contests, July-August

A few photography competitions are in pipeline, just thought of sharing the info with all of you ūüôā These insights are from a collection of various magazines like IIPC, View Finder, Better Photography, etc¬†that I was scrolling through the past month. Happy Clickinggg everyone !!

For the month of July:

1. ECPA International Salon Digital
Categories : (Monochrome, Colour Print , Photo Travel, Nature)
Last Date for submission: 15/7/2013

2. South Devon Salon.
Categories:   (Open nature Online)
Last Date for submission 21/7/2013 –
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3. South Devon Salon
Categories: Digital Open
Last Date for submission 20/7/2013

4. Landscape photography contest
Last Date for submission 31/7/2013

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For the month of August: 

1. Northwest Salon
Categories : Monochrome Prints, Color Prints
Last Date for submission 6/8/2013
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2. CPA Hongkong Salon
Categories : Color Print
Last Date for submission 16/8/2013
Email :

3. Cyprus Salon
Categories : Digital Open
Last Date for submission : 17/8/2013
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4. Asian environmental Journalism Awards
Last Date for submission 4/8/2013

Now that’s a call for the busy upcoming months ! If you too got some useful info regarding photography and related field, feel free to share it away ūüôā¬†I would also like to invite you to my Facebook page¬†here. Let me also know if the info was useful to you…¬†Much eager to be back soon with more photo-blogs.

Live. Love. Laugh & Keep Smiling

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Yours Lovingly,
Amrit Ammu

The First Ever Photographs

Here we go with yet another interesting photography assignment.¬†¬†ūüôā

‚ÄúBefore you create, you must appreciate‚ÄĚ

I was a little flown away on reading the above quote and am really touched by the  authenticity behind it. This quote seems beyond words and beyond time.

And this quote in a way, is the soul inspiration behind the assignment that I thought to be worth sharing up here. It lead me to dive a long way back in the past, to find out how photography has evolved over years. How did the first photograph ever look like? And how much difference there exists, if we compare the world’s first photograph with the one that we click today ! Miracles surround this amazing world of photography that today we all are fascinated with, in some way or the other. (Find the web-links for same at the bottom of this post) 

I spent a considerable time to study online as well as offline to read about the History of photography and the¬†Evolution of cameras. Ever since the 1700’s it was and¬†I went amazed with each unfolding invention. No wonder, photography has come a long way through.

Below are the images of some first ever made photographs. Gosh.. I am still wondering what to say ! Just take a look..



World's oldest known photograph, by Nicéphore Niépce, 1825

The above photograph is the earliest known seminal photographic activity made by Joseph Nicephore in 1825 by using the heliography process. This photograph is said to be printed from a metal plate covered with a ground that was etched after which it was exposed to the sunlight. When the plate was washed with oil of lavender, only the hardened image area remained.

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(That was how it looked !)¬†–¬†THE CAMERA OBSCURA:¬†An artist using an 18th century ‘Camera Obscura’ to trace an image above.


(Wow ! So this was it .. The beginning shot in the history of Photography) –

The is claimed to be the first photograph, which was taken by Joseph Nicephore in 1826 and it depicts the view from Joseph’s window at Le Gras.¬†It is¬†the earliest surviving photograph of a scene from nature, taken with the ‘camera Obscura’ in 1826. (Exposure time : 8 hours) !!


(Back then in 1839) –¬†THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH INCLUDING A PERSON above.¬†It is by¬†Daguerre in 1839

First light photo ever taken

Above, “The first light picture ever taken.” Self portrait of Robert Cornelius in 1839.

Dorothy_Catherine_Draper_earliest surviving photo of a woman

Now that is THE FIRST PORTRAIT above ! One of the oldest photographic portraits known, made by Joseph Draper of New York, in 1840, of his sister, Anna Katherine Draper.


Undertakimg the PROBLEM OF BLUR in 1855 : ¬†Above is from the¬†cartoon satirizing problems with posing for Daguerreotypes. The slight movement during exposure resulted in blurred features and red-blindness made rosy complexions dark. ūüėÄ

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PHOTOGRAPHIC¬†VAN in 1855 –¬†Wow !!
Roger Fenton’s assistant seated on Fenton’s photographic van, Crimea.


(Oh look at it ! ) ¬†That’s the¬†first image scanned into a digital computer in 1957.


The First color image by Maxwell in 1861 above.


THE FIRST EXPERIMENT ON COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY : This is a color photo by Louis Ducos du Hauron in 1877. The overlapping yellow, cyan, and red color elements can clearly be seen.


(Mindboggling ! ) –¬†TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF BLUR : ¬†A photographer appears to be photographing himself in a 19th-century photographic studio. Note the clamp to hold the poser’s head still. An 1893 satire on photographic procedures already becoming obsolete at the time.


(Innovation on the move !) – ¬†¬†THE BRADY STAND –TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF BLUR ¬†ūüôā ¬†In the¬†Mid 19th century “Brady stand” photo model’s armrest table, meant to keep portrait models more still during long exposure times.


(How many of the sizes still exist?)  Above are the photographic print sizes in the 19th century !

And that was all about the insightful Assignment for the day. If you also share the same passion, and have something to share or suggest, feel free to use the comment box below for same. ūüôā Together, let’s learn and share.

Live. Love. Laugh. & Keep Smiling.

Yours Lovingly,
Amrit Ammu

Find below, the reference Web links:

History of Camera
Timeline of Photography Technology
Who invented Camera
First Photograph
Photography History 1
Photography History 2


Listened to the sound of picture yet ?

Pictures we take with our camera don’t talk, but every time we press the camera shutter, it makes a remarkable sound !¬†Listened¬†to it carefully yet?¬†O yea, the sound has it all.. The lesson number 1 from the book I mentioned in the¬†previous post¬†speaks out loud about that.

They say, for making a picture count, the first thing that we should get right in the frame should be the focus. And to get this first thing right, the sound coming with every click of our camera is enough to tell.  Oh yes, all of us must have heard its sound before, but did we hear it that well ?..

So that was it.. my most interesting task of the day ! I just sat with my camera, pressed the shutter multiple times and enjoyed listening to its awesome sound. Aaaye, So refreshing it feels every time!  Tichkk.. Tichhkk !

Whenever the image goes a little out of focus, the camera’s shutter sound will take a little more time than usual to capture the picture, which will automatically indicate us about the outcome. This assignment is worth it I feel and worth sharing too, as it is one of the lifelong lessons in the journey of photography, which we often tend to ignore.

Trying this assignment on-field and oops.. some goof-ups:

*I recently covered a wedding and now I understand the importance of this assignment.There were multiple pictures during the shoot, that didn’t come up much in focus, however in the back of my mind I knew that the shutter sound was yelling about that.
*I perhaps should have immediately taken some time to fix my camera settings right ! But then, hmmm.. there’s always a room for improvement !

That’s it for the day and I shall be back with more posts on the way.. Till then, Happy Clicking ! ūüôā

Live. Love. Laugh. & Keep Smiling.

Yours Lovingly,
Amrit Ammu.

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‚ÄúCrash course to become a Better Photographer in 91 Days.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúWhich of my photographs is my favourite? The one I‚Äôm going to take tomorrow‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Imogen Cunningham

Better Photography magazine‚Äôs March issue had an amazing supplement with it titled – ‚ÄúCrash course to become a Better Photographer in 91 Days.‚ÄĚ It¬†encouraged me to take up self-assignments which I shall be sharing up here as well. I must say the cute pocket book has given me a fantastic guide on the way, while I was looking forward to learn more and dig deeper into Digital Photography.

Starting tomorrow, I shall be randomly blogging about the updates from same ¬†ūüôā

The Blogs will be categorized under the name ‚ÄúPhotography Assignments.‚ÄĚ
In case you share the same passion, I would recommend you too to go through the assignments from this great pocket book. ūüôā Let‚Äôs learn and share together..

Live. Love. Laugh. & Keep Smiling.

Yours Lovingly,
Amrit Ammu.