What are the challenges of candid photography?


When you need candid photographs, not the pre-arranged ones where everyone poses, and the lighting arrangement gives you the best clarity, you need to have skill. The ability to judge a situation for light, clarity, and depth and the skill to bring up the photograph is dependent on the choice of the photography equipment.

Good equipment needed

For candid wedding photography, one needs a good long-range lens. One of the best all-purpose cameras is the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. They have such versatility that you can capture everything from close-ups to portraits without having to change anything. You can get lovely wide angled shots with the 24mm range and long-range bouquet shots with the 70mm side of the lens.

Some previous experience in wedding photography will help you capture the best pictures. Though the best photographs have good light and the photographer avoids shadows or shooting into the light, there are a few more things they ought to know. That is the range for which the lens will work and the lighting conditions that the camera needs to have the greatest clarity. This depends on the model you choose and the settings you choose for the camera model.

Try the camera rental shops

The cameras are high-priced without a doubt and who can afford them? The people who can afford such cameras will have a blast of course but what about the ones who have it in them to capture great pictures but are out of the pocket? The option is to rent cameras by the day! This works out cheap and you have the top-end models at throwaway prices for the duration of the day.

One of the best camera rental places for those hailing or shooting in Bangalore is Qwikgear.com rental shop. This place has all that you need for an entire photography outing. The rate for renting a Canon EOS 6D is Rs 1000 per day. And you get a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at the same price. If you hire it for more days, the price goes down. Rent a SanDisk Extreme Memory Card 16 GB for Rs 50 per day. Log into the site, register your name and have the equipment you need, delivered to your doorstep. This is a wonderful way to practice the art of photography.

Capture the moment

Most of the emotions on the candid shoot are fleeting and pass by without some people noticing it at all. The challenge of capturing one emotion in one frame comes out clearly in this type of photography. The moment the person has passed on to another emotion, the moment is gone. This is why candid photography is so thrilling – one must exist at that special moment to get the precise feeling of being with it.

Having a good high-quality camera helps you get the mood and the magic of the moment. You can capture the subject in unbelievable instants having expressions on their faces that they themselves would not believe. But then, that is one of the more challenging aspects of photography…a satisfaction that only they can experience.

The 10 best full-frame DSLRs in 2017



The best cameras today are the full-frame DSLR cameras. Their sensors are large, their megapixels are more, and their lenses have wonderful features that give us crystal-clear pictures. While the mirrorless models have lighter weight, and compare well with the DSLRs, the pictures lack the depth. Yet, the mirrorless cameras please many photography enthusiasts and their lower costs are also alluring.

Top of the drawer cameras of 2017

The 10 Best full-frame DSLRs of 2017 list gives you the choice of cameras for your hobby. Take your pick from this:

  1. Nikon D750 ($1,797)
  2. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV ($3,299)
  3. Canon EOS 5DS R ($3,699)
  4. Pentax K-1 ($1,897)
  5. Nikon D850 ($3,297)
  6. Sony Alpha a9 ($4,498)
  7. Sony Alpha a99 II ($3,198)
  8. Canon EOS 6D Mark II ($1,999)
  9. Sony Alpha a7R II ($2,398)
  10. Nikon D810 ($2,797)

The Nikon D750 is a great full-frame camera for a reasonable price. The earlier models in this line-up had problems with the sensor. The megapixels remain lesser, but it has a faster burst speed at 6 fps. The 24.3-megapixel sensor is enough to please even finicky photographers. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is among the costliest cameras on offer. The 30.4-megapixel camera is quite light in weight at 28.2 ounces. You can take 4k video and the burst rate is fast at 7 fps. It has built-in Wi-Fi that is a big help for uploading the pictures.

Best of the best

Many people feel that the Nikon D850 is the best DSLR one can have. It has an astonishing 153-point AF system with 99 cross-type points. This helps you get on the target even when it moves and capture sharp images. The continuous shooting speed is 7 fps. It has a 3.2-inch tilt-screen touchscreen and the full-frame CMOS sensor is 45.4 megapixels. The Nikon D810 is also recommended. It has 36.3 megapixels full-frame CMOS sensor with a 3.2-inch viewing screen. The shooting speed is slower at 5 fps. The autofocus has 51 points with 15 cross-type points. But, as you can see, these cameras are costly.

Rent your camera

For those shutterbugs who cannot afford to pay the full cost of the high-end Canons and Nokias, there is a respite in another form. This is through the rental shops located at most metros in India. For those living in Bangalore, there is the QwikGear.com rental shop where one gets all kinds of equipment for photography. And, the price is very low. For instance, the Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM costs just Rs 400 per day.

Or, choose the super-duper Canon EOS 5D Mark 4 Body for Rs 2200 per day. You get high tech cameras for prices that remain easy on the pocket. So, attend the get-together and click lovely snaps of all the friends without having to pay through your nose for it. You can rent all equipment you will need such as battery packs and stands along with the wide range of cameras and lenses.

When you need to take photographs, you must choose the best cameras. And, you can always rent it if you want the best ones there is. Your friends and family deserve it.

Why are Canon cameras more expensive than Nikon?


For the photography enthusiast, there is no difference between the top two brands in cameras that is the Canon and the Nikon. But, the price does have some say in the matter. There is no doubt that at present the best brand among the two is Canon.

Nikon led the way

At the beginning, Nikon was the undisputed leader…this way in the 1970s when Canon waited for Nikon and then played catch up as Canon kept coming up with innovative features for its cameras. So, you invariably had the same sensors and the ridiculously similar features on both the Canon and Nikon for a while.

Quality complaints

Quality will tell and those who pay attention to this detail will emerge as the winner. Nikon used plastic of low quality on their rubber parts such as the focus rings and grips of the camera. These have deteriorated and become sticky to touch over the years. You can see this in the 12-24mm DX lens and many others also. This happened over a period of 10 years. The same models in Canon are going strong without any problems.

Rent your camera            

When you have an option, you can rent your camera. This will help you save money. For instance, if you are only attending a wedding of a friend and need a camera to take a few snaps, you can get one for Rs 1000 for the day. The lens will cost around Rs 1000 and you have a world-class camera to take your photographs. For people in Bangalore, you have Qwikgear.com a versatile camera rental shop with top of the drawer photographic stuff there for the picking.

They have cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Rs 1,700 per day – cheaper when you rent for more days), Nikon D5100 (Rs 400 per day), Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (Rs 2200 per day), and more. Their offerings in the lens department begin from the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (Rs 1000 per day), to the Canon EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM (Rs 600 per day), and the Canon EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (Rs 250 per day), among many others.

Good range of photography equipment

You can also get photography equipment such as battery packs, stands, memory cards, lighting, and more at nominal rates. Visit their website if you want to try out photography in Bangalore for a day or two. Back to the comparison, both brands make excellent full frame pro lenses. At the lower end of the scale (general use and APS-C), each brand offers unique items, so you can make a choice depending on personal preferences. The difference, if it matters, is that Canon makes their lenses in Japan while Nikon outsources them to other places. That might explain why Canon cameras are more expensive.

In conclusion for those who do not know much about cameras and need to play it safe, the choice of a Canon camera will take them to the far shore safely. How much they spend and why they buy the camera is their decision. The top-end cameras are about the same except for the points on durability mentioned above.

Top DSLR Cameras for professional wedding photography

Every occasion comes alive when you have photographs to remember them by. The best cameras for professional wedding photography are from the top brands in India – Sony, Canon, and Nokia. They do cost the earth but the photographs they produce make it worth the while.

Nikon D610 ($1,496.95)

nikon_d_610One of the best ways to start full-frame photography, Nikon D610 has everything it takes to deliver a high-quality wedding photograph. People say this is because of the low price compared to the other cameras in this range. Though you will have light at most places at a wedding, you have those quiet moments in a secluded corner, where light does not exist. The low-light high-ISO of the Nikon D610 at 2,925 proves a big hit among professionals. It has 39 AF sensors with 9 of them cross-type and 6fps burst rate. The ISO range is 100-6400 expandable to 256,000. It has good colour depth and dynamic range.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($2,499.00)

Canon EOS MarkPowered by the 5+ image processor from Canon, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a full-frame CMOS 22.3-megapixel sensor that shoots 6 fps video. The 61-point Auto-focus (AF) system provides easy tracking of subjects on the move. The ISO 100-25600 is expandable to 102400. So, you can get clear pictures even for long exposures. It has 5 central dual cross-type points and 21 central points. The sensitivity in low-light makes it ideal for wedding photography. It gives good output focusing accuracy with a range of f/4.0 and f/5.6 lenses.

For those who do not want to invest outright in buying a new camera or lens, there is always the option of renting the photography equipment. The best rental shop for cameras and lenses in Bangalore is Qwikgear.com. This shop has all the latest models and equipment for lighting, stands, memory cards, you name it. They have it and at dirt cheap prices too.

Sony Alpha A99 ($3,198)

sony_alpha_a99_ii_dslr_1282852The AF-D of the Sony Alpha A99 is the best tracking system ever. The video capture has wonderful image stabilisation and the shoot is fast 1080p 6fps burst mode. It has an OLED electronic viewfinder and the LCD screen has 1,440,000 dots. The camera has ISO 100 – 256,000 which is extendable. It also has a Dual AF system that comes with two phase detection sensors. This helps you get great pictures on the go at a wedding. You can rent the camera at Qwikgear.com if you want it for a day or two.

Canon EOS 6D ($1,499.00)

canon_eos_6d_mark_ii_1346734This is the lightest SLR camera in the EOS range. The sensor resolution is 26.2 megapixel and gives a resolution of 1920×1080. The frame rate is 30 fps and it has a 3-inch LCD screen. It has a touch-screen operable AF and plenty of connectivity such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and NFC. The continuous shooting speed is 6.5fps. The AF is 45-point with ISO range from 100 – 40000 expandable up to 102400. This is a wonderful camera for wedding photography.

Top 5 best DSLR cameras for shooting video

The photographer is only as good as his camera will allow him or her to be. For this reason, one must take care to choose a good camera for photography. The top cameras for photography are the DSLR cameras. Here we see the best DSLR cameras we use for shooting videos.

Nikon D3300

1529_D3300_leftThis is one of the best cameras for the entry level photographer. But, this classification as an entry level camera does not take away its high capabilities. Here is a look at its features.

  • Sensor (APS-C) 2 MP DX format
  • Processor Expeed 4
  • 921k-dot LCD Fixed 3.0″
  • 1080/60p HD video
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 700 shot battery life

The 4 Expeed processor is an upgrade on the previous model. It has a higher ISO range up to 12800 and an extra frame in burst mode.


Canon 5D Mark III

Canon_5260B009_EOS_5D_Mark_III_847546This camera shoots wonderful photographs and videos and has good low light capabilities. The key specifications of the Canon 5D Mark III are as follows:

  • 22MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102,800 expanded
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Shutter rated to 150,000 frames
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
  • 61 point AF system
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 100% viewfinder coverage

The LCD screen has 3:2 resolutions with 1040k dots. It has dual card slots for CF and SD. The viewfinder coverage is 100% and the shutter remains rated for 150,000 frames.


Sony Alpha a7SII

sony_ilce7sm2_b_alpha_a7sii_mirrorless_digital_1186034This is a highly evolved camera for both still and movie photography. The added internal 4k video recording produces high-quality video with much colour perception in the recording. Here are the features of this camera:

  • It is a full-frame camera that has 5-axis image stabilization.
  • The processor is BIONZ X Image Processor that allows up to 5 fps video capture. The ISO range goes up to ISO 409600.
  • It gives good image stabilization with the 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization system.
  • The autofocus is fast and intelligent AF with169 AF points.
  • The viewfinder is 0.5″ in size; it has 2.36m-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF.


Panasonic Lumix GH4


Impressive camera especially the IBIS feature, a bit on the expensive side but tops the Canon EOS 80D at times. GH4 is mirrorless and don’t need any external recording to record up to 4k. Here is a look at the features of this camera.

  • Live MOS Sensor 16.05MP
  • DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p
  • UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • Touchscreen Monitor 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED


Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF


This is an updated version of the C100 made to capture events and weddings. You can also make documentaries with this. Here is a look at the features.

  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor + EF Mount
  • 1920x1080p 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98
  • Built-In Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware
  • AVCHD + MP4 Recording
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
  • HDMI Output with Timecode & Canon Log


For those who want to hire their photography equipment, there is always the camera and lenses rental store. In Bangalore, this is the QwikGear rental shop. They have the latest cameras such as Canon, Sony, and Nikon. The hire charges begin at Rs 800 per day.

What is the difference between SLR and DSLR camera?


When you are a photographer you need the latest equipment you can get. What is the difference between a wind-up clock and a digital watch? One is wound up manually while the other runs on batteries. This difference is the same in the SLR and DSLR cameras.

The Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera uses optical film to capture pictures and images. The mirror and prism system used in the SLR cameras send the light through the lens of the camera and when the photographer presses the button, it captures the scene. The photograph remains captured on chemical-coated film that you must process in a photography lab.

When you look at an image through the camera, the light undergoes reflection and you get an inverted image. This prism in the camera then flips the image over so that it becomes upright again. So, the photographer is able to see the image like in real life.

When you press the button on the camera, a lever moves the slanted mirror that is present to reflect the light for you to see the image, moves out of the way. This causes the image to project directly onto the film. You might have noticed how things go black for an instant before things become white and normal again.

In the DSLR camera or the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, the working principle is the same. Only, here we do not have any film. The sensor takes the place of the film and it records the images onto a microchip present in the camera. The bigger the size of the sensor, the better the quality of the image is.

Storing the pictures

When it comes to storage space, the DSLR can store thousands of pictures on a memory card while the SLR can only hold 16 snaps at a time. You must then change the spool and then shoot the pictures.

Shutter speed of the cameras

This is a feature of the camera that affects the quality of the picture. It is the time for which you leave the camera aperture open for light from the image to fall on the film or sensor (as the case may be). When you allow the aperture to remain open for a longer time, more light will enter and the picture will have more brightness.

But, there is one weakness with this. If the image moves while the shutter is open, then the picture will become blurred. Or, if your hand is not steady, then the picture will have blurred images if the shutter is open for too long.

Hiring your camera and lenses

For those who cannot or do not want to buy the high end cameras such as Canon, Sony, or Nikon, there is one option open. That is to hire the cameras. They can get cameras and lenses for a low prices starting from Rs 1,000 per day. They only have to register on the site to have their cameras door-delivered.

Shooting in low light is difficult. The obvious disadvantage is that enough light might not be there. This will make the picture very dark. To overcome this, we use a wide-angle lens that allows more light.

The 7 Best Wide Angle Lenses to Rent in 2017 for DSLR

Photography is difficult if one does not have all the right equipment. Besides the camera body, one must also have good long-distance lenses and wide-angle lenses. You need wide-angle lenses for short-distance photography.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM


The best of the whole lot is the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM mainly for its low light performance. Moreover, the price is pocket-friendly compared to some of the others that are only cost without any quality. The combination of the superior and autofocus optical image stabilizer along with the manual focus is superbly achieved in this camera. You can capture small objects as the least focal distance is only 9.5 inches.

Nikon Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD


In the ultra-wide range, this is the best lens. The Nikon Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD fits the APS-C format DSLR cameras. The effective focal length range is between 15 -30 mm. The least focus of the lens is 24 cm. The two Super-low Dispersion glasses and the two extraordinary-low dispersion glass elements make the picture quality superb.

Nikon Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G


The best wide angle lens in the budget range is the Nikon Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and the best thing is the price that is just $200. The focal range of this lens matches the human eye so you get pictures much like you imagine them. The greatest aperture is f/1.8 while the least is f/22.

Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras


You can use this aperture lens throughout the focal range and it makes great pictures in low light. You can bring out the relationship between the subject using the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens. Use this lens for shooting landscape photography and architecture. You can also use it for wedding photography.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

61-egfIh2BL._SL1500_The best budget Wide-Angle Canon Lens is the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM with a focal length of 24mm and a price of $150. It is the slimmest and lightest lens from Canon. You can override the one-shot AF and switch to manual focus mode. Since the cost is not too high, you will not regret it. It is small, so it does not take up to much space in the kitbag.

Nikon 20MM F/1.8G


Now, for the premium wide angle lenses and we have Nikon 20MM F/1.8G as the best one. It does well in low light but not in close range photography since the edges get blurred. The autofocus is whisper-silent and fast due to the Silent Wave Motor. The closest you can get is 7.8 inches in which case you can isolate the background.

Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM



The QwikGear camera and lens rental shop in Bangalore is one of the best places to find good quality photography equipment at good prices. For instance, they have the Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM a large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens that produces high-quality images. The per day rental tariff is Rs 1,000 and it goes down to Rs 700 per day if you rent it for more than 8 days. At the wide end, you find the chromatic aberration and distortion is much reduced.

Choose the right lens and make your pictures bright. The best things in a photograph come to light when you use the right type of lens for the shot.

Top 5 technologically advanced DSLR cameras

With photography, so many things can go wrong. Beginning with the light and the direction we choose the shadow and the choice of lenses, most of the things have an equal chance of going wrong. But, when we choose a technically superior camera, we just cannot go wrong. We have so many common features among the top 5 cameras but each of them has something unique also.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D IV

This is a full-frame DSLR with 864 mm2 and 30.4 MP sensor sizes. It has many interesting features such as the 4k video, but it is expensive. Megapixel-wise, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DS R have more than this camera but the Canon 5D Mark IV has faster shooting and superior autofocus. The LCD screen has a higher resolution with touchscreen function functionality. This camera is ideal for portrait and landscape photography.

For those who cannot pay the full price and buy the camera the way forward is to rent the camera. You can go to a premier camera and lenses rental site such as QwikGear and hire out the things you want. You have the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV there on hire for 2200 INR per day. Most of the photography remains done for one or two days. Also, when you hire for more than 8 days the rate goes down to 700 INR. They have lights, battery packs, lenses, stands, and more. So, you need not carry anything if you are on a trip to Bangalore (headquarters of QwikGear), you can hire everything you need.

Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R

This again is a full frame DSLR camera with 864 mm2 and 50.6 MP sensor sizes. This camera has the highest resolution among all in the market in 2017 but the video features are not so tempting. This is a close second-place to the top Canon camera and is the choice for landscape photographers. It beats the competition by tens of megapixels – 20.2 megapixels more than Canon 5d Mark IV and 14.5 megapixels more than Nikon D810. This makes it the premier DSLR in the market. This camera is not meant for video shooting and has no HDMI output or headphone sockets.

Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500

The Nikon D7500 DSLR camera has 419 mm2 and 20.9 MP sensors. It has 51 point autofocus 15 cross-type with continuous video shooting speed of 8 fps. You don’t have to be an expert to handle this camera, and you can shoot 4k movies with it. The downside is that it has only one SD card slot and the live view focusing is slow. The screen type of the touch screen has 922,000 dots and is the tilt-angle type. Cheaper than the D500, the AF system is one of the best there is.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

One of the high-end cameras with a mid-range price, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II has 65 point autofocus which is why it is so fast. The sensor is APS-C CMOS (419 mm2) 20.2 MP and the focus has 65 cross-type points. It has an amazing shooting speed of 10 fps and the shooting of the movies is 1080p; in all, it is a powerful video camera.

Nikon D500 


One of the best cameras for the action photographer, the Nikon D500 has an APS-C CMOS sensor with 20.9MP. You can shoot 4k movies and continuous shooting speed is 10 fps. The outstanding feature is the 153-point, 99-cross-type AF system.

Whichever camera you choose, you will have an unforgettable experience. Yet, spend some time going over the good and bad points of each model before you choose one.

Which camera is best for professional photography?

The profession of photography is a mixed bag with plenty of effort and dedication thrown together for the most part. If you are not sure what you want to see through the lens of your camera, you are not going to get any picture worth talking about. And yet, the choice of the camera is as important as the sun in the morning skies.

Buy the full frame camera

Canon EOS 5DS R Full FrameObviously, a full-frame camera is the best. This is because of the size of the sensor which makes all the difference to the quality of the photograph. The full-frame camera has a sensor size of 36x24mm which is the biggest you can buy. Of course, there are bigger frames in the professional range such as the medium format but they are prohibitively expensive.

Historically, 35mm remains the size of small film size. All the cameras have a crop size. This we find as 1.3x, 1.5x, and 1.6x, which is the normal range for all cameras. The Olympus has 2x which is the notable exception. What happens in these cameras is that the picture is only a part of the full frame. Meaning, you get about 85% of the original size and a part along the edges of the picture is cropped. You get an extra depth to the picture as the crop factor increases. But, the size of the picture decreases.

Mirrorless cameras

Mirrorles Cameras

The mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) has a lens mount like any single lens SLR camera but uses a digital display instead of the optical mirror and viewfinder. Some examples are Sony Alpha A6000L 24.3MP Digital SLR, Canon EOS M3 EF-M 18-55, and Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Digital Camera. Mirrorless cameras are lighter and more compact than the bulky DSLR cameras. You can shoot faster videos with higher quality but you cannot use as many lenses as you could with the DLSR.

No money to buy then rent

This is the best option for those who are not having money to pay the full price. You can check the camera rental shops in your vicinity. In Bangalore, we have the QwikGear Camera Rental store where you get top quality cameras and lenses. They have the best DSLR cameras, wide angle lenses, and photography equipment for prices starting at Rs 1000 per day. If you shoot for one or two days, this option will save you money and give you the best cameras such as Canon, Nikon, and others.

Consider lower-end DSLRs

Instead of considering mirrorless cameras, you might want to upgrade to entry-level DSLR cameras. These are cheaper than the high-end DSLR cameras and easier to handle. It has many more features than the lower end camera but these increase the cost proportionately. So, opt for a kit, which is a camera body with an 18-55 mm lens that is good for portrait to landscape photography. You can add telephoto and zoom lens to your kit as you go along.  The top camera for beginners includes Nikon D3400, Canon EOS Rebel T7i, and Nikon 5600.

The best full frame DSLR cameras include Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the Nikon D810. Buying a camera according to the price we can afford may not be so fruitful. It is better to rent a camera for a day or two until we can afford to pay the price for the full frame camera.