My name is Faraz Azhar. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, and currently living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I have been into photography since not too long ago and it started off as a hobby with a basic point and shoot camera.
I have been traveling around the world photographing nature, landscapes, city and architecture, and sometimes wild life. Like all other travellers, I can’t wait to go onto my next travel as soon as I return back home from my last one. Recently I’ve ventured into events, weddings and studio photography as well.
In the other side of my life I’m an auditor at a bank 🙂
The reason I brand my work as PhotoRevolve is because I started off as a landscape photographer. I’ve had the great opportunity to travel many places in the world, sometimes going back and forth between countries, revolving around the globe… hence came up with the name PhotoRevolve.
I’ve recently upgraded most of my gear.
I use a Canon 6D camera. It works great for me since I mostly do landscape photography. It is a full frame camera and the ISO allows capturing great colors from my photos.
People have argued a lot for Canon 6D’s autofocus mechanism being lame and have appreciated Canon 7D / 70D over it. That’s not entirely true. Both these cameras have different purposes. Canon 6D is best used for landscape photography, where you have peace and time to setup your scene and take your best shot, hence the large number of autofocus points (as available in Canon 7D) seem unnecessary for this camera. On the other hand the Canon 7D has a very rapid continuous shooting ability and provides a large number of autofocus points (60+ I think). Obviously this camera is meant for shooting fast moving subjects, such as sports or public events, etc. For me the Canon 6D works just superb!
I have a number of assorted lenses. My commonly used lenses are Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L for wide-angle landscape photos, and Canon EF 24-105 F/4L for mini-telephoto lens. These two work out for me for most situations. I also keep my portrait lens Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 in handy with me at all times. When I plan on shooting wild life, I use my Canon EF 70-300 F/4-5.6 lens for a nice zoomed-in shot.
A good sturdy tripod is most essential for landscape photography. Especially if you’re shooting in low light conditions. I use Feisol Tournament CT-3442 tripod stand, it is made of carbon fibre, its light, strong and tall.
For the ball head I use SIRUI K-40X on top of my tripod. This is one of the best ball heads you’ll find in the market. It’s smooth to operate and grips the camera really strong, doesn’t let the camera slide down in long exposure shots.
I’ve got a lot of other equipment and accessories. I’m listing down the most important ones that I always carry with me:
- Lee Big Stopper and frame: for dropping the F-stop 10x times during day time shots.
- Neewer Shutter Release: For long exposure photos. Similar to Canon’s official product, but much cheaper and equal quality.
- Canon RC-6 Infrared Remote: controller for avoiding any camera shakes when taking photos.
- Fat Gecko: for taking some unique point of view shots. Especially of cars.
- RC-300 wireless remote shooter: this is really fun thing to have. With infrared controller you’re limited to stand close to camera and click point straight to the camera’s receiving point. With RC-300 you can shoot while being just be about anywhere and meters away.
- Some cleaning kits and fibre cloths to wipe lenses.
- Ziplock bag to protect camera from rain and humidity fog.
I have a number of software but my most commonly used software are the following:
- Adobe Lightroom CC: This is my main photo manager and editor. I can easily download my images into it while on travel, and transfer to my main computer at home, edit on the go because of its great non-destructive editing mode, and keep photo backups.
- Adobe Photoshop CC: I use photoshop for adjusting photos such de-noising or perspective correction.
- Google NIK Plugins: These are my prime tools and I believe a must-have collection of plugins for every photographer! And Google has made them available for free. I use Color Efex Pro for a lot of color correction and tuning, Silver Efex Pro for making awesome black & white images, Dfine for noise reduction, and HDR Efex Pro for making HDR images. Best thing about NIK plugins is that whatever work you do in them, it automatically creates a new layer in your Photoshop file so your workflow becomes nondestructive. NIK Plugins can also be used inside Lightroom.
- Imagenomic Noiseware: This is great tool for reducing noise in photos. I use this a lot, more often than Google NIK’s Dfine plugin. Noiseware gives a greater control over how much noise to reduce. And does the job very well.
- Photomatix 6: This is a great tool for HDR photographers. Many photographers use it and highly recommend it, but I don’t use it, I like to do my own manual exposure blending. But I do use Photomatix for ideas sometimes. It has a vast variety of presets that gives me a few thoughts about how and image will appear after tweaking it around.