Yearly Archive: 2011

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Wedding Albums: A post by photographer Naina




This post was originally published by Photographer Naina Redhu on her “Knotty Tales” blog and is being republished here with the author’s permission. …………….. Wedding albums are the latest addition in the Indian wedding photography arsenal of Knottytales. And the tale of how I got to this phase is an adventure in itself, which I am going to relate below, alongwith the lovely sample albums I acquired yesterday. Thank you Canvera! When Karan and Priyanka hired me to shoot their...

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Canvera’s first tweetup: Report




So we had our first official Canvera tweetup this last Fri at the Canvera office in Bangalore. Much thanks to Kshitiz Anand (@kshitiz), Pramod Viswanath (@PramodViswanath), Anil Rangan (@anilrangan), Vivek Muthuramalingam (@drvivekm) and Vijay Raj (@msigeek ) for taking time out of their busy schedules to spend time with us. A few of them have even been kind enough to write a small report on this meeting that I have reproduced below. As a company we are deeply interested in...

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Tweetup at Canvera’s Bangalore office




We’d like to informally meet with photographers for two reasons: Educate a little about Canvera: Our history, values, background of the people etc. We’ll also give a behind-the-scenes look on how we operate – this will include a tour of our production facility and our design center We’d like to hear from photographers about their challenges and issues Who should come: Photographers interested to learn about  Canvera and engage with us about the industry Where: Canvera HO (which includes our...

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Building a Brand by Building Trust




This post first appeared on the VCCircle blog here ————– One of the biggest challenges faced by any startup in any part of the world is earning customer trust at scale. Different economies offer different types of challenges; some of the challenges can be overcome by good execution, good timing and intelligent allocation of capital but some are out of the control of individual companies and depend more on the operating environment. Having lived most of adult life in the...

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And thus Vivyo was born




Special pictures deserve a special place. We at Canvera constantly think about ways to improve the way special pictures are presented. Our effort on this front hopefully shows in our printed products. Starting from the quality of the book itself, to the packaging and the supporting services, we try and make the entire experience something that will please our clients. While printed products have that timeless charm and romance, these days its also very important to be able to share...

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Breath of fresh air with Lytro’s funding




Earlier today a $50M investment was announced in Lytro a company that wants to fundamentally change how pictures are taken. Click here for the announcement on TechCrunch. The TechCrunch article captures my cynicism with the recent spate of VC investments worldwide when it says “This is also the company for anyone who thinks Silicon Valley has fallen into a rut of innovation-less posing. And it’s the company for anyone who complains that the Valley is more about media and marketing...

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Hidden costs of starting up a business in India




A version of this article first appeared on the VCCircle blog here —————————— It has now been 3+ years since Canvera got started and we have in this time grown to ~500 people across 8 offices. Needless to say this has been a phenomenal journey where we have serviced the needs of thousands of professional photographers (and by extension 100s of thousands of consumers) all over the country. In fact, there probably is no better time to start a business...

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Why I love my job – reason #4: DESIGN




Design! It is worth reflecting back to the film world and thinking about how small a role design played in photography. Whether you were a consumer shooting your pictures or a pro-photographer your choices were what film to use, what kind of paper to print on and what size. At best pictures got displayed in albums or portfolios. With the advent of Digital Photography all this changed. Back in 2000 when I worked at Shutterfly, the company came up with...

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The Story of Photographer of the Year




We at Canvera have been very fortunate to be associated with him for almost 2+ years. He is one of the leading photographers in India. His work is truly artistic and commands utmost respect in the photography community. His clientele includes brides and grooms, models etc both from India and abroad. Yet, this man from Mangalore is extremly humble and a perennial student of photography.Vivek Sequiera, the Kodak – Better Photography – Wedding Photographer of the Year (2010), is one...

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“Which Camera should I buy” – A learner’s perspective by Kshitiz Anand




Guest Post by Photographer Kshitiz Anand “Buying a Nikon does not make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner“ – Anonymous. The question that I get asked a lot by the participants of my workshops and people who attend my photography talks is ‘Which camera should I buy?’ What’s even more surprising is that a lot of the folks already have a good compact camera and still want to upgrade to a DSLR just for the heck of...

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