“Follow 3 things in life : Persistence, Consistence, Perseverance”
You are one of India’s Top 50 photographers. Also, your award list is pretty amazing. Tell us about your journey from the day you started as a photographer.
It all started during my college days at NIFT. I used to see my friends using the camera and it was quite fascinating. Although I didn’t have a camera during college days but to be honest in my last year of college, I was like after passing out, first thing that I’ll be doing from my salary was getting a SLR. As I bought my first machine, I was quite fascinated. I’ve always loved travel and travel and photography do go hand in hand. It was during one of my travels to Hampi and Varanasi that the pictures clicked by me won 1st prize in 2 contests & cash prizes. This was a big booster in the earlier days. To give you a business perspective, cash prize from one contest gave me ROI for my camera :D. I was really happy and fascinated.
Which training school or workshops did you attend to become a professional photographer?
I attended photo walks in Delhi/Bangalore to meet people from the same field. Also Canon workshops were very nice in teaching the basics of DSLR as well. Other than this, I usually went on the internet to find out teaching methods to help me learn and grow.
How do you plan and execute a photography assignment?
Planning is 70% of job and clicking is just 30% in my view. I think it’s the same in life as well. While planning a shoot, the location has to be studied. I also try to check out the pics/location on the internet and some previous shots from the same place to help me get an understanding of the place. Planning out the shoot schedule in terms of events, timings, best location at the venue helps me to get the best out of the shoot.
What is your favourite part of a shoot and what are the challenges you face?
Favourite part is the early morning and late evening golden hours that I try to make use of. Most of the time, it becomes difficult in using these hours as either the couple isn’t available or some or the other functions keep on happening. Also at times, asking couple to try new things and being ready becomes difficult due to the schedule.
Typically, what does your camera kit contain?
My camera kit contains my Canon 6D, a backup SLR, a 85 and 50mm prime lens and wide angle lens, a speedlight and a tripod. Also during travel, I prefer traveling as light as possible thus ending up with just one camera bag which will also have my clothes for the trip.
Which has been your most memorable project and why?
One of my most memorable projects have been one of the weddings in Ahmedabad. It all got finalised with the client in 1 day’s time and I flew there to cover my 1st Gujarati wedding. The energy in the wedding was amazing and I totally loved it. To be honest, my each and every project is important for me(especially wedding ones). It’s the most important day for the bride and groom and the photographer needs to honour the same and cover it as the most important work from his side as well.
Which photographer inspires you and what keeps you motivated to create such great imagery?
There are lots of amazing artists around. In this era of Internet, it becomes easy to get inspired and follow people’s work. There are various platforms and contests that makes me see other artist’s creativity and work and make me inspire as well. For eg: I am also a part of Fearless Photographer’s community which is a community of world’s Top and Best wedding photographers. I keep on browsing and checking out contests and pics that inspire me to create and improve my work with each and every assignments.
How do you keep yourself updated about happenings in the photography world?
Instagram, Facebook, Photography contests and Photography & technology forums . In today’s time, its pretty easy to stay up-to-date, we just need to make time for everything.
Tell us your idea of a perfect picture and have you clicked one?
A perfect picture is one that we are yet to make. Perfection has different definitions for everyone. For me it’s the one I’m yet to create. A perfect picture for me could be a long exposure shot/ light painting or maybe multi-exposure shots.
What advice would you want to give to the aspiring photographers?
One of my mentors in my early days told me to follow 3 things in life in whatever one does: Persistence, Consistence and Perseverance
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