“Photography is about capturing a person’s unique perception which can be clicked even with a normal digital camera”

Blue Hour at Jama Masjid / Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Blue Hour at Jama Masjid / Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Could you tell how and why you opted for photography as a career and how has the journey been?

It was 15th of Aug 2010. I was going to get the cake for my Mother’s birthday party and randomly looked at the beautiful dramatic sky. To capture that beauty, I took out my mobile and clicked the photo of a dry tree with the amazing sky in the background and uploaded it on Facebook. My English teacher, Mrs Pratibha Panghal Ma’am saw the photo and helped me discover my talent. She called and convinced my father to buy a digital camera for me. Initially, my parents believed that it was just a photo which anyone can click but after our trip to Kanyakumari, they also started believing that I click photos better than others and finally bought me my first digital Camera (Sony cybershot). Since then there has been no looking back. The big day was 1st of June 2014 when I got my DSLR when I clicked my first image and I kept falling in love with our beautiful Earth.

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Did you undergo training at a photography school or attend any workshops to become a professional photographer?

Learning from our mistakes is the best method to learn. We do mistakes and learn how to improve and avoid such mistakes for the next time. But remember self -learning is really very slow and laborious method so being a self-learnt photographer I am continuously learning and improving myself.

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

How do you plan and execute a photography assignment?

Preparing a check list always helps me from missing out important things. First of all be clear with your assignment and what are the end results that you yourself want. Prepare the checklist accordingly and try to keep it with you as long as possible as this will help you in preparing yourself for the next assignments. Don’t forget to note the mistakes that you did during the shoot so that you can work upon yourself to be better next time.

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

What is your favorite part of a shoot and what are the challenges you face?

Challenges come with opportunities and the feeling when we overcome them can’t be expressed in words. I too had faced many challenges during my shoots. Once I did not find the battery of my camera and had no idea what to do but then within few minutes got a call from my brother informing me that he had kept the battery in my bag. So this was incident that inspired me to prepare a list while going for a shoot and double check them before leaving.

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Typically, what does your camera kit contain?

Although I upgraded to DSLR (Canon 600d) but I still have my first digital camera Sony Cybershot DSC W520 safe with me. I use 18-135mm lens which has never let me down in any way and I also use the amazing 50mm f1.8 for potraits and landscapes.

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Which has been your most memorable project and why? 

Every project has some beautiful memories attached to it but my recent trip to Rajasthan covering Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur was one of the amazing experiences. Rajasthan is full of historic stories of Great Kings, the food tastes amazing which one can never forget and the beats of the folk songs force you to dance and lose yourself in another world. I must say that our India is really incredible and the more I travel, the more I feel proud to be an Indian.

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Which photographer inspires you and what keeps you motivated to create such great imagery?

The first photographer I knew was Nimit Nigam. I saw his photos on his Facebook page and always wanted to click like him. His perception to capture a normal scene with a unique angle is what inspired and taught me that every person has his unique point of view. With the passage of time, I have found the work of many photographers around the world like Manish Mamtani Sir (Astro photographer), Konsta Punkka (Wildlife Photographer) very inspiring and I constantly keep on observing and learning from their work.

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Tell us your idea of a perfect picture and have you clicked one?

According to a idiom “A picture is worth a thousand words”, so any picture that conveys a story is a perfect picture for me and I am continuously trying to capture a perfect frame.

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Pic Courtesy : Ujjwal Saxena

Any words of wisdom for aspiring photographers?

A lot of newbies usually heard saying, “If I had that full frame camera, I could have taken better picture”, but it is not true that a good photograph can be clicked only with a full frame rather photography is about capturing a person’s unique perception which can be clicked even with a normal digital camera. So be happy with what you have and find out your unique style and keep clicking.

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