Every one is so unique that it forces me to change my script every time. Sure I have to start with a set routine but as I go along I have to really get into the conversation with the person trying to know them more before I can direct them. If I don’t know them I can’t figure out what’ll look good on them. I can’t serve apples to someone who prefers oranges. Camera settings were f4.5, ISO200, 1/125 #canon #portrait #photography #India #people
In this shoot we aimed to create a corporate look that exudes confidence and still a friendly looking image. A CEO of a start up we want to trust and want to know more about. The first compliment this person got when he changed his profile picture was that he looked like a CEO. Mission accomplished. Camera settings were f4.5, ISO100, 1/160 #canon #portrait #photography #India #people
I was hoping to get at least three more portraits on this location because I had travelled about 30 kms but plans changed. Thankfully this friend stayed put. Lets get the tech out of the way. Camera (Canon 1100d) settings were f4.5, 1/125, ISO200 with flash on a softbox with 1/8 of the power in manual mode. When I have someone in front of the camera there’re several side thoughts/distractions that are pulling me away from the shoot. I start to think I’m a fake. I don’t kn
My Grandma is well into her 90s and has almost lost her eyesight. The other day when we were all sitting around her she suddenly said something that should have made everyone stop and listen. She said,”What’s the point of living if I can’t see anymore?”….. I thought everyone would go quiet and try to comfort her. The uneasiness of being dependent on others for simple things as walking a few steps and growing old knowing it’s not going to get better. And then she stayed q
When we have kids we take care of them and provide them every care possible. We do everything for their needs and comfort no matter how uncomfortable it may get for us the parents. We hope when we grow old our children will take care of us in the same way. But not everyone’s lucky to have kids like that. As we grow our parents need the same care and patience as we did when we were toddlers. My grandfather above is going through a rough phase. Despite the difficult times he
Us humans are the most complex of species on the planet. Scientists among us are still decoding us. Every single person on the planet is unique. Yet some times we want to be someone else. As photographer my aim is to show who you really are rather than what you would like yourself to be seen as. Enough said. There’s been a consistent theme in my photo shoots lately. Here’s how the photo sessions have looked like so far from start to pack-up. I set up the light and star
Our image is everything to us. We look, act and behave our best in front of others so they’ll like us. But with friends we don’t give a damn about any of these. We want to be liked by everyone we meet. When we’re in front of the camera we don’t know who’ll be seeing that image. We start getting conscious and the body language becomes stiff because we don’t want to give away our weaknesses to unknown people let alone to a piece of equipment that’ll make it immortal.
Not too much direction was needed in this portrait. Subject arrives in front of the camera you adjust their posture a little and after just a few minutes you get the shot you needed. Don’t have to spend a lot of time if you know you’ve got the shot you need. Camera (Canon 1100d) settings were f4.5, 1/125, ISO 100 with flash light with 1/4th power on camera left. Thanks again for all your support. #canon #portrait #photography #India #people
Old age. Life’s greatest irony is we all know we are going to die one day and yet we’re scared to talk about death. But we aren’t scared to waste it not doing anything when deep inside a voice keeps telling us we ought to be doing something at this time. I’m scared of getting old. Not the actual getting old. But getting old and seeing myself as someone I didn’t want to end up like. None of us want to reach their death bed wishing to have done something that we never had t
This is my cousin. We used to fight a lot when we were kids but I wish I was not rude to him on some occasions. I’m sure I was just being a silly kid. Even today sometimes the way I react to some things makes me wonder if I’m still one. Today though my cousin has achieved a lot on his own and is a proud son despite a great deal of financial struggles. The most difficult part of this portrait wasn’t the technical part. Do you see a theme here? I keep saying this after eve
Having just become a father to two kids now I have started to feel the pressure a little more than I did when our first child came. But the pressure is only because we as fathers, the unsung heroes, want to give the best of resources, best of everything to our kids so that they can explore their full potential and never have to worry about anything. The kids are a huge bundle of joy for sure. Small space was a challenge in this image. Again I used the same backdrop that I
When we talk about someone who’s a home maker we generally tend to think of them as someone wasting their potential. Sure there’s a lot more a woman or any person can do than being just a home maker. But it’s one tough job. Those who are working on another job while being a home maker are just incredible. Super-women really. Ask the ones who’re doing it. Being ‘just’ a home-maker is sacrificing your own desires for taking care of family’s needs, making sure the kids are
Portrait# 3 in 50-Portraits. Also a fit to my Working Women of India series. Once in every while she makes a statement that makes her friends stop and take note and wonder where she thinks all this. I’m supposed to share a portrait each week to meet my goal this year. I’m covered for next month but I’m already sweating thinking about the week after that. If you follow Cricket it’s like hitting a boundary on the first ball of the match but knowing it’s just the first over o
Portrait No. 2 in the 50-Portraits series. When I approached my friend to allow me to make portrait of her mom I was told it’d be an achievement if I get a good photo out of her. I thought her portrait would fit into the Working Women of India series too. She’s an incredible woman who has seen toughest of times and yet has, as incredible as women are, faced the challenges head on. She shares a great friendship with her daughter which I was most touched by. More than the
I set myself a goal to make 50 portraits of the people I’ve not shot before by the end of 2016. The number sounds low but these 50 portraits will be shot for the portfolio page. So, in other words I need to add at least 50 photos in my portfolio page by the end of this year. That means at least 5 portraits each month. Suddenly the task start to sound daunting to me when my friend pointed the numbers out to me. I have had a poor shooting rate last year. Hence this goal.
My biggest challenge apart from reaching the magical figure of 50 in this project is to show what the person is like more than what they look like. I have to figure it out as soon as they arrive while also trying to stay focused on their conversation. There are no props that we’re using so it has to be an expression, a moment or a pull unique only to the person I’m photographing. While I enjoy the challenge it gets my palms sweating. I know I’m still a long way from wher