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For the love of photography

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 28, 2012
First Published: 18:29 IST(28/7/2012) | Last Updated: 02:25 IST(29/7/2012)

Anyone can take a picture with a camera, but it takes real hard work to hone your skills in becoming a professional photographer. But nowadays, the task has become a little easier, as various groups in the city have started to organise photography workshops that focus on features such as camera techniques, set up, theory and more.

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One popular spot for travel photography workshops is the Kunzum Media Lab at the Kunzum Travel Cafe in Hauz Khas. “The idea is to bring together people interested in photography, We have seen participation from homemakers, corporates and youngsters alike,” says Ajay Jain of the Café. Many expats also participate in the workshops to introduce themselves to the city.

tripodOne of the most difficult branches of photography is considered to be clicking pictures of food. But for photographer Rekha Kakkar, who conducts a series of workshops on this form, and has an experience of 14 years of cooking and three years of creating and composing food visuals, it is quite simple. “Photography can even make a simple dish look fancy. It all depends on the styling and thought process of the photographer,” she says. 

Social networking websites play an important role in popularising these workshops. “Facebook has made it much easier. You just have to post about your workshop and the interested people will immediately react. The world has become small. Hence, the increase in interest,” says photographer Ravi Dhingra, who also conducts workshops.

As for more and more youngsters taking up photography, Dhingra says, “Job uncertainty, the need to change your job or to leave the rat race are few of the main reasons for people to switch to photography. These people hardly have any time to log on to the internet or take a full fledged course. The easy way out for them are these workshops.”

Fotolicious a food photography session

This special workshop by gyaanexchange.com will take you through the journey of basic camera techniques, the manipulation and composition of different lighting techniques, and also impart knowledge on the basics of food styling. At Vasant Vihar Club, Vasant Vihar on August 4. (Rs.2,000 per person) For more info, drop an email to learn@gyaanechange.com
Basics ofstudio portraiture

After conducting a series of workshops over the past few months, CameraUnlimited is now holding its next workshop themed on Studio Portraiture. This would focus on techniques such as camera handling, specially to click portrait shots of the subject. At IndiPix Gallery B2/1 Vasant Vihar on August 19 (Rs.1,500 - Rs.2,000 for students with a valid ID). For more info, log on to www.facebook.com/cameraunlimited

Travel photography workshop

The USP of this workshop, which was conducted by Arun Paule Verma recently, is that after the brief theory session indoor, the hands-on workshop is conducted on a certain location where the participants get a chance to interact with their surroundings. They have been to areas such as the Spice Market, city events and more. If you are interested in the next workshop, drop  an email to wetravel@kunzum.com


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