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‘Photography is my life’

Photographer Saurabh Muley claims he was a regular college student until he realised he wanted to capture things in their best form and mould.

art and culture Updated: Nov 07, 2011 14:34 IST
Priyanka Jain
Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times

Photographer Saurabh Muley claims he was a regular college student until he realised he wanted to capture things in their best form and mould.

He says, “When I started chasing this dream to be a photographer, my family supported me and egged me on to achieve what I wanted to.” For a while in the beginning, he taught himself by going to the stores, reading books, doing research online and realised it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. “But by then, the bug had bitten me already, and despite the difficulties, I wanted to go on,” says the lad, who began his career by assisting celebrated photographers Suresh Natrajan and Diego Fuga.

For amateur photographers, Saurabh’s advice is this: “If one wants to go ahead in any field, it’s very important to do your homework before diving in. And what’s equally important is to keep updating yourself with what’s going on worldwide in your field.”

‘Innocent look’
Ranbir has one of the most innocent yet naughty faces in the industry. During the shoot of his film Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani along with Katrina Kaif, he was supposed to have this innocent-sad look on his face. It’s the scene when he lets go of his love without even letting her know how deeply he cares for her. But he kept cracking up. Since it was my first shoot with him, I was a bit nervous, but he put me to ease.

‘Natural light’
I shot with Sameer Dattani in his bedroom, a little before sunset. One of the walls is completely made of glass and looks beautiful when lit by natural sunlight. Because of the effect of the natural light, I didn’t use any other light. He wanted an out-of-bed-in-love kind of look, which is what we managed to achieve.

‘Lovely soul’
Ahana has a child-like quality that comes very naturally to her. For the camera, she is a darling. This is her most natural look, minus makeup as she would be at home. She is a completely no nonsense person and a lovely soul. I am waiting for her to make her film debut.

‘International features’
Nicole has the kind of look that would appeal to international standards. Instead of decking her up with makeup and grand costumes, we decided to do a close up shot. Her eyes and lips are her best features and stand out even in a long shot of hers. Though this one is for a fashion shoot, I feel Nicole has the making of a Katrina Kaif or Nargis Fakhri and would do great in movies.

‘Fastest shoot’
Shooting with Sanjay Dutt during Knock Out was the most exhilarating experience. It was a last minute call and they wanted to get the most natural shot, so we did the lowest key lighting and shot it without a tripod. We shot this one on continuous mode, and from the pictures that came out, we decided to go with the sharpest one for the film’s promotions. It makes Sanjay look menacing and he loved the image.

First Published: Nov 07, 2011 14:30 IST