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Guide to shooting good portraits

-  Eyes in focus. 

In case of a harsh sunny day, move your subject into shade (if possible) so that their eyes are visible.

- Interaction with the camera/environment

A good portrait depicts a story/emotion, the best way to capture it is to depict it by interaction with the camera.

- Avoid distractions

While composing the shot you should try to avoid distractions around the subject. This highlights the subject even more.

- Give space

Give space for the subject to look into. At times very tight compositions do not work.

- Post processing

Do not use too much of black while post processing, this usually takes away the expression in the eyes. Also while changing the white balance to Sepia/BW or any other color tone, think about what feeling you are trying to project. (warmth/cold)

- Let it be natural

When asking your subjects to pose, try to keep it natural and comfortable for the subject. If it is not comfortable the expression will be lost.

 

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One year of full time photography

One year of full time photography

Hola amigos :-)

Breaking news … On 9/13, I complete one year as a full-time photographer. Some of you are aware of the fact and some aren’t. There are others who still don’t have much clue about what I click. So, here is a blog about what I did in the last year .

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What I did last year …

  1. Chennai Fashion Week, published in MegaModelz magzine.
  2. Shot Lakme Fashion Week for various designers.
  3. Conducted a photography workshop at IIT Kharagpur.
  4. Conducted a photography workshop at Unmaad, the cultural fest of IIM Bangalore.
  5. Covered IIT Kharagpur’s Spring fest’2010.
  6. behind the scenes” category nomination in the “Wedding photographer of the year” contest conducted by BetterPhotography magazine.
  7. Candid Wedding Photograph, featured on Kodak Weddingsutra website.
  8. Article published in Times of India, Indore supplement.
  9. Interview was published in IIT Kharagpur’s campus newsletter .
  10. Exhibited my work as a part of “Urban Bengaluru Exhibition” at Jaaga.
  11. Interview on AIR FM Rainbow, Bangalore. 
  12. Panelist for AIESEC’s Youth 2 Business meet.
  13. A book cover for the book named “Vinu, I am getting married” ,by Alchemy Publishers.
  14. One of my wedding photograph was selected by Singapore Tourism for their destination wedding campaign.
  15. 25 weddings covered and still counting … (Including a destination wedding in Thailand :D ).
  16. Behind the scenes shoot for music video by Remix King of Bollywood.
  17. Conducted a photography workshop at IIT Mumbai.

My Bucket List

My Bucket List

My Bucket List

My bucket list. The idea of bucket list is awesome. And I thought I will make mine as well.

  1. Pursue my passion to make a career out of it (Done in Sept, 2010)
  2. Travel to Europe.
  3. Do bungee jumping in New Zealand.
  4. Shoot Deepika Padukone (partially done at kingfisher calendar launch )
  5. Shoot a video for lady gaga.
  6. Blog continuously for 30 days.
  7. Act in a movie. (short movie is done :D )
  8. Work on a play with Vinay Pathak.
  9. Appear on TV (appeared on MTV Volkswagen Polo Ultimate Drive Challenge)
  10. Walk on ramp in a proper professional show.
  11. Write a book (photobook right now). (done with my book illuminati-The Engineering of illumination, buy it here)
  12. Have an exhibition on Quilling works.
  13. Have a photography exhibition. (Group exhibition is done)
  14. Bring happiness into life of people.(Going on and on)
  15. Have his own website.
  16. Travel to valley of flowers.
  17. Travel to Ladakh.
  18. Create a valley of lilies, which will bloom in different seasons.
  19. Have a big (at least 20×20 ft ) lotus pond in the house.
  20. Click a runaway bride.
  21. Learn playing flute.
  22. learn swimming.
  23. Help people with photography. (partially done in IITKgp , IIMB , IITB, IITG, IIMI, Oracle )
  24. Own a persian cat.
  25. Make a big wall size aquarium in the house.
  26. Scuba dive.
  27. Parasailing.
  28. Appear on Comedy circus.
  29. Make my parents proud. (Did it in 1999, but the feelings changed in Sept.2010 :D )
  30. Make ad-spoof videos and have a television show out of it.
  31. Own a Siberian Husky dog.
  32. Swim with dolphins.
  33. Learn sand art on Puri beach, from Sudarshan Patnaik
  34. Give an interview on the Radio … (Did it in 2011, AIR FM Rainbow, Listen to it)
  35. Get an image published on a book cover (Done .. Vinu I am getting married by Vineet Mishra …Cover)
  36. Sky diving in Dubai Watch it here

 

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IITian who can click!

Disclaimer: None of the characters/incidents in this article are inspired by 3 Idiots.

Them: “What was the reaction of your parents?”
Me: “They were speechless, and are still speechless”
Them: “What happens to the knowledge you gained in IIT?”
Me: “IIT teaches you lots of things, not only technical stuff.”

Though I was always inclined towards creative fields, I opted to appear for JEE, which is the best engineering exam in the country. And like every kid from a mid-size town, IIT was a dream. It still is a dream.
When I got through JEE, my heart used to say, if not computer science then I will choose architecture branch. But while filling the options, mind won over heart. And I chose the standard options – Computer science, Electronics and mechanical. There was no architecture in my list.

After getting into IIT, you are treated like a king by your family/friends/city. But once you reach the college, everybody is an IITian. And the race to gain the technical knowledge from the best professors in the country begins. Sometimes the mind just refuses to gain the knowledge. But after surviving an exam like JEE, you get the confidence (confidence rating=75%) that you can pass all the exams. And this confidence actually works (may not get you the best grades though).

I also got a chance to nurture my art skills at IIT. Various competitions related to arts specially the Diwali celebrations more popularly known as ILLU and Rangoli started the creative itch in me. Years passed by. I graduated from IIT with some more knowledge in Arts. Like most of the students, I also got placed into a good MNC. One of my friends had predicted that I will stick to the same MNC all my life. I said “maybe”.

Job security is a prime concern in India. We prefer security. And my job gave me lots of job security. It gave me enough money to enjoy life as well. And I made it a point that I enjoy my life. Most of people in India want to keep earning for everybody else in the family/society. And forget to live for themselves. I hope that changes in the future.

Once I moved to Bangalore, I got more chances to do some creative courses. I started learning animation and I decided to go to US for studying animation. My family was shocked when they heard this. My mom asked me “what happens to your IIT degree?”.

Anyway, after analyzing the financial viability of animation, I dropped the idea of pursuing it. (Confidence rating=70%). At the same time, my bro-in-law had bought a digicam and I started doing photography, people liked my work. I got inspired by two friends of my friends Anupam and Gaurav, who used to maintain a daily photoblog. I also started my photoblog on flickr. I used to write a small interpretation/story associated with each picture. It was well received. And this gave me more motivation. (Confidence rating=90%)

I bought my first camera (DSLR) when I was on a business trip to South Korea in Sept’2007. And then the journey started. I started doing more and more photography. Some people used to comment on my photographs daily. There were many people who silently followed my work, and would tell me once in a while that my photographs made them happy. This would bring me a sense of satisfaction. (Confidence rating=95%)

Arts related jobs are not very highly rated in India, so a decision to move into photography was still a far dream. Many people have the habit of commenting without looking at your work. “You want to move into photography from a software job? Are you mad?” this is something which you might hear often (confidence rating=85%). Anyway I used to compare myself with myself. And I wanted to keep improving on my work. (Confidence rating=95%)

In between I also attended some theater workshops, which gave me some nice friends who supported my creative side. And this gave me more confidence.

Time moves very fast, and it was already 2 years that I maintained my photoblog. The response became better. I had never tried to sell my photographs. (I still haven’t). But there were some people who hired me for some assignments. (confidence rating=100%)
The turning point came when I was selected to cover 2010 Kingfisher Calendar Launch event. My work from the launch event got me some more fans. It increased my confidence to make a career switch. (Confidence rating=150%, confidence threshold exceeded). I decided to take a tough decision. I decided to quit my job.

There is a big difference between “what you can do” and “what you wish to do”.

When an IITian decides to do an MBA just after IIT, nobody really cares that what part of his knowledge from IIT he is going to use. But when the same IITian goes to a non standard path, people start raising eyebrows. But what I feel is if you have the passion, then there will be results, maybe slow maybe fast. But there will be results.

Quotes

“You cant occupy place in other people’s life. It is them who have to give you the space.”

“Words and actions of anger are like stones thrown at vessel, they leave a dent.”

“You cant force a person to behave according to your wish, and in case you try too hard you might lose her/him.”

“Before treating a person in some way think what if you were treated the same way.”

“If a stranger treats you bad, then dont bother about it. But if someone who knows you treats you bad, then dont be surprised. And try to think what conditions you created that led to this treatment.”

“Do not worry about things you cant change, it will never do good to you. Accept things as they come.”

“When you know you can make someone’s day by a simple act of yours. then do it.”

“Sharing your happiness with others may not always make them happy, and sharing your sorrows doesnt decrease them either.”

“Do not bother about the impression that you have on people whom you do not know or who do not care about you.”

Blind Game

As internet is not working and my body is asleep, I the soul of Dev have to write this blog as he is asleep. Now you would say that how can soul write blogs. What will they write. How will they write. Well you are correct. Souls do not have to do publicity with their blogs. Its just a medium for yhe thickheads which are attached to the souls.

So whats so interesting about this blog. I ts just that I realized that I can blog on my own without the help of my thickhead, who is quite lazy. Also I am blessing him with time away from the comp. So in case you just spend time chatting in office, you can as well relaz your eyes by typingwith closed eyes. And let your eys relaz.

Also by this time you must be so used to chatting that. you can easily type hw r u, lol, brb, wssp … etc etc

… So lets see what is the leel of practice you have reached.

A humble request request to all the thickheads,
please do not comment on this blog. Let your souls do that. (just comment with closed eyes)
Also this blog has been written with closed eys. So dont worry about mistakes and dont suggest me about the usage of spell checking.
Sleep in office for some time and let your eyes relax. Give proper rest to your eys.
Type with losed eyes, its fun. It doesnt matter much while chatting.

And for those out there who are too intelligent and will surely ask that what if I want to chat with many people at a time … so for that just open your eyes and the just switch the windows. close the eys and start again. And there will be a set of people who will have a doubt about what about the content, then just read the contents in between and reply with closed eyes.

Enjoy. Talk to you often.

Dhamki antaratma ki

“I am going to leave you by 2007 year end. You haven’t done justice to me or my existence.” said my Soul to me, in a depressed voice.
“… Ummm …I haven’t done justice to you. What makes you say so?” said me.
“I felt so as it was very embarrasing for me when I went to attend AISM.”
“AISM??? whats that …”
“All India Souls Meet, I went to look for your soulmate.”
“What the hell?? Who asked you to find soulmate for me. “
“Nobody, I just felt like having one, so I went on my own. And for your information, I have been attending this meet since it started. Without your knowledge, Of course.”
“Whatever, it sounds stupid to me. And by the way what made you feel so embarrased.”
“I approached this beautiful soul *S*, and she asked me for your blog link. And I didnt have any answer to that.”
“Whattttt … why did you go to such stupid soul… you could have given my orkut link or flickr photoblog”
“What made you think that I didnt try … orkut is too old fashioned and *S* said its junk. And *S* didnt bother about flickr link. And I didnt have any other ways to prove that You are a popular soul.”
“Then you should have just walked away, you couldnt think of such a simple solution as well … Anyway what is all this fuss about leaving me by year end… I have been with you for over a quarter century … you cant go away just like that …
“Of course, I can. I waited for 25years. And moreover I am bored. And when I leave, you will be just a soul-LESS creature”
“Soul-lesss creatureee!!!! I am not sure what difference it makes, but still I dont wish to be called so. So, tell me, what do I do to make you stay back.
“Write a blog. pretty simple. You couldnt think of such a simple solution as well. haha”
“But I am lazy.”
“Doesnt justify anything. Tell me one thing, havent you thought of writing a blog for a long long long time. Dont you want it?”
“I did. But I have been lazy. I also tried to start a blog in Korea. But there blogspot used to come in Korean only. And I didnt bother to find how to get it into english. Moreover I dont really know what I am supposed to write. I am not that great at writing.”
“Its ok. Not all people are great. And tell me one thing did you think that you were great at photography when you started with photoblog? As far as I know you didnt.”
“Ya thats true, But still whats the use then. If I dont have anything interesting to write.”
“You can write about your life, your experiences, useful informations, your opinion about things. As it is you dont talk much about your life to anyone, So people who wish to know a bit about you, might be interested in reading your blogs.”
“Sounds good as such … But what about the name… I cant think of a good name”
“I already have taken a name. its purdev.”
“Not again.
“you have been doing lots of things behind my back… and what does thing name signify … is there any sense to it as well? “
“its just derived from your name”
“Anyway I dont like that name. And what do I start with …as in the content… dont tell me that you already have that ready for me”
“No I dont have that ready.
(Im too lazy to do all that stuff, motivating is easier). But ya I have given you the framework sometime back.”
“Oh you mean the same old self-soul talking that people have been blogging about”
“Yes exactly. You dont have any other options :D
“… ummm ok let me try … “Great you lazy bum!! All the best..”

P.S.::For helping me in cause of spreading boredom in the world … please visit the blog again. Thank you :D

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