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Thursday, 29 June 2017 14:38

TAMRON SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC REVIEW

I’m a people photographer and one of my favourite focal length is 16-35. You may be surprised that how this focal length could be a favourite for a people photographer. Well, firstly I don’t shoot from a long distance. I prefer to go very close to my subjects, I talk with them make them comfortable with the camera and shoot. Secondly and most importantly you have a lot of other advantages with this focal length like you can create a human frame between the frame and you can include much more subjects in your frame. You can get very good environmental portraits also with this one.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/3.5 1/125sec ISO: 160 Hand Held

When I have been offered to use TAMRON’s SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD, the world’s first f/2.8 image stabilization, during my last Workshop at Kathmandu, my primary goal was to find out how good the lens is, particularly when compared to that lens which I have been relying on heavily for years.

With its impressive optical performance and the Ultrasonic Silent Drive motor (USD), the lens focuses both silently and quickly, similar to other high-quality professional lenses like the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC. The built-in image stabilization, which Tamron markets as “Vibration Compensation” (VC), provides up to 4 stops of compensation for hand-held shooting. I hardly use tripods so it was a great additional advantage for me also especially during low light conditions. VC is definitely the highlight of the Tamron’s 15-30mm f/2.8 because it is the world’s first ultra-wide angle zooms to offer it. Tamron has been consistent in its use of vibration compensation in high-quality lenses – the lens follows the path of the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, which also was world’s first 24-70mm lens to offer image stabilization. While both Canon and Nikon have been excluding image stabilization from their professional-grade wide-angle and standard lenses, Tamron has been making it clear that image stabilization should be included in every high-end lens, no matter what the focal length is. And that’s where I am in total agreed with Tamron – despite the claims by some photographers that image stabilization is not needed on wide angle lenses, based on my experience, image stabilization is very effective and useful for every type of lens.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/5.6 1/1250sec ISO: 3200 Hand Held

When it comes to optical design, the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is just great with a total of 18 lens elements in 13 groups. 3 of which are of low-dispersion type, 1 moulded - aspherical glass and 2 expanded glass moulded aspherical elements. On top of this, Tamron threw everything it had in its arsenal at the 15-30mm, adding fluorine coating to the front element to repel water and dirt, weather sealing and special eBAND coating to reduce internal reflections and thus effectively minimise ghosting and flare.

As I have already mentioned, the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is a beast of a lens, being both larger and heavier than the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, which is already the heaviest Nikon ultra-wide angle zoom lens available. Though weight is 1,100 grams, still on higher-end full-frame camera bodies, the lens balances better and feels much steadier especially with body grip along with the well-positioned zoom ring on the lens allowed me to balance it quite well with proper support and comfort of both hands and feels very solid in hands.

As the front element is huge and round, Tamron designed a built-in petal-shaped hood for it, which also feels quite solid. When zooming in and out, the lens does not change in length, although the front element will move in and out together with a secondary plastic hood that matches the shape of the primary hood.

As for the zoom ring, it is very smooth and I didn’t find it getting any stiffer which is a sign of good quality. The same goes for the focus ring, which also feels quite nice when rotating it. Similar to Nikon and Canon lenses, when you get too close focus or infinity marks, the focus ring will continue to rotate, giving very slightly resistance. To protect the front element, Tamron supplied the lens with a push-on front cap also.

As expected from a high-quality lens, the mount is made from durable metal and similar to all recently top class lenses, the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 also features a rubber gasket on the lens mount to minimize the risk of attracting dust and other debris into the camera chamber. The Vibration Compensation (VC) switch, along with the AF/MF switch are both located on the side of the lens. The lens comes with a button to turned VC on and off. These switches are easy to move and use.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/6.3 1/100sec ISO: 100 Hand Held

When it comes to sharpness and contrast, very few lenses can truly compete with the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G, which in that sense is a truly remarkable lens. In fact, the 14-24mm f/2.8G is known to be sharper than most ultra-wide angle prime lenses – it is that good. However, with the introduction of high-resolution cameras like the D800, D800E and D810, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G started to show some of its weaknesses, particularly when it comes to focus shift. When I first looked at Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC’s Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) Chart, I knew that the lens would not disappoint optically. As I had expected, the lens performed admirably well and I did not see any issues with focus shift.

I saw that the lens is very strong at its widest focal length, with remarkable centre sharpness at f/2.8, which almost does not change as you stop down. Such impressive performance is quite rare to see in lenses. The mid-frame and the corners are a bit weak though, which is expected – one would have to stop down to get those sharper. The lens produces very impressive sharpness in the centre frame. The lens again performs the best overall at f/5.6, with a very good balance of centre to corner performance.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/100sec ISO: 250 Hand Held

As for contrast and colours, I found them to be quite similar to what my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G produces, which is superb. With such a complex design and so many aspherical and low dispersion elements, it had better be!

The day I converted myself into digital I never shot Jpeg. I always shoot in RAW. I process my images on my own. I was really very curious also that how good this lens is in terms of Vignetting, Chromatic Aberrations, Ghosting and Flare as I had to correct these things during my post productions.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/5.6 1/500sec ISO: 1250 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/2sec ISO: 500 

However, I must say that this lens has done very good job controlling all these factors. Thanks to Tamron’s special eBAND and BBAR coating technologies, the 15-30mm f/2.8 VC performs admirably well when shooting against very bright sources of light. I have a number of images with the Sun in the frame during the shoot, and as I can see, there are little to no signs of ghosting and flare in images. In fact, based on what I have seen so far, I would rank the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 among one of the best lenses I have tested so far in terms of handling of ghosting and flare.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/125sec ISO: 5000 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/400sec ISO: 160 Hand Held

Tamron deserves a lot of admirations for its SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC lens – it’s truly a remarkable lens if you see its features and overall performance.

The added benefit of image stabilization is huge – as I have mentioned earlier in this review also, that image stabilization is immensely helpful for photography, even on ultra-wide angle lenses such as this one. And videographers will be even happier with the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8, because it will make their videos look smoother when shooting hand-held.

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/5.6 1/640sec ISO: 3200 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/60sec ISO: 2500 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/10 1/5sec ISO: 100 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/125sec ISO: 5000 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/640sec ISO: 160 Hand Held

Focal length: 15mm Exposure: F/5 1/640sec ISO: 320 Hand Held

Based on all this, the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is a lens which falls into my “highly recommended” list of DSLR lenses for the photographers who are into the field of shooting landscapes, wedding, people photography, architecture or environmental portraits. If you are looking for a professional-grade ultra-wide angle zoom lens without spending a lot of money, look no further – the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC is your lens.

All the images have been shot with TAMRON SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC 

 Published by Tamron India also on their site. Click to view on Tamron site. 

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 11:30

ALLAHABAD KUMBH MELA

Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering of mankind on the Earth. Millions of devotees take a holy dip in the sacred water during the mela.

Friday, 23 June 2017 19:40

COLOURS OF PUSHKAR 2.0

Experience India’s biggest tribal festivities of more than 100-year-old Pushkar Mela. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the COLOURS of PUSHKAR and the culture of this historic place.

On the auspicious occasion of “Dev Depawali”, a Four Day Street Photography Workshop, has been organized, with internationally renowned photographer Apratim Saha, Manish Khattry & Vinay Tripathii at Varanasi, from 1st to 4th November 2017.

Dates:                         1st November (Wednesday), 2nd November (Thursday),
                                 3rd November (Friday) & 4th November (Saturday)

Place:                          Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Fees:                           18000 INR for Indian Participants
                                  450 USD for Foreign Participants
                                  (Including accommodation and food)

Total students:             Maximum 25 participants

Teaching language:      English, Hindi & Bengali

To apply e-mail at:       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:                       +91 8900702900 & +91 8509333385

About the workshop:

This four day Photography Workshop is designed for advanced photographers as well as beginners.  This comprehensive workshop mainly focuses on practical functions. This workshop will help you to build up a solid understanding of composition and visual literacy in street photography. In this Four days workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of street photography, how to capture “the decisive moment”, how to interact with people in the street and how to conquer your fear of shooting at streets. You will be given guidance to discover your style in street photography, and how to work on meaningful projects that you will continue to pursue after the workshop.

The workshop has 20% theoretical aspects and 80% practical. Come and join this workshop for finding street stories in the magical light of winter, on the auspicious occasion of “Dev Depawali”. Learning to capture street portraits and making street stories will be the two main concentrations in this workshop with hands-on experience. These four days workshop will help you to find the core concept of photography. Besides discovering your own inspiring trigger, you will be guided towards achieving mastery in street photography. To find your style and to discover the secret of street photography enroll decisively in this workshop.

Apratim Saha, Manish Khattry & Vinay Tripathii will intensely go through each participant’s work during class and will elaborately instruct each one in the field. Both of the mentors will thoroughly help out students to learn photography exclusively.

After the workshop, participants will have a boarder understanding of how to work to create amazing photography projects of their own. To complete this course, all participants must have genuine interest and passion for photography at first, the camera is next.  

The main intention of this comprehensive workshop is helping participants on practical application. Apratim Saha, Manish Khattry & Vinay Tripathii will thoroughly help out each student to learn photography independently. In the location of the outdoor practical shooting, Apratim, Manish & Vinay will thoroughly help each participant passionately and according to their individual needs. Do not miss the golden opportunity of being part of this.                                                                                  

Before enrolling please check our participant’s feedback: http://www.apratimsaha.com/reviews.html 

Workshop course outline:

  • Introduction
  • Getting to know your Camera
  • Lenses
  • Your Camera’s Automatic, Assisted Settings and Manual Settings
  • Understanding Exposure (Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO)
  • Composition and Content
  • Depth of field
  • Moments and Motion
  • People and Portraits
  • The Simple Math of Photography
  • Angle of Light
  • Photography as a Way of Life
  • The fundamentals of street photography
  • How to overcome fear of shooting at streets
  • How to get involved with strangers and situations when shooting on the streets
  • The way to anticipate and capture “The Decisive Moment”
  • Focus on ways to develop a unique third eye when shooting on the streets
  • Guidance to discover your individual style in street photography
  • To help you gain hands-on experience, the workshop is designed to be less lecture-based and more focused on your shooting on the streets
  • Discuss and guidance on your individual portfolio
  • The workshop will also be tailored to your individual needs
  • Understanding File Format (Raw, Tiff, Jpg image files)
  • Monitor Calibration
  • Editing Images : Post Processing
  • Growing as a photographer and much more
  • Submission of Photo Storey/ Photo Essay
  • Critique and feedback of the final submission

What you will achieve from this workshop:

  • Greater ability to work quickly and decisively with your camera
  • Increased confidence in your skills as a photographer
  • Effectiveness in establishing rapport with subjects
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with editing and sequencing your work to create a powerful visual narrative of your subject
  • To create powerful photographs
  • To build a photo story / photo essay
  • Certificate of completion after the workshop

What you will need:

A Digital camera with just one or two lenses (for example – 24mm, 28mm 35mm, 50mm or zoom covering a part of this range).

Emphasis will be placed on going light, and simple and moving yourself to get the photo.

A Computer with photo-processing software. 

Conditions:

Only a maximum 25 hardworking Indian photographers will be selected for this workshop. Participants will be granted admission to the workshop based on email confirmation. Therefore interested participants are requested to send their short CV and a portfolio of 8-10 photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feel free to call +91 8900702900 or +91 8509333385 for any further assistance.

The fees include accommodation and food (from 1st November Morning to 4th November Afternoon).

The Workshop Fees includes: 

  • Standard non AC double bedded room, in twin sharing basis from 1st November morning to 4th November afternoon.
  • 1st November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 2d November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3rd November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4th November - Breakfast & Lunch

The Workshop Fees Do Not includes:

  • Anything else other than mentioned in includes
  • All expenses of persona nature
  • Any other actual expenses would be shared by all participants on actual basis

In order to reserve your seat, 100% advance payment is a must.

If accepted, the participant will receive course details, along with an application form and Rules & Regulations, confirming the success of his/her application by email.

To confirm registration, the participant must pay the amount through NEFT or IMPS or RTGS. Once the payment is done please send us a copy of bank receipt (screen shot is also fine) of your payment sent details. Once we confirm your payment, we will send you a money receipt along with the Rules & Regulations of the workshop, which makes you, a confirmed candidate

Deadlines:

Registration is open from 1st July 2017, until 15th October 2017.

Cancellation:

Full payment needs to be made in advance. No refund on cancellation. Please read all details on this page and Detailed Terms and Conditions, Disclaimer / Undertaking in the Registration cum Booking Form.


Meet Your Mentors

Manish Khattry

Manish is a renowned legendary photographer from Varanasi. He is a guest mentor in Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University. Manish is mentoring students of Mass Communication and Journalism of BHU in Photography. Manish Khattry won many National & International Awards and honours.
Manish’s works has been published in national and international magazines, newspapers and journals including National Geographic Traveller, India Today. He has been ranked photographer of Black and White street photography group, USA among approx. 40,000 photographers.

Vinay Tripathii

 

Vinay started as a street photographer and doing many concepts shoots preserving oldest living city Varanasi through his camera. He has more than 5 lakhs unique and rare photographs of various themes.  He has worked as the youngest film critic at the age of 16 and his articles were published in various magazine and newspaper like an International Magazine namely ‘HELLO’, National Magazine ‘AHA ZINDAGI’, ‘SAHITYA AMRIT ‘etc. As well as Vinay had also worked as a sub-editor in “Kashi Pratiman” magazine as the youngest member. He had also worked as a camera unit member and did cinematography for an International Movie Shot in Varanasi names “Fest Of Varanasi” which is releasing this year and shown in Cann Film Festival.

Apratim SahaVinay 

Apratim started photography at the age of twelve inspired by his father. He feels capturing images that people enjoy to look at and are impressed with is not the only reason that inspired him to take up photography seriously but to give people a reason to care was the main intention for him. Apratim is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Stock Photography, Getty Images and Stocksy United. He is a Brand Ambassador and Mentor of Tamron & Data Color. He has over 30 years of experience, from traditional film to digital photography. He is a commercial photographer specializing in people photography, portraiture, lifestyle & editorial clients. Besides commercial works, Apratim also shoots weddings, family portraits, and other subjects that stimulate his visual or emotional sensibilities.

Friday, 24 February 2017 15:08

DISCOVERING BISKET

Experience one of the most vibrant festivals in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu. 

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 12:44

UJJAIN KUMBH MELA 2016

Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering of mankind on the Earth. Millions of devotees take a holy dip in the sacred water during the mela.

Enjoy the Guided Phototour of Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016

Saturday, 19 March 2016 12:19

COLOURS OF PUSHKAR

Experience India’s biggest tribal festivities of more than 100-year-old Pushkar Mela. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the COLOURS of PUSHKAR and the culture of this historic place.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:00

REVIEW OF UJJAIN KUMBH MELA 2016

A guided photo tour of Ujjain Kumbh Mela has been organised from 8th May – 12th May 2016. I am very happy to share some of the participant's works and their views about this tour. 

I want to thank each and every participant for joining this tour.

It has occupied a permanent place in my memory... We were sitting inside the tent of the "Akhara" and chatting with the Sadhu regarding the "Shahi Snan" which took place two days ago. His Chela provided us with the delicious "khichdi" which we finished in no time. The Sadhu was explaining the meaning of "Kumbh", "Samudra Manthan", etc which every Indian has been listening as a myth, but probably cannot relate to their very existence. He said, "Manthan" does not merely mean the tussle between Good and Evil, it actually represents the real world where there are all the different kind of people. Every human being should experience this various nature and culture to enrich their life. Kumbh provides us with this opportunity to meet the ocean of people from every possible category of human beings. I was fortunate to experience this real Kumbh only because of Apratim.

Apratim's team for Ujjain Kumbh 2016, was also sort of mini Kumbh. There were people from far east,  Singapore, as well as from west, Dubai. Participants came from a northern neighbour of India, Nepal as well as from farthest south, Kerala. Apratim played the perfect host, taking care of everything and updating each detail since a month before the actual event. We had the privilege to observe Kumbh, from a closest possible distance, being actually part of the procession for Shahi Snan of the Naga sadhus. We even had the access to Akharas to observe their holy rituals closely.

Personally, for me, it was much more than a mere photography tour. Thank you Apratim, for this lifetime experience. Hope to be part of many more events in future.

Sandip Dutta
Bangalore

I had a Kumbha workshop at Ujjain with Mr. Apratim Saha, a photographer of national geography stock. As usual, I was extremely worried about the conveyance and lodging because Kumbha is Asia’s largest fair, lots of people were coming for the same, it's very difficult to get into appropriate shape for shooting as a novice photographer. But everything was nicely arranged and organised by him, we were almost 20 people, the locality was very close to Shipra river where the mela was happening! On the contrary, he was very caring to all of us and briefing all of the places where we have shoot, he used to take us there personally and everything was organised very systematically. Rooms were very spacious and comfortable, the  food was extraordinary, even if it was not a kind of workshop but he himself use to guide us as a senior photographer. That was a great help after the tour ended he gave us a briefing, critiqued our snaps,and that is very important after a foto shoot. I personally recommend his photo tour as the best one because I hate too much professional attitude. He is really a very nice and sober  person and I feel it's a great opportunity to have photo tour with him as a senior photographer. I will  look forward to having some tours wid him in feature also. I highly recommend Apratim Saha as a mentor. 

Mahua Baidya
Kolkata

Best ever PhotoTour attended in recent times, where Learning/Sharing/Experiencing knowledge was facilitated from the Best bunch of Photographers from different work fields from different parts of the Globe as a Single family.

Umesh. U. V
Bangalore 

I was part of Apratim Saha’s photography tour to Kumbh Mela 2016 at Ujjain. Apratim took very minute care of the logistic part of the tour. From choosing well located hotel to timely food, a well planned itinerary, a nice mix of budding and experienced photographers - all the right ingredients were in place for a very well organised tour. As a result we photographers only had to worry about taking the photographs. Apratim also went out of his way to organise impromptu workshops and review sessions and shared his vast knowledge in photography. This I think was a big plus as each one of us could compare our works.

I would highly recommend his tours. 

Lopamudra Talukdar
Kolkata

It was a matter of chance that I saw a mention of a photo tour to the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain being conducted by Mr Apratim Saha. I had never been on an organised photo trip before and since I had planned to go to Ujjain for the Kumbh, I decided to give this a try. Mr Saha was extremely helpful during the days preceding the tour, with regular updates about Ujjain and our stay arrangements.

On reaching Ujjain in the heat of summer, I was impressed by Mr Saha's attention to detail. He had looked after the smallest details like distributing glucose packets to hydrate and cotton towels to keep the head covered from the heat.

The night before the Shahi Snan was an unforgettable experience because Apratim had arranged for our group to see the Naga sadhus at close quarters....right up till the bathing site. I do not think anyone else could have managed to do this. The opportunity that I got during the Kumbh is all thanks to Mr Saha and his amazing organisation and conduct of the tour.

I would definitely be a part of his group in future photo tours and would recommend him to all photo enthusiasts.

Vikas Datta
Mumbai

Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to be part of your team. I enjoyed the event and it was a new exposure for me. It was a great experience and I had a chance to meet many new people with good knowledge and life experience than me.The workshop gave good ideas on photography.

Tom Joseph
Dubai

Every individual is not a single one. Another one within him/her. One who perform his sublime duty throughout  the daylong day out with shades of sweets or blood for his survivals. In our complicated society  the same individual live within all along with confusion, conflicts, conspiracies. But there is an another man who survives within the  same, an artist, a philosopher, a novelist, a singer, a thinker and much more. In this sensual junctures, every individual is very alone along with his sensual feelings.

We get together 20 peoples and went there at Ujjain to breaking our loneliness and get the nectar of "AMRITAKUMBHA" as well as the nectar of life.

And it was an awesome experience along with our mentor Mr. Apratim Saha who makes all our desire happened for this purpose with a delicate default professional way.

It was started from the first day of initiation of the project to the end, it's all a well-managed  programme . There was no lack ness of arrangement was found. I am a regular traveller even before of my photography but I never got such host, away from home. And regarding photography, I never got such experience before. I was there at Allahabad Kumbh 2013 with my self-arrangement but I could not manage the shooting so close on a prime day as I got here at Ujjain.

Once again I like to give thanks to Mr. Apratim Saha for his excellent arrangement of such programme .

Debabrata Hore
Mathabhanga

At the very onset, let me clarify, I hate organised Photo Tours. As a matter of fact, I hate any kind of organised tours. It’s just that I love to organise my own things. Moreover, shooting in groups is just not my cup of tea. So when my wife asked me to accompany her on this Photo Tour to Ujjain, I had my reservations, despite knowing Apratim for a long time. However, for once I was happy to be proven wrong.

Like any Kumbh Mela, Ujjain was a chaos, an ocean of people, flowing from one end to another. However, our place was just ideal, walking distance to the main attractions but still hidden in a small lane, away from the crowd. The rooms were nice, the food was much better than anything one can expect on a tour like this. But Apratim’s greatest success was keeping a relatively large group together, leading them to the right places at the right time and then giving them their own space to shoot as they want. It was a fantastic set of photographers from as far away as Singapore to the Gulf, each willing to go the extra mile for the other. As the group comprised of both accomplished and novice photographers, Apratim dealt with each one as per his/her needs. Although this wasn’t a workshop, photographic discussions and review sessions were held. I was extremely impressed with the professionalism exhibited by Apratim and would strongly recommend his Photo Tours.

Sabyasachi Talukdar
Kolkata

Really enjoyed and it was a different experience. Even though i lost my phones in the holy river, I am happy to say that I enjoyed some rare moments and got some good pics too.

Chelat Venugopalan
Dubai

This was one heck of a trip. I always wanted to experience Kumbh, the biggest gathering of people on earth. I have been following Apratim's (I call him dada, big brother) work for a long time, and his Kumbh images from Allahabad were very inspiring. So, when I found out he's conducting this photo-tour, I just had to join. Once, there, I realized dada had things under control in a very difficult situation. We were staying as close as it could get to the action, with most of the conveniences one can ask for during a Kumbh. Walking to the ghats was easy, and our schedules were pretty relaxed. I met a bunch of talented ad dedicated photographers from India as well as abroad and made new friends. In those five days, we became like a small and happy family, eating, chatting, joking and of course shooting together. And dada was there always, taking care of our stay, food, shooting sessions - everything. Though this was not exactly a workshop, he even arranged for a short technical session and a review session, which helped most people, especially the beginners. Apratim da arranged permissions and cards for us which helped throughout the trip. Most importantly, during shahi snan, we got access to the ghat along with naga babas from a certain akhara. This is a very rare opportunity, and we got this access only due to Apratim and his team's hard work.

Overall, the arrangements were as good as they could get under the intense pressure of this mega event. We had good food every day, and good night's sleep which was very essential. We could shoot as per our convenience and time, there were no fixed schedules, which worked for most of us. Apratim da himself led the group wherever required, and made the sessions as varied as possible. Most importantly, everyone enjoyed each other's company and this bonding was one of the best takeaways of this trip. I would highly recommend Apratim's photo-tours for any photographer, and will join them myself, whenever possible. 

Shayak Raychaudhuri
Kolkata

Accommodation: The hotel was nice and decent and just walkable distance from the Maha Kaleshwar Temple and the Holy River.
Food: The food served (b/f,lunch and dinner) was reasonably good.
Naga Sadhus Dip: Though I missed it, but you have compensated it by taking me to Naga Sadhu's and introduced them which helped me to inter act with them and seek their blessings and of course clicked photos as well. This particular experience is for me, once in life time experience.
The location where we were staying was the epicentre of all the action which takes place during Kumbh Mela. So, had tons of opportunities for photo shoot.
General: Apart from photography had a great opportunity to visit Maha Kaleshwar Temple and witnessed the Aarti at the Holy River, which was again a life time experience.
Participants: All were just fantastic, including great artist Umesh, great photographers Lopa and Sabyatchi, and other beautiful human beings from Calcutta, Bangalore, Singapore and other places.
Conclusion: This is the second tour I am attending arranged by you and am 100% satisfied by attending this one as well like the previous Varanasi Tour. You personally take care of each and every participant that is a great thing in you. I look forward to attend more and more tours.

B. Venugopal
Dubai

I had attended Apratim Saha's Ujjain photo tour this year. It was wonderful photo tour. Apratim has guided us to explore  different interesting places at Ujjain. The overall arrangement/ care for the participant  were excellent. Would love to join once  again.

Raj Sarkar
Kolkata

Kumbh is an event to purify oneself and the belief and faith brings people from all around the globe to this event. To witness such an event was a great opportunity provided by our guru Mr. Aapratim Saha the ace photographer. This was my first photo tour and I have enriched myself about photography from our guru Mr. Apratim Saha. He is a very soft and warm welcoming person taking care of every one and of everything. Arranging the stay and food in such mammoth event was incredible task done by Mr. Saha team. I will love to participate in future photo tour and learn from his experience and guidance about photography.

Gopal Mitruka
Siliguri

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:39

‘In the Beginning’

I think that generally, we forget to question ourselves “why” we do anything at all. If you ask the question “why”– it helps you often to get to the core of your life’s purpose.

Now the question is, why Workshop ?

You may say that I am not qualified enough for holding workshops or that I’m taking too much money for workshops. Instead of defending myself about how I teach photography in workshops, I rather want to say that I share my knowledge of photography through workshops. My father was a teacher. He always used to say that if you share your knowledge, it will not decrease, rather it will increase, it’ll be polished. So I took his path only. I share my knowledge and by sharing and discussing, I also learn. I learn from everybody, everyday…

I don’t teach at workshops to make money for my living expenses nor in order to buy expensive cameras. I love the feeling that I’m helping people to learn. There is nothing more satisfactory than when I notice thoughts flashing through the brains of people who join my workshop.

OK. Coming back to the main question “Why” ? Why is a workshop required ?

The answer is simple… to improve your vision. A workshop is an educational experience to help you to improve your vision of art.

I would like to share one of my bitter experiences here. Last year there was a photography competition and the organisers wanted me to be the judge. After judging and giving the award to the man who won the first prize, I asked him, “Do you know why I chose your entry as the winner?” He was mum. I was surprised… It was such a strong image and he didn’t even know it…!

There are rules and if you don’t know the rules then what is the point of breaking the rules? So if you cannot identify what is right or what is wrong about your photograph, it is impossible to improve yourself.

I’m here not to teach you rules and techniques of the photography only, but to address the heart of the matter: What lies in your field of vision? How are the elements connected? What does one make an image of? I’ll show you how to ensure that the image is full of meaning and impact. And how you can convey that meaning. How every picture of yours will tell a story. Simply, you will learn to analyse the world as you look at it with your eyes and see it in an entirely new way. That is seeing.

Tell your own story

Are you able to tell your own story in your own way? Have you created your own style? Every art is a unique creation of an artist, photography is also an art and every photographer has his own style. By his own style he is famous in the industry. You have to create your own style, your own signature, your own uniqueness… People should identify your image among lot of images. Let people recognize you by that uniqueness. This is really very important. 

Your camera is alive

Yes your camera is alive. If you love your camera, your camera will also love you. It’s a mother child relationship. You have to know your camera first. You have to know everything about your camera. You have to know the maximum limit of your equipment. Then only it’ll obey your command.    

You must have a great camera!!!

Lots of people ask me which camera I have, or whether one must have an expensive camera. I always tell one thing to them that it’s not the camera who takes a photo, it’s you; you are taking the picture. You have to see, you have to visualize and you have to find a message that you want to express through your picture. That is more important. Remember one thing. You should never be handicapped by your camera. A camera is just a tool and nothing more than that.

Winning Trust

Yeah, this is really very important. Most important part about photographing a person is winning their trust and confidence. Being able to come up or down to one’s level to ensure a strong communication is what it takes to honestly connect with a person. The best love is when two people touch each other’s soul. So you have to touch their soul. Then only you’ll get the perfect expression of that person.

Perfect Timing

People ask me how I can identify the perfect moment to take a photograph. You are never sure of the perfect moment because you’re always looking and anticipating. You are never quite sure when the moment is right because it can either peak or be on the verge of disappearing. So it depends on your intuition and reflexes to guess the perfect moment!

Your best shot

The single most common mistake is including multiple images that are too similar - images that were clearly shot at the same time and only slightly different. That is a very negative indicator of a photographer's ability or willingness to evaluate their own work.

Try to show your best shot; don’t show your average shots. It’s also very important how you select your best shot. By critically analysing and rejecting you’ll be able to select your best shot. Every photographer shoots a lot but shows a single one!

In the end

If you look at the photographers whose work we admire, you’ll see that they have found a particular place, theme, or subject, dug deep into it, and carved out something that’s become special. That takes a lot of time and a lot of work; it’s not for everyone. A great photograph really needs to say something about a person or give some insight into their life or how their life is different than yours and mine. A good picture makes us curious and makes us want to know more.

My father always used to tell one thing that if you want to learn English then you have to talk in English, you have to write in English even you have to dream in English also; then only you can learn English. So in your dream also you have to be a photographer.

If you use a digital camera, do not just click. Plan your shots as though you are shooting with film. Not only you will learn the technical aspects of photography faster, you will also develop skills. Study light whenever you can. Light is your best friend and your worst enemy.

During the course of time, be ready for criticism. Do not be discouraged as you will not be able to satisfy everyone and at the same time, you should respect others’ work too. Develop a style on your own and fill a niche that sets you apart from the rest, which is really important. In the beginning you may feel that nothing is happening but after few years of practicing and living in the dream of photography, you’ll find that you have created your own style.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:26

'Discovering Secrets of Streets’

Four day Comprehensive Workshop on Street Photography with internationally renowned photographer GMB Akash and Apratim Saha.

Dates:                             25th November (Wednesday), 26th November (Thursday),

                                       27th November (Friday) & 28th November (Saturday).

Place:                              Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Fees:                               12000 INR (Including accommodation and food)

Total students:                Maximum 25 participants (Indian Students Only)

Teaching language:         English, Hindi & Bengali

To apply e-mail at:          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:                             +91 8900702900 or +91 8509333385

About the workshop

This four day Photography Workshop is designed for advanced photographers as well as beginners.  This comprehensive workshop mainly focuses on practical functions. This workshop will help you to build up a solid understanding of composition and visual literacy in street photography. In this Four days workshop you will learn the fundamentals of street photography, how to capture “the decisive moment”, how to interact with people in street and how to conquer your fear of shooting at streets. You will be given guidance to discover your style in street photography, and how to work on meaningful projects that you will continue to pursue after the workshop.

The workshop has 20% theoretical aspects and 80% practical. Come and join this workshop for finding street stories in the magical light of winter, on the auspicious occasion of “Dev Depawali”. Learning to capture street portraits and making street stories will be the two main concentrations in this workshop with hands-on experience. These four days workshop will help you to find the core concept of photography. Besides discovering your own inspiring trigger, you will be guided towards achieving mastery in street photography. To find your style and to discover the secret of street photography enroll decisively in this workshop.

Mentor GMB Akash and Apratim Saha will intensely go through each participant’s work during class and will elaborately instruct each one in the field. Both of the mentors will thoroughly help out students to learn photography exclusively.

After the workshop, participants will have a boarder understanding of how to work to create amazing photography projects of their own. To complete this course all participants must have genuine interest and passion for photography at first, the camera is next.  

The main intention of this comprehensive workshop is helping participants on practical application. GMB Akash and Apratim Saha will thoroughly help out students to learn photography independently. In location of outdoor practical shooting, Akash and Apratim will thoroughly help each participant passionately and according to their individual needs. Do not miss the golden opportunity of being part of this.                                                              

 

Before enrolling one can check our participant’s feedback and the participant’s final submissions of their work: http://wp.me/p3F0uP-aQ

Workshop course outline:

  • Introduction
  • Getting to know your Camera
  • Lenses
  • Your Camera’s Automatic, Assisted Settings and Manual Settings
  • Understanding Exposure (Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO)
  • Composition and Content
  • Depth of field
  • Moments and Motion
  • People and Portraits
  • The Simple Math of Photography
  • Angle of Light
  • Photography as a Way of Life
  • The fundamentals of street photography
  • How to overcome fear of shooting at streets
  • How to get involved with strangers and situations when shooting on the streets
  • The way to anticipate and capture “The Decisive Moment”
  • Focus on ways to develop a unique third eye when shooting on the streets
  • Guidance to discover your individual style in street photography
  • To help you gain hands-on experience, the workshop is designed to be less lecture-based and more focused on your shooting on the streets
  • Discuss and guidance on your individual portfolio
  • The workshop will also be tailored to your individual needs
  • Understanding File Format (Raw, Tiff, Jpg image files)
  • Editing Images : Post Processing
  • Growing as a photographer and much more
  • Submission of Photo Storey / Photo Essay
  • Critique and feedback of the final submission

 

What you will achieve from this workshop:

  • Greater ability to work quickly and decisively with your camera
  • Increased confidence in your skills as a photographer
  • Effectiveness in establishing rapport with subjects
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with editing and sequencing your work to create a powerful visual narrative of your subject
  • To create powerful photographs
  • To build a photo story / photo essay
  • Certificate of completion after the workshop

What you will need:

  • A Digital camera with just one or two lenses (for example – 24mm, 28mm 35mm, 50mm or zoom covering a part of this range). 
  • Emphasis will be placed on going light, and simple and moving yourself to get the photo.
  • A Computer with photo-processing software.

Conditions:

Only a maximum 25 hardworking Indian photographers will be selected for this workshop. Participants will be granted admission to the workshop based on email confirmation. Therefore interested participants are requested to send their short CV and a portfolio of 8-10 photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feel free to call +91 8900702900 or +91 8509333385 for any further assistance.

The INR 12,000 fees include accommodation and food (from 25th November Morning to 28th November Afternoon).

The Workshop Fees includes:

  • Standard non AC double bedded room, in twin sharing basis from 25th November morning to 28th November afternoon.
  • 25th November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 26th November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 27th November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 28th November - Breakfast & Lunch 

The Workshop Fees Do Not includes:

  • Anything else other than mentioned in includes
  • All expenses of persona nature
  • Any other actual expenses would be shared by all participants on actual basis

In order to reserve your seat, 80% advance payment is a must.

If accepted, the participant will receive course details, along with an application form and Rules & Regulations, confirming the success of his/her application by email. To confirm registration, the participant must return the application form duly signed by him/her to us, within seven days, along with payment of 80% of the fees of the workshop.

The rest of the fees must be paid by the participant on or before 14th of November, 2015. The participant will receive a money receipt against the payment.

Deadlines:

Registration is open from 1st September, 2015 till 5th November, 2015.

If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, we must be notified at least fifteen days prior to the deadline, i.e. 15th October 2015. In that case 60% amount of the advance will be refunded to the participant; otherwise no refund will be made for cancellation after the mentioned date.

Meet your Instructors:

 

‘For me Photography is my language, to access, to communicate, to identify and mostly to make it heard. Through photography I only jot down my heart’s language. The best part about being a photographer is that I’m able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless and to bring their identities to the forefront which gives meaning and purpose to my own life’

GMB Akash

‘I feel capturing images that people enjoy to look at and are impressed with is not the only reason that inspired me to take up photography seriously but to give people a reason to care was the main intention for me’.

Apratim Saha

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