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
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:
- Getting to know your Camera
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.