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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.

Published in Travel
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.

Published in Travel
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.

Published in Travel
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.

Published in Workshop
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

Published in Workshop
Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:11

'A practical approach in photography'

Two days comprehensive workshop on basic photography with Mr. Apratim Saha having more than 30 years of experience in photography, brand ambassador of Datacolor and a contributing photographer of National Geographic Stock Photography, Getty Images & Stocksy United.

Dates:                             25th September (Friday), 26th September (Saturday),

Place:                              Gorkha Library, Kurseong

Fees:                               1500 INR (Including Tea & Lunch)

Total students:                Maximum 30 participants

Teaching language:          English & Hindi

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

Phone:                             +91 9474103721 or +91 8670252348

 

About the workshop:

This two day Basic Photography Workshop is not only designed for beginners but also advanced photographers.  At our Workshop, you will not only learn how to optimize the performance of your DSLR cameras but you’ll also learn some advance level tricks to click masterpiece images with ultimate control over your camera.

Once you learn, how to mix and match with the settings, understand the interface and the techniques of framing and composition, you will be ready to click perfect pictures.

This workshop  will  help  you  to  build  up  a solid  understanding  of composition and visual literacy. In this two days workshop you will learn the fundamentals basic photography.

This comprehensive workshop has theoretical aspects and as well as practical. This 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 photography. To find your style and to discover the secret of photography enrol decisively in this workshop.

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

After the workshop, participants will have a boarder understanding of how 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 will thoroughly help out students to learn photography independently. In location of outdoor practical shooting, Apratim will thoroughly help each participant passionately and according to their individual needs. Do not miss the golden opportunity of being part of this.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Introduction
  • Getting to know your Camera
  • How camera works
  • Camera formats
  • Understanding Sensor type and size
  • Relation between focal length and angle of view
  • Different kind of lenses
  • Knowing basic camera modes
  • Aperture
  • Shutter
  • Understanding Exposure & Metering System
  • ISO & Noise
  • Exposure compensation & Auto exposure bracketing
  • Focusing
  • AE/AF lock
  • Automatic versus manual focus
  • Colour Balance
  • Available Lights and flash
  • Understanding the basic rules of compositions
  • High and Low Key Photography
  • Understanding some Great Photographer’s work
  • Understanding Photoshop from Photographers point of view
  • Getting started with Digital Post Processing
  • Working with RAW Files and Basic Editing
  • Questions and Answer

 

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
  • 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 (Optional)

Conditions:

Only a maximum 30 hardworking photographers will be selected for this workshop. 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 9474103721 or +91 8670252348

The INR 1,500/- (One Thousand Five Hundred Only) fees includes Tea & Lunch

     The Workshop Fees includes:

  • 25th September       - Tea & Lunch
  • 26th November        - Tea & 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 return the application form duly signed by him/her to us, immediately, along with 100% of the fees of the workshop. Then the participant will receive a money receipt against the payment.

Deadlines:

Registration is open from 1st September, 2015 till 21st September, 2015.

If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, we must be notified at least three days prior to the deadline, i.e. 18th September 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 Instructor:

  

‘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

Published in Workshop
Friday, 30 July 2010 19:51

Portrait

Portrait

YOUNG SADHU

Gangasagar Mela, West Bengal.

Portrait

OLD WOMAN

In a local market at Darjeeling District, West Bengal.

Portrait

TANTRIK

Charak festival at Siliguri, West Bengal.

Portrait

MOTHER

Gangasagar Mela, West Bengal.

Portrait

A TALK FROM HEART TO HEART

We had a warmhearted talk for one hour and then he blessed me …
A monk in Rumtek Monastery.

Portrait

PANDIT

A Pandit (Priest) from Maharashtra to Gangasagar Mela, West Bengal.

Portrait

I’m not your mother !

A old woman in Gangasagar Mela, West Bengal.

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 19:33

Cultural Diversity

India is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world, with some of the most deeply religious societies and cultures. Religion still plays a central and definitive role in the life of most of its people.

PUJA - I

Cultural Diversity

Some ritual culture at Gangasagar Mela.

PROVAT AROTI (Morning Puja)

Early morning puja at Varanasi on the Ganges.

PUJA -II

Cultural Diversity

DIWALI

Cultural Diversity

Diwali or Deepaawali is one of the most glamorous and important festivals celebrated in India.

IN MEMORY OF FOREFATHERS

Cultural Diversity

He came all the way from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, to Varasnasi to bring homage to his deceiced ancesters, like so many Hindu from all over India, believing that after death, the soul given to the Goddes Ganga, remains in the river of life and death.

PUJA III

Cultural Diversity

Ahuti is an oblation or offering. It can also refer to a sacrifice. However, when conducting with a Yagnya it is customary to have a havan or fire sacrifice. The fire is ceremoniously lit, symbolic of inviting Agni the fire God and the mantras are chanted an offering of ghee or havan samagri (a mixture of herbs, flower and ghee) is offered to the fire at the end of the mantra.

I saw this woman giving YAGNYAHUTI in Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Dwip, West Bengal. Instead of havan samagri she was throwing those cotton balls with ghee from that container.

SONDHA AROTI ( Evening Puja)

Cultural DIversity

Evening Puja at Varanasi on the Ganges.

Published in Blog
Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:31

Making of a devi

Making of a Devi is the story of the potters who have been devoted their life by making the Hindu goddess.

MAKING OF A DEVI

Making of a devi

Radhe Das is a sixty five years man has started making goddess at the age of seven. He has learned the art from his uncle. Radhe is the only earning member of his family. He is so poor that he cannot hire an extra person to help him. So he works alone in his workshop at Kumartuli.

LIVING STATUE OF A SCULPTOR

Making of a devi

CHOKH DAN

Making of a devi

Creating the eye of a Devi is the most critical and challenging thing. In Hindu mythology it has a name called “Chokh Dan” (Eye Creation).  Normally in the night of Mahalaya, before seven days of Puja all potters used to complete this “Chokh Dan” procedure.

ETERNAL TOUCH

Making of a devi

Narayan Pal is one of the potters at Kumartuli, Siliguri, West Bengal.

Making of a devi

Anima Roy got inspiration from his husband seven years ago when her husband took her to Kumartuli. She is the only woman potter in this community. Now she and her husband works together to support their growing family.

PAINTING THE FACE

Making of a devi

Published in Blog
Saturday, 22 December 2012 13:09

Varanasi

Mark Twain truly said that “Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.

Varanasi is also commonly known as Benares or Benaras  and Kashi, a city on the banks of the River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh.  According to legend, the city was founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva, several thousand years ago which makes it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country. It is regarded as a holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.

Enjoy the spirit of Varanasi here….

Varanasi

Om !

Varanasi

Morning puja on Ganges.

In memory of the forefathers

Varanasi

He came all the way from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, to Varasnasi to bring homage to his deceased ancestors, like so many Hindu from all over India, believing that after death, the soul given to the Goddess Ganga, remains in the river of life and death.

Sun Rise

Varanasi

Sun rise on Ganges.

Body Building

Varanasi

Early morning body building at Varanasi.

Puja

Varanasi

Puja before Body Building .

Body Building

Varanasi

Early morning body building at Varanasi.

Body Building

Varanasi

Early morning body building on the Ganges.

Pranayam

Varanasi

Early morning pranayam on the Ganges.

Yoga

Varanasi

Sit - Up

Varanasi

Early morning body building on the Ganges.

Priest

Varanasi

Priest

Varanasi

A priest at Varanasi.

Sadhu

Varanasi

A Sadhu at Varanasi.

Handful of blessing

Varanasi

Pradeep Kumar Dwivedi, the priest of the Shitala Mandir at Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi is one of the  few survivors of a tragic bus accident on 3rd June 1996 morning where more than fifty people were killed. Four people are still in coma. In that accident he lost one of his hands. As the time passes by he realized that he was being neglected by his family as he became physically challenged due to that tragic occurrence. One day he told his father that he’ll earn himself and he came to Varanasi. When he came to Varanasi he fell in love with the ancient city.

Mentor

Varanasi

Ganga Darshan

Varanasi

Boating on the Ganges.

Ganga Darshan

Varanasi

Ghats

Varanasi

Ghats of Varanasi.

Fortune Teller

Varanasi

A fortune teller on the Ganges at Varanasi.

Sadhu

Varanasi

A priest from Varanasi.

Waiting

 Waiting

An old woman at Varanasi.

Puja

Varanasi

Puja on the Shitala Mandir.

Puja

Varanasi

Puja on the bank of Ganges.

Burning Ghat

Varanasi

Burning Ghat on the Ganges at Varanasi.

Burning Memories

Varanasi

 Few days ago early in the morning one mobile call from Varanasi really shocked me for some time. Only four words “Sir Kiran mama chale gaye” (Kiran uncle is no more). Though I was getting ready for my office but couldn’t control myself and sat on the couch for an hour. He was only 65 ! Kiran Chowdhury, the famous Doma (A Hindu caste whose duty is to burn the dead and look after the crematorium) of Varanasi is no more ! Though he’ll not burn bodies anymore but there’ll be burning all the time. From now bodies will be burnt without his touch as he burnt to ashes. During my last visit to Varanasi we had a long discussion regarding Hinduism and Karma. That day once again I realised that wisdom doesn’t come from the books always.

Burning Ghat

 Varanasi

Burning Ghat on the Ganges at Varanasi.

Navaratri

Varanasi

A family celebrating Sharada Navaratri at Varanasi.

Evening Puja

Varanasi

Evening Puja on the Ganges at Varanasi.

Durga Bisarjan

 Varanasi

DURGA BISARJAN on the Ganges at Varanasi.

Puja

Varanasi

Evening Puja on Doshomi at Varanasi.

Dura Bisarjan

 Varanasi

DURGA BISARJAN on the Ganges at Varanasi.

Sondha Aroti

Varanasi

Sondha Aroti (Evening Puja) on the Ganges at Varanasi.

Sondha Aroti

Varanasi

Sondha Aroti (Evening Puja) on the Ganges at Varanasi.

Varanasi

A panoramic view of the Varanasi ghats.

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