Apratim Saha

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Apratim Saha

Apratim Saha

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

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

Monday, 26 October 2015 11:21

‘India & Her Rich Culture’

A whole day photography workshop on ‘India & Her Rich Culture’ at Lalit Kala Akademi with internationally renowned photographer 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

India & Her Rich Culture

Dates:                                   18th November (Wednesday)

Place:                                    Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, India.

Fees:                                     1500 INR (Including Tea and 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 9884387943

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About the workshop:

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

This workshop will help you to build up a solid understanding of composition and visual literacy in photography. In this whole day workshop you will learn the fundamentals of 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 photography, and how to work on meaningful projects that you will continue to pursue after the workshop.

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 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 session. 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 and help each participant passionately according to their individual needs. Do not miss the golden opportunity of being part of this.

India & Her Rich Culture

Workshop course outline:

  • 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
  • Depth of field
  • Shutter
  • Understanding Exposure & Metering System
  • ISO & Noise
  • Exposure compensation & Auto exposure bracketing
  • Focusing

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  • AE/AF lock
  • Automatic versus manual focus
  • Understanding the basic rules of compositions
  • Colour Balance
  • Available Lights and flash
  • High and Low Key Photography
  • India & her rich culture
  • Customs and celebrations
  • Understanding Your Monitor & Monitor Calibration
  • Understanding Photoshop from Photographers point of view
  • Getting started with Digital Post Processing
  • Working with RAW Files and Basic Editing
  • Understanding some Great Photographer’s work
  • Questions and Answer

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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

India & Her Rich Culture

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).

A Computer with photo-processing software

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Conditions:

Only a maximum 30 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 9884387943 for any further assistance.

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

The Workshop Fees includes: 

  • 18th 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

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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, within seven days, along with payment of 100% of the fees of the workshop.

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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. 14th November 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.

Please download the brochure here.

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Meet your Instructor:

Apratim Saha

‘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

Saturday, 19 March 2016 11:25

DISCOVERING SECRET OF STREETS, VARANASI 2.0

On the auspicious occasion of “Dev Depawali”, a Four Day Street Photography Workshop, has been organized, with internationally renowned photographer Apratim Saha and Manish Khattry at Varanasi, from 13th to 16th November 2016.

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Dates:                         13th November (Sunday), 14th November (Monday),
                                   15th November (Tuesday) & 16th November Wednesday)

Place:                          Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Fees:                           15000 INR for Indian Participants
                                    400 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

Varanasi 2.0

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 and Manish Khattry 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 and Manish Khattry will thoroughly help out each student to learn photography independently. In the location of the outdoor practical shooting, Apratim and Manish 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

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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

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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

Varanasi 2.0

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

Varanasi 2.0

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 13th November Morning to 16th November Afternoon).

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The Workshop Fees includes: 

  • Standard non AC double bedded room, in twin sharing basis from

13th November morning to 16th November afternoon.

  • 13th November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 14th November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 15th November - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 16th 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

Varanasi 2.0

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 25th November 2016, until 31st October, 2016.

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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

Dinesh Khanna

Dinesh Khanna

The master of the masters Dinesh Khanna thinks that Photography has been his constant companion through the journey of life. It has not taught him to see but has influenced what and how he see.
His professional work involved in creating images for Advertising, Editorial and Corporate clients, specifically in the area of Food, Still-life, People and Interiors.
Dinesh’s personal work has been shown in both Solo and Group Exhibitions all around the world. He has also done 2 Pictorial Books - "Bazaar" and "Living Faith". Besides continuing to do commercial assignments for International Magazines, Advertising Agencies and Corporates, Dinesh is also currently working on 5 personal Projects, "Benaras - Everyday in Eternity", "Earning Dignity - from Art, Craft and Trade", "Mobile Stories – Life on the move” & “Mothers & Daughters”
Dinesh is also a Co-Founder and Managing Trustee of Nazar Foundation, which has been set up to promote Photography as an art-form. And is also a Co-Founder and one of the Creative Directors of the Biennale ‘Delhi Photo Festival’. He is actively involved in Photography education and conducts workshops and mentorship sessions regularly under his personal brand, "Photoyatri."

Manish Khattry

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.

Apratim Saha

Apratim Saha

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 of 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.

Thursday, 29 July 2010 20:11

About Me

Apratim Saha

I’ve started photography at age of twelve from inspired by my father. Travelling the world as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine was the dream from my childhood. I have more than 30 years of experience, from traditional film to digital photography. 

I am a commercial photographer specializing in people photography, portraiture, lifestyle & editorial clients. Besides commercial works, I also shoot weddings, family portraits, and other subjects that stimulate my visual or emotional sensibilities. I am a member of National Geographic Stock Photography and Getty Images and Stocksy United. I am also a Brand Ambassador and Mentor for Tamron and Data Color


Anyone who wants to publish or use the images for any purposes please mail me 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., or call +91 8900702900, +91 8509333385, +91 9434249048

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.

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.

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

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