Amateur Photographers of India

TWALKITOUT: Anuj Sharma

This week we talk about amateur photographers of India, who usually take it up as a hobby and later find their heart and soul in it. Known as the ‘nation full of youth’, India as a whole is sparkling with innumerable explosions of talented and bold minds ready to try and take things to the next level. It’s essential to take a quick look of what goes inside the minds of young ‘yet to become’ photographers, what’s the source of their inspiration and what’s their take on “Photography”. Here’s a wonderful conversation with Abhishek Dullu, who’s a software engineer by profession and has impressed many in no time.

What kind of gear do you use?
Camera body – Nikon D5100
Lens – AF-S 18-55mm VR Kit Lens
Tripod – N/A
Filters – Kenko UV Filter
Flash – Standard kit flash
Camera bag – Nikon Kit bag
Mention others, if any.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

70-200mm f/2.8L VR II lens is my favorite, got that lens on rent n fell in love with that. It gives absolutely razor sharp images and helps to capture beautiful moments with ease.

When you go in one of your travels, what all you take with you? Why?
The most important thing which is present in my travel bag is of course my camera. I also ensure my batteries are fully charged. Cam battery charger, extra memory card, my mobile phone are also some of my must haves.

Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?
So far, I did not regret buying any gadgets. I take my time in buying things after evaluating their pros and cons. Generally, I make use of all the gadgets that I buy.

In the field, what are your settings?
Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance- All of these depend on the amount of light and type of photography, like action, subject movement, water. I change my settings according to the above factors.
Focus – Manual/Auto- Manual
Image Format – RAW/JPEG- Currently JPEG

What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.
Mostly I use ViewNX2 for post processing. But sometimes I also find Picasa very useful. 😉
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
I feel looking at the EXIF Details of the pictures taken by good photographers which is very helpful to beginners. Also with the help of YouTube, you can learn different functions of the DSLR. But above all, the most important factor is practicing as much as you can. You need to just go out, take your camera, tamper the settings, experiment, find new subjects and click. That will be the best teacher

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
I believe my best shot is yet to be clicked. I still have to go a long way until I am fully satisfied with my work. But the ones clicked so far, my personal fav is this.
I loved how i was able to capture the innocent and soft beauty of the flower with the mesmerizing fresh droplets on top which makes it a shot very close to my heart.
Whose work has influenced you most?

I have always enjoyed looking at the work of other photographers so as to enhance my photography skills. Incidentally, I saw a FaceBook page by Sudhir Shivaram and was greatly inspired. I really like his style of photography and looking at his work is always a pleasure to the eyes!

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

When it comes to photography, there is only one thing that I wish I had done and that is – I wish that I had entered this world of photography sooner. From what I have learnt so far, the more time you spend with your camera, the better your shots are. So I don’t wish I had a prior knowledge of photography but I most certainly wish I had entered this fascinating world of digital photography much sooner.

List 3 photographers you admire – past and/or present.
1 Art Wolfe. His wildlife and scenic photography is an inspiration to many photographers
2 Sudhir Shivaram
3 My colleague Arindam. His passion for photography is infectious. I was lucky enough to learn a few tips from him.

What is your favorite age to shoot, and why?
In my opinion, photography is an art which transcends all age barriers. Once a person is old enough to handle and understand the camera, he is fit to photograph. It’s all about how passionate you are. It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 81 as long as indulging in photography fills your heart with joy.

If someone gave you rs.100000 today to spend on photography equipment, what would you buy?
I will buy 70-200mm f/2.8L VR II lens if I get such a huge amount. I believe this equipment is most suitable to shoot in a variety of photographic styles.

Which is your most-used lens?
18-55 mm lense is my most used lense I have been into full fledged photography for only some time and I have not yet tried many lenses to much extent, to put out a detailed experience.

Your dream shoot or place.
My dream shoot would be most certainly in Italy. It is a very picturesque country offering amazing subjects to a photographer ranging from old monuments, a vivid culture, lavish countryside and of course the heavenly cherished beauty of Venice.

(photo credits: Abhishek Dullu)

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Anuj Sharma

I am based out of Shimla. Writing is my passion, and a part of my livelihood. I started writing here almost 3+ years ago and couldn't stop ever!! Apart from Twalkitout, I run an E-Commerce consulting Company named Omex E-commerce Pvt. Ltd. out of Shimla.

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