Photographing people gives the biggest happiness – Sonia Sharma

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Sonia Sharma is a professional photographer from Bangalore & been here on planet from last 27 years. love the life, try to enjoy it in every possible sense, love theatre & love photography. by the way it happened just BY CHANCE..but no chance of leaving it now.

Photography – Why and How?

Why, how and where – that I don’t remember exactly. As far as I remember, 4 years ago one of my friend bought a DSLR (it was the time of boom in DSLR sales ! You could literally see people around you buying and using it. Not sure of the 2nd part though !) So yes, like others I also got interested in this piece of technology. Exploration started,experiments and practice led to better and better clicks. Gradually developed the love for this process of ‘clicking and capturing the moments’. And yes, that was my encounter with photography !

Let’s just say that when you stop loving ‘getting-yourself-clicked’ on trips and start loving ‘clicking others or the place’. Then you may say that you have started liking the practice of ‘clicking-photographs’ For me, its true. I used to like getting myself clicked on any and every vacation/trip, but there came a moment when I hardly cared about clicking my photo, not even one and was busy clicking others… In this process, would like to thank my friend Inder, who literally taught me the real-basics of it (during my amateur phase).. All those friends who motivated me to continue this hobby of mine (esp. Ekta Mahajan) Thank You. All those who have been with me as my guides and teachers (Dipayan, Sharif, Kenuit) Thanks to you all. And to my family, friends and colleagues – who help me continue with this hobby by appreciating the pieces clicked and uploaded by me on social media websites!


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 Any person or experience that brought you close to photography?

Though I was always a lover of people-watching..I could always sit in my balcony for hours and hours or at my terrace for hours to watch people. And do nothing! Probably, that was a hint that I love watching people and hence clicking them, sometimes clicking with them first and later clicking them. For me, photography started 4 years ago, but yes it was on and off type. I used to get into it as and when I got time. My sister Jyoti has always been my model I used to click her various types of poses. From there, when I took it seriously (as in falling in real love with photography), I also don’t remember. But yes, if I have to mark it, then it has to be my 2014 trip of Ladakh where I went mad in clicking photos and photos and photos…after I came back, when I saw a reservoir of around 4k photos. I got the confidence that yes I am somewhat good with it and should continue it and do it more often. Many people ask me if I will even take it up as a profession, my immediate and clear answer to that is NO. Why? Because I love it so much that I want to keep it as a hobby, it’s a stress-buster for me and if I make it my profession and my work, I am sure it will no more be my stress-buster. I do believe in doing what you love as an earning in life, but I am happy with my profession and very happy to keep photography as my passion! Let me put it this way – I always want to be in love with it that’s why don’t want to make it my profession. It’s just my choice and my opinion.

What is your definition of People Photography? Your perspective and ideas.

I believe that People Photography or putting it in simple terms that clicking with people and clicking them later gives the biggest happiness. A face can speak million words..we just have to see it carefully ! Try doing that, try clicking with people and then try clicking them…you will get great clicks and more importantly. you will experience another kind of attachment with them when you will see their photos in your camera later!


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What matters the most? equipment or experience or none?

I would say – Neither of them! What matter the most is the IDEA and that eye for that ‘wow’ click! According to me, photography literally means the process of taking photographs. Nowhere it says ‘the requirement of any specific equipment’ or a ‘minimum experience’. The best of the clicks can come from an amateur, on the way, travelling somewhere, clicking something from his /her Smartphone…that’s it! Therefore, what you need is just the IDEA of what to capture and the eye-to-details for that ‘WOW’ click. Of course, experience makes you a better photographer with the reduced number of clicks to get that ‘wow’ one! Hence, IDEA and that EYE-FOR-THE-CLICK are the things my friend!


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Which software do you prefer for post processing? or you do not support post processing?

If the idea is to present and showcase everything as raw and natural, then why do we dress-up better when we go out? Or why do we comb or apply make-up. why do we clean our house or get white-wash done (say after a year or so) the answer is – Just so that we become more presentable, to look a bit better. we don’t and we can’t change ourselves entirely, right. In the same way my friend, we can and we should enhance the beauty of our click. But please note that there is a thin line between cleaning the photo/enhancing the beauty/making it more presentable AND fiddling with it/over-dose of post processing, etc. which ruins the real click. Therefore, as long as the essence, the depth, the entire idea of the real/raw click is not getting lost, I am open to the idea of post processing.


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A Word of advice for our amateur photographer friends.

Ohh ..There are many! They are my own on-the-job learnt advice and tricks J

The most important advice – CLICK LIKE A PAINTER! Confused?? Don’t be…continue reading..

By this, I mean that next time when you are about to click, just hang on for 5 seconds… try to picturize the click you want to capture…try to draw it in your mind, just like a painting (keeping in mind what you are seeing in front of you)…and then click !! Now, see the result.

In the course of achieving this, even if you have to wait for 2-3 min to let some people pass off from your frame, then do it…let the current frame convert into what and how you want to see it and capture it finally!!

  • For those who have just started the photography, let me tell you that every day there are 2 golden hours to click anything beautifully! It’s the 1 hour before sun rise and one hour after the sunset..that is the time when you can capture the real beauty..Try clicking anything during this time, you may get the golden-orange touch in every click of yours..

Let me share one of my clicks of 1 hour before sun rise (Photo 1_Before sunrise)

  • Always remember that your first 1000 photos will more or less be a trash…till you get a real good click. The aim should be to reduce the number of photos till you get that bang-on photo and that will surely happen with experience.
  • Given by my photographer friend/college senior – Always showcase your best work in front of audience…you may click trash…that is just for you to see…ALWAYS show your best WORK as a photographer ! (Thanks Dipayan J !)
  • Yes, ‘LIKES’ on social networking websites are an important source of motivation, but don’t just click and upload there for the sake of getting more and more ‘likes’. If you can share your best work with people and make them happy or touch their heart in any way through your photography, that’s it! That should be your ultimate aim

Hope, you will follow some of the advices or tips given by me and can get some great clicks !


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Every little object can be framed to become a great photograph – Sanjoy Mahajan

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Sanjoy Mahajan is  25 years old freelance photographer form Calcutta, India  and working as an Application Engineer. Here we will be talking about his Landscape photography skills.

What is your experience in the field of photography?

Photography has been my hobby since I was 16 years old. I had Kodak kb10 camera. Then I bought a LG km10 that have 2mega pixels. So I had captured so many pictures with that mobile camera. In 2008 my father bought me a Samsung digital camera. Then I came to know why specialized camera is required to take photo. In digital camera I like to take landscape and macro photos. I am nature lover. I am very lucky that my job also support me to travel to some very good places like Shillong, Assam, Tejpur, Ravangla. I like to travel each and every place in India to explore more. I like to take it as hobby, not profession.

Is Photography your family profession / Hobby?

No. My brother likes photography


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Which type of Photography you like the most?

I like to take landscape and macro photography. Sometime I like to capture candid pictures. I like macro photography the most because it can show the unseen beauty of a simple object.

Your unforgettable Photography experience or any special story?

When I had visited zero point, that place was just splendid. I took some photo with my digital camera.

Your own words about yourself & your passion.

Photography is all about inspiration for me. When I had digital camera I like to take very close up pictures but I could not. At that time I had planned to buy DSLR with my own money. When I got my DSLR, I did not have word to explain that moment. Every weekend I used to go out for photography to a new place. It gives me happiness.


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Tips/Suggestions to our members related to your subject.

Every little object can be framed to become a great photograph. We have to open our eyes to see the beauty of nature. Keep clicking.

What are your other interests?

I like to travel, all over India. I would like to visit Kashmir, Kanyakumari, Sri-Lanka and Andaman specially.


www.facebook.com/SanjoymahajanPhotography

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Moulin Oza

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Moulin Oza is 22 years old freelance photographer from Mumbai, India and pursuing final year of Masters in Mass Communication (specialized in journalism).

Your experience in Photography field?

My experience in the field of photography has now been of 5 years. It started back in 2009 when I just discovered the use of mobile camera phone (Nokia 3600) which could be supplemented also to click the things in and around you rather than taking selfies and photographs of friends and closed allies. After taking few shots though distorted quality of photographs from a mobile phone camera, I switch to Nikonv Coolpix S230, point-n-shoot camera which further fuelled my passion to capture the silent beauty of the nature and some distinct people that exist in our surrounding whom we see every day. In 2012 I switch to a SLR, Cannon 550D which again gave me a reason to capture details of the subject I wish to click with improved mechanism and great detailing, thus helped me to recognized the subject I was much more interested in, i.e Human Potraits and Street Life and now I am specialized in Street Photography and Human Being. That’s the sole area of interest of mine in photography and currently pursuing it.

Is Photography your family profession / hobby?

Its whole and sole a hobby discovered and enhanced over the brief period of time.


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Which type of photography you like the most?

When I started photography, I captured each and everything which my naked eyes could see. Be it nature, surroundings, animals, peoples, man-made things, environment etc. But as I started pursuing my hobby with passage of time, I discovered that I am developing an interest in particular form/type of photography, which gave me immense pleasure and that was Street Life and human habitats, and in course of the time I started cultivating my this interest and so far have captured human beings on road and their daily chores. Because human being is the storehouse of varied emotions which can be captured well on lens, if you know what and when to captured. Street Photography is the type of photography I enjoy the most and feel accomplish on capturing it.

Your unforgettable photography experience or any special story.

Everything that you experience at some or other place at point of time which makes you feel good and forget the outside world for a while is a special story. But as every person has something different to say about his/her experience, so do I have something to say. One of journey to rural village of Solapur and Satara back in 2012 was life changing experience, where I discovered and tried enhancing my hobby of Street Photography. This trip gave me the freedom to click abundance of people whom I met during the journey and gave me the reason for why I should and will pursue Street Photography in future. The emotion, innocence, truthfulness and no-greediness seen on this faces made me a part of them and influenced me to click them at their personal best without them being noticed. The candid photography gave me some really good shots which remains best of my clicks till date, and made me pursue it till date with full dedication and truthfulness. The Nautanki (street performing group) of one of the village which I capture then on my lens, made me realized the reality and how it’s really simple to deal with it if you have the faith in heart. I loved capturing them and it holds special regards in my term as a photographer till date, because it gave me the subject of lifetime for clicking photographs.


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Your own words about your self & your passion.

About me, all I would say is I am a guy who has being in love with small small joys of life. For me achievement never mattered but the joy of putting the efforts and seeing those efforts succeeding has always being the thing that mattered. In all I am a simple guy with a vision and has the faith to turn that vision into a reality. My passion for photography is like worship. I respect my passion and try each and every time to improve it with continued learning and practice. I believe there is always something or the other to learn as life is a learning process and would love to be a learner all my life. Photography gives me high which no other hobby or passion of mine has able to give me. It gives me the sense of accomplishment each time I click and share with people to spread a awareness-sort of among people I know regarding the persistence of such things in our society which we all tend to ignored in day to day life, but are a matter of concern at some point. Passion gives the reason to keep it going no matter what and yes photography gives me the same kind of feeling. Keep on capturing every time you get a chance, because photography is all about that one moment which we certainly tend to lose if not sensed it.


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What are your other interests?

Reading, Music , Travelling , Good Food , Interaction with new people.


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Beautiful mind can see the beauty of nature – Jayanta Deb

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Jayanta Deb is 25 years old Candid & Nature Photography enthusiast from Silchar , India

Your experience in Photography field.

At the beginning I used to do photography with my simple mobile camera and in fact I got a prize also in one of the photo which really boosted up my passion and then I went for a point and shoot camera which i borrowed from my friend and was taking it very seriously, after some days I went for my first DSLR the NIKON D3100 and after that i started studying online about many things of how to make my photography more better both with camera and post processing and still I’m learning it.

Is Photography your family Profession / Hobby?

My father was a very good artist and he too loved to take photos with those reel cameras and it’s a hobby and as well as passion for me. Photography is my life’s best gift i ever got from God.


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Which type of Photography you like the most?

I always like Landscape Photography, Candid and Street Photography.

Your unforgettable Photography experience or any special story.

Me and my friends went to Meghalaya tour on august 2012 for photography. It was just fun and was a great experience to learn many things from each other and while coming back to hotel, looking at each other’s photos and discussing on them. It was simply a best photo tour ever. It was not only a photo tour we got a great adventure in addition to that.


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Your own words about yourself & your passion.

I always like the colors of nature and always try to show my viewers the other side of nature’s beauty with my photography. I never mind to go anywhere if i know that i am going to have a good view of nature and will be able to capture it. I love to roam in different places and capture those moments and to meet new people at the same time.


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Tips and Suggestions to our members related to your subject.

I don’t think I am a great personality to give any one tip on photography. But yes I can say that try to be genuine from heart, which only can bring yourself into your passion because if you have a beautiful mind then you may see the beauty of nature and other things which other people cannot see and indeed this is the work of a photographer.


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What are your other interests?

Other than photography, in general i don’t like to do anything. But yes I like to read different books on technical stuffs and like to do programming on computers.


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Dibyendu Das

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Dibyendu Das is 43 years old freelance photographer from Silchar, India and professionally a Government Employee, working as stenographer in Assam University(A Central University), Silchar.

Your experience Photography field.

My first camera was Kodak KB10 which I purchased with my little saving during my college days then started to click with mobile Nokia 6300. In 2009 I purchased a digital camera Nikon L100 and used that about 7-8 months. After getting appreciations from my close friends and well-wishers, I decided to switch to DSLR and purchased Nikon D90 by taking 60,000/- loan in 2010.

Is Photography your family Profession / Hobby?

Photography is not only my passion it’s a part of my life, it gives me the ultimate happiness.


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Which type of Photography you like the most?

Basically I prefer or can say comfortable in shooting landscape – Landscape Photography, architecture – Architecture Photography. Also love portrait and Macro Photography.

Your unforgettable Photography experience or any special story.

One incident I can’t forget, it was an early morning plan during winter season, and we went out to take sunrise shot. Accordingly, I and one of my friends went to the spot which is a seasonal wetland and unconsciously I entered the quicksand area and fall into it at waist level. I was very frightened but with the help of my photographer friend I came out of it. But the funniest part is that I had to clean myself in car wash service center.


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Tips and Suggestions to our members related to your subject.

However, from my experiences now I can say that before going for a photo shoot every one of us should, what would like to take, but, should avoid thinking too much. It is not necessary that every time you will get what you have thought, you might get better than the expectation and also may be the reverse, but preparation is a must, without it you can’t expect good result. I can also say that calmness is another key point of photography. If you always be calm and patient a good outcome can be generated.


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What are your other interests?

To me Photography is vast subject and if anyone is as passionate as me, one can’t have any other interest.


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Dhiraj Amritraj

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Dhiraj Amritraj is 25 years old freelance photographer from Mumbai, India and making a little money just to get their photography needs done by working in TCS as an Application Designer and developer.

Your experience in photography field.

It’s been around 3 years since I started this. I have purchased Canon IXUS 105 back then; from money earned from my freelancing while I was pursuing my B.Tech. My rebel (That is what I call my camera) is around 1.8 years old. I have done a shoot for “Diesel’s” spring summer’13 collection. It’s my hobby or passion is a better word. It’s something which makes me go deep in those forests to get that awesome looking nature captured. It’s something which make me face those roaring waves of Arabian sea to click that beautiful Sun…painting the giant sea…GOLDEN!!


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Which type of Photography you like the most?

I Love Abstract Photography, portraits and nature too.

Your own words about yourself and your passion.

I have a weakness that I am aware of and it’s like, I get interested in a certain thing and get involved in it too deeply that I forget every other thing in my life. But then, that interest changed in a course of time. I just don’t want to let go off this interest of mine (photography).


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Tips and Suggestions to our members related to your subject.

Though I am not that good photographer, I just want to say that buying a costly camera and thinking it’s done, you’ll now be able to click awesome frames then it’s just not true. Yes, I accept pictures captured with Canon 5D Mark III will be far better than that captured from a Canon 1100D but just technically. The real beauty of a picture is in the composition.


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What Are Your Other Interests ?

Creative Designing, specially web interfaces.


www.facebook.com/dhiraj.amritraj

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Bhumika Gupta

Bhumika Gupta's Interview With Clickers Art. Bhavnagar - India (Painter)


Bhumika is 24 years old freelance painter and an art student from Bhavnagar, India

Your experience in art field.

Currently, it is a hobby but I wish to become a professional.

Is it your family Profession/Hobby?

Currently  it is a hobby but I wish to become a professional.


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Which type of subject you like the most?

My area of interest is Fine Art painting, water color portrait and landscape painting.

Your unforgettable experience or any special story.

How I came into this field is very interesting. Drawing was always a favorite hobby which I couldn’t pursue seriously. After completing my graduation in Delhi I had to shift to Bhavnagar to be with the family. Here I came in contact with my drawing guru whose guidance inspired me to become a professional. Today, when I look back I feel very lucky to have discovered my passion. Recently my very first painting got selected to be exhibited at the National Kalidas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition held at Ujjain which is a big boost.


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Your own words about yourself and your passion.

I am a happy go lucky kind of a person who believes in her passion and fulfilling her dreams no matter what. What’s important is that we discover our aim in life and work towards achieving it. Art has become an important part of life in fact food for my soul. It gives me peace and happiness.

Tips and Suggestions to our members related to your subject.

I am no expert in this field. All I want to say is just believe in yourself, work hard and the world will be yours.


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What are your other interests ?

When I paint I like listening to music which helps me concentrate maximum. Other than that I am interested in digital photography.


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Bapsu Paul

Bapsu Paul's Interview With Clickers Art. New Delhi - India (Photographer)


Bapsu Paul is 30 years old freelance photographer from New Delhi , India and working as Assistant Manager with FICCI (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Your experience Photography field.

I am a photographer by passion and have been doing photography since my childhood days. At the age of 12 I got hold of my first camera which was a basic Kodak camera. Then started clicking with my mobile (I have done Mobile photography for many years till 2013).That time I used to capture my family members and few landscapes. In year 2008 I got my first Digital Camera which was Kodak Easyshare c140, which was gifted to me. I never used to edit my pictures until last year and after getting feedback from some of my friends started editing my clicks using software such as Photoshop, Photoscape, Picasa, etc. I bought a DSLR (Canon 1100D) in June 2013 and have been exploring other options in photography such as Zoom Burt, DOF photography etc. Whenever I find time from busy work schedule, I experiment with my camera which turns out to be a new learning for the day.


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Is Photography your family Profession / Hobby?

Photography is not a family profession. Actually my parents are nowhere near to photography. But I have seen my Maternal Uncle (Mama) who was a Photographer and a studio owner taking photographs. I have always been fascinated with the camera he used. I used to look at the other equipment he used to take portraits of the clients. Now I know that I have taken the inspiration from him only.

Which type of Photography you like the most?

I like to take photographs of every beautiful thing that I come across. But to be precise I love Architectural Photography (which helps in preserving the designs and history)

  • Landscape and Cityscape ( specially sunsets and sunrise)
  • Candid and Street Photography (Life is not the same the next moment so best expressions and moments should be captured)
  • Wild Life Specially Birds (one of the most beautiful creatures on earth- they should be captured in camera whenever possible)
  • Cultural Photography (Best part of Indian culture are the events that take place, may it be any Festival, Dance or a Wedding, I like it all.)

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Your unforgettable Photography experience or any special story.

I still remember the day when I went for my first photo-walk. The day before the Photowalk I prepared myself with all type of questions (at the same time I was thinking what will happen if I ask any stupid question). I did not have any Idea on what Photowalks are? Then came the day of the Photowalk, I was there half an hour earlier then the scheduled time. That day I came to know the use of Manual function (before that day I was more comfortable with the AUTO functions). I interacted with many photographers there and have learnt many functions of DSLR. That day I learnt many functions of DSLR. It felt great to meet all the photographers sharing same crazy passion for photography.

Your own words about yourself & your passion.

I always had an eye for the beauty in the surrounding. I spent my childhood in Arunachal Pradesh in a valley where river used to flow half a km from my house and surrounded by four mountains, a beauty in its own. That time I was not having any camera so I tried to capture the beauty on my paintings but all in-vain as I was not good at painting. The day I got my first camera I was so happy that I wasted some 3- 4 rolls in clicking everyone and everything beautiful possible. Only one roll of that lot was actually printed. My father scolded me after looking at the prints as most of the pictures printed were of cats, dogs, cows, the mountains, and the rocks which he did not like. As I grew older, I clicked with my mobile or any camera but never realized my inherent passion about photography. Facebook has played a vital role in helping me understand my passion for it. The praises and likes for my clicks encouraged me to click more. Now I try to go out for Photography on every weekend.


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Tips and suggestions for our members related to your subject.

Photography is 40% of what you click and rest 60% is how you represent. The representation includes

1. Editing of the photo such as basic color correction, level, brightness, contrast etc. and

2. The theme or massage of the photo.

Try different editing methods of the picture and this may lead you to different perspective of the picture.

What Are Your Other Interests ?

I love Cooking and travelling to new places.


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Harsh Baxi

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Dr.Harsh Baxi is 21 years old freelance photographer and an intern Doctor from Jamnagar, India.

Your experience in Photography field.

I am very much armature to write about any experiences!

I have been following Photography since many years as an armature/hobbyist photographer.  I have started clicking with Kodak Kids camera and then I had Samsung Digital cam, a point and shoot followed by Nikon D3000. It’s been a wonderful journey so far. Two of my photos have been featured in Shutterbug column of TOI and one of the photographs was selected for an E-Book called ‘The Great Indian City Series’. I am currently using Nikon D5300 with 35mm Prime and 55-300mm Telephoto lenses.

Is Photography your family Profession / Hobby?

Hobby, more precisely saying, it’s Passion for me!

Which type of Photography you like the most?

I like to click Candid photography, Portraits, Landscapes.

I love to capture everyday Life with some special stories!


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 Your unforgettable Photography experience or any special story.

My recent trip to Rajasthan was awesome! Each frame you see in Rajasthan is adorable and there are large numbers of places which are to be explored for Photographers. Remote places like Vyaas Chhatri in Jaisalmer provided one of the best Sunset views I had ever seen. I found People, Portraits, Colors, Streets, Lakes, Sunset in Rajasthan to capture the frames. In short, it is a complete package for Photographers.!

Your own words about yourself & your passion.

Well, I am Doctor by profession and a photographer by passion!


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Tips and suggestions for our members related to your subject.

I am too armature to give any tips to colleague Clickers.

Still, I’d like to say that ‘Each new frame you click should be better than your previous one!’

What are your other interests?

I am a travel bug and passionate about exploring the unexplored places!


www.facebook.com/HarshBaxiPhotography

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