“A Portrait Is Not Made in the Camera but on Either Side of It.”- Pranoy Satya


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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am born and brought up in Mumbai, my name is Pranoy Satya works for Burberry London as a fashion Photographer. I started my journey at the age of 18 after my 12th results i had to leave home and come to Bangalore since the pressure of taking up either MBBS or Engineering is something we all Indian kids go through, i wanted to pursue arts and hence the journey from working as a waiter in a hookah lounge to customer service agent at Bangalore central mall got me the money to get a degree in Animation and visual effects.

I won an an award in broadcast and promo at International Animators Meet held in Mumbai and that got me a placement at a Hollywood Studio named Moving Picture Company(MPC). Got chance to work on studios like Warner Bros, Marvel etc. Even got a chance to hold the Oscar as our studio won the Best VFX for Life of Pi. Keeping the story short, took a break got my Masters in visual media and comms and got a chance to assist a photographer who worked for Burberry, got few international trips worked with few agencies and that's what am doing at present.


2. How and when did you realize your passion for photography?

When my Dad handed me over a old Nikon camera which he used when i was in 7th grade.

3. What are some tips you would like to share with amateur photographers?

All my life i kept looking for a tutor to teach me, find PDF's to learn photography. My tip for aspiring students will me.. yes enrolling into a school or college to learn, visual effects and photography is important but if you really have the passion don't rely on education system and get yourself a internet connection go through Youtube tutorials, for example, if u want to learn Photoshop, get hands on experience, learn from every basics tutorial yourself and don't just copy the steps one by one, try to understand what each tool is capable of and then try to create your own content. No teacher can teach you the aesthetics of photography or any art work you wanna create. 

4. What are the important skills one should have to be a successful photographer?

Other than the technical skills each camera brand requires, observation, knowledge of colors, reflection, refraction, knowledge of light source, basic of digital softwares and most importantly passion and urge to learn.

5. What are various opportunities available for aspiring photographers?

Opportunities for Photographers does not stop at Event companies, wedding planners, advertising, fashion industry.. photographers are even required in medical institutions, research institutions, science and technology departments and many more.. jobs are endless.. Find what area you would be comfortable and thrive, do research on how to get yourself in that area and work on it. You will get there, if there is enough passion.

6. Which is your favourite book and why?

Understand the three basics elements of photography , i.e  (Aperture, Shutter, ISO) if you are a beginner.

Few books i really liked, read during my masters was "Understanding Exposure By Bryan Peterson"

Another one is low on technical detail but it will surely inspire you to get up go outside and see everyday things in a different way "Extraordinary Everyday Photography by Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring"

You can find anything you need online.. keep snapping..!

- Pranoy Satya

Interviewed by- Harsha

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