Photography is My Passion - Harish

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1.Tell us about your background and journey.

To start with, I’ve done my B.Tech in IT and was working for Apart from that I used to pursue my long time interest for photography and travelling during weekends. I used to make Portfolios for few of my colleagues who were into Modeling. 

I also shot few Short Films with my childhood friend Shankar Vadla who now made his career in TFI. It was then, we thought an assignment to make a Pre-Wedding video for my Cousin. So that we could play it during their Sangeeth, and ‘That’s where it all Started.’ 

I even uploaded the video on my Facebook page which went VIRAL back then. From then we started getting more paid assignments, post that video. It was a lot of fun working on that assignment and it didn’t stop from then. I quit my Team Lead role from Amazon and followed my passion to make career in Photography.

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

It was when I got a Nokia flip phone with a vga camera during my +2 from my dad. I used to always keep shooting whatever I felt beautiful around me. That’s when it started, but I didn’t realize how strong it was until I decided to shoot a short film with my friends during B.Tech.

 Also, there’s another instance where I wondered how they would shoot such beautiful pictures on advertisements; especially those strawberries dropping into milk creating some amazing splashes. 

I decided to see if I can pull it off and I was happy that I could do it. This is when accomplishment was added to my curiosity which led me deal with more such experiments and thus fell in love with photography.

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

I see lot of amateur photographers these days not realizing how much more experience they need before they start. Most of them think they are already professionals and start undermining their fellow photographers. 

There’s always something new to learn and adapt in this world of technology and creativity. When it comes to wedding photography, experiences are all what it matters to become a professional. Rather than convincing themselves to be already good at everything. 

It would help them in long term if they take it slow by learning, experimenting or sometimes even assisting experienced photographers.
End of the day, Getting inspired and experimenting with different lights is what makes them a professional.

4. What are the important skills one should have to be a successful photographer?
  •  Patience
  • Discipline 
  • Punctuality 
  • Planning 

These 4 are the main important things, one should possess to become a successful photographer. Be it wedding photography, wildlife, fashion, journalism, or any other category; Patience and people management skills play a bigger role if you are looking forward to growing bigger with a team.

5. What are the various opportunities available for aspiring photographers?

This decade has got more opportunities wide open in almost every segment. It is all about which drives our best interests.

6. Which photograph do you feel is your best shot? Why?

Being a wedding photographer who shot 500+ weddings and been awarded as “TIMES BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER 2019,” and also being “NIKON Z INDIA INFLUENCER,” by the end of my every shoot, I would wait for that one shot which makes me feel ‘This was the best shot today.’ There are many such best and favorite shots of mine.

Here’s few from the top!

  • You are my whole world:  This shot was totally unplanned, and I never had this perspective on my mind. I always had these instinctive shots which never disappoints me. That was the first day when I used this fisheye lens and never used it again I was immensely happy with this shot.

  • You and Me is what Love is: This is one of my Signature shots. I did shoot a similar one 7 years ago and I haven’t seen any till date. Even though I hardly recreate my own masterpieces, I couldn’t stop myself doing this with the perfect sun and the perfect couple all in place. This was shot on Table Mountain in South Africa.

  •  A perfect fairy tale picture: This particular picture took everything it needed. We shot this at 14,270 ft in Ladakh.

Although the pictures look pleasant and our work may look effortless, shooting in Ladakh was far from easy.

Higher altitudes brought with them a set of challenges in the form of acute mountain sickness. Our bride was also almost into it. For our ascent to Pangong we climbed a height of 750 meters, in addition to the 3,500 meters, which we had already climbed to reach Leh. 

Despite taking precautionary measures, my crew got extremely sick, they even started showing the early symptoms of mountain sickness by the third day of shoot. But they decided to hold on to this marvelous shot.
It was completely worth all our Hard work and Efforts. 

- Harish, Photographer

- Interviewed by K.Anusree

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