“Play With the Light and Shadows” - Prangan Duarah

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

It's an interesting one. By my academic degree, I am a Physiotherapist, currently working in a corporate company as a Business Analyst for an Indian based company of American Health Insurance client.

My passion was photography from my childhood and which I have given wings to it from the last 10 years. So its a quite interesting journey from a Medical student to a Business Analyst and now a Photographer.

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

I have been into photography from my childhood, around 5-6 years of age. I am always interested to take pictures of the wildlife and landscapes, but as in earlier days we have camera reel of 34 photos max, I have never got a chance to explore that side.

As I grew up and started college, I use to save money to buy my first camera and then started experimenting on it. It was 8 years back when I first got my DSLR camera and which make my life much easier as now I can take unlimited photos and even delete it too. The digital cameras are a real revolution and helped to grow me a lot.

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

Photography is Art. And for every art, you need to have Love, Passion and Focus for the same.  Love your camera and know the nuances of the same. Play with the light and shadows.

Experiment and let out your creativity every day and try to apply your thoughts on the subject you are focussing on. Don't try to be too hard on yourself. The most important part, you need to enjoy what you are doing and Patience is the key to be the best in your photography skills.

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

First important point is patience. If you don't have patience you can never be a good photographer. 

Second is love for your work, passion. Third is the skills- know the four fundamentals of the camera- ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Focal Length.

Third is  Every time you go for a shoot these are the prime things you need to be focussing on. 

Fourth - Focus. One needs to very much focus on the subject. Without focus, the subject will be blurred and the whole work will be in vain. 

5. What are various opportunities available for aspiring photographers?

With new-age media like social media and many competitions and forums, now the photographers have so many opportunities. We can see so many photography competitions going all throughout the year from many well-known brands and websites like Natgeo, Canon, Nikon, Sony, and many more which gives a great number of opportunities to show their talents. 

One needs to know their niche in which they want to pursue a career. There are photojournalists, scientific photographers, freelance photographers, food photographers, portraits, events, and many more. The thing is you need to showcase the best of yourself and have to be honest with yourself.

6. Which is your favourite book and why?

There are lots of it starting from Science fiction to Medical Murder Mystery, from Fictional to Spiritual. But he one book which really touched my heart is "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma.

The book is so beautifully crafted which shows a person whose life is so unbalanced and chaotic, how he got the peace and happiness in life. The book tells us what actual happiness is and how we need to give time to the people whom we love. This gives you a sense of thought that actually we need and what we are losing in the rat race of the world.

- Prangan Duarah

Interview By - Rupali Rawat

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