Wait for the Right Moment to Capture - Chaitya Shah

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am a BBA Graduate, preparing for further studies while polishing, and exploring my photography skills alongside.

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

I had started developing interest in photography when I was 13, camping in Manali, and using my normal digital camera without any knowledge. My parents got me my first camera (DSLR) when I was 15. So I started as any other high schooler who wanted to capture every moment. 

I did my under graduation at 2 different universities. The shift from one university to another was a bit harsh for me and while trying to divert me, I got deeper into photography and that was when I learned my camera technically, in detail. 

I have been clicking and learning something new every day for the past 2 years now, and running my page @octoberstills for 1.5 years.

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

I will share some tips, that I have learned over time:
  1. Through photography, you show people, what & how you see things. So try to be original. Of course, a little inspiration always helps, but demonstrating it in your way will take you far.
  2. Photography is a process where you learn eventually by practice, so don't try to know everything at once, be patient.
  3. Try showcasing your work no matter how common or simple it.
  4. Every successful photographer has his/her style of clicking, post-processing, and storytelling. Try to create one for yourself. It will take time, even I have not achieved my style yet but I am getting there.
  5. And lastly, if you're looking to commercialize your passion, be careful to not get exploited in the name of exposure.

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

Mainly a photographer should have:
  1. Patience - Waiting for the right moment to capture, dealing with your models/clients, learning how the equipment work, and the details in post-processing, everything requires a lot of patience.
  2. Vision - You should be able to see things and then present them in your way. You should be able to pay attention to details and make your mind on what you want in your frame and whatnot.
  3. Technical skills - Know your camera, your post-processing software well. Of course not in the first go, but eventually you should have a thorough knowledge of whatever equipments you are using.

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

The field of photography is very wide. There are so many fields that you can explore and take up. For me, I started as a portrait photographer, then added aesthetics to my portrait photography, shot a few landscapes at beautiful locations. 

And now in the future, I plan to take up a combination of all three of them. So you can explore various fields, see what fits your best, and you'll automatically see the wide opportunities you have!

6. Which is your favorite book and why?

I am not a book person so I don't have any specific favorite book. But publishing my photo-book is one of my dreams.

- Chaitya Shah

- Interviewed By: Soumya Jain

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