Hi Guys,

I know it's been long. Quite long actually.

Besides, I don't think you guys read much around here. It's all about that photo critique, baby!

But please. Time mile toh thoda padh lena. Aap hi ke liye likh raha hoon.

Tuesday, 10.04.2018

There's so much happening at the studio right now. Between video projects, development, live sessions and a boatload of other stuff, it's really hard to take out time for practice. But hey. No one's going to give me that extra time. I've had to figure it out on my own. I try to shoot everyday. Even if it's just one picture.

I'm not really worried whether the pictures turn out good or not, but my focus is to trying something new each time.

I don't know if this is a phase, like plenty of other things in my life, but for now I'm seriously hooked on photography.
I have thoughts of it in my sleep. I see patterns, reflections, lighting and the whole shebang these days.

Except, most times, I don't have my camera on me. Ha Ha.

Every now and then I'll take a break from writing or research to click some photographs at the studio. Which is a fun process. This way, I can relax in a way that doesn't take me away from my work. In fact, it's better than any other recreational activity in my opinion. Even better than hitting the pubs on Saturday night or binge watching something on Netflix.

When Omkar or shailendra are setting up lights for a video, I'll jump in and take a few photographs. I know I'm going to sound dumb saying this, but I didn't know that it is light, that makes a photograph.

Haan. Aapne sahi suna. Mujhe maaloom nahin tha ki photography is about light.

Of course there's composition and color and all that jazz. But I used to think that light is something we don't have to worry about. All we need to do is adjust exposure and show the time of day. I know. Such an amateur thought. But I'm not ashamed to admit it.

I might have known the importance of light in theory, like other gibberish you memorize in film school, but seeing photographs come alive because of light is like watching magic happen.

Every now and then I'll make somebody sit down or pose near a light source to see the kind of effect it gives. I'm experimenting with lamps, tube lights, light coming in from a window, coming in through the glass walls in Gorky sir's cabin, and even the brightness from a phone's display. Its fun to see a photograph completely change when light hits the subject.

Every kind of light has it's own distinct quality. And the kinds of light that exist are endless. That doesn't scare me. It's rather exciting, I think. The fact that one can never run out of things to make a photograph from is madly encouraging.

Here's an image from a recent event we photographed. There were models, professional lighting, and everything. What more could you ask for as a beginner photographer. I know it's half decent. But I like how I framed the shot though.

Okay. Bohot likh liya abhi. I'm going to take some photographs now.

Until we meet again.