HYDERABAD: Photography is an art of capturing moments from our life in a language that needs no words. An art which has existed for many decades now, it has evolved over the years with changes in technologies, techniques and equipment. Though photography has varied fields, the most common and all time favourite remains travel photography. But often, people in their bid to capture the sights forget some key bits when it comes to photography. Keeping this in mind, popular photographer Saurabh Chatterjee is conducting a travel photography workshop in the city.
With over 15 years of experience in the field and travels across the world under his belt, Saurabh who owns SIA Photography says the field has undergone tremendous changes over the years. “There is a remarkable change in photography over the last 15 years. The most salient one is the invention of DSLRs. Internet stands second. Back then, libraries were the only source of information. Doing research has become much easier with Google. Apart from the official tourism websites, there are thousands of bloggers who narrate their personal experience about a place which helps in better planning,” he says.
Saurabh’s love affair with photography goes back to his college days. With a keen interest in travelling, Saurabh would often bring back pictures from his travels for his family and friends. “I would also upload my photographs in the online library on Flickr. It was from there that some publishers found my pictures and published them,” says Saurabh. His pictures have been published in national and international magazines like Schmap (Ireland), The National (Dubai), Dromedar (Slovakia), Better Photography and Deccan Herald newspaper.
Though initially a hobby, getting published was the turning point for the 36-year-old who decided to make a career out of of it. An MCA graduate from Pune University, Saurabh took up a basic course in photography from Osmania University and went on to do an advanced course from City of Glasgow college, UK.
“I was awarded the honorary UPI Diploma in Photojournalism in HAN PIJESAK 2013 organised by Art photo in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” adds Saurabh. He has travelled to USA, UK, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Germany, Ireland and neighbouring Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Quiz him on his favourite location? He says, “Every place has its own flavour and cannot be compared to others. My personal favourites are Hampi and Mandu and of course the Himalayas. Outside India, my favourite place is Switzerland and Scotland. I can never get tired of going there.”
The photographer who regularly conducts workshops in different cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Hyderabad every weekend points out a few things one should keep in mind before travel photography.
The workshop on travel photography is being conducted on November 23 at Our Sacred Space. It is intended for anyone who travels even with a very basic camera. There is no age group for this workshop.