Travel Photography Gear

I’m a really fast packer. I can be packed and set to go at any point in less than ten minutes. And I pack super light too. A 4-day trip in a backpack. Except. Except when I’m taking my photography gear. Then, I need to debate, decide, pack, change it again and then throw up…

The Incongruence of SnapChat & Photography

Is Snapchat a platform for photographers, or for storytellers or just for random people who want to use some images to support their storytelling? This is an essential question I’ve been struggling with for over a year now. It took me a while to even understand SnapChat. It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to…

Why I Stopped Carrying My DSLR Everywhere

I bought my first DSLR in 2007. It became my faithful companion on every single trip I took after that – be it on out of town or an evening out with friends. I carried it to the beach, clubs, restaurants and even just out for a walk. Looking back, I can say that I…

Best 12 of the Year: 2016

Quality over quantity. That’s what 2016 has been about. Getting back to the basics as a photographer bought back the fun in shooting. Experimenting with new styles, new genres made it photography more interesting again. Instead of taking up every project that came my way, I chose the ones that seemed interesting – work-wise, people-wise…

Sorting Photographs

I’ve been shooting for nearly a decade, more than half of it as a professional. This means I have over one lakh photographs and several hard drives filled with images. Though I often face the normal photographer quandary of ‘all my photographs are crap’, I’ve rarely been tempted to delete any of them. I adopted…

Instagram

For a long time, I had a love-hate relationship with Instagram. While I discovered some good work, it was more often filled with humans imitating ducks and food photos. As I often said, it was a catalogue of impulses and not conscious thought. A little while ago I decided to embrace the platform and see…

Why Photographers Do Not Give RAW Images

A RAW Image is the raw insight of a photographer. Our pride, reputation and more are tied to our images, so no, a photographer is NEVER going to give you the RAW images.

Spiti Valley – Part 4

Part 1 & Part 2 here. And Part 3. Have you traveled on a narrow road? How big was it? Big enough that a car and bike could pass at the same time? Have you done that at 12,000 feet, with a sheer drop on the other side? And a rock face that can smash…

How tough is it to be a wedding photographer

A reporter from a local newspaper recently called me for some comments about wedding photography. She was doing a story about how this field has evolved considerably from even 5 years ago, and in the due course of the conversation asked me “Is it ver tough to be a wedding photographer?” I answered even before I…