“Challenges are many. For a hobbyist photographer whose profession is completely different, time is the biggest challenge. We need to find a balance between the profession and passion” says Satheesh nair, an avid travel photogrpaher. Not many juggle with numbers and nature at the same time. For Satheesh Nair, travelling is his passion and obsession that has led to a series of amazing moments that he has documented over time. Read more as he opens up on a candid interview with Cambyte.
1) Your pictures speak for themselves. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a chartered accountant by profession, working in a petrochemical company in the Middle East and a hobbyist photographer who loves to travel and experience the cultural diversity of India.
2) Being a seasoned traveller, can you give us an insight into how you plan your trips.
My photography trips always depend on my vacation plans. Once the vacation plans are finalized, I chose the places to visit considering the climatic conditions and seasonal festivals. Then to choose a maximum 3 to 4 member team to accompany me. Travelling with a good team makes the whole trip more enjoyable.
3) What do you think are the biggest challenges in travel photography?
Challenges are many. For a hobbyist photographer whose profession is completely different, time is the biggest challenge. We need to find a balance between the profession and passion. Carrying the right gear at the right moment is also a challenge. There could be occasions where a beautiful frame is missed because of not bringing the right lens. Another challenge is money, photography is one of the most pricey passions.
Challenges are many, but taking all these challenges and adding beauty to them is passion.
4) What is your opinion on post – processing?
Post processing is equally important as photography to present the image in a pleasant way. But it should be minimum if we capture the image in correct exposure and correct colour settings, the need for post processing is minimal. In the end, a photograph should be photograph after processing; not a ‘photoshopograph’
5) Which is your favourite among your photographs and the story behind the picture?
My favourites are many not because of its quality, but it reminds me few happiest moments. To answer your question, the favourite is ‘Buddha Boy’. This was photographed from the Tibetan monastery in Coorg, Karnataka during the prayer time. A group of monks were gathered in a prayer hall. All of them were facing towards the main priest who was chanting the ‘Mantra’. I saw one of the monks was not at all involved in the prayer but looking around intermittently. I kept my camera ready and waited for him to look at me and in the split of a second, the image was born.
6) What is the best advice you can give someone who wants to click amazing photographs?
Always follow the amazing photographers of the masters, try to learn how they treat the subject, the framing, use of lights etc. Take a lot of photographs, each photograph is a lesson. Attend photography workshops by renowned photographers and listen to their advice. Try to participate in photography competitions and photography related discussions. Always have a open mind to accept the criticism in a positive way and learn from mistakes. Only a good human being can become a good photographer.
7) In your opinion, what makes a good photograph?
In my opinion, the subject, use of light and the way it is framed, makes a good photograph.
8) What is “Travelling” in your opinion?
Travelling in my opinion, is experiencing a new place. It’s an opportunity to learn about a new culture, expanding our horizons and introduces us to a great diversity of people and of course travelling is a self-realization; realization of our hidden potentials.
9) Being a hobbyist photographer how do you balance work with passion?
It is always difficult. First priority is always for work. Priority changes to passion during the vacation time where I plan all my photography trips.
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