Recently The Hindu organised a photography workshop in Visakhapatnam, as part of its Newspaper in Education programme. The participants were enthusiastic and they said they had learnt a lot.
Preparing for the shoot.
Capturing a moment's pleasure for posterity is what makes photography a passionate hobby for many and a profession to others.
Though photography appears to be deceptively simple various factors, technical and artistic, come into play to ensure a "good" picture. This is what participants learnt at the "Workshop on Photography" organised by the The Hindu Young World, under its Newspaper In Education programme held at Visakhapatnam in mid-July.
The resource person was Bijay Kumar Agarwal, a leading name in the profession and a Fellow of the India International Photography Council.
A few takes on history of photography: Prior to patenting of photography by Louis Daguire with the French Government on August 19, 1839, the only medium available for recording an event or for presenting a pictorial description or for preserving an image, were painting and sculpture; and both were not only painstaking and time consuming processes but expensive too. The invention of photography revolutionised the concept of recording images in a relatively short span of time. Cameras have come a long way from the early large, unwieldy cameras that had to be assembled on site. Today's digital cameras can process films and prints in minutes.
Learning the finer points.
Agarwal touched upon various aspects like landscape, portrait, fashion, war, aerial, underwater, medical photography to photo-journalism to types of cameras (compact, single lens reflex SLR, twin lens reflex TLR), films (black and white negative film, colour, slide film, monochrome and film speeds), different accessories and various lenses that could be used in an SLR camera for a specific purpose.
As portrait photography forms the basis of any photography, the participants had to gather at the VUDA Park by 5. 45 a.m. to make use of the soft light.
At the end of the programme, participants took pictures using the techniques taught and submitted four pictures each for selecting the best. N. Samira and C. Sahiti won the first and second prizes respectively.
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