The Embrace Of Nature

Which are the places that you aspire to travel to for photography?

Honestly speaking, one lifetime isn’t enough to travel and photograph our own country, India. India is an incredible place. From the Himalayas to the rain forests, from deserts to beaches. Every time I travel to these varied places, I get totally different shots which is mesmerizing. Recently, I traveled to Bhutan, which in an amazing country. There are few other countries, apart from India, which are on my bucket list. New Zealand, Norway, and Iceland are at the top of my very long list.

Surathkal Beach, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
Lidderwat, Aru, Jammu and Kashmir, India

How do you know you got the shot you wanted?
According to me, photography is more like storytelling. I capture multiple shots, but I am sure that I’ve got the exact shot I wanted, when I am satisfied looking at the final outcome. I also look out for some of the basic requisites like the rule of thirds and appropriate lights, etc.

Aru, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Kudremukh, Western Ghats Rain Forest, Karnataka, India

What according to you are the most important things that a photographer must keep in mind while travelling for landscape photography?
Travelling light is a must! It is good to have a carbon fiber tripod which is light. Also remember to carry additional batteries and memory cards. It is necessary to do some research about the location which one will be travelling to, once you are at that location, try to get a unique shot. Learn from other photographers. Instead of just attending the course, I recommend attending seminars where they share their experience. On my first assignment to capture the Himalayan mountain slopes, I learned a lot. You don’t have to travel a lot. First practice at home. Choose a subject and try clicking with different settings. Understand your camera well, play with aperture, shutter, ISO etc.

Near Key Monastery, Spiti, Himachal, India
Naranag Forest, Jammu and Kashmir, India

What are your views about postprocessing of images and what are some of the tools that you use in order to process your images?
I try to get everything right in the camera itself, with all the possible manual settings. But, I believe that post processing your images is a must. Remember to capture images in RAW format. I recommend using Lightroom as it is easy to use and saves a lot of time. I do a little bit of cropping if needed. The RAW images are sometimes a bit dull depending upon the light/weather conditions and hence I boost the colors a bit. I also use other processing features like the lens correction, and tools like highlights and shadows to get the desired outcome.

Rainbow at Kanamo Base Camp, Kibber, Himachal, India

What is the most important advice you would like to give to budding photographers for making a good landscape photographs?
Don’t be lazy to wake up early, the best photographs are created during the golden hours. Do not forget to carry the right camera and the essential gear. Try to capture images in Manual mode so that you have a better control over your images and try to get things right in the camera itself while capturing instead of spending too much time in editing your images. |SP