Become the next level photographer?

Explore the opportunities in photography by joining our full time diploma courses starting on 22nd January 2020.

What is the content of the courses?

Learn the basics like art of seeing, making a photo, understanding the light, picture composition, telling stories through photos.

Exploring the artificial lights and studio flashes, shooting all kinds of portrait photography, fashion photography, editorial photography. Learn professional lighting styles, correction techniques, communication skills and team work.

How to shoot thematic wedding photography in a candid way…post and pre-wedding techniques, speedlight controls, HSS, advanced image editing techniques and photo book designs.

Photojournalism, location photography, HDRs, panorama, product photography and advertising photography, food photography, macro-photography and special effects

Portfolio management, social media marketing, client- relations, business principles and profit making in photography business.

How will I learn all these?

Class room sessions, demos, practical, studio practice, location shoot, field trips, projects, reviews and one to one interactions. You will learn all these under my personal guidance along with a team of experienced practicing photographer faculty.

Who can join these courses?
Any one interested in photography, particularly students, others who want to take up photography as a career.

Remember, we have produced not less than 300 professional photographers and changed the way they see things and their lifestyle.

For more details on this, please call 9444441190 immediately.. There are only few seats left for the January 2020 batch. I will see you soon in person…! Enjoy photography..!

A Few Become Many: Photo walk on Mahabalipuram’s Shore Temple.

A SUV from Chennai to Mahabalipuram used to pack at best two people from Ambitions4 Photography Academy on its way for an early morning Photo walk in Mahabalipuram. The story this time was different. 

There were 9 seats in the car including the one behind the steering wheel and there were 14 applicants for it. After filtering out the crowd, we set out with 7 enthusiastic students and 2 staffs on what seemed to be an overcast morning. Rain teased us again but stayed out during the best parts of the day.

A 50km drive on OMR/ECR on Sunday mornings with other motorheads is an event by itself but with Horse blinkers on we were headed straight to Mahabalipuram where our beloved photo walkers were gathering looking forward to an exciting three hours.

Fun Fact on the way: Fastags aren’t implemented on the State Highways yet. (15th Dec 2019)

Food takes precedence to all the above. A dosa & coffee stop was made, and we headed towards the gates of shore temple with happy stomachs.

There we were greeted by happy faces. Alumni, New students, Current Students and complete strangers were waiting for use to give the opening instructions and get that walk going. Just like that from 9 the number became about 20.

With the rising sun behind the shore temple, we started out with some beautiful backlit and silhouette of the shore temple.

The one thing we noticed at first glance was that, It was CLEAN. Owing to two things, The Modi Visit and the Lite showers the day before.

This time around there were a lot of ppl doing touristy things around the shore temple. A lot of foreigners were spotted too, owing to the holiday season.

We practiced composition concepts and then moved around the temple to find a puddle of water which was strategically reflecting the shore temple’s Gopuram. There we learnt how to break the rule of thirds and include reflections in a photo.

We then moved around to shoot images with perspectives, patterns and used lines and curves efficiently to add depth in an image.

Through out the session we had our mentor KL Raja Ponsing, clarifying doubts and teaching the walkers to take beautiful images of the location.

We also bent our backs to get interesting frame in frame images with grass, trees, leaves etc. too.We regrouped for one more time to review our images. After some customary selfies we journeyed back to Chennai.

Photo guru Travel Diaries. Stop 1 : Salem!!!

Learn to shoot stunning images with Studio Flashes, Create amazing portraits, model portfolio images and more.
Understand Studio Lighting techniques in depth.

Take your Photography to the Next Level!!!

Learn from the Master KL RAJA Ponsing!

Join SRI PRABUS PARADISE STUDIO in there effort to host Mr.KL Raja Ponsing, founder of Ambitions 4 Photography Academy and KLR the photo guru YouTube channel at Salem, Tamil Nadu for exclusive Studio lighting and Portrait photography masterclass.

Get hands on experience and learn how to use studio flashes and get all your photography doubts cleared in real time.

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding Lighting styles.
  • Understanding Studio lights.
  • Managing the Backdrops.
  • Effective use of Props.
  • Effective and Aesthetic Posing techniques.
  • Correction techniques.
  • Studio Management.

For details and registrations
CALL: 9842399554, 9524452000

Eligibility: Must be comfortable with Basics of Photography.

Equipment : A DSLR or Mirrorless cameras, External Speed lights, remote flash trigger.

Customerக்கு இதை சொல்லுங்க…!

Professional Photography ரொம்பவே சவால் ஆகிவிட்டது…! குறிப்பா வாடிக்கையாளர்களிடம் போட்டோகிராபி சார்ஜ்ஸ் குறித்த பேச்சுவார்த்தைஇன் போது நாம் சொல்லும் விலைக்கு ஒரு ஆர்டர்ஐ பெறுவதற்குள் பெரும் பாடாகிவிடுகிறது. போட்டிகள் நிறைந்த இந்த துறையில், நாம் எதிர்பார்க்கும் விலையை வாடிக்கையாளர்களிடம் இருந்து பெற வேண்டுமானால், நம் தொழில் சார்ந்த சவால்களையும், முதலீடுகளையும், செலவுகளையும், முக்கியமா நம் திறமைகளையும் பற்றி முழுமையாக, தெளிவாக வாடிக்கையாளர்களுக்கு புரியவைக்க வேண்டும் என்பதுதான் தான் இந்த வீடியோவின் நோக்கம். இந்த வீடியோவில் வடிக்கையாளர்களிடம் பேசும் போது எந்த விஷயங்களை எல்லாம் நாம் எடுத்து சொல்ல வேண்டும் என்பதை மிக எளிதாக சொல்லி இருக்கிறேன். அவசியம் ஏற்பட்டால், இதை நீங்கள் வடிக்கையாளர்களிடம் பகிர்வதும் அவர்களின் புரிதலுக்கு உதவலாம்..! விடியோவை முழுவதும் பொறுமையாக பாருங்க….வாடிக்கையாளர்களின் மனதில் இடம்பிடியுங்கள்….

Professional photography has become very challenging especially as a business. Photographers know that the customers are the kings and without them, they cannot be in the business. There are challenging negotiations happening especially when comes to photographers’ charges. Some of the customers are giving a tough task when it comes to pricing. This video is published in the interest of professional photographers dealing with the customers on an everyday basis. This video gives a fair idea about the justification of pricing and brings awareness to customers about the various commitments the professionals have when they do photography as a profession. When our customer understands our challenges, then the negotiations will be reasonable

Master Class in Salem

No boring background cloth or paper..! Everything was custom designed!!

KLR the photo guru’smaster class on advanced studio lighting’ was conducted by me at  Sri Prabhus’s Pradise Studio, Brindavan Road, Salem.

There were about 22 professional photographers from all over Tamil Nadu ready at 9.30am on 5th January 2020. The creative portrait studio with multiple backgrounds created like a set on all sides including the walls, doors, windows and every single perspective was artistic and imaginative. The participants were surprised at the space and look of the studio and the rare creative props.

All the participants casually sat on the floor to understand the concept of the master class of KLR the photo guru. After explaining about the concept and the agenda for the day, I explained at-least 12 popular portrait lighting styles (Butterfly, Loop, Rembrandt, Split, Rim, Short, Broad, Double rim, Low key, High key, Top & Low light)

Soft boxes of various sizes, Octa box, strip light, beauty dish, grids, snoots, and other modifies for Elinchrom 400 lights were set ready for the shoot. The participants were briefed about the uses of all these modifies and made to choose them based on the beauty effects need for the shot. Though there were a lot of backgounds available in the studio, the appropriate BG was selected based on the dress and concept. We had an energetic female model Levi for the shoot. I explained the connection between the dress, background, pose and the choice of lighting.

We had Sony A7RIII camera with 24-70mm, 70-200mm,85mm lenses and the camera was connected to my laptop for tethering the shots. I demonstrated every shot and the participants tried their hand on and experimented the composition. Continuous reviews and feedbacks were given to all the participants. Every one got chances to shoot all the costumes. The details about the concepts and lighting were explained in the break between every costume change. The make-up was very professional and every one was involved in the shoot. It was about 7.00pm when we concluded the last dress – sari.

The master class was concluded after a question & answer session and the feedback from the participants. All the participants thanked me and Mr.Baabu (Prabhus’s Paradise Studio, Brindavan Road, Salem)

This studio is available for rent…!

I drove back to Chennai with the satisfaction of imparting the knowledge of studio lighting to most deserved photographers…!.  I am ready to conduct my next master class…how about you participating..?

Camera controls and Menu settings for Canon 5D series , 6D series and Nikon D750 in Tamil

Canon 5D Mark IV

கேனான் 5D Mark III, IV, SR கேமரா மெனு செட்டிங்ஸ்….! கேனான் 5D Mark III, IV, SR கொண்டு திருமண ஒளிப்படங்கள் எடுக்கிறீர்களா? எக்கச்சக்கமான மெனு செட்டிங்ஸ்….தேர்தெடுத்து பயன்படுவதில் சிக்கலா? மெனு செட்டிங்ஸ்ஐ புரிந்துகொண்ட பயன்படுத்தினால் படங்கள் நம் ரசனைக்கும், தேவைக்கும் ஏற்றபடி இருக்குமில்லையா? எல்லா தேவைகளுக்கும் ஏற்றபடி இருக்கும், டிஜிட்டல் காமெராக்களை, திருமண படப்பிடிப்புக்கு என பொருத்தமாக செட் பண்ணி படமெடுப்பது என்பதுதான் இந்த விடீயோவின் விடியல். உங்கள் காமெராவை, நீங்கள் விரும்பியபடி படமெடுக்க வையுங்கள்..! எங்கே…, Canon 5D Mark III, IV, SR காமெராவை கையில் எடுத்துக்கொண்டு இந்த விடியோவை முழுவதும் பொறுமையாக பார்க்கலாமே..! குறிப்பு: ‘KLR போட்டோ குரு’ விடீயோக்கள் பொழுதுபோக்கிற்காக உருவாக்கப்பட்டவை இல்லை, ஒளிப்படமெடுப்போருக்கு ‘பயனுள்ள கருத்துக்களையும், செய்திகளையும் முழுவதுமாக’ கொண்டு சேர்க்க வேண்டியே மிக கவனத்துடன் துல்லியமாக உருவாக்கப்பட்டாவை. எனவே, நேரமொதுக்கி, ஈடுபாட்டுடன் முழுவதுமாக பார்க்க முயற்சி செய்யுங்கள்.

Nikon D750

நிகான் D750 கொண்டு திருமண ஒளிப்படங்கள் எடுக்கிறீர்களா? எக்கச்சக்கமான கேமரா செட்டிங்ஸ்….தேர்தெடுத்து பயன்படுவதில் சிக்கலா? கேமரா செட்டிங்ஸ்ஐ புரிந்துகொண்ட பயன்படுத்தினால் படங்கள் நம் ரசனைக்கும், தேவைக்கும் ஏற்றபடி இருக்குமில்லையா? எல்லா தேவைகளுக்கும் ஏற்றபடி இருக்கும், டிஜிட்டல் காமெராக்களை, திருமண படப்பிடிப்புக்கு என பொருத்தமாக செட் பண்ணி படமெடுப்பது என்பதுதான் இந்த விடீயோவின் விடியல். உங்கள் காமெராவை, நீங்கள் விரும்பியபடி படமெடுக்க வையுங்கள்..! எங்கே…, நிகான் D750 காமெராவை கையில் எடுத்துக்கொண்டு இந்த விடியோவை முழுவதும் பொறுமையாக பார்க்கலாமே..!

Canon 6D Mark II

கேனான் 6DMkII காமெராவின் இயக்கங்கள் குறித்த இந்த வீடியோ, ஒளிப்பட நண்பர்கள், KLR the Photo guruவின் subscribers மற்றும் followers பலரின் தொடர் விண்ணப்பத்தின் வேண்டுகோளுக்கு இணங்கி பதிவிட்டிருக்கிறேன். நிகழ்ச்சிகளை படமெடுக்கும் ஆரம்ப நிலை போட்டோக்ராபர்ஸ் மற்றும் cropped சென்சார் கமெராவில் இருந்து full frame காமெராவுக்கு மாறும் பலரின் தேர்வாக இருக்கும் இந்த ‘பகுதி – 1 ‘ வீடியோவில், காமெராவின் இயக்கங்கள் அனைத்தையும் பற்றி விரிவாக விளக்கி இருக்கிறேன் பொறுமையாக, முழுமையாக இந்த விடீயோவினை பார்க்கவும். இந்த வீடியோ, கேனான் DSLR கேமரா பயன் படுத்தும் அனைவருக்குமே பிடிக்கும், பயனுள்ளதாக இருக்கும்.

KLR the Photo குரு சேனல்ஐ இதுவரை subscribe செய்யாதவர்கள், உடனடியாக subscribe செய்து சேனல் இல் உள்ள 70க்கும் மேற்பட்ட விடீயோக்களை பார்த்து பயன் பெறுங்கள்.

Two days out with young college students in D.G.Vaishnav college

Conducting a photography workshop is not new to me. But these two days 9th &10th January 2020) with young creative students of Viscom department of D.G.Vaishnav college, Chennai is something worth mentioning. The ‘travel photography’ and ‘event photography’ seminar session on the first day is something I handled for the first time for college students.

After a long drive from Ambitions 4 Photography Academy and managing multiple traffic jams on a working day, we reached the college which is in the middle of the city at Aminchikarai. The travel in the morning hours made us (me, Mufeez – my student and Siddharth K – our senior faculty ) understand the challenges of commuting in Chennai. This is yet another occasion my Mahindra Xylo made me feel very comfortable and proved its performance.

Like getting into a factory, for the first time, we got our visitor ID card with a photo in it. Of course, the photo did not resemble us..that is a separate story. We were received by Dhaanush, a third-year Viscom student and he took us to the HOD, Ms.Vasanth. who gave me a warm welcome and remembered her days in MOP Vaishnav college for women (My daughter Preethaa was studying then at MOP Vaishnav college for women).

I went to the seminar hall of the department and found the place very clean (of course the entire college was clean and green) and students were very disciplined. The LED projector was splendid and gave true colour of my images (this is generally very rare). The session was very interactive and I simply enjoyed the time with the fresh minds.

The second day was at the studio….wow..that is really big, well laid out and very clean. I started an informal session of understanding the studio lights and its usage. Two students, Puja and Ameer modeled for the session and the images were shot and shown to them live.

I made them to understand the basic lighting styles, butterfly, Rembrandt, short, broad, rim, double rim, hi-key, low key etc. The entire day was energetic and the students had a packed informative session. The students’ feedback about the sessions were very honest and motivating.

It was also a learning experience for my Full-time Diploma students, Yogeshwaran V, Godwin Infant, Mohammed Mufeez who assisted me along with Siddharth.

I drove back again in thick traffic with the sweet memories of mentoring…!

Experience shared by our Founder Mr.KL Raja Ponsing – known as KLR the photo guru.

For more details to conduct similar workshops in your institution please call 9444 441190

An Active Sunday Morning. A Walk on the Marina. 8th Dec 2019.

Sunday mornings are usually spent lazing around in bed or recovering from a very long Saturday night. Not if you are an enthusiastic student of Ambitions4 Photography Academy.

Our Sundays are different. You can find us at Kapaleeshwar temple of marina beach or even Mahabalipuram with a bag at the back and a camera around our neck.

With precisely disturbed hairstyles and little attention to our appearances, we set out on the 8th of Dec 2019, for our photowalk, with our Basic batch students and for the very first time this photowalk was open for public to join. We were accompanied by a few enthusiastic alumini of ambitions and a few of their followers.

Starting this walk at the “walking statue of MK Gandhi” at Marina beach was symbolic of sorts. The weather was kind to us. Clouds were in attendance. The sun was shy at first but then came to chill with us.

We started our Photowalk with silhouette of the statue and playing with white balance to change the color of sky to our own imagination.

After a customary group photo in front of the Gandhi Statue we moved inside to explore the activities happening in the beach. From Yoga, Silambu payirchi, Volleyball, Gymnastics etc, the beach is filled with activities as we head towards the shore. By shooting them, we demonstrated action freeze and action blur techniques, rule of thirds and other composition rules. We also practiced to shoot against back-light by using exposure meter in the camera.

At the shore,We found a couple of docked boats and a beautiful couple taking amazing portraits of themselves against the beach background. We socialised a bit with them clicked a few nice portraits for them. Took their contact details to send the images and started the long walk back to our parking.

On the way, we had to stop at a coffee place, which was probably the only mistake of this amazing morning walk.

A great day.

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Article by Siddharth K. alumni, professional photographer and faculty at Ambitions 4 Photography Academy.