Colors shot by Gaayathri

Shot by Gayathri for her Product Photography assignment as a part of the Specialist Diploma in Professional Photography course


Ever since its inception in 2001 Ambitions 4 Photography Academy has made a difference and change in the lives of many learners of photography. Among them, there are few, who had made it really big and achieved their qualification despite of many constrains and challenges in their personal life.

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Deshabanthu receiving his BTEC Higher National Diploma from Mr.Roger Dimond – International Standards Verifier -Edexcel UK in the presence of Mr.KL Raja Ponsing founder and director Ambitions 4 Photography Academy and his Father Dr.Kiruba

An out standing story of success is from Deshabanthu – 22 yrs. Can a person who is unable to speak and hear, do a photography course and win an international diploma? The answer is a Big YES. Unfortunately, Deshabanthu, son of a Veterinarian from Sri Lanka, could not speak and hear. The family had migrated from Sri Lanka to India for the sake of the education of Deshabanthu and his artist brother who is also like him.  As a differently abled person with this huge limitation in life, Deshabanthu had made it big and achieved the BTEC HND Level -5 diploma.

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Theena, Deshabanthu’s brother, Father Dr.Kiruba, Mr.KL Raja Ponsing  with Deshabanthu

When some of his own class mates were not able to get this qualification, Deshabanthu had proved that it is not the personal disabilities that could stop someone from success. It is his determination, attitude, sheer hard work and passion for photography that had made him to achieve this laurel.

A shy and little introvert in nature, Deshabanthu, had to always isolate himself from the rest of the class and look only for my lip movement and body language keenly to understand my communication. Of course for some of the classes, he also brought his Dad, who can effectively communicate with him. He is also so much fortunate to have such wonderful parents who dedicated their life for their special children. Being so much creative, and different in his thought, many times he made his class mates wonder as how he conceived some of the photography ideas.

I took it as a privilege and great opportunity and challenge to bring life to such a wonderful learner through my favorite art of photography. Deshabanthu is one of the few students who had completed the BTEC Level-5 course right on time with out any delay and now he is practicing as a freelancer doing weddings, portraits, and table top photography.

Ambitions 4 Photography Academy had set its standards very high by making a differently abled learner to get the international qualification. All other learners who want to take excuses by blaming others for not making the success happen, must ask themselves that, when Deshabanthu is able to make it; why can’t they?

– KL Raja Ponsing, founder and director Ambitions4 Photography Academy


Ever since its inception in 2001 Ambitions 4 Photography Academy has made a difference and change in the lives of many learners in photography. Among them, there are few, who had made it really big and achieved their qualification despite of many constrains and challenges in their personal life.


ESMERALDA ELIZABETH PETERSEN, an overseas student from Brazil, mother of three kids is a very special student for Ambitions4 Photography Academy. She was working as a secretary before joining Ambitions and had a lot of passion for photography. She could make her dream come true by joining Ambitions when her husband came to India on an assignment for little more than four years. She joined our full time Diploma, BTEC level-5 and had completed it on time with flying colours.

Esmeralda BTEC


The major challenge for her was, to mange her family of five and balance the studies at Ambitions4. As she speaks Spanish, she was not comfortable with English initially but managed to learn English along with photography. The amount of attention she showed in the class and studio sessions was amazing. The level of commitment to complete the assignments and projects on time with quality submission was something that surprised us all.  She had participated all the photography tours, workshops, and attended as many real time jobs as possible during her course time.

The amount of hard work, time management skills, balancing the studies and family, coping up with English as a medium of instruction were some of the special qualities of Esmeralda. She was truly genuine during the entire course time and took the best from the faculty, facility and the course.

People find a lot of reasons for not doing something but, the determination to win the BTEC HND Level -5 Diploma, despite of her constrains as a full time home maker, and a non English speaking learner is some thing that has to be appreciated and taken as a lesson by other learners. Now she had left for Europe and has plans to practice as a portrait and fashion photographer. We wish her all the very best to establish as a successful and popular photographer.

– KL Raja Ponsing, founder and director Ambitions4 Photography Academy

Colors of Chennai a report by Siddharth Krishnamachari

Siddharth Krishnamachari shares his views on the ‘Colors of Chennai’ photo exhibition organised by the the students of Ambitions 4 Photography Academy. Few of his images featured in the exhibition gained a lot of appreciation from the audience. Click here to know his perspective of the exhibition.


Colors of Chennai

Advertising Photography

Here are some of the Advertising Photography works of the learners of Diploma in Photography fulltime programme of Ambitions 4 Photography Academy. Some of the concepts are inspired from ideas from various sources. The learner’s understanding of Commercial photography especially in the field of Advertising is evident. Some of the images have been digitally manipulated to bring out the concept effectively. The learners are trained to handle various subjects – People, products etc in the studio and at the location extensively to help them achieve a great level of confidence in the subject of Commercial Photography.

Each picture has been shot, digitally processed and designed by the learners. This helps them understand the power of image processing and digital manipulations to a great extent thereby helping them in the effective planning and execution of the shoot.

Here are some of the works of our BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Photography Alumni ….


தம்மின்தம் மக்கள் அறிவுடைமை மாநிலத்து
மன்னுயிர்க் கெல்லாம் இனிது – குறள் 68

meaning: That their children should possess knowledge is more pleasing to all men of this great earth than to themselves – Thirukural 68

Children are unique little human beings filled with enchanting as well as revolting characters. But don’t we love them all? With their curious inquisitive nature and innocence. We are presenting an awesome collection of images by our BTEC HNC/HND Diploma in Photography learners portraying children in different moods and places this Children’s Day – November 14.

Candid actions and expressions: Pictures of children captured in their most natural self. 

“Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” – Carl Jung

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley

Portraits: These portraits bring out the beauty of childhood. Portraits captured as the kids went about their day to day activities.

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts.” ― A.P.J. Abdul KalamWings of Fire

Children playing: Playtime – anytime. Be it a sport or an imaginary game there is no dearth to the games children play.

“Learning gives creativity
Creativity leads to thinking
Thinking provides knowledge
Knowledge makes you great.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Working Children: This is a sad but true part of our existence. In spite of the rules by the government Child labor is something that is prevalent in many parts of our country even today. Some lose their childhood in the process…so do it part-time to manage their family’s financial burden.

watch this space for more pictures….


To capture motion and to establish a sense of movement in a still picture requires some basic Photographic skills. Panning is one technique by which we create a feeling of motion in a still picture. We us this technique on almost every moving subject. Here is a gallery of interesting panning shots from the Edexcel BTEC HNC and HND Diploma in Photography programme learners. How to shoot a perfect Panning shot?– tips by Mr.KL. Raja Ponsing – founder and director of Ambitions 4 Photography Academy will help you understand the technique better.