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SATHYARUBAN, FROM SRILANKA, BTEC LEVEL-5
Ever since its inception in 2001 Ambitions4 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.
SATHIYARUBAN an immigrant from Sri Lanka. Doing a lot of odd jobs after his schooling Sathya (that is what we call him), landed in India along with his brother and mother after the civil war. Helping his brother who was working as a wedding photographer, Sathya wanted to pursue the International qualification, BTEC HND Level-5 from Ambitions4. A very hard working person, Sathya was not very much comfortable with English as a medium of instruction and he found it very challenging when comes to some writing exercises.
He was truly dedicated and always did the assignments and projects more than what is required. He has always been a lavish shooter trying a lot of alternative options in terms of concept, content, composition and techniques. As a fascinated street photographer his works on photo-journalism and editorial photography were amazing. He had set his goal to work for National Geographic.
Though he was very silent in the class, he could talk enough on the shoots. He was an action guy. He worked towards the results and perfection. He never asked for excuses but found a solution for every photography problem. He never took anything for granted, but asked for reasons and evidences. With a lot of extra efforts and help of his class mate and friend Sriram, Sathya had improved his writing skills in English and effectively completed all his project logs, and learning experiences.
His endeavor to do a coffee table travel book on Mysore for the government of Karnataka as the real time professional job was something amazing that proved his dedication and commitment. A non compromising person and photographer he always wanted the best and did the best as a BTEC achiever. He was one among few learners who had assisted me in my commercial jobs and workshop sessions. Sathya is now in Switzerland doing what he has always been passionate about.
His journey as a learner in Ambitions4 is a standing example as how a learner has to take up a course in photography and make it successful.
“Photography was all about clicking profile picture for friends and showing it off in the social network until Ambitions4 unveiled a whole other dimension of photography and made me realize that there should be life in a picture more than smiles and flowers.
I am immensely proud to be one of the students of the eminent teacher, Raja sir for he has traveled through the transformation of photography for more than 35 years. His motivation, guidance and critiques helped greatly to get better by the day. In simpler words, we will get to know what a good picture is.
For the Full-time Advanced diploma, we got to learn and work on almost all the genres in Professional photography. I felt bit skeptical about few tasks but I did fairly well and learned that, you never know in what genre you are good at unless you try everything.
Assignments were the best part. It helps you to evolve. Each assignment was a great challenge and full of fun.
The ultimate change I felt after joining here is the confidence to handle tricky situation because the way sir acquaints us with the techniques will never leave your head. Every time you face a challenge, the solution will come to your mind as his voice. That’s the impact of his teaching.
Design classes from Preethaa ma’am, a Pro in retouching and design will do wonders to the pictures we take. Apart from technical part, they teach us marketing techniques, business promotion and other personality skills that can help you when you take this as a linear profession.
On top of all, Ambitions4 has created an avid thirst to explore and I would love to learn forever from Raja sir, who is clearly a living book of knowledge.”
– Kiranmayi, Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography student from 2016 batch.
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.
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.
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.
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
Human animal interactions have been a topic of debate for a long time now. Especially with the ongoing worldwide protests against PETA, in support of Jallikattu. Humans have managed to domesticate a few animals for many reasons. Though most of the animals used for labor has been replaced by machines their lives that has been entwined with that of their humans continues in a unique way. Here are a few images that shows such instances where humans and animals have managed to co-exist. These images shot by our full time Advanced Diploma in Photography students, are from different parts of India.
This was the first time I attempted to shoot images to make a calendar. The thought process and the workflow are entirely different than other types of shoots.
Here is one image that I like to explain.
I wanted to have the glass appearing to be floating on water, and being underwater at the same time, grapes splashing into it.
The glass shot underwater required many to shots to be done in precision else it would not fit in during post production. I had done such an image in my Fashion Photography assignment, so I knew how careful I had to be while shooting. All the separate images went on as planned but it took me half a day to finish all the required images for that.
This image involved fair bit of complex post production. Base image was an inverted image of glass being inverted in the water. But I had to replace the top part of the glass, with a shot taken on a table involving the splash. I composited that and the result was glass with splash and floating in water. Next I carefully selected two of many shots of grapes splashing and composited those as well. Masking those was a hard job. To complete the underwater feel, I composited some bubbles as well, from other shots. Once I had the layout ready, I retouched finer details using a lot of tools on Photoshop, finally making all the layers stick together.
The final image contains 7 images combined and then retouched for finer details
The files from the camera were in RAW format. I used Adobe Lightroom to apply lens profile corrections, to remove barrel distortion, chromatic aberration and to remove unwanted lens vignette.Photoshop was used for masking and fine tuning the layer mask susing refine mask option.Blending modes were used where I felt them to be necessary.
Other tools used were healing brush, clone stamp, patch heal, content aware fill etc.. This stage clears up all the fine spots, scratches or dust on the subjects.
The calendar layout was also made in Adobe Photoshop. I called up my printer to check for available native print sizes and to decide the target print size.
I learnt how to start planning for a new type of shoot.
Got more practice in shooting action inside the studio.
Learnt where to find sources of inspiration. I used to search randomly on Google. This time I couldn’t find anything easily. So I asked a friend for help and he suggested to search in pinterest instead of searching on Google. Sounds silly but it really helped me a lot in planning stage.
This was the first time I tried to shoot food. By research I learnt how to light different types of food. And how to maintain the quality of the food so that it looks good in the final images.
The calendar printing made me realize that 300gsm matte paper prints require a lamination to make it durable. Else it gets scratched easily.
Advanced Diploma in Photography -fulltime batch 2014