Our family just got BIGGER

The orientation program for the newly admitted Learners of diploma in photography course was organised on 22nd Jan 2020. The Students were greeted by the seniors and the staffs of Ambitions 4 Photography Academy and introduced to the campus, facilities, culture and history of the place.

The orientation was held at our Pallikaranai Campus. The dignitaries present on the occasion were KL Raja Ponsing, Founder Director, Preethaa Priyadarshini, Senior Faculty – Visual Communication and Design, Siddharth K, Faculty. The session started with introduction to Ambitions4 Photography Academy journey by Siddharth K followed by introduction of KL Raja Ponsing.

KL Raja Ponsing then addressed the new learners and had an interactive session on “How to be a Successful photographer?”. They were informed of the necessary steps they had to take to become successful in their career through a disciplined learning process. There was a detailed discussion about the courses, the commitment and requirements from the learner’s side for the successful completion of the course. The students were also briefed on the do’s and dont’s inside the academy premises.

Following that, the freshers introduced themselves to the faculty and senior learners. An icebreaking session with their seniors was organised, who came up to the stage to talk about their experiences at the academy and offered to help the freshers getting inducted into the academy procedures, photography assignments, photo-walks, accommodation and even good eat outs nearby.

The freshers were then handed over a signed copy of the book “Starting with your DSLR Camera” written and published by KL Raja Ponsing and then taken around the campus to familiarise the facilities available.

The session ended with a Group Photo of the faculty and students and a note of thanks from KL Raja Ponsing.

An article about our alumni Sathish Kumar

This is an article about our alumni Sathish Kumar whose work got featured in BURN magazine and subsequently published in “The Hindu -Tamil” by Journalist M.Kannan.

Sathish Kumar, for his series of photos, has been selected as one of the finalists for the Emerging Photographer Fund 2019 which was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, funded privately by Michael Loyd Young through the Magnum Cultural Foundation.

“These are images from as early as my teens to this day. The essence of every new experience while growing up was recorded with my camera – roaming around the neighborhood, meeting old friends, most times making new ones. As the life in a large city got suffocating, I began to seek relief by going back to my home town or by going on treks, to take a deep breath, to be back to the demands of the city. Town Boy is about boyhood, my movement from a small town to a cosmopolitan city, to somehow fit into this contemporary world.”


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பேசும் படம்: கணத்தின் உணர்வுகள்!

எப்போதும் யாராவது ஒருவர் செல்போன் கேமராவால் படம் எடுத்துக்கொண்டுதான் இருக்கிறார்கள். காஞ்சிபுரத்தைச் சேர்ந்த சதீஷ்குமார் 2001-ல் ஃபிலிம் கேமராவால் (Point and shot Camera) மனதுக்குத் தோன்றியதைப் படம் எடுத்துக்கொண்டிருந்தார். அவருடைய அப்பாவுக்கு திடீரென்று உடல்நிலை சரியில்லாமல் போன பொழுதுகளையும் பதிவுசெய்திருக்கிறார்.

அந்தக் கறுப்பு-வெள்ளை படங்களைத் தேர்வுசெய்து, ‘வீடு மற்றும் டவுன் பையன்’ என்ற ஒளிப்படத் தொகுப்புகளாக இணையத்தில் பதிவேற்றினார். அதில் ஒன்று அப்பாவினுடைய நினைவு பற்றியது. இன்னொன்று தான் வாழ்ந்த நகரின் அனுபவம் சார்ந்தது.

இந்த இரு ஒளிப்படத் தொகுப்புகள் ரசனையாகவோ, அழகியல் ரீதியிலோ இல்லாமல் சாதாரண காட்சிகள் போலத்தான் இருந்தன. இருந்தபோதும் அந்தத் தருணம் வெளிப்படுத்தும் உணர்வுகளுக்கு மட்டுமே முக்கியத்துவம் கொடுத்து படங்களை எடுத்திருந்தார். இந்த ஒளிப்படத் தொகுப்புதான் அவருக்கு சர்வதேச அங்கீகாரத்தை வழங்கியது.

பர்ன் (BURN) என்ற இதழ் ஆண்டுக்கு ஒருமுறை சர்வதேச அளவில் வழங்கும் நிதிநல்கையைப் பெற 15 பேரில் ஒருவராக இவரைத் தேர்ந்தெடுத்துள்ளது. அத்துடன் லென்ஸ் கல்சர், பெட்டர் போட்டோகிராபி போன்ற இதழ்களில் இவருடைய நேர்காணல்கள் வெளியாகியுள்ளன.

கோடை விடுமுறையில் பெங்களூருவுக்கு மாமா வீட்டுக்குப் போனபோது மாமா வாங்கிக் கொடுத்த பிலிம் கேமராவில் படம் எடுத்துப் பழகினார். இது இப்படியே ‘காட்சித்தொடர்பியல்’ பட்டப் படிப்பு, ஒளிப்படக் கலை என அழைத்துச் சென்றது.

மாநகரத்துக்குச் சென்ற பிறகு தன்னுடைய ஊர், விளையாடிய இடங்களை நினைவுகளாக தன் அருகிலேயே வைத்துக்கொள்ள அந்தக் கணத்துக்கான உணர்வுகளைப் பதிவுசெய்யத் தொடங்கினார். ஒளிப்பட விதிகளில் கவனம் செலுத்தாமல் குழந்தையின் மனதைப்போல் ஒளிப்படங்களாகத் தொகுத்துள்ளார். இப்படி எடுக்கப்பட்ட படங்கள் தான் சர்வதேச அளவில் கவனம் பெற்றன.

“இந்தப் பாணியிலான படங்களைத் தனிப்படமாகப் பார்க்காமல் முழு தொகுப்பாகப் பார்க்கும்போதுதான் ஒருவித நெருக்கத்தை உணரலாம்” என்கிறார் சதீஷ்குமார்.

கட்டுரையாளர் தொடர்புக்கு: mkannanjournalist@gmail.com

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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..?

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.

Advanced Studio Lighting course experience – Sudha Nov 2019

Sudha shares her learning experience at Ambitions 4 Photography Academy. She participated in the Advanced studio lighting weekend course. Ambitions 4 Photography Academy is pleased to announce that the next batch of Advanced Studio lighting weekend course begins on 18th Jan 2020

Hi, I’m Sudha, A very proud student of ambitions4 photography academy.

” I have been a traveling photographer. Just amateur, Not professional. So naturally, when I take many photographs, I wanted to do something better and know the basics behind photography rather than randomly clicking. So, I was just and obviously, there were many centers but I was very impressed with the reviews of Ambitions and therefore I joined the basic course here, That was long back. The basic course was a complete mind opener because there were so many nuances about the camera, about the basics, about the techniques which I was not aware of although I have been taking photographs for a very long time.

So, After that I was very impressed and I have to say about Mr. Raja Ponsing, he is one of the amazing gurus ever and I have seen a lot of YouTube videos, Photography related and there have been a lot of workshops, Shoots practice sessions and so many other things and I have compared my multiple summits and even after seeing so many things I have to say that he is one of the amazing gurus because he has passion towards teaching. We get a One on one interaction and all the doubts get clarified by approaching personally. He is very easy to approach and a very technically sound person.

It has been over a year and I have been shooting and now I have joined the advance program where it is all about lighting studio settings, external lightings, etc. which has taken me to the next step. I am almost towards the end of the course and it has taken me to the next step of understanding the science behind photography. So, overall I think I would recommend this place to any person and this has been an amazing journey. I would like to thank Ambitions as well as Mr. Raja Ponsing for bringing out that creativity in me. Thank you!!!”

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Duration: 6 weekends
Date: 18th Jan 2020 Time: Saturday 10.30 am – 1.30pm Sunday 2.30 to 5.30 pm
Fees: Rs.14,950/= including GST.
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According to the WHO, malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients. Undernutrition includes stunting (low height for age), wasting (low weight for height), underweight (low weight for age) and micronutrient deficiencies or insufficiencies (a lack of important vitamins and minerals). So, sometimes a child may have eaten plain boiled rice and have a full tummy, but is still considered malnourished as the body lacks the proteins and vitamins from dairy and vegetables. But semantics aside, sheer hunger is also a reality in many parts of India. It was heart-wrenching to discover villages where no one – man, woman, or child – has eaten in several days.

#SAMburden #waronwasting #endangeredspecies #malnutrition #severeandacutemalnutrition #stunting #wasting #stuntednation #childrenofindia #india #hunger #kuposhan #theinvisibleenemy #who #unicef #unitednations #sdg #2020 #eradicatepoverty #eradicatehunger #availability #jharkhand #assam #chhattisgarh #odisha #maharashtra #teagardenlabourers #tribals #villagers #indiahunger #photojournalism

Exhibition opens from 10th – 13th December 2019 at 10.30am – 6.00pm at The Art Gallery, 1st Floor, Bikaner House, Pandara Road, New Delhi.

Kindly spread a word and do come.

Thanks and regards,
Sudharak Olwe

26th November World Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas, the day the Constitution of India was adopted. Among all the other rights of a child, the right to food is one of the most basic. And yet, recent statistics show startling facts like one in three Indian children being malnourished and many falling into the category of SAM — Severe Acute Malnutrition.

I have been travelling at the grassroots level in remote areas across five states to discover and document exactly what is going wrong with our systems – social as well as administrative – that children everywhere are suffering like this. Now, I’m ready to share the results our research in an exhibition of photographs held at the Art Gallery of Bikaner House in Delhi from December 10 to 13, 2019.
The size and diversity of India is itself a factor in the slow implementation of various programmes to reduce malnutrition among children. The Angan Wadi Workers (AWWs) are women with some basic education and a lot of enthusiasm for helping others in their village and surrounding areas. While they do their best under the circumstances, I found that many of them lacked adequate training for using new equipment like gadgets to measure a baby’s height or the tablet-based CAS (Common Application Software) that has been introduced in some states to replace the voluminous registers that all the children’s data is recorded in.
Although the legal age for an Indian woman to be married is 18, during my recent research I encountered many young mothers across India, who had clearly been married when they were just entering their teens. Anemic and under-developed physically, mentally and emotionally, they are ill-equipped to bring up healthy children. I found that offspring of such under-age mothers are often severely malnourished.
Endangered Species: Malnutrition stalks Indias children
In my efforts to find out more about why malnutrition is
so widespread across our country, I found that although parents may be willing to travel long distances and give up their daily wages, sometimes medical care is still not available to their SAM child. This is because most Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) have just 10 beds and cater to the needs of several surrounding villages and there is often a long waiting list. More and better equipped NRCs are the need of the hour.
Endangered Species: Malnutrition stalks Indias children
On my recent travels through five Indian states, I encountered several cases of severely malnourished children. Considered both a medical and
social disorder, Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is defined by very low weight for height, or a low mid-upper arm circumference, or by the
presence of bipedal nutritional oedema. SAM is an acute condition and afflicted children will either recover or die within a few weeks. Cases are
usually divided into two categories – those with medical complications such as diarrhoea, fever, and pneumonia, needing facility-based care and
those without complications, who can be managed in the community.
Malnutrition and hunger are plaguing our future generation and we HAVE to work 24/7 to change this sorry state of affairs.

Love photography…Love the world.

Power of photography in schools..!

It was an enchanting experience for me to meet and chat with the budding enthusiastic students from Amalorpavam higher secondary school, Pondicherry, who showed tremendous interest in photography.
I was invited to share a few thoughts on photography with the 8th & 9th std. students of the school. The school has an extracurricular option to learn digital photography and I was stunned by the amount of interest and dedication these young minds have towards photography.

I remembered saying in one of my television interviews and wished to have photography as a regular subject in schools. This is happening in this school as an extra curriculum. They have an experienced photographer as the faculty and the photography knowledge of the students was amazing.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these kids…bubbling with imagination and creativity. We had a question and answer session also. The students were also informed about the prospective options to take photography as their career.

Plant the seed of photography in the minds of young kinds. Teach them the right way to see the world around. This will make them love the world and nature around. They will start appreciating everything around them and stop blaming. This will reduce enemity, hatetedness & jealousy. You can build a world with fewer crimes and problems.

I drove back from Pondicherry with the feeling of satisfaction. It was more than doing a fat assignment and earning in lacs.

Love photography…love the world.