MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS, THOUGH NOT ALL, ARE SELF-TAUGHT

Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants?people

In this present scenario of students passing out from their schools are finding it difficult to decide on the courses and career options. Many times, the wishes of the parents become the ‘forced wish’ of the student. Unfortunately, most parents do not bother to identify the special skills of their children but make them study something that is of no interest to them. End of the day, the children do something that they are not interested and they become just mediocre in their chosen field.travel

Particularly when our children are not interested in academics…it is the sign that they have some other special skills (sports, drawing & painting, dance, music, acting, photography, cinema, media, cooking, crafts, designing and lot more) and we need to promptly guide them so that they can excel in their special/personal skill-based profession. Photography is always being an aspiring career option for anyone interested in the art of seeing and storytelling. It has become a stable career now….as the need for good photographers is in high demand. There are a lot of photographers earning higher than the standard academic persons doing routine jobs.location

The most important quality to pursue and be successful in photography is the ‘passion for the great art’. A passionate student can dedicate his/her time effectively in learning and become big and useful. They must be willing to do hard work 24X7 with a target to achieve. Though photography is a lot of fun, it should be learned and practised seriously. Students with an artistic bent of mind and who think little out of the box have a better chance to become successful professionals. In the present scenario, they must be willing to learn throughout their life and update the technology and trend.advertising

Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants? This is a question in the minds of many of us trying out photography and want to become a professional photographer.wildlife

There is nothing like ‘self-taught in photography’. We pick up a lot of information from other photographers and their photos. Internet and books are yet another source photographers lean and update. This helps the ‘self-taught photographers’ to do some trial and error basis learning. But as the need of today, a good photography school can help the students in the following ways.

  1. Formal education from a school of photography leaves no stone unturned.
  2. The learners are given ample scope to understand all the possible technics and art through the structured curriculum.
  3. A formal education gives a lot of self-confidence and helps them solve the problems thrown at them quickly and efficiently once they start their professional photography career.
  4. Joining a reputed school of photography makes learning fast and reduces the possible mistakes that happen otherwise. For example, a photographer who has attended a formal course will be able to master the techniques, art and business in a couple of years. Whereas, others may take years to achieve the same through a lot of trials and guesswork.
  5. Most importantly a good photography school can give hands-on experience on some of the expensive and rare state of the art equipment, facilities, special skills and real-time job experience.

These opportunities may or may not happen even after a long time for a ‘self-taught photographer’.

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“Do the job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”, goes a saying. When you do what you like, then your job is not a burden but pleasure!  Let our children enjoy their passion as a profession.

click here to know what one of our 1-year Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography learner Kiranmayi feels about the course in Ambitions 4 Photography Academy

Nikita Rao our 6 months Diploma in Photography Course learner – Batch 2016 shares her views about the course

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Life behind the lens

 

Interview with KL.Raja Ponsing, founder and director,
AMBITIONS 4 PHOTOGRAPHY ACADEMY

How has the landscape for photographers changed in the city in the last five years?

The landscape of photography altogether has changed a lot in the recent five years on the whole and Chennai is not an exception. One can find that almost every professional photographer now owns expensive cameras and equipment. Unfortunately, many of these photographers believe that good photos come from an expensive camera or an expensive brand. Many of them tend to work very randomly and shoot 100 images to get 10 usable pictures. Turn the clock back 10-15 years, photographers use to think before every shot. But now many of them are reluctant to check even the basics. Many feel that making mistakes while shooting is accepted and is a part of the process because there is a software to repair the images later on.

At the same time, professional photography has become very expensive now, ie. people do spend big time on photography. If you look at wedding photography, photographers direct the entire wedding like a feature film. They use all kinds of gadgets whether it is really necessary or not. One can find images shot from up in the air till under the water in one wedding album. However, it’s saddening to see that the very essence of true and natural emotions, meaning of a ritual and the overall feel is lost in wedding photography as they are directed and set up shots.

Coming to commercial photography, part-time hobbyists do the jobs at a throwaway price pledging the values of photography. It has become rare to find genuine, passionate photographers who maintain the values of the profession.

What is it that students have to have in order to learn and pursue a future in photography?

The most important quality to pursue and be successful in photography is the ‘passion for the great art’. A passionate student can dedicate his/her time effectively in learning and become big and useful. They must be willing to do hard work 24X7 with a target to achieve. Though photography is a lot of fun, it should be learned and practiced seriously. Students with an artistic bent of mind and who think little out of the box have a better chance to become successful professionals. In the present scenario, they must be willing to learn throughout their life and update the technology and the trend.

Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants?

There is nothing like ‘self-taught in photography’. We pick up a lot of information from the internet, other photographers and their photos. This helps the self-taught photographers to do some trial and error basis learning. A good photography school can help the students in the following areas,

  1. A formal education from a school of photography leaves no stone unturned.
  2. The learners are given ample scope to understand all the possible technics and art through the structured curriculum.
  3. This gives a lot of self-confidence and helps them solve the problems thrown at them quickly and efficiently once they start their professional photography careers.
  4. This makes learning fast and reduces the possible mistakes that happen otherwise. For example, a photographer who has attended a formal course will be able to master the techniques, art, and business in a couple of years. Whereas, others may take years to achieve the same through a lot of trial and error and guesswork.
  5. Most importantly a good photography school can give a hands-on experience on some of the expensive and rare state of the art equipment, facilities, special skills, and real-time job experience.

These opportunities may or may not happen even after a long time for a self-taught photographer.

What are the courses in photography offered by Ambitions 4?
Ambitions4 Photography Academy offers fulltime and weekend courses.

How is the scene of photography in Chennai when compared to the other metropolitan cities in the country?

Chennai is a unique city in India which has a beautiful mix of technology and tradition. The value of photography as a business is very much influenced by the culture and tradition of the place/city. The photographers in Chennai are equally talented like other cities and some of them are even internationally renowned. A lot of big jobs in photography is being done in Chennai for a simple reason, the photographers are dedicated and disciplined to their jobs. The commercial value of a job in Chennai is relatively less, I mean; the photographers are not paid like other cities. The job opportunities are becoming good in recent years.

In what line of work can photography students explore a more lucrative future? (i.e., Other than still photography)

Moving to become commercial, advertising, fashion and big-time wedding photographers is the best option for a lucrative career. Apart from being still photographers, the students can head towards working for movies after assisting cinematographers. They can also start doing short films, corporate films, advertising films and so on. This is possible for, they have a strong foundation about the visual art and medium.  They can team up to operate as a company to do weddings and events which could turn out to be a lucrative future. Image post-processing and designing is yet another area they can explore.

SATHIYARUBAN

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.

Sathyaruban

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.

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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.Sathiyaruban2

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.

 

 

Children

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….

One morning at Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC)

The learners of Edexcel BTEC HNC and HND Diploma in Photography programme of Ambitions 4 Photography Academy, Chennai had visited Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC) as a part of their Photojournalism Workshop. Here are a few pictures capturing the morning activities at the busy Market place just a couple of days before Pongal.

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