Portrait Session – Diploma Batch 2013-14

An ongoing session for Diploma batch 2013-14 under mentorship of faculty, director and photographer Dinesh Khanna. The basic idea was to experiment with different lighting technique and also observing your subject.
Here Vipin Keswani shares his insights about the session: “These are the portraits of one of my friend named Akshay. In these portraits I tried to capture his different expressions along with different lighting styles.
It was a difficult task to take his portraits as he had a very busy schedule and I had to convince him to take out his time, another challenge was to set different kinds of lighting and see which suits him the best, however he was very cooperative and managed to give the required expressions with ease and made my task a bit easier.
In spite the task being so difficult, it was a great fun to shoot with him.”

Pictures shot by Vipin during the session:

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Portrait Session – Diploma Batch 2013-14

An ongoing session for Diploma batch 2013-14 under mentorship of faculty, director and photographer Dinesh Khanna. The basic idea was to experiment with different lighting technique and also observing your subject.

Here Zakhir shares his insights about the session:

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This was from an assignment to shoot portrait with a part of face cropped.
It was more difficult than it sounded in the beginning, to compose such an image. In this image, the spectacles and the beard of the model have led me to choose this composition. The flare in the spectacles was intentional as it gave contrast to the subject’s eyes. There was a bit of fringing at the outline of the beard, but was toned down in post processing. On the whole it was an experiment that has more room for improvement.

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This image is from the assignment to shoot portraits of strangers. My job began with looking out for strangers suitable for a portrait, and finally convincing this shoe shine boy to pose as the subject. Black and White is chosen to go along with his character and the image was shot from close to ground level. Top lighting is chosen to simulate the lighting natural to his character.

While I  was working on these assignments, I realised that there is plenty of room for improvement and that practice is the key to refinement.

 

Portrait Session – Diploma Batch 2013-14

An ongoing session for Diploma batch 2013-14 under mentorship of faculty, director and photographer Dinesh Khanna. The basic idea was to experiment with different lighting technique and also observing your subject.

Here Puia shares his insights about the session: I never had an interest in doing a portraiture… but since I had my time in Apex and with all the lighting techniques and all the necessary skills that i’ve learned, I am much more interested in doing many portraitures. I’m very pleased to do an assignment of clicking closeup portraitures, to me this close up portraitures fits me more. Especially clicking strangers faces that we don’t know makes it more interesting, it’s sharpening our mind how are we gonna place the lights, sometimes after a couple of hours we’ve got an interesting picture..but sometimes we don’t. But the most important about the fact is that its very challenging!

Pictures shot by Puia during the session:

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Portrait Session – Diploma Batch 2013-14

An ongoing session for Diploma batch 2013-14 under mentorship of faculty, director and photographer Dinesh Khanna. The basic idea was to experiment with different lighting technique and also observing your subject.
Here Yawan Rai shares his insights about the session: “I’ve used reference pictures for the portraits as I wanted to learn the technique behind it. The process involved lots of trials and error and finally I was able to capture something close to it. I always thought that imitating others style is ethically wrong but I realized how can we come up with own style if we don’t know much about the great work that have been done in the past and how it was done. So I think we should always refer to the past and take it as a ladder for our learning process and be inspired from it and build our style in the entire process of learning new things every day as there is no end to learning. “

Pictures shot by Yawan during the session:

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Portrait Session – Diploma Batch 2013-14

An ongoing session for Diploma batch 2013-14 under mentorship of faculty, director and photographer Dinesh Khanna. The basic idea was to experiment with different lighting technique and also observing your subject. 
Here Lipok shares his insights about the session: “Well who wouldn’t want to capture a timeless piece of joy, or that of curiosity. Perhaps that first startling moment, or an expression of ecstasy. It takes quiet a bit of courage to stand in front of the camera. Take a moment to think about portrait photography from clients’ perspective. They are probably feeling nervous and uncertain about what to expect. being photographed is stressful, client may be worried, concerned about coordinating clothes and accessories and generally feeling apprehensive about how they appear. ‘Light is a catalyst, when elements of nature ignite with catalyst there is magic’ To capture this magic we take photographs, and the photographs become a memory.”

Pictures shot by Lipok during the session:

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The Experience of Diploma batch 2013-14

23 year old,Sukriti pursued Bachelors in Fine Arts specializing in Painting. She says that Photography gives her the same freedom of emotion as painting.

In her search for an institute which could provide her full time classes under great mentors she reached Vasant Vihar, Delhi.Where the most varied genre of photographers to choose from and working under the guidance of great mentors like Dinesh and Aditya sir , she proudly agreed to Apex.

She talks about Apex and this is what she shares,“Apex gives every child their space to blossom. With students interested in different genre of photography mentors with the best of expertise in that genre are provided which makes Apex different from others. Studio facilities are made available to students to make them at par with the competition outside. Darkroom classes were an absolute delight.”        

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For her the faculty was undoubtedly the best thing about the course,there is no other college or institute which would provide this huge range of masters in the field of photography.

Apex was the best thing that happened to her and her love for photography has boosted a lot on the way. With her scholarship adding on, she says she has lived her dream In the last one year and now she is planning to intern with some photographers.

The Experience of Diploma batch 2013-14

22 year old Debojit Chakraborty, student of hotel management turned his hobby into a passion into a profession.

He joined apex because the infrastructure was better than other academies and the faculty was better than any other. Here at apex we are exposed to different genres of photography.
His aspirations to become a fashion photographer were met to some extent here at Apex.
“The Work in the studios,Hands-on experience with the equipments and learning from the best faculties in India were the best parts about this course. The professional trips with my teacher Mr. Aditya Arya really enhanced my knowledge. Today I am ready to take professional assignments to excel in this field.”

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The Experience of Diploma batch 2013-14

27 year old, graduate in German language, Rohit Gambhir who has worked in the E-commerce industry for over 5 years shares his cup of tea on his experience at Apex;

“Photography has always been something i’ve liked, but was always unsure whether i should leave my stable job and pursue it professionally. Being inspired by the work of photojournalists i finally decided to move on from my office job and pursue photography instead. I found a workshop which anyone who had a Canon camera could attend and subsequently i did a one-month fast track course at Apex.

After which i decided to pursue the diploma course at Apex as here one gets a number of hands-on opportunities of working with the studio equipment as well as discussing our work with the faculty members. The presence of such accomplished Directors also gives a sense of assurance to students who are really passionate about photography,My initial expectations were to be able to use the camera and studio equipments to the best, exposure to different genres of photography. As the course progressed, the expectations continued to grow and simultaneously met fairly well as the faculty was a mix of veterans, where everyone had a common aim of making us better photographers.

The experience has been excellent, the range of faculty, the equipments, the professional exposure has been overwhelming. My plan now is to spend more time perfecting my skills, traveling and creating photo stories of my own as well as assisting established photographers at every platform I get.”

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Summer Workshop

Summer is here! Apex doesn’t stay far behind. A fantastic Week-long Workshop specially designed for students and young enthusiasts who love Photography and want to develop their skills is being held at APEX, from the 23rd- 30TH June. The timings for the course are 9 am to 12 pm. The aim of the course is to teach students how to express themselves through photographs, the course teaches the basics of photography, portraits and family holiday photography under the supervision of professional photography teacher such as Mr. Suresh Gupta. No prior knowledge of photography is required for the course.

The course has 5 students ranging from the age of 13 to 19, from different backgrounds and cities and here is why they chose to do this workshop;

“I joined this workshop because my dad gifted me a camera recently and I was interested to learn the correct ways of using the technology of the camera, as I would love to explore and pursue photography as a hobby later in my life”

-Ahan Verma, 13, Dps Vasant Kunj

“The reason I joined this course was to learn the basics of photography, I’ve been using the camera since the past one year, but never learnt it professionally. My goal in life is to either be a photographer or a graphic designer later in life and I am sure this course would help me move towards that.”

-Iman Sen Gupta, 16, Shri Ram School Aravali

“Inspired by my aunt, I became interested in this field. However photography is a hobby and I enjoy doing it, and right now have no plans of doing it professionally in my life ahead”

-Sava Sandhu, 15, Lawrence School

 “Constantly clicking pictures from my phone wasn’t just enough, so I took up this workshop to learn how to use a professional camera and capture pictures through that instead. Photography is my hobby”

-Avarna Ojha, 19, Lady Shri Ram College

“Photography has always been my passion, my stress buster, visiting my sister in Delhi I got the opportunity to join this workshop and enhance on my photography skills”

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The Experience of Diploma batch 2013-14

As Apex batch of 2013-14 comes to an end we have another student,  Vipin Keswani. This 23 year old started photography two years back as a hobby and finally decided to opt it as a career. He shares why he chose and loves Apex ;

“When I decided to pursue a diploma in photography I visited a number of institutes in Delhi and Apex was one of them, I researched and went through the work of Mr.Dinesh Khanna and Mr.Aditya Arya and hence being inspired I decided to join Apex.

The facilities here were much better than any other institutes in Delhi, and its also the only one which is run by practicing photographers themselves.

I expected the course to be very detailed and full of practical sessions and these expectations were fulfilled. From time to time we were asked to assist our mentors on there professional assignments and this was my favorite part of the entire course, the overall experience at the academy was great as this has improved my photography to a great extent. After completing this course i can see myself as a far better photographer and now am planning to be a professional photographer.”

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