Another Diploma Student gets published!

Another student Tuhina Chopra has been published through our successful collaboration with Asian Age.

“It provides me such a great and proud feeling that my work is praised, approved and not only this is also published in the column of Asian age newspaper. 
It feels terrific to become part of photojournalism and I believe to be really fortunate to have such environment around me. 

I am really grateful to APEX and my mentors Mr Aditya Arya and Dinesh Khanna who inspired me and supported me throughout in making my work laudable. 

I feel APEX provides me with the right guidance and the opportunity to really delve into my inner creativity which has definitely strengthened me as an artist.

I am truly elated with this wonderful achievement and looking forward to work even harder”

-Tuhina Chopra, Apex Diploma Student 2013-2014

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PhotoEditing 101 with Ashima Narain

For many photographers, when the shooting stops, they stop too. But building stories or a body of work means spending hours ruthlessly sifting through your images, until you can put together something coherent and meaningful.

Editing your work is as important as shooting, as it enables you to see your mistakes, and in doing so makes you a better photographer.

Photo Editing 101 was a one day workshop that helped participants understand how to think around their work, how to present it and how to look for missing elements in their visual story-telling.

The workshop was conducted by Ashima Narain who has previously been the Photo Editor for National Geographic Traveller India and Time Out India.

A few words from the participants:

“Your workshop was extremely informative and helped in seeing what an editor expects to see when you present your portfolio. I enjoyed learning about how one needs to think before shooting- bringing the story into your pictures”

-Chetna Gautam

“The workshop was a great learning experience..”

-Rajni Shankar

“Look forward to more such workshops on editing and presentation!”

-Manoj Bharti Gupta

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Apex Diploma Batch at Bhutan Embassy’s Spring Carnival

Apex Diploma Students had the opportunity to represent their institute at the Bhutan Embassy for the Spring Carnival organized by PHD Family Welfare Association recently, where they were required to manage and coordinate a photo-booth stall. The Apex stall was a success at the fair, and the students took back wonderful memories of interactions with the visitors who even ended up wanting to associate with the students professionally.

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“This fair was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I learnt how to communicate with strangers and convince them to get photographed. It was an effective learning process and I am very thankful for this opportunity”

-Masood Sarwar

“At the annual fair in which our institute Apex put up a stall and offered FREE PHOTOS to make people realise  how special they are. Interacting with people and knowing them was an overwhelming experience for me. A Smile was enough to make my day..”

-Sukriti K
“Doing portraiture in Bhutan embassy was an amazing experience. There were very different types of people & interacting with them was a whole new experience for me”

-Tushar Mehra

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Apex Diploma Students at a Professional Shoot

At Apex Academy for Photographic Excellence, students receive comprehensive instruction in the aesthetics, techniques, and business of photography through hands-on, experiential assignments as well assisting on professional photo-shoots with working professional photographers.

Since the vast majority of photographers are self-employed entrepreneurs in a competitive and challenging industry, students planning on becoming full-time photographers need to prepare themselves for the real world challenges they will face.

As working professionals themselves, faculty members are able to help students
anticipate the many difficulties that come with working as a full-time photographer. Students must be prepared to pitch ideas, set budgets, find locations, cast models, self-promote, and much more.
Here are a few words and visuals from the students themselves.

“Assisting Aditya sir on an interior shoot was nothing more than a dream come true. We were truly fortunate to see how challenging it is to work on a professional shoot.”

-Tuhina Chopra (Apex Diploma Batch 2013-2014)

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“It was an amazing experience working with one of the best photographers in the field. It was very challenging to work with both ambient and studio lights. I gained knowledge about handling pressure and working under time constraints. Learning about different techniques of light usage was really helpful. Thank you for the opportunity”.

-Manoj Sasidharan (Apex Diploma Batch 2013-2014)

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“I had a great experience assisting Aditya Arya sir for the interior shoot in Manesar. Thank you for the opportunity. I learnt a lot and would like go for more shoots.”

-Masood Sarwar (Apex Diploma Batch 2013-2014)

 

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Photo Courtesy: Apex Diploma Students

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Apex Students assist on Professional Interior Shoot

At Apex, we provide our students with not only theoretical knowledge of photography, but also provide opportunities for them to assist on professional photography shoots in various genres.

Students from the Diploma Batch 2013-2014 assisted Aditya Arya recently on an interiors shoot in Manesar.

“The opportunity to assist Aditya sir on an interior assignment was something that I was eagerly waiting for. The shoot was something very enriching and the insights on how a shot is built could not have been experienced in a better way. One has to deal with the client, its staff, the infrastructure etc. in addition to coming up with great angles and perfect combination of highlights and shadows. 

 Looking forward to more such opportunities as these help in experiencing what actually goes on a live shoot as well as helps in confidence building”

-Rohit Gambhir (Apex Diploma Student)

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“I had a great experience doing an interior shot.  I have a keen interest in commercial photography and during this interior shot under the guidance of Aditya sir I learnt a lot. Being punctual, dealing with the client and setting up of interior lighting is what I learnt through this opportunity”

-Alankrit Saini (Apex Diploma Student)


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“Accompanying sir was amazing. I learnt how to balance ambient and flash lighting, how to manage all the equipment and how to work under time frame given by the client. After my experience at this shoot, I understand that commercial photography involves a lot of work”

-Tushar Mehra (Apex Diploma Student)

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Apex-Asian Age Collaboration

Apex Academy for Photographic Excellence is a one of a kind institute that not only teaches its students technical knowledge of photography and its genres, but also provides avenues to promote its students’ better understanding of the professional work environment of photographers. Apex has collaborated with renowned newspaper ‘Asian Age’, who has been providing monthly themes to Apex Diploma students to work on as professional assignments so as to give the students a unique opportunity to get published in the papers.

Zakir Khan, the first to be published due to this collaboration worked on the theme of “Winter”.

“At a junk yard near Okhla Railway Station, in an underprivileged but tight-knit community, man and animal share the same bare essentials, as they dare the winters together”

-Zakir Khan (Diploma Student 2013-2014)

Link: http://onlineepaper.asianage.com/articledetailpage.aspx?id=343244

Photo editing 101 by Ashima Narain

Judging your own photographs can be a difficult task, Apex Academy for Photographic Excellence is pleased to present a workshop by Ashima Narain (Past Photo Editor for National Geographic Traveller India and Time Out India) on the importance of the selecting your photographs.

Photo Editing 101 is a one day workshop that will help understand how to think around your work, how to present it and how to look for missing elements in your visual story-telling.

For those who would like to enroll, we have a unique opportunity where Ashima will critique your work during the class. But in order to do this, you need to work on one project of your choice, and send in 7 images from this project to apex.photoediting101@gmail.com by February 20th, 2014
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For further details and registration contact: apex@apexindia.net

APEX-DPEG “Streets of Delhi” Exhibition Opening

Apex Academy for Photographic Excellence in collaboration with DPEG organized a photography contest exclusively for DPEG members that culminated into an exhibition entitled “Streets of Delhi” on till the 19th of February at Apex Gallery.

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“This is the first time my image is being exhibited. I’m feeling a lot of joy and satisfaction being appreciated for my work” said Ashok Tripathy, one of the members of DPEG.

“Street shooting is always an instantaneous affair, you carve out a story later when you review your image,” says Ashok, who says his influences are “A million or may be 10 million plus people, which includes some 500 thousand + photographers all around the world. All day, we look at billions and billions of images which somewhat influences me. I am sure that must be for a lot of people as well”

According to Ashok “Street photography is going to be very very huge in future mainly because of the technology. People have mobile phones with powerful in-built cameras, cheaper & better DSLRs, handy Point & Shoot cameras and this is even going to get much bigger as the days move on. And people love to capture all the moments that they can. Which means that with each passing day, the world is getting more & more street photographers”

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The opening of the exhibition included a talk by Sandeep Biswas on “What Makes a Photograph” as well as special one-one critique of the exhibited images. It was a special day as DPEG announced its 10,o00th member chosen by Dinesh Khanna and Aditya Arya (Co-Directors, Apex).

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Dpeg Exhibition Behind the Scenes

The enthusiastic DPEG members worked tirelessly to put up the Apex- DPEG collaborated exhibition on ‘Streets of Delhi’.
While setting up the exhibition we got talking to some of the contestants whose work was being showcased.

Aditi Singh, on being asked about her photographic style, “I am very new to photography and there’s a long way to go. Developing own style demands lots of dedication and hard work. Its something that evolves over a period of time. I think I would like to give myself some more time before I could actually describe my own photographic style.”

“To me, perception, commitment and flexibility in work is what differentiates between short-lived success and longevity as a photographer” says Aditi, “perfect harmony between these combined with an ability to make your work communicate in a better way with the world which is easier now-a-days with the advent of  social media”

“Although street photography, unlike other photography subfields, is very realistic and simple sounding, its been explored by various prominent photographers in their own explicit styles” according to Aditi Singh (DPEG member exhibited in ‘Streets of Delhi’ photography exhibition at Apex gallery)

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Food Photography Session with Dinesh Khanna and Nymph Kaul at Apex

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Recently our Apex Diploma Batch 2013-2014 got the chance to experience a live food shoot at Apex’s studio with the client present as well!  Nymph Kaul has been cooking since she was 13. Nymph admits she has always loved experimenting with food and creating her own recipes. However, 24 years of her corporate and business life, kept her distracted from documenting her recipes or presenting her food to the outside world. But recently Nymph decided to follow her heart and do what she loves most, which is creating unconventional dishes.

‘Wicked Bites’ is an expression of Nymph’s food sense- ‘a dining service that will nurture well-being through its food’ says Nymph.

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

On being asked about the importance of photography in food business, Nymph says “Food is very sensory, it has to first appeal the eye, then the nose and then the taste buds. One tends to pick up an apple which has a tight shiny skin, looks red and has no blemish and because your brain tells you that, it will be delicious.

Same way for a dish, if it appeals the eye, its likely to appeal to the tongue. So in any food business, a visually appealing dish on the menu will be chosen over a dish which people either can’t see or is not visually appealing. so that’s where photography comes in to play in the food business. A good food photograph can make the food appealing and help in trials. Repeat purchase happens only if the food tastes good and the associated service”

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

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Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Further Nymph Kaul adds, “Most of the Apex students come across as serious bunch of learners who do not fail to ask questions when necessary. The equipment in the Institute is pretty much like what you would find in an A class photographer’s studio”

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Debojit an Apex Diploma Student shares his experience, “The food styling by Ms. Nymph Kaul reminded me of my graduation days in the food and hospitality industry. The experience was wonderful. There was a lot to learn by the way the food was being presented and being photographed. Mr. Dinesh Khanna did wonderful work and made some amazing photographs”

“I would surely love to take up food photography as my career opportunity,” says Debojit “as it requires a lot of skill in capturing food. As I am a fast learner, with mere few small mistakes, I can master the art of photographing food. Not only food photography, but food styling also interests me. I would like to style my own food for my photographs”

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)

Photo Courtesy: Debojit (Diploma Student)