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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The Experience of Diploma batch 2013-14

The Apex batch of 2013-14 is going to come to an end here 31 year old, Zakir Ali Khan , student of Diploma Batch 2013-14 shares his experience with Apex;
“Moving into Photography after pursuing a career in IT field, joining Apex was one of my best decisions. I wanted to join an intensive course which would allow me to do a lot of hands-on, but with the right amount of theoretical knowledge and apex gave me the confidence of providing that. The best part of the course was how it covered a wide range of genres and gave us exposure to the best professionals in their respective fields. Assisting senior photographers has been one precious experience giving a complete understanding of the professional environment, i feel more confident to handle a professional assignment. With the skills that i take from here on i plan to work on the personal projects in the long run, for the short term I plan to do some documentary work involving travel and exploration to begin with.”ImageImageIMG_8984IMG_8705IMG_7531

The experience of Diploma batch 2013-14

The Apex batch of 2013-14 is going to come to an end here 23 year old, Tuhina Chopra, graduate from Miranda House, Delhi university shares her insight on her experience with Apex;

” Photography was just a hobby for me, but after my graduation I decided to pursue it as a career, i chose Apex to enhance my knowledge related to photography as it draws faculty from diverse professional photographers which makes it versatile from other photography institutions. The best part being the experience we gained while working under two directors Mr Aditya Arya and Dinesh sir. The overall e was remarkable as i got the opportunity to delve into my inner creativity which has definitely enhanced me both as an artist and a photographer. I see myself as a successful photographer in the long run.”

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The Intensive Foundation Programme in Photography

One of the premier photography initiatives to introduce the basics of photography to amateurs  and beginners is The Intensive Foundation Programme in Photography. The course conducted by some of the highly trained practitioners and teachers of photography besides being  a very popular  and much sought  after programme.

The classes are held on the weekends over a stretch of 2 months in the evening from 3-6 pm.

The present batch has 8 students, from different backgrounds and age groups.

Faculty: Mr. Suresh Gupta

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 Prienou Behl, 22, Make-up artist and image consultant

“I have been part of the fashion industry since about 2-3 years now so Photography has been an integral part of my life. This is what have made me interested in learning photography further especially the technicalities of the camera. I plan to go to London to study photography further and this course will give me a good head start to my technical skills.”

Ananya Malaviya,18, just passed out from school.

” I really want to take up Art and Design as a profession and I want to explore different mediums of art and Photography being a part of it I would want to delve into it further.”

Arunima Tara, 20, pursuing History Hon’s from LSR College.

” I have always been interested in capturing videos, my father being a film maker has introduced me to this medium now I want to expand my vision and explore Photography also and later in my life I would want to merge the two mediums and come up with something extremely creative. “

Redefining history at Apex using Collodion Process

Students of Apex recreated the 1850’s method of photography called “The collodion process” which is an early photographic process, invented by Frederic Scott Archer. At apex, Mr.Dhruv Malhar (Guest Faculty at APEX), Mr.Aditya Arya (Director at APEX) and Mr. Dileep Prakash(Guest Faculty at APEX)  using 5×7 large format camera mentored the process.

This is usually taken to be synonymous with the “collodion wet plate process”, a very inconvenient form which required the photographic material to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed within the span of about fifteen minutes, necessitating a portable darkroom for use in the field.Collodion processes were capable of recording microscopically fine detail, so their use for some special purposes continued long after the advent of the gelatin dry plate. The wet plate collodion process was still in use in the printing industry in the 1960s for line and tone work (mostly printed material involving black type against a white background) as for large work it was much cheaper than gelatin film.

One collodion process, the tintype, was still in limited use for casual portraiture by some itinerant and amusement park photographers as late as the 1930s, by which time tintypes were already regarded as quaintly old-fashioned.

Some famous photographer talks about this process : “I believe collodion is attractive to most people right now because it is the opposite of digital. With digital we can take hundreds of images without much thought. The effort to take a photograph has been diminished to just the push of a button. Instead of spending the day in the darkroom, photographers now spend their time in front of computers. The lack of physical interaction with the photograph has caused many artists to disassociate themselves with the process of making images. Collodion requires the photographer to interact with every step of the image-making process.”

“This process existed for 100 years before the digital photography was invented. And due to very different emulsion response to spectrum, together with “some mystical vision” not available for our regular sight, this technology still has lots to say. People are tired of unnecessary details and realism of digital photography. It is always pleasure to eat with a silver spoon in the world flooded by plastic.”

The mentors guided the students at each process, from getting the plates ready to developing the plates. They carried the whole process out three to four times until the desired results were achieved.

The students of Apex Diploma Batch’14 eagerly took part in each and every step , they were very satisfied with the knowledge they gained, even though it was the first time they learnt this and also was the first time such an experience took place at Apex.

Below the students share their experience:

This was my first ever experience of witnessing wet plate photography and the time spent on it was totally worth it. Working with dangerous chemicals like silver nitrate, exposures as long as 20 seconds and then bringing the plate back to the darkroom and the mystery whether the image will appear as expected or not. The process in itself is so wonderful, seeing it happen was like living history. Really appreciate the efforts of Mr. Dhruv and Mr. Arya for making the workshop happen.

Rohit

Observing the wet plate collodion rocess was quite unique. We witnessed how, in earlier days, people used to make glass negatives in order to produce photographs. It was a difficult procedure though, but quite interesting. After various trials and errors by Malhar sir, we produced two photographs which were quite interesting.

I would like to thank Aditya Arya and Malhar Dhruv for this experience.

Debojit

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“Windows to the World” by Johnette Iris Stubbs

On the 14th of April, the exhibition “Windows to the World” by photographer Johnette Iris Stubbs at the APEX was inaugurated by Deputy Chief of Mission (US Embassy) – Michael Pelletier, Public Affairs Officers (US Embassy)- Walter Douglas and Spokesperson (US Embassy)- Peter Vrooman , along with her family and friends. The exhibition would conclude on the 24th of April, the visiting hours for the same are from 11 am – 6 pm.

Johnette Iris Stubbs started her photography journey at age 11; her inspiration was a gift from her brother a 35mm camera. She began using photography as a tool to document her environment. As a young African American woman who’s lived in Africa, Central America, Europe, South America, The Middle East and now South Asia, she has had an incredible amount of exposure. However being a woman, she faced a lot of problems due to the stereotypes held by people.

Her work tends to focus on the intertwining cultural and social aspects of work, religion, art, music and dance in places with social crisis caused by relationships, poverty, war and health. Her intention is to create a double impact on her audience, both emotionally and aesthetically. She does documentary exhibitions, editorial work for magazines, event photography and studio portraits.

She has also chosen images for the Window to the World – Reflections and Introspections from several long-term projects in Africa, Asia, South America and North America.

Towards the end of the inauguration ceremony, Johnette thanked Apex academy and the students of the Diploma batch 2014 for helping her put up the exhibition from nothing to everything.

Here are few pictures from the opening:

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Industrial Shoot

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The insights of the students on the visit are mentioned below :

It was indeed one of the best experiences I have ever had. Shooting in an industry was completely a new genre for me. Although it seemed very easy but it wasn’t a cake walk. We were not familiar with working with such high temperature and because of a lot of machinery and a compact space it became little difficult to build composition. But overall we were able to fetch few good shots using flash lights. Tuhina Chopra DSC_1862 DSC_2024 DSC_2035

“Creatively using combination of light ambient & flash was very challenging but still amazing experience.” Tushar MehraImageImage

“Visiting the bulb factory gave us a great exposure, it taught us how to work in an uncontrolled environment. Working with gels and strobe lights was a great experience. Overall it was a great genre to explore.” Bhuvanesh Kharbanda

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“Our first ever industrial shoot, where I was very nervous regarding the lighting to be used and what technique are to be used.

It was very difficult to shoot in the industry due to the high temperature but the owners made it very easy for us to shoot in such extreme conditions by offering us drinks from time to time. The workers were also very cooperative and helped us in each and every way possible.”

Vipin Keswani

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“On reaching the factory, the owner introduced us to the process of making the bulbs. The working was in full pace with lots of employers running through the process, which is quite fascinating since everything is carried out in a proper sequence and in a fragile labor mode. Firstly I started setting up the lights and to fill up some dramatic mood. The entire environment was very noisy because of the workings and the temperature was approximately above 50 degrees.”Hryat

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“After being briefed a day before by Aditya Sir, we were all ready with the equipment and tips. We arrived at the bulb factory and had a brief tour of the factory, while the owner explained to us the different steps in the manufacturing process.

The two important challenges we faced during the photo-shoot were – first, not to interrupt the normal workflow in the factory, and second, the extreme temperature inside. However, the cooperation and excellent arrangements by the clients made it a comfortable experience.We had several learning’s from the assignment: Making improvisations, lighting techniques, team work and working with minimum interference.It was an excellent experience, and I’m eager to take this learning to a further level.” Zakir Ali Khan 

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“The industrial photography was an unique experience we had which I loved, discovering a new kind of photography genre which involved us to maintain precautions and be attentive. We tried to use a lot of colour to dramatize our photographs, also I would love to thank Adyta sir for the same.” Debojit Chakraborty

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“Our very first visit to a factory was indeed worth the hype. Before going to the location, we were informed about the various precautions one needs to take like how different the approach is when one is shooting in difficult circumstances like high temperatures and also that one needs to keep his footprint minimum. Overall the experience at the bulb factory was outstanding, the owners were really kind and allowed such a big group like ours to spend the whole day there. All in all, it was a great learning as we got to experiment with different genres of photography at one place.”Rohit Gambhir

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