A Paradise called Pollachi

A Paradise called Pollachi

“What’s there in Pollachi?” That’s a common question I’ve been asked by many (including photographers) when I quote Pollachi as one of my all-time favorite destinations. Even those who adore the place are lured because of the green trees, the tourist spots and the climate that serves as the icing. But from what I’ve heard,…

Orchha travel diaries

Orchha travel diaries

Not many know about this historic small town on the Betwa River in Madhya Pradesh. Founded by the Bundela Kings of the Bundelkhand region, the majestic city of Orchha is often referred to unexplored or untouched. It was our longtime dream to do a shoot in this place, and it came true with the lovely…

The Curious case of Bouqutes

The Curious case of Bouqutes

That sight of people carrying flower bouquets on to the stage, and some one from the back collecting it and keeping it aside. BOUQUETS! Everyone knows it’s of no use but still they tend to give this. For me, it’s like telling me on my face, ‘I don’t know much about you but yes, since…

Featured in Fstoppers

Featured in Fstoppers

Yohoo! Yes, the Sony A9 video just got featured in Fstoppers. Have been following Fstoppers since inception, and it is a great source of knowledge and inspiration to me, like it is to many around the world. Every now and then, when we pull out some soulful work, have wondered if it would get lucky…

Importance of previsualization

Importance of previsualization

  A lot of the times when I post pictures, the first question many would ask are in the lines of ‘what lens was used? ‘, ‘where were the lights placed?’. Nothing wrong in asking but thats not where you start to make a picture. It starts with the idea you have in mind. Previsualizing…

FLARE SHOT IN MARINA

FLARE SHOT IN MARINA

So many have done it so many times. Yet, I have always wanted to get one that I had in mind. Yes, I am talking about the famous flare shot in namma Marina. I had a particular shot that I had tried in vain for a long time. This time around got fortunate with 80%…

Udaipur Shot –  Behind the scene

Udaipur Shot – Behind the scene

Earlier in the day at the Jagmandir Mahal, Udaipur, we were shooting under the bright sun and in the garden. Then later in the evening, we were shooting under the blissful moon lit space. Totally a contrasting experience it is, and that is how it is. As a wedding photographer one has to be ready…

BreakingExcuses

BreakingExcuses

“I really want to do this, but then…” That’s how excuses come as hurdles to most of our pursuits. We all want to do so much in our life, but then end up with reasons like ‘I don’t have time’ ‘I find it hard to balance work and life’ and so on. Take a minute…

Time traveler

Time traveler

As a photographer, what excites me most is the power of photography to document memories through the pictures I shoot. When I look back at the weddings/travel I shoot, I don’t just see pictures but so much happiness relived in each. What becomes a picture, stays as a memory forever. In that context, this new…

Letting your work speak for yourself.

Letting your work speak for yourself.

What can I do when my client asks me about the camera I use and starts interrogating in an irritating way? It happens. Trust me, every wedding photographer faces this crisis at some point of their career where some tricky clients step in with questions like, “You say you use a Sony A7RII. But why…

GETTING READY

GETTING READY

“GETTING READY” is one of the most important sessions in a wedding for it kickstarts the whole mood of the wedding. Trust me, it does. If it is planned well, everything ahead goes on smooth and peaceful. But if it is rushed and haphazard, then chances are that the wedding might also be so too.…

Schools of Equality

Schools of Equality

Happy to throwback a video we made for Schools of Equality – an activity-based programme that engages students in discussions of equality. Their vision is to empower the students to think rationally, treat each other with respect, embrace the world holistically and evolve as sensible human beings with better thoughts. The biggest impact of BIG Short Films…

RUBI TEACHER

RUBI TEACHER

Just in case you guys haven’t watched it yet, RUBI TEACHER is one of our latest Big short films which talks about how a teacher can change the life of students. In a time when schools are turning students into mark making machines, meet Rubi Teacher, a Maths teacher from Tiruchengode Girls Govt.High.Sec.School who is creating a…

The Birdman

The Birdman

The Birdman was where it all started, the journey of BIG Short Films. Today we are past 16 films since the inception last year, and everything took shape from the inspiration we derived from this first film. Many of you’d have watched this film already, but trust me, the three minutes is going to infuse…

SURFING DREAMS

SURFING DREAMS

Big stories often have humble beginnings. “Surfing Dreams” is one such inspiring story of a common man named Murthy Megavan, who is now an inspiration for so many surfers across India. From a simple fisherman from Kovalam village to a professional surfer who rules the waves today, his journey in starting his own Surfing school (Surfing…

Holding a Sony Alpha a9

Holding a Sony Alpha a9

Holding a Sony Alpha a9 in my hand now, and sincerely short of words for the moment! The 693 point focus points – 20fps – silent shooting – 2.2x battery capacity than the previous Sony full frame cameras – first of its kind sensor – and more in this mean gadget excites me crazyyy. A lot like…

Talk / Converse / Know more about ?

Talk / Converse / Know more about ?

In this #1000daycontentchallenge, I have been sharing a lot of my thoughts/ideas/experience to you. Now, I’d like to ask you this question. “What do you want to talk/converse/know more about?” Photography tips, life experiences, business thoughts… whatever it is that you like to discuss more, let me know. It’ll only take a minute for you.…

Chennai Weekend clickers – 600th Walk

Chennai Weekend clickers – 600th Walk

It was Kasimedu, the first time when I went to the CWC(Chennai Weekend clickers) photo walk years back. The memory is etched green, the way a group of people came together for nothing but the love of photography. It is fascinating how the collective energy motivates you, an inch deeper, to explore the world through…

feeling the love for Chennai

feeling the love for Chennai

It always gets interesting when an outdoor shoot is planned with the ‘city’ as the theme. There is so much you plan and compose around the nativity of the places. Down the memory lane if you see, say 50 years, these pictures will not only bear the lovely moments in a unique way, but also…

The importance of passion

The importance of passion

Trust me, this BIG Short Films short film will change the way you see your job/business. But before that, let us talk about the issue in place. There are so many people around us, doing so many jobs/businesses. I get to meet a lot of them every day… we all get to. On an average…

How do I find my own style?

How do I find my own style?

That’s a tricky question a lot of us ask ourselves. Personally, I love what I do and I like experimenting with photography. I pick and play with what I find inspiring around. Over the five years, I honestly haven’t figured out my style yet. But I do find a lot of people recognizing my pics…

Why They Should Hire You ?

Why They Should Hire You ?

“People don’t hire me!” “I have no projects in hand!” “There is too much competition!” “I am unable to close down my enquiries!” – I meet so many photographers who complain so, with an exclamatory mark in the end. The biggest reason for this, I believe, is the failure to ‘differentiate’. Clearly, there are so…

Minimalism

Minimalism

“Minimalism is not the lack of something. It is just the perfect amount of something” – Nicholas Burroughs. I agree to this so much. Minimalism is one of the most interesting techniques in wedding photography, and to attain it, one has to understand minimalism with an open mind. A quick search on Google tells you…

What is Inspiration?

What is Inspiration?

So much is talked about Inspiration. If you take a second and think, nothing is really original. Our thoughts and actions are an accumulated response of what we see, hear and learn from. Most of the times what you create is a cumulative output of what information you feed your brain with. Why do you…

How do we backup images at Studio A?

How do we backup images at Studio A?

As a professional wedding photography team, we constantly work on tuning the workflow activities. Backing up the images is one of the most critical workflow processes. In this post I am going to share what has worked for us, and you can take some pointers out of this and tune to your business. First up,…

How important is a team to build a dream?

How important is a team to build a dream?

That’s one question that a lot of us have when we get started with something on our own, especially in wedding photography. Looking back from where I started Studio A, it was a two-member team, an editor and myself. In 5 years, it is a family of 25 members. From my experience, here are the…

“Be obsessed or Be Average”

“Be obsessed or Be Average”

This is not just the excerpt of a book but very much my current state of mind. After a couple of weeks of vacation and of doing nothing this is how I feel. I just can’t wait to get back to work. Sounding rage? Nah, I am saying this with composure. Talking about vacations, either…

why using the lamps for portraits

why using the lamps for portraits

It is always good to look at the brighter side of life. No wonder why using the lamps for portraits is a nice idea. Every time when you are shooting an event in a hotel, it is wise to look out for the lamps there. Now that’s a wise way to spend the waiting time.…

Excited about the partnership

Excited about the partnership

One of the sweet things about what we do is that we do not limit ourselves to wedding photography. We work on things that excite us and things that sustain the excitement. One such project for us is MadRasana. If you don’t know about this already, Madrasana is an initiative by Mahesh and Sean Roldan to…

Shooting with SMDV A-80

Shooting with SMDV A-80

“I am a natural light photographer”. This is what I said to myself and avoided using any external lights. But to be honest with you, on the top of my mind (not even a layer down) I knew how lights could add a totally new dimension to the pictures. I’ve secretly admired the ones I…

How to create such dreamy shots?

How to create such dreamy shots?

Have you ever wondered how they pull out these shots where the subject is sharp and everything around it is blurred and fuzzy? For those who know how to do it, three cheers. To those who want to learn about it, here is a quick write up on how to play around with slow shutter…

Being friends on Facebook

Being friends on Facebook

It’s ironical how you have to request for someone’s friendship. I mean on Facebook . To all those have sent me a request and wondering why I haven’t accepted it yet, I am truly sorry for it just piles up and I have a tough time in figuring out who’s who. On the other hand, what…

Being perfect

Being perfect

Since when did Being perfect = Fair skin + Athletic body + Branded apparel? That’s how it is today when the brands/cine stars are bombarding the TV and the print media with their product advertisements. They have no idea about how these model-benchmark-standards are rooting into the minds of the youngsters and starts making them…

Worth of waiting

Worth of waiting

AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE KEPT WAITING FOR HOURS BEFORE THE WEDDING? As a wedding photographer, one will nod fast to this question for it is an issue faced often. “Please be there by 5 AM” would’ve been our instruction. But the bride and groom would arrive fashionably late leaving the…

MY WINDOW OF HAPPINESS

MY WINDOW OF HAPPINESS

This is something that I have already spoken about many times but want to reiterate for my 1000 days content challenge. Few realizations in life are just like that, drives us positively every time we look back. I was an IT engineer and I quit to become a photographer. I could’ve very well been a…

I love albums!

I love albums!

Albums have their own beauty. No matter how digital we age, the pleasure of holding an album physically and turning over the memories is a blissful feeling. For the very same reason, I don’t really stop with delivering the digital files to the clients but do albums that they can carry for the lifetime. Almost…