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Better Photography and Kodak’s Wedding Photography workshop in Pune

It was the first of the series of ‘Secrets of Wedding Photography’ workshops that will take place in many cities in India. With celebrated wedding photographers like Milind Ketkar and Ranjan Zingade winner of Wedding Photographer of the Year 2009, as speakers, the atmosphere was expected to be electric. And the Puneites did not disappoint. The turnout itself was proof of the fact that no matter what your experience is in wedding photography, there is something in it for everyone.

For an Air India Pilot, who could not pursue his childhood passion of photography earlier but was now eager to learn, it was looking at photography in a completely new light. For Parna Banerjee, a homemaker who wants to make a career in wedding photography, the workshop was the platform to understand the market requirements, what to do and how to go about it to make it big. Anand Patankar, Head of marketing of a German firm with a deep interest in photography stated: “This workshop a must-experience for new photographers. What I would have learnt only after covering 5-6 weddings, I have learnt here in just a couple of hours.”

Anand Patankar, Head of marketing of a German firm, says the workshop is a must-experience for new and budding wedding photographers. Parna Banerjee, a homemaker now wants to make a career in wedding photography

Pruthviraj Ranavade, fashion
photographer loves wedding photography

because it gives him a chance to learn about
different cultures

It was not only part-time photographers who found it useful. For Pruthviraj Ranavade, a full-time fashion photographer, it was refreshing and surreal. “I love exploring different cultures which is why I want to pursue wedding photography too and this workshop has allowed me to look at people with many different perspectives through the lens. Milind Ketkar’s shots were a great insight into the kind of angles to choose for a frame to make it look unique”, he said. Then there was Parag Shinde who is into photography since 25 years and exclusively into wedding photography for the last 8 years. Even after so many years in the business, he says attending Better Photography workshops always give him something new to experiment with. And that is what brings variation in his work.

Milind Ketkar and Ranjan Zingade shared a lot of practical experiences with participants. There was a complete module on how to approach the client and a module on what unique things they do today to delight customers. They also discussed various photographic techniques, how to improve the quality of photograph, how to control low light situations and use artificial light creatively. Whether it was the innovative questionnaire at the end gauging at what level you are at, as a photographer or the very interactive Q & A sessions, the atmosphere was electric.And at the end of the workshop, participants sure looked enthused, their heads buzzing with numerous fresh ideas.

Report by Jaspreet Soni (askjaspreet@gmail.com)

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