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Review of ‘Journey of the Light’- Four day in-depth Basic Photography Workshop with GMB Akash and his Team

Journey of Light (41)On 19th August – 22nd August, First Light Institute of Photography organized ‘Journey of the Light’- Four day in-depth Basic Photography Workshop with GMB Akash and his Team at its school campus in Dhaka.

Video: To see the Workshop review and to listen to student’s memories, please click and have a look:

The main intention of this intensive workshop was helping participants on practical application. In addition to the workshop instructors, mentor GMB Akash was beside each participant to elaborately instruct them in the field. GMB Akash’s teacher team thoroughly helped out students to learn photography independently. In two locations of outdoor practical shooting, GMB Akash and his team supervised each participant passionately and according to their needs.

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Day 1:

During the 1st day of the workshop every participant received feedback regarding their portfolio. At the 1st day of workshop instructors build up a solid understanding of photography and its basics. Class lecture that specially designated to introduce photography interestingly helps students to prepare for their next three days out door shooting with their instructor. Moreover four days participants do not think about anything else than photography!

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Day 2:

The day begins on 7 a.m. First Light got a devoted group of participants who were divided into two groups and started shooting from early morning. Instructor GMB Akash attended each group separately and the group successfully continued shooting until afternoon. During the break they work on their selected images and headed towards their class room. The recap of the review session took place at the First Light Campus and our enthusiastic participants group showed their charm by delivering wonderful images in such short time. Their self esteem and self motivation was wondering as the class ended up at 8 P.M but they were ready to hit the ground of day three same as the day two!

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Day 3:

Day three started with better pictures and with some more energy! The day started same as day 2, but when participants were with their instructor they continued to capture their best images. GMB Akash praised them for their transportation. The day was a repeat of day two but ended up by producing better images, by gathering more experiences and by knowing own strengths and weaknesses!

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Day 4:

The day started same as day 3, but everyone gives their best effort as this was the last day to show their improvement to their mentor. After finishing shooting eventually participants went to their campus and a detailed review had been done there. After pointing about future projects and evaluating the course, participants were overwhelmed while they were receiving the certificate. Indeed the workshop ended with ‘Load of memories’!

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‘Journey of the Light’- Four day in-depth Basic Photography Workshop with GMB Akash and his Team

 ‘Journey of the Light’- Four day in-depth Basic Photography Workshop

with GMB Akash and his Team

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Dates: 19th August (Friday), 20th August (Saturday),

               21st August (Sunday), 22nd August (Monday)

Place: First Light Institute of Photography, Dhaka campus

Fees: 6000 BDT (This workshop is only for Bangladeshi students)

Total students: Maximum 25 participants

Teaching language: Bengali & English

Workshop hours: 10 AM to 6 PM

Please be ready to give more extra hours as required

To apply Email akashimages@gmail.com

For any question, phone: 01989052484

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About the workshop:

This 4-day in-depth Basic Photography Workshop is designed for beginners.  This comprehensive workshop mainly focuses on practical functions. The workshop has 30% theoretical aspects and 70% practical. Mentor GMB Akash will intensely go through each participant’s work during class and will elaborately instruct each one in the field. GMB Akash’s teacher team will thoroughly help out students to learn photography exclusively.

After the workshop participants will have a boarder understanding of how to work to create amazing photography projects of their own. To complete this course first all participants must have genuine interest and passion for photography, the camera is next.  

The main intention of this comprehensive workshop is helping participants on practical application. GMB Akash’s teacher team thoroughly will help out students to learn photography independently. In two locations of outdoor practical shooting, GMB Akash and his team will thoroughly help each participant passionately and according to their individual needs.

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Before enrolling visit our last workshop student feedback and the student’s final submissions of their work : http://wp.me/p3F0uP-aQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQc5TM9JOQ

Workshop Instructors:

  • GMB Akash
  • SM Kakon
  • Prashanta Hridoy
  • Dishary Khan
  • Mohammad Zubaer

Workshop course outline:

  • Introduction + History of Photography
  • Getting to Know your Camera
  • Holding Your Camera, How to Focus your Subject
  • Your Camera’s Automatic, Assisted Settings and Manual Settings
  • Understanding File Format (Raw, Tiff, Jpg image files)
  • Understanding Exposure (Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO)
  • Composition and Content
  • Moments and Motion
  • Depth of field
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • People and Portraits
  • The Simple Math of Photography
  • Angle of Light
  • Lenses
  • Photography as a Way of Life
  • Editing Images: Post Processing
  • Growing As a Photographer And Much More

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What you will achieve from this workshop

  • Greater ability to work quickly and decisively with your camera
  • Increased confidence in your skills as a photographer
  • Effectiveness in establishing rapport with subjects
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience to create powerful photographs
  • Certificate after the completion of the workshop
  • Review

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What you will need:

  • A Digital camera and just one or two lenses (for example – 24mm, 28mm 35mm, 50mm or zoom covering a part of this range).
  • A Computer and photo-processing software

Conditions: 

  • Only a maximum 25 hardworking students will be selected for this workshop. Students will be granted admission to the workshop based on email confirmation. Therefore  interested participants are requested to send email to  akashimages@gmail.com or call 01989052484 to know more details
  • The BDT 6000 fee does not include transport, accommodation, lunch or on-the-ground expenses.
  • In order to confirm your application, 80% advance payment is a must.
  • If accepted, the participant will receive a course contract confirming the success of his/her application by email.
  • To confirm registration, the participant must make payment of 80% of the fee of the workshop within five days of selection
  • The rest of the fee must be paid by the first day of the workshop at the latest. The participant will then receive a complete receipt and ID card.
  • There will be no refund of your advance payment

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Deadlines:

  • Registration is open from  29th July 2016 Until  15th August, 2016
  • If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, the school must be notified at least seven days prior to the workshop. There will be no refund of your advance payment

 

 

 

 

‘Today is our Holiday’

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‘We came to work at 7 am. Because of working continually, we do not usually notice when it becomes dark outside. We work in darkness, under the yellow bulb light, sunlight does not enter in our factory. Sometimes when electricity goes out, we can go outside, but now we do not like to play anymore. We feel tired. Telling you the truth, we become very hungry at 3 pm, but rice is expensive. Our income is 1000 taka per month, how can we spend for rice? We enjoy this free bread in lunch time, when you are hungry everything is delicious. We do not feel full after having it though. But after return to home at late evening, mother will give yummy hot rice with mash potato! It’s good for poor people to eat once a day. Please take a bread sir, it is not that bad’ – Ador, Shohag

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‘I did not get anything to eat yesterday. I slept hungry. But now I am feeling lucky to get this rotten bread. My shoes, cloth or food everything comes from this dump yard. Aren’t you asking me about the odor? I was born in this place, someone left me here after my birth, smell of this place make me feel like a home. This is my home and these dogs, birds are my family.’ – Abu (10)

There are children who never had any toy, who are spending their childhood by playing with machines. There are children who consider themselves fortunate if they can get half rotten bread in garbage to eat. There are children whose family is not able to feed them well, in months; they forgot when they ate something good last time…….

“Every year, I celebrate my Birthday with children. They keep waiting for my arrival; they keep waiting for that one day ‘Holiday’. That day Kalu, Robiyul, Sukhi, Abu and hundreds of children do not have to work, they eat well all day, get toys and play with it, receive new clothes and new gifts, they laugh, they sing, they watch magic, and have their favorite ice cream…And together we named the day ‘Today is our Holiday’/ ‘আজ আমাদের ছুটি’

Please, have a look how we always celebrate:  ‘Today is our Holiday’/ ‘আজ আমাদের ছুটি’

My heartfelt thanks to some of my kind-heart friends from my ‘Facebook page’, for standing beside me, with their love and contributed for children’s happiness. I am also thanking those who voluntarily help to make this event a memorable one for me and for more than 500 children, also want to thank factory owners, families, teachers for allowing their children to spend a beautiful day with me. Love and Light! ”

–  GMB Akash

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‘Pink Bag’

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“It’s been a year; I have been gifting ‘Pink Bag’ among unprivileged teenage girls. In June, a few of my friends from my Facebook community (https://facebook.com/gmbakash/) contributed for ‘Pink Bag’ and together we reached up to 200 girls.

A pink Bag is not just a gift bag, it bears happiness for a sister, it open up menstrual conversation. Every pink bag consists of sanitary Pads, inner garments, ladies Razor, small girly gifts and a letter from me. Sexual education and menstrual hygiene is important to save our girls from all evils.

When I entered inside a little sister’s house, her father appeared and with a smile said, ‘I already bought everything for my daughter. She may not need pink bag from this month.’

This is what I want to happen in every house. Many thanks to those special friends who are equally helped me, breaking the taboo this month. Love and Light!”

– A mission carrying by GMB Akash and First Light Admin-Students Volunteer team

We Salute Men like Jalal Uddin, read his story to get inspiration to care for our girls:

‘My wife died when my elder daughter was six. When three of my daughters needed their mother most, I was there to help them. I had no one to help me to raise my daughters, there was no one whom my daughters can share their little secret. I taught them to tell everything what they could speak to their mother. I taught them how to do prayers, how to cook, how to read/write at early age. Still a father is a father. I remember the day when my elder daughter stopped talking to me. She did not come out from bed for a day, I watched her in pain and she did not say a word to me. When I sat beside her then first time I saw, the bed sheet was covered in blood. My daughter slowly said, ‘Will I die abba’? I said, ”Never, before me’. I brought all materials to manage my daughter’s menstruation, went to health apa and shared all information that my daughters should follow during their periods. My neighbours gave me shame as I talked about this with my daughters. But taking care of their every need is my duty. When you came with gift bags of sanitary pads, undergarments etc for young girls of our area, all fathers became angry, but then parents realize how important it is and its related education for our daughters. There should be no secret between parents and children, because how many friends they may have, at the end we are their best friends’ – Jalal Uddin

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When GMB Akash went to deliver 100 goodie bags consisting of hygiene products for young girls with my volunteer friends, everyone was unwelcoming, angry and upset. This man who attended up to class three astonished everyone with his wisdom and supported to distribute everything among parents for their daughters. His courage helped the team to go to reach more 200 girls and thus we continue the journey in other locations besides arranging hygiene and sex education. Let’s engage in action and advocacy to break taboos and negative attitudes around menstruation. Let’s care for our sisters/daughters. ‪#‎menstruationmatters ‪#‎MHday28May

 (At least one in five girls drops out when periods begin. Those who persist typically miss five days of school each month due to inadequate menstrual protection. Lack of modern sanitary products often leads to lower school attendance rates, failure and/or dropping out. When girls miss school they lose educational pace with boys, making them more vulnerable inside and outside of the classroom. In Bangladesh, inadequate sanitation for women and girls is estimated to cost USD $ 21,750,000 due to absence from school and work. Educating girls and women about feminine hygiene and biology helps to bust myths and cultural superstitions.  Access to correct information about hygiene and adequate sanitary materials enables women to feel more confident and comfortable with their bodies)

‘First Light Now At Dhaka’

The Children woke up at 4 am; their parents said they did not sleep at all. Everyone was excited because their school is now in Dhaka and they were going to participate in the opening of their school. The bus brought them to the school in the early morning. They were wearing their best clothes and looked like angels. After all, it was a daylong celebration with siteseeing, watching movies, playing games and eating out!

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In March, 2016 the First Light Institute of Photography moved from Narayangonj to Dhaka. Our ‘Angels of First Light’ inaugurated our school on 1st April followed by a daylong event. The joy and happiness they expressed in the event are indescribable. Our event started by sharing ‘Amar Shawpno (My dream)’, where children wrote down their dreams and shared with everyone. They spent a memorable day by participating in different performances and watched children films. For many of them it was first time they visited Dhaka and were amazed to see the city. After cutting the cake they had lunch in the restaurant but a few of them kept reading the books they got as a gift. First Light is proud of its junior students and believes that the institute will help them to achieve their childhood dreams that they shared on the opening day.

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With the slogan ‘Keeping Your Light Alive’ First Light Institute of Photography started its journey in August, 2013. During the inception of our school, we made a wish! We aim to educate unprivileged children. Children who are living in the streets, children who are working as child labourers, children who are dropping out from schools and children who have no access to 21st-century education. Under the canopy of First Light, little angels join us and keep our world shining. So far First Light has donated its entire earning for unprivileged children of the society.

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On 2nd April Senior Students of First Light continued the opening ceremony. First Light already has hundreds of students throughout the country. After completing workshops/degree students of First Light establish a portfolio of impressive images and acquire technical proficiency, refined artistic sensibility, and a practical understanding of the business of photography. First Light is proud to have students from all sectors of different industries while many of the students are also international award winning photographers. The most inspiring part of the inauguration was on 2nd April, when seven members of First Light were awarded for their dedication in humanitarian work as volunteers for the institute. Their contribution in the social work of the school and their involvement in educating children goes beyond any existing words of gratitude.

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First Light is aspiring to have your blessings so that we can continue our journey on the path of humanity.

‘Visual Discovery’ – Travel and Street Photography Workshop with Makcik Tenny Schneider and GMB Akash

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with Makcik Tenny Schneider and GMB Akash

Dates: 13th May (Friday) and 14th May (Saturday) 2016

Place: First Light Campus, Dhaka

Duration: Two days

Fees: 4000 BDT (For Bangladeshi students)
Teaching language:
Bengali & English
Workshop hours: 10 AM to 6 PM

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About:

The goal of this workshop is to teach Travel and Street Photography together. To provide methods, tips and techniques that will catapult participants to the next level in their photography skill set. Designed for beginners and advanced photographers alike, this workshop will consist of classroom instruction, portfolio review and discussion, as well as practical one-on-one counseling when and where it is needed during our One day in the field.

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Focus of this workshop:

This particular workshop will focus on the topic of Street and Travel photography as a whole in relation to photographing people, places and culture. Complete days of classroom instruction focus on travel & street photography, cultural sensitivity, people photography, adapting a visual thinking approach to your photography, story-telling and more. Each of the daily lectures is structured for the next field visit on the programme, allowing each lecture topics and field experiences to build upon the next.

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Getting into the mindset of a Travel & Street photographer
– The power of observation and subtlety
– Capturing the ‘Decisive Moment’
– Legal Issues: what you can and cannot do
– Approach and candor
– Technical: gear and lenses

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What you will gain from this workshop:

  • Greater ability to work quickly and decisively with your camera.
  • Increased confidence in your skills as a photographer.
  • Effectiveness in establishing rapport with subjects.
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience with editing and sequencing your work to create a powerful visual narrative of your subject.
  • Certificate after the completion of the workshop

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What you will need:
-Digital camera and just one or two lenses (for example – 24mm, 28mm 35mm, 50mm or a zoom covering a part of this range). Emphasis will be placed on going light and simple and moving yourself to get the photo.

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Conditions:

– Only 25  hard working students will be admitted for each session. Students will be granted admission to the workshop based on email confirmation. Therefore interested participants are requested to email akashimages@gmail.com or call 01989052484

– The BDT 4000 fee do not include transport, accommodation, food nor on-the-ground expenses.

– In order to confirm your application/seat, 3000 taka advance payment is a must; participant has to do BKASH (Money Transfer) according to Administration instructions.

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– If accepted, the participant will receive a course contract confirming the success of his/her application by email.

– To confirm registration, the participant must report, within three days, with the advance deposit payment of the workshop.

– The rest of the fee must be paid by the first day of the workshop at the latest. The participant will then receive a complete receipt and ID card.

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Deadlines
– Registration is open from 31st March until 10th May 2016.
– If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason after payment the registration fees will not be refunded as there are limited seats. Participants are requested to consider all incidents before enrolling.

– If you have any query please write to akashimages@gmail.com or call at 01989052484

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Day ONE: 14th May (Friday)

– Street and Travel photography talk by Makcik Tenny Schneider
– Review participants’ portfolios by Makcik Tenny Schneider and GMB Akash and providing individual feedback

– Workshop lecture on basics. how to use composition to make compelling photographs, how to use available light for portraits etc

– Participants will be taken out for a guided photo assignment

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Day TWO: 15th May (Saturday)

– Participants will be taken out for a guided photo assignment

– Review day one
– Presentation on Street and Travel photography by GMB Akash
– Preparation for assignment
– Review assignment work and group photo critique
– Post processing with Adobe Lightroom

– Workshop wraps up
– Concluding remarks for students and instructors

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To watch reviews from students from the last street photography workshop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQc5TM9JOQ

About the Instructors:

Makcik Tenny Schneider : ‘Born in 1969, I grew up in a small town in the highlands of South Sumatra, Indonesia. Now I am based in Paris. I am a self taught Photographer. And I diversified my skills and interest from travel photography to other genres: Fashion, studio, landscape, macro, street, art, people and portraits. I like to travel and my photo trips led me to a number of fascinating countries beyond Indonesia, including Vietnam, Myanmar, China/Tibet, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, New Zealand, and some European countries. Over time, I came to enjoy travel and portrait photography more and more. I love to photograph people; from young to old, male and female, but in particular local people from rural and remote villages. Their traditional way of living fascinates me. Awards has given me partial inspiration to work but fantasy for discovering unknown and capturing life remain my main mission to pursue photography. I have been doing photography from film genre to digital revolution. My life is all about traveling and photography’

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Participant (V) Review of the One on One workshop with GMB Akash

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‘Paul Lavergne who recently completed ‘One on One workshop’ with me in Bangladesh is a graduate of a New York Film Academy. After completing the workshop he has impressed me with his ability to understand composition and using proper light. As a result, he has presented some incredible images. At present his ability to go deeper into any situation, the way he gets closer to people, his skill to capture light and colour in his pictures and his detail work are utterly remarkable’ – GMB Akash

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Introducing Paul Lavergne, participant of ‘One on One workshop with GMB Akash.

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Video Interview of Paul Lavergne

Workshop review by Paul Lavergne

‘It was a great learning experience. I loved the intensity of the workshop. In 6 days I can learn what otherwise would take me much longer. The workshop was very well organized as Akash had a schedule for every morning and afternoon of the 6 days. But the best part was having him working beside me, side by side, for six days. He is a very giving person and one can immediately sense his passion for photography, for his country and its people, and for sharing his knowledge without reservations.

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Best three things I learn from the workshop:

Good images take hard work and patience.

  • To see and photograph in color.
  • To relate to people in the streets
  • To try to do good with our cameras

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I left Dhaka with a more profound love for photography especially in storytelling and documenting which I hope to incorporate into my style. Dhaka is a very beautiful place photographically, its people are amazing and Akash is an awesome host. But the best recommendation I can give Akash is that whenever someone sees one of my pictures from Bangladesh they immediately fall in love and ask a lot of questions which naturally has me talking passionately about the place, its people and Akash.’ – Paul Lavergne

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6 Day One-on-One Workshop with GMB Akash: The focus of this customized program is to not only teach photography but to give students a chance to fully experience a career that is often misunderstood. While media and films have glamorized the lives of photographers, the reality is that this is one of the world’s most demanding and difficult jobs, both physically and mentally. We have designed GMB Akash’s workshops to give young photographers an opportunity to experience the true nature of international photojournalism, street photography and documentary photography. No other workshop or seminar gives students the ability to work one on one with a professional photojournalist in a real world environment. Each student will have exclusive access to GMB Akash through the duration of the workshop, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of his work experience, teachings, and methodologies. Due to the intimate nature of these workshops and the real world working environment, each student can expect to learn and experience much more than they would during one year in a standard university photography program. Each workshop is six days long and set in locations that are rich in culture with a wealth of photographic and documentary subject matter.

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This program covers a vast array of subjects including photographing in adverse conditions, gaining your subjects trust and adapting photographic ethics. Night and low light photography. Working without a flash or tripod. The digital darkroom, editing and workflow in Lightroom. Tips and tricks for “saving” a photograph or putting the finishing touches on a “perfect” photograph. How to work with your camera and use its many functions. Camera and lens field care. Captioning images and the five W’s (Who, What, When, Where and Why.) Working with editors, deadlines, assignments, freelance projects etc. Building and presenting a story online/digital light boxes and personal websites. Copyright information and how to use it in the real world. Preparing for the future and impending changes in the industry.

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To apply for ‘One on One workshop’ email to akashimages@gmail.com

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