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‘In the Beginning’

September 20, 2013

Why participants need to attend a workshop? – Simply to raise the quality of their images. When I ask a participant to tell me the strengths and weaknesses of an image, the reply is often a ‘pause’ or a few responses in generalizations. If you can’t specifically identify what’s right or wrong about a photograph, it’s nearly impossible to seriously improve. I tell the participants that they are here to try new things, if you rehash things that you already know then attending such a workshop is pointless. I want to prepare you to venture into a challenge – into something that is not your regular territory.

1. Bringing a Third eye

Having a Third-eye is God’s blessing but realizing your own power is the prerequisite to launch your uniqueness. Creative eyes are your third eye. Sometimes it comes automatically or sometimes you have to spend years to discover what your calling actully is. Whatever it is or in whatever category you are in – imagination will help you to build your creative world.

2. Showing your signature in your image

Does your photographs tell about you? Is it that you have already discovered the mastery of your signature style? Is it that any one anyone can identify your image from a folder of 20 anonymous images? Photography is a way of life. Try to live with it. Make your own style and your own path. When as a photographer you will be able to discover yourself in your photography it will be the tribute to your life.  So, ‘Click, click and keep clicking, until your thirst becomes eternal, until you make your own kind’.

3.  What are your images revealing?

Your images will be your second language. Ask yourself often – Are you communicating right? Is your photograph conveying your message to the audience? For example: You may know it is a bright, colourful, exotic city street, but how do you say that through a photo?

4. Learning about photography light, angle, composition and owning your camera

Everyone asks me what my favorite gear is. My answer is always the same. The gears I use will realize my command. The equipment that I know from head to toe. It is the camera which is totally mine and best aware of my speed. I am never comfortable with anything I don’t know about. I talk to my camera which my friends find to be the craziest thing about me but yes I love to do that! Knowing your equipment is the imperative. Fore Light, angle, composition try one by one first. Then blend them together and thus practice every day. Try to shoot in different light and in different moods. Eventually you will find a moment which is only discoverable by you and then implement it into reality. Find out angles, experiment with them, then judge it. Composition is very crucial. I try to keep my frame simple. Every one has his or her own style. Do not make the basic mistake. Frame what you feel fitting to your expectations.

5. Who is your inspiration and how do they reflect in you?

Find characters who inspire you, evoke you, challenge you. Identify whose works enchant you, discover who influences you, and surrender yourself to it and get a refection of what attracts you most. Without an inspiring figure/s a journey often may be misleading.

6. Uniqueness or simplicity? How should a portfolio be best to present?

Your style is your way. You can bring out uniqueness in the presentation. Or it can be so simple with basics. But remember in the competitive field of photography and art we can not survive without the ‘Unique’ factor.

7. Goal and purpose of your portfolio

Your portfolio is your refection. It will reveal you, your journeys, and your senses. Your creativity, your verity, your interest will be knotted together in your portfolio to exhibit yourself. Make sure that the pictures you choose are an accurate reflection of who you are as well as how you photograph. You are what you show.

8. Wider use of Portfolios

A portfolio is your visual journey showing how you have gone through years. You may have several portfolios of several years. Creating a portfolio allows you to see what you have accomplished so far and where you are at right now. It also allows you to focus on your future.  So there is a wider use of your portfolios throughout your journey.

9. What to include and not include in the portfolio?

In the presentation make sure everything is easy to understand. Make sure that categories, sections, labels, and navigation makes sense to everyone. Make sure there are no weak images in your portfolio. You may think that a truly good photograph needs no caption at all; I think that all photos can use a little text-based information.

10. Justification?

Are your images justifying your title or description? Is your portfolio equal to you? Do not settle for things with the result of AVERAGE. Bring out your the individuality by your special ambition.

“A portfolio, like a good book, needs a beginning, middle, and end to produce a memorable emotional, intellectual, psychological effect. It needs to progress and not just be a jumble of photos of this and that, no matter how good each individual photograph is” ~PDN

Initially I declared – “My Reflections” a Free Portfolio Session for selected 20 selected students in First light Institute of Photography. More than one hundred portfolios have been received from Bangladesh and from other countries. Selecting 20 students became difficult. Then I formed six groups and ‘My Reflections’ will run for four days. Participants of Group A and B showed their works in two days. I was happy with them on a one on one basis and I am enchanted by promising works. For two days I fully lost myself juggling portfolios. 40 Participants from different genre presented different categories of works which created wonder for me to different extent!

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 ‘The best fact I realize from all participants is their passion for photography. The passion strengthens their hearts and I clearly saw nothing can stop them. I am happy to inspire a group of promising, aspiring and honest photographers who will not hesitate to step forward to fulfill their dream. I am mesmerized by touching their dreams.’

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That is why “First Light Institute of Photography” will be heading on a blissful journey with a big dream dedicated to its students. A two-day’s session has given me a 360 degree perspective of participants’ portfolios. Sure enough the compliments poured relentlessly, as did those critiques! If the session transported you to the entry of the territory of your dream then this is the biggest achievement of mine…Let this portfolio session be all about bringing out the hidden talent within! I am looking forward to my four other groups to discover more eyes, more new passions.

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8 Comments
  1. Sir, i want to join your team. Is there any chance?

  2. It was a super event.

  3. sujay das permalink

    Sir I had sent mail with 4 photographs in hurry as the last submission date was just over. Plz give me a chance to learn more and work with you. if you give me a chance once I wl do it. “yes I can”

  4. A very infomative and well written post. A joy to read.

  5. I am so inspired!!!! Thank you, GMB Akash. Thank you for being you and for all of the good you bring to this world. The world needs more people like you.

  6. yes sir i wanna be your student . really , from Chittagong i’m .

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