I SEE YOU
comments 19

An exhibition and a review – Xavier Institute’s photography workshop – Part 1


I SEE YOU

I SEE YOU
Kids love window seats. In Mumbai’s suburban trains, they often look out the windows – fascinated – at passing trains, stations and people

Last month, I attended a photography workshop at the Xavier Institute of Communication in Mumbai.

While I will review the course later in the post, I am first putting up my pictures that were displayed/selected for the exhibition organized at the end of the program.

As my blog’s readers would know, street photography interests me and a few of the pictures here represent that genre.

Those of you who would like to offer feedback on how I could improve, please feel free to do so.

LIFE GOES ON...

LIFE GOES ON…
(On the rail overbridge – Mumbai office goers rush to work, not noticing the little homeless boy looking for attention)

TAKE ME HOME

TAKE ME HOME?
A pomeranian in Bandra (Mumbai) looks at me with big, limpid eyes

TICKET TO RIDE?

TICKET TO RIDE?
A bus conductor in Mumbai will often remind passengers on the bus to buy tickets

PLEASE STOP!!

PLEASE STOP!!
Holi, the Indian festival, sets in motion an unstoppable riot of colour

PASSING THROUGH St. Xavier's Institute in Mumbai offers just the right contrast of light and shade for a beautiful frame

PASSING THROUGH
St. Xavier’s Institute in Mumbai offers just the right contrast of light and shade for a beautiful frame

ALL MINE!

ALL MINE!
A little girl is lost in the flavor of her ice cream

SOUNDS OF SILENCE

SOUNDS OF SILENCE
A blind student takes a break from studies at St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai

LOVING YOUR LIVING

LOVING YOUR LIVING
A girl makes her monkey perform tricks for a living. In a tender moment, she caresses his cheek

TEXTURES AND FLAVORS

TEXTURES AND FLAVORS
This table top arrangement features a few vegetables used in daily Indian cooking

THE CHEF IS READY

THE CHEF IS READY
A tabletop arrangement with a pepper grinder and a miniature toy chef

A PORTRAIT

A PORTRAIT
Broad and loop lighting for a portrait of a student at the course

FRESHENING UP

FRESHENING UP
Pigeons seem to spend most of their time preening, isn’t it?

SLEEPING, AT WORK

SLEEPING, AT WORK
A street vendor carries on working while her baby sleeps in the background

I hope you liked these pictures – if you get the time, please rate the post as well.

OK, now for those interested in knowing about the course, here goes –

Program – Workshop on Photography

Where – Xavier Institute of Communication, St. Xavier’s College, Mahapalika Marg. It’s on the road down Cama Hospital near Victoria/Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Cost – Currently INR 8,500

Duration – 5 weekends (Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings)

When – Batches begin every two months – the latest one is scheduled for May 30, 2015

Faculty – Dr. J.B. Mistry conducts the course with the assistance of Mr. G.V. Ajay.

For more details, click on the link here

REVIEW

This is not for absolute newbies – you need to be familiar with the manual settings on your cameras and the basic concepts of photography. That said, you shouldn’t already be far ahead on the learning/experience curve as well else you’ll be disappointed (this is a basic course).

HITS

Studio photography – This was my first exposure to photography in a studio. The faculty put in quite a bit of effort into setting up the lighting and props. After an explanation of concepts and types of lighting, we got a chance to photograph models (students) and table top props etc.

Access to the library – You get access to the Xavier’s library for the duration of the course. Though the internet offers a lot of information these days, books allow you to get lost in the feel of a good picture – you can see how the set up for a particular portrait was done, get ideas for your own pictures, look at the work of photography greats…

A look at antique cameras – I am fascinated by old stuff and how things like cameras work. You get a chance to see really old equipment (a few new ones too) and observe stripped down insides of cameras in action.

MISSES

Photoshop Basics – Though the course content did not mention it, I assumed basics of photoshop would be covered. My mistake – it wasn’t. Though we were taught a bit of editing to make our photos exhibition ready, I thought including it in a structured way through 2-3 sessions might be a good idea.

Field Trip – It was a little rushed – more time would have helped us compose pictures better.

To round up, the program does cover content mentioned in the pdf on the Xavier’s site (link above), but you need to read up and practise on your own as well to derive more value from the course.

The good thing is – you get time during the week to do that since classes are on weekends.

Xavier's March 2015 photography workshop group

XIC photography workshop group with Dr. J.B. Mistry- March,April 2015

Advertisements

19 Comments

  1. Rajesh

    Thanks for the Blog. I am about to joint this source and glad to know about the pre requisite about it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Rajesh, that was one of the reasons I wrote this post. When I joined, I couldn’t find a reference point. Glad you found it useful. I hope you learn enough and have fun during the course. All the best!

      Like

  2. camanishpurohit

    The pictures indeed left me spellbound, each one outsmarts the other…. Each of the frame has a story of its own. Many thanks for guiding me through this post. Loved it immensely. God bless your flair!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Am so glad you liked the pics. 🙂
      Btw, given that there are so few who understand Urdu now, I’m sure you will have many takers for your translations of Ghalib’s poetry. All the best!

      Like

    • Thanks for visiting and your kind comments Rupam.
      The reason I wrote this post is I found hardly any reviews of photography workshops when I was looking. So, if people find it useful, the post serves its purpose.

      Like

  3. First of all, loved your photographs.
    I have been to XIC for creative writing Workshop and I had also shortlist this course for the future. But I am a beginner and do not have good understanding of the manual settings of the camera, so I didn’t go ahead.
    Your course review was very helpful and honest 🙂

    Like

  4. k. ganesh

    the xavier photos are great-each one of them with its story implicit-and happy for you that u did the photo course and met with kindred souls too, perhaps one or two of them..keep clicking!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Wonderful about your course. Sounds you enjoyed it. Fabulous pictures. I’m learning to appreciate how much more black and white photos show m.o.r.e. because we’re not blinded by all that color. These are all excellent. Thank you for sharing. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s