With the phenomenal success of its youth workshops under the banner of Planet J; The Navhind Times launched its maiden workshop under Zest; its weekend lifestyle magazine on Sunday, March 20 at the Dempo House in Panaji. With an eager attitude to gain some knowledge on the skills of photography, 76 photography enthusiasts; attended the ‘Photography Master Class’ conducted by veteran photographer, film-maker and founder of the One School Goa – an interdisciplinary creative media school, Shantanu Sheorey’. The three-hour master class aimed at giving participants tips on how to make better pictures and become more sensitive to images.
The class which consisted of students, business men and women, doctors, photographers, fashion designers, make-up artists and others; began with a presentation by Sheorey on his journey as a photographer and ad-film maker; from his Jaganath Puri Rath Yatra images to his fashion and commercial work. The presentation gave participants an insight into his works as he explained each picture and gave a little brief about the techniques involved.
In the next session, Sheorey spoke about photography as a medium of storytelling and said, “Today visual communications has made us all storytellers. Photography is the most powerful democracy and has the digital industry to thank for it. Photography has put image-making and storytelling within every one’s reach as the entry barriers are non-existent.”
Expounding on the importance of photography, he said, “Photography is a universal and powerful language that is understood and spoken by all. It encourages interpretation and expression. More lives have been saved by photographers and visual storytellers than doctors. And it is not limited to just that as today more knowledge is being created and shared by photographers and visual storytellers than any university or library. The impact of photography is tremendous as we are travelling on the highway of visual communication.” His presentation and images had the participants listening with rapt attention. His closing statement of the presentation, “Photography will discover the next Shakespeare because everyone is a storyteller,” was indeed very impactful.
The question and answer session that followed cleared the doubts of participants and gave them tips on topics ranging from light, techniques, cameras, images, exposure, processing, photoshop besides others.
The next workshop under the banner of Zest is scheduled for June so keep yourself posted!