Meet the man behind Audi Photography, always encouraged to create.
Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you start creating?
– Right from when I was a kid, I was always encouraged to create. Initially, I used to sketch and paint a lot. It was a lot of fun trying to put down the little thoughts I had on my mind on paper.
Inspiro India: How did you develop interest in this field?
– Back in the day, our families would only take pictures of important occasions or festivals, and those pictures would fascinate me a lot. I loved how you could relive one exact moment in the past with all those memories rushing back to you by just looking at one picture. So much in fact that when I was still too young to be trusted with a camera I would sketch people, a little negative along with it, put a time stamp on it, and then put it in an envelope like they used to back in the day. But I’d never thought it would’ve become a career.
Inspiro India: Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?
– As with anything there were definitely challenges, but in retrospect it made me stronger and made the journey more memorable.
From not knowing where to start because it was still “unconventional”, to having to convince everyone around while hearing negative things about your choices, people taking me for a ride in my initial days in the name of “opportunity” and a “platform”, there’s been a lot. But I think I’ve learnt from it, and that’s the most important thing. I love doing what I do! As long as I’m getting to learn, travel and interact with interesting people I’m a happy man.
Inspiro India: What is it about Travel-photography that interest you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations? And Why?
– My dad was in a job where he travelled often, and so whenever he’d come back to town he’d take us on a little trip, that is when I fell in love with travel. This is why any place I went to felt like home away from home. So when I took up photography, I looked to travel for inspiration because that’s how it all began. It’s really hard for me to put down just 3, but for me I’d say Kashmir, Sikkim and Gokarna so far.
Inspiro India: If not this, What would have Auditya been doing?
– I dropped out of CA to be a photographer, so I’d probably have been a not very happy auditor or accountant somewhere.
Inspiro India: What is typically in your camera bag while travelling?
– One camera body which is my A7R2, and 3 lenses, namely the 16-35, 55, and the 70-200. My hard drive, ND Filters, a mini tripod and a Rode mic make up the accessories.
Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in travel photography and wedding photography (both)?
– It works in 3 steps for me. Creating the narrative/story in your head, capturing it as best as you can on the camera which means being well versed with your camera and the technicalities, and then polishing it all up in post.
Inspiro India: Can you please explain how one should go for Mobile Photography?
– I love smartphone photography. It takes photography back to the basics for me and helps me create more with challenging restrictions.
We get very used to equipment we have and sometimes that may make us lazy without us realising, we don’t end up shooting if we don’t have a particular lens. But with smartphone you know this is what you have, so it makes you think as you create, you have one fixed lens so you move in and move out, and do everything you can to come away with a good image. As it must always be.
Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing work flow And the equipment that you use?
– I usually import all my images into their respective catalogues in lightroom, and then keyword them. If there needs to be more work done, I work on them in photoshop and then save them back on here. That simple. There is no specific equipment that I use for processing.
If I’m just posting it to social media though, a lot of the times I just transfer the files from my camera via wifi to my phone and just upload it directly.
Photos by ©Auditya Venkatesh
Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?
– That you need to be happy doing what you are, and you get to define what that happy is. Because if you aren’t it’ll show on your work.
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