Meet Pritham Denzil Dsouza, a professional photographer based in Mangalore who is also a farmer.
Pritham Denzil Dsouza
Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you get started creating?
– My name is Pritham Denzil Dsouza, and I am professional photographer based in Mangalore. I am also a farmer, studied agriculture, belong to the first batch in India to be trained in simplified hydroponics (soilless cultivation) and was nominated for state awards in 2008 for the best progressive farmer. I have also conducted workshops for farmers on integrated management practices and sustainable farming, organic farming. I also am a self-taught musician, began to play the guitar when I was 8 years old, die-hard heavy metal fanatic! And currently, play for India’s oldest death metal band called “dying embrace” based in Bangalore. We just had our 25th-anniversary gig in Bangalore in November last month. As a photographer, my travel photos have been published in travel lite magazine based in the Philippines, and BQ in Qatar, fashion in Mc Glory magazine based in the USA, and food photos, for BBC good food India.
Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your remarkable portraits and way of working?
– Lightning is the key to making any portrait stand out. I usually love to shoot at ambient light, but using 1 light or Speedlite gives more dynamics to an image as I love hard shadows. when we decide on the shoot, its planned at least 2 months in advance, I need to decide on location, outfits and styling. So, everything you see is a culmination of over 60 days of pre-planning .
Inspiro India: Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?
– Never had a problem so far, as almost all my shoots are done outside Mangalore or even few abroad. The only problems I have faced are lewd comments and moral policing on few of my photos on an Instagram account.
Inspiro India: What is it about Fashion photography and wedding photography that interest you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations? and Why?
– In fashion photography, I love the glamour aspect, as fashion by default is all about that and a lot more! I see a lot of youngsters with cameras calling themselves fashion photographers and to be honest there is a massive difference in shooting portraits and fashion. To me, fashion photography is more about the fabric and cloth while portrait photography is all about mood and expressions. and that is why wedding photography inspires me the most, as it is my main source of income. I love to document weddings in a photo-journalistic manner, capturing a wide range of people’s emotions and expressions, non staged. It’s been an amazing experience as I have covered over 300 events in 8 countries and 16 cities in India so far.
3 favourite photography locations so far would be Kyoto in Japan for landscapes, coz it’s just beautiful during the fall season. Seychelle’s for fashion photography because it has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and Lisbon in Portugal also for fashion and portraits coz every corner, street in Lisbon is overflowing with centuries of culture, architecture which would make environmental portraits look awesome.
Inspiro India: If not this, What would have Pritham been doing?
– If not a photographer or musician, I would have been an organic farmer.
Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?
– Photojournalistic: capture memories.
Inspiro India: You seem to be creative in so many different mediums. What keeps you inspired?
– Boredom! Seriously, that’s been a key motivating factor for me to keep involving myself in several projects and assignments.
Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in fashion photography? What are you looking forward to purchasing next?
– Again it comes to lighting, knowing the basics of camera settings and applying them to get the desired results. It’s not merely pointed and shoot as many people think. Composing photos involves “vision” which is key to making any photo. what comes next? only time will tell.
Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child? What dream is still on your bucket list?
– As a child, I wanted to be a veterinary doctor as I love animals. I wish to travel all over the world, but mostly I want to explore my own country India as I need a lifetime for that.
Inspiro India: Out of all the photographs you have ever taken, which is your favourite and why?
– There are a lot of photographs I have clicked that are my favourites and they will be posted on Instagram, but it’s hard to pinpoint 1 favourite as I have clicked over 4,00,000 photos since the last 11 years or so. But in weddings the bridal dressing sessions and vidayi photos I absolutely love.
Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? What camera/s do you shoot with? And your favourite lenses and other equipment that you use?
– I shoot images in RAW. after the shoot, I immediately transfer the photos to the hard disk and import in Lightroom. after editing the photos with my signature style I export them as high-resolution jpegs with 300 dpi and give them back to clients in a customised pen drive. The low res files I send private google plus links so they can share with their friends and family.
I currently shoot with 2 cameras. the Canon 1DX and Canon 1DX Mark II and the favourite lens I use EF 70-200 f 2.8 L IS II USM, 85 mm f 1.2 L II USM, 11-24 f 4 L USM, 35 mm f 1.4 L II USM, 24-70 f 2.8 L II USM, 100 mm f 2.8 L IS Macro USM and 135 mm f 2.0 L USM . I have few more other lenses as well.
Photos by ©Pritham Denzil Dsouza
Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?
– Be creative, be contemporary and evolve with the times yet not forgetting your old school ways.
Check out his full feature in Jan’17 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#34 – Download Free.