Can a person who is unable to speak and hear, do a photography course and win an international diploma? The answer is a Big YES.


On the streets of Pushkar…

A dream location for street photographers…Pushkar, a holy town of Rajasthan. One of the beautiful and artistic locations in India, Rajasthan has a lot of places to shoot. Pushkar, particularly during the Pushkar festival and camel fair in late October and early November is a location a photographer must visit and enjoy. This year I had gone to this place with twenty of my full time photography students and spent about a week in Rajasthan. During this trip I was roaming around a small street near the Bhramaji Temple, Pushkar with my camera. To my surprise in about half an hour I was able to shoot a lot of people pictures. There are amazing subjects everywhere. You just need to be little smart and spontaneous to get the shots right. I tried to bring in the colours and expressions of the place and people. Sadly, child labour is pretty much common here in Rajasthan and Pushkar in particular.

Even though I am a commercial photographer, I did enjoy the street photography for its candidness and the authenticity. Every photographer must take street as a location to practice the overall aspects of technics and art of photography.

Plate and pixels

hey are ideal photo models. They come in endless varieties, stay put through the shoots, throw no tantrums, and are happy to pose on tables. Sure, they suffer meltdowns in the heat and excitement, and sometimes wilt. That’s okay, say their photographers. There is nothing we can’t fix with a little make-up. Too far gone? Replace them! We “prepare our subjects well,” says K.L. Raja Ponsing, founder-director, Ambitions4 Photography Academy. “We make them look good on brochures, cookbooks, restaurant boards, hoardings, menu cards and newspapers.”

Food photography (FP) is huge business now. Raja’s Academy has FP in its curriculum. Well-known photographers boast of expertise in FP. Our new-found love for international cuisine has launched a tribe of specialists in food photography.

Ambitions 4 – Online Photography Contest



Rules and Regulations

  1. This photo competition is organized by Ambition 4 Photography Academy for the interest of photography enthusiasts and to promote the art of photography. The Images should be based on the themes provided for that month
  2. The images should be captured between the date of announcement of competition and the date of submission.
  3. Waters marks / names are not to be used on images
  4. One entry from a person for each topic
  5. Picture can be captured using any kind of camera
  6. Image size should not be more than 1MB Minimum size 800×600 pixels
  7. Images should contain all the exif data intact
  8. Images will be short listed by the jury and will be published in Ambitions 4 Photography Academy Facebook page for public voting.
  9. Winners of the month will be based on the maximum number of likes for the image.
  10. The shortlisting of the images will be based on the…

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It may be a routine…! But still….

It was in the early morning on my first day I entered in to the camel field of holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, I saw this camel dead in a pool of blood and other body fluids lying down on a mud path.camel dead

The reason for the death is unknown but the decaying carcass of the animal was there for more than three days.  All the other activities are happening around the dead animal so normally.  Only few photographers like me noticed the carcass seriously and wondered as why the body of the camel was not disposed off from the field. May be death of this kind is normal and disposal of the carcass is by natural process…!rowdy camels

When I moved in to the camel field, I had noticed the front legs of some camels are folded or the front legs are tied closer so that the animal could hardly move. Later I found an answer that these ‘disobedient, rowdy’ camels are treated this way in the process of taming them.

crying camel

Little away from my position, a loud howling sound was heard continuously from a camel in pain and I along with other few photographers moved towards the direction to find that the nose bridge of the animal was pierced hard to insert a sharp arrow like mechanical thing without anesthesia..! The animal was tortured for atleast little less than an hour and most of my photography friends moved away as they were unable to see the camel suffering in extreme pain.

nose piercing

This is a once in a lifetime ceremony to tame the camels to put them in hard work. Though it is pretty much a routine, you need a hard heart to see and hear the camel screaming…!

How to use ‘Circular Polarizing filter – CPL’ in DSLR photography…?

Circular Polarizing filter is the first filter you need to buy after UV filter. It is a magical filter that does wonders in photography.

  1. Polarizing filter will remove/reduce the unwanted reflections created by indirect diffused light from non-metallic surfaces. It cannot remove/reduce the specular reflections created by the direct light sources.
    Without Polarizing-filterWith Polarizing-filter
  2. CPL filter is a dark grey special optical filter fitted on to a rotatable ring mounted in front of the lens.
  3. CPL lets in the polarized light without reflections to enter in to the camera. The effect of polarization can be seen apparently in the viewfinder as you rotate the CPL filter. The overall subject gains better colour saturation and clarity gradually and becomes best at one point of rotation

    Without Polarizing filterWith Polarizing filter
  4. CPL filter can saturate the green foliage and blue sky while shooting nature and landscapes.
  5. The amount of colour saturation and clarity obtained depends on the light direction and time of the day.Without Polarizing -  filterWith Polarizing -  filter
  6. CPL filter polarizing effect will be ultimate in ‘sidelight’ conditions and will be the least in ‘against the light’ conditions.
  7. It will be better during the golden hours of photography (up to two hours from the Sunrise and two hours till Sunset).
  8. CPL filter comfortably removes the reflections on the glass, tiles, shiny floors, shiny furniture, wet surfaces, water and almost anything that reflects. Useful for shooting exteriors & interiors, glass enclosures, high reflective products like automobiles etc.Without CPL filterWith CPL filter
  9. Being dark grey, the CPL filter will absorb at least two to three stops light. This will result in using slow shutter speeds or higher ISOs or open apertures or all the three.
  10. CPL filter can also be used like a ND (Neutral Density) filter for achieving shallow depth of field/ blurring effects.
  11. CPL filters can also be used in the indoors with artificial lights and studio flashes.
  12. Only a very ‘good quality CPL filter’ can protect the optical quality of your expensive lens – never settle for anything less.
    flowers shot with CPL filter