Monday, July 21, 2008

Atul Kasbekar

Click here to visit his website

On 12th July 2008, Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend one of his workshops. It was not a "workshop", per se, but a glimpse into his world. If you do not know him, check out his website for a mini bio. However, almost 100% surely, you have seen one of his photographs. From the covers of Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan to ad photographs of Sachin (Adidas), Sharukh (Tag Heuer) - you will find his name - or you won't, but he created those photographs! He also conceived the Kingfisher calender. You surely have heard about it right? biggrin

He was full of himself, but unabashedly so. Once you settle down to this fact, it is very enjoyable to hear talk. Perhaps, the true highlight was when he ran through a massive slideshow of his work - mostly pretty models with scanty clothes, but made with the eye of a talented photographer who also appreciates beauty. He fielded questions from the audience on technical aspects - and he withheld no information on how these photographs were created. He was supremely knowledgeable in his field and the comfort with which he shared his knowledge showed how grounded he was within (if you want to contrast - to this date, Kamalhasan has not revealed how he implemented the short "Appu" from Aboorva Sagotharargal). He made the session really spicy by sharing interesting tidbits of his interactions with the people he worked with, and it was done with the comfort feel of a known audience group. You probably won't hear him say the same things in an interview! (did you know Sharukh charges 1.5 cr per day for ad modeling?)

To me, the session was an eye opener:

  1. I did not know there was a guy called Atul Kasebekar till then. But more so, the countless familiar photographs for which he was the creator. It opened up an entire world!
  2. The ideas for the photographs and his insights on how he achieved them!
  3. The amount of engineering that happens to a photograph after it was taken. What the camera sees and what you see may be totally different! Adobe Photoshop plays such an important role. This is not my preference (post photo engineering), but it is a necessity in some cases. For example, if you are a wild life photographer and if you capture an awesome snake in garbage, you most certainly want to remove the garbage after the fact and add a black background in place to just highlight the snake! Let us just say that much more happens in this world.
  4. If you become popular as a photographer, the amount of money you can make by doing this for a living! In any case, kudos to him for quitting his engineering degree in his first year.
  5. Camera equipement that cost an obscene amount of money!
One thing that settled down on me as a "point and shoot" photographer - even with the equipment I have - I was just scratching the surface of what was possible in photography! I really appreciate the fact that Atul volunteered to share his deep insights in an unbrideled way.

Update 9th Oct 2009: I noticed that a lot of visitors want to know the camera equipment Atul uses. He has answered that on his website FAQ. He uses Canon brand of cameras (they sponsor him most certainly). I presume he has the entire suite along with the lenses! I also presume he uses the EOS xxx models.

3 comments:

vivek said...

atul sir am a great fan of your's..and i just wanted to know that do you have your own classes where you train upcoming fashion photographers??if so den i would i would really like to have the details...sir i myself have made my own calendar sir and really want you to have a look at my calendar sir...and this would be possible if you give you your email id sir...so please please whenever you will hav a look at dis msg please send me a reply sir..please..am der in facebook as well as gmail..and my gmail id is coolviv619@gmail.com...

Deepak said...

Vivek, I think you got too excited and probably did not read thru the post! This isn't Atul's site! :)

vivek said...

atul sir am a great fan of your's..and i just wanted to know that do you have your own classes where you train upcoming fashion photographers??if so den i would i would really like to have the details...sir i myself have made my own calendar sir and really want you to have a look at my calendar sir...and this would be possible if you give you your email id sir...so please please whenever you will hav a look at dis msg please send me a reply sir..please..am der in facebook as well as gmail..and my gmail id is coolviv619@gmail.com...

 
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