I definitely want to write what I learned from Maciej Dakowicz , aka Magic . And yes he’s magical for sure !! .He transformed me completely as a photographer and as a person, I must admit for that ,he’s no doubt in world rankings !!
Working the Scene
If you see a potential scene DO NOT GIVE UP. Work the scene until you get 1-2 satisfactory shots . Its important to identify the scene that will have a potential photograph and its even more important not to give up and keep trying till you get your best . Giving up is easy , taking great shots will come with time. Manytimes you see while editing that you already took your shot and was unaware and you still continued shooting for many more. That is essential , continuing to shoot for even more.
The shot that I got while working the scene as below :
Simple are great ones too
Many times we want to take those complex shots and make a mark in our portfolio. At times plain and simple ones works the best . They are all around , careful inspection of the scene around you will help you gain confidence as these simple shots makes your portfolio stronger and adds as a step into your success ladder
Maciej Dakowicz helped me overcome my biggest problem of seeing and working with even light. How to setup you camera for shade and even lighting and how to quickly switch to manual for complex / sunny light tricks really helped. Even light makes a great scene . Mixed light can but one should be very very selective in such shots as to what shadows will negate and what will be depicted in light has to be effective. How to choose areas in street with best light was another diamond TIP.
How clear , layered photographs make you stronger
Layering is an important aspect to depict the scene. What and how should we consider our static/dynamic elements . How and when to build the scene in a crowded market. Isolating the scene in terms of composition,light and story detailing was simply fabulous . Maciej even depicted with examples of great photographers right from the history of Henry Cartier-Bresson to the modern photographers from in-public and all. Showing and discussing these great photographers helped you understand a new perspective and strengthened and broadened my horizons to see and explore in what I used to think as a day-day scene.
In the end editing and looking for consistency in your existing portfolio and in the ones shot with him during the workshop was great learning. Editing quality is of utmost importance and definitely high quality editing is what you showcase to others and raises your ultimate bar. I strongly recommend workshop with Maciej Dakowicz , not only in India , but anywhere across the globe !!