What I learned from Maciej Dakowicz – aka Magic

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.

me working the scene in Mumbai , April 2014

me working the scene in Mumbai , April 2014

The shot that I got while working the scene as below :

Mumbai 2014

Mumbai 2014 , the shot that I got from above

 

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

Mumbai 2014

Mumbai 2014

Mumbai 2014

Mumbai 2014

Mumbai slums 2014

Mumbai slums 2014

Light 

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.

Even light in the scene in shade

Even light in the scene in shade

 

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.

 

Mumbai 2014

Mumbai 2014

mumbai 2014

mumbai 2014

 

Mumbai 2014

Mumbai 2014

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 !!

Memories 

Memories with Maciej Dakowicz 2014 April

Memories with Maciej Dakowicz 2014 April

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3 thoughts on “What I learned from Maciej Dakowicz – aka Magic

  1. Great post! I had the fortune of meeting “Magic” years ago and bought the same camera as him for fun (Canon G3?) and started messing around with it and even walking around the city with him a few times.
    Although I never quite got the technicalities (and still don’t), I think the determination that Maciek showed even back then was what keeps me shooting still today (albeit less frequently!).

    Mumbai is my second home and I know it’s is an awesome city for street photography! 🙂

    Good luck and keep shooting!!

  2. Pingback: Journey to Full Frame format – Nikon D610 | So Many Photos So Little Time

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