Inspiration Corner — Sandeepa & Chetan
Today we have two travelers with us, Sandeepa and Chetan, from Mumbai, India. They are among the top travel bloggers in India. Their photos have been featured in publications like the National Geographic, Yahoo Travel, and other travel magazines, websites and newspapers.
Chetan, how and when did you start photography?
My first exposure to the photography was from Russia. My brother used to subscribe to “Sports in USSR”. I loved browsing through that magazine. During secondary school, I was introduced to Encyclopedia Britannica. My only intention of browsing through it was for the pictures.
I was 18 when I took my first photograph. I would borrow an SLR camera for college study tours. I was impressed with their quality compared to an aim and shoot and got hooked on to the idea of buying a SLR. But it was still a distant dream. I bought my 1st SLR at the age of 25. It was an expensive hobby at the time.
After getting married to each other, one fine day we decided to not wait till we got older. We quit our jobs, sold our house and start exploring travel and photography as a way of life. That is how the travel and photography journey started.
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What side of travel photography do you enjoy the most?
Showing the unique is what we like. That includes nature, surroundings that dominate people living there. Making portraits of local people is what we try most.
What are the biggest challenge which come with travel photography and how do you cope up with them?
Taking photos of local people is a biggest challenge especially when you can’t speak their language. All what you can do is try and convince them with sign language. Taking candid shots in such situation is highly difficult. A simple smile gets any person in their comfort zone. First create some kind of bonding even though it is not long lasting, it is important for that moment.
What advice would you like to give to budding travel photographer?
Go through work done by photographers you like. You must go through travel magazines regularly because this will give you many ideas. Start visualising what you would like to shoot. On the field you will produce better result without struggling too much for best shots.
What are your plans for the future?
We do not like to plan too much into the future. We will just follow whatever works best for us. Right now we want to visit every possible corner of the world.
How did you like the Siftr experience?
We were looking for some what quick tool to share our selective work and Siftr has come up with the perfect solution. We find this interface extremely easy. We are also looking forward to use Siftr as a learning platform with many talented photographers showcasing their work on Siftr.
Anything else that you would you share with the viewers?
As a travel photographer you will visit many places. Wherever you go, shoot like this is your only chance to make your best shot.