Masterclasses on Photography

A combination of lectures and hands-on demonstration for aspiring students

The series of workshops were for young students who are aspiring photographers and keen on developing their skills, in technique, as well as the business end of photography.

Each workshop was led by an expert in her/his field of photography, be it Fashion, Food, Architecture or Journalism. These workshops were a combination of lectures and hands-on demonstration, where students got to work closely and develop key strategic relationships with these mentors.

Food Photography by Shumaila ChauhanChennai Photo Biennale

Food Photography by Shumaila Chauhan

Shumaila is a seasoned food stylist and photographer. She had photographed and shot recipe videos for various Indian and global brands, including Del Monte, ITC Masterchef, Disney India, Whirlpool India, HomeCentre, and Epigamia, to name a few.  

Food Photography by Shumaila ChauhanChennai Photo Biennale

This workshop gave an insight into food photography as a career option.   

This workshop gave an insight into food photography as a career option.   

Food Photography by Shumaila ChauhanChennai Photo Biennale

 A few essential topics such as camera basics, equipment and gear, food styling, composition techniques, different angles, and styling for flatlays were covered. 

Business of Photography by Shannon ZirkleChennai Photo Biennale

Business of Photography by Shannon Zirkle

Shannon is a trained photojournalist from one of the most prestigious schools, Western Kentucky University. She is a master in her field with an array of credits to her name. She has a diverse portfolio spanning over 18 years.  

Business of Photography by Shannon ZirkleChennai Photo Biennale

Bringing aspirants on the right track using key building blocks to jump-start their business. 

Business of Photography by Shannon ZirkleChennai Photo Biennale

Architectural Photography by B.R.S. Sreenag (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

Architectural Photography by B.R.S. Sreenag

Sreenag has 14 years of professional experience as a specialist in architecture and industrial photography. He has won recognition for his work, including making the final shortlist for the Architectural Photography Award at the World Architecture Festival 2018.  

Architectural Photography by B.R.S. SreenagChennai Photo Biennale

The focus of this workshop was on planning and executing an architectural photography shoot. The workshop talked about how to give architects what they want from photography.   

Architectural Photography by B.R.S. Sreenag (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

Photographic techniques, use of natural & artificial light, image editing and other aspects of the photography of architecture will be covered. A short mock architectural shoot around the University campus will conclude the workshop.  

Photojournalism by Shaju John (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

Photojournalism by Shaju John

Shaju John is an accomplished and widely published photo-journalist in India. He toured nationally and internationally for visual documentation on various subjects especially health and environment. 

Photojournalism by Shaju John (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

Photojournalism

Combines the creativity of photography with storytelling. 

Photojournalism by Shaju John (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

This workshop addressed the ways one can prepare a story through photographs from the artist’s point of view and the publisher’s perspective.  

Photojournalism by Shaju John (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

Portraiture by Nithin BharathChennai Photo Biennale

Portraiture by Nithin Bharath

Nithin has explored a plethora of genres such as fashion, food, interiors, industrial, product photography and movie promotion. He has had the opportunity of learning from the experts in this field and has worked with leading advertising agencies and brands.

Portraiture by Nithin BharathChennai Photo Biennale

Portraiture is a critical element of photography

Portraiture by Nithin BharathChennai Photo Biennale

Nithin covered the basics of framing and lighting, followed by covering the needs of the advertising and commercial sectors that typically seek portraits.

Portraiture by Nithin BharathChennai Photo Biennale

Nithin gave his expert advice on exposure, indoor and outdoor lighting, and framing for portraits and post-processing!

Live Event Photography by Srikant Ranganathan (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

Live Event Photography by Srikant Ranganathan

Srikant is a freelance photographer with 11 years of experience in multiple genres of photography - Wildlife, Food, Dance, Event, Nature and Portraits.  

Live Event Photography by Srikant Ranganathan (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennnaleChennai Photo Biennale

This workshop focused on educating participants on the tips and techniques of capturing events like dance or music. 

Live Event Photography by Srikant Ranganathan (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

The workshop discussed key stages of the Before, During and After a shoot.  

Fashion Photography by Nayantara Parikh (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

Fashion Photography by Nayantara Parikh

Nayantara Parikh trained in film and specialised in cinematography at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. She moved to still photography in 2015 and her work focuses on the female gaze and female identity.

Fashion Photography by Nayantara Parikh (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

The workshop focused on fashion photography and covered framing, color, selection of final images and how to begin finding your own style.  

The students studied film stills and various photographers’ work to better understand why and how framing, color and lighting are used to evoke mood.  

Fashion Photography by Nayantara Parikh (2019) by Chennai Photo BiennaleChennai Photo Biennale

Thanks to our organizing partner Shreya Nagarajan Singh Arts Development Consultancy and R R Donnelley for their generous support.

CPB2019 Programs
CPB Foundation organised curated walks and guided tours and conducted various workshops, photo walks, artist talks, films on photography and curated projections on the beach during the 2019 Biennale. Click here to listen to the CPB 2019 Artist Talk.

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