Photographer Of the Month – Debasis Saha- April 2020

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Photographer of the month for April 2020 is Debasis Saha. Follow him on Instagram – @debasis.4514

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Q: Congratulations for becoming the photographer of the month, how does it feel?

Its always sweet & inspiring.

Q. Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Name: Debasis Saha, Age- 53+, Born in a village of Burdwan district, brought up in Sub-Urban, Marine Officer of Kolkata Port Trust. Philosophy : Live & let live, Strength : Ability to bounce back, Weakness: Get carried away easily, Love: Family, nature, soft music, travelling & wildlife, Passion: Photography. Dream: To live in a remote village in the lap of Himalaya.
Best Achievement: Winning a fight against corruption in personal life.

Q. What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most?

Nature & Wildlife because of its purity , Dr. Uttam Das.

Q.  Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the time you set of your journey?

I do photography just because, I love it. I have never gone through any professional training in the field of photography so don’t know exactly whether it is needed or not . But believe that a good Mentor is required.

Q: When you go in one of your photo-shoot which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it?

For wildlife tour: Nikon 200-500, f/5.6, since I don’t have Nikon 500mm prime f/4.
For Travel: Tokina 11-16 since I have only cropped sensor camera, this lens gives very good low light performance, Nikon 35 mm prime for sharpness,
For macro: Tamron 90mm
In fact I don’t have much variety of lenses. I manage with my limited resources.

Q. How do you as a photographer make sure that the thing, person or landscape you want to shoot looks the way you want it to? 

Truly speaking I don’t consider myself as a Photographer, I am learning. I started wildlife photography in December, 2017 , at Purbasthally, W.B. guided by Mr. Tapas Srimany, so I have very shallow knowledge in the field of photography, however, I do the followings:
I don’t go out with any preconceived idea.
Believe every moments of wildlife is unique and different.
Enjoy their activity and capture that.
Prefer to do photography alone so that I can decide my angle of view , subject and timings.
Keep cool, don’t get excited , have patience and finally faith on God.

Q. What would you think make a picture stand out in such huge group?

I do concentrate on the followings:
Focus, Focus & focus
Background ( movement of only 6 inches can make lot of differences in background)
Proper Aperture ,shutter speed and exposure.
Framing, cropping and composition.

Q. A “Good Camera can make a Picture perfect” do you believe this myth?

As I have mentioned earlier , I have very limited resources and have not tried out much variety.
However good camera definitely helps, you can’t do wildlife with point and shoot camera, performance of Nikon D 500 is definitely better than Nikon D-3300, but camera is not the constraint in the way of my creativity.

Q: How important is to know a place before you go out for shoot? What are the challenges that faced so far?

Getting accustomed with the area is very important, though I have very little choice due to financial constraint and personal obligation.
In February 2020 we visited Nalsarovor in Gujrat, we sited Francolin and red headed Falcon with their activities on the last day and was left with only three hours of time. Couldn’t capture any presentable image due to lack of time and information as a result missed huge opportunities of good images instead we spent considerable amount of time in other area. Same thing happened in June 2019 at Hilley .

Q: In a picture is “Digital manipulation” really require to make it perfect?

Me not aware of the thing, I love to hate the word manipulation in every field of life and believe success don’t have any short cut route, and moreover photography is my passion not obligation.

Q: Which post processing software you use for your pictures?

Photoshop CC

Q: Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other amateur photographer? 

Device and identity of photographer (amateur or so called professional) is not the subject, subject is image, if image is perfect w.r.t quality , its O.K. If not, then device and fame doesn’t count.

Q: Any suggestions to your fellow members how could they improve and become a POM too?

Its very proven theory in every aspect of life
Successful people don’t do different things but does in different way.
Success don’t have any short cut
There is no alternative of Hard Work
Love motivation creates , fear motivation produce.
Photography is the application of pure physics to create artistic products, we photographers have to understand it.
And finally have faith on God and “ Give your best & result is the by-product”.

Thank you Debasis, for having this chat with us and sharing with us your experiences and advice. Once again, Congratulations on your being the Photographer of the Month for April 2020. Team WeekendTrivia and Bong Photography wishes you all the best for the future.!

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