An Interview with a Travel and Landscape Photographer – Jassi Oberai
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A person whose passion for photography drives him to achieve better and better everyday – Jassi Oberai has a fame following him but is downright humble and down-to-earth. A talk with the Landscape and Travel photographer. Read on to know more
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Q1: Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? Along with the genre of your photography and on which project are you working currently? What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A: I am Jassi Oberai, a landscape, portrait and travel photographer. My greatest achievement has been being able to continuously improve my work and create a situation where people have started recognizing my work. The fact that Weekend Trivia found me worthy enough for an interview is my achievement.
Q2: What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most?
A: My love for nature, people and travel makes me shoot what I shoot. I seek inspirations from images. Names often intimidate. For me everyone, even a rank beginner can influence you and help you improve.
Q3: Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the time you set of your journey?
A: If by formal training you mean a full-fledged course, then I have not gone through any such training. I attended a few workshops which I continue to do if I find that useful enough. But I must say that I started growing and improving when I realized that my biggest competition is my image I clicked yesterday or even a moment earlier. Workshops for seeking direction, other’s images for seeking inspiration but my own previous image for improving.
Yes, I strongly recommend some kind of training for every beginner. A personal interaction, workshop which you attend personally coupled with your resolve to improve will put your photography on fast track.
Q4: When you go in one of your photo-shoot which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it?
A: My choice of lens varies with every shoot. I am not a gadget freak. I usually work with limited lenses. My bag mostly has a Lumix 24-105 f/4, Lumix 70-200 f/4 and a wide angle lens. Off late I have been using more of 70-200 while experimenting with Telephoto Landscapes, and have been really enjoying my experimentation.
Q5: 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?
A: I believe creating an image is like cooking a dish. There is set recipe for every dish and the same is true with creating an image. Once you understand this important aspect, things and workflow become easy. I start with the vision of the final image in my mind and then start my entire workflow of creating it.
Q6: Can you explain to the budding photographer what makes the good picture stand out from the average?
A: Wish I could make them understand! It is them who will to one day accept the fact that like a routine education degree, achieving a milestone in photography also has set process and it does take time. In an era where virtually everyone is a photographer (atleast by definition or by one’s belief), ensuring your images stand out amongst the millions of images getting created every day, is not only important but almost a necessity, provided I am serious about my photography.
Shortcuts, instant gratification, expensive gadgets, being over protective about your work will not help, but being committed and doing “daily riyaaz” with daily set goals will. Remember there are no shortcuts to success.
Q7: From all the places that you have travelled, which one is your favorite and why?
A: Ladakh in India and Faroe Islands Internationally because they challenge you at every step to create good images. Both are unique with abundance of nature.
Q8: A “Good Camera can make a Picture perfect” do you believe this myth?
A: No. I believe in one truth: “A Good camera in able hands make Picture Perfect.”
Q9: People usually think without money and exposure they can never be a “travel photographer” what do you think? Does travel mean travelling in abroad only or anyone can start by exploring their own city?
A: See first one fact, and then everything starts making sense. And that fact is photography doesn’t come FREE. Every genre of photography requires some amount of money. And you must be able to showcase that work to maximum people to either gain recognition or get assignments.
Travel Photography by definition itself is doing photography while you travel. And for gaining some assignments, it is important you have a strong portfolio so that clients can see some value and hire you. And to create a portfolio, one will have to travel not only in country but sometime internationally as well; and that does cost money.
Q10: In a picture is “Digital manipulation” really require to make it perfect?
A: I think Digital Manipulation is the wrong word. It should be post production. The answer is YES. Post Processing is an integral part of photography workflow (except of course photo journalism). In my opinion, people who speak against this all important process, either do not know the technique or do not understand photography at all.
Q11: Which post processing software you use for your pictures?
A: I use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Q12: Many of the photographers ask us where they find out about the salon news or exhibition news. Can you please give them some idea?
A: Unfortunately, I have not yet found myself competent enough to participate in a salon or exhibit my work. Wrong person to ask.
Q13: Name the last photography book/journal that you read.
A: The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum
Q14: 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?
A: How I wish devises could make someone a professional photographer. Yes, they help in the cause. Professional Photographer to me is an amateur photographer who has started impressing a few with his work who in turn have started paying him money to get some images clicked.
Q15: Any quick message for our blog? Wish you a very happy world photography day! Thanks for your time!
A: Thanks for your wishes. Wishing each of the photographer reading this a Very Happy and Responsible World Photography Day. My only message to all the readers is:
In this era of mindless desire to be recognized and become famous, the challenge is not to become a skilled photographer but to become a “RESPONSIBLE” photographer.
Thank you Jassi Sir, for taking out time for us and letting our readers know about your wonderful journey so far. We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work…!