3 Minutes With Photographer Seshu

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Great photographers always have a knack for making their work look effortless and their subjects look natural. Wedding and portrait photography may look easy enough, bit it can be extremely hard work albeit extremely rewarding. To capture the joy and essence of someone’s persona takes great skill and determination.  An exemplary photographer who makes wedding and portrait photography look is easy is Seshu who is today’s guest on “3  Minutes with…”

1. Describe your photography in 100 words or less.
I would like to think that my photography is about two very basic elements: light and life. My approach to weddings or portraits is philosophically the same – allow my subjects to get comfortable and they in turn allow me in to their lives. As a documentary photographer, I choose to participate rather than merely observe and capture emotionally charged moments.
2. What gear/software do you use?
Ever since my Canon camera was stolen out of my high-school locker, I have been a Nikon photographer. I prefer to work with FX bodies but an older DX body like the D300 is just fine. I depend more on my lenses. I love the 35 f/2, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.4, 17-35 f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8. I wish I got a lot more use out of my 105 f/2.8 (macro), though. They are all Nikons. I have a couple of Nikon SB900’s that I use off-camera and trigger using PocketWizard Mini TT1/Flex TT5 or Paul C. Buff’s CyberSync transmitters and receivers. All of these sit securely in my numerous ThinkTank photo bags and rolling cases. As far as software is concerned, I can’t live without CameraBits’ PhotoMechanic to cull my images. After the images are selected I send them through Lightroom or Photoshop depending on how many there are to process.
3. What’s one quick tip that you’d give people interested in wedding & event photography?
I am going to be a rebel and give you two quick tips. One, like any art form, you’ve gotta go out and practice and practice a lot. Make creative mistakes and learn from them. Take your RAW files and put them side by side and compare them. Look at the metadata and see how under-exposing or over-exposing a scene helped or hurt you. Practice makes making images intuitive and that’s what you want to do … shoot from the heart and give it your all. Two, while it is art, it is also a business. Learn to value your time, your creative skill-set, your experiences, your products. Because if you don’t value what you do, you can’t expect anyone else to place that much value in it either. At that point, it becomes a hobby and that’s ok, if that’s what you want it to be.
4. What 3 photography sites blogs do you recommend?
For me David DuChemin’s Craft & Vision eBooks is a daily reminder of WHY I do what I do.

My friends Rob & Lauren Lim have taught me a lot about photo editing and album design through their website Photography Concentrate.

And lastly, bias aside, I would love it if people checked out my site for photographers called Tiffinbox. I invite guest bloggers to post articles as often as they want on topics that they feel most passionate about.

To view Connecticut-based Seshu’s wedding photography visit seshu.net. His children’s portraiture can be found at seshuportraits.com. He also has a dedicated website for headshot portraits.

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Jim Goldstein

is a San Francisco based professional photographer. An author as well as a photographer Jim has been published in numerous publications including Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Popular Photography and has self-published a PDF eBook Photographing the 4th Dimension – Time covering numerous slow shutter techniques. His latest work and writing can be found on his JMG-Galleries blog and on 500px

  • Present Moment Photography is precious…. I was invited to an event in San Diego by a random call one morning from a Journalist/Artist and tried to capture the moment. Kinda cool since it was being covered by CNN and NBC!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/the-kiss-off-san-diego/

  • Capturing the moment and the emotion is precious. A nature loving girl asked me to capture her in a natural pose and in a forest which she loves:

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Samantha-in-the-countryside/G0000rfrij7cSap8/I0000xhWHgQ.m4SI

  • Great post. I like the points about practicing so that image “making” becomes intuitive, and most importantly valuing yourself and you work and how it should translate into a business; if that is the intent. Thanks.

  • I agree about making the photography become intuitive. I have recently started to really understand my camera. That has come from lots of time behind the lens.

    My practice is being spent to get to the point where I don’t need to think that ‘Increasing my F-Number increases my depth of field’. Soon, I will be able to look, adjust and go.

  • Very informative as usual.

    “I choose to participate rather than merely observe and capture emotionally charged moments.” I completely agree with your views. Anyone can observer, wait and capture but participation is the most important thing.

    I’ve just started shooting with DSLR and I’m learning everyday. The photographic information and resources that you share on Social Media are valuable. I’ve been lucky to follow you on Twitter. I don’t think if I know anyone else apart from you who has been so valuable. You are there for a purpose and it shows. Wish to meet you if you ever come to India 🙂

    Thanks for everything Seshu.

  • raghavendra

    3 tips and advices from a photographer.

    learn from your mistakes
    take a lot of pictures
    life and light

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2012/03/empty-bus-stop.html

  • MeiTeng

    Great post and great advice on making images intuitive. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cool interview, brief but interesting.

  • Friends – thank you for your comments. It’s a huge honor to be on this august website. If I can answer any of your questions, either by email or through Twitter, please do not hesitate to contact me. I respond to all and quite quickly, unless I am on a shoot and don’t have access to the Internet.

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  • Seshu March 3, 2012 09:42 am

    Friends - thank you for your comments. It's a huge honor to be on this august website. If I can answer any of your questions, either by email or through Twitter, please do not hesitate to contact me. I respond to all and quite quickly, unless I am on a shoot and don't have access to the Internet.

  • Chris Gin March 2, 2012 04:58 pm

    Cool interview, brief but interesting.

  • MeiTeng March 2, 2012 04:01 pm

    Great post and great advice on making images intuitive. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mridula March 2, 2012 03:33 pm

    Do bird emotions and poses also count?

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2012/03/bar-headed-geese-bharatpur.html

  • raghavendra March 2, 2012 01:41 pm

    3 tips and advices from a photographer.

    learn from your mistakes
    take a lot of pictures
    life and light

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2012/03/empty-bus-stop.html

  • Krishnam Raju March 2, 2012 09:06 am

    Very informative as usual.

    "I choose to participate rather than merely observe and capture emotionally charged moments." I completely agree with your views. Anyone can observer, wait and capture but participation is the most important thing.

    I've just started shooting with DSLR and I'm learning everyday. The photographic information and resources that you share on Social Media are valuable. I've been lucky to follow you on Twitter. I don't think if I know anyone else apart from you who has been so valuable. You are there for a purpose and it shows. Wish to meet you if you ever come to India :)

    Thanks for everything Seshu.

  • Marcus Davis March 2, 2012 08:25 am

    I agree about making the photography become intuitive. I have recently started to really understand my camera. That has come from lots of time behind the lens.

    My practice is being spent to get to the point where I don't need to think that 'Increasing my F-Number increases my depth of field'. Soon, I will be able to look, adjust and go.

  • Will March 2, 2012 07:09 am

    Great post. I like the points about practicing so that image "making" becomes intuitive, and most importantly valuing yourself and you work and how it should translate into a business; if that is the intent. Thanks.

  • steve slater March 2, 2012 06:31 am

    Capturing the moment and the emotion is precious. A nature loving girl asked me to capture her in a natural pose and in a forest which she loves:

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Samantha-in-the-countryside/G0000rfrij7cSap8/I0000xhWHgQ.m4SI

  • Erik kerstenbeck March 2, 2012 05:49 am

    Present Moment Photography is precious.... I was invited to an event in San Diego by a random call one morning from a Journalist/Artist and tried to capture the moment. Kinda cool since it was being covered by CNN and NBC!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/the-kiss-off-san-diego/

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