Photography is Jaydeep’s passion that turned into a profession. He loves to discover the world with his camera and likes to give it a new perspective with every click. Macro photography is one of his favorites.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I started my career as a product photographer and continued for a year. Now I do Head shots for upcoming actors/actresses and on location Portrait shoots as well. Recently I started selling macro shots of (insects, butterfly etc) to various schools all over the world, which they can use for study purpose. This idea was a great hit and I am getting more and more offers on a regular basis.
What is your secret with macro photography?
Well – I don’t think there are any secrets to Macro photography. There is just a rule of thumbs: Have patience.
These little guys are not aware of the fact that they are actually your model for the day. And some of them are really really busy to fulfil their basic needs, and if you do not respect that its basically impossible to get a good macro shot. On the other hand, if you do have that little extra patience, you will definitely go back with an awesome image.
Your work with insects is really stunning. How do you catch the character of these small creatures?
The best part of Macro photography is that the subjects are everywhere. Right from your backyard, through your garden till even sitting on your finger sometimes. Now macro to me is not only getting a closer shot of the subject bust also trying to capture what the subject is planning to do at that moment.
For example, if it is a fly, if it is trying to get some honey, or mating etc. And to capture that, you need to take multiple shots even if you have already taken some really sharp photos of the insect but to the viewer you might have captured a really blank image of it. So, we get back to the thumb rule again. Patience!
You also do amazing portraits and head shots. How is that different?
Well, to me Macro and Portrait/Head shots are different but both needs similar amount of effort. The nature of the effort may be different though but amount is same. Although in portraits you don’t have to run behind your subject like you do in Macro shots for insects, but here there is a bigger challenge of taking out the personality of your subject. And trust me – its a very difficult job.
When a model is posing for you, he/she does not know what to do so that you get the best shot. Its the photographer who has the responsibility to direct them. To me, if you are not able to get a best shot and your clients are not happy with your work, its you who is responsible for this and not the client. Specially in head shots , its very important to capture the personality of the person and this is even difficult as the person just has the facial expressions to convey that. But again, its difficult but not at all impossible. You need patience and a different plan every time for every client.
How does your home city of Bangalore, India show up in your work?
I love Bangalore. Every time I go out in the streets with my camera, the city gives me so much. I love the people, culture – everything is just perfect about the place.
What kind of camera and lenses do you use?
Macro photography is one of my favorites and I am glad that I am able to put it into education purposes as well. I started my passion with a Yashika point and shoot. Today, I use a Canon 600D, Canon 60D, and a Canon 5D Mark III for my shoots along with various lenses like Sigma 10-20, Tamron 90mm f 2.8 VC macro, canon 50mm, Tamron 70-300 vc , Tamron 24-70 f2.8 etc
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
I am also a product photographer and I enjoy my work in this area of photography. I like to play with different and unusual props during the shoots. Apart from this, I am a bug fan of HDRs and kind of spend time learning various techniques around it.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a photography business?
I would say if you are starting a business, do not give up your regular job immediately. I know it might come to you whether you are giving necessary amount of time to your business , but you should just get started.
Let it grow and you can dedicate your full time to it once you are totally settled. Also, plan on marketing. It is really important to reach the world and the internet is the best way to do so. Lastly, accept rejections.
Thanks Jaydeep for sharing your photography!
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