Usha Shravani, a trained photographer wants her photos to ignite the imagination of the viewer. She is based in Hyderabad and her father is her inspiration. Let’s hear from this young photographer.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a photographer from Hyderabad. I have been trained in photography at Rajan’s School of Photography, based in Hyderabad. Apart from photography, I am a dancer and play the guitar occasionally.
Your favourite film of all time? Why?
My favourite film is The Blind Side by John Lee Hancock. It is a movie which captures the emotions of an individual in the purest way possible.
How did you develop an interest in photography?
My father has always been an inspiration to me in many ways, and he still continues to photograph when he finds time. I have grown up watching him.
Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
Every artist has their own way of portraying a subject, be it wild life, food or fashion. My focus is mainly towards food, fashion and travel.. What I would like is for my photographs to let the viewers weave different stories. I am an artist in a way and would like them to connect to what I capture.
What equipment are you using now?
I use a Canon 700D, with a basic 18-55mm lens and use a tele lens for long distance shots.
Do you have any formal training for photography?
I do. I have been trained for over an year at Rajan’s School of Photography, by my mentor Mr.Ramana Bandi.
How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography fresh?
Every passing moment has beauty in itself. I find motivation through learning from others who are better and keep competing with myself.
What’s the best part of being a photographer?
I have grown up wanting to have a super power of some sort. Now I get to freeze time, thanks to my camera and I feel so elated when there is even one photograph which is usable.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have yet?
A Canon 5D Mark IV. It’s a beauty.
What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?
Don’t edit too much, because it ruins natural colors. And it is important to take inspiration from other photographers and maintain healthy competition.
Please contact Usha Shravani if you have any assignments.