The World Through a Lens - Karteek Sivagouni

With an amazing eye for detail, photographer Karteek Sivagouni sees the world through the lens of his camera and finds beauty in everything. An avid traveller, he loves photographing anything he comes across on his journeys. Keep reading for some delightful insights into the world of photography.

What made you choose photography?
The reason I’m into photography is because of my curiosity. Long ago, when I had a hands-on digital camera, the device itself excited me so much that I started to dig in and get into the details of what it was and how it worked. That passion is what drove me towards photography. My inspiration is always a picture, and I am influenced by the thought process of the photographer.

Did you face any challenges while working to establish yourself?
I started off with wedding photography by clicking one of my friends’ weddings. And my work was appreciated through mere word of mouth. Surprisingly, without any planning, my name became established. As wedding photography is true candid photography, getting the beauty without missing the moment was challenging.

What’s your go-to lens and why?
My go-to lens is 85mm f1.2. It’s not too much of a telephoto lens or a wide lens, and can be used for close as well aswide portraits. Moreover, it’s a low light lens that helps to capture details even in the darkest possible scenarios.

What’s your favourite photography trick?
Taking portraits in a panoramic style is my favourite trick. It’s like you click multiple pictures and stitch them together to make a single picture which will give you a lot of depth and quality at the same time. It gives you a different perspective without changing the lens.

Which camera / lens would you suggest for beginners?
I had been a speaker for a set of budding photographers, and a majority of them were curious to know tricks and trades to get that perfect click from their phones. I agree, loads of newly-launched smartphones are achieving wonders in mobile photography. But what photography lovers should understand is that they miss out on all the fun of details and editing. I believe if the foundation is laid strong for a beginner, you can master any camera or lens. So you should get a camera that’s cheap and in your budget (even if it’s second-hand), and always remember to invest more on a lens than the camera itself. To start with, the 50mm f1.8 is the best as it gives adequate depth of field, within your budget.

How do you deal with difficult clients?
Clients seem difficult when we don’t understand their needs at the outset. My utmost priority has always been getting to know their requirements, and then seeing if it suits my working style – the first client filter. If they get a little difficult in the later stages again, the trick is to fully hear them out, and fix any mistake that might have been caused at my end. I never give them a second chance to complain, and I’ve always been lucky, as I’ve had many repeat clients.

What inspires your creativity?
Creativity is limitless, just like inventions. I’m constantly inspired by their perfect combination whenever newequipments hit the market, and I’m always right there checking them out! Amazon has made my life easier and, now, I just keep ordering new equipment, lights or just trying out new styles of photography.What helps me stay creative are my surroundings – whether I travel to meetnew people, ormake new friends with different mindsets to interact with. I’m always up for learning and hearing them out!

How do you choose your shooting locations or subjects?
These days pre/post wedding shoots, also called candid photography, is trending. They all require different concepts, themes, and locations. And since travelling is my go-to, I habitually click pictures on my phone, and save the location. For fashion photography, there are a few limitations when it comes to location, so it all boils down to the colour and style of the attire. I try and pick the contrast in the surroundings of the locations.               – as told to Devanshi