This week we’re getting to know community member, Ujjwal Mistry.

Ujjwal lives in Kolkata, India and enjoys practicing his photography and post-processing skills.

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How did you get started in photography?

In my younger years, my father started a small photography business. At that time he had a Yashica mat-124G camera. A few years later he quit his photography business to get a job with a government bank. Those things happened before I was born. Many years later, one summer vacation I went to Grandma’s village home. There I got my father’s Yashica mat-124G camera. At that moment I wondered about what is this thing? My father allowed me to play with his camera. From that time onward I became addicted to photography. Most of what I learned about photography was with this camera. I learned by feeling with this camera. I always liked to hear the different kinds of shutter speed sounds and liked to see how the aperture blades changed to become different kinds of aperture rings. This is how I started photography.

What was your first camera?

[The] Fujifilm Sl1000 16MP point and shoot camera was my first digital camera. At the time I knew nothing about digital photography. I just bought this camera for the 50x optical zoom. This camera gave me the opportunity to understand the power of post-processing.

Who is one photographer that inspires you and why?

Steve McCurry is a photographer who inspires me. Each of his photos is completely filled with great composition and stories.

What’s the first thing you look for in composing your image?

The first thing I look for in composing my image is balance. The balance could be between two kinds of weights inside a photo or between high contrast and low contrast. It can also be between overexposure and underexposure or between blurred and sharp.

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