An Interview with Story Teller Rahul Singi Aka (@photowale.bapu)

Rahul Singi aka (PHOTOWALE.BAPU) from Bangalore. He always takes learning as a joyful experience, and yes there is no end to it according to Rahul. He has been capturing moments for 5 years now. Rahul Capturing moments from streets have always been his favorite along with travel photography, silhouette, and conceptual shoots

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am basically from Bhopal MP, but I am in Silicon Valley of India for the past 10yrs and working in an IT company. I have started my photography journey back in 2014 with Sony DSLR and then later switched on to Nikon, from there on I am just working on my photography skills and learning day-to-day.

2. What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?

I am still working in an IT Company and photography is not my full-time job. But yes I do shoots for brands, weddings, pre-wedding, post-wedding, baby shoots, etc. I started working on the technical aspects of the camera in order to learn the basics of photography. Understanding composition/framing is a long time journey and slowly-2 I have learned that as well (still learning). Once I got the confidence I started taking small-2 assignments and now it continues.

3. What technology/software/camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best, as you photograph?

I have Nikon D750, GoPro Hero 7 Black, and OnePlus 8 mobile. I usually shoot with my Nikon or OnePlus8. I rarely use GoPro. I prefer to capture emotions in my all frames and mobile is the best device for that as you can’t carry your DSLR everywhere.

4. How do you get paid to do what you want to do with your photography?

I normally get most of the assignments through my Instagram account or with friends/family’s mouth publicity. As I said, my full-time job is still IT so if I like the client’s work then only I take the assignments. I believe if you don’t love the work that you do then you can’t do justice with it.

5. How do you get a candid photo of someone while still getting their permission to take a photo of them?

That’s really difficult. If you want to take the permission before shooting them then it’s not candid. There are two ways to click in that scenario.

1. Normally I prefer, first shoot them then show the photo, and if they get angry, or just delete them in front of them.
2. Take the permission and ask them to pose which looks candid.
My preferred way is 1st.

6. Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?

All the gadgets which I have I used all of them. So there is nothing which I shouldn’t have owned. If at all I have to choose one, maybe GoPro which I used a little less as compared to my other gadgets.

7. What kind of tools do you use for post-processing? Explain your workflow.

I used Lightroom(mobile and laptop), Snapseed, Pixlr, and LD in mobile.
Firstly I edit my pics in Lightroom which includes basic color correction, tones, healing of unnecessary objects. Snapseed is also for the same purpose as small color correction and tones. If I want to do any kind of double exposure then I will use Pixlr, and in case of any light effect, I use LD.

8. Whose work has influenced you most?

There is no specific person whose work influenced me. I get inspired by everyone’s work. Everyone has his own perspective and vision. Which inspired me a lot.

9. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

How to edit the images. In my initial days, I used to click and post the pics. I have not used any editing tools in my first couple of years. But this helped me to get a better output while clicking itself.

10. What advice would you give to an amateur photographer wanting to change their passion into a full-time profession?

I believe photography has ample opportunity and lots of learning. If someone wants to change their passion into full-time and I would suggest they first learn maybe through institute/friends/online etc. and then start taking some small assignments. Once you feel comfortable taking a big assignment then you can move into full-time photography.

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