An Interview with Travel Photographer Mohd Danish (@travelwithdanish)

Mohd Danish is a Delhi based travel photographer and this Instagram Handle is (@travelwithdanish). We are so excited to share his journey of Photography on the Indian Photography Blog!

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I’m a Delhi based travel photographer and Influencer. Basically, I’m from Bihar And have graduated in Tourism Hons from Jamia Millia Islamia. I’m a full-time freelance photographer. In 2017 during my graduation days, I was flipping through the pages of National Geographic and imagined being a photographer in Delhi. I was captivated by the faces and places that seemed worlds apart from these places of Delhi. That moment truly inspired me and then I decided to give this a try.

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

Initially, I was a student pursuing my degree in Travel and tourism and that’s where I wanted to go ahead in my career. But the fact that I’m still traveling makes me feel that the dots are all connected, now. As random as it may sound I got inspired by the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, and swiping pages of a magazine, I listened to my inner calling and went ahead with it. Rest everything kept happening one after another. The journey was bumpy, but I’m glad I overcame all the hurdles because I can proudly say I chose my life and didn’t settle for it.

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

I’m using Canon 80D and Pixel 3XL. There are various software and applications that I used for editing; such as, VSCO, photoshop, snapseed, and Lightroom. To stay focused on what you do, you need the passion and thrill for it, then comes the other factors such as gadgets. Primarily, it’s your love for what you do that helps you stay focused, nothing else.

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

The fact that question like this is asked, people think that photography is only limited to being a hobby and photographers are broke! Just like one gets paid in any other job, I get paid that way too. I’m a professional at what I do, I’ work for it and then ask for what I deserve. I’m a freelancer. I also get paid via various collaborations on Instagram!

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

I try and establish a rapport with them first, so that the camera, the photographer (me), and the subject form a bond; and then it happens organically!

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

I started with my phone and my focus has always been on content rather than gadgets, however, I also believe one needs to upgrade and evolve over time. There’s no gadget I regret buying to date.

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

I use Lightroom CC And Snapseed to edit my pictures. It takes half an hour to an hour approx to fix wherever a bit of touch up is needed!

8. Whose work has influenced you most?

I believe knowledge can be acquired from any place at any moment and skills can be developed anywhere! Learning and evolving is a continuous process. I take inspiration from everyone. I do not like to limit it to any one person. The world is a huge place, there’s something to learn and get inspiration from everywhere to every person.

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

When I started I often wished for a full-frame camera while all I had was my phone. I wished I had a proper gadget dedicated fully to photography. Now that I’ve come here I have come, I feel it’s my talent and content that has brought me here. If you really have it in you, everything else is secondary. I am glad I started with whatever I had and not waited to buy something and then start. If I get a chance to meet 22-year-old Danish, I’d tell him, ‘’do not think about any camera, you’re doing great, just keep going’’!

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

One piece of advice that I’d like to give amateur photographers is to just focus on their work and not get deviated by the bigger forces like fame, money; they should do it not for anything else but their passion and love for it. That’s what keeps one going and matters the most in the long run! Your work takes you places. Nothing else does.

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