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Dharma Chandru Official Photographer of ICC World Cup 2013

Dharma Chandru Official Photographer of ICC World Cup 2013

Dharma Chandru is the Brand Ambassador of Canon India. He was the official photographer of ICC World Cup 2011, Indian Premier League 2013, Indian Super League 2014 and also is the photographer of Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Team. He is a part of many international brands including Canon, Vanguard, EBay, Pentax Medium format cameras. He specializes in landscapes, sports and wildlife.

Highlights of the Episode

  • Turning point of career in photography.
  • The lens he prefers to use the most.
  • What he uses his post processing work.
  • His role as the Brand Ambassador of Canon India.

Quotes and takeaways

  • Books are my biggest Treasures. I have a huge library of Photography books based on different themes,history,Trends they help me fine tune my thinking process.
  • Always Stick to the Ethics and learn the art of Patience.
  • Keep a watch: Raghu rai, Art Wolfe, Steve.Mc.Curry. 

You started photography at a very nascent age. What was your inspiration?

I started my photography when I was 13. There was No Cricket for me. For me Inspirations comes from Everywhere. Most of the times my Inspirations are from Paintings. I was try working on Multiple Subgenres In Photography After following Few Legendary Painters.

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What would you say was your turning point of being a photographer? What are you favorite genres of photography?

The Turning Point obviously is being Selected as Official Photographer for Royal Challengers in 2010. Though I was Part of Few other Prestigious Assignments way earlier this one made my way to the stardom. I Love Shooting People,Landscapes,Sports and Advertorials.

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 What is your favorite lens? Why?

Canon 24-70 F2.8. My Kit Lens and It serves most of my purpose in many genres. Though I own some Dozen Lenses this lens will remain my favorite.

 Tell us about your work as the Brand Ambassador of Canon India.

It’s a Proud moment for me to be part of Canon Worlds No.1 Camera Company. I represent them through Workshops,Judging Their Competitions, Educate the Users,Propagate their Brand and Products.

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You were also the official photographer of ICC World Cup 2011, Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Team and Indian Super League Football 2011. Can you tell us about your experience? what suggestions would you give for field photography?

Sports Photography is one of the Toughest Genres to work with and I have been doing it for the past 10 years. It needs a whole new level of Commitment,Mental and Physical strength. We are Dealing with Legends who are known world over so Giving the Best to the audience is our responsibility. To those who wants to try their hands on Sports do follow few key elements while shooting Sports. Understand the sport,Know the lighting conditions, Learn the body language of each player, Be Ready to carry very bulky cameras all alone as most shoots involve No assistants policy.

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How do you improvise on your skills of photography?

Books are my biggest Treasures. I have a huge library of Photography books based on different themes,history,Trends they help me fine tune my thinking process.

What tools do you use for post processing? Can you explain your work a bit?

I’m Still an Old School guy and I still believe in Film Techniques i.e get the Photos right in your Camera. When u get it right u can process it to a whole new level. I stick with Adobe Lightroom and Capture One. I  use Photoshop Very Rarely.

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Is there any photographer whose work you look up to?

Raghu rai,Art Wolfe, Steve.Mc.Curry

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Last but not the least, what is your message for emerging photographers?

Always Stick to the Ethics and learn the art of Patience. Film teaches you what patience is and try your hands on films. Photography is a Glamorous world and everyone gets attracted the Fame it gives u but sustaining in Industry requires Commitment,Dedication, willingness to push your limits. Break barriers. Be completely creative and once again PATIENCE.

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