There are loads of things to do when it comes to art and creativity. Photography is one of them. It is not just clicking pictures but also portraying the photographer’s artistic views to each and everything. Likewise, a wedding and fashion photographer Shibam Dutta from Assam is fulfilling his interest and passion for art and creativity through his lenses. He is in this profession since 2015.
Shibam was always keen on fine arts and creativity from childhood. His parents wanted him to become a doctor. He failed in his first attempt and never tried again as he always wanted to do something creative and more independent. After completion of Higher Secondary, he enrolled himself in multimedia.
“In my course, there was animation, graphic designing and also photography was part of it. From there onwards, I was started getting more interest in photography and that was the start of my journey.”
Initially, Shibam’s parents were not that supportive. They wanted him to do a stable job. Photography, for them, was not that popular and stabilized job at that time. Later, he explained and helped them understand the future scope.
“In the year 2011, being a photographer and into art was not that popular, especially from the place I belong. Though, I convinced my parents to give me a chance to prove it to them. Later, when I was getting good work, they were eventually convinced and now they are very happy.”
According, to Shibam, photography apart from technical terms is,
“It is just how we see everything differently from others.”
There are many professional photographers in this industry. Steve McCurry, the best street photographer is one of the favorites of Shibam, whom he follows. He is quite fond of Steve’s photo journals. Apart from them he also likes fashion photographers like Steven Meisel, Natalia Arantseva, and many more with whom he would like to work.
Although, Shibam is indulged in both wedding and fashion photography. He is much more into fashion photography rather than wedding photography. The reason behind this is, he is more of an independent person when it comes to photography.
“In fashion photography, it is always me and my visualization and imagination. I can make the decision on how I want the pictures, location and makeup, everything. On the other hand in wedding photography, it is always according to the client and their choices. You can not be independent and creative much with the wedding, unlike fashion. That’s the reason I am more into fashion photography.”
Talking about collaborations, Shibam also did many collaborations in his initial stage. Most of the time it used to be unpaid because of being a newbie but it used to help for the making of profile and portfolio. It also depends on with whom we have worked so far, for the future references and value.
“I would suggest like all new photographers should collab in their initial stage. Also, we have to be choosy and look out for the company or brand with whom we are collaborating. It is necessary for the future portfolio and image of our own.”
The best experience of Shibam Dutta so far was the shoot he had in Kolkata. Shibam and his fellow mate who was also a photographer had a great experience there and got great output after the complete photoshoot.
“It was I would say the best pictures I have ever had from that particular shoot.”
Photography is quite an expensive business. Every year, photographers need to invest in their cameras, lenses, and many more. Putting all the investment, in the beginning, is worthless. One does not get regular paid work.
“I would suggest not to invest too much amount in the beginning. I believe you get the best of what you have. Even I started with CANON 550D, which I borrowed from my friend. For almost a year I was capturing all the wedding photographs with that only and clients was happy too. In the end, gadgets do not matter if you can give them good output.”
Pandemic has been a very negative impact on every industry including photography. There were zero work and no income which was quite a hard time for photographers. Also, there are many ways to earn like selling clicked pictures and arts online.
“Pandemic taught us that we should know other things too apart from what we do professionally. It was quite devastating as I was having zero income. Then I took interest in the stock market. So now I do that too.”
Social media is much important for photographers. It is the platform where one can get contacts, get collaborations, and also recognition for their work.
“Along with social media platforms, a photographer should also have good communication skills to showcase their art. One should know how to approach and talk to clients. It is a very important factor.”
Apart from photography, Shibam loves to cook and experiment with new dishes.
To all the budding photographers, he said,
“One should never stop working upon their skills. There are many things to learn specifically about light. Light is the most important part of photography. Also, learning new techniques and never giving up is the smooth way to this field.”
He is becoming the best photographer day by day in his skills and burnishing art with loads of knowledge. He is making his way more precise to his dream way to work in Bollywood and Hollywood fashion shows.