From Snapshots To Great Shots
The Art Of Seeing

The Only Photography Workshop in Mumbai (actually, all of India) That Brings You Face-to-Face With What’s Really Needed to Make Great Photographs: Your Eyes, Your Mind, and Your Heart

Learn how to better observe the world around you, improve your ability to see the endless possibilities in a setting and become a better photographer. Discover the ability to translate your vision into evocative images that communicate your vision. Join me on this one-of-a-kind photography workshop in Mumbai as I take you on a visual journey over six amazing hours that will not only change your photography, but forever will change the way you look at the world around you!

The Art Of Seeing - Workshop Synopsis

What this amazing photography workshop is all about
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From snapshots to Great Shots – The Art of  Seeing

A unique, one-of-a-kind weekend photography workshop in Mumbai – India, designed to teach and instill the ability to see visually and tell a story through pictures. Put simply, this is the photography workshop that empowers you to go from taking snapshots to making Great Shots.

Conducted in Mumbai, the “FROM SNAPSHOTS TO GREAT SHOTS – THE ART OF SEEING”   is the definitive workshop that will set you on the path to making great images with the camera you own – cellphones included! While other photography courses teach rules and techniques, this workshop addresses the heart of the matter: What lies in your field of vision? What are its building blocks? How are the elements connected? What does one make an image of? How do you ensure that the image is full of meaning and impact? And how do you convey that meaning?

Put simply, you will learn to deconstruct the world as you look at it through your eyes – and see it in an entirely new way. That, is Seeing.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional photographer or a beginner really. The skills you’ll learn in this workshop will lift the veil of your preconceptions from over your eyes and mind. You’ll be amazed to find a wealth of photo-opportunities just waiting to be discovered everywhere, and see the world as you’ve never seen it before. You’ll be surprised on a daily basis as your ability to see and observe increases and keeps growing. You’ll delight as you discover the interconnected nature of things in front of you and how one flows to the other. You’ll begin to glimpse The Bigger Picture……

Guess what? Your photography will be so, so  much the better for it!

“And what about gear?” did I hear you ask?

I’m often asked what photography gear I use to make my photos; the answer is this: “two eyes, one brain, one heart. One index finger to trip the shutter button. And oh yes, the camera – that just captures what my eyes see, my brain thinks and my heart feels onto a memory card. That’s my gear for you!”

The most important equipment in photography? It’s not the camera – it’s YOU!

About time you learnt to recognize and unleash your true potential, don’t you think?


The Essence Of Photography? It’s got nothing to do with the camera!

In the midst of all those dials and buttons move those photographer-artists who’ve learnt to see. Sometimes in a slow and deliberate fashion, sometimes almost flippantly, ever flowing freely. Now they become what they see, now what they see becomes them. This, is the unequivocal message of those who’ve learnt to see: Do not confuse the camera with the fact that what you’re really doing is Seeing!


So, you want to go from taking mere snapshots to Making Great Shots...

And you’re wondering if this photography workshop will get you there? Answer these nine simple questions and you’ll know the answer. Ready? Hover over this slide and then click the arrow on the right of each slide to proceed to the next one…

Have you ever wondered

just why your images don’t look as nice as you’d want them to?

Ever wondered

just how those who consistently produce stunning photographs go about doing so?

Did you purchase

that great prosumer or professional DSLR, only to find that it doesn’t produce great photographs?

Attended a workshop

where they taught you all about things like “Aperture”, “Shutter speed” & “ISO”? Stuff which left you confused. And – to add insult to injury – still didn’t result in you making better photographs?

Purchased an expensive lens

only to learn that it too didn’t help you make great pictures?

Attended a workshop or two

and poured over scores of articles, having being told that “ok, now you need to learn to compose!”? Where you learnt of  things such as “the rule of thirds”, “leading lines” blah, blah, blah. Spent valuable time, money and effort in the process, and then went and tried to religiously implement them, only to learn that… It still didn’t help you make great photographs?

Does all this sound familiar?

Nodding your head in agreement, aren’t you?

Do you know

where the problem lies? What no one’s told you? What you haven’t understood? Because there’s been nobody to systematically help you address the very genesis of the problem?

Ready to know what Photography is REALLY all about?

And how you can go about making the transition from taking snapshots to making Great Shots?

Want some Sage Advise?

This thing called “Photography” – it’s not what you’ve been led to think it is. What it is, is…. O.K., it’s time for you to scroll down!

What you'll learn

A very brief look at the topics covered in the workshop

The Fundamentals of Seeing

The difference between Looking versus Seeing. How Seeing is different from Composition. What are the barriers to Seeing and how to overcome them. How our minds process visual information.

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The Power of Color

Color theory and symbolism, how to use color, the pitfalls of color, using color for maximum impact.

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The Beauty of  Form

What is Form? The building blocks of form, their symbolism and emotional impact, mutability and how to use them to make better photographs.

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The 3rd Dimension & Beyond – Perspective and Time

Principles & methods for creating the illusion of depth in a two dimensional image. Principles and methods to lead the eye on a visual journey through the image.

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Moments

What are ‘Moments’? Their classifications, preparing for them, spotting them and nailing The Decisive Moment.

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Contrast

Understanding contrast and it’s role in the image making process. Dispelling the myth that contrast is just about light and dark. Understanding the emotional impact of the various types of contrast and how to best use them.

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Putting it all together

Learn how to dissect what lies before your eyes, then learn how to put things back together.  Learn how to make compelling photographs that tell an entire story in a single frame.

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Wait, there’s more!

The rule of thirds? Vertical vs horizontal compositions? Blah, blah, blah… forget all that you’ve read up on that stuff that really doesn’t get you anywhere unless you’ve learnt to see. You’ll learn what Composition really is (trust me, it really isn’t what you think it is), and you’ll learn The One and Only  Definitive Rule of Composition – and in that is contained the very essence of whether an image works or not.  What you will  also learn is just how far learning how to see can go in bettering the way we post-process images. Plus, you get lifetime access to our private group on Facebook where you can interact with other past participants, post your images for review as you go about implementing what you learnt, receive valuable tip. You also get privileged access to our closed, members-only monthly photowalks where you get the unique opportunity to test and further your learning in the company of others who’ve done the course. And  much, much more…

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What participants are saying

Don't just take it from us. Listen to what our participants have to say.

Praise for The Art of Seeing Photography Workshop

The Art of Seeing Photography Workshop has – since its inception in 2012 – empowered close to 300 participants from in and around Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi etc., as well as people of foreign origin visiting or residing in India to make great photographs. We invited them to share their stories, and we are so happy to see what we have helped them accomplish.

SHISHIR DHULLA

Emkay Global Financial Services

4_5_stars

Keep your cameras aside. Keep your experience aside. Attend this workshop and feel the difference in the way you see the world around you. If you see it differently, your photographs will reflect the change. Highly recommended even if you consider yourself an expert photographer.

ANINDA BANERJEE

.AVP at Wipro and AVP at Convergys

4_5_stars

It was truly an eye opening session with Neville. One can keep holding a camera and not see anything through the view finder unless one acquires the ability to “see”. Neville got me to see things through a photographer’s vision, mindset and perspective. Thanks Neville!!!

CHETAN RANA

Photographer from Mumbai

4_5_stars

Well, I attended the Art of Seeing Photography Workshop with Neville just yesterday on 8 May 2016. Trust me I regret to have deferred attending this for so long, I had come across this a couple of years back. Initially I had an apprehension that the workshop might just limit my vision to see and photograph in some and certain ways, but trust me, it opens up your mind and  eyes to a great extent. My takeaway from the workshop is that there is much greater and deeper connect that one needs to bring into his or her Photography. This workshop in no ways will limit your vision but will help open up your mind and move away from what Neville calls the “me cramp” and perhaps help you bring that third dimension of bringing that “connect” into your photography. Do consider attending it. I have not touched my camera or clicked even a single photographs between yesterday and today to prove a difference in my photography as I write this, but the workshop certainly has changed my perspective towards photography.

URVI ARORA

.Freelance Photographer, Former Photographer at Stories by Joseph Radhik

4_5_stars

It’s an amazing workshop. Neville breaks down the principles of seeing and image making so well. I am a wedding photographer, and when I attended his workshop about 2 years back in 2014, I was at a point where I was going through a photographic block. I knew I wanted to make a certain type of image but couldn’t figure out how. Neville’s Art of Seeing workshop answered those HOWs. The best part about him is that the mentoring process goes on after the workshop too if need be. He answered many of my questions and queries and helped and guided me through that creative block period even after the workshop. And his members only photowalks are a must attend. It’s teachings applied in real life. :) Overall, it’s a must attend workshop. :)

PUSHKAR BAGMAR

MD at SKP Tricor Corporate Services, Pune

4_5_stars

Am yet under the hangover of the Art of seeing photography workshop; it feels like I learnt the very soul of photography. Heartfelt thanks..

VINAY AGARWAL

Strategist: Fortuna Material Management Pvt. Ltd.

4_5_stars

You could read a hundred books. Or struggle through thousands of articles on the net. Alternatively, you can spend a few hours with Neville Bulsara on this workshop. I suggest Neville – it doesn’t get any better!

PETER THEOBALD

President (Security Business) – Hitachi Systems Micro-clinic

4_5_stars

I learned a lot from this photography workshop… highly recommended!

TRIBHUVAN THAPA

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4_5_stars

An extremely complex subject simplified as few can… brilliantly structured curriculum and style of teaching.

SHARELL MAHAMAYA

Writer / Content Manager at About.com India Travel

4_5_stars

I did this workshop and can’t recommend it enough. More than what I learned to see, I couldn’t believe what I had been missing out on seeing! Incredibly enlightening and inspiring! …It’s amazing what I can do when I’m actually “seeing” and not fiddling with the settings on a fancy camera.

GREG LAMBERT

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4_5_stars

Neville doesn’t just observe the world, he strips it bare. And the best part is he shows you how to do it for yourself. If there’s just one photography workshop you should attend, this is it!

MILIND “SHUTTERBUG” PANDIT

4_5_stars

… barring a few years, the camera has been my continual accomplice since thirty-six years. And while my photographs have been technically well shot and good looking, my creative cravings have always wanted for more. To address this, I enrolled for several workshops, but always came back completely disappointed. Till finally I attended the Art of Seeing Photography Workshop.

I came across this workshop on Facebook, visited the Stops Of Light site, where I spent almost a week looking at the images and carefully reading Neville’s thoughts on various aspects of photography. It was only after that that I decided to call him and enroll myself for the workshop.

I was very clear during my call. There I was telling Neville that I was looking for a workshop that DID NOT teach me to use my camera, but rather guided me through aspects of photography that no one bothers to teach. And then Neville goes “Oh sure! Don’t even bother bringing your camera…”

It has been some time that I completed this workshop and the vision that Neville has provided has completely transformed my way of seeing things and situations. My ability to make photographs is now not bound by equipment or accessories, but are guided just by developing my abilities to “see” better. He has set me free!

Do I recommend this workshop? Oh hell yes, of course I do! Not just for aspiring photographers, but also for many of us who have been wasting our shutters making ‘copies of compositions’ that we see in the multiples of thousands of images every day.

The Nitty-gritties

Where the photography workshop is held, when it’s scheduled for, timings, what to bring along, and how much it costs.

Where

The Bulsara Residence, 104, 2-B, Gold Coin, Opp. SoBo Central Mall, Tardeo Road, Mumbai 400034

When

Schedule for April & May 2017

ONE  BATCH EACH ON

Sunday 16th April

Sunday 30th April

Sunday  7th May,

Sunday 14th May

Sunday 21st May

Sunday 28th May

Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Limited to four participants per Batch

What to Bring along

Your Eyes. Your Mind.
We’ll open both for you.

Costs

₹ 3,900/- Includes a light lunch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know about this amazing photography workshop, but didn't know whom to ask.
In a nutshell, what will I learn in this photography workshop?

The alpha and the omega – the beginning and the end – of what’s really needed to make striking photographs, period. No button pushing, no fussing over your camera, no wasting time concentrating on what’s on or inside your camera. Instead, you’ll get to the heart of the matter – focus on what’s around you. Learn to see like you’ve never seen before. And that’s what you need really to make great images.

Isn't Seeing the same as Composing?

Seeing is taking apart – using your mind and heart – the plethora of visual data that your eyes take in. Composition is putting it back together in the frame. It follows that you must first See – using your mind and heart – before you can compose. And speaking of composition, if all those rules of thirds and all that don’t get you great shots, it’s because you’re not Seeing!

I've heard it said that one has to be born with the ability to see. That it can't really be developed...

I wasn’t. Born with it, that is. I did. Develop my ability to see, that is. And at the end of this workshop you’ll have all the tools you’ll ever need to walk the road and pass through the door of understanding of what it really means to See and how to do so for yourself.

Is this workshop really as good as it's made out to be?

If I said “Yes”, I’d be accused of boasting. If I said “No”, I’d be lying. But don’t take my word for it – read up on what participants have had to say.

Then why aren't others offering a similar workshop?

I can only speak of  what I’ve seen come to pass since the one-plus year that I’ve been running this particular photography workshop in Mumbai. Quite frankly, no one else had offered such a workshop before December 2012 which is when I first got the ball rolling. Since then, I’ve seen a few people jumping into the fray, only to fade away with time. Why didn’t they offer it earlier? Why didn’t they continue to over time? Some maybe really couldn’t tell the difference between what they saw in the first case and the picture that they made (there is a difference between what catches one’s eye and what one makes a picture of). Maybe there were some who made good images by instinct, but hadn’t been able to put as much thought and effort into really figuring out how they did it. Perhaps there were others who couldn’t communicate their thoughts as effectively and passionately as I do. I don’t know for sure and can only speculate. What I can say for sure is that I’ve been running this workshop in Mumbai since over a year, and  very successfully at that.

₹ 3,900/-... isn't that expensive?

Why do you feel it’s expensive? And compared to What?

Fact #1: At its price, this photography workshop costs:

Less than 10% of what you’d pay (or might have paid) for a basic DSLR and kit lens..

A fraction of what you’d pay (or might have paid) for a basic point-and-shoot camera

Far less than the camera component on your cellular phone or tablet.

Nothing in terms of the time and money you’ve probably  spent on workshops, e-books etc., with the intention of taking great photographs, only to find out that they didn’t address the root of the problem.

Fact #2: In terms of Value, this photography workshop will ensure that you start making better photos, develop a keen eye, see things you’d never seen before, and make images of them using whatever camera you have at your disposal. It will transform you from a fumbling dial-turning button-pusher to a confident and keen observer in sync with your surroundings, able to recognize the emotional value of what your eyes see, your mind thinks, and your heart feels. And, it will train you to communicate that via great photographs.

Fact #3: This is not a course that will make you put your camera away in frustration. Rather, it is one that will inspire you to pick it up. Again, and again, and again…

Fact #4: You get what you pay for; quality and cost are usually directly proportional at the end of the day.

Fact #5: There is no comparable course along these lines, none that I know of that deal with the subject in as much detail as I do.

And so I ask again: “Why do you feel it’s expensive? And compared to What?” If you think about it, it’s very reasonably priced. Actually cheap for all the value it delivers. Wouldn’t you agree?

I don't have to carry my camera along - are you serious?

Dead serious. The whole premise about Seeing is that it’s not about the camera. It’s about You! Any workshop on seeing that says that you have to get your camera along isn’t about Seeing. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I'd like to attend this photography workshop, but I'm not from Mumbai...

Don’t let that stop you. I’ve had people come down from out of town, from places such as Pune, Delhi & Bangalore for this photography workshop. And gone back extremely satisfied. That should say something. And if you just can’t manage to come down, you can always explore the possibility of getting together with your local camera club to host this workshop in your city.

Can you do this workshop in-house for my organization?

Absolutely!  Drop me a message via the contact page.

But what about post-processing?

What if I told you that a thoughtful processing edit is based on principles?  And that those principles are reflected in the techniques? What if I told you that the blind application of technique is literally a shot in the dark? It may result in an ok photo, but great edits are not a matter of chance. Because they are firmly rooted in principles. And  what if I told that those principles are nothing but the principles of Seeing? What would be your reaction if you were to discover that this workshop actually led you to making better edits of your photographs?

What about techniques like Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority....

Again, those are techniques, not principles. Understand the principles and the techniques become child’s play. I really don’t know what the big deal is about Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority… it’s so damn simple. Want everything from the foreground to background in sharp focus? Or want to selectively throw things out of focus? Use Aperture Priority. That’s equivalent to Landscape Mode and Portrait Modes on automatic cameras. Want to freeze action? Or to blur it? Use Shutter Priority. That’s what that icon that looks like a running man on automatic cameras does. That’s all that is to it. Really! Don’t confuse techniques with principles. All techniques are based on principles. The Art of Seeing is based on pure principles. The rest is all… I think it’s time you scrolled down below.

Good Photography is not about technique…

You either see, or you don’t see. The rest is academic. Photography is simply a function of seeing. Nothing more.

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Passionate to a fault - both about India & photography - Stops Of Light conducts the most unique, insightful and inspiring photography workshops in Mumbai, as well as photography tours, workshops & expeditions in India. Our India Photography Tours include small-group photography tours to Varanasi, Rajasthan, Agra, The Pushkar Camel Fair and Ladakh.

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