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Learning and fun at a workshop on smartphone photography

Gayatri Nair showed participants how to use their smartphones for various kinds of photography, including wildlife, food or professional promotions

January 27, 2024 12:29 pm | Updated 06:57 pm IST - CHENNAI

Gayatri Nair interacts with the audience as she conducts a workshop on ‘How to be a pro smartphone photographer’ as a part of The Hindu Lit Fest in Chennai on January 27, 2024.

Gayatri Nair interacts with the audience as she conducts a workshop on ‘How to be a pro smartphone photographer’ as a part of The Hindu Lit Fest in Chennai on January 27, 2024. | Photo Credit: Akhila Easwaran

Participants from diverse walks of life — an IT professional, a student, a government employee, a dentist, a retired Railways official — from ages spanning the teens to the late 60s, gathered on Saturday for their interest in smartphone photography.

Over 20 persons participated in The Hindu Lit Fest 2024’s workshop, ‘How To Be A Pro Smartphone Photographer’, facilitated by Gayatri Nair, an arts manager and educator, and one of the co-founders of the Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation.

As Ms. Nair explained the smartphone’s camera features — she delved into zoom modes, the flash feature, the colour filters, the aspect ratio, the exposure, the timer and a host of other features that many smartphones now have on offer, and taught the participants how each one worked. She also took queries on how best to use a smartphone camera for various sorts of photo requirements, and then had the participants do a photography exercise.

For some, it was about figuring out how to use their smartphones for various kinds of photography (wildlife, food, professional promotions, etc.); for others, it was wanting to create better, more defined memories through photographs; while for a few others, it was a fun new skill to pick up. And for all of them, there was something to learn.

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