Vinit Modi is a successful photographer from India. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with photography?
Into the wild was a movie I watched in my early twenties, that has been formative for me on experiencing life and the journey you must take to realize what it has in store for you as an individual. I was in fact obsessed with a such a thought as Christopher McCandless’ “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different Sun.”
How important is having a unique style as a photographer? How would you describe your style?
Travel and photography came hand in hand as I wanted to capture moments and thoughts I experienced in those moments to be able to share it with the world. I feel that my photos have a certain quality of life that can be breathed into them with words. Lessons learned with travel, encounters with strangers, the inconvenience or luxury thereof that underlies each travel experience is what gives me perspective in life. The utmost thing I’ve learned from all of my travel experiences is to be humble. I’ve observed that nature is awe-inspiring. If anything in nature does not blow our minds we are missing something. There are so many things in life that we have to be absolutely grateful for. So, I travel to inspire others who can, to travel and serve ones who cannot, to travel through my pictures.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
After finishing my Bachelors in India, in hopes of traveling around the world, I came to the United States in 2009 to pursue my MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. While in school, I traveled to over 12 different countries including Austria, The Czech Republic, & Costa Rica to study their business approach and fulfilling my yearning for travel.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers out there?
Just know that the first hundred thousand shots are going to be your worst. Don’t give up because lights didn’t work or the shot wasn’t right. If you do, you were not in it for the long haul. Photography needs time and patience and the fruits of patience are sweet. I always recommend shooting in different lights so you understand the possibilities. Do not be afraid to play with the settings on the camera.
Have you ever run out of ideas?
I strongly believe that beauty lies in everything and it’s us who need to look, observe and share with people.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
How do you find places and models for your shootings?
I reach out to locals before every trip that I take, do research online and look for vantage points that have not been explored. I firmly believe in scouting for landscape photography and then wait on blessings from mother nature to get a good picture.
What’s the one piece of photo gear you couldn’t live without?
My Camera – Nikon D850
Do you edit your photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
Adobe Lightroom for DSLR
Snapseed for Mobile
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