5 photography tips from ace lensman Raghu Rai

9 May 2009

Master-photographer Raghu Rai, who was nominated by Henri Cartier-Bresson to join Magnum, in conversation with ASRP Mukesh in The Pioneer, on his entry into photography and what it takes to be a good lensman:

# “Skills are never taught, they are acquired. I can give you a camera, but can’t feed your vision.”

# “Photography is a strguggle to respond to the situation and realise its importance. Death and life don’t wait for anyone. One has to understand this hidden meaning before picking up a camera.”

# “Non-professional photographers should begin clicking portraints as it teaches them to connect with emotions better than juggling between doing overambitious pictures.”

# “If your mind is not connected to what you are shooting then you are not a good photographer.”

# “A creative photographer is one who either captures mystery or reveals things, everything else is useless.”

Photograph: courtesy Magnum

Also read: Raghu Rai‘s Magnum photo gallery

T.S. Satyan on photography

Prashant Panjiar on photography

T.S. Nagarajan on photography

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16 Responses to “5 photography tips from ace lensman Raghu Rai”

  1. Ayan maitra Says:

    If u provide more tips frm raghu rai,it would be great


  2. I am deeply impressed with the photography of the genius- Raghu Rai. Some of his shots speak and talk with your inner heart !

    • Ranjeet Kumar Says:

      Good morning maim, my self ranjeet kumar, i enjoy every moments when i am with my camera. i want to be professional in this field. so, plz give me ideas to proceed in this rocking field.

      Ranjeet Kumar

      N.I.T JSR (final year)


  3. The tips are just simple and amazing. There is so much yet to learn… I specially liked that amateurs should start with portraits.. as they help you connect with the emotions…rather than just be overambitious for our shots.

  4. sarbori basu roy Says:

    u r amazing……………………as a non-professional photographer, i will be thankful to get more tips……

  5. SOUMYA MUKHOPADHYAY Says:

    HOw can i contact RAGHU RAI

  6. Utpal Datta Says:

    Great Tips by Raghu Rai. May I have his contact no or email?

  7. rajiv Says:

    Dont see much content in these tips.

    I am sorry but I fail to see anything useful here.

  8. mrityunjay Says:

    very helpful.please provide more tips from raghu rai.

  9. Nilargha chatterjee Says:

    I am also interested in photography………….. i can not see much when i am naked eye but i can see many more when i look through the camera…

  10. SUDHANGSU PAUL Says:

    It’s true..One who works with dedication can realize the truth..so, learn photography by taking photographs honestly..thanks a lot Mr Rai….


  11. I am a great fan of Mr.Raghu Rai.His photographs are very inspirational.

  12. sonusharma Says:

    i want to meet you please sir i am a big fan yours

  13. kallol majumder Says:

    I am a great fan of the INDIAN stalwart in photography yet I feel very sorry on his third opinion as an amateur photographer . Some great photographs have been taken by amateurs worldwide
    which is well in his knowledge.

  14. al Says:

    Great tips by Raghu Rai. I have recently seen his collection of Music Maestros on https://www.storyltd.com/collections/music-maestros-photographs-by-raghu-rai/3663/


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