Student Testimonial

 

In the fast-paced materialistic modern life of our time, as we are losing connect with Nature, our Spiritual-self and true understanding of Art; Raghu Rai Centre for Photography are one of the few oases of peace and harmony where in the cradle of mother-nature one can rediscover the beauty of Life and learn Photography in its purest form. The centre is analogous to Shantiniketan, set up by Rabindranath Tagore, as an abode of learning in the midst of nature.It was a foggy wintry morning that I first stepped into the centre. As I walked down the tree-lined pathway leading to the beautifully designed centre building, taking in slowly the moist scent of dew-drenched grass and chirping of birds, I realised my learning process has already started. What came next over the few months at the centre was a great experience and something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I will be ever-grateful to the Force which brought me to this place where I received the knowledge and blessings from my Gurus, Raghu Sir and Nitin Sir. Apart from providing me with a strong technical base, their guidance helped me look beyond the clichés of ‘beautiful’ and ‘pretty’ images, and understand where the ‘soul’ of a photograph truly lies. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the other members of the faculty and team without whom my experience would have been incomplete. For anyone who is interested, in learning the art of photography in its unadulterated form or contemplating a career in the field, should definitely consider spending sometime at the centre. Wishing the very best.
Nabarun Mookerjee
1 Year Diploma In Creative Photography Batch2012-2013
To this outward dominance of a rebel lies an alter ego that very few people have been able to appreciate. I was always a part of the dissent group that merely had to observe to understand the finer intricacies. Never really fitting in, right from the formative years in school has its own perks. It brings out a unique perspective of the bigger picture, which eventually sparked an interest for exploring the realm of art. But that never ending thirst to discover who I really was,what led me towards Photography. Schooling in Hyderabad is like a war between creativity and Conformity and the Junior college stage was like jumping from The frying pan into the fire. Fortunately, I had the best of the Teachers all along and oddly enough, the rest of my batch Considered them a pain while I felt a deep connection with Them on the intellectual front. In retrospect, my sense of direction in life, I owe to them, the “Engineering Dream” was the natural direction that took me to BITS Pilani. Vacation time meant traipsing down to Goa and has its own sense of pride. Goa opened avenues “ToBe Free” and “To Be” without any judgement among those trying to fit in as well. Photography started becoming a natural part of who I am, with huge cameras (pun owning to my physical size)around my neck, roaming around everywhere but the class, much to the displeasure of the faculty. Well in a way, I was living the dream, My Dream Eventual branding of “Farhan Qureshi” of thefilm Three Idiots by the very faculty, much to my surprise, gave me a confidence for the final leap of faith, chasing my passion for a career Let's just call it fate that when I took that decision, there was someone to understand the motive and guide me forward. True inspiration comes not from vain ambition but an iron will to survive and Raghu Sir's words still echo in my ears when he turned to my father and said "Right after college I picked up my camera and joined a newspaper." Simple words that changed faith into a strong determination. Thus began a dream that you needed to be awake for! There is a certain sensitivity to this place that I, somehow, always end up failing to articulate and just one word remains in my head. Inspiration. The warmth that this place radiates, gave me a sense of belonging that I had been yearning for. Those first words, “Welcome to the family” and maintaining that very same affection in this age is very rare. To be part of it makes you grow as an individual. That is the essential training to come a sensitive and an aware photographer. Traditional Indian philosophy of teaching always guided students and gave them a direction to explore, without actually explaining what to look for, and an inspiration to carry forward the philosophy. Technology makes it easy for anyone to learn to photography these days, but people hardly understand the philosophy of making photographs. Where else, will you find Masters of the Old school, giving you a direction to explore within? To my Gurus, I leave this Gurudakshina “Let them be free to roam in a domain of curiosity, that doesn’t die out with age. Just let them be, for I am now home. I am now home.” Sama Darishnah
Charith Kandala
1 Year Diploma In Creative Photography Batch 2013-2014
One year course learning photography from Raghu Rai Center For Photography is a life changer. Learning here in the lap of nature was a big enjoyment. My love for photography started when i was in class 10 but I only knew how to “point the camera and shoot’. MY love for photography has become stronger because of my GURU.. ‘NITIN SIR. He taught me to understand camera lights. How to think and conceptualize shoots inspired me to compose more and snap less to COMPOSE and FRAME before taking picture He always said every photo is a good photo but you have to click a WOW. I always avoided submitting my images to KSHIPRA Mam,because they were not good enough, MAM taught me what all those buttons ,settings and menus on the cameras are for and when to use them. She always helped, encouraged and motivated me. Rohit Sir too guided me at every step of learning. Day by day my confidence grew, my knowledge on how to take god pictures improved. if I compare my work from my RRCFP days to the previous work of Ishan it was ‘horror’ ‘complete blunder’ Ha.Ha..Ha! I would like to Thank you Raghu Sir for your lovely guidance and blessings. What I learnt from RAGHU SIR is very difficult to describe. He taught that we should not think what we did earlier while shooting.He taught us to be focused and to keep shooting . I understood that for mastering photographic art we do not need expensive gears but ..vision …vision and ..vision itself. The knowledge I got from you is going to help me in every part of my life.I thank Nitin sir. Kshipra mam Rohit sir Neha mam for opening my vision CREATIVELY. You all have made me stronger to face the challenges ahead. It has been an honour to be your student, I love the confidence you Boosted in me. I had fun doing the course learning in the lap of nature. And now I am having much more fun with my camera getting better results. Thank, you Sandy bhaiya (Sandeep sir ) for teaching Photoshop. Harish Bhaiya ,for awesome food.. I will miss BROWNIE her 7 pups..and, Duke and never forget BAGHEERA. I will be part of you in future. I for sure will always be associated with you all and RRCFP for many many years to come.
Ishan Agarwal
1 Year Diploma In Creative Photography Batch 2012-2013
By the time I earned my B.Tech in Electronics and Communications, I realized that the creative urge in me to communicate with the world beyond machines and tools, has increased manifold. I chose Photography as a medium of creative expression. This is the medium that has the power and ability to overcome the barrier of languages. Photography in itself is a universal language to share the joy of victory and sadness, of defeat transcending the human-animal barriers. The emotional expressions of humans and animals are more less the same-humans at times can be wild as animals in their expression of happiness or anger and animals can be as mild as humans in expression of love and affection. My venture into the world of Photography is a modest endeavor to realize my creative urge to become the voice of voiceless creatures and create awareness among humans about the plight of such creatures. Humankind longs for immortality - wants to leave behind his/her image as off springs. Photography as an art from is a part of that desire to be immortal. This is what I discovered at the Raghu Rai Center For Photography. Here I learnt how to live beyond my life. I learnt from Nitin Sir how to create a magic of light and shade in Photographer and also the art of shooting telling photographs-photos that tell a thousand words. I also learnt that photography is a journey to eternity and the camera held in your hand opens up the third eye to look into the spiritual world of -”Satyam Shivam Sudaram”. My heartfelt gratitude to Kshipra Simon and Rohit Gautam for introducing me to the world of photo selection and editing ! I would like to also thank Neha Sharma for helping with studio lighting.
Saanchi Agarwal
1 Year Diploma In Creative Photography Batch 2013-2014
I come from the pink city of Rajasthan. I was born in Jaipur but my parents moved to Gurgaon after my birth. Talking about my cultural background, my upbringing was a mix of modern and traditional. My parents were cool about certain things but strict about the values they wanted me to learn. I have an elder sister too, and having an elder sister always helped because most of the time she protected me and still does. I did my schooling from The Shri Ram School. As a student I was always interested in Extracurricular activity. I always participated in annual Functions and various other events. I enjoyed going to various trips with my school. After my graduation, I joined Raghu Rai Center for Photography. It was a great learning experience. The range and scope of photography opened my vision to the world of images. After studying here I like to shoot just about everything. Though my interest in fashion and studio photography has not diminished, I now like to shoot everything which includes life, documentary, landscapes, portraits and so on. The Center took us for various shooting trips. One such trip was to Pushkar which is in Rajasthan for life and documentary of festival. I learnt a lot about detailing in photography and it was a memorable experience. We were also taken for a landscape and life documentary shoot to Trithan Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Overall I have gained so much of knowledge and experience. My work has improved a lot from the days I was shooting as an untrained but enthusiastic photographer. I was lucky to get into the RRCFP and get insights into so many aspects of photography. The knowledge that I gained in this institute will help in becoming what I want to be. The faculty are knowledgeable and at the same time very helpful. They were always there whenever we needed their guidance and support. Nitin Rai sir is an amazing teacher with a lot of experience which he shared with all of us. Raghu Rai sir and Nitin sir are a source of inspiration for me. The faculty used to arrange for a lot of workshops which not only helped us in photography but taught us a lot about being creative too. My journey in the Raghu Rai Centre for Photography was a great one and has given me knowledge to hone into my passion. I can’t thank the Center enough but will surely try and do something commendable in photography to make my mentors proud. I will surely miss the fun and the time spent in the college. It has given me many memories which I will treasure. After my graduation, I joined Raghu Rai Center for Photography. It was a great learning experience. The range and scope of photography opened my vision to the world of images. After studying here I like to shoot just about everything. Though my interest in fashion and studio photography has not diminished, I now like to shoot everything which includes life, documentary, landscapes, portraits and so on. The Center took us for various shooting trips. One such trip was to Pushkar which is in Rajasthan for life and documentary of festival. I learnt a lot about detailing in photography and it was a memorable experience. We were also taken for a landscape and life documentary shoot to Trithan Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Overall I have gained so much of knowledge and experience. My work has improved a lot from the days I was shooting as an untrained but enthusiastic photographer. I was lucky to get into the RRCFP and get insights into so many aspects of photography. The knowledge that I gained in this institute will help in becoming what I want to be. The faculty are knowledgeable and at the same time very helpful. They were always there whenever we needed their guidance and support. Nitin Rai sir is an amazing teacher with a lot of experience which he shared with all of us. Raghu Rai sir and Nitin sir are a source of inspiration for me. The faculty used to arrange for a lot of workshops which not only helped us in photography but taught us a lot about being creative too. My journey in the Raghu Rai Centre for Photography was a great one and has given me knowledge to hone into my passion. I can’t thank the Center enough but will surely try and do something commendable in photography to make my mentors proud. I will surely miss the fun and the time spent in the college. It has given me many memories which I will treasure.
LK Sharda
1 Year Diploma In Creative Photography Batch 2013-2014
My name is Geet Gemini and I did my graduation from Hotel Management. I was hesitant to do a job as I wanted to be in a creative field. Days passed and I decided to join the Raghu Rai Center for Photography. My reason for being a photographer is that I wanted to hold life, because when someone sees a photograph, they can relive that moment in their own space of imagination and freedom. For me, photography is freedom from the inequalities in society, freedom to realize, feel and convey. It is the ability to roam around in that aura of true-to-life photography which is what RRCFP teaches you. This is a learning centre in the lap of nature, with the most mesmerizing ambience for being creative. It has open wide spaces for letting your thoughts flow like water even as you feel the harder surface. My journey will never end with RRCFP, as what I have been taught here, is now a part of me and will remain a very important part of my photography career. Nitin Rai sir, being very supportive and helpful in every situation, expects you to work hard and deliver. I thank him for his teachings and the knowledge he shared with me throughout the year.Just want to say that it’s just that you need to grab your share of happiness and knowledge. Some are lucky to get it, some need to work hard for it. Overall, it was a mixed experience with ups and downs and I landed up being higher.
Geet Gemini
1 Year Diploma In Creative Photography Batch 2013-2014

 

 

Infectious enthusiasm and humility. Creative composition. From taking a picture to making a picture. Technical perfection. Life and documentary, portraits, landscapes. The list can go on. Nitin Sir has brought out the best in me. One day I hope to achieve a fraction of all that he symbolizes.
Madhulika Bansal
Customised Course In Creative Photography
Learning Photography from Nitin sir has been an eye-opener in many ways. Not only did he teach us the technicalities of using a digital camera optimally but widened my vision of creating a picture tremendously He introduced many new perspectives and mentored us skillfully and patiently. It would be fair to say that he has rewritten the rules of photography for me!
Namita Khanna
Customised Course In Creative Photography
I have been doing amateur photography since the past 30 years, but Nitin Sir has helped me to reinvent my concept of photography. After doing the course I have learnt to appreciate and understand good photography. Nitin Sir is one of the very best in his field and yet he is very humble. It has been an honor to be his student.
Nimesh Bansal
Customised Course In Creative Photography

 

 

For me, photography started as a hobby but over a period of time I have taken up photography as a serious topic to learn and master. Thanks to my teacher Mr. Nitin Rai; I am now aware of the enormous possibilities that photography has.The time spent at RRCFP has enabled me to look at the creative aspect of life all around me. The viewfinder does limits my vision to two dimensions but the knowledge of a rear picture being present right in front of me, motivates me to capture my best shot each time I press the shutter button.Photography for me is now a quest to find an answer to the question “god created nature, human created cameras, what did I add?”
Somankar Biswas
The Art of Fashion and Advertising 1st batch
It was an amazing experience at RRCFP. i learned the ability to make a picture and now i think like a picture maker all thanks to NITIN sir . The ability to think differently and creatively is what i learned from RRCFP. NITIN sir is a role model for me his humbleness , calm attitude fills a positive aura. He is a perfect teacher , guide, friend and moreover a good human . I respect u sir. One more person i want to thank – SHIPRA mam she was the one who was always there with me discussing about my concept, prop, makeup for the shoots. I really want to thank u, mam.
Kaushal Kumar
The Art of Fashion and Advertising 1st batch
I came to know about RRCFP sometime earlier in the year and knowing that the institution is run by two most eminent photographers of this era – Mr. Raghu Rai and his son Mr. Nitin Rai, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would like to learn more on photography from the very best and was on the lookout for an appropriate course. The commercial world of photography has always intrigued me and the moment I saw the announcement of advanced fashion and advertising course, I decided this is it. Before enrolling myself, I went to the institute to have a short meeting with Mr. Nitin Rai with a small portfolio of the work I had done thus far. He met me, looked at the pictures I was carrying and said – the pictures are nice, but they are not “wow” and when you learn from here, we will help you open up your vision and improve your photography skills which will translate the pictures you click to being “wow”. Within no time, I enrolled myself for the course and as the course proceeded, I could clearly understand and distinguish between what makes a picture ordinary versus a “wow”. The teachings imparted by Nitin Sir, the advise and mentoring provided by Raghu Sir are invaluable to me and I sincerely hope that I am able to apply those in any photography assignment I undertake and live up to their expectations and not become another run of the mill photographer. So Thank you Raghu and Nitin Sir for all the knowledge you have imparted and your blessings and good wishes. I would also like to Thank the other members of the RRCFP institute: Kshipra Simon – being a successful professional photographer herself, she has always assisted and supported us whenever we struggled to put in practice any of the learnings on our assignments, she has also been very open and agreed to be our model whenever we asked her to do so – Thank you Kshipra for bearing with us during some of our studio shoots. Sandeep Bhaiya – it is because of you, I feel confident to use Photoshop – Thank you for teaching us the tricks of the trade with editing. Harish – for meeting our the never ending demands of food, tea & coffee and treating us to some finger licking meals. And not to forget the three adorable dogs – Brownie, Bagira and Laila. RRCFP is now like an extended family and I would like to remain part of this family forever.
Suvendu Das
The Art of Fashion and Advertising 2nd batch
As all good things to an end so has our course. My heart full thanks to u for imparting some wonderful knowledge during my tenure there as a student. I assure u that soon u will be proud of being my teacher because u r not only a grounded and humble human being but a wonderful photographer. You will always have a special place in my heart. Going back to the Student life again was a beautiful experience. I’ll always cherish every moment spent at the center. May God bless you with lots of success and happiness in life. Also thanks to the faculty for their unconditional support always.
Vikram Joy
The Art of Fashion and Advertising 2nd batch

 

 

In the beginning when we started to learn photography having joined the Basic Batch II, a phrase we heard repeatedly was “we will open your vision…” At the end, I see light everywhere – in people, in nature, in food – in shades of black and white and in those kaleidoscopic rampage of colors…in shadows, in burns and in dodges…. Teachers Nitin Rai, Kshipra Simon, Sandy Bro’ – you rekindled the mind to our most precious gift – our lives in humanity….and now there is so much more to learn…to appreciate and care for human beings….above all learn to laugh and spread laughter ! My Step One to learning photography at RRCfP ends with having lit up my mind with freedom of thought ! And my hunger for more starts with joining the One Year Course !!
Supriyo Das
Basic Beginner's Photography Course 2nd batch
Fun filled journey for creativity is how I would define my experience at RRCFP. Finding beauty in everything around is what RRCFP instills in the students.
Richa Jain
Basic Beginner's Photography Course 2nd batch
First and foremost I would like to thank Madhu didi for pushing me and introducing me to the family of RRCFP. What can I say, I have no words to describe of how I feel. My journey so far with RRCFP has been a magical transformation of my ability to take pictures. My vision, passion & love for photography has become way more focused & stronger. My GURU – Nitin Sir, has opened my eyes to a whole new world of photography and not only that, his teachings has made me look at people with a different perspective. From having a fondness in clicking just plain nature & landscapes I have found greater interest in clicking the life around me, people their lovely expressions, their happiness, their sadness and everything about them. I would like to thank everyone at the centre, Nitin Sir for being my guru, Kshipra for bearing with us and helping us at every step of our learning, Sandeep Bhaiya no one could teach editing better than you, Harish Bhai for feeding us endlessly with some awesome food. Thank you everyone for making me a part of the RRCFP family and I would like to be one forever.
Akshay Goenka
Basic Beginner's Photography Course 2nd batch
RRCFP to me is like a paradise for photographers where I learnt the basic tools of photography. Apart from improving my basic skills with the camera the most important take away from this course is the induction of life and documentary in my photography style.. As far as my teachers are concerned Nitin Sir (words are not enough to delineate his talent) is extremely cooperative, motivating and above all a very patient listener and a down to earth person. The biggest lesson from Nitin Sir which I learned was to capture expressions meticulously. He advised me to keep becoming a better photographer by each passing day. Kshipra is livewire, extremely talented and helpful too. She was extremely patient with listening to our endless questions and giving her suggestions. Her positive energy and her selfless interest in our work made us bother her all the time One of my dreams of meeting Raghu Sir too came true during this course and the few short interactions with him too opened my vision a lot A special word of thanks for Sandeep Bhaiya for giving us Photoshop lessons and Harish Bhaiya for his wonderful culinary skills which made the canteen an extended classroom The basic course has made me a better student of photography (In fact I believe this is the best basic course available) and now I plan to pursue a professional course with the esteemed teachers and move towards becoming a better photographer.
Ranjana Singh
Basic Beginner's Photography Course 2nd batch
My experience… It was truly an enriching, enlivened experience for me to learn the basics of photography at RRCFP. My vision has widened so much that I am much more aware of the images that surround me ,as if a third eye has opened. Never encountered a more down to earth , friendly and always ready to help and guide, teacher than Respected and Dear Nitin Sir. Also many thanks to Rohit Sir and Kshipra maam for bearing with me always. Feelings and thoughts are most difficult to express in words, so till we reach a world where appreciation and gratitude could be put in words, a big’ THANK YOU’, will have to do. A keen lover of fine arts, I hope I am able to do justice to this art form and able to come back time and again to this dear family I found in RRCFP., Luscious green farm around, To me, the memories now surround, On this road of images, I wont take long, Heading with my camera, to where I belong…
Manushi Maheshwari
Basic Beginner's Photography Course 2nd batch
Indeed it was a pleasure to be on the batch. I am glad I joined RRCFP. I am spellbound by the love and attention that I have received from each faculty member of RRCFP. Only after joining the RRCFP, the basics got so much clear and I can share the same vision with my fellow photographers. The practical class after every lesson was an ultimate hit. I am already missing the classes, the learning and fun loving sessions we had.
Shivang Grover
Basic Beginner's Photography Course 3rd batch
Perfect ambiance to learn Photography from the masters...great set up, completely non- commercial approach and passionate faculty. I had a great time there learning this art and honing my skill. It has changed the way I see things now before I shoot them..through the lens, of course :) Via-Facebook
Gagandeep Singh
Basic beginner's Photography Course 5th batch