Before we Introduce ourselves, can you relate to any of this?
- Your pictures are nice… You must own a nice camera?
- All you do is click a button, what’s the big deal?
- Can you bring your camera to my party and click some pics for me, I cannot hire a photographer..
- You are always using auto mode and cannot figure out why your pics are not as you expected.
- Look at someone else’s photo and feel frustrated that you cannot make a similar photo like them.
if so, then you’ve come to the right place.
I was once in the same place where you are now, I used to just press the shutter button on the camera and wonder what is wrong with my picture.
I was tired of asking the more experienced people what should I do to get a good pic, each and every person gave me a different answer, and every time I got more confused and frustrated.
I decided that I need to get my basics right and over the years I learned a lot through Trial and error, failed many times, and kept going, today I have a good grasp of the photography concepts.
If you are willing to try something different and ready to work hard to learn and understand the concepts of Photography, then we can help you.
I am Varun Chandramouli, a passionate photographer from Bengaluru, India.
My other half, Divya N Sharma is a Digital Marketing Entrepreneur and also the Creator/Designer of this website.
We are here to help you understand and master the core concepts of Photography so that you can create great photos.
My Journey with Photography, from a casual Hobby to life Passion.
My Journey with photography started way back in 1991 when I was still a kid, we had a Yashica film Camera with us.
At that time, I had no idea what aperture or shutter speed or even ISO even meant, I was just happy that I had a camera (back in those days, the camera was a luxury) and at times all I just press the shutter button even without a film roll just for the fun of it, also because the film rolls and development of photos from negatives were expensive.
Around 1997, I got a Kodak point and shoot film cameras which were a little advanced than the Yashica one and there I had an on and off relation with Photography mainly due to constraints of expensive camera rolls (at that point of time) and time and money needed to print the Photos.
Beginning of the Digital Cameras Era.
In early 2000 when camera manufacturers moved from film rolls to digital, that’s when I actually had the opportunity to start experimenting with the camera and not worry about getting the correct shot or limit the number of shots (film rolls then had a limit of 30 or 36 shots depending on which company rolls you purchased), since all those photos were magically appearing on the back of the camera and stored in a memory card.
Point and shoot Camera
My first Digital camera was a point and shoot from Hewlett Packard Photosmart camera which I purchased in 2003, I was happy that for the first time I could see how my pictures were taken at the back panel of the camera Instantly and not wait a week for them to be printed, it had an 8 MB memory card and I used to shoot about 100 pics on it in different resolution, the easiest part was deleting them if they did not come out well, this was a huge plus point for me as I was crazy about taking photos.
My First Prosumer camera was a Canon S5IS digital camera which I purchased in 2006, this one had an in-built lens with an optical and digital, this helped me take photos from a long distance and it is at this point of time in my life that photography turned from a casual hobby to a passion, until then the photo was just a means for capturing something for fun.
This was the first time I realized how much I loved taking photos.
Fast forward to 2009, this was the point in time when I started taking photography very seriously and wanted to learn in-depth about the concepts of photography.
I purchased a Canon 600D with a kit lens, I searched the internet for basics and there was a lot of disconnect for me, I did a lot of trial and error and after many failures and renting a variety of cameras and lenses, I understood how and what are the core concepts of Photography.
Fast forward to 2013, I purchased my second DSLR which was Canon 7D Mark II, and a bunch of L series lenses which helped me experiment more with a variety of genres and also helped me realize my niche.
2013 to Present – I have traveled across many places with a good number of friends and have not only able to experiment with various camera gears, but also have been able to put these skills and experience in ways that I once only dreamt of.
My Favourite Genres of Photography are Macro, Wildlife, Birds, Nature, Animals, and Nature.
My Other Half Divya Sharma is a Digital Marketing entrepreneur and is the designer behind this very website, she helps me with the technical details behind the websites and helps me manage my Social media Photography pages, she created this website solely for the purpose of my love of photography.
Why We Created thefocallens.com
After having spent a fortune on renting and purchasing all kinds of camera gears and equipment and through a lot of trial and error, I realized how frustrating and painful it is when you are interested in Learning Photography, but do not know where to go and what to look for.
Through this website, our mission is to help people like you find a single place where you can learn all the concepts of photography and even help you find your own niche in photography.
I am just a person who took to photography and have a good hold on the concepts through a lot of trial and errors, having felt the pain first hand, I feel this knowledge and experience is something to be shared with the world so that you do not have to go through the same pain.
Our company’s Mission, Vision, and Values
Our Mission is clear, we want to share our knowledge and experience in the field of photography gained over the years to help others learn and understand the concepts of Photography in a very simple way that allows them to improve their photography skills.
Our Vision is to be amongst the Top Photography Teaching services (let’s be honest here, no single service is always at #1, it is a fluctuating game, being among the top is also a proud thing to be).
To provide all the necessary resources to you in a single place so that you don’t have to fumble across multiple websites and YouTube videos and break your head trying to figure out what is what of Photography, we want to provide you with the best photography product with Maximum customer satisfaction.
We are here to help you provide the services and guidance so that you can learn photography the simple way (simple does not mean easy, you will have to work hard) and so that you don’t do the mistakes which we did over the years and also save your hard-earned money.
Our Core values are Excellence, Honesty, Simplicity and Practicality, Dedication and Results, Satisfaction of Customers.
Excellence – We focus on Excellence as our first and foremost priority, without excellence in what we do, whether it is teaching or photography, there is no future.
Honesty – let’s be truthful here, our passion and love for photography would not be the same if we were dishonest to ourselves, being honest and dedicated is what helped us learn and achieve what we are here now and this honesty (sometimes straight and maybe hurtful) is what will help you.
Simplicity and Practicality – We try to keep things as simple as possible and be practical and how you can use these in your day-to-day life.
Dedication and Results – We are dedicated to helping you learn the concepts and will guide you so that you can enhance your skills.
Satisfaction of Customers – All the words said above would mean nothing if you cannot see the results of your work, this is important for us and you too.
Varun B Chandramouli
Divya N Sharma
Photography is an art of capturing the perfect moments. One picture is worth a 1000 and more words.