SIA Photography Classes and Tours Review / Feedback from previous Participants-
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“Excellent Photography Tour”
I took a Photography Tour with Saurabh from SIA on Saturday. We spent a couple of hours at the Gudimalkapu Flower Market and the vegetable market across the road. Saurabh was an excellent guide helping me with my camera settings and teaching me how to identify the best opportunities for memorable photos. I am really happy with the photos that I got and I will be back for another tour when next in Hyderabad.
Helena Oppelli, Australia
I enjoyed a lot with you to go around. You have e very smart way to teaching. You personality and your knowledge brings to a high professional stage for all the aspects. Before I was thinking a lot of technical things, e.g what are the best settings to get controlled deep-sharpness etc…. this was me holding to see the picture itself and I could a learn a lot of how to bring dynamic in picture by you. Still I have to learn this but I’m doing the photographs now a little bit more enjoyable.(not so heavy) – Thousand thanks.
Bernhard Zuest, Switzerland
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The experience was unforgettable, my heart is still longing to be back in India, to shoot more of the local scene, under your masterful guidance of course. The places your brought us were indeed unique and with the kite festival on, perfect timing.
A tight squeeze in the tuktuk for us, but the concept of travelling open is always my preference, to be closer to the action. Will definitely want to visit again.
From Spiti Valley tour 2016
Lasting memories with once in a lifetime experiences…!!😍
Last 10 days where one of the best days of my life… it was one heck of a trip to the remote places of himachal pradesh…. capturing the scenic beauty of The Himalayas,its people,their lifestyle and indulging in their hospitality…❤
It was very exciting.. I’m glad to get this one under my belt 😁
I can’t thank you enough Saurabh for this wonderful chance and for your tremendous support… I’m extremely grateful to be a part of this trip…
Thank you PSuvadipta BeherahJaunet GurudasuSiva AngadigadigaPaul PrashanthaBarhadath DevarajarajarajarajtPřakhař Veřmaeřmama for being the people you are…
Thanks for all the love, support, care and affection you guys have showered me with… couldn’t have asked for more..
I feel blessed and I will always be grateful for that…😘
I am in love with this world . . . I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.– John Burroughs
Thanks to Saurabh for organising such an wonderful trip. Those 10 days were the most wonderful and memorable days of my life which i will always cherish.Meeting all those village people and playing with the kids ..capturing their emotions and the breathtaking landscapes.. Climbing the mountains in such adverse climatic conditions made me realised my true potential.. Thanks to my team Siva Angadi Jaunet Gurudas Swaroopa Uppala Suvadipta Behera paul Barhadath Devaraj sir . With you guys i had the best time, those late night talks and early morning walks would never been such fun filled..Would love to meet you guys again and revive all the moments we have shared.
The great Himalayas – I was planning on traveling these mountains ranges for more than a decade. Finally I could make it. Thanks to Saurabh and SIA Photography. I am not a photographer but after looking at the itinerary I knew this is what I was looking for to start with.
For the past 10 days we have travelled on some of the most treacherous roads in the world. Went to remote villages in the region. ‘Simple Living and High Thinking’ is what we find among the locals here. The hospitality and the honesty with which they deal with the people is truly impressive. Despite living in high altitude and far away from the basic necessities they are extremely happy – I wonder how?
Traveling in high altitude areas comes with its own set of problems but then personally it was worth dealing with those. I have always admired the people who travelled these mountain ranges but now after this trip my respect for them has increased tremendously!
As I sit here at Delhi airport to travel back home I realize what I am missing – clean air, beautiful landscapes, and happy faces. I am gonna live on the memories till I revisit these amazing mountains next year.
Few lines about SIA Photography and Saurabh Chatterjee…Was searching for a group to travel with , a group of serious photographers….Came across SIA Photography in google search…
I was very apprehensive, as this was my first time traveling with strangers…So i called Saurabh Chatterjee asking him if i can join him in his tour….and like this my journey started… 1st trip was Srinagar, Leh and Ladakh and 2nd was Lahaul & Spiti…
Got two amazing group of people to travel with. Saurabh an amazing mentor and guide….He took us to the perfect place at perfect time for a perfect shot….Got to learn few do and don’ts about photography…Thanks to Saurabh Chatterjee, looking forward for more similar trips to new places, and exploring India and freezing it….
The roller coaster trip that was…Took the world’s most treacherous roads to Spiti Valley along with a wonderful group of ppl..I could travel only till Kaza @12000 ft and had to return due to low level of oxygen…Yes, my memory cards are not full but my heart is full of thrilling ,amazing experiences . I cant thank you enough Saurabh for the wonderful person you are…and my buddies Swaroopa, Suvadipta, Jaunet, Siva, Paul,Přakhař Barhadath love you people like crazy Padma
Saurabh was known to me for long, I had been waiting to go on his phototours for quite some time, as he had covered more places in Himalayas and that too one’s not touched by most phototour organisers. I was sure it was going to be a different experience. Like i had thought it was a great learning experience with the enthusiastic batch so diverse that I felt 10 days of togetherness was just a fleeting moment, and Saurabh’s tireless explanation of things to do at every moment in the tour was truly an enriching experience. Hope to see more of Incredible India with you and rest of my friends whom I made in this tour.
Someone once said: “Nature’s heart beats strong amid the hills,” can’t remember who now, but the person couldn’t have been more right… A visit to the hills reinvigorates every cell in your body. It’s not just about how beautiful the hills are. In fact, it’s so beautiful that it almost seems pointless to attempt to put them in words. But the hills made me realize how a simple act like breathing can be so hard at times. Every breath that i took in that thin air filled me with this great sense of gratitude. It made me feel small, it made the big problems of our complicated lives seem trivial. ‘Simple living, high thinking’, these words were inscribed on a wall in Kaza… and that is the way to live and love!
I have only one person to thank for all these experiences: Saurabh. I’m sure many of you who visit this site and realize that that this is photo tour, may think twice before joining this trip. Don’t worry. You won’t regret it. You will see the hills the way they are meant to be seen and experienced. The best part: you will come back with some incredible pictures which will surprise even those who have been to Spiti before. Happened to me when my friends saw pictures of the milky way. Thank you for that, Saurabh.
Thanks a lot for the wonderful session. It was more than our expectations and really worth it.
I hope to get associated more and more with you and take your able guidance. Hope I get more chances.
Apart from being very good in your teaching, you were a very good human and it reflects in your photography and way you deal the sessions.
Thanks again from all of us.
I thank my fortune for giving me this opportunity to know a wonderful person like you through your session at BARC, Mumbai. I was on the waiting list and made it at the last moment.
It was indeed a pleasure to meet you and the one day session will remain among the most memorable in my life.
The workshop was amazing and your methodology of explaining best practices through photographs was superb. In the workshops I have attended in the past, the entire focus is only on DSLR. But this was the only one where the softer aspects were given more importance. I hope to be able to put atleast a few tips to use.
Thank you guys for an amazing session….I am a little overwhelmed with so much information but am determined to try ….Saurabh you are a genius but a humble one…learnt a lot on the demeanor front too….cheers ladies and let’s take those nature walks soon!
Amardeep Bhatia, Bangalore
The workshop was very informative and i am sure it will help me taking very good pictures from now on. Hope to see you soon in your coming workshops to improvise my photography.
Loved your session. .. you taught about sensibilities that are required for photography and not bored with technicalities. . Thank you
It was a great session and i loved your photographs and more importantly your passion on photography. Thanks a lot for educating us. Ramesh Kumar
I really enjoyed the the photo walks I did with you, especially trying out the prime lens even though I found it difficult to get used to. It made me want to try using it more. Actually two of my photos with you made a travel magazines photos of choice this month. http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/mywanderlust/
Anyway, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on your blog, it’s great, and has given me loads of ideas for further trips, and I also really enjoyed the Ganpati festival, I want to go and see more festivals after that.
Yes, I hope we have the opportunty to meet again, If I’m going to Hyderabad, I’ll give you a shout.
Cheers Matthew (Netherlands)
“Saurabh is very dedicated to deliver a perfect experience of photography to every student he deals, a team player who can motivate and efficiently manage maximum Team Members. Takes decisive action to help all students and is only happy when the student is. He is an asset to any organization and I would wholeheartedly recommend him as I know he will be successful in any new challenge he faces in his future.”
Shyam Panicker — 5 star We had associated with Saurabh for a corporate workshop in Mumbai as part of our life enrichment series for employees. Must say that it seemed to be quite an interesting and thought provoking session with him sharing so much of insights on how to capture life. Thank you for the wonderful time and God speed to you!
Anurag wrote: “Saurabh Chatterjee : You have taught me adding life to my pictures… Went to Sanjeeviah park this morning with my friends… And found a tremendous improvement in my photography.. 🙂 Thankyou…”
Harini Bangari — 5 star Before my thoughts were different but now to me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it as little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Thank you Saurabh 🙂
Neetu Gambhir — 5 star Perfect place if u are a beginner. Not just learnings it gives you the best teacher you can ask for. And then a whole bunch of budding photographers with whom field trips and photo sharing enhances all your learnings.
Lavanya Reddy — 5 star Sia is an amazing place to get started off on one’s photographic journey. Saurabh is a really patient teacher and encourages one to think and come up with solutions on one’s own wherever possible. The facebook group is a continual support system anytime and anywhere. Not just friends, I have family here!
Khanjan Antani — 5 star Saurabh ji is very well going for his mission statement…down to earth person…
Nikita Nair — 5 star Owning a camera does not guarantee great pictures! One has to know how to use it, and there are plenty of ways people can do that. One of the most sure-shot options is to learn from an experienced person. Though i have not spent much time with Saurabh, being in this group has certainly inspired me to think differently. All the credit for the same goes to Saurabh for sharing his passion and igniting the creative side of his students. The respect and awe that he invites and the humility with which he accepts it is certainly admirable. This group, the sessions, the field trips, the various updates and posts on photography altogether is the perfect package for anyone interested in learning this art. Would recommend Saurabh as the perfect guide for the same. All the very best!!!
Sudeepti Adda — 4 star Sia Photography- A place where people r taught to click not jus pictures but live pictures. @[1009570721:Saurabh Chatterjee] teaches how to add Life to every pic u click. A pic which made me salute saurabh was the one in which a boy stands in a dump yard but the pic portraits it as if the guy is standing in a foggy n cloud place. Though I never attended any field trips, I always follow the Pages in which several tips n tricks r given, n finally I can use my cam well now. Not jus as a teacher, as a person also I got to know Saurabh off late. Such a down to earth person. Am so happy to be a part of your group and for sure will start attending the field trips too soon.
Venkat Kosuri — 5 star Without any training, I have taken pictures over the years. Photography has always fascinated me since childhood, my uncle let me use his SLR for the first time when I was in 10th Grade and that was love at first click!
There have been a couple of people I looked up to for advice and guidance, they were very helpful and taught a few concepts that improved my technique quite significantly. However, there were always a few things that were hazy in my mind for a long time.
Saurabh, you cleared that haze! Wish I had known you 5 years ago, you were probably not teaching then. Better late than never, attending your session was a fulfilling experience and today’s photo walk is a first with the group and there will be more.
Your style is very simple; you know exactly how a beginner’s mind works. The examples are well defined, the anecdotes are entertaining and educating at the same time. Switching between theory and practice during the session, emphasizing on field work and encouraging people to keep taking photos till they improve, and following up with invitations to join you on photo walks – what else can one ask for?
Sunil too has learnt so much about photography since he joined your session, his summer vacation has turned out to be amazingly educational. He is learning humility, simplicity and patience besides photography from you.
Heartfelt thanks for being an amazing teacher!!
Robin Kumar — 5 star Thank you Saurabh. You’ve changed the way i used to look through the View Finder, and directly or indirectly you have changed many other things in my life. Made my life more beautiful. Thank you….:)
Krish Na — 5 star”Need to take good pics?Want to feel yourself great as a good photographer? U are here.Meet Mr.Saurabh Chatterjee.With him U can learn photography from the scratch. Google him you’ll find a lot of achievements, Meet him you will experience them personally. Cheers to Saurabh ”
It’s a wonderful Experience to work with You and be a part of SIA .
Thank You Saurabh
He is among the best photographers.. Calm, sensible, knowledgeable…perfect indeed! Anyone can take pictures but if u want to put life into a pic then he is the best person to learn from…
Sara Iqbal Ali
I have attended his class on three occasions and learnt basics of photography and Lightroom. He is an excellent teacher and breaks down even the most difficult things to simple understandable levels. I fully absorbed whatever he taught. He has an eye for detail and gives very helpful feedbacks on our clicks. I would highly recommend him to anybody who wants to learn photography.
Saurabh, thank you for the opportunity.
Not sure if I can call this a review… but what I say is definitely from the bottom of my heart.
I never thought I had any artistic abilities in me, never pictured myself as a photographer and never seriously thought I had the passion for photography except may be a desire to capture the moments I enjoyed the most with my family and friends.
It all changed ever since I met you/SIA family.
Since I attended the beginners’ class, little over a year ago, I see myself looking at the same things I used to see all these days with a different set of eyes… I seem to look for, and find, beauty – that always existed but – I never noticed before. A sunrise, flowering trees, old buildings, huge crowds, puppies, babies… almost everything I see, I now look for something more. Often times I find something beautiful in it. I am not always successful in capturing everything AS I SEE but the fact that I see that now, gives me a great sense of joy.
I think that change is directly attributable to you and the community you allowed me to be part of. The pics, the views and the perspectives you and the rest of the SIA family shares has definitely shaped my sensibilities and my and desire to learn photography.
Second, when you share your views, especially when it is more than a comment about the picture, but about the values and belief system you stand for, I find them very positive and impactful. Your thoughts/comments reflect your deep passion for what you do, love to do, and utmost sincerity in what you believe in. I believe these qualities permeate your every interaction with your students and help shape them into not just good photographers but great individuals too.
I think that’s your absolutely wonderful contribution to the world. I wish you and SIA continued success.
Me and my wife got a chance to join Saurabh on one of his photography tours of rajasthan. We started off from Ahmadabad and covered various parts of South Rajasthan for 9 days. we found saurabh to be very methodical about his tours. Before the start of the trip, he would do thorough research on places to visit and made a good plan on the order in which all the cities would be covered and also the interesting places in each cities/villages. For monuments etc, He even researches the existing pictures on internet so as to determine all the possible interesting angles with which the shots can be taken.
We found Saurabh to be an extremely positive person who would inspire you in many different ways. He is extremely focused and does not waste even a single second of the day. When we were taking break after the hectic day, he would be busy reviewing the pictures taken during the day. He is an extremely flexible and open to suggestions.
I am new to photography and found Saurabh’s style of teaching very easy to comprehend. He would map the photography concepts to things that a layman can easily understand.
At the end of the trip, I have a lot of happy memories and would highly recommend his tours to others. Its not just a photography tour but a mix of many different things. A road trip with a lot of fun, exploration and education.
Minati Sarma — 5 star I was a little hesitant at first to approach him as I knew nothing about photography. But after talking the beginner session and seeing his amazing work, must say it was a wonderful experience and I learned so much in a short time.Thank you Saurabh for the time and lessons learned.
Sesha Satish Kumar Chelluri — 5 star The vision of Saurabh’s SIA photography is “To make every camera-owner a Great Photographer”. I felt like its a promise from you after I join your workshop. Many people are recognizing me as a great photographer because of your knowledge sharing in your workshop, field trips and constructive criticism on our work.
It’s been more than two years when I had the workshop with you but I still remember it. That is the power of your teaching. No Doubt you are my great teacher in photography.
Anil Singanamala — 5 star Perfect place to learn.
Harikrishna Goud — 5 star the teacher
Mrigank Gupta — 5 star Saurabh Chatterjee :Only after attending your workshop, I am able to understand how a picture can say a millions words :).Now I know the power of DSLR :). You are always helpful and available to solve our queries (no matter how basic the query is). Thanks for teaching us photography.
Nipun Ranjan — 5 star I have attended his class on three occasions and learnt basics of photography and Lightroom. He is an excellent teacher and breaks down even the most difficult things to simple understandable levels. I fully absorbed whatever he taught. He has an eye for detail and gives very helpful feedbacks on our clicks. I would highly recommend him to anybody who wants to learn photography.
Dinesh Voonna — 5 star In my Photography journey i leaned a lot through SIA…. SIA is like a family for me and met a lot of good friends in my journey so far. Thanks to Saurabh Chaterjee for making it possible…. Thaankz to SIA
Shashi Patel — 5 star Awesome feeling after join SIA Photography…every word from Saurabh Sir is precious for me…Thanx a lot sir…
Bennuri Lavanya — 5 star Saurabh Sir, like I mentioned earlier, is knowledge+simplicity personified. His classes and all the field trips under his guidance are great learning experiences. A complete package to grow not just as a photographer, but also as a humble and generous human being. Respect and gratitude for everything you have done are continuing to do for us. 🙂
Nitin K Khatri — 5 star Amazing place to excel your passion for photography – the art of looking at things with the whole new artistic view…
Padmakar Srinivas Vishnubhotla — 5 star Wonderful place to learn photography .. very active in field trips also sharing thoughts on other picture to help improve.
Capt-Anil Kumar Pallikonda — 5 star I am yet to find a person so dedicated and so passionate and yet so humble….. ever ready to share his knowledge….He is one person with whom you can enkindle your passion for clicking. He is SIA and SIA is he… and he is Saurabh C. Wish I spent more time with him and the team….
Navalore Gopish — 5 star Hi Saurabh, A special thanks to you for making me look the world through lens in a different view … & I feel yes I have changed a lot in my clicks … Still need lots of training under you, as per your statement … life long training and field trips …. Thanks for being such a great mentor …
Saurav Gupta — 5 star Would like to thank Saurabh Chatterjee for his amazing sessions. His knowledge and approach to the technicality and aesthetics of photography is appreciable. Found him to be an amazing person who is very patient and always ready to help. Would definitely recommend new comers and others who want to improve their skills in photography to attend his sessions and field trips.
Sourabh Bhattacharya — 5 star When i thought of learning Photography, Sia Photography is the first place i found in Google. I checked the Website and without a single thought, i decided that this is the place where i want to learn Photography. Saurabh Da, is a great teacher. I have not attended many field trips with him, but i have seen the inspiration and the motivation he give us is more than we need to imagine what we are going to do. In the World of Photography, i find myself nowhere, but when i look at him, i find myself inspired and do something which takes me somewhere in the World of Photography.
Sai Kumar Gandi — 5 star The best place to learn Photography. Teaching of Saurabh sir is simply superb and he also conduct regular fields trips where you can learn many more things.
Thanks a lot Saurabh Sir 🙂
Vamsi Chennupalli — 5 star Saurabh, You are a wonderful person I have ever met. So much to learn from u..Photography and Behaviour as a nice human being. You are just awesome !!!
Nitish Reddy Katapally — 5 star Saurabh is a master mind of photography and he is the best to teach the basics of photography and introducing us to this art. Most trainers teach and leave the pupils but Saurabh, with his aim of making EVERY CAMERA OWNER A PHOTOGRAPHER would be there for you for your lifetime and is reachable whenever you would like to. He organises regular field trips and you can join those for free and always get your knowledge brushed.
Hai Mohammed — 5 star Having grazed thru scores of Photo Mags, i always imagined how’d they click such lovely pics – that’s when the bug bit me 🙂 and i got myself a SLR and started clicking and then we all have youtube….video after video only gave a lot of crap but no real insight, still confused, one fine day i planned and met Saurabh – he busted a lot of myths and filled a lot of blanks.
Saurabh is one mentor who holds your finger from the starts and continues to engage & encourage you all thru your photographic journey.
His Passion for photography speaks in every photo he clicks. His simplicity and humbleness is clearly displayed in the way he engages himself in helping you not just take better pictures but put life in every bit of it.
There is a lot that goes before and after you put your finger on that shutter release – SIA is one stop shop for all your photographic Learning needs.
Anand Subedi — 5 star Best Place to learn photography…..Saurabh Chatterjee in one of the best teacher…very supportive….
Rashmi Sharma — 5 star Highly Recommended!!! If you want to learn photography, take your photography to the next level, learn to use your camera sensibly, or just want to get that professional touch to your photographs – this workshop is for you. Whatever level you are at – a complete beginner to a professional photographer, Saurabh has a lot to offer to improve your photography.
Manisha Agrawal — 5 star Saurabh, the amount I spent on buying a DSLR got its worth only after I attended your workshop! Highly recommended!
Pushkar Pradhan — 5 star Saurabh is one of the best teacher that you can ever find for photography. He is a very focussed individual who strives hard to ensure that his students have understood the concepts clearly. He is more committed than the student and which is one thing rare to find these days.
Due to personal reasons, though I have not been able to attend all his classes (which I hope to soon), his conceptual clarity and flow of thoughts is amazing. His teching technique, though simple, is very effective.
A down to earth individual, he is one photographer that you should watch out for. Very focussed individual, he is bound to make a deep mark in the world of photography
Akhil Singh Bararia — 5 star Saurabh would wish to put on record my appreciation on your mastery and the way you taught us…….
Akhil Singh Bararia
Ranga Rao Venkata Sayam — 5 star Your style of teaching is simply great and helps the participants understand the basics of photography, how to make better use of light and also learn the various functions of one’s SLR.
Preetam Gandhi — 5 star Characters such as Saurabh are normally visible only in classy movies or novels. Follow your dream, swim against the tide, do what you like- These terms are used too often in leadership lectures but not practiced enough. He is only person I know, who had the guts to walk the talk and how. A true leader in every sense.
As far as photography is concerned, I would say that he is the single most important reason for helping me capture the beauty of my kids’ childhood in a way that I will cherish my whole life and hopefully my kids will treasure it too.
Thanks a lot Saurabh for teaching us to build and cherish our memories through photography.
Mani Kiran Ayyagari — 5 star Thanks to Saurabh..for making me understand my camera and the basics of photography. The classes were helpful and now i can understand the lighting, and manual setting better.
Vishu Ishu — 5 star Now that I click better photographs and learn’t what its takes to make good compositions and all nuance of photography, I am happy to find an best teacher and group of humble and talented photogs. Proud to be part of SIA family.
Krishnakumar Sharma — 5 star Before visiting Hyderabad I wanted to utilise my stay For my passion of photography. Came across details of Sia and its details by exchanging a few mails with Saurabh and decided to attend the forthcoming workshops during my stay at Hyd City. But had been a bit hesitent about covergae of it in one day.
But as the day progressed, flow of knowledge delivered in a very controlled pace by Saurabh cleared many of my understanding of the subject which I had been not knowing though practicing for a very long period. Photography has been one of my main hobby but could not get any satisfying snap taken after understanding or planning it. But this one day session enabled me to take some shots specially the panning shoot outs which was done at Tank Bund and me being a sixty two year old man who was so charged up to attend the same at 6 AM and could reach the venu after great difficulty courtsey Venu Gopal who picked up me from a very remote place from the venue.
Thanks Saurabh for all the knowledge sharing and hope you will extend the same to me as or when I need it. It was a wonderful experience.
“If you own a camera and wondering what is the meaning of all those setting such as iso,aperture,exposure etc etc, this is one stop for scratching your head!! The lessons are put plainly and in an easy to understand manner!! And with Field trips u get visit new places and learn photography with hand on approach1”
a student on 07 Nov, 2012
“saurabh is one of the greatest teachers i have met not only because of his knowledge that is plentiful in him but for the person he is he teaches with soo much patients and in such a easy way it becomes more fun and well he bonds with people very well and the relationship with him is long lasting what i mostly learned from him apart from photography is that we should make bonds and friends as we learn and he has made our group not like any other group he has tied us soo well with his love and patients and care that we are like a huge big family and well yes he does know alot …..i today am thankful and greatful to be under saurabh sir :D”
a student on 07 Nov, 2012
“He is kind gentle and very clear in his classes.Very informative many times.”
a student on 07 Nov, 2012
“I have learnt photography from Saurabh in February this year and since then my passion and love for photography kept increasing. He is an awesome teacher and a great human being; a wonderful teacher who has loads of patience and a fantastic attitude which makes you listen to him, learn from him and if possible, become one like him. I am thankful for having found him as my teacher. I would definitely recommend Saurabh, highly”
a student on 07 Nov, 2012
“Need to take good pics?Want to feel yourself great as a good photographer? U are here.Meet Mr.Saurabh Chatterjee.With him U can learn photography from the scratch. Google him you’ll find a lot of achievements, Meet him you may experience them personally. Cheers to Saurabh”
a student on 08 Nov, 2012
“He is among one of the best teacher I met. His class was always the best – I felt most comfortable in the environment he set up. He was always so clear in his explanations and I could always understand what he was trying to get at. He always practiced what he preached: his methods of teaching us demonstrated the desirable teaching methods for our use. He remain vivid in the students’ memories forever because of his creativity teaching. Great to have him in my life of learning. ”
a student on 08 Nov, 2012
“Saurabh is a great teacher. I started to know mt SLR only after attending his class.”
a student on 08 Nov, 2012
Shweta Shanbhag says
“Of all the qualities Saurabh possesses as a teacher, the best part I think is his humility. He answers the dumbest question with the same patience. I learnt a lot from him in the session. He has started a group on Facebook for all his students and we learn a lot from sharing with each other on a continuing basis…so its not a one 5 hour session and the end of photography training. Highly recommended!!”
a student on 11 Nov, 2012
“Saurabh has been a great inspiration ever since I attended his workshop on Basics of Photography. An extremely approachable person and a great trainer. About the workshop, full of great insights and clarified numerous doubts about photography. At the same time, cleared the cloud of many myths. Field trips have been a blessing. We not only learned finer skills, but also earned many friends. Thank you so much for the learning opportunity. I would highly recommend everyone who is looking for some guidance in the area of photography.”
a student on 22 Nov, 2012
“My husband and I took Photography class with Saurabh C in June 2012. The fundamentals covered in simple language, tips and tricks shared in the class and on field trips have exposed me to how to take photographs better. Not just the technicalities of exposure, ISO and field of depth but importance of compositions, placement of subject and making photographs interesting/alive. Through examples, personal or from experts in the field, Saurabh inspires his students. He encourages his students to upload their pictures in a private Facebook group and gives constructive feedback on how to improve. His passion for photography is infectious – you will want to take photos , try the tips and techniques you learn and share and get feedback. I have seen tremendous improvement in my and my husbands photographs from before and after the course. I highly recommend his in person or online course. You will not regret it at all.”
a student on 28 Nov, 2012
Aparna Harish says
“It has been an amazing learning experience with Saurabh. Saurabh is someone who knows his subject well and also knows how to teach it in a very simple manner to clueless students like me. The learning is not just limited to classroom session, the regular field trips are an amazing way to continue learning. He is always available to answer any query that you may have. I think am very lucky to have found a trainer like Saurabh.”
a student on 09 Jan, 2013
“My 5 stars to Saurabh for teaching me photography. Perfect teacher!”
a student on 15 Jan, 2013
“Saurabh possesses the right qualities to guide people eager to take their knowledge of photography to the next level. For beginners, he provides lessons in basics of photography that goes a long way in creating timeless photos. He is not biased and provides very honest feedback but also is highly encouraging and supportive of your flaws. More than anything, Saurabh is a great person to meet, is very humble and grounded even with more than a decade of experience in photography.”
a student on 15 Jan, 2013
“I got the Saurab through Think vidhya. I attended the session conducted by Saurab on Basics of photography, It was a really nice learning experience about the fundamentals and the live examples given by mentor (Saurab) is very helpful for the beginners and the abstract photographers. Learned the tips and ethics of good photography. simply not commercial,its an informative.”
on 09 Mar, 2013
My son Nikhil Kumar, in pursuit of his passion, attended his class on photography with SIA Photography Hyderabad and since then…his outlook seems to have changed completely…… Saurabh Chatterjee i can hear him repeating all that you must have taught today… thank you… this is what was perhaps missing…i am a happy mother today – Gayatri
Thanks Saurabh My son is really thrilled to have learnt some basics in Photography. He is so excited that he is saying that he has learnt so much that it is equal to BFA – He handles SLRs when he was in 6th std but this is the first time that he is exposed to some basics. He is too sharp and grasps everything at the first take especially anything creative and purposely I wanted him to know these things through somebody like you. With the very first class he is reciting many things and is keen to use these principles in his next photo shoot. Any how I feel knowing photography skills is as important as knowing driving two/four wheelers. I am sure he will know more by the end of your classes. Thans again – Chandrasekhar Singh (Sekhar anna) NGC international award winner
Thank you so much Saurabh for the wonderful session. It has in fact corrected me in so many places. I believe this session would really enhance my skills of taking better pictures. Thank you so much for being there, guiding and improving all of us with every field trip. Sandeep Agarwal The course and panning work shop was simply great, as it changed my outlook on photography and also feel missed out when i see those photo walks you were doing and hope i will join you all when i come back to india next. Vijay Kandimalla, Trinidad and Tobago
It was a great experience overall.. Got to know many things that previously i had no clue about. I will implement all things i got to learn from the workshop. Anand Joshi
When I was a kid i use to bunk my school and climb Birla Mandir on different occasions and use to feel “oh! I climb such a big mountain….” After I grow up and started exploring bigger peaks and conquered many of them I still treat myself as a learner and a longway to go… Similar to my above experience my cam is 6 months old and I always keep the cam on full auto mode and used to shoot the pics and feel “oh! thats a nice shot….” After attending the SIA Photography classes, now I feel I have a longway to go and train myself to take good pics under the training of my Guru Mr.Saurabh… Feel really great to be your student… -Ali Razvi (one of the prominent mountaineer from Hyderabad)
Saurabh is one of the greatest teachers i have met not only because of his knowledge that is plentiful in him but for the person he is he teaches with soo much patients and in such a easy way it becomes more fun and well he bonds with people very well and the relationship with him is long lasting what i mostly learned from him apart from photography is that we should make bonds and friends as we learn and he has made our group not like any other group he has tied us soo well with his love and patients and care that we are like a huge big family and well yes he does know alot …..i today am thankful and greatful to be under saurabh sir – Sahejit (a student)
I bought the DSLR in September and had been experimenting with it, however the basics were missing. The technique taught by you have opened a new avenue for me in photography. The simplistic approach has been helpful Personally, your down to earth attitude works wonders and you take good care of your students. Here’s wishing you success for your future endeavours! – Gaurav Chhabria
Had a great field trip on 10th, though it was my first, i enjoyed it, and learnt a lot, and am looking forward for many such field trips. Its been 6 months since i started photography, like everyone else, i started learning photography through video tutorials and following few blogs. Though i understood the theory part, i was unable to link them(concepts on aperture ISO, shutter speed, exp compensation etc) practically. I spent many hours taking photos but i was never satisfied with them. I am very fortunate that i came across siaphotoclasses.wordpress.com. Your 5 hours theory session was simple and perfectly organised, already suggested few of my friends to attend your sessions. Started clicking some decent photos, will be uploading them soon.. Thank you – Venkatesh
I have learnt photography from Saurabh in February this year and since then my passion and love for photography kept increasing. He is an awesome teacher and a great human being; a wonderful teacher who has loads of patience and a fantastic attitude which makes you listen to him, learn from him and if possible, become one like him. I am thankful for having found him as my teacher. I would definitely recommend Saurabh, highly – Sai (a student)
He is among one of the best teacher I met. His class was always the best – I felt most comfortable in the environment he set up. He was always so clear in his explanations and I could always understand what he was trying to get at. He always practiced what he preached: his methods of teaching us demonstrated the desirable teaching methods for our use. He remain vivid in the students’ memories forever because of his creativity teaching. Great to have him in my life of learning. Anil Singanamala (a student)
Saurabh has been a great inspiration ever since I attended his workshop on Basics of Photography. An extremely approachable person and a great trainer. About the workshop, full of great insights and clarified numerous doubts about photography. At the same time, cleared the cloud of many myths. Field trips have been a blessing. We not only learned finer skills, but also earned many friends. Thank you so much for the learning opportunity. I would highly recommend everyone who is looking for some guidance in the area of photography. – Prabhat (a student)
My husband and I took Photography class with Saurabh C in June 2012. The fundamentals covered in simple language, tips and tricks shared in the class and on field trips have exposed me to how to take photographs better. Not just the technicalities of exposure, ISO and field of depth but importance of compositions, placement of subject and making photographs interesting/alive. Through examples, personal or from experts in the field, Saurabh inspires his students. He encourages his students to upload their pictures in a private Facebook group and gives constructive feedback on how to improve. His passion for photography is infectious – you will want to take photos , try the tips and techniques you learn and share and get feedback. I have seen tremendous improvement in my and my husbands photographs from before and after the course. I highly recommend his in person or online course. You will not regret it at all. – Rutuja (a student)
It has been an amazing learning experience with Saurabh. Saurabh is someone who knows his subject well and also knows how to teach it in a very simple manner to clueless students like me. The learning is not just limited to classroom session, the regular field trips are an amazing way to continue learning. He is always available to answer any query that you may have. I think am very lucky to have found a trainer like Saurabh. – Aparna Harish (a student)
My 5 stars to Saurabh for teaching me photography. Perfect teacher!” – Manisha (a student)