India is a magical place to photograph
To my mind, India is one of the best places in the world for people pictures. Indians are colorful, friendly and approachable, and generally love to have their pictures taken.
Aim for eye contact – even with a tiger
Photographing the London Olympic and Paralympic games during summer 2012 rekindled my love of the long lens, an essential when photographing tigers from the back of a jeep.
With sensitive subject matter, always ask permission
Photographing a funeral or cremation? I would never dare enter this very private moment or photograph this final farewell without permission or a direct invitation from the family first.
Use distractions to your advantage
For a travel photographer, it is the expanse of the coastal strip that is one of the key shots to capture in Goa but also often one of the most difficult.
Make the human connection for more natural photos
The best way to get natural photos is to hang around long enough so people get used to your presence and go about their business, not paying attention to the camera anymore.
Insider tips for India: go where the locals go
India is a majestic country blessed with a vastly diverse landscape. This great peninsula is called a "subcontinent" for good reason. The mighty Himalayas grace the north, evergreen forests cool the east, a formidable desert stands out in the west and stunning beaches dot the entire southern coast; Tourists flock to the famous hot-spots of India, the world wonder Taj Mahal in Agra, Jaipur for architecture, Rishikesh for yoga retreats and Goa for beaches.
Where camel herders meet their match
As pilgrims come for the annual ritual of bathing in Pushkar’s holy lake at the time of the autumn full moon, thousands of camel herders also gather for the world’s biggest camel fair.
She smiles at me and whispers: “Photo?”
From a distance, the hundreds of tents in endless rows on the outskirts of Pushkar look like the military encampment of a besieging army. Thousands of desert nomads, here for the annual Camel Fair, start to welcome a new day.
The differences make us one
The Fort district of Mumbai was the site of the original settlement and remains the city’s financial heart.
Holy temple of endless chatter
During the monsoon (Bengali: barsha) in Kolkata, my spirits always soar, with the help of many a familiar monsoon verse, away into the ethereal realm of newly-washed tree tops swaying above the concrete clutter and the cool caress of the damp breeze carrying a whiff of wet earth.