Family Time – My Lockdown Diaries

Black and White Family Portraits. Photographs by Nishant Ratnakar

Recently, I completed 38 laps around the sun. This lockdown phase hasn’t been a great one for people across the world. People are falling sick, losing their loved ones, their jobs, their livelihoods, and a way of life. So much of uncertainty lies ahead of us. At times it is scary to think of what… Continue reading Family Time – My Lockdown Diaries

What happens when a photographer hosts a costume party

Bollywood Stars Costume party Featured Portraits Image. Photography by Nishant Ratnakar

What happens when a photographer throws a party and invites people home? Would the guests see framed prints on the walls of the living room or home studio? Maybe, they should also get a taste of his/her work as a personalized return gift. That’s the thought I had when Swapna(my wife) and I invited to our… Continue reading What happens when a photographer hosts a costume party

How I made this family portrait

Some time back I made a composite family portrait from three headshots taken at my home studio. It started getting a lotĀ of comments on social media. Many people asked me how it was made. In this post, I’ll try to answer all those questions. I’ll explain and show how I made this photograph right from… Continue reading How I made this family portrait

Ten years a photographer

Benjasiri Park. Thailand

This year, the date falls on a Thursday. But, ten years ago, it was a Friday the 13th which couldn’t spook me from making the decision that altered the course of my life. Some would probably say that it was an inauspicious move to make on such a day. But, I am glad that I… Continue reading Ten years a photographer

The Grip : Making of a Portrait

Pavithra. 13 years old. Chamrajpet. Bangalore. July 2016. Photograph by NIshant Ratnakar. www.nishantratnakar.com

The kids took their turn one by one for me to make their portraits that day. Most of them were children from families that lived on the streets or children who ran away from their homes. But, now all of them were in the care of the shelter home run by an NGO in Bangalore… Continue reading The Grip : Making of a Portrait

A Portrait assignment at Yarada Beach with Fujifilm x100s

Sheetal & Josiah. Yarada Beach, Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. February 2014.

While packing my camera bag for an assignment at Vishakhapatnam (Vizag), I was contemplating whether to carry my Fujifilm x100s mirror-less camera along with my regular assignment gear. It was a split second decision to consider it as a possible second camera and include it in the kit. And I am glad I did that,… Continue reading A Portrait assignment at Yarada Beach with Fujifilm x100s

Outdoor Portraits using Fujifilm x100s and strobes

Swapna. At Parkala, near Manipal. November 2013.

In the last seven years of my life as a professional photographer, a majority of time has been spent as a photojournalist on the field in the open outdoors. Conventional studio setting was not part my work (and wasn’t even the point of interest) when I embarked my journey as a photographer with the intention… Continue reading Outdoor Portraits using Fujifilm x100s and strobes