by   on November 23, 2020

Underwater Photography & The Art of Diving With Sharks

In this episode, I speak with Bhushan Bagadia, one of India’s leading Underwater Photographers. In this hour-long conversation, Bhushan talks about his love for underwater photography, the way he combined his interests to tell the stories below the blue oceans by diving with sharks, helping conserve the coral reefs, and more. He also shares his approach to teaching underwater photography in 4 weeks.

underwater photography diving with sharksWho is Bhushan Bagadia?

Bhushan Bagadia is a Photographer and Cinematographer. He took a deep interest in Underwater Photography 10 years back and is also a certified diver. He has dived in many dive sites to photograph sharks and help non-profits who are working to conserve the Coral Reefs.

Bhushan enjoys Sports Photography and does a lot of that when he is not doing Underwater Photography. He was the official photographer for the Mumbai Indians for IPL Seasons 2013 and 2014.

He also is the Co-Founder of Simply Breathe where he organizes Yoga, Diving, and Mindfulness retreats. Bhushan studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy followed by advanced courses in the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Why Should You Listen to Bhushan Bagadia?

There are plenty of reasons why you should listen to Bhushan Bagadia. Let me give the top 3:

  1. He chose to take the road less traveled although the reins to his father’s factory and business were waiting for him.
  2. Bhushan has been an entrepreneur since a very early age and has grown an event management business before choosing to get into photography.
  3. He takes time to teach some of the finer aspects of what makes him a sought-after photographer and also shares his approach to teaching underwater photography (he doesn’t take classes otherwise).

What Does He Talk about in this Interview?

  1. Who are you and what you do?
  2. How did you get into photography?
  3. What was your first camera and when you picked it up?
  4. You’ve taken different kinds of photos. What do you look for, when you take a picture?
  5. What was the Sardines Run all about?
  6. Weren’t you afraid of being killed by a shark?
  7. What is your favorite photographic moment? Can you tell us the story behind that picture?
  8. What do you look for in a picture you create, at a deeper level?
  9. What does your typical day look like?
  10. How big is your team?
  11. What does your camera kit look like?
  12. How long did it take to have a kit like this?
  13. Tell me about your experience shooting coral reefs
  14. How has photography changed with the advent of newer technologies?
  15. Cameras tech has improved so much. Is it a competition between first vs best?
  16. Do you see technology as a threat to your profession?
  17. Who are the people who’ve had a great influence on you and your work?
  18. How do you learn?
  19. How would you teach photography in 4 weeks if I gave you a million dollars for doing it?
  20. Advice for aspiring photographers
  21. What is one lesson from doing business as a photographer?
  22. Did you have a godfather?

How Can You Listen?

Bhushan Bagadia’s interview is available in audio.

Direct Link to Audio

How to Get In Touch with Bhushan Bagadia?

Instagram: @bhushanbagadiapositives

Facebook: @bhushanbagadiapositives

Website: www. simply

Bhushan’s Camera

Bhushan’s first camera was a Canon 5D Mark III, and the one he currently uses is Canon 5D Mark IV. His go-to lens is the 24-70mm f/2.8, and his underwater lens is a 16-35mm.

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