MONTHLY MEETINGS

Member's monthly meeting 25th May 2019 (Saturday) Everyday Landscape photography; Anatomy of Histogram by Mr Rithwik V.J.

PSM is happy to announce the program for May 2019 -- "Everyday Landscape photography; Anatomy of Histogram" - by Mr. Rithwik V.J, PSM Life Member & Past President


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A software professional, a trained mountaineer and hiker, a passionate photographer, a keen observer and learner. Member of PSM since 2007. A learned photographer who pursues photography as a hobby. He has travelled to many places in India for the purpose of landscape photography. He is perhaps the only few lucky enough to witness the Neela Kurinji Mass bloom deep inside Eravikulam National Park. He has many awards and laurels to his credit; latest one is the "Junior Fellowship Award" by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Known for his technical acumen and the application of this knowledge on the field is something which he is always passionate about sharing. As in any technical field, he believes there is a gap between technology and art and craft, how the technique mixes with art. When its done in the right proportion the outcomes are often repeatable, predictable and artistically appealing.

Mr Rithwik will be sharing his experience on shooting every day landscape. Mixing technique with art always provides a new horizon to look at everyday landscape in new perspective and there for creates appealing images even from your backyard. But here experiencing the technology to create images to make it appealing is the key.

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Member's monthly meeting 27th April 2019(Saturday) Exotic Galapagos Islands A Photo experience by Mr Jayanand Govindaraj, PSM Life Member & Vice President

PSM is happy to announce the program for April 2019 -- "Exotic Galapagos Islands" a Photo experience by Mr. Jayanand Govindaraj, PSM Life Member & Vice President


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Jayanand Govindaraj is best described as a serious amateur photographer. His interest in photography was kindled as a nine-year-old when his grandfather gifted him with a Kodak Retinette 1B, which he still proudly owns. After a career in State Bank of India, Citibank and as promoter-director of Anush Shares and Securities, Jayanand now has the time to follow his passion. Over the last decade his subjects of interest have progressively focused on wildlife, nature and street photography. He has travelled widely on wildlife photosafaris, both in India and around the world. Jayanand also prints all the photographs himself to ensure the right colour balance that he has in his mind's eye. He has received the Highly Honoured Certificate in the African Wildlife category of the prestigious Nature's Best Photography Winland Smith Rice Award.

Jayanand Govindaraj will share his photo experience from his recent trip to the exotic Galapagos Islands.

The Galápagos Islands, a province of the Republic of Ecuador in South America, are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean, 906 kms west of continental Ecuador. The islands are known for their large number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the second voyage of HMS Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form the Galápagos Province of Ecuador, the Galápagos National Park, and the Galápagos Marine Reserve. The principal language on the islands is Spanish. The islands have a population of slightly over 25,000.

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Member's monthly meeting 23rd March 2019(Saturday) "From Capture to Print - Birding and Photography" by Mr. Srirama Raja

PSM is happy to announce the program for March 2019 -- "From Capture to Print - Birding and Photography - By Mr. Srirama Raja"


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Srirama Raja, a Life member in PSM, is a keen photographer of Nature and Wildlife. He has travelled widely to many remote places in India & Nepal and to many National parks in India, USA, Canada and East Africa. His photography interests were kindled at an early age by his father and by browsing through National geographic Magazines. He has conducted many photography exhibitions on wildlife in Chennai, some of them were all by himself.

According to Srirama Raja, Birding is more than just a hobby, it is a good exercise, a popular activity for all ages and a great companion to many other hobbies - in this case Photography. He prints his images all by himself.

He will share his vast experience in photography as well as his technical knowledge on printing the images with PSM members this month.

He lives in Chennai and is currently the CEO of RT-Medibus company.

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Member's monthly meeting 23rd February 2019(Saturday) "A Journey from Photo Journalism to Cinematography" by Mr. K. Ravi Shankaran a.k.a Wideangle Ravishankaran

PSM is happy to announce the program for February 2019 -- "A Journey from Photo Journalism to Cinematography - By Mr. K Ravishankaran"

In addition, we will also be having the Asokan Awards 2019 - results and prize distribution at the start of the monthly meeting. Mr. Asokan's family members will be present to give away the awards to winning participants.


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K. Ravi Shankaran Known as WIDE ANGLE RAVISHANKARAN in the industry is a Graduate, started his career as Photo-Journalist and switched over to cinematography in 2001.

He worked as staff photographer for leading publications INDIAN EXPRESS and INDIA TODAY before branching off as an independent photographer that lead to his contributions for business publications like BUSINESS TODAY, INTELLIGENT INVESTOR, BUSINESS WORLD, BUSINESS INDIA, A&M, GLOBAL, BUSINESS STANDARD & ECONOMIC TIMES.

Following this, as an independent photo journalist, he contributed to a host of national and international publications including TIME, WASHINGTON POST, NEW YORK TIMES, OUTLOOK & INDIA TODAY. Mr Ravi Shankaran has written a series of his best photography collections in KUNGUMAM magazine for 25 weeks. He has conducted independent photography exhibitions on SOUTH INDIAN WRITERS at Thiruvannamalai in 1997, on WOMEN at Police Training College in 1998, on MUSICIANS & DANCERS at Max Muller Bhavan in 1999 and at Coffee Art Gallery in 2000 and on LIGHT OF MUSIC at Vinyasa Art Gallery in 2000.

On Cinematography front, Mr Ravi Shankar started his carrier as an Asst Camera man for the films Thiru, Lesa Lesa, Jeeva, Run and Ullam Ketkume. He has worked for more than 100 Advt films with PC Shreeram. After working as Associate Cameraman for few years, he quickly moved up the ladder to become an independent Cinematographer and started assisting PC Shreeram. Following this, he did many feature films, Thirutupayale, Kadhalagi and Pisasu. He had recently completed his feature film SIVARANJANIYUM INNUM SILA PENGALUM directed by Vasanth.

Currently he is also doing lot of photography workshops and giving lectures on Photography and Cinematography subjects in Film Institutes, Colleges and Photography Clubs.

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Member's monthly meeting 25th January 2019(Friday) "Nature Photography - Using a Bridge Camera" by Dr. Raj Kumar Jayapal

PSM wishes its members a very Happy New Year 2019

PSM is happy to announce the program for January 2019 -- "Nature Photography - using a bridge camera" by Dr. Raj Kumar Jayapal


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Being an avid nature watcher since childhood, Raj (Dr. Raj Kumar Jayapal) has always had an unquenchable thirst to be amidst nature and wildlife. Although he had hired a 35mm film-roll camera between 1998 and 2001 for a few trips from a local photo-studio, the true and humble journey of digital photography begun in 2010.

Showered with loads and loads of tips during the photographic trips with Jagadish Sunkara Jai (a PSM member), he revers him as Dhronacharya for hisphotographic spirit and output. Jag was also instrumental in refining the pictures by giving regular feedback on time and probing that amateur photographer in him, in terms of getting the right composition in the field, while also had rightly guided to join PSM in 2011, after which he has become a Life Member with PSM. His photography took flight in the right direction attending so many meetings and being part of a few trips with the PSM group. Though initially reluctant about videos, a tiny leaf-munching caterpillar had pushed him into the world of videos, which he still records to showcase the macro and avian worlds in motion to the world connected to him. Since he did not have camera in the initial few trips that he had accompanies his photography friends, he had to make use of the spare point-and-shoot cameras of Jag and Sam (Samudhiram) and take tips from Suresh and Thiagarajan V (PSM member). When he decided to become a shutterbug himself, he took his guru’s advice seriously and started off with a bridge camera to get the pictures right before graduating to DSLR. However, he strongly believes that the time for the first DSLR in his life has not come yet and may not come at all!

Started off with a simple and effective bridge camera and went on upgrading based on 2 key parameters, zoom power and quality of videos.

To bridge the distances between the subject and the lens he has been using and upgrading his Bridge Cameras regularly:
Olympus SP-565UZ – 10MP Digital camera with 20x zoom (640mm equivalent),
Olympus SP-800UZ - 14MP Digital Camera with 30x zoom (840mm equivalent),
Olympus SP-31Z MR – 16MP Digital Camera with 24x zoom and Full HD Video capacity, Nikon P900 with 83x zoom (2000mm equivalent)
and the latest one added to his kit is Nikon P1000 with 125x zoom (3000mm equivalent). He is the first person in Chennai to purchase Nikon P1000 from a shop a few days before Deepavali.

He longs to be amidst nature, especially in and around Chennai. He loves to observe the key natural historic moments and if possible, share these wondrous moments with the world with ample researched notes for each and every picture and video shared. A camera and a tiny light-weight tripod had become constant companions to this educationist, who now works with Murugappa group and heads the E-Learning initiatives of the group. He even carries the shutterbox to his office and shoots wildlife in and from the gardens of the Parry’s Building regularly, as part of his breaks.

Although nature and wildlife has been his primary focus, he is also into temple inscriptions, both capturing and deciphering them, while few facets of architecture devoid of godly images also take part in his very limited photographic horizon.

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Member's monthly meeting 24th November 2018(Saturday) Participating in Salons and Their Experience By PSM Members Shri. Ashok Viswanathan & Ms. Vinaya Mathews

PSM is happy to announce the program for November 2018 -- "Participating in Salons and their Experience" by Shri. Ashok Viswanathan and Ms. Vinaya Mathews.

Ashok Viswanathan


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His photography goes back to the early 70's starting with a Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta roll film camera, graduating to a Nikon system.At this time he joined PSM and continued as a member till he left chennai in 1980. during this period had many acceptances & awards in national and international salons.

In early 2002 explored digital with a Olympus D460 digital with 1.3 MP. . upgraded a year later to a Nikon D100 DSLR (6.1MP) with a 24~85 f2.8 Nikon AF macro zoom. Later adding the 14mm f2.8 Nikon AFD and the 80-200 f2.8 AF-ED nikon zoom. Since 2013 using the fuji x pro 1 system.

His primary interest is black & white but the richness and flexibility of digital colour fascinates him. Digital processing is done on a Macbook running Affinity software.

Since 2012 Exhibited in several salons with over 500 acceptances and several awards in 37 countries.. Work accepted at prestigious shows such as PSA annual exhibition, FIP intl circuit, Malmoe Intl, Sydney Harbour, Southampton Intl, and Singapore International.and others..One of his early b&w prints from the 1970's is in the permanent collection of HPF in Ooty..Also has considerable published work in magazines and web sites...Enjoy shooting portraits, seascapes, landscapes & pictorial.

Honours: 2015 AFIP - 2017 FFIP - 2017 AFIAP

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Vinaya Mathews


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After working with State Bank of India for 30 years, Vinaya Mathews decided to quit her job to pursue her two passions, working for the under-privileged and photography.

Her journey in the field of photography started with a basic course conducted by Late Prof. Manohar Desai, the Founder Director of National Institute of Photography, in Mumbai in the year 2004. With the feel of a camera in hand, she discovered her over-arching love for photography. It took her 10 long restless years to finally free herself from the bonds of a demanding career and follow her passion. She loves Nature photography but developed niche in Travel & Street photography too. Capturing varied expressions of people excites her the most. In Chennai, she finds covering ‘Mylapore Arupathu Moovar“ festival the most challenging but equally fascinating.

During the last 3 years, she has earned more than 400 acceptances, 15 awards in National & International Photography Salons. It includes 86 acceptances & 4 awards in foreign salons from 26 countries.

She has earned ‘Artist FIAP (AFIAP)’ certification from ‘The International Federation of Photographic Art’ Belgium & ‘Fellow FIP (FFIP)’ from ‘Federation Of Indian Photography’

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is her idol & she tries to follow his teaching “Dream is not that you see in sleep, Dream is something that does not let you sleep”

Gaining more & more knowledge & experience in the field to become an accomplished photographer is her dream.

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Member's monthly meeting 27th October 2018 (Saturday) What makes a picture...better By Shri. Prabhakar Kusuma AFIAP, FRPS

PSM is happy to announce the program for October 2018 -- "What makes a picture.....better" by Shri Prabhakar Kusuma (AFIAP, FRPS).


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Shri Prabhakar Kusuma started his photography journey with Federation of Indian Photography in 1977. He won a Special Merit Award at the Commonwealth Photography Contest in 1987 and was invited to London to receive the award. The Commonwealth Photography Group Exhibition, “Images”, was first exhibited at The Commonwealth Institute, London, and later at the University of British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada.

In 1989, he presented a paper on “Portrait Photography”, at FIAP Congress held at Brussels and another in 1993 on “Limits of Photography”, at FIAP Congress held at the Netherlands and had won Silver Medals for both papers.

In 1991 and 1992, he had won Japan Airlines Award for his pictures on “Animals in Our Daily Life”, and Okamoto Award for “Food and People" consecutively in the photo contests by Asia / Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO, (ACCU), Japan.

During 1999 and 2001, his pictures were exhibited in Ford Foundation Project, under the theme, “Women/Goddess”, at New Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New York.

In 2016, his solo exhibition on “Lambada Tribe” was exhibited at “51st Biennial Historikertag”, Hamburg University, Germany.

In May 2018, he was awarded the “Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, Great Britain”. He is the first Indian photographer to publish a set of images in the RPS journal (August 2018 issue).

He has received several awards at National and International salons, right from 1984, and has served as jury too. He is now settled in Hyderabad.

Shri Prabhakar will cover the following in his talk showing examples:

  • Where are we losing the beauty while taking the picture?
  • What are the Visual Elements?
  • What are the meanings of Tones?
  • What are the meanings of Colors?
  • What are the Elements of Composition and their Importance?
  • What are the meanings of Lines?
  • What is Space Division and how to use it effectively?
  • What are Command Positions?
  • What are Important Types of Compositions?
  • What are Finer Points and how to incorporate in our pictures?
  • How we can make our picture better and powerful by using the above elements?

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Member's monthly meeting 22nd September 2018 (Saturday) USA Tour - photo experience By Mr. Swaminathan M and Jaisalmer Tour - photo experience By Mr. Balasubramanian G V

PSM is happy to announce the Program for September 2018 -- "US Tour - photo experience" by our President and life member, Shri. Swaminathan M and "Jaisalmer - photo experience" by our Secretary and life member, Shri. Balasubramanian G.V.


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Swaminathan.M will share his photography experience that he had while on a stay in Chicago USA during May-July, 2018. Though this vibrant city Chicago has many exciting things to offer to everyone from Architecture to Parks to museums, he tried to capture what he felt interesting and something different from the usual touristy areas. He will share his experience as to how an ordinary scene can change dramatically when captured at the right time of the day or night.

Swaminathan is a Bio-Medical Engineer by profession, dealing with lifesaving devices for the treatment of Heart disease, most part of his carrier life. He was the Director for Cardiac Surgery business, SE Asia for a leading International company, Medtronic Inc.USA and had significantly contributed to the introduction and growth of modern medical technology in India in the field of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. He is a Photographer by passion. He has travelled across India and abroad for nature, landscape and wildlife photography and his Photographs have been accepted in National and International photo salons. He is currently the President of Photographic Society of Madras.


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Balasubramanian G. V, is a Chemical Engineer by Qualification, Banker by Profession, Photographer by Passion.

  • Photographing since film camera days
  • Passion got kindled with the advent of digital cameras
  • Has a presence in Flickr and FB
  • One of the founder member of The Chennai Photo-walk Group which has conducted over 170 photo walks in and around Chennai in the last 11 years
  • Presently, Secretary of the Photographic Society of Madras established in 1857
  • One of his photograph got featured in “Madras Then, Chennai Now”, a Coffee Table Book
  • Few of his photographs were featured in Madras Musings and Tamil The Hindu
  • Some of his photographs finds place in National Geographic Editor’s favorites
  • Travel, street and bird photography are some of the genres which interest him

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Member's monthly meeting 28th July 2018 (Saturday) Monument Photography By Mr. Sunder Gurusamy

PSM is happy to announce the Program for July 2018 -- "Monument Photography" by our Life Member, Shri. Sunder Gurusamy. We are planning to have a Workshop (field trip to Kanchipuram) on the following day, 29th July 2018, where Mr. Sunder, will provide practical guidance and tips on the subject, at select temples in Kanchipuram.


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Mr. Sunder Gurusamy

A hospitality graduate and an entrepreneur from Chennai. He was bitten by the shutterbug during his early age, his professional career in Chennai and in Australia helped him to become a serious amateur photographer with the help of the like minded company. His area of interest in photography includes nature, landscape, temples and heritage monuments. He is particularly fascinated and interested in documenting the Chola history, culture and architecture. He has a vast photographic collections of unique sculptures, Chola temples, paintings and monuments. His work revolves around various Govt agencies , NGO’s and Publication houses.

His work has been published in various news dailies across India and leading photography, travel and culture magazines, His extensive work of monuments has been published by the prestigious Marg publications in three different volumes, He specializes in panoramic photography using special tools and techniques. He also specializes in Multiple light source for macro and indoor photography.


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