Kamal Kakati – an exclusive interview of the photographer

Kamal Kakati

Kamal Kakati is a well-known photographer in the region and well-established fashion photographer at Mumbai. Mr. Kamal is an inspiration to the region that has set a name in Mumbai. Here is what Mr. Kamal shared and revealed about his career and journey to the field of photography so far.

Hello Mr. Kamal first of all it’s an honour to have you with us, thank you so much for your time.

Thank you so much, it’s a pleasure to be a part of your e-magazine Creativica. Thank you.

Tell us how you got the inspiration to be a photographer and to indulge yourself in photography?

After my graduation I started my carrier from Flipkart and worked there for 6 months in the year 2010. Then I joined UB Photos in Guwahati, I was a student in UB Photos for the first half of the year and later I joined UB Photos as a faculty and beside that, I was also doing freelance photography and fashion photography whenever I got time and till date I would like to introduce myself as a freelance photographer (wink).

What kind of gear do you use in photography?

Here is a list of what I use in my day-to-day photography –

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MARK III, NIKON D800

Lens: 24-70 f/2.8 and 72-200 f/2.8 and for Canon and 80-200 f/2.8 and 50 mm f/1.8 for Nikon

Tripod: Manfrotto

Filters: Circular Polarizer and UV Filters

Flash: Nikon SB-910

Camera Bag: Lowepro

That sounds great, which one is your favorite lens?

Well, my favorite lens is 50 mm f/1.8, It allows you to play with the light. Personally, I love to use that.

We all know that photographers travel to many new places and locations; what’s your pipeline to cover a story through photography?

For me it depends upon my clients. I carry out my work based on that protocol. Also I have situations and environment, which are my key concerns, and as a photographer you do travel many places and it makes you feel more upright. So I love exploring.

Mr. Kamal, among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought yet?

Yes, I still need many more gadgets (laughs). Well I am short on 7200 VR2 f/2.8 and 85 mm f/1.8 lenses, so these are still missing and I will get them soon.

How do you educate yourself to take better Pictures?

I follow different kinds of photography blogs and websites. YouTube is one of them, which is user friendly according to me and also good for an amateur photographer and while traveling I carry photography magazines with me to kill my times more interestingly (laughs). But beside all these, a photographer gets just a fraction of time to react and to play with the light, which is a handy skill; focus is another key part.

From the lens of Mr. Kamal

Among your works which one is your favorite?

I can’t consider that now, but I felt  so proud to represent my North East in Lakme Fashion Week and from then on I haven’t looked back and have kept on grooming myself further.

How did you establish your carrier in Mumbai?

KK: In Mumbai, I struggled for 3 months looking for just a chance, but didn’t get any at the first stage. Then, with god’s grace, I got the opportunity to cover Filmfare Awards in January 2011. I am also associated to John Abraham Productions and also a core member of Fisheye World (Franchise) which is at Vashi Navi Mumbai. The most important thing I learned after coming to Mumbai is that if one is prepared to struggle and fight with all their strength, Mumbai will pay them back.

Snaps from India International Jewellery Week & Lakme Fashion Week (winter festival)

We have acknowledged many of your works through social media and Filmfare. So I will ask you about your Filmfare experience, how do you feel to cover such a huge events and that too in Mumbai?

(laughs) My first click was at the Filmfare Red carpet where I clicked a snap of Dia Mirza. I couldn’t even believe that I was standing in front of her at Mumbai. I forgot that I was using zoom lens and had immediately changed to wide lens. It was exiting and a great feeling that I could make up to there on my own and through my struggle. And later on I worked for Lakme Fashion Week, Myntra Fashion Weekend; Reliance Trends presents T2 Calender Launch 2015, India International Jewellery, Happy Dent etc. For Happy Dent, I did both the designing and shooting part.

Few snaps from the Myntra Fashion Week

That is very exciting Mr. Kamal, you really made it finally happen in Mumbai. Well, before wrapping up the interview, Creativica and our readers wants to know what are the basic things one should keep in mind before going to take photography as a profession?

(laughs) the answer lies in your question itself. If one wants to pursue photography as a profession, firstly, they should know the basic work of photography, then when they decide to go for the field works, like for Wild life photography, one has to know Biology, because they should know the jungle and wild animal conditions, weather conditions etc, if someone wants to go for Fashion Photography they should know the environment of the fashion world. They will have to involve themselves fully. Similarly, it’s applicable for outdoor photography and Event Photography.

Well, thank you Mr. Kamal for taking precious time out for the interview, Creativica wishes you all the success and happiness in life.

I thank Creativica for this warm welcome! Thank you once again, I too hope for the best for this e-magazine.


Prasenjit Deb

Freelance photographer, writer and a student of mass communication. Writer & Interviewer at Creativica.

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