Talking about how his journey started, he shares, “I was at crossroads with my career options as I wanted to find a career that let me be artistic and work with people. It was when I was on a trip to the UK to visit my sister my brother bought me a DSLR to capture my first trip abroad. My interest in photography really took off when I lived in England. The camera became more than a tool to document life; it also became a therapeutic tool of self-expression and rediscovery. My reason for shooting today remains the same reason that inspired me to pick up a camera in the first place. Processing is as important to me as shooting – there, I get to really draw out the scene and subject as I envisioned it, to enhance it visually so that it conveys the feelings that I experienced when I decided to shoot it.”
He uses a SONY A7R3 and SONY Lenses and for his lighting gear, he uses GODOX AD600 and AD200. Recalling his most memorable trip, Adrin shares, “A family vacation to Scotland, where I was overwhelmed by the beauty of nature. I was instantly putting my photos on social media, which helped me gain traction. People became invested in me. My Instagram is really just me. I shoot a lot of celebrity content in India and abroad however, I think my favourite photograph I’ve ever taken is a photo I took of my dog ‘Ben’. I immortalised him as he is now no more.”
Adrin is hard working and likes to wake up early. Most of the days, he is working with his lighting assistant, coming up with a creative concept, and drawing up mood boards, besides editing, selecting photos, and going through that process. And on other days he is shooting for the thrill of it, shooting for myself, shooting personal projects, connecting with other people, and looking for inspiration.
Giving a valuable advice to budding photographers, he adds, “I’ve been working for a decade, and that is the hardest — you can ask any creative person — it is the hardest thing to put a value on your work. Even now, I’m trying to figure out my prints and my prices, and I’m just like, this is so uncomfortable. If you’re just getting started, I’d advise you to first think about how much money you need to live. What is your budget? If you were looking for a regular 9 to 5 job, are there certain criteria you would go for in terms of salary? Apply that to your photography as well.
I would also advise, especially new photographers, to factor in the post work that you do. You might be on set with somebody for two hours, but then you’re home for five hours editing the photos and retouching them. Photography is also physically exhausting as you have to carry heavy equipment. You’re on your feet all the time. A big piece of advice I would give is keep ‘Healthy and Cheerful to be able to enjoy and sustain your talent.”