Andrew D. Pariat, aka Andy Pariat is 52 and lives in Shillong (Laitumkhrah). He loves taking photographs (a hobby which he has recently picked up). From the moment Andrew picked up a camera a few years back, photography has intrigued him and as he slowly kept learning the art, photography has become his obsession. He loves shooting waterfalls adopting the long exposure technique (which many people who are not into photography terming it as fake) but its a technique he is very fond of.
We remember the first time we came across Andy’s awesome long exposure shots on Instagram. And since then, we have been hooked onto his photography. We have reposted numerous of his IG @andypariat posts on our IG @reviewne feed. What we love about Andy’s works is that they give a totally refreshing perspective of the natural beauty of Meghalaya. His well composed long exposure shots are indeed a delightful experience which we feel you will all love. We are excited and thrilled to have connected with Andy. Thank you Andy for taking out the time to do this interview!
R – How did you get into photography? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
A – I somehow found my passion, and have been obsessed with it ever since. I was always an outdoors sort of person, and this led me to many lovely nooks and crannies of the beautiful state I belong to, Meghalaya. But then I was just a visitor not having been initiated into the beautiful art of photography. But from the moment I picked up a camera a few years ago, photography has intrigued me and as I slowly kept on learning it, it has become an obsession. To me photography is a means which helps me relax and at the same time let out my creative juices. I’ve been involved in photography for over two years now, and I have sincerely enjoyed every moment of it. Photography gave me more than just a hobby, it has given me something to do and learn and it adds up to many hours of enjoyment. It gives me creative fulfilment. It also gives me a reason to travel which I have love to do…explore new places. My interest mainly lies in shooting landscapes and the rolling hills, numerous waterfalls, and water bodies around give me ready subjects.
The best part is that apart from making photographs, photography has helped me make new friends, some are online contacts, some are people that I have met and some are people who are into photography. And I am really happy that this hobby has let me to connect with so many people.
R – What kind of gear do you use?
A – I basically use Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with some lenses and filters. I had been using a Sony A6300 for quite some time and now have started using the A7R-II. And for the type of photography I do, I have to use a tripod.
R – Which is your favorite lens? Why?
A – The lens I most love will probably be my wide angle lens (the Sony Vario-Tessar® T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS) the reason being that a wide angle lens allows me to fit more into the frame, making it perfect for capturing expansive landscapes. It also positively affects my image’s perspective and gives me good depth of field which is required for the type of photography I do.
R – When you go in one of your travels, what all you take with you? Why?
A – My camera bag with my favourite camera body, an assortment of lenses depending on the place I’ll be shooting at, a tripod which helps me be steady and use slower shutter speeds, my NiSi filter kit and some spare memory cards and batteries. To define why, is that I need them for my image making, the tripod helps me to keep the camera steady while my filters like the Polariser helps cut glare and reflections, the ND filters helps me shoot long exposures while the Graduated ND filters help me balance the light in a frame. My interest being more in long exposures, the tripod and ND filters are a must.
R – What kind of tools do you use for post processing?
A – I do not do much of post processing beyond the basics and for the little that I do, I rely upon Adobe Lightroom.
R – How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
A – I mainly interact with fellow photographers, to name a few, they are Subhadip Choudhury, Lumlung Kamei, Sameer Gurung, Daisy Nandi Deb, Debraj Charkarborty, Swagata Nandi, and Arridapha Shullai and also post my photos in various online forums/groups for feedback so that I learn better. I also try to read things on photography from time to time and also educate myself by watching various online videos. And most importantly, I practice and practice. Even in the field I like to experiment and learn various techniques.
R – What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
A – That there is a manual mode in the camera which hands the control to the photographer and which helps one to be most creative.
R – Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
A – I need to learn, work harder and practice more to have a favorite of mine yet.
R – Which is your favourite spot to shoot in Meghalaya?
A – I love shooting in the Sohra region as there are a multitude of waterfalls in that area located in photogenic surroundings. I also love shooting in the Jaintia Hills as there are interesting landscapes there which deserve to be seen.
R – Which is your favourite place in the North East to photograph apart from Meghalaya?
A – I’ve not shot outside of Meghalaya but there are exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the North East which I would definitely love to shoot.
R – What would be some tips you would give to a beginning photographer?
A – To a new photographer, I would first suggest the person to read the camera manual thoroughly and then learn about the various modes that are there in a camera. Also to shoot in Raw format if possible and learn how to develop the Raw files properly. And most importantly, it is practice that makes one better.