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Understand Basic Camera Controls & Principles of Design 
Practice through Case Studies, Hands-on Exercises, Fieldtrip


Saumil Shah

A Hacker with a Camera


A hacker by profession and an explorer by disposition, Saumil has pursued photography during his several travels around the globe. Saumil held his maiden photography exhibition Spectral Lines in 2015, unveiling his leanings and reflections through themes that resonated with him the most.


Mathematics, Colours, Contrasts, Illusions, Inversions and Emotions form a distinctive combination of elements that are revealed through Saumil’s photography.


Saumil is the founder and CEO of Net-Square, providing cutting edge information security services to clients across the world, and the founder of security training Ringzer0. An internationally recognized speaker and instructor, Saumil spends his leisure time breaking software, flying kites, trekking, travelling, and reading.



deconstruct the elements of style
street photography workshop

‘What makes a compelling photograph?’


The journey of a photograph begins in the mind of a photographer. A camera is only a tool to render the image that is already formed in one’s imagination. To paint a powerful picture with a camera, it is important to recognize the differences between a human eye and a mechanical lens, learn to see what a camera sees, and use the magic of optics in evoking a viewer’s fancy.


However, this isn’t a class on camera nitty-gritties, and your instructor Saumil won’t tell you which F-stop to use. The focus is on exploring photography as an art & design form by deconstructing the elements of style: geometry, composition, contrast, use of light & colour, et al.


During the in-person workshop, Saumil will also take you on an introspective journey to discover the facets that define you, helping you create a distinctive fingerprint through your pictures. Saumil is a seasoned trainer with rich teaching experience in real and virtual environs.


The workshop offers hands-on exercises that can be done at home or outdoors. We also offer you the advantages of the virtual medium by providing access to The Hive's photography programme’s chat channel on Discord.


  • Get conversant with basic camera controls

  • Understand the differences between a human eye and a mechanical one

  • Explore some of the fundamental principles of design such as contrast, balance, rhythm, and Gestalt perception

  • Engage in the fine art of seeing beyond the obvious

  • Indulge in an exploratory journey of discovering your passions & evolve your unique photographic style


  • For those tired of clichéd postcard shots of the sun, sand, and sea

  • For all photographers seeking higher levels of inspiration and who want to discover their own selves

  • For storytellers who prefer telling it with pictures


1. Do I need a specific camera for these workshops?

No. The STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP focuses on the art & design in photography: composition, lighting, contrast, geometry, and the like. There is no requirement for a professional camera. You may use any SLR or point-and-shoot camera. 

2. Where will the fieldtrip be?

We will be deciding the location of the fieldtrip based on the audience, the weather, and the accessibility of the place. The idea is to practice hands-on exercises in a live and interesting location. :)

3. What safety precautions will be taken at The Hive?

We will be working in small groups and social distancing norms will be followed. Masks are compulsory when indoors or within close proximity. However, the participants are responsible for their own health & safety.



Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Sat, Sep 18, 2021

Sun, Sep 19, 2021

Sat, Sep 24, 2021

Sun, Sep 25, 2021


Class 1

Class 2

Class 3


Class 4


6:00 - 7:30 pm

6:00 - 7:30 pm

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

6:00 - 7:30 pm

6:00 - 7:30 pm

INR 4500

Cancellation Policy: In the unlikely event of The Hive cancelling any of its workshops for any reason, registered participants will be refunded the entire amount within 15 business days. Course dropouts by participants will be eligible for refund as follows: 30+ days before the event - 75% refund; 15-30 days before the event: 50% refund; less than 15 days - 0% refund. Attendee changes can be accommodated up to 14 days prior to the event.

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