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.



the virtual workshops:

foundation & advanced

‘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 ONLINE WORKSHOPS, 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 workshops are divided into two series: foundation & advanced, both offering hands-on exercises that can be done at home or outdoors. We have turned the virtual medium into an advantage by offering you a 24x7 access to the instructor and the programme’s chat channels. Also avail of the Query Time to catch up on missed sessions or overcome time zone inconveniences.


  • Lecture recordings

  • Access to knowledge base through The Hive’s Discord channel



  • 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




  • 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.


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

No. The CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS focus 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. What if my time zone is not congenial, or if I miss a session?

At The Hive, we have tried to enhance your virtual experience by delivering content in different ways: 1) Live lectures, 2) Workshop recordings, 3) Query Time, and 4) 24x7 Discord. If you miss a live lecture, access our workshop recordings, or meet personally with the instructor during Query Time. There’s also a 24x7 support group over Discord, so you can ask questions without inhibitions. So go ahead, make the most of the virtual medium and cross-pollinate with a diverse group.





Sat, Jan 9, 2021

Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Sat, Jan 16, 2021


Class 1

Class 2

Office hours

Class 3

Office hours

Class 4


1530 - 1700 IST

1530 - 1700 IST

1800 - 1930 IST

1800 - 1930 IST

1800 - 1930 IST

1800 - 1930 IST

INR 4000 2021

USD 55 30

Maiden promo offer


Sat, Feb 13, 2021

Sun, Feb 14, 2021

Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Sat, Feb 20, 2021


1800 - 1930 IST

1800 - 1930 IST

1800 - 1930 IST

1800 - 1930 IST

1800 - 1930 IST

1800 - 1930 IST


Class 1

Class 2

Office hours

Class 3

Office hours

Class 4

INR 4000

USD 55

Both series

INR 6021 5500

USD 82 75

Maiden promo offer

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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