Ritesh Shah

MPA: Why you love photography?

RS: I have always been drawn by natural beauty and besides physically visiting the place, photography is the only thing that can take you there.  As a matter of fact,  a beautifully captured and composed picture can emotionally put you inside the landscape.  That is what has I love the most about photography.  It is this aspect of photography that has drawn me towards it.

MPA: Your favorite thing about MPA?

RS: I took my beginning digital photography class with MPA and have not looked back.  That one class was an eye-opener.  The expensive digital camera was no longer intimidating.  The quality of teaching by MPA professionals is something that I have never seen in any other photography academy.  At MPA, the instructors not only interested in teaching but are also very open to sharing tricks to help the student get the best experience.  Nothing is held back.  I’m not surprised that they are one of the very best if not the best.

MPA: Your favorite trip or course with MPA?

RS: My best trip with MPA has been the San Francisco Day Safari.  It was my first and I got a chance to learn so many new and different techniques while photographing one of the most iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge, in the world.  That one trip and the techniques I learnt gave me the confidence to go out on my own, experiment and become a better photographer.

MPA: Your aspirations as a photographer/artist-

RS: I want to continue experimenting and learning to become a better photographer.  I don’t plan on becoming a professional photographer but I would love to take pictures that can make someone say “Wow!, how did he take that picture”.

MPA: Any info you want to share about yourself and work.

RS: I am an avid backpacker and have hiked extensively in US and India.  California’s Lost Coast and the Indian side of the Himalayas are my favorite destinations.  I have hiked all the way up to 18,000 ft and hope to have at least 20,000 ft summit under my belt.  I am hoping I can combine my two hobbies to capture stunning images from places not easily accessible to most.

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