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About Dabboo Ratnani

One of the more prominent portrait and celebrity photographers, Dabboo Ratnani is most famously known for his annual calendar which has now become a celebrated showbiz event since it was first published in 1999. He is the cover photographer for several magazines including Cosmopolitan, Filmfare, Hi Blitz, Elle, Verve and Femina.

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  • Any tips you would like to give budding photographers who are pursuing fashion photography?
  • What inspired you to conceptualize and shoot a celebrity calendar?
  • How do you prefer to shoot, in natural light or studio light?
  • What inspired you to conceptualise and shoot a celebrity calendar?
  • How often do celebrities also give their own inputs to add to the shoot?
  • How do you decide who goes in your calendar? On their current popularity or their success at the box office?
  • Who comes up with the themes for each picture?
  • Who is it easier shooting, the men or women?
  • Why do you do the calendar?
  • What is the difference in shooting models v/s Bollywood celebrities?
  • What’s your source of inspiration?
  • How do you avoid getting stereotyped?
  • What is your view on the Instagram Culture?
  • Does commercialization of photography fade creativity in the art form?
  • How long does it usually take you to finalise the sets and the backdrop for your calendar? How early do you start prepping for your calendar shoot?
  • Have you ever had to change a particular concept as it was not approved or agreed upon by the actor?
  • How far do you think using photo-editing tools like Photoshop is justified in photoshoots?
  • In one of your very popular calendar shots, you had shot Akshay Kumar while he was shaving. How did you think of that idea?
  • You have had a long career in the industry but of all the photoshoots you’ve done which is the best according to you?
  • Do you believe photoshoots serve as makeovers for Bollywood stars?
  • How do you get inspired ?
  • Are your calendar photo shoots theme based?

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