Sunday, June 17, 2018

Online Photography Classes

Online Photography Lessons - Simi Jois

A lot of you have been reaching out for my online photography classes. Thank you for the overwhelming response. Right now all classes for June-July are closed. However I have openings for August-September. If you are interested, please email me

This is a personalized class, a one-on-one using Skype or Face time. I usually have the first call (which is free) to access your requirements and expectations and then we plan the class needs and time/date. You can learn at your own pace and place of your choice. The class is followed by some homework, I give constructive feedback via email for the submitted assignment.

I have a few tailored classes:
Camera one-on-one : all about using camera in manual mode.
Quick fix styling guide : Some tips for styling difficult dishes.
Story telling : How to weave a story with light
Moody Photography : one of my most popular class
Steam Photography : class starts October end.

Here are some testimonials from my students :

It's always a pleasure learning from you….This was my first time learning from an expert and I did not expect to take away so much in an hour long Skype session. Simi exactly knew which parts to touch on and perfectly balanced the theory and practical aspects of food photography. And the fact that a one on one private class is so affordably priced is definitely an added bonus.
-Ashmita Bharadwaj

I want to say a huge thank you for all your time and help in improving my work. I really really enjoyed the session, it was very thorough and easy to understand as well. My basic concepts are so much better now.

Thank you for the class, I really enjoyed it. I must confess, I was a bit nervous at first.  I learnt so much in one session, I cannot wait for our next. I highly recommend this class, I thought I knew about shutter speed and aperture but I soon realized and I am glad I asked you to go through it. Also, all the tips about styling that make it so much easier. Thank you Simi.

These images are from my photography class. For images from my students scroll to end of post and click.

Online Photography Lessons - Simi Jois

Online Photography Lessons - Simi Jois
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills - Simi Jois
 A quick post - Sunday stills. I did not have much in terms of fresh produce but I do love the aubergine color of the egg plant and the pink-red of the onion. The first image is more like a rustic kitchen scene. The second one is a bit whimsical. I love the textures of the background, wanted to use it with the rich purple color. I'm going to try bold whimsical color palette.

I want to start posting tutorials me if you want something specific.

That's all for now. Have a fabulous week.
Sunday Stills - Simi Jois

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Eating Health - bagelwich. EASY! EASY! EASY!

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!
Eating healthy is on everybody's mind. No one wants to eat unhealthy, but at the same time ... we don't want to eat food that the pallet does not approve. When we think about healthy, we usually think of sad food... I love colorful food and try to put as much color on my plate. Healthy food is actually happy food.

This is an easy recipe  meal...way to easy, fresh produce, cream cheese (store bought). the only thing I made was beet-cranberry relish for vegan lovers.

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!

Beet-Cranberry Relish

1 cup granted beet
1 cup cranberry
2 green chilies
2 tbsp finely cut ginger
3 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste.

Heat oil, add all the ingredients and let it cook till cranberry is nice and soft, add salt. After it has cooled, store in airtight container. Stays good for a month.

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Still life photography

I love to connect with like minded people and share what we have in common, be it photography, walking, meditation or just talking about life. In the last few months I have met some amazing people, we connected over photography but realized we have more in common than just the love for light.

 The above is  from the photography class this week. The class is a personalized one on one session using Skype. I create a personalized class for you and your level. You can learn at your own pace and at a place of your choice.

This week I  helped my students create a story around tea, explaining the basics of composition, color, styling, framing, choice of aperture and more. It is one of the things I love, to share my passion and teach. I am booked out till June. If you are interested (after June) to take an online class. Shoot out an email : and I will be happy to mail you the details.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

How I shot this - New series

I keep getting requests, asking me how I shot a particular image. So I thought of starting a new series on my blog called how I shot this. I will try to explain my thinking, process and camera details. Hope this helps. If you want to request how I shot this for a particular image please email me or leave me a comment, I will try posting once a month.

Before you go, do let me know if you liked the B&W or color?

Simi Jois

Simi Jois

Inspiration - light, reflections and pencil sketch feel.

Vision : I Wanted the glass in front to pop but at the same time I wanted the background to be the hero, almost like a sketch.

Light source : sun was falling at a 45 degree from the window.

Styling :   the sun was creating dramatic light and shadows of the blinds on the table. I aligned the lines of the blinds (on window) to the shadows it was casting on the table. This was to create a seamless background.
Placed the jar which was transparent, kept glass in front. Made sure the sunlight fell into the glass and reflected the color onto the table.

Aperture : I opened up the lens at an aperture of f/1.4 to to create dramatic background (sketchy feel) and desired bokeh.

Post process - changed the WB to a cooler shade to match with the blue-green glass.

Camera - Nikon D610
Lens - Sigma 85mm

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