Pixlent is where passion and profession meet. Dr Yashodhan Joshi, founder was always interested in photography and finally procured his first camera, the Canon 400D gifted to him by a satisfied customer. There was no looking back.
He enrolled himself in a basic photography course organised by the British Library in association with Lalit Deshmukh the well-known Fine Art & Landscape photographer. Encouraged by the results of the teachings by Lalit, Yashodhan then went on his first photography tour to Ladakh in 2012. It was an overwhelming experience to capture the stupendous beauty of Ladakh under Lalit’s guidance and it has been a rewarding journey since then.
Yashodhan then realised that progress in his passion was coming in fits and start since he only learnt when he was a part of the photography tours organised by Lalit. He realised that to gain rapid knowledge, every photo of his should be critiqued by experts, something practically impossible due to the vagaries of commitments of the student and his mentor. The idea of pixlent as a critiquing platform for photos was thus born. The idea was broached with Lalit during the photo tour of Spiti Kinnaur in August 2015 who immediately agreed to mentor the team.
Pixlent is a web based photo critiquing platform that enables the serious photographer to improve her skills and get guidance and feedback from well-known experts. Pixlent is teaming up with top professional photography experts to provide critiquing and reviewing services on a one to one basis using specially developed digital tools.
Pixlent has come to fruition due to the invaluable inputs of Lalit Deshmukh and Sameer Belvalkar. Right from the UX, workflow and the digital tool for photo reviews that we designed their contribution is visible. We hope to take pixlent.com to greater heights with the solid contributions from the advisory board.
Lalit Deshmukh is a professional fine art photographer situated in Pune, India. Lalit is very passionate about nature, where he draws much of his inspiration for photography.He enjoys capturing special moments in nature and invoking emotions via the compositions and the light.
Lalit has spent more than 17 years exploring and photographing
many location around the world including Western United States,
Colorado plateau and coastal India. His current work is much
focused on photographing landscapes and culture in the Himalayan
Lalit, is a passionate teacher,and has taught more than 1500
students in last five years in India. Most of them now enjoy
photography as a hobby. Some of them have accepted this as a
career under Lalit's guidance and continue to grow. In the year
2011, Lalit formed Impressions Photography Workshops and
Expeditions, an organization that strives to provide knowledge,
experience and help achieve creative and artistic goals of people.
His comprehensive biography can be accessed at www.lalitdeshmukh.com
Talk famous photographers and Sameer Belvalkar is one of the top photographers that come to the mind. Unlike other photographers in Mumbai Sameer Belvalkar began his professional photography career as a press photographer. Gaining experience as he was mentored by some of the top photographers in Mumbai he was able to develop skills in modelling photography, portrait and people photography, commercial photography, advertising photography, fashion photography and portfolio photography. Sameer Belvalkar has also had the unique opportunity to rub shoulders with top names in bollywood, fashion and advertising industry and over time he has emerged as one of the best commercial photographers in Mumbai.
Photography is his life – for what it has been so far and what it
will become in the days to come. Sameer obtained a formal degree
in chemistry which helped him enjoy his time in the darkroom a
little better. The M.B.A that he did helps him in innumerable ways
in his profession as well as keep his finances in ship shape.
Sameer shoots with a difference – bringing his subject to life is
what he strives for. What began on a whim soon followed by his
first lens that cost him the earth and sky, which today provides
the bread, butter and from time to time, a little orange
Sameer thinks that he has been lucky to be in the right place at
the right time, but there’s been a lot of hard work in between
having come a long way from the days of film and retakes
unlimited, today the medium intrigues him far more than the
technicalities of photography.
And he lives by his motto, "The passion as always – is a self
sustaining organism. Feed it well, and it’ll grow with time."
Sameer is profiled at www.sameerbelvalkar.com