Want an Experience of India's Unseen Beauty? I'm creating a documentary and Photo-book. Ask Me Anything!

Sep 14, 2017

Photographer and Indie Creator Naveen Sakthivel is embarking a trip of lifetime to document the 29 states of India, country's mostly unseen places, its people and cultural dignity, covering 16,000+ kilometers/10000+ miles of journey across the country.

For creating, INDIA UNSEEN, a series of documentary film that beautifully shows us the unseen part of India and its wonders; and UNSEEN BEAUTY OF INDIA, a beautiful 300-page photo-book that tells the full story of the journey with copious digressions into matters historical and cultural, feauturing a unique series of stunning photographs.

These documentaries will be a mixture of visual story telling, fine art and short stories about the Indian culture, and people. What will make this documentary unique is that most of the adventures take place unexpectedly. Naveen want to show you the world the way he see's and experience it. While most of the world is asleep, Naveen starts by hiking a trail looking for an epic landscape to capture or driving through a national park with the road to himself. The photographs/film are used to relive the impression – the kind you can't get from just reading about the place.

Naveen is currently (running a campaign at Milaap.org (https://milaap.org/fundraisers/indiaunseen) in order to fund the project!

Although the project is fully an independant creation, self funds are not enough to create such a large project. Inorder to giveaway a kindness for his backers/donors he will also send a personalized thanks to you directly (you will also get the film and eBook, of course). Both will be available digitally to download from his website once the project is successfully finished.


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What important lesson have you learnt from using crowdfunding so far?

Sep 13, 7:28AM EDT0

Did you shoot all the still photos yourself?

Sep 13, 6:24AM EDT0

What brand of camera/gear do you shoot with?

Sep 13, 4:02AM EDT0

How much research did you do in regard to crowdfunding before you settled on this particular site?

Sep 13, 3:14AM EDT0

Will you edit all the photos yourself or do you have help?

Sep 13, 3:09AM EDT0

Do you post your pictures on social media, and if so, where?

Sep 13, 2:47AM EDT0

Is the population you are targeting to donate the same as the target group you want to buy your line?

Sep 13, 1:29AM EDT0

What part of the population do you think are the best candidates for funding a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 13, 1:18AM EDT0

Do you have a teaser trailer for the series or a teaser for the book available?

Sep 13, 12:30AM EDT0

Is the documentary series only available online, or will you try to market it to television stations as well?

Sep 13, 12:30AM EDT0

When and how did you think of this idea?

Sep 12, 11:15PM EDT0

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Sep 12, 9:37PM EDT0

How do you get the person in front of the camera to pose just the way you want?

Sep 12, 9:26PM EDT0

What are your back-up plans if your crowdfunding campaign fails?

Sep 12, 9:19PM EDT0

Among your works, which one is your favourite & could you share it with us?

Sep 12, 8:42PM EDT0

Do you sell your photos as stock photography?

Sep 12, 7:29PM EDT0

Does it cost anything to start a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 12, 7:20PM EDT0

Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?

Sep 12, 7:19PM EDT0

Do you have a Getty Images account?

Sep 12, 7:12PM EDT0

Where will you print your book and how much do you think this will cost?

Sep 12, 6:26PM EDT0

What are your favourite & best-working posing queues when working with people?

Sep 12, 6:18PM EDT0

What is the best photo editing software for beginners?

Sep 12, 5:27PM EDT0

Can you give some advice to people interested in launching their own crowdfunding campaigns?

Sep 12, 5:05PM EDT0

How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?

Sep 12, 4:48PM EDT0

Have you marketed your idea on social media, photography forums?

Sep 12, 4:44PM EDT0

What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?

Sep 12, 4:29PM EDT0

Is crowdfunding just about money or are there other benefits?

Sep 12, 3:48PM EDT0

Where will you be traveling exactly and how?

Sep 12, 3:01PM EDT0

Can you share a link to your facebook, twitter, website please?

Sep 12, 2:28PM EDT0

What are the drawbacks, if any, on using crowdfunding platforms?

Sep 12, 1:48PM EDT0

How were you able to fund your travels?

Sep 12, 1:42PM EDT0

How did you manage to comeup with the book and published yourself?

Sep 12, 12:59PM EDT0

I still have not come up with the book its in the initial funding stage

Sep 14, 12:48PM EDT0

Do you have a possible date for when we can expect it to be out?

Sep 14, 11:38PM EDT0

How many copies of the book do you plan to get printed initially and where will you sell them?

Sep 12, 12:54PM EDT0

As of now I dont have any plans.

Sep 14, 12:47PM EDT0

Do you think it will be a long while until your book is ready?

Sep 14, 4:13PM EDT0

How hard is it to become a self published photographer?

Sep 12, 12:44PM EDT0

How much will you charge for the book alone?

Sep 12, 12:28PM EDT0

I dont have the estimation now!

Sep 14, 12:46PM EDT0

Will you offer a special price to anyone who donates?

Sep 14, 10:36PM EDT0

What advice would you give to anyone else looking to create their first crowdfunding project?

Sep 12, 12:26PM EDT0

Prepare yourself up well before you continue! Thats the only way to get it out

Sep 14, 12:46PM EDT0

You are looking to raise a very large amount of money, do you think you will be able to achieve this before you leave on this trip?

Sep 14, 4:14PM EDT0

What regions of India have you found to be the most interesting?

Sep 12, 12:03PM EDT0

I live in Southern Region. I prefer it Anthony!

Sep 14, 12:45PM EDT0
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What is white balance?

Sep 12, 11:53AM EDT0

Its the colour balance on a digital camera. White balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic color casts, so that objects which appearwhite in person are rendered white in your photo. Proper camera white balance has to take into account the "color temperature" of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness ofwhite light.

Sep 14, 12:45PM EDT0

What do you consider the most difficult type of photography?

Sep 14, 9:14PM EDT0

What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?

Sep 12, 11:46AM EDT0

What camera do you have?

Sep 12, 11:43AM EDT0

Canon 5D Mark IV, and a 80D Scott!

Sep 14, 12:43PM EDT0


Sep 14, 3:57PM EDT0

Are you writing the text for the book yourself?

Sep 12, 11:40AM EDT0

Yeah, Nathaniel!

Sep 14, 12:42PM EDT0

How will you write this whilst you are travelling? On a laptop or will you just carry a notepad and pen around? 

Sep 14, 3:17PM EDT0

How long to you plan to travel?

Sep 12, 11:35AM EDT0

For 2 or more months, James!

Sep 14, 12:42PM EDT0

Will you be completely alone on your travels or with a team of videographers?

Sep 14, 2:55PM EDT0

Hi Naveen. Will this book be available on Amazon? Are there any early-bird offers?

Sep 12, 9:54AM EDT0

No Shilpa

Sep 14, 12:41PM EDT0

Which are the top 10 hidden destinations in India?

Sep 14, 8:47PM EDT0
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