For past few years I was looking for a trusted Partner for visiting and photographing the Theyyam Tour. In between, we were hit by the Pandemic and two full years didn’t get any opportunity. This year March 2022, when things got a bit better, it was a great opportunity to go down and experience Theyyam in and around Kannur, Kerala region. This was made possible all due to Arun Saha, someone who took us into the magical land of Kerala. The stay was fantastic, food was fantastic, company of fellow photographers was awesome, made some new friends too. Arun Saha is a great mentor, someone who assists in details, does help with tips on what to do, what to expect, and where to stand. Honestly in the sea of people who converge at Theyyam every day and night, it’s the most difficult photographic tour I have experienced, as it tests your patience, and physical abilities including sleepless nights, day and night running around, very low lights during Night Theyyams and people moving in your frames all the time to get the best composition or frame is very challenging. Arun Saha made it all possible, thanks to him, did get a chance to photograph, meet wonderful photographers and most importantly experience the best classical and traditional art form festival which shouldn’t be missed by anyone in India and outside. Anytime recommended !!!
My sincere thanks to Arun Sir who built my interest in photography. My journey started with a theoretical workshop with him in kolkata where I learned more than I could imagine about this field of art. The best part about Arun Sir is his vision. His photographs and the knowledge he gives us about the same always says a story. The workshop made me attend the actual field trip to Varanasi for Dev Deepawali . It was just fantastic, I learned a lot as communicating with him is so comfortable. I am looking forward to attend more of ASP field trips as they are fun and I meet so many new amazing photographers too.
At the outset I would like to thank my mentor Mr. Arun Saha with whom I attended my first ever workshop in the true sense, the JEJURI-KOLHAPUR PHOTO TOUR & WORKSHOP.
The 3 c’s of a true mentor Clarity, Communication and Commitment are all imbibed in him. What was very noticeable was his dedication towards his group; each member was his priority whether he was just starting his photography journey or had been on it for a long time. His intention is to pass on as much of his experience to people as time and their expectations allow.
I would like to thank you for focusing on my weaknesses and guiding me throughout the journey letting me know which areas to prioritise and improve.
Thank you Arun Saha and ASP for making it memorable for me and even though you are a hard task master I will definitely be joining you for more such workshops. And to the others who have not yet tested an experience with him, if given a chance to attend one, grab it before it’s gone.
At the outset, I sincerely congratulate the mentor Mr Arun Saha for seamlessly completing the Desert Oddesy, where my presence was maiden…His relentless effort made it a grand success…as a new entrance in this arena, I solemnly confess that the exposures which I came across during this journey has opened up a new vista..for me this is a paradigm approach…I’m extremely benefited with such type of colorful trip which beset with a wide variety of physical as well as visual environment that creates an unforgettable resonance…a perfect blend of human nature and pictorial catalog…last but not the least, my sincere gratitude to mentor Mr. Saha whose mentorship coupled with his human quality has reached the trip an excellent level.
Just had a memorable Phototour “Royal Rajasthan…A Desert Odyssey” organised by ASP. It was a wonderful experience under the mentorship of Mr. Arun Saha and shooting with other passionate senior photographers for the last few days. We enjoyed a lot and are going back with a lot of good memories and unforgettable unique moments. I strongly recommend every photographer for such phototours with ASP.
If someone doesn’t have a sweet memory with Arun Saha as a photo mentor in any ASP Phototour, it’s his failure. Despite being a complete amateur and hobbyist with little knowledge of various aspects of photography, still I could end up capturing some satisfactory frames because of his able guidance in my photo tours with him.
Recently I have completed a photo tour with Arun Saha to cover “Theyyam” which I think was highly challenging, technically as well as physically. But his mentorship eased everything. Prior to our tour, he held a webinar discussing every detailed knowledge about this night photography which was full of action. Moreover, balancing the highlight of fire on one side and the shadow on the other was the toughest part of this tour.
Apart from Theyyam, Kalaripayattu & Kambala were also part of this photo tour. From this tour, we got to capture events more than what was planned earlier.
And his arrangements for our staying and food were awesome and beyond our expectations. Every moment was delightful.
I am waiting for my next photo tour with him. My heartfelt thanks to Mr. Arun Saha and ASP.
My photo tour with ASP to Rajasthan, The Desert Odyssey under the mentorship of Arun Saha was an extremely enjoyable one.. met some great people, made new friends, learnt a lot from everyone. Arun da himself is a warm mentor, ensured personally we get good photos and remain comfortable with our stays…and was readily available to sort out any problem.
What I got from this trip is a new experience with Photography and the understanding of how to deal with different light conditions that change the entire scenery in post-processing… Especially enjoyed the light painting exercises.
Thank you for a memorable trip. 🙂
Firstly I would like to thank Mr. Arun Saha Sir as a brilliant Mentor as well as I appreciate His patience and support. As a person I have no words to describe , He’s a very good Human Being and He’s an unbelievable Photographer.
It was a great memory for me,
Our trip to Varanasi for Dev Deepavali in 2017 was an entirely different experience.
Arun Sir’s approach to the Varanasi Dev-Deepavali workshop exemplified his knowledge, experience, and aesthetic vision.
I have learned a lot of new things about photography.
Thank you for your generosity and a very informative workshop,
My first photo tour with Arun was the workshop in Agra in 2018. I did not even know him at that time. But the workshop was such a nice experience that I joined him in two more workshops – one in Kolhapur and the other in Agra again. Arun is such a nice human being, such a good photographer and always ready to share his knowledge with the participants of his workshop. Specially I remember how he helped me to visit the kusti akhadas in Kolhapur where usually women are not allowed. He is also a very good organiser. Hope I’ll be able to join many more of his workshops in the future.
Arun Saha is an incredibly talented photographer. His workshops are an amazing experience. A day of shooting with him teaches me more than what I can learn watching hundreds of videos. He focuses extensively on developing the art of seeing. His guidance on framing, composition, exposure and post-processing helps me tell a better story every time. I have been a fellow traveller with him on many occasions and each one seems to be better than the earlier. He is very professional and a humble human who is always ready to guide and teach.I highly recommend his photography workshops to anyone who wants to develop into a better photographer.
Our trip to varanasi Dev-deepavali in the year 2017 was a completely different experience for me. Arun not only was a great mentor but also a great human being. Arun’s way of handling the Varanasi Dev- Deepavali workshop proved his experience, knowledge and artistic vision . It was absolutely a wonderful experience to attend this workshop mentored by Arun Saha. Thank you Arun for your hospitality and a very enlightening workshop. I had a wonderful time during our workshop.
run Saha Photography workshop is outstanding and I highly recommend it to photographers of all ability levels. Arun Da’s vast experience and meticulous planning provide a comprehensive learning experience from location planning, camera settings, composition and post-processing. He is kind, intelligent, quick-witted, knowledgeable and most of all very caring. He creates a fun and supportive learning environment and his small group size ensures that everyone gets personal attention and guidance throughout the workshop. I have done five workshops with him and I keep coming back. I keep referring to anyone who is interested in photography. You cant be in better hands.
It’s a pleasure to be connected with Arun Saha and had wonderful experiences in the four workshops I participated in with ASP. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute we were shooting, especially Taj, which I can never forget. I appreciate, it’s his personal style of communicating that makes taking workshops so meaningful. Dada goes above and beyond to make sure that everyone is comfortable and getting the help they need, both out in the field and in post-processing. He is always there to answer any questions and he does so with kindness and patience. He is a master and his passion for the subject is truly inspiring. I am excited to take what I have learned from Dada and continue shooting and exploring with him.
Dev Deepavali 2021 was the second such photo tour I did with Arun Saha. The previous one was “Jejuri”. I always wanted to see Varanasi as a photographer. I had been to this holy city before but mostly as a tourist or for family visits. Arun, as before, did a wonderful job in guiding and mentoring while shooting different aspects of Varanasi, besides the festival of Dev Deepavali. Needless to say that he is a wonderful photographer and a great mentor, but at the same time he is also a good trip organiser. He gives adequate attention to all participants. Because of his good knowledge of this city, he knows all the right places to shoot great pictures. His knowledge of the city also makes the trip logistically comfortable. He knows all the right places to eat, stay, right modes of transportation, correct fares, etc. I’d love to do more such trips with Arun in future.
I was in my India tour for the 1st time, and had been to Varanasi for three days. I hired Arun Saha, an Indian travel photographer and photo mentor through his website for my Varanasi coverage. I found in Varanasi with Arun Saha a complete different experience all over. Seeing Varanasi in a different perspective was the most satisfactory part there. Arun being himself a good street photographer and having thorough knowledge about Varanasi did real good justice to my photography tour. With him I could explore the streets, ghats and its street foods with a great deal. Hope to come out with a great series of my Varanasi adventure. Ciao!!!
It was an awesome experience to witness the colorful and vibrant Pattan Kodoli(Haldi) festival in Oct 2018. When I look at my pictures, I could still smell the turmeric powder and listen to the drums played in the temple.I should thank Arun Saha to organise this wonderful trip as he creates the friendly environment and make sure everyone is happy with their photography. Even after the tour, he is in touch with very responsive replies and helping on other photography related activities as well. Apart from all, Arun is the person with a good heart which i admire him. Looking forward to join with him in the future!
I’m Vishal Mohan from BFA first year at Techno India University. I just wanted to thank you for visiting and sharing your experiences and thoughts with us! You have changed the way I think about composing and have added a lot into my knowledge! Thank you very much once again and I will keep in touch with you for further guidance and help!
The trip with Arun Saha to Varanasi was very interesting .. because of his long experience and his relationships in the same place which was visited by him several times.. really I enjoyed the trip and got a lot of very interesting shoots.. I’m still editing those photos.. and use them in many competitions.. I wish to have other trip to India with the same friend Arun Saha for other places.. hope I could do that soon..
My trip to Varanasi way back in 2017 was the best photography trip ever I had around the world. Varanasi was the best for taking photo because of too much strong portraits photo you could have as well as the people’s lifestyle photo.. within few days you could get as much as you can.. the people in India in general are very friendly and open to take photo of them.. the life in India is very rich and the best for photographers.. during our trip to Varanasi with arun saha.. the work was very simple and easy and he helped a lot by his good relationships and experiences.. to make our trip successful and rich and unforgettable…
Thanks for him a lot…
It’s a pleasure to be connected with you and had wonderful experience in 3 work shops I participated. Still I’m feeling joyous to enhance the collection of good images I got during the workshops. Due to your mentor ship…l am happy that a photographer with a high skill and vision is my friend …..wishing you success in your journey towards the high goals.
During the end of 2016, I was considering of working on the numerous kusti akharas and the pehelwans of kolhapur, but unfortunately was not able to find an acquaintance in the vicinity. That was the time when one of my friend suggested the name of Arun Saha and after subsequent discussions, on one fine morning of early February of 2017, the lanky gentleman received me with his warm smile, which I never missed during the tour. We worked for next 4-5 days, and Arunda (as I called him) was always there to assist me for any problems.
We did the shooting remarkably well and that particularly was due to the local knowledge of Arunda. I was also taken aback by his remarkable knowledge regarding photography and the camera. Its always a pleasure working with a person who has profound understanding regarding the subject to be worked upon, and Arun Saha never fails on that front. What amazed me of him is his ever energetic readiness with which he responds to any kind of hurdles, be it regarding photography or logistics. And the most important thing about his nature is he is always open to new ideas. In that he’s ever attentive as an young schoolboy. What started as a mere photo tour, has now turned into a camaraderie to be cherished for our days to come. I wish all success to him in his photographic carrier. And personally I am eagerly looking to do another assignment with this ever enthusiastic brother of mine.
An amazing trip to a gorgeous out of the world and a must visit tourist place, “Land of High Passes……. LADAKH”. Well organised and brilliantly led. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Ladakh photography tour. As a team leader, Arun has incredible, detailed local knowledge of the area. He took us to some wonderful locations, some grand and spectacular, some more subtle; locations we would never have found by ourselves. He identified the times of day and the weather conditions that would allow us to make the most of each spot; he knew which locations were worth revisiting in different lights for different moods. He is generous with his photographic expertise and skills; patient and encouraging with his tips and explanations. He was good company, and it was a very amiable group that formed under his leadership. He found some excellent places for lunch and dinner; to sustain us throughout our days’ exertions in the open air. We packed a great deal into our few days, but he knew exactly how to modulate the pace of the trip so that we never became too exhausted to enjoy it or work effectively. Our hotel was a great base, with friendly owners, and it was perfectly located for our various trips around the locations. The trip was great fun..