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      7 require_once('../../init.php');
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      9 $title = 'Testimonials &middot; Vishwa Mano Photography Workshops';
     10 $meta_desc = 'What Vishwa\'s students have to say about Vishwa Mano Photography Workshops!.';
     11 
     12 $p_title = 'Testimonials';
     13 $testimonials = array(
     14     array(
     15         'by' => 'Swathi Palavesh',
     16         'img' => 'swathi_palavesh.jpg',
     17         'text' => 'Well, it was the day when my brother gifted me a Nikon D3300'
     18               . ' and the next thing on my mind was to learn the basics of'
     19               . ' photography. I had to travel to chennai for a week and all'
     20               . ' I had was a week, to learn the basics. I was skeptical if'
     21               . ' there would be anybody who would be ready to schedule classes'
     22               . ' to my convenience. Then I found reviews about Viswa sir&#39;s'
     23               . ' photography classes which had 5/5 rating. I approached him the'
     24               . ' next second and he was kind enough to schedule a one on one class'
     25               . ' for me. His major advantage is his patience to teach his students'
     26               . ' &#39;n&#39; number of times even if they did not understand certain'
     27               . ' things. Very flexible, highly patient, very friendly in terms of'
     28               . ' teaching approach. Overall it was a fantastic opportunity to learn'
     29               . ' from him. Not just that. The good part is, he is even available for'
     30               . ' you even after your course gets over. Amazing. Isn&#39;t it? :)'
     31     ),
     32     array(
     33         'by' => 'Naren Hari',
     34         'img' => 'naren_hari.jpg',
     35         'text' => 'Vishwa from Apertures and Shutters is the go-to person for'
     36               . ' photography classes in Chennai. Some may possess teaching skills but won’t'
     37               . ' be be an expert in what they do. Some may be an expert in what'
     38               . ' they do but won’t have the patience to teach others. Then'
     39               . ' there is Vishwa who is not only a master photographer but also'
     40               . ' an excellent teacher. I took the basic photography class that'
     41               . ' includes four class room sessions and two outdoor'
     42               . ' sessions. The duration of the course is two weekends (3'
     43               . ' sessions per weekend). I can’t thank Vishwa enough for'
     44               . ' identifying the photographer in me. I see a huge difference in'
     45               . ' the quality of my photos after taking this course. I’m'
     46               . ' definitely going to come back for advance photography classes'
     47               . ' very soon.'
     48     ),
     49     array(
     50         'by' => 'Sharadha Krishm',
     51         'img' => 'sharadha_krishm.jpg',
     52         'text' => 'I had met Vishwa in one of the CTC photography workshops, but hadn\'t'
     53               . ' had the opportunity to learn from him during the camp. After'
     54               . ' that camp, I rarely took my camera out and let it rest in my'
     55               . ' almira for longer time. So I decided to assign for one of his'
     56               . ' basics classes for the heck of it, I was still not very'
     57               . ' confident of developing a passion for photography. But once'
     58               . ' into the 1st day of basics course, I found myself intrigued'
     59               . ' and asking so many questions. Now that\'s a very positive'
     60               . ' sign. The classes started from the very basics even starting'
     61               . ' up with the controls, which was exactly the way teaching'
     62               . ' should be: strengthening the basics. Thank You Vishwa for a'
     63               . ' photography class, that did a very important thing - igniting'
     64               . ' interest.'
     65     ),
     66     array(
     67         'by' => 'Prasad Natrajan',
     68         'img' => 'prasad_natrajan.jpg',
     69         'text' => 'I have gone through a couple of other photography training'
     70               . ' programs. They were mostly theory and no in-studio shooting'
     71               . ' classes and very limited outdoor shooting classes. However, in'
     72               . ' Apertures and Shutters Vishwa makes sure that he puts the'
     73               . ' class through practical application of what he teaches. There'
     74               . ' is a fair amount of outdoor shootings too and he provides'
     75               . ' valuable feedback of your images.'
     76     ),
     77     array(
     78         'by' => 'Dinesh Ramasamy',
     79         'img' => 'dinesh_ramasamy.jpg',
     80         'text' => 'Are you a Amateur Photographer, Photo Freak, Fond of taking photos and'
     81               . ' love to explore the Art of photography then you are at the'
     82               . ' right place. From the very basic scratch level to high level'
     83               . ' photography you can learn here and u will feel so comfortable'
     84               . ' and friendly to sharpen up your skills.I would say its worth'
     85               . ' spending time and money to learn photography skills from'
     86               . ' Vishwa, Not only u can learn but also u can get good guidance'
     87               . ' from him always and a good reviews and suggestions will boost'
     88               . ' u and your photos too :) Yo..'
     89     ),
     90     array(
     91         'by' => 'Mahimika Varma',
     92         'img' => 'mahimika_varma.jpg',
     93         'text' => 'It was such a good experience. Vishwa Mano here teaches right from the'
     94               . ' scratch and explains really well. I had fun in class and'
     95               . ' learnt a lot about aperture and shutter, he teaches everything'
     96               . ' practically. If you are interested in photography and want to'
     97               . ' learn right from handling your camera well to taking good'
     98               . ' pictures and editing, he is the guy. I thank him for those'
     99               . ' wonderful classes.'
    100     ),
    101     array(
    102         'by' => 'Jayashree Kesavan',
    103         'img' => 'jayashree_kesavan.jpg',
    104         'text' => 'This is a great place to start our photography journey ... I joined'
    105               . ' aperture &amp; shutter .. Since I had a great passion for'
    106               . ' photography !!! I learned the basics so clearly ... Which'
    107               . ' increased my interest !!! Even after the completion of'
    108               . ' course... Vishwa guides me by giving reviews to my fotos'
    109               . ' ... This is a wonderful start for my photographic journey'
    110               . ' ... If u wanna start ur journey ... Join apertures &amp; shutters'
    111               . ' :) Thank u Vishwa ! :)'
    112     ),
    113     array(
    114         'by' => 'Pradeep Jayaprakash',
    115         'img' => 'pradeep_jayaprakash.jpg',
    116         'text' => 'An old saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, however'
    117               . ' to comprehend a photograph in its entirety requires a very'
    118               . ' special approach.  An approach that not only makes you think'
    119               . ' the way your camera thinks but also makes you look into the'
    120               . ' aesthetics of your photographs. Photography is much more than'
    121               . ' a mere play of ISO/Aperture/Shutter speed..Every photo has to'
    122               . ' have a pay-off to the audience. Thats exactly what Vishwa'
    123               . ' teaches you in his class..Thanks Vishwa for kindling my'
    124               . ' interest in photography. This is just my first review as i am'
    125               . ' a newbie. many more to come :) cheers!!'
    126     ),
    127     array(
    128         'by' => 'Siddhartha Pulugundla',
    129         'img' => 'siddhartha_pulugundla.jpg',
    130         'text' => 'Apertures and Shutters,a great place to start your photography'
    131               . ' journey...i have attend the basic session...It was such a'
    132               . ' great experience... a very good way to understand the basics'
    133               . ' of photography... those were the best weekends ever...Vishwa'
    134               . ' bro thank you so much for giving many tips, and clearing all'
    135               . ' my doubts patiently ... You are a wonderful photographer,'
    136               . ' great teacher and a good friend...Thank you :)'
    137     ),
    138     array(
    139         'by' => 'Rajagopal SM',
    140         'img' => 'rajagopal_sm.jpg',
    141         'text' => 'I am new to this field &amp; I have attended the basic photography classes'
    142               . ' conducted by Vishwa. Came to know about his classes through'
    143               . ' google search engine only. Really, i liked his class, the way'
    144               . ' he takes the practical sessions, the way he explained the'
    145               . ' techniques very patiently. If you are a beginner &amp; you need to'
    146               . ' learn photography, I will recommend Vishwa Mano Photography'
    147               . ' Workshops. Cheers.'
    148     ),
    149     array(
    150         'by' => 'ANISH G',
    151         'img' => 'anish_g.jpg',
    152         'text' => 'Are you a budding photographer, want to learn more and have thirst for'
    153               . ' photography and want to reach next level. Here you have Vishwa'
    154               . ' Mano, who makes you feel different from other budding'
    155               . ' photographers.I totally loved the class , the way he explains'
    156               . ' the things with practical examples is awesome :). Once you are'
    157               . ' done with the classes, you will feel the money well spent on'
    158               . ' useful purpose. I suggest his workshop on scale of 10/10.'
    159               . ' Thanks Vishwa for the wonderful workshop.'
    160     ),
    161     array(
    162         'by' => 'Praveen Jayakaran',
    163         'img' => 'praveen_jayakaran.jpg',
    164         'text' => 'it was a time when I had fluctuating ideas and confused about choosing'
    165               . ' a career as education didn\'t justify to my dreams and passion. once i'
    166               . ' decided to take photography as a fultime career, i rang up vishwa mano'
    167               . ' who i know him personally for around 6 years as a friend, we spoke for'
    168               . ' a while on the phone about the career possibilities and market about'
    169               . ' the photographer\'s life.  and then intimated about the 8 weekends'
    170               . ' course on basic and advance level in photography he was'
    171               . ' conducting. there are too many professionals and senior most'
    172               . ' photographers of various genre across the cities today who charge'
    173               . ' hefty amount just for two days workshop and they just put up a'
    174               . ' presentation on their photograph they took and share experiences but'
    175               . ' vishwa\'s course seems to be cost effective and also covering many'
    176               . ' kinds of genre and topics. i decided to take up the course. the class'
    177               . ' was interactive and productive as we had many different sessions on'
    178               . ' studios shoots with models, field work like strobist, macro, star'
    179               . ' trails, bird photography etc which added more fun and hands on'
    180               . ' experience on the topic covered. we use to have revews and discussion'
    181               . ' on the next day after every field shoot each and every topic was'
    182               . ' covered indepth with patience providing an amazing platform to learn'
    183               . ' and trained to be a pro. taking up his course was a one among best'
    184               . ' decision i have ever done before and any day i will recommend to my'
    185               . ' friends and other people I know i hereby sincerely express my'
    186               . ' gratitude to vishwa mano for his awesome service, thanking you :)'
    187     ),
    188     array(
    189         'by' => 'Dinesh Kumar',
    190         'img' => 'dinesh_kumar.jpg',
    191         'text' => 'The photographic techniques and features taught for DSLR was very'
    192               . ' informative from handling the camera to making interesting'
    193               . ' compositions on lighting,depth of field and aligning the'
    194               . ' frame.Mainly Vishwa his in-depth knowledge in'
    195               . ' lenses,lights,composition with classic teaching skills were'
    196               . ' really good.The sessions are crisp and to the point,it will be'
    197               . ' good for a beginner.Go learn and you will not be'
    198               . ' disappointed.Value for money.'
    199     ),
    200     array(
    201         'by' => 'Rajesh Kumar',
    202         'img' => 'rajesh_kumar.jpg',
    203         'text' => 'I have attended both of his course, the basic as well as'
    204               . ' advanced. This guy here teaches everything from the scratch,'
    205               . ' gives importance to every minute detail which u might miss out'
    206               . ' in any other one day photography class in the city. With loads'
    207               . ' of experience, this guy guides ppl in the best possible'
    208               . ' way. His course has been designed in such a way that you even'
    209               . ' get on field experience to level one has to master the'
    210               . ' concepts learnt. Photography is an art, but one has to learn'
    211               . ' the art with the modern equipment available in the'
    212               . ' market. This guy teaches almost everything related to'
    213               . ' photography.  right from the basic camera controls, flashes,'
    214               . ' lightbox, metering, photoshop to everything. The best thing'
    215               . ' is, even after your course gets completed, this guy helps in'
    216               . ' reviewing you pics and all possible guidance.  you got the'
    217               . ' interest to learn the art of clicking, that is more than'
    218               . ' enough to learn from this guy :) Happy learning and happy'
    219               . ' clicking :)'
    220     ),
    221     array(
    222         'by' => 'Varun Vasudevan',
    223         'img' => 'varun_vasudevan.jpg',
    224         'text' => 'A very good experience to understand the basics and advance techniques'
    225               . ' of photography, apertures and shutter offers you with all the'
    226               . ' world that you need to learn in photography. With an excellent'
    227               . ' mentor in vishwa, he guides you the best possible ways and is'
    228               . ' at your service all the time when it comes to clearing your'
    229               . ' doubts or teaching various techniques or during practical'
    230               . ' application in various photo walk sessions that he takes you'
    231               . ' during the course sessions. He guides you as much as'
    232               . ' possible. Personally i can brag about that you can\'t learn'
    233               . ' that much of practical and theoretical knowledge in'
    234               . ' photography for the fee you pay anywhere in chennai other than'
    235               . ' here. Totally a worthy learning experience and guidance for'
    236               . ' every penny that you shell out.'
    237     ),
    238     array(
    239         'by' => 'Wnmukund Wudali',
    240         'img' => 'wnmukund_wudali.jpg',
    241         'text' => 'Apertures and Shutters - probably the best place in the city to learn'
    242               . ' the art of photography with an affordable fee. The learning'
    243               . ' experience was very interactive and fun. Vishwa is not only'
    244               . ' concentrating on just the. course but even after that, he also'
    245               . ' helps his students out with reviews and guideline tips etc'
    246               . ' constantly. Such reviews and tips I consider are the most'
    247               . ' essential for one to improve any skill. Clicking pictures also'
    248               . ' needs skill ! We are taught how to look at this world with a'
    249               . ' different eye - cameraTheoretical part of photography which'
    250               . ' includes composition, aesthetics etc are made very interesting'
    251               . ' by our mentor and taught to all the students.At the end of the'
    252               . ' day - it is the practicals that matter in any art form! We had'
    253               . ' field sessions and studio sessions which gave us a perfect'
    254               . ' idea about what will be the conditions we as photographers'
    255               . ' will face in real life situations. I guarantee that you will'
    256               . ' emerge out to be a very good photographer and will learn to'
    257               . ' look at things in an artistic manner.I firmly believe that'
    258               . ' Vishwa has the tact of getting things into his students minds'
    259               . ' very easily and is a great communicator :) Please enroll'
    260               . ' yourselves to apertures and shutters if you have a thirst to'
    261               . ' learn photography.'
    262     ),
    263     array(
    264         'by' => 'Ram Ganesh',
    265         'img' => 'ram_ganesh.jpg',
    266         'text' => 'Apertures and Shutters has shaped me a lot in Photography. I did both'
    267               . ' Basic and currently doing my Advanced level in'
    268               . ' photography. Vishwa Mano teaches every step practically and'
    269               . ' makes us learn with fun and moreover the cost is affordable'
    270               . ' compared to others Photography Academy. We the students, also'
    271               . ' share our photo in a closed facebook group and get our'
    272               . ' pictures reviewed by Vishwa and other students of the'
    273               . ' academy. This make me to improve more in my photography'
    274               . ' career!'
    275     ),
    276     array(
    277         'by' => 'Mohideen Basith',
    278         'img' => 'mohideen_basith.jpg',
    279         'text' => 'I would say Apertures and shutters photography academy is the best'
    280               . ' place to learn photography. And more importantly right on your'
    281               . ' budget. I learnt both basics and advanced levels here. I had'
    282               . ' many practical classes which really helped to improve my'
    283               . ' skills. And I regularly share pictures and get reviewed by'
    284               . ' Vishwa Mano. He\'s one amazing teacher with lots of skills and'
    285               . ' more importantly patience. I can assure you one thing for'
    286               . ' sure. You will definitely feel the difference in your'
    287               . ' composition after a&amp;s classes. Keep up the good work bro.Go'
    288               . ' for it guys :)'
    289     ),
    290     array(
    291         'by' => 'Hari Krishna',
    292         'img' => 'hari_krishna.jpg',
    293         'text' => 'Had a great learning experience !! Best thing is that, the journey not'
    294               . ' only stops within the classroom, but you would even be able to'
    295               . ' attend photography trips to different places !!'
    296     ),
    297     array(
    298         'by' => 'Aparajithan Krishnakumar',
    299         'img' => 'aparajithan_krishnakumar.jpg',
    300         'text' => 'Attended both the Basic and Advanced Photography with Vishwa. The Best'
    301               . ' Person to learn from. Explains concepts in a way where everyone'
    302               . ' understands and confirms that it has reached.....Dont know if I would'
    303               . ' have gained knowledge if I had joined elsewhere.... The Best place to'
    304               . ' enter as a DUMMY and exit as a EXPERT...... Looking forward to have a'
    305               . ' lot of photo walks with you..... ALL THE BEST!'
    306     ),
    307     array(
    308         'by' => 'Madhu Barath',
    309         'img' => 'madhu_barath.jpg',
    310         'text' => 'My experience with Vishwa started before 2 years when I met him at a'
    311               . ' CTC event.He shows in depth focus to technical details.At his age he'
    312               . ' is a sound planner,focuses and specializes into areas he is confident'
    313               . ' about(Macro).Honestly in a world where people start Photography by hit'
    314               . ' and trail Vishwa helps us by providing his Knowledge/technical skills'
    315               . ' so as to stream line us and our photography.  His basic approach is'
    316               . ' not to blindly ask but to understand the scenario and post your'
    317               . ' doubts.  He shows great encouragement if photos meet all the critial'
    318               . ' criterias to a good photo.  He is a lively person.he suggests good'
    319               . ' gears to our accessories which are economical.  I wish i could have'
    320               . ' his interest at an early age to achieve some height.  My suggestion :'
    321               . ' 1) Reviews of Photos taken by each persons and spending time to'
    322               . ' Improve the same. 2) More Case studies of Photographers so as to have'
    323               . ' some motivation. 3) Some Links of Articles which has direct coherance'
    324               . ' with our subject or discussions.'
    325     ),
    326     array(
    327         'by' => 'K.R. Gopalan',
    328         'img' => 'k_r_gopalan.jpg',
    329         'text' => 'I have completed both the basic and advanced photography here. There'
    330               . ' is no words to explain his talent. Such a talented person and a'
    331               . ' amazing teacher. Few people might have stuff in them but would not be'
    332               . ' good in explaining it to others but you are good in that too. Lot of'
    333               . ' techniques would be there but people would not be ready to teach it'
    334               . ' but you taught that too. All the best for your future... :-)'
    335     ),
    336     array(
    337         'by' => 'Madhu Vinodh',
    338         'img' => 'madhu_vinodh.jpg',
    339         'text' => 'No word to describe about your mentoring Vishwa Mano and you makes me'
    340               . ' feel different from other budding photographers. The way of teaching'
    341               . ' is really awesome.. and every one can easily understand your teaching'
    342               . ' style and you have a very good leadership quality.. Now i can say'
    343               . ' boldly & proudly i am a professional photographer..... All credit goes'
    344               . ' to Vishwa Mano the GREAT!!!! Thanks for your awesome'
    345               . ' workshop......Vishwa Mano.'
    346     ),
    347     array(
    348         'by' => 'Suprajha Rajan',
    349         'img' => 'suprajha_rajan.jpg',
    350         'text' => 'It was a great experience learning under him. He encouraged us to'
    351               . ' start our own ventures. Every patient teacher and also allows us to'
    352               . ' experiment. Would love to go back and learn more from him.'
    353     ),
    354     array(
    355         'by' => 'Swagata Chakraborty',
    356         'img' => '',
    357         'text' => 'Brilliant photographer and teacher. He has the knack of making lessons'
    358               . ' very simple by using laymen terms. My husband and I had gone for the'
    359               . ' beginner\'s course. We came away very satisfied. Vishwa is very'
    360               . ' accommodating, very patient. No question is silly enough! He taught'
    361               . ' those with DSLRs and took time to teach us to use our regular digital'
    362               . ' camera as well. We hope to go back for more such workshops'
    363     ),
    364 );
    365 $col_limit = floor(count($testimonials) / 2);
    366 
    367 
    368 require(PARTS . 'header.php');
    369 require(PARTS . 'testimonials.php');
    370 require(PARTS . 'aside.php');
    371 require(PARTS . 'footer.php');