Photodilse.com is a web based photo-sharing platform which allows anyone from an amateur using a point and shoot camera to a professional using full frame, high end models to share their work. Photoartists can share their work across 12 genres which include Wildlife, Wedding (Pre/Post), Monochrome, Macro, Landscape, Street, Fine art, etc. The prime focus of Photodilse.com is to help promote the art of amateur and ‘learning’ photographers as they believe that they are ‘Stars of The Future’. We got in conversation with Mr. Sudeep Samanta, CEO, Photodilse. These are the excerpts from the interview
Geeks(G): What inspired you to start Photodilse?
Sudeep(S): The beginning of Photodilse was not a result of a ‘Eureka Moment’. It was a casual thought which came to our mind while having a casual conversation in our college canteen. It was a mere thought and had to be refined several times. Once we believed that the idea had enough potential we placed it in front of several photographer friends. Initially, they all loved the concept and agreed to contribute with their photographs. However, the agreement didn’t last long and most of them bailed out at the last moment leading to the delay in launch of Photodilse. The website went online on 25th May, 2013 and has received a fabulous response ever since.
G: Apart from you, who else made this dream come true?
S: Photodilse is owned and managed by its 2 co-founders Mr. Sudeep Samanta (CEO) and Mr. Shailesh Lad (COO). We both have been childhood friends, classmates and now co-owners of a successful startup. Our start in the field of IT was indeed a humble one which started with designing of a Chemistry portal S2chem.com. We both have worked in unison for several assignments including organizing college events to developing commercial websites One success followed another and Photodilse was one of them.
Talking of our team, photographers from all over the globe are a part of our team who contribute with their photoart. Photodilse takes this opportunity to thank them and their efforts.
G: Our readers would like to know what’s that one thing that makes Photodilse stand out from other websites out there?
S: Photodilse is one of its kind website in several ways. Unlike other websites it doesn’t just feature top photographers but believes in sharing the work of amateurs. Most photography websites would reject the work of amateurs saying it wouldn’t meet their standards. We however, publish the art of enthusiastic and deserving photographers thus providing them an exclusive platform to share their talent at the international level.
Photodilse is not a mere website but a community. A community where a German photographer is mentoring and guiding a Delhi based amateur artist and an artist from Israel is sharing his work and gaining fans and followers from Indonesia.
G: How has the Photodilse journey been so far?
S: Currently, only few months into our startup, Photodilse has already created a platform for amateurs and professionals to share their work. Also we provide with exclusive interviews of a number of photographers which will help others to get an insight into their work and probably learn more. Our dedicated articles provide basic knowledge of photography that is handy when one decides to start shooting.
Photodilse since its inception has been able to publish photographs of more than 100 photoartists from all over the globe.
It has amassed over 5,000 photographs, 25,000 users, and half a million page views in just over 6 months.
In coming months Photodilse will be launching its e-magazine and also an offline version of the same. We are in the process of acquiring sponsors and more online support. The underlying goal remains to be India’s top Stock-Photo company in the future.
G: How about the revenue model for this venture?
S: When we started Photodilse, one of our aims was to create a stock Website for selling photographs however very soon we realized that the task at hand was not easy without any prior experience and lack of legal knowledge and the ides was scrapped. We decided to publish photographs and interviews without charging a penny. However, now after the success Photodilse has achieved we have been recommended by several renowned artists to transform Photodilse in to a Stock-Photo Website. We are working on a creative model that will incorporate various changes into the website making it a Photo publisher and seller!
G: Finally, is there anything you would like to tell our readers and the budding photographers out there?
S: Photodilse is one interesting website for not just photographers but even those that hold a good eye for a good picture. Worth a visit and certainly worth submitting if you are hiding some amazing photographs in your album titled ‘amateur’
Before you become busy exploring Photodilse, We wish Sudeep and this venture all the best for his future endeavors
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