Inner Vision

A Photography Workshop by Tilak Hettige

Inner Vision

Photo: © Tilak Hettige

What can you expect to learn?

Inner Vision is a 3-day workshop which will enable you to learn the techniques of creating art-like images that touch the heart and soul of others. You will participate in numerous exercises to improve your creativity and be able to recognize when and where to look for artistic creations. The workshop will lead you to learn techniques of good composition, and use of fundamental visual blocks. It will be a rewarding and inspiring experience unlike any other photography workshop you have attended before. This is the only workshop of its kind in the Philippines and is among a handful of such workshops in the region.

What will you do differently afterwards?

Instead of taking hundreds of snap shots you will learn to be selective and capture the essence of an event in one photograph. This will show you the difference between an artistic message and a documentary record. You will have less clutter in your image but it will be more powerful than before because you will give much thought to your creation before an image is captured rather than trying to fix it after taking an ordinary shot. You will develop your eyes to see things differently and more carefully taking time to admire the wondrous beauty of nature or the numerous facets of human behavior.

Who should attend the workshop?

Once you learn about your camera and master its manipulation by learning the basic technical details, you will be ready to participate in the Inner Vision workshop to understand the techniques of seeing and capturing creative images. The workshop will cater to any type of student because it utilizes all four types of learning styles – visual, audio, interactive, and from written material, photography.


Participants should have completed our Basic Photography workshop, or have equivalent experience.

About the Lecturer

Tilak Hettige, a product of New England School of Photography in Boston, USA, has worked in the photography industry since 1981 in places like Boston, Washington D.C, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the Philippines. He is an accomplished author-photographer. He first won international recognition when he became the photographer of the year in the International Photographic Society, Washington D.C. in 1997. In addition to winning many subsequent awards Tilak’s work has been published in many books, international newspapers, magazines and calendars. His photographs have also been displayed in many exhibitions in the Philippines and outside and several of them are in private collections in several countries.

Among his publications are the recently released Tilaka: The Spiritual Third Eye and Saffron Robes: A Photographic Essay on Buddhist Monks. Currently he is working on two more books.

He now resides in Manila and has joined the country's most prestigious Camera Club of the Philippines. In 2007, he joined the faculty of the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging.

Schedule and Venue

Day 1

6:00 PM–9:00 PM, PCCI Studio A and B Introduction, briefing, short lecture, and slideshow

Day 2

6:30–8:00 AM: First outdoor shoot of the day 8:00–8:30 AM: Breakfast with the instructor 8:30–10:00 AM: Lecture at PCCI 10:30 AM–12:30 PM: Second outdoor shoot of the day 12:30–1:30 PM: Working lunch, critiquing the morning shots 1:30–5:00 PM: Lecture at PCCI

Day 3

8:00 AM–12:00nn: Instructor supervised shooting of the final assignment

Day 4 onwards

Continuation of the final assignment at home. Students can avail of instructor's assistance by cellphone or email. Students can also avail of PCCI's facilities to complete their assignment. Appointment is necessary.

Graduation: Date to be announced

6:00–9:00 PM, PCCI Studio B Presentation of photographs taken by workshop participants and graduation.

Note: This is a special class. Our regular discount options (e.g., for alumni and groups) do not apply.

Comments from participants

I learned a lot from Inner Vision, I believe this workshop is the source I've been looking for. One thing that I was looking for in the photos I took before this workshop is EMOTION. Looking forward to take more classes with Mr. Tilak. He is an excellent teacher who is not afraid to share his experiences in photography.

– Remedios Tan

Inner Vision was a journey to discover the inner creator. The class is unique in its approach and delivery leaving a lot room to explore and use your own unique talent. I would highly recommend it to all looking to bring emotion and beauty into a still shot. It helps to you open your senses to beyond what one can see and hear. A powerful experience.

– Amena Bal

Utterly passionate and informative lecture. Mr. Hettige showcased an array of his excellence in photography, infused emotion, passion in it. – It has proved to be very inspiring for me.

– Malinda Tongco

Very enlightening to meet a photographer that dwells so much on the psychological and spiritual aspect of taking photos.

– Ahilesh Rajendran

The way Mr. Tilak Hettige shows his photographs is very interesting and amusing, the story it conveys is very dramatic and serene. This lesson was easily understandable and he gives good tips and tricks to his students.

– Jennifer Buenavista

The lecturer knows exactly what he is talking about. His experiences and artistic talents in photography traverse global boundaries. He’s good! I learned a lot.

– Noel C. Dionisio

Overall impression is excellent. To be able to hear an artist talk about his art is great. Important tips/ideas were conveyed in a short session.

– Ashok Saikia

Wow! What a truly satisfying visual feast that leaves you hungry for more.

– Macel Feliciano

Tilak has made a stamp in the world of photography. Well informed. Very good presentation – impressive!!!

– Marijay Olmos

I like the presentation. Especially the “Saffron Robes”, was so amazing. Simply, I was impressed. I guess Mr. Tilak’s creativity is endless.

– Jasper Marinas

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