A Conversation With Kishan Mistry



Kishan Mistry is one of Toronto's most promising up and coming photographers. Having shot some of the city's most iconic moments and talents, Kishan has compiled a very impressive portfolio. Kishan is a regular contributor to the MLB, NBA and hip-hop/rap scene and has photographed the likes of Drake, Travis Scott & Kawhi Leonard's "The Shot".

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What photographers are you paying the most attention to these days?

​I try not to focus on other's work too much so that I can keep my styles my own. That being said, @doncharleone, @jayscale & Marc Blinch are killing it right now. They each have a unique style and have scored some incredible shots.

Do you have a top 5 for photos you've taken?

  1. Fred VanVleet - Game 6 Playoffs 2019

  2. Kawhi Leonard airborne for "The shot"

  3. Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry hugging post-game

  4. Drake & Travis Scott (2018)

  5. Portrait of Drake



What are 5 tips you'd give to any starting out in photography?

  1. Shoot everything! No matter where you go, bring your camera and practice.

  2. Fake it ’til you make it. It's not always easy getting your foot in the door early on so do what you can to make your reach seem as big as possible and overtime it will grow naturally.

  3. Shoot your shot (no pun intended)! Don't be afraid to reach out to people to shoot. The worst they can say is "no".

  4. Use “no” as motivation to keep pushing & be resilient!

  5. Network and be kind! A nice attitude will go a long way an create a ton of opportunities.​

What are 5 tricks you use to make your photos pop?

Since everyone has their own style, these tricks won't apply to everyone but my 5 tricks are:

  1. Invest money into good gear. You'll earn the money back through work!

  2. I like to use my music photography edit style for other categories like sports photography. ​Big poses. Vibrant, saturdated colours.

  3. Spend lots of time in Lightroom. My special trick is decreasing clarity a bit, but that's just me.

  4. Download as many presets as possible and work backwards from them to learn about each element and how they affect your photos.

  5. ASK QUESTIONS! Don't be afraid to ask people what gear they use, what settings they use, how they achieved a certain effect. Networking and talking benefits us all.