Don McCullin, a renowned British photojournalist once said –
Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
for some of us, photography starts with photos taken on latest iPhone or tablets and ends on a DSLR camera. However quality has never been a great factor for us.
And there are some budding photographers who want to do more than just taking photos for family vacations. And if you’re one of those who has decided to take your photography skills to NEXT level, the first thing you need to do is read this article and implement some of the learnings in practice.
so lets’ get started…
#1 Embrace yourself as an advanced photographer
See, I haven’t used the word professional here. Being a professional photographer doesn’t mean that you are a great photographer. Perhaps as a professional, you might have learned how to monetize your passion of interest.
In reality, moving into advanced photography isn’t just going towards a particular photographic genre that you fell in love with. I was a lover of landscape photography during my college days. After getting a Nikon D1, urban life and cityscapes became more interesting to me. Then, I started analyzing my level of expertise and artistry with great photographers in those specific genders. Luckily, I could notice progressive results that helped to do more experiments with my camera.
It’s not difficult to assess how much you have improved as an advanced photographer. A good photograph is a fine composition of both aesthetic and technical elements. Your journey as a photographer is none other than figuring out how to correlate these elements in the proper way.
#2 Aperture has to say a lot
Shot with Canon EOS 5d Mark IIi Aperture: f/2.8 Shutter Speed: 1/1000 ISO: 640
Photography is all about light – and how you can manipulate it, to create great pictures. You’ll really feel this when you start playing with apertures on your camera.
Technically, it’s the size of the opening of a lens’s diaphragm to control the passing of light. It’s measured in f stops with numbers such as 2.8, 5.6 etc. The higher f-number, the aperture will be smaller and vice versa. Aperture can directly impact other major photographic elements including shutter speed, field depth etc.
For example, larger apertures (eg. f/2.8) result in the larger opening of a lens to lessen field depth. Consequently, the background will be blurrier.
At the same time, smaller apertures (say, f/5.6) result in the smaller opening of a lens to greaten field depth. As the result, the background will be sharper.
Optimal usage of the aperture can bring magic to the way you approach photography. For instance, you’ll learn the importance of wide apertures if you like to click Portraits than landscapes. Conversely too.
#3 Leave the Past, Focus on Future
No matter whatever fine photographs have produced so far, if you move off the field for a while, you’re all done. The discipline of Photography has drastically changed over the past few decades. Now, you don’t need to afford the hurdle of cross processing analogue films. Even with a smartphone, you can capture mesmerizing shots. Moreover, becoming a professional photographer isn’t a tough task now.
So, you’ve to keep in mind that, becoming satisfied with your work is not going to help you to reach anywhere. A photographer has to stay hungry and thirsty until he/she realize the moment when a great photograph is ready to born.
And, your past works may haunt you sometimes. Some of you may have interested in going with a particular style so that even after years one may recognize your pictures. The impact this makes isn’t suitable for a versatile photographer.
So, don’t rely on your comfort zone and ready to experiment with new things.
#4 Preserving and Exhibiting your Pictures
Just count the digital photo storage options you know. SD cards, USB drives, Optical Media, NAS devices, cloud services, and what more?
And, say this more – how many of you are regularly using any of these service/device for backing up your photos?
In today’s scenario, preserving digital copies of photos is perhaps the most reliable way to store your pictures. It’s not difficult to execute a solid backup plan as you can choose from any of the above available options. All of these storage options have their own advantages and disadvantages. So, choosing one that’s ideal for you should be at your own risk.
Now the exhibition side. It’s one of the great ways that will tell you how to improve your work. It’s definitely a great opportunity for you to show your works to the public. Photo galleries help you to meet up and exchange ideas with eminent artists from your industry that will eventually help to uplift the photographer in you.
#5 Take More and More Pictures
Someone said – Things end but memories last forever.
It’s a great feel to live in a moment. But, it’s even greater to look back on that moment. A photographer is blessed in this context. The more photos a photographer capture from a scene, the more it’s likely to get a great photo. You may see some sort of perfection in one or two shots at the time of capture. Sometimes, this perfection won’t be there when you review your pictures again.
So, whenever you spot a good scene, don’t wait for perfect shots. Walk through the scene and take as much as you can. Don’t just stop with one or two. Perfection will come naturally to your clicks.
Well, the day of Halloween is just around your corner. It’s the right time for a kick-ass move with all you have learned that make you a photographer. Escalate your confidence and believe you’re the person to get impressed with your works, not others – even it’s good to take feedbacks from the best players in your field.
And don’t forget this. Purchasing costly cameras will only make you a camera owner, not a photographer.