Its been quite a while since my last post, more than two weeks I believe. Well, 15 days to be very precise. Sorry, for the delay guys. I just got tied up with too many stuff at home and work. But not to worry, here I am – Back Again.
I was a bit confused about what should be my comeback post on The Photography Fanatic and then it struck me that what better way to make a comeback on a photography blog than by posting a brand new photo.
So here is one photo right out of the weekend. Shot this with my Nokia Lumia 625. We Bengalis are extremely passionate and fond of our fish. We are probably most serious about our fish. So here you go – a shot from the local fish market.
Yes, I am and I proudly call myself one and you should call yourself one too if you are serious about shooting photographs. Now you must be thinking how crazy can I be to proclaim myself as a photographer in spite of the fact that I am an amateur and not having sold a single photo ever. Well just to confirm your doubts a bit more I never even had a 100 likes on a photo in Facebook, my highest being 56. Also I never get more than 3 shares for a photo out of which 2 are generally myself sharing on different platforms neither have any of my photos gone viral on Twitter (not even a +1 on Google Plus). By now I am sure you have designated me as the most pathetic wannabe photographer ever. But I shall still call myself a photographer because to me calling myself a photographer is all about the confidence to prove myself as a competent photographer. If I myself can’t class myself as a photographer how can I expect somebody else to do so. In order to earn the confidence and trust of another person I shall have to come across as a confident enough and competent enough individual.
Statements like “Photography is just a hobby” or “I am just an enthusiast” only serves the purpose of making one appear as unsure and not confident of one’s own abilities.
Just like showing off, undue modesty can be equally damaging. Its always better to have faith in one’s abilities and to back oneself accordingly; at the same time its also important to be aware of one’s limitations but that doesn’t necessitate the act of undermining oneself.
So next time if someone asks if you are a photographer be confident enough to call yourself one irrespective of how good or bad you are or whether you are an amateur or professional.
Its quite often that I get told a particular line which kind of bugs me quite a bit. Almost always whenever I am in a conversation with somebody regarding photography the person invariably ends up saying that photography is something that he or she is passionate about and some even go on to say that not only they are passionate but are also quite good at it. Now, being the photography buff that I am I more often than not ask to be shown some of their work. Its exactly after I ask this the person generally says he or she in spite of being so passionate about photography generally does’t indulge in much photography because he or she doesn’t have a good enough DSLR. This is exactly where I don’t agree with them.
I believe in the age old saying that the best camera is the one that you have in your hand. No matter how many full frame DSLRs that you might be having in your home they are of no use unless and until you are having them on person. Going by this logic even the most basic digital camera can be an equally good tool for photography. With the advent of the digital age in photography cameras have become the one of the most widely carried items. Almost every mobile phone today comes equipped with a decent enough camera with capabilities which if creatively used can yield more than decent results. Combine that with the plethora of photo editing and sharing apps like Instagram, Hipstamatic, Photoshop Express etc. photography has become easier and cheaper than ever before.
What I mean to say is that you don’t always need the best tech in the market to pursue your passion for photography. Lets draw an analogy. Say, for instance a boy is very passionate about football and wants to pursue his dream of being a world class footballer one day. In order to turn his dream into reality its more important that the boy goes out and hits the ground running everyday wearing whatever brand of football boots he can lay his hands on than waiting for when he will be able to buy the latest model of football spikes from Nike or Adidas. Similarly with photography if one is passionate and wants to achieve a photographic goal its more important that one actually photographs with whatever resource one has rather than waiting to buy the latest DSLR from Canon or Nikon or whatever fancy brand one can think of. If you are having a smartphone go out and start shooting or may be if you are having a digital point and shoot then also go out and start shooting. With a bit of practice and creativity you will be more than surprised when you see the quality of results that you get.
Moral of the story – its you who shoots the photograph at the end of the day not your camera. Your camera is just a tool and just like any other tool it comes in various versions with different capabilities but all cameras have one capability in common and that is to provide more than decent photographs when used judiciously and creatively.