Updated: Jun 12
I have been taking pictures for 5-6 years. To begin with, I don’t consider myself a professional photographer. But I’m productive, and with every single photo I take, every single picture was taken of others I observe, every moment when I look around myself I learn a lot about people, and mainly myself.
Think about it, there were tons of beautiful photos taken before the digital photography era, and now in the age of the digital camera, a single cell phone has better camera capabilities than the best analog cameras that were used a few decades ago. The most expensive machines give some extra features and better resolution, which other digital cameras can’t, but it will take a long time to know how to use those settings adequately.
Given below are the tools of my trade
What I realized so far, most of the time it is not about the camera. Expensive, fancy or trendy cameras don’t make you an instant professional photographer. It’s not like Harry Potter in the magic wand shop.
If you have a digital camera and some lenses, you can begin to practice the art of photography. There are a lot of books that explain the basics, and there are some that explain the nuances of expert photography, and how to use the interplay of light and shadow.
Learning about the composition is my personal favorite, to see the movement of the shadows, how the lightning encompasses the theme, the movement of the subject –all things which make a great picture, and how they can be changed to make the photo better.
To make a good photo you have to find that little extra, what the picture is going to show its viewers. What would you like to emphasize, and what would you like to tell with your picture to the audience, when they see it. Personally, I think that’s the most important thing, and THEN comes the lights, the movement, and the other settings you can tune.