There are certain things I had learned while taking a break and observing the trend and the different types of pictures taken by my contemporaries. I had tried to learn and also tried to break some myths which were created in my mind in my own ignorance. So I would like to share this with the people in the hope. Some budding photographer like me finds it worth looking
1) There are no hard and fast rules of photography but yes, know the rules before breaking them. Because there is no point trying to showcase a bad picture and citing that you do not care for rules.
2) Street photography is not a glam place. Agreed. But the street has more to offer than pictures of beggars and starved kids. India is more colorful than that. Take in the culture, the flavor of India. You will do well.
3) A camera is not a style statement. So do not buy a fancy camera for the heck of it. I own a basic level dslr. I try to look for better frames and better understanding of subject. Do not be disappointed because your camera is a basic one. Trust me its all in the eye.
4) Meet people, interact. Be humble, learn…spread what you know. It is a art of making the world see your view. So go ahead. Be good.
5) Try to see everyday things in a little different way. Try to find stories in every brick. Try to make the world see what you see. Saying all that do not be trigger happy. Just do not take a picture , write lines on it, give all sort of tones and present it as pop art of photography. Photography itself is too vast to fathom. Cluttering it with garbage is really not an option.
6) Rethink your frames. Go back to all your pictures and see what could have been done better. A little smart editing perhaps? Or would a little change in the frame would have helped? Analyze yourself. You are the best judge.
7) Have a curious mind. See how people are doing stuff. Take it in and then make your own style. You are an individual with a own viewpoint and own way of doing things. Be inspired not influenced. Be yourself.
Well. That’s it. Haven’t learned much to share. So this would have to do for now.