A Letter to My Fellow Photographers
June 23, 2014
You have probably been there done that. You have with you reels of stories to tell. You have taken the most tedious paths to get to the most beautiful flower. Unlike most of your childhood friends, adventure has been a regular feature of your life. My fellow photographers – your life has been a perfect work of art so far. You have not just captured moments but you have captured souls of memories.
My concern, however is not with these amazing photographers who have mastered the art of clicking pictures from the sky, but with their amateur peers – the ones who are learning to become masters someday; the ones who are making their way through tough terrains and uncharted waters in search of the most beautiful pictures.
Photography is an art children, and to respect this art, you have to respect what you want to capture – respect everything around you.
Throughout your career it would be this respect that would let things welcome you. Alfred Stieglitz once said, “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” This scenario stands true for those who want to become or are travel and street photographers. You social skills as a street photographers are the most important part of your job. As long as you would not click with people, you would never be able to take good pictures. The soulful camera only connects to happier people and you need to develop that skill as a photographer – the one that includes putting a smile on people’s faces. You may be dressed up to the nines and have the best camera backpack in town but as long as you’re not social enough, life is going to be tough!
Secondly, it is important for photographers to be comfortable in their attire. Comfortable dresses keep your body and mind relaxed, enabling you to focus on the lens-work. At the same time, your personality should carry what photography is all about. Having a style or flair to yourself is always a little helpful when meeting strangers on the road. Your camera backpack should be smart, with proper compartments for the various devices you’re carrying. Protection of your devices is always on the higher side with a good back pack.
Nature and Wildlife:
Nature and wildlife photography is the most challenging genre of photography. If you’re aspiring to be a wildlife photographer, you better make sure that you’re not one who throws stones at street dogs. ‘They’re animals alright but what makes you so goddamn sure that makes us human beings.’ Remember that being in sync with the nature is very important for you as a nature and wild life photographer. Absorbing the vibes and the energies of the place when you first get there would help you connect to the surroundings around you much better.
Getting too close to your subject could either be dangerous or could scare the subject away. In order to avoid such mishaps, blending into the surroundings is very important. At the same time it is important to be comfortable. Only settle for the best rated backpack, one of those DSLR camera backpacks which are built for hiking and have ample space and good protection. You can also purchase a backpack that can be customized as per the weight you want on your body.
As a photographer, you should follow the rules of the jungle and that of the society. The bottom line of being a great photographer is to respect your subjects. As long as you do that, you will turn out just fine children. After all a good snapshot keeps a moment from running away and you do not want to lose that moment.
A Fellow Photographer