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GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST PRESSING THE BUTTON..

GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST PRESSING THE BUTTON..

It’s not the camera, it’s not the lens, it’s not even the tripod – so what makes great photography?.. So glad you asked..

Great photography is born before you even lift your camera to your eye (or look at the LCD screen). To become a great photographer you have to be so many things all at the same time. You have to be an observer, a sociologist, a psychologist, a lateral thinker, a Buddhist monk, an introvert, an extrovert, a friend, a scientist, a graphic designer, an event coordinator, and a lighting engineer – just to name a few..

Let’s take a step back for a second.

What actually makes a photograph great? For me, it’s a combination of 3 things – CONTENT, COMPOSITION, and LIGHT. Must have all 3. There is actually a 4th element – MAGIC – but that just happens or it doesn’t. And when in do you truly have a winner!

So how do we become great photographers then?

Here are some strategies:

  • Study photography – self-study, do courses, look at loads of great (and not so great) photographers’ work. And do it regularly!!
  • Study art – you can learn a lot about composition and light
  • You need to build a relationship with your camera and photography – you can’t just pick it up once a month, photograph a couple of seagulls and then move on..
  • You have to be curious and love to experiment – and mistakes/flukes can be your best photographs
  • Put yourself in others’ shoes – it will help you understand what is important to capture/record/document for them and will also teach you what makes actually interesting content or not
  • Develop a strong sense of awareness and observation – you have to intuit when things are about to unfold before they happen so you are ready to capture them
  • Develop your people skills! People will only allow you to photograph them if they trust you and like you
  • It’s not about the gear – it’s about training your eye – so don’t buy equipment but rather invest in developing your skills
  • Hang out with loads of other photographers – it’s amazing what you will learn..
  • Be humble!! There are loads of different photographic styles and disciplines – each requiring a different way of seeing, different settings and a different approach. We can learn from all of them. And photography is a lifelong learning curve anyway!!
  • Draw creativity and inspiration from other forms – for me music is a great one
  • Be patient and kind to yourself – it takes time 🙂
  • It’s a journey..

Enjoy the journey!!

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