Photography is one of the best activities you can do in this time. We today have the best equipment available in the market and price range is so wide, almost everyone can afford atleast one gear to get some basic stuff done. But lately a lot of focus is put on DSLR than mastering skills of photography. Everyday I see photography workshops on Facebook and other social media platforms; crash course/ 5 day course on DSLR handling. Yes today DSLR is needed to get some good results in photography. Yes its important to know your own DSLR a little thoroughly. But the catch is photography was already there when DSLR was invented. DSLR is just another instrument in photography. A convenient mode. The point I’m trying to make is that DSLR is being given too much importance and people are losing on the vital part of photography — Composition. You see if you get your composition right then regardless of whatever gear you use your result will always be a masterpiece. And then there is another problem of idiots becoming teachers of photography. Only handful of masters are left today for the large enthusiast audience.
So if you don’t want to be another monkey with a DSLR, here’s what you need to do —
- First read a lot of photography articles on composition, posted by many masters on the web. I personally recommend Steve McCurry. No one comes close to the legendary photographer.
- See which area you tend to like. There’s no such thing as ‘I like all kinds photography’. When you seek out the knowledge you’ll realize that certain types of photography you are enjoying more over the other. I personally love automobile and story telling presentations. Find what you like more and read what the masters have to say about it.
- Consider how much time you want to dedicate to photography. If hardly then you can do good with a mobile camera, if some amateur level stuff then a mirrorless type cam will suffice. If going high above then only a DSLR makes sense. Full professional? Well that’s a whole different blog post. First get till level good.
Many authors write over 100 pages on just these three points; so here I’ve shortened it for you. Get some useful knowledge, get clicking, practice, take a critic and become truly good in photography. In time you’ll know the difference between good and great. The learning curve is infinite. Good Luck. If you have any doubts in your mind on which you want a second opinion, you can drop a comment here or email me via contact page.