You don’t need Dark Lord Sauron’s one ring to make you invisible. Those who get a hold of this mysterious object get invisible from the rest of the world. But they get blessed with the incredible ability to speak a universal language. These people see what we don’t see. They can make our loved moments last forever. They always stay out of the spotlight while capturing us from our most scintillating angle. They are the ones who do not hesitate to go that extra mile to capture the perfect moment from the perfect angle. It’s time to pay respect for those unseen heroes. Today is the world photography day.
Any of us can take a photograph. But that does not make all of us professional or talented photographers. Photography is not merely about pressing the shutter button. It is an art. It’s not about the camera you have or the accessories you have. It’s a matter of how talented you are, how creative you are. It’s about your ability to capture a mesmerizing shot from the tools you already have.
“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.”
— Scott Lorenzo
From the first permanent photo taken back in 1826 (some sources say 1827) by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in France to this day, photography has come a long way. We have managed to capture all sorts of amazing photographs varying from supernova explosions at the far end of the universe to the most interesting phenomenon in the quantum world; quantum entanglement. We have seen man stepping on the moon and Mushroom cloud by the Hiroshima Nagasaki explosion. All of this thanks to the advancement of photography.
Being a professional-level photographer is not easy. Owning a Camera or mastering all the options and modes in your camera is only going to carry you so far.
The composition is everything in photography. It’s crucial to have a creative and imaginative mind. You must be able to see things from different angles. Your brain should train to be imaginative so you can choose the best angle. The second quality you must have is an eye for detail. You should be able to take the picture from the best way that utilizes optimal light, emphasize the subject and correct composition. The smallest detail can change a photograph; it can make your photo beautiful or a complete disaster. Patience and flexibility is a ‘must’ for photographers. You can’t be a wildlife photographer if you are not an extremely patient one. You can’t be an event photographer if you lack people skills. Sometimes you may have to take hundreds of photographs to take the one you desire. Last but not least, you must have a passion for photography. You should be able to enjoy what you do. Passion is the driving force that encourages you to push harder and harder to discover new dimensions of photography.
So, how powerful is photography? What makes a photograph memorable? Is it just about beauty? To answer all these questions I think there is no better way than showing some world-famous photographs.
As I mentioned in the beginning, photography is a universal language. It’s the form of art that you are in a constant battle with the existing technology to make your imagination a reality. Don’t think it’s the camera that is stopping you from taking great photos. It’s your attitude. Keep shooting. Keep being creative, imaginative, and perceptive. You will start capturing great photographs in no time.