The world of photography requires a certain level of skill. Photography is a craft that you learn. And it covers a multitude of different areas, each of which each help to enhance a photographers skills.
In this age of digital cameras and mobile phones, the fundamentals of photography don’t change; composition, light, camera techniques are all integral to becoming a good photography.
Mobile Phone Cameras
Mobile phones have come a long way and the software is what makes them truly remarkable. And they get better and more capable with easy iteration.
However mobile phones are really just for taking snaps, they’ve replaced the old Polaroid cameras of years ago. It’s the software in these phones that is responsible for the owner to take better shots with limited experience.
The software decides what’s in front of it and adjusts settings to fulfill that objective. And very clever they are too. Like scanning for eyes and focusing on these, waiting for a face to smile (the white teeth) then automatically pressing the shutter release button. The list goes on.
Limitations of the Smartphone
As clever as these techniques might be, it’s the software that’s in control and for most people that’s fine and perfectly adequate. But just as possessing a word processor first doesn’t make you a writer, the same is true for a smartphone camera or a camera set to auto – it doesn’t necessary make you a photographer.
But Just as becoming writer takes time and skill, the same is true for a photography. You have to learn then hone these skills. And when you do – you jump to a whole different level. You become in control and you create the shot.
Becoming a Photographer
In order to master your craft you need a suitable camera that puts you in control (Anatomy of a camera) And you need to become familiar and comfortable using it.
A camera is only one part, the other part is the lens. Lens go from cheap to ridiculously expensive. But there are reasons for this and you can read more here Lenses.
Once you understand and have mastered your camera and lenses and what they do and how they work together – a journey in itself. You then have to learn about composition and light. These are big areas in themselves and haven’t really changed since the very beginning of photography. Master these and you will never take a bad photograph again, even on a mobile phone because these skills are timeless.
We then move to sundry items, which although not initially required add to the photographers stock in trade. Camera Tripods These are indispensable and are a must for studio work and are beneficial to the landscape photographer.
Lights, be they flash guns or light boxes, these are for close up work. They allow you, the photographer to control the light and paint a picture. They allow you to create the mood and overall feel of the picture.
Photography covers a broad range of different areas. Still life, sports photography, studio photography, wildlife photography. And within each category there are sub categories. But it’s you the photography that matters, those photographic skills that created his or her style. Something wonderful happens when you get there before you take photographs that you want to take, that you want to create.
That’s when you become in control and become a skilled photography. Always learning but always creating.