Becoming an Amatuer Photographer

Becoming an Amatuer Photographer

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Still a Beginner

Not yet! Not even after one year of buying my first DSLR.Yeah, it’s true. I am learning the basics of photography now, after one year. Better late than never. As of now, I want to go out of Beginner shell and on my way to becoming an amatuer photographer.

Why I took one year to develop interest in photography? (even after having a decent entry level DSLR)

1. I stopped being in touch with the thing that inspired me. Very much interested in world issues, politics, economics, peace and development efforts, I got inspired by the images published on web, newspapers and magazines. As the busyness of my normal 8-8 (12 hours) job took over me, I had very less time.

2. Music Classes: From Sept’12 to May’13, I was involved in piano classes after duty hours. It was difficult to get time for photography (leave alone studying about photography).

3. Studying Photography: Photography demands technical and practical knowledge. And it needs time (especially if you are learning from internet like me). This requirement was not fulfilled.

4. Economics: I was also involved in study for MA Economics. Unfoutunately, last year I could not get leave for examinations and they are now due in Dec’13.

But, I could have used holidays and sundays instead? Yes, I did. I photographed my cousing brother’s engagement ceremony, some scenes from day to day life, natural beauty and so on. But, all without any technical understanding of exposure, lighting, colors, composition and story.

Confidence Photograph by Manoj Yadav Mon Avis Becoming an Anatuer Photographer
Image titled ‘Confidence’ clicked on my trip to Omkareshwar. (F-stop:f/9, Shutter Speed:1/640sec, ISO:400, Focal length:55mm)

Inspiration to become an Amatuer Photographer

So why now?

Since May’13, I am not going to music class. I have kind of started coming home by seven forty-five at night. I have focussed my interest in two things as of now. One is HMI and another one photography. This blog is not an interest but a way of expression and understanding myself. Recently, we four friends visited on bike to Omkareshwar Jyotirling on a small island in river Narmada. My camera was also with me to let me click and enjoy the trip while a friend was rdriving the bike. I clicked a lot of photographs of the trip. Then we had two consequetive holidays which we utilized by visiting Ajanta and Ellora Caves (Aurangabad, Maharashtra) and Chikhaldara Hill Station in Amravati,Maharashtra. There also I clicked a lot of photographs.

This time I was well equipped with the knowledge of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. I operated my camera in Aperture Priority mode while keeping ISO constant 3200 in the first part of the trip and 100 in the second part. Later, I understood it is the key to keep as low ISO as possible and in daylight 100 is best. So, 3200 was a big mistake.

Dream to Reality

How do I learn online?

I don’t rely on a single source and keep searching for better and more detailed information on photography. Still, there are some websites which I regularly visit such as:

http://digital-photography-school.com and http://photographylife.com

I have opened accounts on Flickr and YourShot.NationalGeographic.com.

Topics I have read about till now (but need to master with consistent practice):

1. Exposure Triangle (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO)

2. Metering

3. JPEG vs RAW Image Format

4. Composition Rules

5. Different Cameras (I own Canon 1100D DSLR and hope to one day own Canon 5D MarkIII/II)

6. Different Lenses (Wide andle, macro, telephoto etc.)

7. Importance of keeping camera sensor and lenses clean.

and much more…

Journey Ahead towards Becoming an Amatuer Photographer

Hope you enjoyed my journey towards becoming an amatuer photographer from beginner. I too hope to continue this till I become a professional. Last night, my friend and his wife came to visit us dressed in bright shining purple shirt and red saari in golden and blue border. I thought they were coming from a party but in reality they wanted to get a good photograph clicked of both of them together and no photographer’s shop was open in town. Fortunately, I was practicing night photography with my DSLR and I got an opportunity to click their photograph which was real good. The EXIF file says that the photograph was clicked at F-stop: f/5, Exposure time: 1/4sec, ISO: 800, Focal length:40mm.

Now I analyse and think if I had a tripod to increase the exposure time with ISO 100 for a much clear photo. Their satisfaction with the photograph and appreciation has motivated me to move ahead. I am ordering a tripod today 🙂

Rediscovering Myself, Again!

Rediscovering Myself, Again!

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Rediscovering Myself
Rediscovering Myself

With September, starts the thirty day countdown to complete twenty-six years of living. Twenty six years! How long is twenty six years? It seems a huge lot.Time and again we discover ourselves again and again. Sometimes changed from the core and sometimes with a new identification.

  • The first time I realized my age must have been when I was eight years old. I considered myself older than the toddlers.
  • Then the thought came back to me at twelve years of age when I was admitted to a new school where classes from sixth to twelfth took place.
  • Then fifteen when I guess, it was the first feeling of love.
  • Then eighteen, when I became adult as per government standards.
  • Then twenty, getting out of the teenage tag.
  • Then twenty five, the silver jubilee of living and I already had a job since last one-and-a-half years.

Then why do I have to rediscover myself just after one year of turning twenty-five? Its been only a year and there seems not much change in my status. But, the reason is a number of things happened in last one year and I feel that their is a need to rediscover myself again. Let me list out the major things happened in the last one year:

  • Job Dis-satisfaction: What makes a job satisfactory? A decent salary, good professional relationships, getting to do what you love,seeing results and being praised for a good deed done. What did this job lack? Is it about leaving what I loved and doing what others love me to do, ambiguous results and little praise by management. I will make it clear in some other post. Till then you can know what job I do.
  • Getting rid of a feeling after twelve years: Painful but relieving (or read it re-living).  Yeah, she got married last year.
  • Dreaming Again: When you are dissatisfied with your present condition, you starts dreaming of a better life. In my case, it is boss-less, freedom, thought and action, independent and closeness to the loved ones.
  • Action to Make Dreams Come True: I am now seriously working towards being free and independent (self-dependent). Let’s see how it goes. For example, HMI Darjeeling, continuing writing, photography and travelling.

I am going to be twenty-six and rediscovering myself, again. Being more mature and confident, I believe this is going to work.