I wish I had learned these things before for a soothing and mesmerizing photographic composition and journey. However, following are a list of 6 life-changing lessons that I learned during my journey as a photographer, each one of the points listed below was responsible for changing my life systematically.
There is no better use of all this information than sharing with the people who love photography or are planning to opt for the voyage of this art. These are not technical things but are based on more psychology and spirituality that goes beyond it.
Photography As Journey Not Destination
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson
When I started my photography journey, I was so keen on reaching ahead and become a professional, that I literally forgot about the value of a journey. But when I was awakened with a thought like that, I couldn’t have found a better meaning in the simplest pictures.
Photography is a form of art and I believe that I should flow continuously just like music.
Freedom Of Photography
One thing that I learned late but have always remembered, “ART HAS NO RULES”.
People might try to criticize your pictures according to their opinion but conclusively, what you like matters the most. Photography is a freedom to express yourself in pictures. Once you have accepted this freedom. The Photography journey will become a life-changing experience.
The Knowledge of Photography Grows overtime
“That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest.” Warren Buffet.
Warren Buffet, one of the greatest inverters ever born once said that Knowledge works like compound interest. He also recommends reading 500 pages a day. Some people can’t read that much so I suggest them to read at least 10 pages a day, and the number of pages will gradually increase. Knowledge is something that never goes to waste and it actually increases like compound interest.
You can always read books, tips & tricks, read blogs.
If you are reading this, you are on a right track!
And trust me, your future self will thank you for this. The journey of Photography is only with yourself. The only competition that you have is with yourself.
‘Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.’Marcus Aurelius
Importance of Depth Of Feeling
“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.” Peter Adams.
I have always been a technical person and always have had the enthusiasm to get the latest technology.
When I started as an amateur photographer, I observed something, one of them was that some people were so obsessed with the camera lens and technique that they forgot one simple thing in a photo – “Emotion”.
Not letting the toys play with you was one of the most import lessons I learned in Photography.
The most inspiring people I met could take great pictures with the cheapest DSLR.You don't upgrade photography by upgrading a camera. Click To Tweet
Options of Better Investment
As relating to the last point, I know that your longing for a great lens. Let’s assume you really want a 200 f/1.8 lens right now. But It certainly will not be a great investment, if you are starting out, to invest that money in your photography business will be a magnification choice. You can invest money is establishing yourself as a brand, or spend on marketing.
Apparently, there is no need to be scared to rent lenses. Especially lenses or equipment that you might not need every day.
“The best zoom lens… is your feet.” Fred Kautt
A 50mm prime lens is a miracle and it can surely take all sort of amazing pictures. In fact, some of my best pictures were taken with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Yes, things are different for wildlife photographers.
Importance of Marketing Photography
Let’s be honest, I am sure you know some photographer that you consider not so good. But they are doing extremely well in their photography. That’s because of one magical word they are really good at “Marketing.”
“Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” – Calvin Coolidge
If you think that your photography is so bright that someday the light will shine through the roof and the people will notice the halo around your head. Let me the bearer of the bad news here, No will actually care for what you do, unless you make yourself visible. Make sure that you make marketing and sales a part of your education every day.
Photography As an expression of Life
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the one who is not very good with words can always write a book in a few pictures.
As a human, we are visual creatures and with the help of photographs, at times, we can communicate in a better way.
If you go back and look at a picture that you have always loved. Like a picture of you hugging someone you live. Or your child walking for the first time. An old picture of your wife dressed as a bride. They all carry a long story. Pictures with bittersweet emotions, reminiscence, rumination, can always make you travel a travel a thousand miles without actually moving an inch. Isn’t photography all about this?
Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to write me back. Please feel free to add your points in the comment below.