Photography is a Scientific Art, since you are supposed to construct something on your own by perceiving what is there around you, for a moment, the tiny lens become a window through which you can watch the world blossoming, like the whole surrounding is smiling at you, like the sound of your shutter become the most alluring song they have ever heard and are ready to give their best stance, to add the magic, to make your picture worth watching.
We all have those moments which we want to freeze for like ever, the countenance of a newborn, the surprise on the face of a kid opening its birthday present, redness of your face when you go out on your first date, your parent’s first anniversary are some of those astounding moments a person will do anything to sustain until the end of time, and here comes the role of photographers, you can’t capture time but you can relive it, you can’t recreate those days but you can feel the verve of it, there’s a lot a photograph can do.
Veteran American photographer Aaron Siskind made a strong argument supporting the above lines: ”Photography is a way of feeling, of loving, of touching. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything”.
Perspective shapes your thought; the way you think and observe ultimately influence your photographs, different persons could have different perspectives hence different a photographic eye. You all might have heard that story of ten blinds and a elephants, each one of them had different views of how an elephant look like. For the one who touched the tail, elephant become a homologous of snake, for another who touched the big flappy ears, elephant resembles a banana leaf. It wasn’t their fault; it’s just what they interpret. Photographers are like blinds, though they see everything they only observe what they outlook, though there are thousands elements which could be clicked, but there is always one; noteworthy and unique which draw the first attention of you, find out what it is, for instance in a Park, some might get attracted to plants, some insects, some kids playing and some Young couples, find out what you notice the best.
The art of observation, sometimes referred to as ‘photographic eye’ determine the composition of your frame, a slight change in the way two people observe things can alter the photograph to a lot extent. Here is an example:
Though the above photograph give complete details of the object, there is no information regarding depth of the frame, something is missing, an element of ‘wow’ is missing!
Now, a slight perspective change:
What has changed? The object is still the same but using a shallow depth of field add that element of applaud to this photograph, So, ITS LOT ABOUT PERSPECTIVE!
“This photographic thing has changed the entire vision of the world. It will go through every activity of humanity – science, medicine, space, ESP, for peace, against peace, entertainment, television, movies, all of them – you will not find one without photography. – Lisette Model”
Photography, though seems to be quite a easy toast when heard for the first time is not as easy as it seems to be, for instance, go an tell a sceptic that you are a photographer and note the response, any other but “what’s the big deal, you just have to grab a camera and click photos, anyone can do that” would rather be a atypical answer. Response like ‘you got a good camera, so you click photographs, there is nothing you are actually doing’ and ‘ you are lucky man, I never encountered this one’ and ‘Photography? Is it a profession? How? ’ (Believe me it take courage to answer such questions) are also pretty usual.
Photography is more than just art, it’s a science, if has a explanation to every component of it, ranging from simplest to the most intricate ones. Have you ever heard of jargons like Shutter, aperture, ISO, Speed, Shallow and deep depth of field, metering modes, Noise, exposure, Focal length, etc.? If you just nod in affirmative, greetings then, however if you are shaking your head wondering what nonsense I am talking about, time to accept that despite of clicking countless photographs as of now, you can’t call yourself a ‘real’ photographer, these are the preliminaries of photography which are generally taught in the first class of any photographic school.
Advanced photography is a complex process, it requires years of training and practice to master the tools and techniques of Professional photography.
If your love for photography is not bloomed yet, it’s time to spray some water then. What is stopping you? Learn to observe things in your surroundings, watch bells ringing, kids playing, tap leaking, a baby feeding , the steam of coffee cup and try finding that element of ‘wow’, think of different angles, watch basic tutorials on YouTube, follow intellectuals on Social networking sites, do your homework and get started!