With photography being a very gear oriented craft, I try not to get caught up in the notion that having the most equipment will in truth make me a better photographer.
Buying anything is addicting but the downside to photography is that it’s a costly hobby that can sometimes lead you to spend more than you can afford and need. But if expense wasn’t an issue, I would unquestionably expand my gear with some impressive lenses and among other knick knacks but that’s more driven on what I “want” than what I “need”.
The true skills I believe comes from habitual practice, being able to assess your material to determine what worked, what didn’t and also being able to step back and admire the efforts from other fellow photographers that encourage you to continue your journey in this craft. It’s the combination of these quirks that keep me going.
Defining Your Intentions
The real difficult part of photography isn’t knowing how to make the picture but in determining what picture to make and with that comes deciding what your real commitment to becoming a better photographer is.
I still consider myself a complete amateur when it comes to ability, so I take every feedback in seeing what other routes I can take to gain a different reaction from people with my photographs.
Perhaps not every photo you take will have the innate ability to stimulate someone visually but it’s acknowledging that you can that will greatly enhance that chances that you will.
When we travel, even though she may not verbalize it, my wife’s expressions says it all in how irked she may get when I seem to go into my “photographic mode.”
She loves reading the inscriptions to artwork in museums while I worry more about how to avoid reflections through the glass, or how to gain the best possible perspective or in making sure to adjust the white balance from place to place. It’s a thrill to photograph and visualize what the end results of each shot will look like already framed in our living room and that pretty much outlines what I think about before I shoot.
Finding The Story
The photographs that draw me in are generally always the ones accompanied with a good story. These are the ones that have subtle and surprising details throughout it that lead your eyes in new directions with every glance.
Photos that have this element makes you want to keep searching and imagining more of what you might have missed and trying to envision what else was around and but wasn’t shared.
Honestly, the most important things to remember is for you to feel confident in using your camera, to continue building on the expertise you’ve acquired so far, to experiment endlessly and it’s from these characteristics from which your best work will materialize from. The photographs will be great but the fading of the timidness you once had in presenting yourself as a photographer will be even greater.