Photography is alluring, dazzling, fascinating, resplendent, pulchritudinous and many other words I can’t pronounce. But all in all it’s beautiful. It’s fantastic when you see pictures of the sunset grazing the water or follow the #followmeto pictures to some of the most exciting places in the world! Yes its great…
I’ve been a photographer for the last 1 year (with my Nikki) and so far I’ve taken pictures I could not be prouder of!
Here are a few of my favourite pictures from my collection:
But there’s more than meets the picture!
To get a shot of the parachute opening up, I had to wait 2 hours at the same spot for the 3 people who were going to possibly come up to the hill that day to glide. “Possibly” being a key word. There were struggles to get a sunset picture of a boat in Mumbai which had the indian flag, as I climbed onto rocks surrounded by tiny crabs and covered my tripod with an umbrella in the rain.
There are stories and struggles behind all these pictures that make these pictures worth so much to me. And below I’ve listed a few of the ones I thought were most problematic !
- Costs beyond the Cameras and lenses. I’ve cultivated myself into a landscape photographer and though one can argue that there should be ample number of places in your own backyard… travelling is one of the inevitable’s to get those shots! And travelling costs money. Train tickets, bus fares, flight tickets, hotel money and of course money for food! All these expenses happen whether we like it or not. Not to mention that buying the camera and lenses in the first place is expensive. Personally I’ve tried saving money for a year to buy my Nikki as well as save on costs through bringing my own snacks or travelling as much as possible on foot. But there’s only so much you can walk with heavy camera equipment! Which brings me to my second point –
- Everything is so heavy. All the different lenses that are needed the main body of the camera and not mention the tripod fills up more than half your bag which leaves rest for toiletries, clothes and the little snacks brought along. Climbing a mountain was particularly exhaustive.
- Batteries. I have about 4 pairs of batteries that I charge two nights before I leave. Call it paranoid but the preparation it takes to go on a trip is a lot especially when it comes to making that sure that the actual camera works. This includes batteries, lens cleanups, memory SD cards and transferring existing data just in case you take too many pictures.
- A lot of people assume that photography is about clicking a button. But behind it lies the science and maths of light, distance and depth. We have to think about which lens produces which effect in what set up and focal length. We need to understand ISO, positive and negative exposure, double exposure, long exposure. Let’s not even get started on camera models, equipment or post processing and the planning involved before the photograph is even taken.
- Photography is not just the technical side of things either, there is an element of art to it that means only that one particular person can cast their subjectivity in the image and make it how it is. It can take years for a photographer to fully understand what it s they want in an image and then just exactly how to make it happen. And most of us are in that process.
- The Great British Timing. Now if you aren’t from England then here’s something you should know, the time changes! British summer and winter time are different at that one hour ahead and behind leads to the sun either setting at 3.30 pm or 11 pm. As a photographer natural lighting is your best friend and trying to find spaces where the timing doesn’t cheat you can be a time consuming task.
- Timelapse lapsed. This happens to me so often its ridiculous. I’ll be taking out the perfect time-lapse of the perfect scene and after finishing it something miraculous happens which I just missed. It could be a flock of birds flying in a heart shape or dolphins jumping up and down and I would still miss it. It doesn’t happen always but it happens often enough to make it an issue.
- The restricted areas. Sometimes you come across a beautiful cavern or place that can’t be accessed by the public or costs to enter. This add’s onto my first point of the costs incurred. It’s hard for entry level photographers especially since there’s so many other photographers attempting to the same thing.
These are some of the main issues I’ve faced. I asked a few of my friends who are photography lovers some of the issues they’ve had to overcome and here’s what they said:
“When you have multiple lenses, changing the lenses might not convenient. For Examples, you could operate with a 50 mm prime lens in London to capture candid moments on streets, but you cant shoot architecture and city using that lens and Vice Versa.” – Pubudu Dias
“Taking portraits in all over the world is getting much more difficult nowadays. It is not because our photography technology is getting worse, but mostly because many people are abusing their equipment and disrespect their subjects. Slowly, less people trust amateur photographers and more people request money for their involvement. It is very important for us to show respect to others when we are including others in our photos.” – Jerome Poon
“People think photography is only a hobby until you are paid in 5-6 figures. Then you’ve made it!” – Tsedaniya Delnessa
“I think the biggest challenge is breaking out of the sea of other photographers out there. There are just so many people with cameras taking really good pictures, that the bar has been raised really high to be a standout photographer. We just get bombarded with pictures all the time on facebook, instagram, or various other online sites. It feels like people are desensitized to great pictures. Think about how you quickly scroll through your instagram feed, pausing for a half a second on most pictures before moving on to the next. Then think about how much effort you put into making a great image, how excited you get to post it, how much anticipation you have for its reception, and then how long the average person takes to look at it.
THEN consider the fact that you spent all that time editing the picture on your 27″ iMac with 5K resolution, only to have that picture viewed on a fraction of a 4″ screen.” – Natalya Wiliams.
“There is a massive problem of copyrights and plagiarism. A picture you take just isn’t yours anymore. It belongs to some random powerpoint out there” – Hemal Shah
I wrote this post to bring awareness that there’s a lot of time, energy, preparation, post photography work and management that goes into getting a good shot. So the next time you come across a photographer and her/his work instead of asking them what camera they use or why they didn’t use a certain angle – ask them the story behind the picture. You may just get an surprising story out of it.
Because in the end no matter how much trouble it takes us, we always get up and take one more.
Because we love it and its worth it.