Sunday, September 6, 2015

Because I Use A Camera - Awisekh Kaiser Pradhan

Without a good foundation of the principle elements of photography, both in its physical and mental processes, the resulting photograph will fall far short of its goal. To make a superior photograph, to take that one shot that for your lifetime you are so proud of, is possible for anyone who picks up a camera. It does not come from the equipment alone, though that will have an effect on the result. Someone with an expensive camera can still take a bad photographer.Photographs evoke the essence of places we have not been, we perhaps will not return to, and should never forget.  

With a photograph, I can bring someone from his or her spot on the globe to mine. They can stand with me in the midst of a pine forest or walk in hushed silence through the musky light of a swamp.Photographs "become" through making choices, and great photographs become through making right choices. Right choices are the direct result of the knowledge of the photographer.  Great photographs are NOT, however, strictly the result of owning fancy equipment.  Anyone using most any camera can take an incredible photograph. Superior photographs come from photographers who know how his or her camera functions.  A skilled photographer takes the time to read the manual and familiarize themselves with everything that camera will do.  After all, if you don't know what your camera will do, then how can you do it?  Taking this statement even one-step further, a truly skilled photographer will "one up" the camera and get it to do things it is not supposed to do.Even the highest-paid most professional of photographers, even those with thousands of cash in lenses and software, have to further educate themselves at some point to be good photographer. To put it poetically,.I also like a quote I once read by photographer David Hum.  "Photography is only a tool, a vehicle, for expressing or transmitting a passion in something else."  What images I capture should express the passion I feel for that scene, that object, or that moment in time.  When other people view my work, they should know in part who I am as a person.

Photography connects people - through interests, locations, and cultures.  It spans time and distance as a bridge between worlds. It's never been about the gear. It's always been about seeing something, knowing how you want it to look, and making it so. Making it so is the easy part; seeing it in the first place is what makes a photographer. Powers of observation are everything. Snapping a camera is trivial.Call it vision, imagination, or seeing; it all comes down to the same thing: the ability to envision a final result in your mind's eye, and then to make it so with your tools at hand.The artists, the musicians, the CEOs, the photographers, the hotel workers, the cab drivers, all the people, each with an interesting story. Its the foods, the nervous feeling of getting on a plane to go to a place you've never been... Its the life in a story you make up in your head when you're a kid that sounds so cool, and then suddenly you realize its your life. I guess that's what photography is all about to me. I believe we make our own destiny, but I also know to be grateful and thankful... As corny as it sounds, sometimes I sit back and I'm amazed at all this good stuff that has come to me because I use a camera.

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