Starting to blog

This is my first post. I have been guiding a lot of my friends in photography in various ways. I help any kind of photographer improve their photography skills. In this process, I have been repeatedly asked by people to start a blog. So here I am.

For me photography is a way to express my thoughts. It is to share with others, how I visualize things. I am still learning. I will write here my experiences, tips, thoughts and whatever else comes to my mind related to my adventures with photography.

My first exposure to photography was when I accidentally found a book on photography in my grandfather’s library. It was titled ‘The Encyclopedia of Photography’ and was bound in beautiful reddish brown color. I was impressed by the photographs in that book. Many years after this, I got my first camera.I was in primary school and my father gave me an Agfa camera to play around with. I was a school kid and this was the best thing that happened to me. I took pictures of trees, houses, street scenes, critters and whatever I found interesting. There were no major settings to take care of. It was easy for me to use as a child.

Photography was an expensive hobby then and rolls cost money. I could not afford to get some of my films developed. Later I stopped loading film in the camera. I did not get any pictures but I started visualizing images. I kept on alternating between clicking with film and clicking without any film.

I completed my schooling and went to college. I came across a Canon GIII QL, a rangefinder with actual shutter speed and aperture settings. It even had a built in light meter. This helped me learn the technical aspects of photography. The shutter was a quiet one and I could indulge in even street photography with this. The standard lens with slight wide-angle touch to it was wonderful. I started getting close to my subjects.

Canon G-III QL

After the Canon rangefinder, I got my hands dirty with a couple of TLRs (Yashica and then a Rollei) but the film cost was high and for a college student that I was, photography with TLRs was not sustainable. Once again, I was clicking photographs without loading any films. Thankfully the people who let me play with these TLRs did not mind my clicking them without any film rolls.

I had never tried SLRs till now and then one day I got hold of a dilapidated Canon AE-1 SLR camera. This was the old FD mount Canon camera and I was really happy to be able to see what I wanted to photograph. Now I had clarity. I knew that my first camera, which I was going to purchase in future, was going to be a SLR.

I saved some more money and then one day with help from my family, I bought my first Nikon SLR. It came with a 50mm lens. Now I was a photographer in everyone’s eyes.

One SLR followed another and one lens followed another. The times were changing and the rolls gave way to digital. I was one of the late adopters of digital. Now I use Nikon DSLRs with a variety of optics. I however never carry more than two lens with me. I do not own very expensive cameras. For me photography is more to do with visualization. Very often it is quoted that camera is just a tool and the photographs are made by the person behind the camera. Photographs are made by people. Photography equipment is …..well just the equipment. Cameras are just the tools. Good tools are required but there’s a lot more that is required too. Photography is about many more things. More on this will follow in another post.

This is a short summary of my photography journey.

 

Images in this post – Alfred / Creative Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

3 thoughts on “Starting to blog

  1. Very interesting story!!!when I first met shivam in college I was really impressed with his knowledge. He taught me basics and even gave his camera .very good effort shivam.keep it up……

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  2. Yes Shivam. You are correct. Cameras are just tools. It helps photographer to take the picture. But of what,how and when, photographer decides. I had seen your many pics of nature. Beautiful they were. Beauty of the pic not only reflects the skill of photographer but also the mind of the photographer. I also know the teaching skills of yours. All the best in every move you take.

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  3. Great Shivam, I used to get surprised by your work in college days. Keep going. As you said camera is a tool, Photograph is created by photographer is a great true.

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