It has been a few days since I last clicked some photographs. I have been busy with marketing activities and some finance-related matters. However, my camera is now calling me. It’s raining outside with occasional wet snow, but I do hope that the weather should improve soon.
Today morning, I had to do step out of my bed early in the morning. Vegetables had to be bought and early market seems to the favored time by missus and the vendors. Anyway what had to be done, had to be done. Got up early in the morning, went to the market, bought bags of groceries and came back home. The good part about getting up in the morning even on a non-photography, non-outing day is that sometimes interesting things can be spotted at home itself.
Anything that can go wrong, goes wrong. I have seen it happening in photography very often. Here is a small compilation-
(First few rays of light on Trishul)
After spending a few years with bare necessities, I have now planned on getting all my stuff shifted to my new place. It is a small house but with a view of the hills. While packing my things, I saw a drawer full of 35mm slides or transparencies. There was a small portable slide viewer too along with them. All this was quite nostalgic and made me take a trip down the memory lane while I sat there, among all these priceless treasures scattered all around me. Packing tape and cartons could wait a few minutes.
My parents recently visited me. We went out for a couple of outings. While I was busy composing my photographs there, they were happily snap-shooting away. I pointed out that those photographs were not clear, they needed refinement in composition and lighting was also poor. Even the faces were not recognizable at times. Their simple reply stunned me – photographs may not be clear but they will help keep our memories clear! A rock-solid reason and a point well taken.
Lately, I have been asked the same question in many different ways –
- What is it that makes a photographer look like a beginner?
- What mistakes do starters in photography commit?
- What are the signs that tell that a person is new to photography?
… and so on! First and foremost let me clarify, there is nothing special that tells who is a beginner and who is not. Second, the fact that a person is a beginner or has been in the field for donkey years, does not correlate to photography skills.
Yesterday, I was reading a philosophical book about actions that can be similar to sins. We, as photographers, also commit some gross mistakes, which in my opinion are no less than sins. Are you committing any of these?