Who is a true photographer?

posted on 18th of november, 2010

Is he a person with a camera hanging around his neck? Is he a person who creates images with his camera & a computer? Is he just a snapshot maker who makes people happy with his images of birthdays, events, weddings, get-togethers? Or is he simply following the diktats of an art director and presses the shutter release button, when asked to shoot for ad campaigns?

The answer is NO.

The real photographer, once he masters the nuances of photography becomes an artist. In fact the very fact that he has chosen to become a photographer is that he is basically an artist first and photography is a means for him to express his emotions.

Photographers have the multi tasks of being artists as well as scientists, mathematicians, techno savvy, fashionable, salesmen & God knows what more is in store.

But that’s not the point I am going to discuss now. I am going to discuss the difference between a photographer (The Artist) & and a non photographer

When you ask a person the color of the sky for instance, his obvious answer would be blue. But for a photographer it is an open canvas of millions of colors. He would start with black & continue with darker shades of blue and then there are pinks, oranges, whites, various shades of blue, not to forget greens too and so on.

Similarly if someone were asked about the colors of leaves in a tree, he would say green, but not the photographer. Our artist friend would not only see different hues of green, but also other colors of nature in it. He would find the rawness of the leaf and then the full freshness of it and then the dried color of the leaf.

This also applies to the color black. Many people think black is black, there is more to it than darkness. Ever been in a room without light for some time, say 5-10 min and tried to figure out the contents of the room? After some time you can see some faint figures. Our eye camera captures the light after sometime, depending on the conditions, but the camera depending on its configurations can capture the image even in the dark immediately (technical details later).

So want to be a true photographer? Start seeing things in a different light. There is so much to learn from nature alone. You will enjoy even if you are not a photographer or an artist.

Open the windows of your mind. Happy viewing

Comments (12)

Posted by Miele on December 12, 2010
This is very true! I'm agree with you.
Posted by FabioConcetta on December 07, 2010
Nice article,really interesting :)
Posted by Sassolinoviola on December 07, 2010
Very true. And very beautiful words!
Posted by Scottysally2 on November 22, 2010
Nice blog, and so true. :)
Posted by Gregnboutz on November 18, 2010
That's very true about seeing different shades of colors instead of just one color. While I review photos on fanartreview.com, I constantly tell people how to improve their photos by adding different shades of blue skies in their backgrounds. I also tell them to have more light on their subjects to make the colors stand out more by having better shades of color.
Posted by Mariaam on November 18, 2010
Nice article.
Posted by Trottola on November 18, 2010
So nice to read your blog...
Posted by Yuritz on November 18, 2010
so true,great blog;it's always nice to remember these things while we take our camera and go around
Posted by Thanatonautii on November 18, 2010
Great blog! You are so right!
Posted by smartview27 on November 18, 2010
Beautiful words!
Posted by Dmccale on November 18, 2010
very nice blog.And so true.Thanks
Posted by Fenghui on November 18, 2010
Open the windows of your mind,I agree to you,welcome to China,welcome to Sichuan. welcome to my blog http://blog.sina.com.cn/fenghuifoto

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