“We don’t shoot what it looks like; we shoot what it feels like!” - Anonymous
To all those who are reading this the following points might be things you say you practice but in reality, we are rarely good at seriously maintaining all of these. People who are starting off in this profession can do with some guidance of the ones who have been in the arena for a long time and imitating some of their personal policies it might help them to up their game and give their passion and profession the due respect they deserve.
KEEPING ALL PHOTOGRAPHS AND DATA ORGANISED
Do you have a cluttered desktop screen? And Hundreds of unformatted memory cards? This is not how you will be able to keep track of all your previous work and when it comes to delivering the outcome it becomes confusing and tedious and not a very happy situation! Maintain a journal, make separate folders for personal and professional photographs, keep separate hard discs for separate kinds of photographs and keep things numbered and named as much as possible. Trust me it goes a long way!
KEEPING ALL Types of equipment CLEAN
If you are planning to get set and be a professional this is something you need to adhere to. Cameras are highly sensitive machines and if proper care is not taken they might start getting affected in ways you do not want to
- Cover your lens with lens cap whenever not needed
- Use a lens pen to clean filters and lenses
- Cover your camera at times of harsh conditions
- Keep soft cotton towels and tissues at hand when on a shoot.
NEVER SETTLING FOR GOOD SHOT AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MORE
The thirst needs to be eternal and it is for photographers who have made their mark in the past. Ask any of them, they are never fully satisfied with their work and are always on the hunt for more inspiration and learning from both traditional and unconventional trends. They are highly open beings and want to keep acquiring knowledge and expect better photographs each time they get down and click!
BY JOHN HAIN
CARRYING THE CAMERA EVERYWHERE
You might think that is crazy but it is something that should be embedded into your system. All photo hungry shutterbugs employ this habit and it is one of the most efficient ways to ensure you are getting up the ladder. The better your picture turns out in the spur of the moment the less post shoot processing and editing you need. Who wants to regret
SMILING AND MAINTAINING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Unless the man behind the camera is in a good mood and flow pictures won’t turn out to be the way they should. Being optimistic helps and makes the subject more comfortable and hence the shoot becomes less difficult. Stay inspired and keep clicking.
BY WHITESESSION FOR PIXABAY
COVER PHOTO BY ALEXAFOTOS
WRITTEN BY SHRADDHA GHOSH FOR WORLD PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB