Photography is something that is abstract and discrete at the same time. Nowadays anyone and everyone who takes it up as a hobby, has the capability to get a digital SLR camera, a case highly unlikely ten to fifteen years back. You practice it and preach it but since the time you have been clicking, how many times have you thought, Are you there yet? Are you in the league of the best of the best? Well, you might just be on the way to getting better and better at photography skills because art need not be perfect but it should emanate a feeling that demands to be felt!
So here are some pointers to help you see that you are a professional!
1) You get all the technical stuff just by looking at a photograph
Gone are the days when you needed to look at the details of an image to get to know what shutter speed and aperture was used to shoot the picture. You have your basics right? Then my friend, you are good to go!
2) Instead of being envious you admire a good image!
The last time you visited an exhibition and you saw a classic panoramic shot or an enthralling zoom burst and instead of wishing that you had been the one to click it you take inspiration from the picture and appreciate the artist who was behind it. Voila! You are among the foremost!
3) You enjoy marketing and selling your photos
Not just idealizing and then executing a photo you get a kick out of marketing and selling your pictures and earning out of it! You keep challenging yourself and it’s almost a routine practice to rate your photos because obviously, you think you are always unsatisfactory and you want to get better and better!
4) Your boss at work who loves photography gives you lesser and lesser tips (laughs)
Who wants a natural competitor? Or worse a competitor who has a strong game! Creating a great image can get personal and when it’s about appreciation, surely no rational human being wants it to get shared by many.
5) You are emotional about your camera
Your gear, your tripod, lenses, filters and that faded and tattered jacket of yours is more like an extension of your body and you feel guilty of not taking optimum care of them when you get busy with your life! After all, they saw you through your times of glee and distress and they stayed with you no matter what! (Sniffs)
6) Your idea of vacation is very different from your peers
When you sit down to plan your vacation you look for places with good photographic ratings rather than relaxation and luxury. Humid jungles, rough terrains and scorching deserts do not scare you anymore. At the back of your mind, you start fantasizing about a solo trip which obviously your family does not need to know!
7) The salesman of the camera showroom you go to lets you handle all of the expensive gear with ease.
At new product launches and camera outlet stores, the guys let you use and experience the new and sensitive products without sulking. Other people at retail centers start to ask your opinion about the items that have been released before purchasing them. Your colleagues and friends count upon your decision before going ahead and buying a camera!
8) Fewer people start making fun of you and start mimicking your photography angles
Remember that guy who scoffed when you destroyed your brand new jeans to click those images, not only have they stopped doing that but also they have started to compliment and imitate your photo skills and techniques to enhance and polish up their own photo game!
9) You practically carry your camera everywhere – shamelessly!
From your daughter’s poetry recitals to your mother’s paternal uncle’s daughter in law’s second cousin’s wedding, you absolutely do not mind to carry your point and shoot everywhere because hello! There is no chance that you can regret a great shot later.
10) Some English words mean something entirely different to you!
With skill comes jargon. You obviously are ahead of the game if the following words portray a different array of meaning to you which the rest do not understand and they think when you say you got a classic ‘bokeh’ shot you mean a picture of a flower arrangement! (Laughs)
- Tilt shift
There you go!
Now that you know you have your priorities right go out and click your way through life!
Written by SHRADDHA GHOSH for WorldPhotographersClub.com
All pictures are from PEXELS.COM