A statement through the lens

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2014 14:43 IST

Photography is fast changing from an offbeat career into a mainstream career. The recent wave of professional cameras in the market have ­encouraged young photographers to ­pursue their passion effortlessly. However, today this field is a lot more competitive than it was some years back. Essentially every photograph should reflect the technical ­acumen and ­artistic sensibilities of the ­photographer. Probably the best part about being a photographer is that you have both the first and the final word in terms of your work. A photographer can specialise in a particular domain; for instance, he/she can be a fashion photographer, a wildlife photographer etc.

“Keen observation ­powers is the hallmark of a good ­photographer. Photography requires presence of mind. A good ­photographer can find meaning and ­beauty in the simplest and most ­ubiquitous things and ­surroundings,” says Nandit Desai, a Delhi-based photographer. Knowledge of ­equipment stands one in good stead. Often photographers spend a lot of money buying lenses and DSLRs whereas the correct use of ­whatever equipment is available can also produce a great shot.

A photographer should be conversant about the nuances of lights and angles and be ­prepared to travel extensively. Physical soundness is also a prerequisite for a photographer. You need to be patient and strong enough to hold your camera for three to four hours at a stretch, especially while shooting a moving subject. Photography also entails standing for long hours and crouching at odd positions for capturing low-laying objects.

Often photographers have to wake up in the wee hours of morning to get the right kind of light for a picture. Those who wish to shoot cultural or ­historical areas have to do ­extensive ground work in terms of seeking permission from concerned authorities and understanding the subject. Photographers also need to identify vantage points around the area to place the camera. Despite the challenges, photography is both a rewarding and satisfying career and offers scope for fame and recognition.

Job essentials
Keen observation powers is the hallmark of a good photographer

Rs. I take home
Rs. 1 lakh per month

I love my job because...
I am my own boss and I get to travel to beautiful destinations

Expert gyan
It is a misconception that photography is a low paying job. If you are good at what you do, photography can pay you very well. And the added ­benefit is that your travel expenses are almost always handled by your sponsor

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