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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

To shoot or not to shoot?

Sukriti Arora, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 07, 2013
First Published: 18:09 IST(7/6/2013) | Last Updated: 00:26 IST(8/6/2013)

Is every second ‘friend’ of yours on Facebook a self-proclaimed ‘professional photographer’ flaunting highly edited pictures with their  first-name-last-name watermarks on them? The joke’s on every social media meme around, and your circle’s probably half praises and half mockery for the big show off.

Fact is, with easier auto- cameras and less worry about nuances such as shutter-speed, aperture and focal length, getting a good picture is not so difficult anymore. But does that qualify just about every young person with a camera hung around the neck to be called a pro?

We take a quick check with the best in the field, and give youngsters a chance to put forth their view.

Those who say nay
A new age photographer, Aakash Satija, 20, believes just owning a DSLR does not make one a photographer. “That’s the reason I never made a page. I was waiting to be a good photographer, so that I don’t insult the true value of this art,” he says.

“The new cameras have made photography easier, leading to some people fantasising that they’re photographers already. The nuances of composition and knowledge of chemicals has reduced,” says Udit Kulshreshtha, a renowned photographer.

Those who say yay
DU girl Ankita Jaiswal, who has a photography page, says, “It’s a kind of platform for amateur photographers like me. People get to see your work and your progress. You can check others’ pages and learn from them. So what’s the fuss about?”

“Social media acts as a platform for both amateurs and professionals to showcase their work. To think of this as a ‘setback’ for photography is like saying that all blogs that are not written by ‘professional’ writers are a setback for writing,” says Rachita Taneja, a social media officer.

“If someone believes he/she is a good photographer and is committed towards it, then what’s the harm in making a page for it? The only thing is that they should keep it updated and improve themselves,” says Aakanksha Chitkara, another DU student with a photography page.

‘It’s like blogging; every blogger cannot be called a writer’
“There are some pages which are very amateurish, but there are some amateurs that have very good pictures too. It is like blogging; you can’t call everyone who blogs a writer. So the viewers have to choose for themselves,” says Amitabha Bhattacharya, a senior photographer and teacher.

On the other hand, Sanjay Nanda, a professional, says, “One can know about the technicalities of a camera, but the aesthetic value of a picture is what differentiates professionals and amateurs.”


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