Who is a true photographer?

© Hmchee

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

Photo credits: Hmchee.

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December 12, 2010


This is very true! I'm agree with you.

December 07, 2010


Nice article,really interesting :)

December 07, 2010


Very true. And very beautiful words!

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.

November 18, 2010


Nice article.

November 18, 2010


So nice to read your blog...

November 18, 2010


so true,great blog;it's always nice to remember these things while we take our camera and go around

November 18, 2010


Great blog! You are so right!

November 18, 2010


Beautiful words!

November 18, 2010


very nice blog.And so true.Thanks

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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