Sunday, September 21, 2014

Don’t be upset if you are an amateur photographer!





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Don’t be upset if you are an amateur photographer!
May I suggest that you were happy to buy your digital camera… You wanted to capture your kid’s first step or your mom’s smile, or your pet’s funny face, or a gorgeous sunset… You wanted to keep all these wonderful things in your memory or to share with your friends and relatives or even with unknown viewers at the social networks…or someday (who knows?!) at the art gallery… You understood that photography is not the hobby, but the passion…
 But…when you began to take photos you suddenly found that you were not so happy because what you watched and imagined and what you saw at your pics was quite different…
May I suggest that you became upset… you decided it’s very difficult to take great photos… And besides you heard from someone: “You are only an amateur…” And you took the hint: you are not so good…
But don’t worry! Do you know there was even a special journal in the 19th (!) century called “Amateur Photographer”. And in one of the articles the author wrote: “The amateur is, presumably, a man of more cultivated education and greater leisure than the professional photographer, and may reasonably be expected to have a keener sense of the aesthetic principles, and a more educated knowledge of the history and science of art than his professional brother - better skilled though the latter may be in the technique of his art”. (An article appearing in "Amateur Photographer", 27 March 1885).
Surely there are so many discussions about the difference between amateur and professional photographers. You know (or at least heard) names of great photographers: Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész, Alfred Stieglitz… (It’s impossible to name all of them).
You know (or at least heard) names of famous modern photographers: Tom Ang, Scott Kelby and many others.
You know some wonderful photographers in your own city maybe not very famous but taking amazing photos…
Did you hear that great photographers, famous photographers or infamous but serious masters were puffed up? No. They were ready to teach, to explain…
I’m sure you are ready to learn and you understand that there would be always something that you can do to improve or to learn… And very soon your photos will be amazing.