I never knew what was photography, until I laid my hands on my DSC H5 in August 2006.
Now I know what is Photography, and more than that I know how much I don't know in it. I realize that I have a Camera that is actually "just a toy" to many photographers. I understand its capabilities and limitations.
Alright. That was the disclaimer.
After buying the camera, I have been claiming myself as a Photo-enthusiast. I've started browising Flickr Explore and read through loads of EXIF data only to realize that I couldn't set a f16 in my Camera. I keep experimenting with every possible setting on my camera. One more thing I started to do, is to participate in Forums that talk about photography.
Here's where the world looked new to me.
There are like four (or five) forums where I have subscribed and watch people talk about different techniques of photography. If you aren't listening to any of them, there's four words for you - You are missing something.
These forums have members from pre-mature Kutti photographers like me and ranges upto people beyond PC Sriram's band. Members who take the Sun every evening and post it on the forum and ask for feedback. Members who constantly criticize those photos to be crap. Members who keep asking for organizing photoshoots and never turn up.
Besides anything that I'm about to complain about, I should confess I have learnt a lot from these forums. People have cared to educate me.
But a major portion of the group is All-talk ! They talk too very much about aperture settings, f-stops, EV levels, "Sigma/ Tamron lens is good - Nikkor is all expensive and crap" and all such talks. Whenever I listen to these people, I set a reminder to browse through their photographs. And they turn out to be a big disappointment. They talk of a lots of rules. When I show them a photograph, they tell me "its good. But the composition could be better". I ask, "What do you mean by that ?". They tell me "well, in photography the most important thing is...."...... uh oh ! What have I started ? Empty words.
Once I met a person from the Studio, who was a professional photographer. We had a good interaction, and he taught me by holding hands as to How to compose a frame. He also shared the same thought as I do. A lot of people talk about photography better than taking good pictures.
It is not a mistake. They hold the right to talk. And may be they are right. But I get fairly irritated. All i know is that there's a lot I have to change.