Photography is an art form; what we see through the lens is not the same as what we see with our eyes. Photography captures not only memories but also emotions, nature, and many other things.
Have you ever gone through your old belongings and come across photos that bring back happy memories? Well, memories are captured in our subconscious and through the images we take.
It all depends on what you see in the image, your viewpoint, and your experiences. Like a painting, everyone sees it differently; we see it differently depending on how we connect with it and what memories it evokes.
Photography is interesting in many ways and aspects; for example, seeing your old grandparents’ pictures can help you understand what they went through. To be a photographer, you don’t need a professional camera; you only need the desire to learn, and your phone will do the trick. So let’s learn everything there is to know about photography. It’s now time to put your skills to the test, capture the moment, and enjoy it.
Let’s Go Back in Time and Learn About the History of Photography
Joseph Niepce was the first to capture an image in 1827. Louis Daguerre invented the first camera in the 1800s, which was a box covered in a light-blocking fabric. The photographer would go inside to look through it and take pictures. Unfortunately, it took a long time to find the right lighting to capture an image. It is said that this is why people rarely smile in photographs.
George Eastman invented the first camera film in the late 1800s. He invented the first film paper. He also invented the Kodak, a small box camera that people could carry around and use to take photos. The photos were then developed and printed so that people could have them.
In the 1900s, Oskar Barnal invented the first professional camera, which took high-quality photographs. That is when photography evolved from a hobby to a form of art. In addition, many new applications for photography emerged, which we will talk more about it later.
Cameras were available to the general public in the 1990s. The camera industry has advanced tremendously, allowing photographers to view their photos immediately through the camera and have digital copies rather than waiting for their camera roll to develop and look at the pictures captured. Since then, photography has become an essential part of our daily lives to save our memories.
What is the Purpose of Photography?
Photography is now used for various purposes other than as a hobby. For example, journalists in newspapers and magazines use photography to document our history and portray current events. Writers use the captured images to show people what they are writing about to connect with the reader and make them imagine the places, food, and anything else being discussed.
Photography is very important in the advertising world because it shows the products being advertised and all the information we need, such as how to use them, their benefits, and so on. When it comes to events or special occasions, we hire photographers to capture happy moments so we can relive them through photographs.
Think of it as a way of art that just staring at it will take you to places you’ve never been or give you a good or bad memory. There are huge galleries all over the world where people go to look at professional photographs taken by photographers who have documented history since cameras were invented.
Photography has increased our awareness of the world around us and allowed us to learn about different cultures through photographs. For example, you don’t have to guess how the Eiffel Tower looks because there are so many pictures of it on the internet. But, of course, we can always remember the internet, which helps spread images very quickly by simply uploading the photos you took, and everyone will see your masterpieces.
7 Fun Facts About Photography
To be able to capture the moment, you need a good camera. So let’s learn some interesting facts about photography and cameras.
- The first coloured photo to be taken was by Scottish Physicist James Clark Maxwell in 1861.
- Joseph Nicephore Niepce was the one who invented photography.
- The most expensive camera in the world costs $132,000; it’s 168 years old, called Daguerreotype.
- “Camera” is a word that comes from the Latin word ‘Dark Chamber’
- The French invented fashion photography, and ‘Le Mode Practique’ was the first fashion magazine.
- When the camera was first invented, they didn’t have electronic flash; instead, they used potassium chloride and aluminium to make flash powder.
- Robert Cornelius, in 1839, took the first selfie. It wasn’t even called a selfie; he used the Daguerreotype camera.
7 Famous Photographers
The photography world is huge, but these seven famous photographers are names that have changed the course of photography.
- Man Ray showed that photography could be art, not just a portrait. He developed the Rayogram.
- Vivian Maier: after she died, she became famous for street photography.
- Harold Egerton: used photography to capture motion that happens in a split second that couldn’t be seen by a human eye, like a drop of water or a moving bullet.
- Ansel Adams: took black and white photos of landscapes to show clear tones, textures and shapes.
- Takehto Miyatake: created patterns in a picture by using long exposure. He was a contemporary photographer.
- Robert Capa captured images of the Spanish civil war and was the most incredible war photographer in the world.
- Walker Evans: he captured the streets of modern America. He captured people at roadside stands, local cafes and many more. He was known as the one who recorded “the American scene with the nuance of a poet and the precision of a surgeon, creating an encyclopedic visual catalogue of modern America in the making.”
6 Photography Tips
These are some tips to consider before purchasing a camera or deciding to pursue a career in photography.
- Know your camera, the lens focus, the shutter speed and the aperture and get comfortable with your camera.
- The rule of thirds will help you a lot to capture perfect pictures.
- Read a lot and, look at different photographers’ work, study their techniques.
- Learn about the rule of depths, which will add quality and richness to your images.
- Learn how to use different photo editing programs and edit your photos. Maybe make it black and white or sepia. Change the colours of the picture, and crop parts of the picture that you don’t want.
- Advertise for yourself on social media, create an Instagram account and post your pictures, but remember to always take consent from your subjects before doing so.
Step-by-Step Tips To Become a Professional Photographer
Step 1: Yourself
There are no boundaries when it comes to photography, so you must ask yourself, “What type of photographer do you want to be?” For example, a wedding photographer, a children’s photographer, a landscape photographer, a travel photographer, portraits, and the list goes on and on.
You must be willing to experiment with various types and themes of photography until you find one that resonates with you and begins developing your skills in that area. If you discover that you enjoy more than one, that’s great; take it slowly at first and master one skill before moving on to the next.
After spending time exploring and practising, you’re stuck. So let’s move on to the next step and see what you’re capable of.
Step 2: Your Subject
A subject is the focal point of your photographs. The most common subjects of photography include people, object arrangements, the natural environment, and abstractions.
So, consider this: Inquire with your subject about their expectations from the shoot; what is the purpose of the shoot? Who will be involved in the shoot? Where will the shoot take place? Will the shoot be morning or night? Learn more about what to expect when you arrive to capture the moment, as well as what the subject or client expects from you.
Step 3: Your Location
You must know everything there is to know about the location where you will be shooting, as for the lighting and backgrounds/landscapes. Because each location is unique, lighting is essential. The sun shines at different times and in other places. You must study that to know how to set your camera appropriately and choose the best time to shoot, the prime time for photos.
The landscape is also important in determining where you want to position your subject for the best shot. You must know what you want to say in your image. Shooting at the beach differs from shooting in a park or even at home. It would be best if you became acquainted with the environment in which you will be shooting.
Step 4: The Shoot
It’s the big day, and you’re ready to shoot; take a few practice shots to make sure you’re in sync with your subject and the lighting, and then relax and enjoy the shoot. Remember that practice makes perfect.
Choose the Best Moment to Capture the Memory
Finally, photography does not have to be a talent; it is a skill like any other. You practice and improve your skills until you master them. Don’t give up after your first attempt; learn all the different photography techniques and find the one that works best for you; remember that everything takes time!