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Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants?
In this present scenario of students passing out from their schools are finding it difficult to decide on the courses and career options. Many times, the wishes of the parents become the ‘forced wish’ of the student. Unfortunately, most parents do not bother to identify the special skills of their children but make them study something that is of no interest to them. End of the day, the children do something that they are not interested and they become just mediocre in their chosen field.
Particularly when our children are not interested in academics…it is the sign that they have some other special skills (sports, drawing & painting, dance, music, acting, photography, cinema, media, cooking, crafts, designing and lot more) and we need to promptly guide them so that they can excel in their special/personal skill-based profession. Photography is always being an aspiring career option for anyone interested in the art of seeing and storytelling. It has become a stable career now….as the need for good photographers is in high demand. There are a lot of photographers earning higher than the standard academic persons doing routine jobs.
The most important quality to pursue and be successful in photography is the ‘passion for the great art’. A passionate student can dedicate his/her time effectively in learning and become big and useful. They must be willing to do hard work 24X7 with a target to achieve. Though photography is a lot of fun, it should be learned and practised seriously. Students with an artistic bent of mind and who think little out of the box have a better chance to become successful professionals. In the present scenario, they must be willing to learn throughout their life and update the technology and trend.
Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants? This is a question in the minds of many of us trying out photography and want to become a professional photographer.
There is nothing like ‘self-taught in photography’. We pick up a lot of information from other photographers and their photos. Internet and books are yet another source photographers lean and update. This helps the ‘self-taught photographers’ to do some trial and error basis learning. But as the need of today, a good photography school can help the students in the following ways.
- Formal education from a school of photography leaves no stone unturned.
- The learners are given ample scope to understand all the possible technics and art through the structured curriculum.
- A formal education gives a lot of self-confidence and helps them solve the problems thrown at them quickly and efficiently once they start their professional photography career.
- Joining a reputed school of photography makes learning fast and reduces the possible mistakes that happen otherwise. For example, a photographer who has attended a formal course will be able to master the techniques, art and business in a couple of years. Whereas, others may take years to achieve the same through a lot of trials and guesswork.
- Most importantly a good photography school can give hands-on experience on some of the expensive and rare state of the art equipment, facilities, special skills and real-time job experience.
These opportunities may or may not happen even after a long time for a ‘self-taught photographer’.
“Do the job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”, goes a saying. When you do what you like, then your job is not a burden but pleasure! Let our children enjoy their passion as a profession.
Nikita Rao our 6 months Diploma in Photography Course learner – Batch 2016 shares her views about the course
We always have been surprised at photos with panning effect. The panning technique gives the viewer the feel of movement of the subject which is sharp and the background is blurred to give the feel of speed or motion.
Panning is just following a moving subject with the camera either horizontally or vertically or in any direction to get the moving subject sharp and blurring effect in the background. This is one of the ways you can establish the effect of motion in a still picture. You can try this in wildlife, wedding, sports, children and industrial photography.
1. Shoot in shutter priority or manual exposure mode. Slow shutter speeds could give great panning effect – choose shutter speeds like 1/30, 1/45, 1/60 increase the shutter speed if the subject moves really fast. – set camera
2. Use AF – Servo or AF-C autofocusing mode – set camera
3. Use continuous shooting/drive mode – set camera
4. Follow the subjects that move relatively slow – slow moving vehicles or people or anything can give an easy panning effect.
5. Follow the subject as it approaches the camera, but shoot when it is just parallel to the camera.
6. Choose to shoot subjects moving fairly closer the camera – maybe 15 to 20 feet distance would be fine
7. Try getting the full subject without cropping for an interesting composition
8. Keep your legs little apart and hold the camera steady. Move only the upper part of your body (above the waist) to follow the moving subject.
9. Choose a background with some patterns – trees, buildings, a large group of people etc. Avoid plain and flat backgrounds.
Check the exposure for the subject and the background by shooting few test shot. Use exposure compensation if needed.