Money can’t buy you happiness but It can buy you camera gear, and that is pretty much same thing.
Lots of fellow photographers ask me that what camera,lenses and lights I use for my work
As many of you knows that I am working as wedding,portrait and product photographer so my kit is full of variety of gears.
I am listing it my all gears here.
Apart from this my bag contains lots of chargers and batteries to keep my camera going, A bunch of cables/USB and card readers,Cleaning kit,Camera straps,13 Inch Macbook Pro,12.9 Inch Ipad and lots of memory cards.
These days, it doesn’t sound strange if an engineering student picks up a career that is way out of his field. There are so many trolls and jokes trending on same. I am one of those who dared to choose photography as a main profession, in spite of being an engineer.
Throughout my student life, I was a sincere student. In past 20 years, I had never even thought of being a professional photographer, neither the camera attracted me. But yes, I had a creative background and a family environment which always motivated me to create and visualise new things. I think this helped me turn photography into my profession.
After schooling, I pursued computer engineering as my main stream subject. During 3rd year I got my hands on one bridge camera (Sony HX1-My first Camera) which was a gift by my cousin a year back, but I never attempted to try it. As a gizmo & gadget freak I stared exploring the camera in technical terms, clicked some pictures of Sunsets, Trees, Peacocks, birds and everything around my house. Perhaps, the photographer in me was waking up. Gradually the camera was gaining all my interest and I started capturing more pictures. In evening time, I used to go at my terrace and click some self-portraits. Progressively I started learning how to edit pictures, I came to know about PhotoScape and then Photoshop. Initially these things looked like a cockpit of a plane to me but I never thought of giving up the fight. Because my passion for photography was definitely higher than the struggle I was facing. I always had the urge in me, to learn and try these things. So I am mainly a self-taught and self-grown photographer. I have learnt many different techniques of editing software, tips and tricks from Google, YouTube and every other web source.
By now, I had found my passion for photography but it was still a hobby. Though the spark in me had already ignited, I couldn’t imagine taking up photography as my profession.
For the time being, I started clicking for family events, cousins and many of my friends.
However, still I didn’t had that professional touch, but the photographer in me was secretly developing. It was Saturday afternoon when a friend of mine, who is a photographer too, told me about photography workshop to be arranged by him.
I attended the workshop and cleared my doubts regarding photography theories. I also came to know about many other interesting topics. The workshop proved to be the ultimate turning point for my life, after which I started doing street photography. To enhance my skills, I started joining photography groups, made many photographer friends, and was somewhat sure to choose photography as my career. My journey had just begun, and I was so excited about it.
But as they say, nothing worth having comes easily. Now the greatest challenge for me was to create my own portfolio and get some expensive equipments.
Meanwhile I started shooting for some of my model friends with the bridge camera. I was quite happy from their response and appreciation, and day by day I kept learning something new.
In 2013 I participated in Ahmedabad Archives Photography Competition. I submitted my final picture for the competition with my fingers crossed. Fortunately, it was me who won the 1st prize and I got a huge amount of ₹ 25000 as prize money. I was on cloud nine that day, feeling like the king of the world. I decided to get myself my first DLSR camera, Canon 60D, with the prize money.
During the year 2013-14 I started my 365 days Photography Project that helped me a lot for turning into more creative and dedicated photographer. I challenged myself each day to click better pictures and was in a competition with myself. In Jan 2014, I successfully completed my 365 days projects and started getting some good commercial projects via clients and ad agencies. Thereafter I also started promoting my brand “Be Unique “on social media and other platforms. Soon from the appreciation of my work, I started getting many wedding as well as fashion shoots. Since then, I have never looked back and continued my learning process till date.
Be Creative. Be Patient. Inspire People and Never Stop Learning.
It is very important to find, develop and grow your own unique style in photography. Here are a few tips which will help you find it sooner.
1. SHOOT EVERY DAY:
You can’t be experienced and grow unless and until you are willing to put a lot of efforts for your art. That goes for any art really; photography being no different. Finding your style is part self-awareness. You can’t attain these goals unless you put the books down, walk away from the Google and shoot. I recommend shooting every day. If you want to tackle a 365, you can read my blog on Project 365: Improve your photography with 365 days project. If you can’t commit to shooting every day, try to shoot when you have a few minutes. If you are really serious about finding your own photography style, then fit it in whenever & wherever you can. Just sitting in front of the computer and books won’t make you a great photographer.
2. DON’T TRY TO BE SOMEONE ELSE
There are SO many wonderful photographers out there, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to imitate them. After all, they’re good at what they do and people like them. They’ve figured out the magic formula, right? Remember this; they are successful at being themselves. They have learned what makes their heart sing, and they have worked hard to put a piece of their heart in every single one of their images. Let them be them, and work on you being YOU. There is only one you and you need to learn how to rock that!
3. SHOOT WHAT YOU LOVE
Try to stop thinking about what you love in any other photographer’s work, and think about what you love. Release the feelings of expectations and standards. Shoot for yourself. What inspires you during a day? Is it the sun setting, or your children’s laughter? Whatever it is, shoot it.
4. FORGET ABOUT BEING GOOD
This one is really hard. We all want to be good and we want to be good, like, yesterday!! But we need to stop obsessing about that. The good will come, and hopefully great after that, but being consumed with the end goal can muddy the water. Being mediocre is a part of the journey, so embrace it. Allowing yourself to be in the moment will allow you to stay focused. You will get there. It might take a year, it might take 3 or 4, but you will get there. Focus on the journey. Soak everything in. Allow yourself with the ups and the downs, and hopefully those downs will become less and lesser, and the ups more and better.
5. KEEP YOUR IMAGES TO YOURSELF
It might be a good idea that while you are discovering your style, you keep your images to yourself. Doing so, releases the pressure of performance, and allows you to make mistakes without the observant eyes of others. Sometimes that alone gives you the freedom to explore and discover. Whatever your approach is, make sure that you can freely shoot without the fear of being judged.
6. PINTEREST BOARDS AND GOOGLE: HURTING OR HELPING
Pinterest motivating boards have the purpose of their own. I love having a group of beautiful images that inspire me, but they’re not good to have when you’re trying to find yourself. Stop stalking other photographers!!! Do that after you have confidence in your own style.
7. DON’T THINK ABOUT STYLE
I spent a lot of time thinking about my style. It wasn’t until I stopped thinking about it though, that it finally came to me. It’s hard to do that, especially when you want it so badly, but trust me! You’re style will present itself to you when it is ready.
Now walk away from the computer and start shooting!!! After a few months, collect the images that you LOVE. Print them, or put them in a Flickr album, so you can look at them all together. Is there a common theme throughout? Is there a way you like to use color, or a certain way you compose? If style isn’t jumping out at you, ask a friend to look at your portfolio. Sometimes it’s easier for others to see something in your own work than it is for you. If style still is not presenting itself, don’t stress! Continue to shoot for a few more months, and then reflect on your work again. You will find it eventually; you just need to be patient. Good luck!