If you couldn’t already tell, photography is a huge deal these days. It’s one of those things that seem to be important no matter where you are or who you’re talking to. And while it might seem like everyone knows what photography is about, it’s worth going over the basics for anyone out there who needs a refresher course on the subject. With a crunch word whizzle is all about capturing images that can be printed on paper, or “capturing images as photographs.”
Photography is the process of capturing light in an image on film or with an electronic sensor and then recording it as a photograph. This can involve either taking a photo or capturing an image from life through various media such as lenses, mirrors, chemical reactions and light filters without shedding any illumination onto the film at all—a procedure known as “light painting.
1. Photography is a big deal these days.
It’s one of those things that seem to be important no matter where you are or who you’re talking to. And while it might seem like everyone knows what photography is about, it’s worth going over the basics for anyone out there who needs a refresher course on the subject.
2. With a camera, you can capture moments in time.
That’s the first step to becoming a better photographer. Having a camera of some sort is important because you can’t take pictures without one. But, that doesn’t mean you need to immediately go out and purchase a fancy professional-grade camera; there are plenty of smartphones that can still take decent pictures if you know how to use them properly.
3. Photography is a great way to express yourself.
As much as photography is about capturing memories, it’s also about capturing emotions and personal thoughts in photographs. You can take pictures of your friends, pets or your places of work and really feel like you’re getting to know them better through the pictures you take of them. Some people even use their cameras as a way to garner some extra attention from their significant others—by using special effects or taking pictures in weird places, people often think something’s wrong with their loved one when it isn’t!
4. Photography is art.
The result of when you get the light/film/camera settings just right, as well as how you implement that picture into your life, is art. The composition and color of a photo is subjective, but it’s also one of the first things that people look at when they see your work. If you have an eye for photography and know how to incorporate it into your life in a way that complements your interests and personality, then you’re on your way to becoming one of those crazy photographers who captures their own magic in every image they take!
5. Photography can be expensive if it’s used too much.
Something that’s not often mentioned, but is still relevant to note, is that you can’t just go out and take pictures all day without paying for them. You might only want to grab one or two shots in the morning on your way to work, but if you’re taking hundreds of photos every day, then that’s going to add up fast and make a dent in your bank account. On the other hand, if you’re a professional photographer who documents events or people for a living, then by all means use your camera as much as you like!
6. Photography can be dangerous too.
It’s no surprise that photography can also be dangerous. Some of the greatest photographers were once professional photographers themselves, but they moved into other areas of the industry (such as fashion or film) and became known for their work in those other fields. This can happen to you too if you’re not careful with your camera. Shooting pictures within an area that is prone to fire or flash floods, for example, can put yourself in danger and could cause some serious damage to your goods. The best thing to do when shooting outdoors is to try your hardest not to set anything on fire or get caught in a rain storm by accident!
7. The best way to learn photography is to practice and practice some more.
The worst thing you can do when trying to learn photography is to get discouraged. You might start out by taking pictures of the same thing with your friend, but it may take you months for someone else’s photos to be any good. No one ever became a good photographer on their first try, so don’t get discouraged and think that you’re not going to be able to master it! Practice makes perfect and as long as you keep practicing, then one day you’ll see your work in beautiful photos that make people say “wow” or “that’s amazing.” So don’t give up!