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In order to become a better & a successful photographer one doesn’t solely requires sound technical knowledge about photography. There are myriad other factors which determine the growth & success of a photographer.

Will/Determination – Anything is impossible without a will. A person should have the will to photograph. One should have in mind that he wants to photograph come what may. Only if one has will for photography, one would adopt it, experiment with it & create photographs. This will/determination should be strong and must endure test of time. A temporary or fluctuating determination is of no use. If you do not feel driven from within to create photographs, do not do so. You may find some other thing that will appeal to you which you should search & work upon to become successful.

Patience – “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” – Thomas Jefferson. Patience is a great virtue. Its is very true, haste makes waste. In order to rise in photography, one needs patience at every sidewalk. One needs patience while setting up the tripod, one needs patience while setting up the lights, one needs patience while waiting for the perfect landscape light, one needs patience in order to capture the peak moment & I can go on. A good photograph takes time to manifest. Sure, you may get lucky at times but overall it takes a lot of patience. If you’re short tempered you need to take a calm approach to photography. At times, you might not get the shot you desired but if you’re patient you’ll eventually. Also if you’re shooting for a client & mid-shoot any of your equipment dies on you, you need to stay calm & think appropriate solutions to get the shoot done. Such situation require a calm & patient attitude. This one quality will help you a great deal not only in Photography(or any art) but also in life.

Hard Work – There is no substitute for hard work. Armed with will & patience, continue to work harder on your photography skills. Sweat it out. Perform to the best of your abilities & capabilities of your equipment. Leave no stone unturned. Then the results will speak for themselves. Trust me, there is no greater satisfaction than getting the desired results after all that hard work.

Positive attitude – Think it, get it. If you think positive & feel the goodwill, good things will happen to you. Positive attitude does not mean you go aggressive & rash. It means to keep a positive frame of mind as you go around photographing. Its often the fear of failure which limit oneself. This fear cannot be totally eliminated but with positive thoughts it can be tossed into backseat allowing you to perform better & get the desired results. So work on yourself to remain positive under any circumstances.

All the above qualities go hand in hand. Work upon to cultivate & build upon all of them in yourself, you’ll get better with whichever art you want to master.

Digital photography has been a boon to photographers since one can shoot to heart’s content since the cost is nil compared to film days. However this has also lead to a down-fall as most amateur photographers do not think twice & keep on spraying(on shooting spree) the shutter in hope to capture a good shot. However, if you put a few simple things into consideration before shooting, it will do a world of  good to your photography. Here is a small check-list.

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Internet with all its websites, blogs, forums etc have made it possible to learn photography(any art for that matter) without spending anything. Youtube has been a revolution in the internet chapter & learning with the aid of video has made it much easier to grasp the knowledge & understand it in a better way. However, not knowing which channel to subscribe for learning photography can be frustrating as there are tons of them & not all are helpful. Here I list some of the best channels for learning photography over youtube.

DigitalRev

DigitalRev is the most funniest channel to learn photography on youtube. The DigitalRev team lead by the excellent presenter Kai Wong injects humour & helps to keep the videos fun to watch with low on technical jargon. The cameraman Lok C also pitches in with videos from time to time. This channel deals with gear reviews, photography ideas & shooting techniques. From time to time, the videos drift out of serious photography which some might not like but I feel its a great way to keep the things freshen up.

AdoramaTV

AdoramaTV channel on youtube is a huge resource to learn photography over youtube. Mark Wallace teaches you almost everything related to photography be it shooting, composing, using flash & even post-processing. The videos are rated as per expertise level & Mark manages to explain the technical aspects very lucidly. Time & again, other presenters pitch in & offer their photography knowledge on this channel too.

ThatNikonGuy

Don’t go by the name, this channel is applicable to photographers using camera’s of other brands too. That Nikon Guy(Matt Granger) offers gear reviews, shooting techniques, using flash, photography business advice & other photography related videos. The videos are well balanced & calm to watch. There is absolutely no fanboyism & priority is given to learning photography.

FroKnowsPhoto.com

Fro a.k.a Jared Polin shares gear review, shooting techniques, using flash & post-processing tips on this channel. The videos run long but are well detailed. There are also photo critique videos which will help you learn from the mistakes of other photographers. Jared also runs videos where FroKnowsPhoto forum users edit a particular RAW file & then it is edited by Jared himself over the video and wrapped up showcasing other wonderful edits by the forum users. Jared also does sniff tests, gear preview & detailed review which are great to watch. A well rounded channel when it comes to content, it offers just about everything in photography.

SnapChick

SnapChick offers videos on photography advice, answers photography questions, general photography talk, gear unboxing & other miscellaneous photography videos. For a change, this channel is run by a chick & she does a good job at it.

Happy Learning. If you know of any other helpful youtube channel for learning photography, do let everyone know in the comments :)

To become a better photographer, a photographer must be able to anticipate the moments. He/She must have a foresight which will allow him to prepare well in advance for the shot. A lot of time, photographer do have the foresight but are still not able to get the shot. The Reason? Improper camera settings.

Most photographers think with today’s high precision automated features in camera’s setting it up is not a big deal. The fuel to this belief is added further by camera manufacturer who tout their camera’s will do all the required stuff as the photographer concentrates on the moment. Sure, its true but to a very certain degree. Unless you switch onto the AUTO mode, you’ll need to think of certain setting beforehand to capture the future moment perfectly.

When I’m about to photograph in crunch situation where getting a shot is crucial, I tend to make note of some simple things in mind. I foresight the situation in which I will need to make a photograph & plan accordingly.

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Shooting in Windy Conditions

Shooting in windy conditions is a challenging task. Yesterday, I was shooting at the coast & the wind was furious. In-spite of a tripod, I had to take some actions in order to prevent blur in my pictures.

# Secure Tripod – You’ve a tripod so you think it would be stable enough in ferocious wind. It might be but you need a decent tripod. Most entry level tripods won’t stay put in strong wind. Make sure you’ve setup the tripod properly. The legs are extended properly and the legs are pulled out properly & secured tightly. Make sure the tripod legs lay firmly over the ground. You may need to clear small pebbles or other things which may not give adequate friction to the legs. Most of the tripods come with a hook which enable you to put on some weight. It is exactly made for such windy situations. Places some rocks & sand in a bag & tie it to this hook. Alternately, you can even put any bag you might be carrying like I do. Finally, avoid raising the center column of the tripod. On extending, the center column without much support is prone to vibrate from strong wind currents. You may not be able to see it vibrate but you’ll see the outcome in the resulting photo.

# Remove the Lens Hood – Yes, remove the lens hood. If the wind is blowing across you from a side, then you must remove the hood. This is because the wind will hit the floral extended part of the hood & cause it to vibrate. The aerodynamics take a hit & due to this the camera will begin to shake. Remove the lens hood & keep it aside so you won’t face this issue.

# Use Self-Timer/Remote Release – If you’re shooting landscapes, put up self timer on your camera of 2 or 5 secs. Alternately use a cable release/wireless remote release. Off-course this will not apply when you’re shooting portraits.

# Block the Wind – This is a no brainer. Try to block the wind by standing in the direction of it hitting the tripod. This small tip can tremendously increase the stability of the tripod. If you’ve large reflectors with you, open it up & ask someone to hold it for you or you can do the same.

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