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.
“Shoot in Aperture Priority at f/8.0″ – This is the advice which most budding photo journalist receive during some stage of their career. Sure its a sound advise but its not a complete advise. Photojournalism requires much more.
Today in evening, I happened to be at the bomb blast zone near Kabootar Khana in Dadar(w). As always, I had the camera with me. The decision to visit the blast zone was an instinctive out of curiosity. Once I reached the spot, I realized the gravity of the situation. People running, traffic jams, crowding, rumors flying such was the state of the area.
I was with a friend & we both were on phone communicating the incident back home. I was shaken by the sight & felt a pang of danger in air. While I was there, I wanted to shoot some photos but decided not to & left the area with a brief video footage. Primary reason being I was a bit shaken and secondly my friend & family asked me to return home quickly. This incident has increased my respect for photojournalists manifold times. These guys seriously risk their life to bring the news as fast as possible for general public. It needs a heart of steel & guts of a soldier. In fact, these photo journalists(there are war photographers too) are no smaller than war soldiers.
I don’t aspire to become a photojournalist. Not because I’m scared by such incidents but since I’m not much fond of this genre. It requires a lot on part of photographers & only those who possess it will be successful. Seriously, Photojournalism is not a piece of cake as most make it. Hats off to all photojournalists.