You don’t need much to be a photographer


[T]he image above was shot a long time ago, when Cavemen were roaming the streets. Actually not that far…..When I shot it, I distinctly remember thinking that photography had a lot to do with seeing the unseen.The building above is in NY, right in front of where the twin towers once stood. God only knows how many people passed by that church but only I have this image. There's zillions and zillions of images of times square, and here is one of my best images of New York, and it's a simple and modest church. When I looked up, I didn't know what I was doing with a camera back then but I SAW something. I took the picture, probably in A mode, looked at the LCD and I was amazed.

You don't need to know everything to be a great photographer, you just need to OBSERVE, pay attention, see what everybody else misses. It's funny because I observe minute details when I have a camera in hand, and when I'm not shooting, half of my brain goes missing….just ask my wife. Photography goes deep the rabbit hole if you start trying to know everything. MTF charts, pixel density, etc there's a whole world out there for engineers…..but we are photographers aren't we? We are the ones who thank the engineers and then go on a quest for the image.

You don't need much to be a photographer, you just need a basic camera. The camera enables you to take pictures, the rest is up to you. Don't sweat it if you don't know much about photography, you will learn, you will improve. Don't sweat it if you don't have the latest and greatest, your camera took great pictures then, it will take great pictures now. Just go on shooting……Observe, observe observe. Observe people….Look! A kiss! CLICK! An peculiar look! CLICK! Observe nature…..Look! Shapes! CLICK!..Textures!..CLICK! Observe the Light……Patterns….Color…..texture……..observe….observe…..

Look! The reflection on the windows! CLICK


Look! The computer's light on my son's face! CLICK


Observe my friends…..observe……Do you notice the reflections when you see someone with glasses? Do you notice how the shadows change on the face of the person depending on the lighting conditions? Do you notice the quality of light? You don't need much to be a photographer, you need to observe….pay attention….observe…see what nobody sees…observe…it's in the details……………….observe.


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9 thoughts on “You don’t need much to be a photographer”

  1. “Do you notice how the shadows change on the face of the person depending on the lighting conditions?” –

    have you seen the video floating around of a light rotating round a ladies face with changing colors and how drastically different it makes her face look depending on the combos of color and angle? its nuts!

  2. Hi Olivier,

    I think what makes your photograph unique is based on your ability to
    watch, listen, smell or SENSE your subject. And your life experience,
    insight, mindset, thoughts etc make you sense a subject differently from
    others. I think those are the factors which form what you call VISION.

    If 10 photographers take a pictures of the same dog, there will be 10
    different photographs, because their selection of camera, lens, F stop,
    shutter speed, lights will be different depending on how he/she SENSEs
    the subject and results in capturing different images of the dog.


    1. I agree with what you said.
      The post above is really about paying attention to what is in front of you. I got the first image for example because I was observing everything around me, that in turn led me to SEE something.
      But if I was not paying attention, say if I was playing on my phone, I would have missed it. You have to look and observe before being able to SEE something

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