Don’t Allow Film Photography to Fade Away

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Photography is embedded in our lives, from birth to death, and at every stage in between. Even those of us with little interest in photography have most probably carried photographs in our wallets, and hung them on our walls or placed them on a work desk, and personally snapped a few shots. Since the advent of digital photography, we have been taking more photos, and using them for an increased range of activities, especially the wider sharing of images with others. Today, photographs are so common that they can almost escape our notice.

Photography first entered the lives of the general public in 1888, when George Eastman invented and marketed his original Kodak camera. It was a very simple box that came pre-loaded with a 100-exposure roll of film. Once used, the whole camera was sent back to Kodak, where it was reloaded and returned to the customer, while the first roll of film underwent processing.

The simplicity of the camera and film processing made photography accessible to millions of casual amateurs who had no professional training, technical expertise, or aesthetic ability. Eastman’s marketing campaign deliberately featured women and children operating his camera, along with the slogan, “you press the button; we do the rest.”

Snapshot photography became a national craze within a few years, and by 1898, it is estimated that more than 1.5 million roll-film cameras had passed through the hands of amateur users.

Early snapshots were made for purely personal reasons. Typical subjects included important events such as weddings and other less formal family gatherings, holidays and leisure activities, and to capture the transitory appearance of children, pets, and prized possessions such as cars and houses. Images were reproduced as small prints, and a member of the family often arranged the photographs as narrative sequences in albums.

In the early part of the twentieth century, serious amateur photographers started to promote photography as a fine art where – unlike snapshot photography – the photographer demonstrated aesthetic sensibility and technical expertise. This goal was successfully attained, and photography became elevated to an art form.

It didn’t take long for the tide to turn (as it always does), and certainly by the 1950s, the qualities of the snapshot started to become adopted by professional photographers for their honesty, energy, and spontaneity. Grainy, blurred, tilted horizons, erratic framing, and black and white all became an acceptable route to capturing the moment. By the late 1990s, the snapshot finally achieved the status of modern folk art.

These two broad schools of photography produce a dichotomy in camera design and development. For the snap-shooters, cameras remained little changed (technically) from the original, while serious photographers opted for more complex tools that offered far greater precision.

From the mid 1970s, electronics started to take a grip on camera design, and this made improved photographic performance available to the casual photographer, without the need for technical knowledge. However, the biggest step-change emerged and began to dominate around the millennium: the digital camera.

Digital photography was revolutionary because it eliminated the costs and delays inherent with film cameras. It also expanded the options for viewing, editing and sharing pictures, and accordingly the range of uses to which they could be put. Other developments such as the increased ownership of personal computers, and growth of the Internet both supported the benefits and expansion of digital photography.

Today, camera phones are the major photographic device, and social media the foremost manner in which our snap-shots are put to use. While most photography, as in its early days, is largely a point-and-shoot capture of our daily lives, the underlying social behaviours have altered significantly.

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How to Start a Digital Photography Business

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So you took a lot of pictures and a lot of your friends are saying that you are good at it. However, you’re tired of just receiving a lot of praise because what you really wanted is to make money out of your talent. You then keep on thinking on how to start a photography business.

Well I’m glad you think that way my friend. Unless you’re really have a high paying job that gives you a lot of extra time, making photography for just a hobby is not practical at all. Think of how expensive the camera is and its equipment. Companies are also upgrading brand new models every now and then so you need also to catch up or else you’ll be left behind. Therefore, you really need to know how to start a photography business for you to have some resources for buying your gears and sooner, it might be your bread and butter.

Here are things that you need to know on how to start a photography business:

1. Choose an area that generates money in your situation

There are various areas in photography and it’s really up to you to choose where you can fit yourself in. However, since you wanted to know how to start a photography business, you must also place yourself in an area that gives you income. You might love taking abstract pictures but you might not be able to generate money from it. Well, I’m not saying that there’s no money in abstract photography. What I’m saying is that choose an area in photography that you not only like but will also be a good source of income in your situation for a long run.

One good example here is wedding photography. I have friends who are really good in capturing artistic shots. They post those photos in Facebook and they receive a lot of good comments. However, with that kind of photography, it’s only good for sharing in social networks but does not give them any dime from it. Because of that, they do wedding photography. Every now and then, many couples are getting married so they always have bookings for a shoot. This area in photography might not be their first option in this field. But since they wanted photography for business, they still do it.

2. Starting from a sideline first

At first, you might not have a lot of resources and you really don’t know how to start a photography business. If you have a job now that is not related to photography, it’s not yet a good idea to just drop that job immediately and do photography full-time. That might be possible if you really got lucky but I tell you what, it’s very risky for now. Building up a business is not an overnight matter. Therefore I suggest taking it slow and making it a sideline for now. How about offering a photo shoot to your friends and colleagues first. You can start by offering them a big discount. This will save them some money from hiring a professional photographer. It will also give you an opportunity to learn and earn income bit by bit. Almost every successful businessmen started from being small. How to start a photography business is not different.

4. Use the power of the internet

Create your blog or even a website and upload your photo samples there. Create a fan page also in Facebook and even Twitter. Almost everybody now is using the internet so who knows, you might be discovered! It’s also good to join photography forums online. You can ask questions to your fellow photographers about skills in photography and even how to run the business. Many professionals are always willing to give some help and even tell you how to start a photography business.

5. Make a goal to do photography business full-time

If photography is what you really like to do in life, you must dream to make it your full-time job. But before that happens, you really need to invest in skills and equipment in photography. It is also good to work as an assistant of a professional photographers at first. By that you can learn how your boss do the business and make your own soon. If there’s an opportunity, join a photo shoot and see how they do it. One day, you’ll be able to stand in your own feet and do your own business.

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Feed Your Interest To Gain Photography Knowledge With These Courses

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Photography is something that is in trend now days. The basic purpose of photography is to capture the moment. But with changing time photography has also evolved. Previously photography had no meaning cause people never bothered to seize that moment and more over cameras were very expensive so it was something that wasn’t even considered worth a try. But nowadays photography’s charm is on another level. Photos which were considered as “not an important thing” few years back, is now having a huge audience’s attention. Even the way of representation has changed a lot.

Every photographer is trying their level best to snap it in the most beautiful way possible. So many colleges and camera companies are coming up with ideas like digital photography tutorials and other courses in India to train people so that they can reach the top of this competition. If you think there is a budding photographer inside you and finding a way of polishing and exposure then this article will be your golden key. Let’s see how you can improve yourself.

D-SLR Tutorial

D-SLR has become the basic thing for perfect photography. You can even so for other cameras but D-SLR is considered as the best tool to capture your dream moment. To become a pro in using D-SLR, there are many sites that provide basic tutorials like their adjustments, posture and exposures and other basics like Manual Modes and stops etc. you will get knowledge about different tools and their uses like how to use ‘Histogram’ ad about exposure metering and other stuffs.

Once you learn the basic, you can also go through high level tutorials like there are tutorials about flash and sync speeds, then bracketing photography and tutorials about Time lapse/ Interval Timer photography, then how to adjust setting for landscape photography, then other tutorials like travel and candid.

You can even go through the digital photography tutorials and also learn about the D-SLR filmmaking. And don’t forget to go through the fashion photography, portrait and wildlife photography tutorials in order to nurture your photography talent.

Photography courses

If going through different tutorials is too hectic for you then you can opt for different courses. There are different sites which provide different package of courses with reasonable prices. Among those courses some courses are for all level of photographers like there is a course ‘Photography Masterclass’ which is like a complete guide for all kind of photography.

If you want to pursue a specific style of photography then you can also go for courses like ‘National Geographic Photography’ then “Long exposure photography’ and many more.

Photography course in college

Now photography is at such a level that it is considered as a professional job. To become a professional, different courses and degrees in photography are now available. There are colleges like Delhi College of photography, Light and Life Academy in OOTY then National Institute of photography at Mumbai and many more are trying to provide the best photography courses India. They are different degrees like Diploma in photography and videography, then PG in videography etc.

So now photography has emerged as a professional career too. Even various colleges have taken initiative to make this career successful. So what’s stopping you? If you think you have that eye of a photographer then take a step ahead towards different photography courses and let your snap be the most beautiful thing in the world.

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