Genting Highlands, Malaysia
Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Photograph is a time machine, it let you travel through time.

I always looked at DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras with awe. To me photography was more about equipments. I knew that however hard I try with my point & shoot camera, I could not match the quality of a photo taken from DSLR. This fact always discouraged me to pursue photography with passion.

Long time ago, DSLRs were meant to be used by professionals and the cost made sure that this rule was strictly followed. When the prices of DSLRs dropped to a reasonable range (< $1000), the photographer inside me went berserk. My dream was so close to reality. Finally, I bought a basic level crop sensor DSLR (Canon 550D / Rebel T2i), my first DSLR.

As I started to learn photography, few myths were dispelled. Here is what I have to say:

  • Photography is not all about equipments: Composition is the most important aspect of photography, this is why in right hands even a point & shoot can do wonders. Even if you have point & shoot camera, no need to dishearten yourself. Off course it is no match for DSLR but it is sufficient to learn photography, so by the time you are ready to buy a DSLR, you will possess amazing photography skills.
  • Do not underestimate the power of lens: A decent camera body with good lens is much preferable to a good camera body with decent lens. I had no idea how important the lenses are to photography. I thought buying the DSLR camera with a kit lens was all I needed. Choose you lenses carefully as per your requirement else you will lose opportunity to take a winner shot.
  • Photography is not just an art: Photography in my opinion is a great mix of art and science. You need to learn the science involved with photography. Although these days camera does all the calculations for you but still it is important that you know the basics.
  • You click it and upload it: Many photographers spend hours and hours in post processing. This is the procedure where you digitally enhance a photo using software like Adobe Photoshop. I was totally unaware of this aspect. Post processing is not necessary but what is the harm if a touch here and there makes the photo more appealing.

There is a learning curve with DSLR if you want to put it to full potential. Once you are clear with basics then it is a lot easier. You should have knowledge about how exposure is calculated, what is focal length and how does it affect angle of view. No need to panic or get overwhelmed. I suggest you to read Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure. This book will explain you the three pillars of photography: aperture width, shutter speed and ISO. Using these three elements you can give a photo the perfect exposure it requires.

I am not an avid traveler. The idea of getting uprooted from my work station, for more than a day, is slightly discomforting. I hope this will change as my passion grows.

Here are few of my photo escapades: