I shall be covering this topic slightly in a different way.
What is my photography groove?
Thank you Anne Sandler for keeping my brain meaningfully busy.
But then I realised that I have no definite answer.
I dreamed of mastering photography in all its branches!
I felt the sky is the limit in expanding my knowledge in photography.
How is it possible in the real sense?
Idiots like me always dream that anything is possible.
I wish somebody had told me about the following quote at the beginning itself.
“It’s not the camera, but who is behind the camera” Unknown
In the process, I suffered from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) in my earlier days of photography, which made me possess an A-Z lens.
Why is it so?
My friend, it is nothing but social media influence.
On the internet I was obsessed with anything that concerned photography, not realising that the internet is nothing but the promotion of products irrespective of whether products are good or bad.
Those days anything to do with photography is OK for me to buy… be it photography-related software, books on photography, lenses and many tutorials on Udemy etc. etc.
I was misled by all the pop-ups I was getting on my timeline of photography by the paid professional photographers giving their expertise and recommending a particular lens or a particular camera body and why it is ultimate etc. etc.
When I realised, it was too late and I felt cheated by the internet community.
We learn things only if we commit mistakes, is it not so?
My advice to the new photographers is please avoid becoming prey to this syndrome.
You are sure to be drained financially.
In this context Anne Sandler’s query is apt
Decide your niche and then buy the lenses or camera bodies.
My style of photography
I just go on clicking whatever lenses are available at the time of the photography schedule.
So how to know the area of my interest?
Lightroom came to my help.
I searched my metadata in Light Room and tried to pull out the lenses I used maximum, which can determine my type of photography.
18-200 mm showed maximum number followed by 100 mm (macro).
With this result, I realised that I don’t have a particular niche. (The above lenses cover almost everything)
(I understand that there are 25 types of photography niches)
18-200 mm has become my walk-around lens
This lens can cover most situations.
As an amateur, I realized that lenses like 70-300mm f/4, 100 mm f.2.8 macros, 50-100 f/1.8, 35 mm f/2.8, 10-18 mm f/4.5, lens baby group… and so many other lenses are rarely used.
These days photography software has become much smarter than the lens itself and post-processing is the rule.
So please think before you start investing in lenses or camera bodies, books, and online classes, whether they suit your taste and your niche.
I concluded that I don’t have any particular groove and click whatever lens I have with me, and simply enjoy my photography.
It confirmed that I am still an amateur but enjoying things in my own way.
I feel sad that I am unable to become a professional photographer because of my job and I have wasted enough fortune on the collection of lenses etc. etc. thinking that one day I become the greatest photographer of all time!!😂😂🤣🤣
I proved to myself that I am the best example of an idiot.
All is not last.
I am glad, in the process, I learnt a lot of important lessons, costly though!!
What is my photography niche then?
Frankly, the following Phrase suits me well. I am not ashamed.
‘Jack of all trades and master of none’
These days I started enjoying photography differently.
Fisheye lens experience
The fisheye lens is fun. True, one will be using it rarely.
Don’t think this lens is a burden to the camera bag.
This lens gives you a different perspective.
Crystal ball Photography
This one I enjoy thoroughly.
Day light long exposure photography
Have you ever tried Day Light Long Exposure Photography?
It’s a wonderful experience, especially when you try to take the shot from inside a moving car. You must be sitting in the front. (not in the driver seat of course)
You get a dreamy sort of image.
Use a Cable release for stability and ND filter 6 stop to start with and minimum ISO, use aperture between 6 -11, and shutter speed between 5 to 20 seconds depending upon the scene and lighting conditions.
Fuji cameras have an inbuilt ND filter.
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This post is part of Ann’s LAPC #211- What is your photography groove?