From the Archive.........
Success into the field of Photography
Reaching excellence in different fields of creativity has always been a penchant of artists. But this is not a thing which can be gained by any short cut. After going through the life history of many distinguished photo artists we notice that they achieved heights in their fields by the dint of certain qualities and principles.
There should be a precise goal before us. We have to aim at a particular field of photography (like travel, photo journalism, fashion/advertising, industrial, wild life, under water etc.) according to our taste, caliber and convenience. Once a particular aim is fixed, our life becomes significant. Further, this aim is closely associated with hard work. We can not imagine of success without this asset. Hard work with single minded dedication brings success within our approach. Our past and present are full of many such examples where we witness the great photo artists gaining success through their hard work and dedication, and of course, with certain goals in their mind.
Since nothing is above well-built vision, we should always try to develop our visualization. This is possible through constant observation of different subjects with our own point of view and regular practice. In addition we have to avoid replicating the art works of other photo artists. Originality of work is always appreciated.
Many changes are taking place in photography-technology every day. Thus keeping our knowledge updated is a vital factor for achieving success in modern age. Diverse means, like internet, latest books and magazines work as our true friends in order to renew our knowhow. The workshops conducted by the experts are also good source of knowledge.
Constant effort is another important factor to reach our target. We often don’t succeed in single attempt. This does not prove us incompetent at all. Our failure at all times indicates towards our lacking. Serious evaluation of our lacking and subsequently its proper rectification ensures our bright future.
Appropriate tools are essential to give shape to our vision and ideas. For this, we should firstly analyze our requirement and then acquire the accessories accordingly. Unnecessary collection of tools should be avoided. Additionally we should have proper understanding of the features of our equipment.
Our senior artists possess many experiences. Their guidance can be of great help at every step of our career. We should never fail to obtain it.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma