Photography is an Art of Imagination
Photography is an art of transforming images into a story, which speak and make an impact on the mind of viewers and audience. Photography is not about expensive cameras and high-tech gadgets but it is about imagination.
Imagination..... by Vimal Raveendran on flickr (licensed CC-BY-ND)
A good photographer is a good learner and he keeps on learning with every photograph he clicks. Making stories, sceneries and objects out of nothing is the pinnacle of professional photography and only hard workers and good learners can achieve that.
Most people think that photography must be done in free time. However, it is a very strange way of thinking because nothing can be done without passion in this world, let alone the art of photography.
However, the basic requirements of photography are a good camera and enough time to see things from different angles and compose photographs. A good camera does not merely mean megapixels only. It means many other things as well.
Photography can be divided into two categories namely amateur and professional. Professional cameras can be used for amateur photography but that would be a costly affair. However, amateur cameras cannot be used for professional photography.
Amateur photography is commonly termed as leisure photography and it makes use of simple point and shoot cameras. Such cameras, as the name itself implies, are meant to click and record the picture. However, professional photography makes use of digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLR), which include manually setting and controlling the picture or scene environment to get the best possible results.
War Horse by Eva Rinaldi on flickr (licensed CC-BY-SA)
In professional photography lenses play more important role than camera body. The camera body becomes obsolete with time but lenses always remain new and they can be detached and attached in any number. Depending upon the style of photography, one has to choose the lenses as random selection will not give good results.
Professional photography can also be done in more specific ways such as aerial photography, underwater photography and wildlife photography. Recently, portrait photography has also become very popular.
Portrait of a Man by Yuri Samoilov on flickr (licensed CC-BY)
Professional photography takes time because it is not an easy task to get the best out of a scene. One might have to repeat shots at the same location at different intervals and periods to find the best shot. However, once a person starts learning with DSLRs and cameras, photography becomes a hobby. Every form of photography has its importance and its own style.
Going out of the way and trying to be innovative is always welcome in photography, because it is all about imagination, and there is no bounds on the imagination of a human being.