Hasn’t it ever happened to you that when you were going to take a photo someone asked you what you were doing or why did you ever think of photographing something that is of no interest to them? It may sound strange, but if you are photographers you will surely like it do a number of “strange” things that normally we who have this art do for Hobbie or profession and what they are rare for the rest of the mortals. Let’s go over some of them.
Almost always when someone asks me about a camera model to start with, or for some trick on how to take this or that photo, what I usually do is advise them to learn photography and I assure them that, if they take it seriously (and like , Sure), you will discover an exciting world that, easily, will end up falling in love with you.
It is certainly a discipline that engages, and a lot, and that also makes our lives change, in a way. Above all because we see the world differently. Being a photographer, and it is not necessary to be professionally, one notices certain things that go unnoticed by others and does strange things that sometimes can make it seem that we have gone a little crazy and, even, that they even cause problems with us. the rest of the world (for example with your partner or family). Let’s see some.
We like to get up early
Well being serious we may not like it, but we don’t mind doing it if the reward is a beautiful sunrise to capture with our camera. The light in these first moments of the day is wonderful and above all the streets are very quiet and allow taking photos in normally crowded places without anyone to “spoil” the photo.
Let’s go towards the light
And no, obviously I’m not referring to the meaning of Poltergeist, that famous horror movie, but to whatever light we find interesting for a photo. Have you ever heard someone who is not a photographer (or at least has a minimal interest) say that there is a very beautiful light? I bet very few times. But I’m also sure that you, photographer friend, yes you do and you look at how the light is in the places you visit, especially if you go with the camera in hand.
We like cloudy days
It happens a bit like with the early rises (at least to me), it is not that we like them but we do know how to value the typical softness of the light that there is on cloudy days. In the same way, sometimes we love that the weather conditions are bad, for example that it starts to rain, because we see it as a challenge for our creativity, instead of an invitation to stay under cover with a warm drink.
We lose track of time
This certainly happens to all of us from time to time. When we are in the middle of a “photographic orgy” it is easy for us to lose track of time and the hours pass us as if they were minutes, without realizing anything other than what we are doing (looking for “the photo”). This also happens when we chat with someone who shares our hobby, in which case we can spend hours talking without it being heavy at all.
We love to roam alone
Typically photographers we are lonely beings and we enjoy walking through the streets, fields, paths, etc. with the camera around our neck looking for something that catches our attention to portray it. Any of our friends or family would find this aimless wandering absurd and boring, and would rather sit down for a drink … But we love to lose ourselves.
We see public transport as a stage
When I was studying Image and Sound, a teacher recommended that we take advantage of public transport trips to look at people. It is really true that it is a world of possibilities, with people of all kinds who sometimes do extraordinary things and are always a source of inspiration. The public transport environment is very suggestive for the photographer, although daring to take photos of people is not so simple.
We don’t like to delete photos
At least I don’t like it. I don’t know, I always think that maybe one day that photo that doesn’t seem to have much interest now can be used for something. Not even if it’s the portrait of a friend who has asked us for a photo for his new resume. He may not look good, but why the hell do I have to delete the photo because you don’t like it? The result is that we end up with the raw hard drives of RAW files, but we are like this …
We are strange and incomprehensible people
For example, when we watch a movie that we really like visually and we mention the great work of the cinematographer, and we even pause the movie (if we are at home and we can, of course) to appreciate the details. Also when we look at a photograph, for example in an exhibition, and we make a comment about the framing or we wonder which diaphragm the author used to achieve such a depth of field (to give two examples). It can be understood that, for certain people, photographers may seem strange beings who make incomprehensible comments.
We like Photoshop, but not for that …
Of course our photos go through Photoshop, or Lightroom or any other photographic editing and retouching program but Do a “virtual weight loss”? Remove all the pimples from the face at the cost of losing expressiveness? But what is this? Not even a haute couture magazine where everything has to be absolutely perfect!
We don’t share photos right away
A long time ago it bothered me when people shared their mobile photos as soon as they finished the Christmas function at school (for example) and I had to dump them, retouch them a little and such, and I was always lateand. But today I don’t care, in the end many times I don’t even share them (I keep them for myself). Total if they have already flooded the group of WhatsApp of photos that, seen on the mobile, will be as picturesque as mine, why?
We can spend half an hour for a photo …
And without repeating it even once! As “normal” people usually do, who almost always do another (and another, and another …) just in case. Okay, if it is a group portrait it is fine for catching everyone with their eyes open, but usually it does not take more than a single photo. What happens is that you have to prepare it well, think about the frame, decide the exposure … I mean, savor the steps to take before taking the photo, and that It takes time.
And above, as if that were not enough (as I said at the beginning) we look at strange things that are of no interest to the majority but attract us. Sometimes simply because of the contrast that a color produces on a background, or because of an interesting texture highlighted by a grazing light … And if you have to lie on the ground to get the best perspective, then here we go! Look how rare we photographers are!
Cover photo | Trenten Kelley