Before I get started, I want to make it clear that I’m not referring to photography-as-a-business here. I know that certain jobs require certain tools (Need a giant print? Need a hi-res file!) and photographers working in certain fields actually do operate under strict guidelines (Hello there, photojournalists!).
What I’m talking about here is art. Pure and simple, beautiful, experimental, joyous, throwing bits of your soul out into the world in the form of pictures, art.
You talkin’ to me?
If you’re a pro photographer who carries a mobile phone around in your pocket but have never taken a photo with it, I’m talking to you. If you’re putting off getting into photography until you can afford a dSLR, I’m talking to you. If you think you need to use this type of camera or that kind of lighting to be a photographer, I’m definitely talking to you.
Moi? A Photographer?
A photographer doesn’t have to make money from what they create and they don’t have to have been published or won awards. A photographer is someone who takes photographs. And there’s no reason in the world why that can’t be you.
The best tools are the ones you have
There are so many tools out there for taking photographs. Don’t wait until you can afford the best of the best. Work with what you can pay for now. Work with what you already have. This might be a top of the range dSLR or it might be a mobile phone or a biscuit tin with film taped to the inside.
What about processing and editing?
There are plenty of tools available for processing and editing photographs. If you have access to Photoshop or Lightroom, great! If you don’t but you’d like to process your photos digitally, there are free alternatives like GIMP. If you’re working completely on a mobile device, get your hands on an awesome free photography app like Snapseed or VSCO.
But what you if you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing? If you’re pointing your camera at things, pressing buttons and hoping for the best, it’s time to get stuck into some tutorials. Luckily you’re in the perfect place to do that. The internet is packed with loads of free photography tutorials that you can learn from. The basics of artistic photography are the same no matter what camera you’re using and once you’ve learned and practised all those rules, you get to have fun breaking them!
So what are you waiting for? Grab your dSLR, compact digi, mobile phone, vintage twin lens reflex camera or biscuit tin and film and create courageously. Photography is for everyone – and that includes you.