For those of you who visit my blog for photography tips I’m sorry to disappoint you but you will not find any mind blowing top ten kind of tips here. This is my journey that I’m grateful you’re part of and will be sharing whatever new I learn photographically with you all. If you’ve stayed with me for a while hopefully by way of photographs you’ve noticed we have clocked a couple of miles together. Along the way there may be some posts that’ll sound like personal vents or simple rants. But hopefully I’ll write them in a way you’ll find them an interesting read. That’s the goal atleast.
My recent failure has got me thinking about failures in life, in general and photography. To fail is to gain experience. I’ve heard sermons on these lines since childhood and later started ‘gaining’ the practical experiences as well. Amazingly my brain just keeps reminding me of the failures. I’m sure I managed few accomplishments of my own but somehow my brain doesn’t seem to care about them. Isn’t it better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all? Some failures will leave your soul bleeding until time decides to heal them. You can’t plan against such failures. They’ll just happen and leave you hurt. But some failures teach you valuable lessons and at the end of such experiences you are thankful that you failed so you could learn. These failures help you plan better for future.
I haven’t learnt how and when the kind of failure that leaves your soul bleeding is healed. I’ll share when I know. But I certainly have learnt the failures in photography that can lead to better images. My goal is not to create an exceptional image first. For me it has to be a combination of technically and visually strong photograph. For example, something really nice catches your eyes and you take a stab at it with your camera but if you don’t know how to use your camera so that it captures as close as possible to what your mind visualized the scene then there’s a possibility you’ll fail. But then, you see your output on the screen and realize why it didn’t match the vision you had. When you know what didn’t go right in the image technically despite having the vision. That’s learning from failure. At the same time take courage from things that went right. As you apply these learning in your future images your brain will automatically start doing the calculations as soon as it sees an image in your head. And with each attempt you’ll notice the odds of failures have come down.