It has been over a year since I bought my camera. I’ve been interested in photography for a couple of years. But my dedication to really learning photography and knowing the technical tidbits to figure out how an image comes together didn’t start before I had bought my first digital SLR.
Sadly, lately I’ve noticed, I haven’t practiced photography as much as I’d like to. I’ve spent countless hours, day and night, reading photography books, watching videos, learning the camera gear, actually investing into buying a number of lenses (I own four as of now), and whatnot.
But I haven’t taken as many pictures.
The other day I sat down and started thinking hard, why have I not taken a lot of pictures? The answers came almost immediately. There are a number of reasons why I haven’t. Biggest of them being the simple fact that I don’t know a lot of people.
Before you start wondering why I need to know people to shoot photos, I should tell you again that I’m not good at photographing nature, street, landscape or anything. I have given a lot of tries to shoot those stuff but I really failed. People photography is the only thing I’ve tried and actually enjoyed (despite some frustrations, like when I like one type of editing and they like another). The only photographs that people around me enjoyed are the portrait ones, too; leading me to believe that that is what I should pursue.
Except that I don’t know a lot of people.
I don’t see any immediate change happening to that, but I plan on trying to shoot a lot of people anyway. I like to shoot strangers, but you can probably guess the bravery it takes to walk up to a stranger and ask to take a photo (and then explain why so) does not exist in me. Plus it’s more terrifying to do that in Bangladesh because people here aren’t that approachable and very privacy-aware, and for good reason.
How I’m going to execute my plans in the new year to shoot more portraits of people is still a mystery to me. I just hope that I don’t spend the entire 2015 trying to come up with ways. I’ve got enough lenses and a good enough camera. The next year, I want to shoot photos so that I don’t regret not taking pictures next December.
In the meantime, I’ve opened a Facebook page called AIS Pictures for my photographs following the trend. I haven’t created one until recently because I wanted to get better at it before opening up Facebook. But some friends told me I needed to have a Facebook presence as most people check out Facebook pages and not Flickr or 500px.
Plus, I don’t upload all the pictures on Flickr and 500px. So I guess I could try the page and upload every picture that I like. If you’re reading this, you’re very much invited to Like my new page and inspire me to reach my goal. :)
And if you’re into photography as well, do let me know what are your photographic goals for the new year?