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There is no end to the learning of photography

There is no end to the learning of photography. Photographers should have an open mind and heart. Whether in learning photography, or in the exercise of it as a profession, there should be NO bias”, said Mr Iqbal Mohamed. Founder of Light and Life Academy.

There is no end to the learning of photography - Iqbal Mohamed

“There is no end to the learning of photography. Photographers should have an open mind and heart. Whether in learning photography, or in the exercise of it as a profession, there should be NO bias”, said Mr Iqbal Mohamed. Founder of Light and Life Academy.

On behalf of Coimbatore Dist Video and Photographers Assn(COVA), a 3 day exhibition of photographs, “COVA Expo 2018”, is being held at Codissia Industrial Grounds. On the 2nd day, yesterday, Mr Iqbal Mohamed, Founder of the LLA at Ooty spoke on the intricacies and techniques of photography.

Mr Iqbal stressed that to reach the pinnacle of the art of photography, ‘appreciation of beauty, enthusiasm and intense involvement’ are the basic foundations.There is no conclusion to the study of photography and one has to be at it all the time and whenever one can find the time. In this world that is changing every minute, our focus should be on every event happening around us. Photographers should be open minded and should not have any bias.If one is earning his livelihood through his work, fifty percent of the effort should be for earning and the remaining effort should be devoted to exposition of one’s individuality.

Only then can one’s effort blossom as something special and outstanding. Inspiration is a very important aspect. Learning from the Internet, Book Knowledge and studying the photographs captured by famous photographers is alone not enough. Nothing can take the place of “Nature” in providing you with inspiration for learning.

The Sun that rises in the morning, the evening Sun illuminating the shining coat of a Donkey, the light of a full moon, the grandeur of a mountain range in hazy light, the brightly shining stars at night and any such objects of natural beauty are all subjects for you to photograph. There is no moment in this world when there is no light. There is ALWAYS sufficient light for a picture. There is beauty in EVERY scene; ‘Any time’ is picture time.

Experiencing art and light in natural beauty can be converted into spectacular commercial photographs, too. The picture will then reflect a uniqueness and individuality. The grandness of a Ferrari, the sharpness of Pyramids, the spectacle of a huge Passenger Cruise Ship all amaze us, but they are all still only ‘made by Man’. But, can anyone ‘manufacture’ a “Natural Feather”?. A picture taken of a Beach can NEVER be repeated, it will be ever changing.

The World and Nature keep changing all the time. Photographers must have the eye to keenly observe and perceive those changes at once, even as they are happening.Now that we have Digital Cameras, if we keep taking pictures continuously, even one out of those pictures of a scene will turn out to be wonderful. The most important aspects of photography are three: Lighting, Composing and Colour.

One has to select the light according to the needs of the picture. The world has myriads of light. One has to mix and match colours competently and artfully so as to take a photograph without altering or changing the nature of colour. Above all, one has to be careful about what should be included in the “Frame” and what needs to be eliminated from it. ‘Detailing’ of what is ‘framed’ alone shows the ‘individuality’ of the photographer. Thus, EVERY millimeter of the picture is crucial to the photograph” , Mr Iqbal, Founder, LLA said in his talk. Ms Anuradha, Director of the Academy, and others also participated in the function.”