Weblog of Nazly Ahmed

Nazly Ahmed

Nazly Ahmed

Web Developer. PHP Addict. Wordpress Hacker. FOSS Enthusiast. (Micro)Blogger. Photo Hobbyist. Cricket Fanatic. Husband. Dad.

My interest in photography dates back to 2006 when I first got my camera phone, a Nokia 6230i. My first compact digital camera was a Sony Cybershot W55 which I used for a good 4-5 years and with that fame I moved onto a Sony Cybershot W380. Yes, they say its not about the camera. But at some point you will realize even though you have a handful of automatic features with cool names associated with it, you need much more control.

I was desperate for a DSLR. But they aren’t cheap. Until recently where the costs have come down by a fair bit with manufacturers introducing entry level DSLRs. I finally fulfilled my 5 year old dream by buying a Canon EOS 550D, a camera that fit my needs and my budget. Why Canon, I don’t know. Why not Nikon. I really don’t know.

The first reaction people give you is “Everybody owns a DSLR these days”, but only I know how hard it was for me to get hold of one. The bottom line is not to get distracted by it rather focus on your goal. Have interest in photography and don’t have a DSLR yet? Work towards getting one. You will never fail.

Getting hands on a DSLR opened the doors to learn the techniques involved with photography. Digital Photography 1 on 1 by Mark Wallace was a great starting point. Though I didn’t go through the entire series, I made sure to check out the episodes which were relevant to me.

Episode 16 where he talks about the Basics of Exposure which explains Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO in detail, the three key ingredients of any type of photo is probably the Episode that helped me to learn the basics of shooting in Manual Mode. If you are new to a DSLR, this is a great starting point. Haven’t seen anyone explaining in simple terms the way Mark does.. Loved the entire series..

I once heard that you can put people who take photos into 4 categories.

  • Taking Photos.
  • Snapping Photos.
  • Capturing Photos.
  • Creating Photos.

I hope it explains itself. Creating Photos is an art. Requires dedication and creativity at its best. Most of us either take or snap photos. I guess I’m starting to learn how to capture photos. Not yet there, but learning slowly. Since its mostly a hobby, finding time to dedicate to it is quite difficult.

Here are some of the shots I took after acquiring the DSLR. Would like to hear your views and some advice would be handy.

Posted on 7th November 2012 16:51:40