Photographs serve many different purposes: from serving as graphic memories in an easy store format to acting as a good method of breaking the monotony in reams of printed matter e.g. newspaper story, magazine article or even to educate the public or customer as in a doctor’s pamphlet or marketing material.
Where illustrations were used earlier, now vivid and beautiful pictures are being utilized to bring out the true meaning of the story alongside it, which is just as eye-catching and sometimes even more interesting to view as a glossy decoration – so the photograph has come a long way from being just a break in the newsprint to a wonderful identity by itself. On special occasions such as weddings, formal swearing in or award ceremonies, party or even important social events, the importance of having photographic proof and memory of the episode cannot be stressed enough for those involved in it. Besides the media, there are many different agencies and businesses that use the camera to record events and this includes individuals and agencies like family members keen to build a collection, newly-weds and new parents recording special moments, travel companies and product manufacturing companies keen on popularizing their products etc. In such circumstances, the main aim of taking the photograph is to create a favorable impression for the onlooker and get a positive reaction out of them.
As J.W. Click and even Russel N. Baird’s book, ?Magazine Editing and Production,? believes, the main purpose behind people hanging paintings and snapshots on their walls is only because they want to beautify these.
Thus, there are many other people who take to photography as a hobby merely as a way of giving vent to their creative urges and therefore, for them, the skill of photography is purely aesthetic.
If we go by this concept, we can conclude that photography is nothing more than art that has been captured and restrained by way of using technical and mechanical support devices such as cameras, memory cards, zoom and other finer technicalities that allows one to present advanced graphics in a unique manner. Awesome is mostly the reaction of those looking on at exceptional photographs that are award winning in the way in which they may have captured the essence of a moment, stilled in time a particular expression on a famous person’s face, arrested an ordinary moment and made it look wondrous in the light it was photographed in or simply by focusing right on an unlikely subject aroused viewer interest.
Thus, a good photographer needs to keep in mind that all necessary materials (tripod, battery, background, film, lenses etc.) must be handy; ensure camera is steady, subject is ready and presented well by focusing right after determining the perfect angles one can capture the shot in.
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