Begin With Your Vision
If you plan on starting a photographic journey, the one thing you must know, is that this journey does not start with a camera. It begins with a vision. Now one may ask, “What is a vision?” Is it how we see?
The definition of vision, according to Merriam-Webster, is "the act or power of seeing." I admire the use of “power” in this definition because visions are very powerful. A person’s sight is as important to their vision as a brush would be to a painter’s art. Vision is what you see and how you see it, it sets the tone of your photographic journey. Get ready, now the adventure begins!
Start of Your Vision
As with any journey, you should take the time to plan ahead and determine a common goal. With this done, other modifying goals can follow. The first question you should ask yourself is if photography is your passion. Then, ask if you really aspire to be a photographer, can you do this for the next five, ten, or even twenty years? If your answer to these is yes, then your adventure into this world of imagery has already begun.
Many people have to wait for their sight to adjust in the morning before they can do too much. This goes the same for your vision in photography, unless you want to be the highlight in the next big YouTube video. An unclear vision can keep you from progressing forward in this art form. If you just start with an idea of something that you enjoy, eventually these ideas will become clear. Much like a bloodshot eye is after using Visine.
Vision Follows You
As your vision becomes clearer, it should follow you throughout your journey. With a clear idea of what you want, your photos will begin to follow a certain style, which will become one in your own. In time you will begin to be unique in your photography and stand out as your own developed style advertises your image.
A journey is the passage or progress from one stage to another. In my opinion, these stages should be the goals that you have set or the next level of your photographic evolution. For example, one of these goals could be to learn how to use your camera in manual mode. The desire to learn more about your tools is always good. Your drive to learn more and continue this adventure should never end. As photographers, we should always want to improve our craft. We should always dream. For if the dreams stop, so does our vision, and without a “vision” it’s all just point and shoot.