Photography is more of a skill than it is a talent because any form of talent requires mastery of the art to bring it to completion. You could be talented in photography but you need to learn the basics, master the angles which is basically skill needed to create a masterpiece. Skill elevates the talent you possess whether it is singing, dancing, poetry or art because talent without practice is useless. There are several famous photographers who are not talented in art but have mastered the basics of photography to create masterpieces over time. Having the ability to operate the camera and play around with its lenses, contrast or lighting requires skill which is acquired from practice.
Taking time to study the properties of different cameras such as magnification power of their lenses helps you acquire the skill of handling a camera which with time improves as you take more pictures. Skilled photography plays a major role in coming up with portraits while talent helps differentiate between skill and talent in terms of creativity. A talented photographer has the natural ability to handle a camera, detect perfect angles from which to take a picture without having to be taught by someone else. Whether acquired through skill or natural talent, both need work to bring out pictures of good quality. Talent without practice is close to useless because all abilities need to be sharpened.
It’s not only about taking pictures since there are other aspects to photography such as the ability to do research about vacancies that need to be filled, making meaningful connections with clients in the field who may need future services. A good photographer should have the ability to identify good locations and set the location in a way that will catch the eye of the viewer. Skill plays a major role when doing self-promotion. It comes into play when creating a good portfolio containing the best pieces created previously, that may attract new clients or help you bag a nice job. The skill of reproducing photographs from film, then nicely framing them, is learnt and improved with time as it is usually not in-born. Level of creativity is independent of skill and talent as it could be based on the personality of the photographer hence having an open mind in this field is highly recommended.
Attention to little details while in the process of taking photos comes naturally to certain people who can perfectly play it out to give a picture life, this is pure talent. It can also be mastered with time as a skill due to consistency. Aerial, Scientific and Forensic fields require photography as more of a skill than talent. Other fields such as art galleries, advertisement companies, newspapers, magazines rely on talent due to the creativity part. Passion plays a big role in photography regardless of whether you are talented or not. It drives you to try out new locations, different lenses or even different subjects to be photographed which leads to continuous practice.
This profession is influenced by talent in such a small way even though talent could give you a head start at the beginning of your career but the rest of it requires skill. Consistency is key in this field to ensure you become better as time passes by. Anyone can pursue photography as it is a form of art that can be mastered and improved with purpose, patience, passion, commitment plus persistence. It is important to check out the works of other professionals, interact with them to help you know what aspects you need to change, to improve the quality of your work.
Although talent is important, you need skill to help you bring out that aspect to life to get positive results. Talent is rarer than what humans perceive as most photographers who have succeeded in this field have portrayed skill rather than talent. Anyone who wants to pursue photography needs to have the right mindset plus enthusiasm, then they are sure to reach to the top of the niche. The good thing about photography is that it’s an easy art to master and all you need is a good camera, good location, then focus, snap to make good memories as you enjoy life. Skill comes with perfect practice and enjoying the moment.