A lot of people start photography as a hobby. While they are in the early stage of becoming a photographer, they come across a lot of myths and statements. And I am sure you might have heard some of all of the below-mentioned statements at some point.

Let us see what are these common myths about photographers.


Myth#1 You must be really rich to choose photography as a hobby/profession

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As soon as you start developing an interest in photography, this particular myth works as a frog in a well and tries to pull you back down.

People around you might suggest that photography equipment are too much expensive and you know nothing about photography. Then it is a waste of spending this much money, to just experiment something that is just a mere interest.
It is not necessary that you have to purchase photography equipment right away. There are other ways to learn photography, as you may start by using your phone camera or borrow someone’s basic camera to start clicking photos. There are thousands of rental services that provide economic ways of getting access to the equipment you see fit to start with photography.


Myth#2 You need to have a DSLR to become a good photographer

Camera phone photography

I agree that all professional photographers use DSLR or mirrorless cameras. But it doesn’t mean that you cannot be a good photographer if you don’t have either of these types of cameras. A lot of people quit photography as they assume that there is no way that their photos that are clicked using a phone camera or a basic point and shoot camera will be as good as photos taken from a DSLR.

Let me clear this fact, photography is not an art of clicking via expensive cameras. It is an art that reflects the view and vision of a photographer. What you actually need is a better understanding of rules of photography and a technique to capture a photo that stands out. It doesn’t matter that you own a DSLR or not.

Myth#3 Professional photographers use big lenses

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I have heard from a lot of people saying “look at the size of that guy’s camera lens. He must be a professional”.

Well, the size of the lens has nothing to do whether a person is a professional photographer or not. A person becomes a professional by years of practice in his/her field. Not by the size of the lens he or she carries.

Size of the lens does define the type of photo a photographer is capturing. If the lens is huge he/she might be capturing wildlife or sports. If the lens is extremely small, he/she might be capturing landscape or street life.


Myth#4 A good photographer always travel to exotic places to capture outstanding photos

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As it is said, “A good idea can come from anywhere” similarly A good photo can come from anywhere too.

Some photographer gets their motivation amongst exotic landscapes while others get it in their backyard.

Myth#5 Photography is too difficult

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Well, this statement stood true long back when photography equipments were not that much advance like they are today. In olden days, photographers used a metal plate or photosensitive rolls to capture photos. There was no system to program the sensitivity of your camera. Light setups and other equipment were huge in size and required special expertise. But all of this has changed with the evolution of photography. Digital photography is easy to learn and is the largest growing hobby in the world.

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
— Aaron Siskind




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