Realizations of a DSLR newbie

surprise - cry of realization
Image by Piotr Bizior
Update – The following post was published by dPs on August 21, 2011. Re-sharing it here for our readers.

It’s been almost 10 months since I bought my first DSLR. The days so far were both beautiful and challenging as well as immensely educational.
The time I spent juggling with my camera have given me some insight into the intricacies of this business. Given below are a few realizations I had in the last few days.

1. What you see is not what you get.

2. To get what you see you need to understand light. That takes a lot time, effort and patience.

3. The best asset a photog needs is anticipation and readiness to capture a moment.

4. There is time and place for every gear.

5. Some of the best photographs you see are not accidental. They are the end result of careful thinking and planning.

6. Overcoming the inertia of using a DSLR is not enough. Always remember to keep learning and try for improvement.

7. Possesing a DSLR doesn’t warrant you to be in manual mode always. Importance should be given to capturing the moment. Explore your creativity only if the situation permits. [courtesy – urvesh]

8. Even if you don’t realize it, most of the photographs you see online are post processed. Take time to master some techniques. It will pay off nicely in the long run.

9. Be gracious about your success rate. Only a few among the many photographs you have clicked will be useful.

10. Costly gear does not necessarily equate to better photographs. Know your existing gear like the back of your hand.
What do you think about them? Tell me what was your experience in the comment section below.