Do you know the biggest problem that we face while learning new skills? No matter what that new skill is.
We want to learn it instantly. It’s technically known as Instant Gratification. In software (maybe in other professions too), we put a different spin on it and say “they (usually the customers) want everything to be delivered yesterday!”
I think we are in a fast-paced era where everything is at our fingertips.
But, some things take time.
And, the more I think about it, the more I feel that the things that take time and energy are the ones which we value the most. We derive more satisfaction when we put in the effort to get something (or anything). I’d love to know what you think. Let me know in your comment.
That’s a bit off-topic. Though, I am thinking this is one of the main reasons for turning a DSLR into a showpiece. Here’s why:
This article is a result of an email conversation I had with my cousin sister. While she appreciated about my passion for photography, she mentioned that she bought a DSLR several years ago (which’s news to me :)) and it’s lying safe in a cupboard.
Which means the DSLR is a just showpiece; the difference is that it’s not displayed in a showcase.
I think there could be several reasons why people do it. You might have done it in the past too, or you might know someone who has done it.
I THINK THERE’S SOME ISSUE HERE
I think buying a DSLR is not an easy decision to almost all of us (there could be few exceptions). It’s not like you saw a DSLR on the rack or online store and you thought it is fun to have. It’s a serious investment. Not only in terms of money, but also in terms of time and energy you’d have spent in understanding:
- What’s a DSLR
- Why is it so expensive
- Why is it bulky
- How different it is from your iPhone or some smartphone which looks easy and fun to use
- Is it a worthy investment
- Why are there so many lenses and which one should you buy and why
- Who is the best person to get suggestions
- What accessories to buy and why
Once you take care of these hurdles, you have a long list of things to worry…such as Exposure Triangle, Manual Mode, Metering Mode, blah blah.
Phew…the list goes on and on.
After taking so much pain, why would anyone just let it go? Why is their DSLR a showpiece now?
WHY AM I ASKING THIS TO YOU?
If you are wondering why I am asking this question after all these years, there’s a reason behind it. In fact, there’s a strong reason.
I have been contemplating on providing photography tutorials, books, services/etc. that’d help as many photographers as possible in the world. Yes, I am thinking here on a large scale.
I think addressing the most common tendency of losing the interest in photography after spending so much time, energy, and money is a major factor. This would help thousands of people who once found photography fascinating.
HERE’S WHAT’S FASCINATING
What’s more interesting to me is that why are they not selling their DSLRs? Why do they want to let their expensive equipment to collect dust?
Are they planning to take up photography again? Maybe when they are free? Maybe when they retire? Maybe they wouldn’t want to admit with the buyer that they resigned from their hobby because they found it too difficult?
I don’t know.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
I want you to list down all the reasons that you think make these wannabe photographers let their once-found passion slip off, in your comments.
Maybe I will find some answers from you. Maybe it’ll give me a real insight. Maybe your answers will inspire me. Who knows?
A SURPRISE FOR YOU
There’s a pleasant surprise for you. I have been working on a short and sweet eBook about a secret to getting best results in post-processing that I uncovered while I was teaching one of my photography workshop students.
It’ll be the first in the series of eBooks that I will be writing to change the way I taught photography (for good :)). I hope you’ll appreciate it once you get your hands on it. Don’t worry; it’s not expensive. In fact, you wouldn’t care about the price.
I am all set to release it in a week or so. It’ll be sold exclusively on Amazon. I am super excited this time as it’s something that I have never done before.
Here’s the FIRST LOOK at my upcoming eBook “The Strangest Secret: Unlock the Secret to Post-Processing Your Images Like Never Before“:
BTW, I have last 3 spots open for my Ganeshgudi Photography Workshop that’ll be held this October 25-29th. Let me know if you would like to join, or any of your friends would like to join.
I’ll be looking forward to your comments about why some people turn their DLSR into a showpiece.
Talk soon. Have fun.