Our creative director Stas was visiting Katmandu in 2009, to take part in a master class of a famous Russian photographer Sergei Maksimisin. During one of the classes they had an interesting discussion on how one can take good pictures and the other one can’t for a few years. I won’t go in to much details but there were lot of arguments, and examples but the main idea is that you don’t need to wait for a perfect shot, which will happened by itself and will bring you to the cover of a National Geographic. Cause that will not likely to happen, you need to work hard to get a decent shot.
You can wait for years to get an inspiration and getting upset if you won’t have some. In reality everything is simple and straight forward: you need to start and work hard. Almost every artistic work there is 99% of everyday routine, 0.99 of talent and 0.01% of luck. In photography you will need to do the following for a good shot. Choose the place, amount of light, situation, landscape and work until you will make a good photo. Work hard and spend some time doing it. If it doesn’t work out then change place, situation, etc. And only then you will have couple of photos that you won’t be ashamed of. You friends will think “How could he catch a moment. He is so lucky!". But that is no fishing, it is work.
As for me I found an interesting background, with Nepal Films posters on a textured fence, and spend there 40 minutes during rush. I tried different angles and exposition to make roughly 100 of shots. And only one was good enough. What do you think, is that OK? I think that it is.
Photos which made to a short list I highlighted with green frame. The one with a red frame made to a final set. All photos are clickable.