All of us know the importance of photographs in our lives. It is how we capture our memories, our beautiful and fun moments, and our ideas in real life. Though photography is dependent on the use of a camera, the skills and knowledge of a photographer are what results in a great shot. A photographer who knows how to use a camera, takes advantage of the right lighting conditions, positioning of the subject and the background is what most people require. There are many talented and young photographers around the world, but not all of them have access to photography courses. Some have carved their way to success and today are seen as rising personalities in the photography industry. One such name who is becoming quite popular today is Wali Qalander.
Though he likes to be addressed as Wali Qalander, his real name is Muhammad Umair. He is a professional photographer from Lahore Pakistan. Ever since he was young, he was fascinated by the beautiful scenic beauty of nature. A connection was slowly being developed between him and the need to capture the scenic beauty. As he grew older, he knew what career he had to choose to make a living as well as to do what he loves the most. Photography was indeed the choice he made and he worked hard to learn everything there is to about it.
Transforming into a great photographer is a process that requires commitment, passion, and an adventurous spirit. All these things were already bubbling up in Wali Qalander for years. His goal behind becoming a photographer was not to beat the competition he was going to face but to set a pace by capturing vivid photos that people would go searching for. As a photographer, to earn his daily bread and butter, he works in several sectors like political events, corporate events, weddings, and dedicated shoots as well. He also loves to do street photography.
Over the years, Wali Qalander has used his skills and experience in photography to act as a photojournalist as well. Through the shots that he captures, he has often tried to shed light on issues that need to be addressed by the public and government. His photos often act as a channel for unheard voices. To excel in his field and to carry on his social responsibility, Wali Qalander has never shied away from learning something new. He is always looking forward to picking up something useful from society and fellow professional photographers to hone his skills.
What sets Wali Qalander apart from the rest is the fact that he is a self-taught and self-made photographer. He is solely responsible for his success. Till now, he has learned everything about photography on his own. He never took a course or never really worked for anyone. Also, he has no personal gadgets or photography equipment of his own. This shows that his skills are truly phenomenal as he is very successful in the field now. On the work front, he is currently, working as a personal photographer for a famous politician, senior minister, and food minister of Punjab. Wali Qalander’s work has been published in many famous Pakistani magazines.
To inspire youngsters, he is always ready to share his knowledge with them. His words of advice to them are that no matter how difficult the path may seem to be, always follow your dreams and passion. A little courage according to him is what people need to be successful in their lives.