New Delhi: Celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani feels that social networking and digital photography is a boon for youngsters who want to pursue photography as a career.
"I think the youth today is very excited about photography and social networking sites play a very important role in encouraging them. Another huge plus is digital photography. Earlier, people used to find it a very expensive hobby," Ratnani told IANS.
"I get so many random messages and calls on my phone, Twitter and Facebook account from many people who are enthusiastic about photography," he added.
The 40-year-old was here to launch the Canon PhotoMarathon India, a competition that gave youngsters a chance to win and attend a photography workshop in Hungary.
Talking about his passion for photography, Ratnani said he bought his first SLR camera without knowing it would become his profession one day.
"Initially, when I bought my first SLR camera, I thought it was just another gizmo. But one thing led to the other and became my profession. For me, when I started photography during school picnics, I used to be the only one with a camera. None of my friends came with it," he said.
Asked if the passion for photography should come from within, he said: "You will be consistent and excited if it comes from within."
The photographer is also known for his annual Dabboo Ratnani Calendar that captures celebrated actors.