Man is regarded as God’s most intelligent creature. Out of all that he created, He tasked man to take care of His other creation. Man is gifted not only in skills necessary for survival, but also skills which enable him to express himself.
Through the eons of time that passed, man has learned to better himself with the skills given to him. Innovations were seen and creativity flourished; man has expressed himself in various ways — dance, song, painting, poetry, sculpture, music, prose, and much more. But he has one expression that changed the world — the skill to capture and immortalize a moment of time, giving him an opportunity to replay or revisit that certain moment of history.
Photographers too, have long evolved from simply taking everyday photos to turning it into an art — even venturing it into a business. Photographers have begun to capture the world’s attention through their photographs, not only attention, if I may add, but praise and accolades as well, most especially those who are more well-off than others; who have better access to equipment, who have bigger and larger connections, and who can easily add more to what they already have. The world gives them more opportunities too — to shoot, to buy more stuff…to shoot again…to buy more stuff again…the cycle continues.
How about the ones from the other side of the spectrum? The ones who are on the flipside? Photographers who aren’t that well-equipped materially, but are equally good (or even better) than their counterparts? Sadly, the world turns a deaf ear towards them. All photographers are humans, in need of life and love. Sometimes giving them little praise wouldn’t hurt; that is, praise or even a pat on the back saying “Good Job”, “You shoot well” or even giving them small-time “business opprtunities” once in a while wouldn’t hurt. Everyone loves to experience “a little slice of heaven” once in a while, even photographers, and that is not exclusive to those ones who are well-off but also to those who are at the other side of the spectrum.
I heard someone once say to a photographer to “strive harder, if you really want something strive for it till you get it.” That in itself is noble act, and yet what if the world around you thinks otherwise? What if it does not give you any opportunity to reach your goal because you fall into the trap of being given a deaf ear? You may strive but efforts are in vain.
Let this open letter be an eye-opener for all of us; don’t give a deaf ear towards other “less-fortunate” ones. Hear them out, see their capabilities, give them opportunities and you just might find your “diamond in the rough”.
Well, actually I am not. I just chose the title to catch your attention. :))
Anyway, back to business.
I am just confused on what kind of photographer I really am.
Am I a Landscape Photographer?
Am I a Street Photographer?
Am I an Architectural Photographer?
Am I a Portrait Photographer?
I SIMPLY DON’T KNOW.
All genres interest me, and I just don’t know which genre to focus on and really master :(
If I were to sell my photos in 12” x 8” prints na naka-frame, or any size for that matter, tapos ipanreregalo mo or for your personal consumption, will you be interested to buy any of my photos?
During our photography classes, our professor asked us to use film SLRs to complete our weekly photography plate. It started quite uncomfortable for me because I did start off photography by way of digital and going back to film was rather surreal.
With my trusty Pentax Z50P and its 28-80mm kit lens, I began conquering the world of analog photography. I started out rough, garnering only a 78 on my first plate. Weeks passed, my scores began ranking higher and higher. My last plate’s grade was a 90 :D
Film makes you think twice on your composition, lighting, and all other aspects that you take into consideration while shooting. When you shoots digital and have an awfulully underexposed, overexposed or just plain ugly picture, One just taps the “DELETE” button twice. On film, that frame is forever lost. A feeling of gulit and sadness fills you with the thought of a wasted frame.
And now as our class moves forward to the digital era and as I utilize my trusty Nikon once again, I can’t help but miss using my film camera. I can’t help miss the sound of the film advancing, and the buzz it creates as I the film rewinds. I can’t help but miss turning my aperture ring to f/16 to get a deeply focused image. I can’t help but miss the times I rant when I try to get a shot indoors using low speed film. I can’t help but miss the addicting smell of a newly opened canister of Kodak ColorPlus 200. Or the way I load the film inside the camera and watch the little LCD display show an “ISO 200” as it recognizes the film I’m using. I can’t help but miss the jitters I feel whenever I go to the laboratory to have my film developed and printed. I can’t help but remember the time I panicked because my roll of film overexposed and my project had to be repeated all over again. Good times, I reckon.
As I return to the school of digital photography, I have learned to appreciate film: its limitations, its permanence, both its stability and instability, its professionalism, its perpetuity, its beauty and the real skill and expertise photographers had for the past 103 years and still counting.
These are some reasons why I shoot:
© Marc Go
These are some reasons why I shoot:
I look better behind the camera rather than in front of it.
I also look better with a camera on my face, than without it.
Just ask Agnes…
Parang gusto kong magphoto walk saTondo o North Harbor.
Ganda sana nun oh!
Kaya lang baka di ako o ung camera ko makauwi ng buhay :(
Anyways, nagulat ako sa flood ng likes HAHA!
— Si Ian *Obviously*. He’s a photoblogger — member of jaywalkersph. Magaling siya! I like his shots ever since I saw him on tumblr. He deserves a follow back :)
— Puro mango tree HAHA! loljk. Ugh. A random blog, I guess? When I checked it out, the 1st page was full of toms. (So obviously this mango tree loves toms — lol whut?)
— Ai, ito si Sisa, hinahanap parin si Krispin at Basilio. HAHA! She’s Chrisjo. I love her. Baliw ‘to. This is her personal blog so it is most likely to be filled with her crazy posts of her lovely life :)
— Another photoblogger, and member of jaywalkersph. WAIT. *checks blog* Ang ganda ng photos niya! Why am I not following this awesome person? *follows* :3 LOL
— He’s Francis, a 14 year old Sophomore (Sabi ng about me niya). Ugh, check his blog, it’s full of random but humorous posts :)