Photography is an art. You either have it or you don’t. Then again, if you don’t, you can always learn and improve. Nowadays many people own a DSLR and some take beautiful photos. Anyone can take up photography, master a trick or two and be a professional photographer. The good ones get to travel the world and earn quite a lot.
I’m not a photographer. And I don’t have a natural eye for photography. But I’m shutter-happy. I like the idea of documenting something and capturing a memory that I can have forever. Even of the random things like oil lamp and a broken twig! It looks ridiculous, but I think we take that idea – of living in the present and capturing each moment – for granted. I mean a photo shows more than just how something looks. A photo has real depth, so why not eh? After all, the present is the history of the future. 10 years from now, we would want to look back and laugh at our lousy hairstyles.
At work, I’d pick up the camera with the sense of duty. But I’m always more than happy to do it. Even when I need to take photos of boring stuff. I usually use the EOS 70D. As for my personal use or for people, I truly enjoy and lose myself in doing it. It makes me feel emotion. Raw emotions. Every single frame. And I’ve had some nice compliments about some of my photos, which is very encouraging.
I have no ambitions to be a professional photographer. It’s a tough field to get into, pretty expensive to set up, and the competition is crazy. But the passion exists since I can’t remember. It’s one of my creative outlets and I’ve always wanted to make a compilation of some sort with the photos I took to share my perspectives with others. But when I was younger, I never really had the chance to take a lot of photos and be able to do so because I could not afford a good camera. There were films and some lame-ass digital cameras that I wasn’t very satisfied with.
I’m saving up for the FUJIFILM X-A3 at the moment but to date, my Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Cybershot DSC-W830, Sony NEX 5 and cheap action camera does a pretty good job. They are small and portable that I can shoot anytime, anywhere.
I still do appreciate films as I find it more personal but these digitals allow me to take a seemingly unlimited number of photos of anything I want. And phone photography is simply just fun. Once in a while, I would take my Instax for a shoot. And I used to have a multiple-lens camera that I used mainly outdoors. I’ve given that away to a dear friend who shares the same passion not too long ago.
I never really settled on a preferred style of photography. Most of the time, things are just interesting to photograph. I do find street photography very interesting and meaningful, though. And I’m as interested in capturing mundane routines as I am in capturing special events. Landscape is also my thing. I have never really been on any organised photo walks. But it is sort of my thing to somehow have a camera with me. And of course, there’s always my phone camera to abuse.
In terms of production, I tend not to set things up too much or do excessive editings. I prefer my photos raw with no filter. And I’m just too lazy to explore the softwares used for editing. I don’t even know how to use Photoshop. Interesting enough, I have not felt the need to go about it yet. I’m kind of conservative in that sense. Or again, LAZY. But as of late, I’m very much into producing monochromatic images. I’ve been posting them on my Instagram and most of the photos were taken with my phone.
I recently took a photo of raindrops. And I’m quite proud of the shot.
I also did an experiment. And here’s the result of that. A friend thought it was scary.
My photographic subjects are very random as I shoot whatever I see around me that I find interesting. Some may have that expressive photographic vision; some maybe don’t, but that’s the challenge. While I don’t feel the need to produce great shots all the time as I’m not a professional photographer, but one can never deny the feeling of getting ”the shot.” It’s all about perspective but slowly I have become more obsessive about getting “the shot”.
Especially now that more and more are taking a peek at my Instagram feed and leave positive comments on the photos. With that, the joy now does not only comes in capturing the photos. Sharing them with someone and through social media makes them much more meaningful and enjoyable.
Photo albums are hard to come by in any household nowadays. Gone are the days when one would so excitedly show the guests their photo albums. Somehow, having hard copies doesn’t matter much, which is sad and I’m guilty of it too.
Here’s a shot I won’t mind show to my guests if ever I decided to keep it in my photo album.
And here are my sisters. They’re basically my permanent models. The photos below are certainly meant for a family photo album.