I bought my DSLR a few months before I went to Singapore. Bumili ako hindi dahil pinangarap kong maging “photographer”. Bumili ako dahil inaya akong mag-Ilocos trip ng isang kaibigan kong miyembro ng isang photography club. Hindi pa kasi ako nakapunta ng Ilocos nun, at ayoko namang ma-OP sa trip.
I became part of this photography club eventually. Nakasama ako sa ilang photowalks nila at madami din akong nakuhang tips and advices from the other members. Masayang hobby ang photography, but at the same time it can be quite frustrating as well dahil una, it’s an expensive hobby at pangalawa, hindi lahat ng shots ko eh lumalabas na maganda sa sarili kong paningin. (Yeah, I’m my worst critic.)
Kasama sa paglipad ko papuntang Singapore ang aking Nikon D40 + Kit Lens. I’ve used it in some of my travels and hang-out moments. Nakakatuwa dahil I’ve received some positive feedbacks and commendations from friends regarding some of my shots. Wala pa naman akong natanggap na harsh criticisms, but usually I receive some pointers from others to help me improve my so-called ‘craft’.
I must admit, dumating ako sa point na medyo nawalan ako ng gana sa photography. As I’ve said, it’s an expensive hobby. My kit lens is so damn frustrating and limiting! I’ve been wanting to upgrade, but the thing is, it’s not a priority for now. Kung marami lang sana akong pera…
I love portrait photography. I like taking pictures of people’s faces. Nakakaaliw kapag naka-capture mo ‘yung emosyon ng isang tao sa litrato. On the contrary, I’m not a fan of landscape photography. Hindi ako masyadong bilib sa ibang ‘landscape photographers’ ngayon. Pare-pareho sila ng subjects. Kung hindi buildings, puro bukid, burol, bulkan, talampas, ilog, beach, garden, monuments o historical sites ang kinukuhanan nila. Nothing new. Nagkakaiba lang sa post-processing. Pagalingan na lang sila sa paggamit ng Photoshop.
Now let me ask you:
First, given my statements above, matatawag ba akong isang ‘photographer’?
Second, considering my criticisms on others, am I credible enough to make a judgment on these so-called ‘photographers’, may they be ‘amateurs’ or ‘pros’? Is my opinion enough to separate the so-called ‘photographers’ from the ‘hobbyists’ or 'enthusiasts'?
Honestly, I myself dunno. And I don’t really give a damn. I don't really like 'labeling' people.
I’m just a regular guy who likes taking pictures.
And I do appreciate other people’s works, regardless of what camera they use, what their backgrounds and personalities are, how many years they have been into photography, whether they had some training or just do self-study, whether they use auto or manual mode, whether they make use of Photoshop or any other post-processing software, etc. etc.
If I like your photo, then I will tell you straight in your face.
If I don’t, well that’s another story.
Speaking of photography, nasaan na ang mga picture greetings niyo?! Malapit na ang birthday ko! Hehehe! For more details, CLICK HERE. Salamat in advance! :)