A friend and a student of mine few years back asked me what course to take for his niece who’s interested in photography. He mentioned if it was a good idea to take an editing course after getting the basics. Although I think that editing is part of photography, just like developing a film and printing it in a photopaper in a darkroom is part of photography, I think that understanding the light for a particular genre is a more effective training.
Like a painter who spends years of mastering brush strokes and colors, photography is no exemption. Seeing the light and understanding its characteristic takes time. You must experience it and take it as part of your tool in order for you to appreciate and capture it in its artistic form.
Photography is a journey. While art is like a never ending road, photography as a form of art will always be a continuous learning. Along with it is the science or the technicalities of light where you battle the constant challenges of manipulating or working with it. Combining with both the artform and the technicalities of light is the recipe of a photographic artform.
Learning photography is quite easy, especially now that technology have contributed a lot. With just a few steps, you can already start taking photos. But to learn the art of capturing light takes a lot of practice. It takes a lot of getting out there and spending time shooting and waiting for the right moment.
I’m probably the most laziest photographer who hates bringing my camera. I always find it heavy, bulky and attention grabbing. Moving to mirrorless is another argument. Although when learning photography, bringing a camera everyday, maybe a compact one is highly recommended. The idea is to see things the way the camera does.
In my case, even if I don’t have a camera in my hand all the time, my learning is through my eyes. I love the different emotions I get when witnessing and experiencing moments in a fraction of a second everywhere I go. That quick glance of a subject when the lights and the different elements just falls into place is just amazing. It’s an experience.
The moment you start appreciating those small pockets of moments, the more you become better on noticing them. The images that you see everyday are supplements for your imagination and creativity. Photography is like living the life a thousand folds. It slows down time and allows you to experience moments in every part of your everyday life. Through photography, I can share to others what I see and how I see it.
Thanks Ceasar of Macys for working out my Nissin flash and Ryan Go of F8 for breaking a deal for me. There’s a summer basic photography workshop this coming April 9-10, you may contact 09424870385 to reserve a seat.
Keep on shooting everyone!