Tuesday, May 24, 2011

There are always 2 sides of the story.

Pro Photographer A:
When you shoot, don't think. Just shoot with your heart, not your brain.

Pro Photographer B:
When you shoot. Pause & think. Take it slow. Think of the meaning you want to bring out from the image you are about to capture. Carefully framing it & composing it. Take time to visualize the final result before you click the shutter.
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Pro Photographer A:
Take it slow. Great shots are taken carefully & patiently.

Pro Photographer B:
Be quick to react. Great shots & moments waits for nobody.
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Pro Photographer A:
Photography talent is born within. You either has it or you don't.

Pro Photographer B:
Photography talent is trained. You might not has it naturally, but with much practice, you will earn it.
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Pro Photographer A:
A 'great photography moment' is to be anticipated. 'It' comes & goes & if you anticipate it at the right time, Bang! You got it. If you miss it, 'It' can't be re-take or re-arranged. You just have to wait for the next moment to come.

Pro Photographer B:
A 'great photography moment' can be orchestrated. We don't just wait for the 'moment', instead we go and create the 'moment'.
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Pro Photographer A:
Don't try to be more artistic. Just be yourself.

Pro Photographer B:
Try to be more artistic. Not ordinary like everybody.
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Pro Photographer A:
Skills improved when one abide in photography rules & techniques.

Pro Photographer B:
There is no rules in photography. Don't let rules dictate you.
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Pro Photographer A:
True artist creates, not copy. There are always new ideas & brand new creativity.

Pro Photographer B:
There is nothing new under the sun. All sorts of photography philosophy, techniques & styles had been explored. We are merely copying, evolving, then finally improving it to make it seemingly looks like new.
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The list of all the arguments can go on & on...... Who's right & who's wrong? Do you hold any opinions mentioned above, maybe atleast 1 or 2 that is similar? Have you ever experience your opinions being challenged? Just when you thought your views are justified, then later found out the opposite of your view make sense too.

To me, neither photographer A or B are absolute correct in the opinions they hold. All the opinions shared by photographer A & B can be put into good use if we can strike a balance.

There are always the extreme photographer A/B around us. They made no apology to the stern opinions they hold. If you hold a different opinion as theirs, then you are definitely the lost & wrong bunch. The extremists are usually hold stern with their opinions 'about' photography, but their opinions are usually hardly the photography itself. They can't seem to comes to terms of balancing the extreme of both ends.

Life is much easier if one treats photography as a leisure activity. For me, I see it that way. Was once sank into debating on photography opinions & resulted hardly any benefits. I would rather indulge myself in taking picture & acquires new gears. Not many would openly admit their love for acquiring new gears. Less glamorous if one associates to much around gears. Not sure why other hobby are not as complicating as photography.

Like one of my friend once told me. You want people to respect you as a serious photographer, then habitually using cliché words or ways like below will surely boost up your ego.
-Always mention image is all that matters in photography. Camera are just tool to get the image.
-Don't let people know you have 8-9 cameras, cause people may thought you are a gear head.
- No gear talk. Unless it is films cameras.
-Always maximize using moto created by famous photographers like the "decisive moment" & many others.
-Always put up topics with friend about the 'true meaning' of photography, the 'future' of photography, the 'definitions' of photography, the 'heart' of photography & so on & so forth.

To be honest, I know a lot more cliché words or ways to boost my ego. They are in fact very clever speech to say in front of people. But I dislike doing so. I know when people are faking it. And I don't want to be caught faking it too.

2 comments:

eddielee said...

LOve this post bro :)

XuenPhotoz said...

Thanks bro. Should catch up again.