There are things photographers see that writers don’t and there are things writers can say that photographers can’t.
I don’t like people asking me for photos from my blog and promising credit in exchange, so they could write about certain artists in their own blogs.
My blog is like any other website, I write about news, reviews apart from personal things, and taking these photos cost me time, effort and money and I’m not giving anything away for free anymore.
People should learn how to create their own content.
You don’t go to Inquirer or Star or whatever news site and email the paper or the author asking them if they could use the photos? I think people should start treating blogs who produce original content like that.
I do appreciate people asking before hand because I’m annoyed at bloggers who have stolen my photos in the past so they can create their own content. Thank you for asking, but in most cases I will say no.
If you’re going to create a blog then you must find ways to put original content in them. Be responsible for your own space. It’s your house on the net. You don’t let other people borrow stuff from your house, right?
New camera, new lens are like having new eyes. It’s one of the means to try and stop yourself from doing the same thing over and over. Of course, it costs you, but a steep price must be paid for passion — for when it burns out, there are no definite means of getting it back.
“we’re more receptive to other people’s thoughts when we get enough sleep. Part of being a photographer is being very observant, not too emphatic, but only to the point of finding some semblance of truth and being able to show them objectively.”
I also believe in the psychic power of sleep but then that deserves to be in another entry.
Oh and I now understand why rockstars wear shades most of the time.
Tinulog 2012. I’m staying at Movenpick hotel (formerly Hilton) in Mactan Island here in Cebu. See you tomorrow Manila. Zzzzz
drumkitt asked: How do you compose yourself or find the right angles when taking photos in gigs?
I compose myself with a lot of poise. Just kidding. I’m always ready to accept any moment, just like getting into a fight, you have to know where to aim and when to duck. It’s something you get with practice. I actually take a lot of lessons unrelated to photography to get the philosophy of movements (not seriously but on and off I’ve been taking Yoga, dance and now just recently Kung Fu where my teachers give me invaluable lessons that I translate into how I do my work). You know when to stand back, to fight, to endure and keep your balance. Lately I’ve figured out you must know when to step back or leave when you know you’ve gotten what you needed. (Although not as brutal as a wham bam thank you ma’am sort of thing, but I save a little bit for myself so I have some sanity left for the future. A creative job like this which includes a lot of manual labor at stake is a vortex for burn out).
I guess what you mean is how to I compose a photograph. Like I’ve said many times before, you look for the story. I have to honestly tell you that I only heard of the rule of thirds in the last few years. I realized that I didn’t have to know the theory because I play balance by sight. If the photo is appealing to my eye, then it’s good enough for me.
If we live solely by the technical dos and don’ts of photography then we’ll all have the same photos. That would be a boring world. I think you must know the technical basics, but be free to do whatever you want, as long as you’re getting a message across.
One may be able to create a pretty picture, but capturing a story is far more difficult than any technical direction. That is something I am still currently working on myself. :(
All photos should have one goal onstage or offstage, and that’s getting a message across. :)