Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Picture Perfect

I’ve always been interested with photography. Investing on an SLR was thought of since then. Recently though, I found myself owning one finally. It’s digital. As a beginner, I don’t even have an idea on photography’s basic particulars. Canon and Nikon were likewise subjects of discussion as to what among these brands will measure up to my standards as a novice. Relying on the internet, more than the features I don’t know a thing about, “the friendliest DSLR” for a catchphrase caught my fancy instead and so I got myself a Nikon D3000.

Nikon and Canon’s advantage over the other isn’t really clear (multi-pixel clear that is) as they still try to outdo each other. It’s more like brand loyalty that dictates what and how users tend to advocate their respective brand for a camera. Nikon users would most likely say their camera is better, whereas those who own Canon would probably be as ardently confirming about their brand.

There are even those who invest on these DSLRs but it doesn’t mean they’re already certified photographers. One could even have the best camera but doesn’t have the discriminating eye for anything worthy of a frame. (One Facebook account even stated: “Just because I carry an SLR, does not necessarily make me a professional ; )”) Attending a recent event, quite a number were immodestly brandishing their state-of-the-art DSLRs. It’s awkward not to think that they don’t characterize themselves as one who’s into such art but a substantiation of their expending capacity. Amidst long lenses attached on big bodies, my camera looked petite and pitiable (LOL). To be fair though, the main purpose makes it all worthwhile – to record memories: personal photographs that is. Nevertheless, anyone interested in creative photography, what matters is your enthusiasm and knack for it.

More than the camera, I believe that photography is about the subject. How it’s artistically shot at an angle or the effect of natural light that breathes life into it and further enlivens the colors is more like how I could appreciate an image. The representation in all its pristine state conveyed by the subject is likewise what makes it quite an art. Except for marketing purposes and for commercialism perhaps, for me, photography is capturing the essence of a “one-time” moment. Thus, the use of Photoshop for enhancements similarly alters the portrayed meaning.

Beautiful sceneries, landscapes, nightscapes, lights, sunset, fireworks maybe, even portraiture and what have you as focal points are picturesque enough. Normally, most subjects already appeal to the photographer with the objective somehow of fascinating as well would-be viewers. Unless it’s for a purposeful material, rarely are subjects with off-putting implication that serve as an artistic impression for a theme. Is there even anyone interested enough to shoot the likes of feasting maggots, cluttered garbage, a filthy ditch and then have it framed. For instance, taking on “droppings” as subject repulses the appeal as it does naturally. However, if one could picture it as engaging as it could get, then that’s photography at its instinctive form. The only question perhaps is on what month could such picture be featured for a calendar…

Currently, in yet trying to figure out different settings of my camera, I’m in the stage of taking pictures that would hopefully give me some gratification as a budding hobbyist. Photography is an art after all, an expression of “views” so to speak; the camera is just a medium.

1 comment:

Larry said...

well said brother! for me, I miss having a DLSR!! Hahaha!