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existentials and digicaming

— i first posted this in my old blog weeks ago. felt i should upload it here. ‘la lang…efficient dba? —

it’s a Sunday evening. I’m in my bed, laptop at hand, with a bunch of warm and clean laundry that needs to be folded. Francis is nowhere to be found (I push him to study in the library during Sunday’s cuz he usually just ends up playing Civilization3 if he stays in our apartment) and it’s another 20minutes before “Just Like Heaven” debuts in HBO.

i figured, to kill the next 20minutes (for i am just semi-watching Richard Dreyfus hunt a shark with 2 fellow washed-out actors); I’ll make another list!

yeah, list are fun. i love lists. (say it with me…”liissttss”)

what i learned in photography which is applicable in a drama-filled life:

1. not having the right light does not mean you won’t get a good shot. you just need to look at it at a different angle. you could use the back light to emphasize form rather than detail, you could re-compose your shot OR – just move the sensitivity notch to a higher level. yes you’ll get more noise – but a little noise is sometimes bearable that not having the chance to take the shot at all.

2. when you see a thing of beauty, do not let it pass. shoot it. you may not have the skills now to capture it at its full beauty, but the fact that you have documented its existence allows you to be a part of it all.

3. the auto functions may not give you the shots that you want all the time. you could know how they work and when they will work, it may be easy to use and a lot of people use it all the time and sometimes it will give you the shot you have pictured in your mind. but it is only when you truly master the use of MANUAL control could you fully maximize your shooting potentials and truly capture the image you intend to shoot.

4. a fast way to learn how to take good shots is by viewing the works of other photographers. you cannot expect to learn everything and make all the mistakes possible on your own. by looking at how others do it, you get to have an idea on how to better get what you want.

5. composition may not be everything, but it is a very important thing. how all the elements on your shot are positioned against one another, the relationship between the foreground and the background and how you treat your main subject is what makes or breaks your shot.

6. regardless if your subject is in the background or the foreground, if you are using bokeh or not – something should be in focus. a completely blurred picture is not commonly a work of art – it is usually an accident brought by trembling hands or too long exposure without the correct support.

7. a good picture for you may not be a good picture for me. different strokes for different folks.

8. there is no right and/or wrong way to compose a picture. it all depends on WHY you did it. the WHY is all that really matters.

9. utilizing all known techniques to capture a good picture could help you create a good picture. but it is only through perfect moments which is beyond our sense of self do we achieve greatness.

10.  in a pool of 2,000 pictures, 90% won’t make it to your fave list. it’s only the 10% that you keep for life.

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  1. January 10, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    good night

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