No, I'm not talking about additional jobs that help you sustain the many expenses that you tend to incur on your wants. ;)
The title is all about where I tend to be in most of my day-to-day life as a photographer. Sure, I would sometimes make my presence known to anyone if it means to properly carry out my job as an event/portrait photographer, but most of the time I merely shoot in the sidelines, letting the events flow out as natural as possible.
It's just like the one time I covered a lovely couple's pre-nuptial event a couple of weeks ago:
Consider this photo:
Camera Settings - 1/160th. sec. shutter speed, f/5.6, ISO 400, at 50mm.
It took me almost a couple of years to decide on whether or not I should post this online, since personally, I saw too many "things" I don't normally like in a shot. Sure, there's the rumpled curtain, the leg of a lightstand at the lower left corner, and the comb underneath Jazz's legs (which I easily took out via photoshop). But I overlooked these things simply because my eyes were pulled to her almost silhouetted body, a stark contrast to the highly exposed background. What made this photo stay for a few days in my archives was actually something more technical than that: her face wasn't properly in focus, and this gave me a lot of trouble. Yes, believe me. I can be stopped at times with little hiccups like this, only to realize that I can only see the flaw when I'm looking at it at a 150% crop.
Short answer? Whenever you want to.
Photography as an art goes beyond the restriction of the fundamental tenets our photo teachers tell us to follow, like creating proper exposure, avoiding loss of details caused by clipping, following the rule of thirds, the golden ratio, etcetera, etcetera... Yes, these are rules, but the same rules can be bent - others broken - all for art's sake. The same principle goes to deciding whether a photo should be rendered in its natural colors, or you strip it off instead by pulling down the saturation levels on your photo editing software. Again, there are rules to follow (which we'll discuss after the break), but you decide what to do with them in the sole purpose of expressing the photo's message and visual impact however you see fit.
Of course, actions reap reactions, and there's always a chance that deviating from the norm might not fare well with your photo's final outcome. You've been warned.
Consider this photo:
It's probably old news to some of us (excluding me, obviously), but the Nikon Service Center in SM Megamall has been moved to the Makati area, specifically in at the ground floor of The Residences at Greenbelt 2. The look and feel of the new center is much better compared to the previous one: spacious showrooms displaying all (or most of) the cameras and lenses for anyone to try out and play with, a small exhibit housing film cameras and old lenses rests on one side, plus the repair center has been strategically placed in a separate room. Long story short, it's an enjoyable experience to be there.
My only question though is this: why move it in the first place? Why not just copy, paste, edit and enhance another center and expand your coverage to the many men and women of this metropolis, most of them with Nikon-related needs?
I suppose it's not that of a big deal to ask for more than one center. Your service is good (at least for me), your repairmen's skills are arguably unquestionable, and I have no qualms as to how you take care of my gear. But seriously, Nikon, you're making it hard(er) for your clients to get to you, which is probably one of the main reasons why a significant number of photographers have jumped ship "from gold band to red" over a couple of years or so. Yeah, you know what I mean.
Then again, I'm probably saying this because Megamall is nearer to me than Makati, so......
I really do not know why, but for the life of me I couldn't seem to write anything for my site here. The thoughts are there in my mind, but they remained there. This must be one heck of a writer's block because I couldn't think of anything else to back this up.
At any rate, I will still try my best to write inputs and articles here. Wish me well.
(This is my entry to one of my favorite photography sites around. Just thought of sharing this to everyone who visits this site.)
The way I see it, the term "Photographic Equipment" can be anything that would allow or assist a photographer to create and present a picture in the best way he or she sees fit, however mundane or crazy the method/s may appear to be.
With this in mind, I do believe I can confidently say that the one photo equipment/gear that made quite the fundamental impact that forever changed the way I did photography...
...is a compact mirror.
One of my little "habits" in covering events is that I would sometimes sneak up behind a photographer and take a photo of him/her taking a photo of a group of people, without him/her hardly noticing me at all. Another similar case is that I would take photos of people taking photos of themselves using their own DSLR or Point-and-Shoot cameras. Most of the time, they wouldn't really know that a "double exposure" was made until the photos are eventually shared to them by the clients via email, facebook, or the like.
I usually pull shots like this out of two simple reasons: 1.) a little story is made by capturing two interacting parties with their genuine expressions radiating in the photo, something that can be usually achieved if the photographer (in the photo) is someone dear and close to them, and 2.) if I need to take shots of interacting people, opportunities like this is one of the best ways for me to do so, without disturbing anyone in the process.
...which brings me to a little anecdote that I derived from a wedding that I attended, of which I came not as a photographer, but simply as a guest.
IMHO, in every wedding event, one of the best and fun moments is the part where the bouquet gets launched into the air.
Wait. What bouquet? Where is it? If it's not there, what are they doing? A little practice run before the actual thing?
Not really: it just so happened that the bride threw the bouquet a bit too high. :)
As I mentioned before in one of my old posts, for more than 8 months I was left to fend for myself against the outside world without a computer to aid me in my profession as a photographer.
I could recall the days where I had to rely on my friends for help just to transfer some shots to a hard-drive that was not even my own. Every time I would end a photo coverage, I would sometimes give the memory cards to my clients, giving them a stern warning to take good care of it, since it is, after all, the only storage device on the planet that houses those precious shots. Lose the card, or have it "accidentally" corrupted, and the entire coverage is gone, and a myriad of precious memories are brought to nonexistence because of it. Of course, eventually, the cards return to me, but I didn't have the capability to back them up in a separate hard drive at home. So the files remained there. And when the time came for all my memory cards to reach maximum capacity, I had no choice but to buy more cards. As of now, it's a good thing, since I have quite a number of memory cards, all of which I have found to be highly reliable and durable, since the files in them remained uncorrupted overtime, no matter how many photos I stuff in, or how often I use them, which is a lot.
Storage is one thing, processing the photos is another. The best "computer" that I had during those times was none other than my trusty iPad. Sure, there was (and is still) no real Mobile Photoshop CSWhatever app from Adobe, save for a Photoshop Express App that does basically 5% (and by five, I'm being generous here) of what CS5 can actually give you - cropping, rotating, and other basic features. There was, however, this great app called Tiffen Photo FX Ultra (yes, this app was developed by the same company that produces on of the highest quality lens filters found in the industry) which allows me to do some moderate processing on the photos, from the standard color retouching, image masking, up to the healing and cloning tools. Yes, I once used this app to do posts on a lot of photos, including a set of wedding photos which were printed to 12 x 18 inch sizes, but as far as batch processing is concerned, this still left me wanting for more.
Starting tomorrow, I will be taking a break off the internet (or at least in updating this site) and will be back next year (it's not that long, anyway) with more stories, reviews, and anything else I may think of. For the moment, here's a photo I've been saving just for this occasion.
...and yes, that's a real background you're looking at there; Jazz and I brought up a myriad of Christmas lights at the back to provide the lovely bokeh-balls you see there. :)
A Blessed Christmas, and a happily prosperous New Year to All! :)