I’m Maybe Not A Photographer

23 02 2011

Am I a photographer??

Photographers carry around big cameras, big lights, big flash contraptions and little meters, they talk about film stock, ISO’s, F stops and capturing the perfect light right before dusk.

Photographers creep through neighborhoods of poor people looking for interesting poverty related things to “capture” in black and white or muted color.

Photographers spend lots of time in cramped dark rooms with red lights and chemicals that smell like egg farts.

Photographers get in heated exchanges about the direction Leica is headed or that one camera maker that sounds all german, hasselhoff?

Photographers have lots of lenses that they will tell you about whether you ask them or not, like the one that can see an ass hair on a mosquito or the remarkably “bright” one that can photograph the girl’s underwear tag from a tower in hell.

Photographers say “glass” a lot, “Thats a nice piece of glass you got there Carlos.” which would be funny if it was a joke. No it wouldn’t.

Photographers show you shoes hanging on wires, pink boxes in the green weeds, little black girls with blue eyes and nuns sitting under billboards of naked men.

Photographers have all kinds of cameras, most of them are rare and vintage but they love to remind you that their absolute favorite cameras are crappy plastic cameras they found at the thrift store for 25 cents.

Photographers LOVE Polaroid because you can take a picture of absolutely ANYTHING with a Polaroid and it will look like you got your BFA.

Photographers know the names of every other photographer who ever lived and they can tell you exactly who took the first picture of an old barn door or a naked girl on a sofa.

Photographers talk about how little they use photoshop IF AT ALL, and even then it’s only to “adjust some curves” or “make the blacks a little more black.”

Photographers make use of make up artists, hairdressers, location scouts and stylists which is way way WAY different than photoshopping out zits and wrinkles.

Photographers freeze moments to show the REALITY. They love that word, “reality” also they like to say “RAW” a lot.

Photographers have websites with big black or red sans serif fonts on white backgrounds.

Photographers put their client list at the bottom of the side bar where it looks like they don’t really care about it but just in case you didn’t like their photographs you can see who did.

Photographers list their accomplishments in a timeline so just in case you didn’t like their photographs you can see who did. Wait, did I just say that?

Photographers have strong opinions about Terry Richardson.

Photographers get upset about cropping.

Photographers like the anticipation, surprise, expense, delay, grain, smell, challenge, discipline, texture, and overall unpredictable “magic” of analog, soo opposite of effing digital.

Photographers use the word amateur to describe most other photographers.

Photographers miss the good old days when photography was expensive and out of reach to amateurs.

Photographers blame the lab a lot.

Photographers go to school to study photography because you can’t tell if a photo is good just by looking at it.

Photographers whisper cutting edge poetic gems like “digital has no soul.”

Photographers only really like 2 or 3 other photographers, the one’s whose photographs most resemble their own and they like to keep those books right out on the coffee table where everyone can see them.

Photographers think all commentary about photography and photographers is likely directed at them.

So yeah, I don’t give a stumbling poop about any of that stuff.

If considering all of above, I’m not a photographer, just a overprice digital camera owner which love to photograph my little kiddo….haha





Vision..

20 02 2011

Vision – It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.
Robert Collier

 

Many photographers tend to be gadget hounds. In their quest to make better pictures, they continually look for better equipment. The fact of the matter is; a good photographer with cheap gear will make better photographs than a bad photographer with the best gear. So what’s the secret behind great photographs? I believe the answer is vision.


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Who am I?..(what type of photographer am I?)

5 02 2011

By:Din Brasco

Who am I...

I get this question a lot: “What do you like to take pictures of?” And I’m never sure how to answer it. I like to take pictures of all kinds of things: landscape, seascape, portraits, birdies and occasionally candid; really, I like to take pictures of anything. And I feel bad that I don’t have that one thing that makes me a specific type of photographer. But surely I’m not get into wedding photography, and I will never get my hand into it….I really DON’T like weddings.

So, if you are one of the people who asks others what and why they photograph, stop for a moment and take a picture of something different today. And it doesn’t matter why you are a photographer—trying new things with your photography will help you look at what you normally photograph differently. And here is a really big secret: you don’t have to photograph outside the box! Check out others photographer web-gallery such as flickr for an idea of things you like and replicate them but not ‘copy’. Or if you hang out with other photographers no matter if they are just a newbies or 30 years of experience Pro, ask them what they like to photograph and give it a try.

some technicality: don’t have ones, because this photo are extensively use of textures…but off course main image taken with 50mm, f/4, ISO200





Hitler finds out his Nikon D7000 is not shipping until November

18 10 2010

I rather wait than changed to Sony Alpha, or adding Alpha as a backup in drybox! How bout’ you?!





What makes a photographer a ‘professional’?

1 08 2010

Sunset Glow Palouse

I been ask regularly from people asking the same question. What makes you a ‘professional’ photographer and how can I be one? Although the definition of being a professional anything is pretty straightforward, for the one searching for where they fit into the photography world, it can actually feel a pretty abstract concept. As I can see from those many emails, there are many photographers wondering where they fit in.

So to make this clear: you’re a professional at something when it’s your profession. And a profession in the loosest sense of the word is “a vocation or business”. Although in the photographic world, the word profession may have a more strict definition and that’s open for debate. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as, say, being a doctor or a therapist or even a farmer. Because photography is unique in that it is a hobby or passion which can turn into a very nice business. For some, it’s part-time, for others full-time. When do you cross that line from hobbyist to professional?

A few things that DON’T make you a professional:

* A big ass camera
* A bigger ego
* All the editing programs in the world

So what do I tell those people who email me? When people love what you do and recognise you as a ‘photographer’, when you make any amount of money or business out of photography, then you are a ‘professional’.

What would you tell someone asking you the question: “what make a photographer a ‘professional’?”





into the sea

30 06 2010

into the sea, originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

Everybody talking about the the rules…composition rules, but what is that for???  To make photo look good or just a guidance? Once you master it..its the right time for you to break them!!

I’m already get a copy of “The Tone ” E-book from Mr. Wazari but there’s no luxury time for me to give a try….what a pity me.

Actually i’m been busy with my jobs in Alor Setar plus wasting my time with Facebook (hahahahaha)….. concentrate later in photography.





Framing Penang….

13 02 2010

penangborder
Penang is great place to build-up your career, but not the great places to lay down. It’s have many places for photographic opportunity, eating and even clubbing. But beware about lies within! This is one of my first photograph taken from “Penang Hill-Bukit Bendera” with point n shot camera years ago. And also this shot drag me to get my very own DSLR camera because i’m not very happy with the quality of the shot. Nevertheless i have my photographic oppotunity. So what is your first scene that you taken that drag you to the real cameras..DSLR?

12000 Photos taken with Nikon S4 point n shot camera are gone forever due to hard-disk crash! My advise is to “Back-Up” your work in different storage media! Learns from “The disaster”…..