Learning photography

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012


ARE you fascinated with capturing still images? Do you value events that memories could not recall? Well, if you do, you are a bonafide photography enthusiast.

Photography comes from the Greek words Photos which means “light” and Graphein which means “to draw.”

Way back in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., ancient Chinese and Greeks use a pinhole or lens to project an image of the scene. Even before, people treasure pictures, too.

I am a third year Development Communication student of Xavier University and in our photography class, learning this subject means having a reason for promoting social justice. Why? Because with the use of photos, we are able to communicate with people not just because of what’s in the content of the photos but also the expressions of the people in it and the message of the photo without using words or phrases.

If you’d ask what learnings I’ve gained in this major subject -- a lot. The combination of shutter speed and aperture in the camera settings, photojournalism, writing the captions, photo language, action photography like panning shot, writing a web blog, and many more.

I gained not just learnings but significant experiences. We are able to enjoy and witness the Kagay-an Festival, Manresa Days, visit the community of Eco-ville in Lumbia and roam around the city to share with people what must they need to see. These are just some of the activities we’ve gone through in our four months of learning photography.

Actually, it’s not just how you know the technicalities of the camera, it’s how you manage to capture your composition just to master the basic skills and principles of photography.

There is just one advice that our instructor, Mr. Jerome Torres, told us that I would never forget, “Just be patient.”

Yes, the things that you want to achieve would not just come to you in a snap, you need to earn it. And even sweat it.

Everyone can shoot nice photos but not everyone could manage to plan what’s the best photo that he/she needed to achieve. Yes, not everyone is patient enough to undergo the requirements and compliances needed just to learn photography. The essence of having this is not just for yourself but for the good of others. (Francis Jane Lumacang/Contributor)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 02, 2012.

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