An eye for photography

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Albert Pedrosa
Photo mania

A FEW days ago, I was surprised to be greeted by park rangers as I entered Parkmall.

For a moment, I felt like I was in a production set of Jurassic Park. The entire main hall was filled with live animals, attended by their handlers, of course. It’s not every day that you see somebody walk past you with a white python several feet long, on his shoulders in a mall.

At the end of the hall was the “Parks of the World” photo exhibit organized by Nikon-Pro Ted Madamba. Immediately upon seeing the photos, I was hooked. The exhibit lets you experience the different beautiful parks around the world through photographs. The photos were also printed in a canvas which adds to the artistic feel of the artwork.

It is truly an inspiring exhibit that you shouldn’t miss.

Before leaving the mall, I decided to drop by Pixel Pro to check out some stuff. When I arrived, one customer was given a 10-minute crash course on how to use the camera.

I wonder if he plans to use the camera as a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or as a point-and-shoot. I’m sure he must have a P 50,000 reason for buying the camera.
One of my students, Windel Paclibar, on the other hand, knew what he wanted even from the very start. What he has is an entry level DSLR, and it didn’t bother him. Part of our workshop was to go out and practice new learnings. That day, we were lucky to have the chance to test it during the 4x4 challenge somewhere in the North Reclamation area. He showed me his photos the following day and they were just out of the ordinary.

Since he is a banker and runs a few businesses of his own, he makes sure that he finds time to shoot despite his busy schedule. A few months after he attended the basic photography workshop, he won first place in the Citi Run Photo Contest. Recently, he placed in several photo contests in Sun.Star. He may have the eye. but definitely without perseverance, he may not have made it.

I know a lot of successful entrepreneurs and working class people who indulge in
photography on the side and still manage to deliver breathtaking images. It’s not how much time they put in it, but how consistent they are in doing it. Photography is a skill that needs to be developed and polished in order for you to create better photographs.

I’ve always thought that photography was only for those who have the eye but it is not. Believe it or not, there’s a skill factor in this art, and our eyes and the way we see things can always be trained. Unfortunately, the camera that can spot a good scene, anticipate events and harmoniously balance the elements has not been invented yet. In Bryan Peterson’s book, the challenge to see creatively still falls squarely on the photographer’s shoulder.

You don’t shoot because you know how to make exposures; you shoot because you like the scene and decide how much exposure is needed in order to get the result that you imagined. Photography is a lifestyle and should be part of you in every moment of your life. Keep on shooting, everyone!

By the way, PRG Photo Shop recently opened their doors in their new branch in North Road, Labogon Mandaue. Check them out. /

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