Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Yesterday was the last day of Nikon Photography Talks and Tips @ Ikano Power Centre. Yea, I am the type of person that doesn't attend to something until the very last moments. >.< Anyway, there were actually many good and interesting talks during the four days that it was held but too bad I live so far away and working for long hours during weekdays make you prioritise the things you would like to do to make the best out of your weekends.

Atleast I was determined to go during the last day, aight? Although I missed the first talk ;D the first one that I listen to was Learning Photography II. As it was such a broad topic. I did not really know what to expect. Maybe something to do with using the right techniques at the right place and environment? But my thoughts pretty strayed off what the actual talk was about.

I can't really remember how the talk started but what Alex Moh said along the way really triggered alot of my thoughts. The talk was actually more about the evolution of photography. It was an evolution from cave sketching to cave drawing to drawing on papers and then to capturing the moments as images. When you look @ an image, or a photograph perhaps, you are actually reading it instead of just looking at it blantly. You brain will try to process it and figure out the story in the photograph. Just like how one says that a picture speaks a thousand words // more than words.

Photographers are people with precious skills back to the days when photographs are just black and white. There is a set of rules that need to be followed in order to be known as a good photographer. No blurry pictures but pictures with certain composition and also lighting. With the evolution of the camera comes along the evolution of people's perception of a good picture. What used to be against the rules of photography turn to be something so jaw-dropping and imaginative that it captured the heart and stop the time of many people who takes a peek on the new technique of photography. Photography has turned into art in some sense instead of just plain photgraphy. However, some people only likes to be claimed as a photographer or as an artist. So he says,"I don't draw and I don't paint, therefore, I was never an atist". So she says,"I can only shoot good photographs but never ask me what aperture or what setting to use when shooting a certain picture." It all actually makes sense. You can either be a photographer, an artist or both when you are holding a camera. It is actually a tool which you can handle when given a different set of skills and//or thoughts. Photography do not only revolves around potraits and good scenery shots anymore. It involves concepts and imaginative skills needed to manipulate the images that was shot. Photography now includes photo manipulation. Not just capturing images and print it out as what is captured. A good sunset would attracts Wows and Woos back then but now, a picture comprising of a huge tree with a dog pee-ing beside the tree would generate amusement and silent thoughts in awe. It does not matter if the compoisiton is comprised of objects from 2 images made into one. What is important is the composition of the picture, the story that it tells.

Actually, it pretty much shocks me when he said that photography is no more complete without being digitally enhanced as in edited in programmes such as photoshop. I was actually talking to a friend about it some few days ago or so. I am a person who looks up to people who create amazing shots without any digital enhancement but it seems like that staement of his pretty much shook the thought that I believe in so much. I asked my friend what is a real photographer if you edit every image that you shoot to make it look perfect? Am I actually wrong? Or am I old fashion? What is the use of a good tool if you do not make the best out of what it can do? I guess I was wrong right from the beginning. Or maybe just a little. This depends on the perception of photography by every person. Everyone is unique on its own and therefore bare different views on every subject.

He also mentioned that the advancement of camera technology has enabled everyone who shoots a picture to be a photographer. No matter if it was an accidental shot, a shot with a digital camera or a shot with a camera built-in phone. Back to those days when the camera technology has just advanced to the stage of manual film photography, photography was still so ever precious. If you would like to venture into photography, it would cost you a fortune as every shot would cost you a film. Moreover, there was no option for you to change your aperture or your ISO. Yes, it was much much harder back then. Now, people can just take multiple shots and more than often, over shoots an object. The basic of camera handling has lessen and everyone seems to be able to afford this 'expensive tool' as a hobby. I wonder if it can still labelled as expensive anymore. SLRs were so rare back then that you can barely catch a glimpse of it in action unless you are in a Camera Shop//Photo Shop to get your passport//identity card photo shot. The richer range of people would maybe have a longer glimpse of it when going for family potrait shots. Now, it seems that everywhere you go, there would be a person holding a dslr, not to mention that these people includes those in the range of about 14 to 17 years old. Has it become really oh-so affordable? Anyway, I am not being bias to the younger generation of photographers. Just comparing the access to a Dslr few years back then to now.

Really, Alex Moh has just taken me on a ride to the other side of photography.

Photography has turned pretty much abstract and everyone seems to have a different perception about it. Again, the way of handling a camera and its setting depends on ones preference.

I am now looking at a bigger picture of photography.

Thank you.



  1. i never knew photography could be so deep...

  2. Yea. Photography is actually more than what I have perceived it as. Photography talks are pretty interesting ;)