Friday, August 29, 2014

Passion for Photography

I have a passion for photography. And recently I purchased my first DSLR. It’s been on my wishlist for some time and when the opportunity came and knocked on my door, I purchased a second-hand Nikon D3200.  After doing my research and asking questions I figured that this was a good start for my shift from point-and-shoot.  It was only used I was told for a year and very seldom. It was in excellent condition with accessories such as a tripod, extra battery, extra memory card and camera bag. And to top it off, it was selling for a very reasonable price.  All this for P20,000 (Ph pesos). It was first offered at 25k and at the time I was still considering.  But the seller needed the money pretty badly so brought the price down further.

My mother had the same passion for photography.  After rummaging and trying to make sense of all the things that we’ve accumulated over the years, I found a great amount of pictures, in and mostly out of albums. Not only ones that I have taken in the past (this was before the digital age when pictures were actually processed from film), but pictures that my mom had taken - at work, at home, at all the events and places she had been.  So now I know where I get my clicking genes from.

I have a blurry memory of my mother having a Canon SLR in the mid 70’s to early 80’s. I say blurry because I don’t think that she ever really learned how to use it.  As proof, we have all these pictures that would’ve captured such a great memory - perfect lighting, composition and I’m certain, great smiles on those faces.  But you just could not see the expressions on those faces because they were too blurred.

So one of the first things I did when I got my dslr was to study.  I took pretty good shots with my point-and-shoot and used many of its features.  There were automatic features on the dslr and I was tempted to use them. But after reading several articles on the internet, it was strongly suggested to use the manual settings to take real advantage of the camera. Words like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc were once strangers but now they have become more familiar. 

It’s only been about two months since I purchased this camera and I’ve already taken thousands of pictures. Many are failures, but others have caused me such delight.  I look at things around me differently now, thinking how it would look like through the lens.  There are many more pictures that I want to capture.  Sure the lens that came with the camera is only the basic type, but it suffices for now.

The world around me has now become clearer and brighter.  Pictures are not only just images, but can almost be touched, heard or smelled.  The adventure has just begun with this new camera and I hope to share more of this in the future.


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