My Non-Technical Photo Blog: It is Okay to Edit Photos

It is also called post-processing and it is a tool used by many, including professional photographers.

Some are skeptical and may sarcastically opine that a photo looks incredible because it is edited. I will acknowledge the latter as true but I will ignore the sarcasm. I will consider the skepticism as normal but perhaps insist that there is nothing wrong with photo editing. In fact, technology has made this possible through various applications and are readily available at our disposal. Let’s make use of them.

I am into street photography. And I take pride in using post-processing to transform some of my dull photos into more fascinating ones.

It also enables me to better convey what I’ve seen and felt whilst shooting a particularly overwhelming street subject.

Here is one downside, though.

When I started taking photographs, I fell into the trap of not using the camera’s full potential knowing that I could tweak my shots later.

fascinating shapes and shadows

Thankfully, this thought process has changed when I became more technically adept with my equipment. I’ve become an advocate of the mantra of ‘taking the best shot at the given moment’. This is a reminder that it is okay to edit but only use it to enhance rather than to completely alter a photo that was badly taken beforehand.

Post-processing or photo editing is a photographer’s personal choice.

As for me, one essence of photography is the ability of the photographer to impart his emotions into his images. And if photo editing makes this possible, then surely, it is okay.

changed image into black and white to remove distraction and emphasize convergence of shapes and shadows.

My Photography Journey; Knowing my Subject

I have just read an online article about photographers being generalists or specialists. I am no expert, but I think there’s nothing wrong with being either.

I say this, because, I am now aware that I have started as a generalist. I’ve had the desire to photograph almost anything and everything; from the golden and blue hour subjects to moving objects or derelict buildings. But in so doing, I have learnt a lot.

Until I realised what definitely interests me.

Every time I sat still on a corner in a public place, my attention got drawn to how humans interacted with one another and with their surroundings. I was usually at a distance and could not hear anything. So, their facial expressions and gesticulations left me guessing. I found these fascinating and decided to capture the enigma with my camera.

My niche was born. Street Photography. I’ve got a lot to learn about this genre. Is this the path to becoming a specialist?

It is surely where my interest is heightened. For now.

We shall wait and see.

Every Snapshot has a Story

On Every Road Trip

On every road trip
you and I take
the eye catches
one beautiful place.

That city of old
it’s simple but gold.
A village in a country
seemingly full of naivete.

Must stop and watch
A breathtaking sunset
Or sit upon the hood
And marvel at the stars.

One may yearn to stay
The heart says nay
For there is home
Not so far away.

No worries just yet
Just steer and stop
At your heart’s desire
To bask and admire

One beautiful place
the eye catches
on every roadtrip
You and I take.

Every Snapshot has a Story

seemingly quiet…

En route to a popular coastal destination…

I could not help but stop driving to take a snapshot of this idyllic scenery….or so it seemed.

I thought I was lucky to have captured this moment only to realize that I am one of the many drivers on this road who broke the aura of tranquility this vista exudes.

A Photography Journey: I Got Blocked!

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I have recently joined an online photography community but got blocked without warning after posting just a few photos of my own. It was such a disappointment. I choose carefully which groups I want to join that is why I found it harsh that I was dropped instantaneously. Just like that. What have I done wrong? I had to find out.

Oh, of course! I defied its guidelines! Fair enough.

In my excitement, I got carried away and skipped reading through the posting rules and regulations.

Rules are rules. I get it. But, maybe a reminder first before blocking?  Other administrators do that. They give a gentle reminder to those who have failed to comply and the member/photographer simply edited his post. It’s different for repeat offenders, of course. By all means, block ‘em!

It has been weeks since, but as of this writing, I am still blocked by the said online community. So, even if I want to, there’s no way for that mistake to be rectified.

I must admit though that being blocked taught me these lessons:  what  ‘street photography” is all about and to absolutely read and obey the community guidelines.

Have you ever been blocked? Just like that? Thoughts?

Here’s more of  my photography journey: Finding My Place

A Photography Journey: Finding My Place

Definitely, an ongoing exciting journey.

My interest in photography has developed over time. It took awhile before my photo collections found their categorical place on my social media accounts.

I call myself an amateur photographer. I don’t use any sophisticated gadget but my mobile phone camera. Still, I take pride in what I was able to put together; my snapshots, my edits, my own perspectives.

Below is one of my photos on Instagram.

https://instagram.com/p/Bh2NZbVA53T/

I recall a verbal English proficiency exam years ago when I was randomly asked about photography. The question took me by surprise.  My reply was simple. Basic. “Photography starts with the use of a camera as the foremost tool for taking important images. These images are embedded with memories of a lifetime. Photography has made it possible for these precious memories to be printed-off and be filed in a photo album.”

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A travel snapshot shared on Google+

Photography became a passion when I was able to travel more, even halfway around the globe. I could not simply ignore the scenic views and the magnificent panorama that I thought I would never have the chance to see with my own eyes! I needed to document every experience and my camera made that possible.

I was cynical when the DSLR cameras first came out as they were huge and heavy. It was kind of unsettling because, for someone like me who isn’t tech savvy, they looked complex to use. All I wanted was to take photos with less fuss and fiddle.

However, times indeed, change. Social  media sharing became rampant. I, too, was caught in it. Who wasn’t?

The mobile phone companies smartly embraced this change and the smartphone invasion became unstoppable. Of course, I jumped into the bandwagon and thank heavens I did! I ditched my other camera(not totally, I still use it from time to time) for the more convenient, truly handy and user-friendly mobile phone.

The ease of taking photographs with my smartphone has immensely kindled the hobby more. Also, with the advent and continued availability of free, easy-to-apply photo editing applications, photography has never been more fun to explore. I, for one, can say that the innovation of the mobile phone camera has made the art of photography more accessible to a lot of amateur enthusiasts like you and me. So, let’s keep it up and click away!

Here’s what inspires me:

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Do visit my photos on Instagram

My photo collections on Google+

This journey continues:

I Got Blocked!