Photography is one of my favourite Art forms. (But then again which artform isn’t) The fact that you are looking at a scene, landscape or enjoying an event with family and you practically freeze that moment, still boggles my mind to this day.

My first encounter with Photography was when I was a child and my ‘tutor’ was my father. He was always taking pictures of the family. He had a Halina 35x SLR. I get the feeling everybody is saying huh? It was  a heavy thing and we weren’t allowed to touch it – only if he was there. BUT that didn’t stop me from sneaking into the drawer and pulling the case and pretending to take pics. A photographer was born!

Halina 35x
Halina 35x

Fast forward to College – where Photography was compulsory with Graphic Design. I bought my first camera Minolta (I think it was X700 pic below looks like it). I loved that camera – wish I still had it – sigh. But it was all film – all the time and I loved it. We had to develop our negatives in a dark room and print our pics in a room with safe lights and to me it was the best thing I could have ever learnt in College. This is where you can manipulate your prints, the professional way. We only did black and white at the time – but it was worth it and I had hoped to do colour prints myself one day – but I would definitely have to set up my own dark room. No problem I bought a book once, should have it here somewhere may need a revised edition.

MInolta x700
MInolta x700

Now, I do very little photography, sad isn’t it? Not the way how I want to, anyway. I occasionally do photography for clients using a Nikon D3100 but in the back of my mind I am still dreaming about developing my own prints in a darkroom. However, in the fast paced advertising world – there is no time for that, and to an extent some have even said no need for it.

I must admit I have not delved into DSLR as I should have. However when I do, I do not want to be a “point and shoot” DSLR photographer. That’s all I’m seeing these days. All settings are done and you point and shoot – or more so you add an ‘instagram-look’ to it. SMH. What’s worse mobile devices have been ramping up their mega pixels and loading them with apps-gone-wild – to make the ‘point and shoot’ images look like real photography . Sorry, I just had to say what every other photographer is thinking.  I want to go back to the Art in Photography. Where a plan is in place and when executed there is little to no need for adjustments, corrections or ‘instagrammy-ness” Unless, adding a filter to your image was the plan, in that case – a filter lens should have been used.

Guess you know where I stand. I feel the basics of photography as an Art form should be learnt, it does not have to be a darkroom lesson – actually getting to know about your camera before you whip it out at the next event to impress others with your latest purchase. *rolls eyes* That drives me nuts!  I will continue to get back-into photography the way I want to, at my own pace and do this Art form I have loved since I was a child.

– Creatively Yours
IdyaGurl

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