Nowadays, those humongous camera (normally with Nikon and Canon straps) are so reachable. You can get one at USD400 and you can start snapping beautiful photos.
I am one of them, but thankfully I am a little bit luckier.
So far, under the name of my small company, I did a photo job for one corporate dinner, took photos for a broadway musical company, and also designed the program books, posters and banners for the company’s broadway show. Not that much though, but it was good experience.
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I've been taking photos since forever.
From a simple film camera, I’ve upgraded to a few different cameras:
Yashica film camera – got dipped in the sea
Olympus Miu camera – got stolen after only the first film role
1MP first generation Olympus digital camera – got stolen in the bag I left outside the lecture hall. Never liked it anyway, it’s horribly huge, and the pictures were not clear, and the batteries die fast
2.1MP Panasonic Lumix – got spoilt, friend took it and repaired it and became his
5MP Minolta – passed to my mom, I’m tired of the fuzzy pictures at night and it has limited zoom
10MP Sony HX1 with 20 times zoom – sold off to a colleague. The camera is not fast enough
15MP Canon 500D – my brother helped me to sell it off. I prefer the number 550 compared to this 500
18MP Canon 550D – my current beloved camera.
One of the most unforgettable memories of taking pictures is when people really hated it when I took their pictures, on a birthday party. It doesn’t matter if the photos were nice, once they’ve put that label on you as the intruder, then that’s it. It gave me a scar and from that day onwards, I vowed that I will reach to the level of professional photography.
When handling with people who don’t really keen to be photographed, I have learned a few tricks. If it is going to be a great shot I shouldn't miss, and if it’s not illegal, I will try a different approach.
I will use Live View. By that, people don’t feel or notice as if a huge scary machine is probing on them.
I will do my business as quick as I can. The shorter the time, the less people will start to get agitated by the existence of my camera. But it is a challenge to take nice photos at only one or two snaps. You have to be right at the first time.
I also will say it clearly to my subjects- I only take nice photos. The not so nice ones will be trashed and I will make people look good. After taking shots, once a while I will let them see the results through the screen.
I can also use the telephoto zoom to take from a far comfortable distance and I push up the ISO to capture as much light.
And of course, I learn more and more on how to produce astounding images, so that people will feel assured to be in front of my camera.
I am still fortunate.
A year ago, common people used to hate me when I take their photos.
Today, celebrities flock in front of me wanting me to make them beautiful in my work.
It's not something I get that often in my life.