With the floods that we are having right now, there is probably more than one camera that has gone underwater, and is now (hopefully) the subject of an insurance claim. However, there is truly another world beneath the surface.
The French have been intimately involved with photography ever since Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre more than 100 years ago. But the title of the most enduring French photographer should probably go to Willy Ronis, a French photographer who died four years ago aged 99.
History is important to gain a good insight into the developments in photography and ending up in today with electronic equipment.
Jacques-Henri Lartigue was the first photographer to show that equipment comes second to imagination. He was a great individualist taking photographs of “…everything which pleases me, everything I am keen on, which delights or amazes me. The rest I let pass.” Famous lensman Richard Avedon called Lartigue “The most deceptively simple and penetrating photographer in the history of that art.” I can only agree.
Have we become too smart for our own good? Has technology taken over where good photographic sense left off? I used to use a battered old Nikon FM2N. A mechanical camera with manual everything, focus, aperture and shutter settings. With modern cameras able to produce perfect photographs, according to the publicity blurbs if nothing else, why would I use a battered old Nikon, which is manual in operation?
Pro shoots are expensive. With professional photographers apparently able to command sky-high prices, some people wonder just how these shooters can justify their fees. Let me tell you, good professional photography costs big bucks - just the same way that good restaurant food costs big bucks and good cars cost big bucks.
A photographic friend of mine mentioned that he had been taking some shots in one of the wats down Sattahip way, and how he enjoyed the creativity that the temples brought out in him.
In our Judeo-Christian society, we are used to hearing about the 10 Commandments. Drummed into us at an early age. However, in the photographic society, add one and make that 11 Commandments.
Stage photography is quite different from ordinary portraiture. With portraits you are generally trying show the subject in a flattering manner. With stage portraits you are trying to capture the atmosphere of the event on stage, often with just one performer. Your photo has also to scream out ‘stage’, and this week I will show you how.
Many years ago, when looking at medium format photography, I was enamored of a Pentax 6x7. It was just like a larger 35 mm camera, so would be easy to learn, whilst the alternatives of Hasselblad and Bronica looked far too daunting in use.
When I was an active professional photographer, I was given two pieces of advice. First was: Do Not Photograph Children and the second was: Do Not Photograph Weddings. If you follow that advice, it will make your life much more simple. However, you will eventually be forced into the first, with no way out.