One item required by all pro photographers is a large roll of black velvet. This initially ‘strange’ item has many uses, including what I like to call “low budget special effects” photography and is the subject this week.
I met a young chap who has a keen interest in photography and had a lens on his DSLR, the like of which I had never seen before. It was made of brass and the focusing was done using a knurled knob which was the pinion to a rack built underneath the lens body. It screamed the 1800’s and Josef Petzval.
I do not like Songkran. If it were one day it would be fun, but days of being soaked, is not. However, there is no getting away from the fact that Songkran is a festival you should photograph - even if it is only once! I will also admit that the first time I experienced this annual water throwing event, I too thought it was fun. Remember that the Thais talk about “playing” Songkran.
Pattaya seems to be filled with super sales personnel. Every second person, and especially the ladies, has a scheme to export Thai artifacts to the thirsting throngs back in their home countries. After all, such things as Thai silk, locally produced cutlery, incense holders and costume jewelry are plentiful and much cheaper than “back home” and why not make a little money on the side as a small-time supplier?
One of my friends sent me the following link http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/2015/03/11/believe-photos-taken-iphone/ thinking that I would be flabbergasted at the images captured by a smartphone. I was sorry that I had to report that the images were not demonstrating how advanced the smartphone was, as they were all “record” shots.
“New” photographers tend to splurge on filters, happily screwing on the latest filter purchase, no matter whether the subject matter will be enhanced by the addition on the front of the lens.
I was reminded about helicopters this week when I overheard a young lady saying accusingly to her male partner, “You not butterfly, you helicopter!” To which the quick-witted young man replied, “And you international airport!”
Photography is a continuous learning process. Even at the professional level, photographers are experimenting with new processes, new techniques and even shared knowledge to improve their images. To become a pro usually means that the photographer has spent some time as an “apprentice” to a well established pro shooter. However, you can get there on your own, with the help of books (something I wrote about a few weeks ago).
The impetus for this week’s column came from the rock concert during the Burapha Bike Week. This was the real deal in rock music, with our local musicians playing with a current international (Guns ‘n Roses) guitarist (but not Slash, I am sorry to say).
Now stage photography can be quite a specialized art form, with many stage acts having their own photographers who tour the world with them, just to get those iconic shots of the stars performing on stage. However, you can do just the same though on a smaller scale.
There is only one totally accepted way of making a small fortune out of professional photography - and that is to start with a large one.
However, even amateur photographers can make some money with their cameras, but they have to understand the marketplace first. It is no good trying to sell a beautifully exposed photo of hydroponic tomatoes growing to a magazine called the Pig Breeder’s monthly.