And I don’t want to be the one to break the news to some who do, that their pictures are bad.
If you have another career, you should stay with it. I’m already losing my shirt as it is, I don’t need more competition.
If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you’ll know I’m kidding.
But you might want to read my thoughts on taking your hobby to the next level, becoming a professional photographer.
Kicking back–I photographed this Indian child when I visited Malaysia more than 10 years ago. Jo’s images reminded me of many of my Indian friends who ran around barefooted. Originally shot on Kodachrome 64, I dug this out recently when I read that Kodachrome has been discontinued.
So just because you don’t plan on doing this to support yourself, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to improve your story-telling skills using pictures.
If you’re reading this blog, you’re on your way. Boy, talk about being self-serving. Sorry I couldn’t help myself.
More and more savvy bloggers are using photography. Jo Chopra McGowan is an excellent example.
She is CEO of the Latika Roy foundation, a non-profit in India. Her photography truly spices up her blog posts.
Sneaking up–These boys were hunting for worms which they sold for less than a quarter a can when I sneaked up on them. It’s always fun to see how kids react when they discover your presence. Just get ready to fire off a sequence. Originally shot on Kodachrome 64.
You’re not convinced? Here’s an experiment: Try disabling images in your web browser.
For Firefox users, under Preferences>Content, uncheck the box “Load Images Automatically” and quit and restart. To undo this, just check that box, quit and restart.
Then load up Jo’s blog and mine then compare.
I’d be willing to bet my Smartparts Digital Picture frame that you won’t find my blog very engaging because ofÂ my lame writing.
I’d wager my photogear, but readers like Jeff Link who shoots with a Canon 5D Mark II, Jina Jani with a Canon 50D will scoff at my cameras.
Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying my pictures are so wonderful either.
But having been a newspaper photographer, I know eye-candy when I see it. A good picture will draw or entice visitors to read more.
You can almost say the same about a good headline.
I know this because I spent close to 2 decades creating eye-candy for the newspaper.
If the readership of this blog doesn’t pick up, I’m ‘m considering hiring gals clad in swimsuits for my models next.
When I see her wonderful candids of those barefoot Indian kids, I’m transported back to some of my childhood memories when I used to hang out with the Indian kids growing up in multi-ethnic Malaysia.
You don’t need to be a swashbuckling war photographer or a hard-hitting-in-your-face photojournalism.
You just have to care about what you do and you just have to be passionate.
I’ve never met Jo but I get that from her pictures.
Even if you’re not too motivated or interested in tweaking and manipulating images in photoshop, you can still do a good job.
Just be more attentive. Make sure everything in the frame needs to be there and expose carefully when taking the picture.
Whatever doesn’t add, takes away from your subject. The focus and sharpness doesn’t always have to be spot on either. Your main subject does need to be the most in focus or sharpest
Unlike writing, photography doesn’t have rules, that’s why. There are no grammatical errors like subject-verb agreement, run-off sentences etc.
But there are blurry pictures, pictures that make you wonder what the subject is, pictures that appear like someone accidentally tripped the shutter running after a celebrity or rushing to use the restroom.
The trouble with that last group of pictures is this:Â all it takes for one of those “bad pictures” to become in vogue is for some avant garde art critic somewhere to say it’s chic.
Then I’m out of business for good.