I am not writing this blog as my response to an article entitled “Feeling Fotog” published in UP’s Weekly Paper, “Kule”, hence, I am writing this to shed some light to those who haven’t read it yet. To be honest, after reading his opinions he really made me smile in a way. His observations were nice and I know that his main concern is the ever growing number of camera owners versus the decreasing number of real photographers.
At the dawn of the millennium, different camera giants have slowly opened its doors to the public. When digital photography began, the camera prices were up to the roof where only the rich and famous can afford. I have met different professional photographers saying that even then they don’t have enough resources to avail those cameras and it was really an expensive investment. Over the years, different types of cameras have been introduced to the public.
Point – and – Shoot
This was once known as “digi-cams” but as people slowly realized that there are a lot of types of digital cameras in the market, they have renamed it as point – and – shoot cameras to describe its fully automated functions. The main concept of these types of cameras is literally to point the camera at your subject then shoot. No need to adjust any other settings and from there, you can now have your own masterpiece. These types of cameras are made to automatically adjust to a certain perception of what is a beautiful picture. I remember back then while I was studying in FPPF that a classmate of mine shared that he just started as a hobbyist. His first shots was taken by an ordinary point and shoot camera and that he was very pleased but by the time he grabbed his own SLR, he realized that he has still a lot of things to learn. These types are very handy and their shots can easily stand out if used correctly. Never underestimate the power of this small gadget.
Single Lens Reflex or SLR Cameras are completely different from the point – and –shoot. With these types of cameras you are given the full control on how you want your picture to appear. If you noticed, these cameras have lots of buttons and dials and it would be really great if you can know each of them. It is time to treat your manuals as your ultimate photography bible. SLRS can be categorized as entry levels, semi – pro and pro cameras depending on the technology that they have.
I won’t deny the fact that at this moment, owning SLRs has been a status symbol. We Filipinos just have this sense of fulfilling our needs to be hip and in, admit it or not. But what really saddens me is how we are stereotyping these camera owners and giving bad connotation to the phrase “feeling photographer.” Though some of you might be offended if you’re tagged as one, I am proud to say that I am not. I take it as a compliment. It only amplifies how passionate I am to be a real one and it’s actually nice to know that people notice my efforts.
or if a man from Germany saw being tagged as “feeling physicist” to be a bad thing then until now we will never know the theory of relativity.
and most importantly if a small man from Laguna never recovered from all the mockery that was thrown at him like being bullied as “feeling nationalistic” then up to now we might still be in the hands of our oppressor.
There is no reason to be ashamed if you’re a “feeling photographer” as art is often interpreted in many ways. It is a form of beauty dependent on one’s perception. If Gusteau believes “Anyone can cook” and it took a sewer rat to prove it, then I also believe everyone can be a photographer regardless of his social stature and the gear that you are using. I am no pro but there is one thing that I know we share, and that is the passion to shoot and the burning love for photography.
So don’t be embarrassed if you’re using those big chunky cameras in A- Mode, I’ve known so many pro photographers who still do that. But rather you should be ashamed if you have this burning desire to be a great photographer, and you have let this stereotyping stop you from reaching it.