Wednesday, June 30, 2010

n00b phtography

I learned the basics of photography by trial and error and reading websites.

If you are a complete beginner and want to learn, my advice would be not to go to Malaysian websites.

Malaysian forums generally have an uppity attitude, I discovered.

A lot of people are scared you will be doing what they are doing, I suppose, and 'spoil the market' with your n00b rates.

I mean, they charge RM20,000 for company profiles - maybe more. Around RM6,000 for weddings.

And there's also the Malaysian disease of trying to laugh you out of existence.
If you can't stand being wrong, don't go.

My advice - go to the international forums.
They have more tolerance for n00bs. And they share A LOT of information. Just ask.

Then, when you have enough arrogance, but not enough knowledge,
go to local forums and compete at who's the bigger idiot.
If you want to.

However, if you're a gearhead, simply go to local forums to know where the best prices are
(Singapore, Pertama Complex, etc).
And also to network for second-hand gear.

What I've discovered is that, the FIRST thing you need to know about photography are the capabilities and limitations of your camera. This goes with a bit of know-how on the basics of technique and shit.

Then, train for composition. Composition is the most important part of it. Not how expensive your gear is.

It's not the camera. It's the man behind the camera.

I am no expert. Not a pro.

I have a Nikon DSLR. Why?
Because unlike Canon, Nikon ONLY MANUFACTURES cameras and top-of-the-range optics.
If you want to buy a printer, buy Canon.

Well, at least that's what my friend says and he's been taking photos since I was five.