Photography: Learning Process . . .

Studying the art of photography is difficult yet fun. I am not enrolled in any workshop or what-not so I rely on myself and my buddies for tips.

Aside from occasional “How To” questions I throw at my colleagues, I also browse helpful websites tackling photography.

One such online tutorial I frequently visit is the Camera Labs. They have basic tips on photography and they also have an online forum where other photographers (both amateur and professional) share their ideas and experiences.

I hope in becoming as efficient in photography as I am in PhotoShop. LoL!

These are some of the shots I took on our recent trip to La Mesa Eco Park.

A portrait of my younger sister.

Macro shots bring out the beauty in the littlest of things.

I don't think landscape photography will be my forte.

This is one of the few decent "Action shots" I took. I rested the dSLR on my arm as I speedily moved it from one side of the room to another.

Canada’s Next Top Model (Cycle 2) winner is LOVE~

I consider myself as a model-and-photographer-wannabe so I frequently watched America’s Next Top Model and Canada’s Next Top Model in the cable channel called VELVET. It’s just now that I really had the chance to see most of the episodes because of my schedule.

Some ANTM winners ended up being TV actresses instead of ramp models! They should’ve joined the American Idol instead! CNTM – Cycle 1’s winner ended up tragically when she opted to quit the modeling business because she said she wasn’t given enough opportunities and her winnings were still subjected to income tax. What does she expect? Modeling is also a job so everyone in this business is also entitled to pay their taxes, duh!

Anyway, Cycle 2 of CNTM caught my interest far more than ANTM did because their photography ideas are wilder and extraordinary!

Like all other fashion reality shows, the contestants were all given tips and challenges to see who could step up to the next level and have the chance to fulfill their dreams of becoming a true-blooded model.

My pick amongst the ten girls was Rebecca Hardy. She is just so beautiful, she has a strong personality and her photographs are full of angst! She stayed focused on her goal of winning the contest and she lets her photos do the talking — unlike most of the contestants who kept on bickering at each other and bash other girls’ mistakes to cover their own flaws!

Rebecca Hardy, Sinead Brady (1st runner-up) and Tia Ayrton-Hill (3rd runner-up) were all absorbed by Sutherland Models.

* AOL video containing Rebecca’s CNTM photos and some behind the scenes [link]
* Rebecca’s portfolio [link]

© Canada’s Next Top Model, CityTV, Sutherland Models, and Fashion Model Directory

Photo-Theft …

Ahh … I recently got agitated when I read an online buddy's thought about him being dubbed as a "photo-stealer."

Of course, he must've felt angry when he was called a thief … but judging from what I saw, I'd also call him one.

he said …

"Now photographers say that they are “possessive” of their photos, OK, no problem with that, but do know that once you put them photos at the internet, it is now accessible and downloadable to EVERYONE around the world. Don’t be like the eldest brother in the story. Label your photos, and label them well. And to some lazy photographers, if you really are possessive of your photos you will do that. And if you don’t like people in the net using your photos, don’t put them on the net then."

He was referring to his analogy of the "eldest bro leaves bread on the table then youngest bro eats it ; none of the brothers confessed, thus leaving the eldest angry" thing.

Granted that all photos published on the internet are "up for grabs" but at least show a little appreciation to whoever you got the photo from.

Lack of ethics.

What he did was edit the photo, put in the model's name, his website URL and that's it. No credits to the photographer. He put a hyperlink to the source of the photo on his blog entry but I don't think that's enough. I mean, he managed to edit the picture that far, so why didn't he bother including the URL where he got the photo from? If the URL is too long, why not simply put "Photo source : < insert photog's name or website title >" or something like that. What if another person grabs the photo from his blog entry and didn't bother clicking the hyperlink? After a while, that person will forget where he downloaded it.

I'm gonna repeat a part of my comment on his outburst …

"Not all photographers know watermarking techniques. not all of these photographers use digital cameras or photo-editing softwares. A simple credit or recognition is the only 'payment' we give to these awesome photographers. Without them, we will have minimal or no photos at all to post in our websites."

I didn't bother replying to him anymore when he said that he did put credits by adding the hyperlink because it might start a flame war.

… but I hope everyone will get my point.

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