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Sentiments of a N00b Mobile Snapshooter


We all have seen it. We all have seen how the art of taking photographs has evolved to a much different media along with the advent of the digital era. I remember how during our Photography class back in college, we practiced using a point and shoot camera. We were taught how to load a camera film and taught how to focus, adjust the aperture, and find the right angle.


When our finals came, most of us used digital cameras when we weren't really taught how to use them in the first place. Not sure if it made a difference. Anyway, I remembered bagging the third place for the category Scenes of Daily Life during our photo exhibit. It was a photo I took of a fisherman on the shore.

*Exhibit A - Beach
*Exhibit A - Beach
*Exhibit A - Beach

I didn't expect it would place but I was glad that at least one of the photos I submitted made it. I didn't even use my own camera. I just borrowed one from my friend. Too bad I don't have a copy of it anymore. You know when Multiply closed, I lost most photos I had in college.

Fast forward to the start of my corporate life when I could finally afford to purchase my own digital camera, I started taking photos again but mainly because I wanted to add photos to my blog posts to break the monotony of large chunks of text. That digital camera is no longer with me.

*Exhibit B - Sunrise
*Exhibit B - Sunrise
*Exhibit B - Sunrise

More than a year ago, I purchased a smart phone I could afford with a decent camera and it's what I've been using since then. I wasn't sure if it could improve the quality of my photos but I figured I could try. I started my Snapshooter/Snapshots Saturday segment, where I focus on street photography (it's more of an attempt really) using only my smart phone. I wanted to do something new and focus on raising social awareness with the photos I take. This year, I'm planning to make the segment bi-monthly and change a little bit of how I do it.

I read up about smart phone photography and learned as much as I can. I'm learning everyday. It's so funny because when I bought my smart phone, I wanted to buy it because it has a built-in flash.. only to find out from all I've read that if there's one thing I should avoid using, it's The Flash. Oh good, lol! 

Of course, LIGHT. NATURAL LIGHT as they say is probably the most essential thing when taking photos. I haven't used The Flash a lot since then.

*Exhibit C - Blue & Pink
*Exhibit C - Blue & Pink
*Exhibit C - Blue & Pink

By the way, we're talking about an 8mp phone camera here. Yep, only 8mp. And it's the only camera I have now. I'm using it for pretty much everything. To enhance my photos, I use free photo editing tools, trying my very best to not over-edit and not add so many filters. Because, simplicity is still beauty.

Instagram has been one of my inspirations in sharing "shareable" photos on social media. It seems like the best photos always get shared a lot on Instagram (well, in terms of micro blogging). People are doing their own thing - photographing almost everything and even the simplest and most mundane things in everyday life. 

*Exhibit D - Vintage
*Exhibit D - Vintage
*Exhibit D - Vintage 

Sometimes I don't get the right amount of light I want or need. Sometimes I don't know how to stage my subjects or objects. Sometimes I take a hundred photos then delete everything. 

There are times when I just snap and snap and try different modes on my phone and see which photos come out well and neat. There are also times that the best photos I have are those that are a little blurry and not focused at all. Not sure if that makes sense. Ahh, memories!

*Exhibit E - Food (in super low light)
*Exhibit E - Food (in super low light)
*Exhibit E - Food (in super low light)

There are times when the photos I snapped are good enough on their own that I feel there's no editing needed anymore. There are also times when I get frustrated with either less or so many editing options to choose from.

You see I'm not an expert. I take photos mainly because I enjoy telling a story through those photos and I want to experiment from time to time. If it turns out to be something I want to share with others then I share it. If I don't feel like sharing it, then I guess that's fine too. 

The good thing about it is.. I never stop learning and exploring.

*Exhibit F - My Restless Feet
*Exhibit F - My Restless Feet
*Exhibit F - My Restless Feet

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