Well, technically, it’s not really a new hobby.
I guess you can say it’s a newly ressurrected hobby.
I’ve been interested in photography for as long as I can remember.
I even worked at a photography studio before, at Parallax Studio.
I was hoping to learn more about photography but never really did. I concentrated more on how to manage a studio and learned the ins-and-outs of fashion shoots (for magazines, billboards, etc.) and commercials.
When I was much younger, I had a simple point-and-shoot film camera. If I remember correctly, I think it was this brand.
I took photos of EVERYTHING! Mostly our pets and plants.
My parents would get mad because I was wasting money on films.
I remember saving my allowance to buy my own films and having the photos developed at Fernandos in Las Pinas.
(Can anyone remember Fernandos?)
My next camera after this was the first ever Canons IXUS S100. I proudly bought this with my own money in college. I was around 18 or 19 at that time.
It never really occurred to me to buy a ‘professional’ digital camera back then.
To me, all cameras where the same. All that matter was they took photos and that was it.
And boy, did I love taking photos of everything – mostly of scenery and animals, and inanimate objects. I just had a fascination with how things can appear differently in a photo.
In 2006, Artie bought me my first prosumer camera – the Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom.
It was with this camera that I decided to take photography lessons with.
The Photoworks Workshop then was quite basic.
We learned how to use the camera. We learned the basic concepts like aperture, depth of field, etc. We also studied what makes a good photo and learned how to take good photos – composition, subject, etc.
After the Olympus camera, I went back to a simple point-and-shoot camera for the reason that I found prosumer cameras to be too bulky.
I was at the point of my life where I was a party girl. I went out every single night.
All I wanted was a small, tiny camera I could put inside my bag so I can take photos during nights out.
Never happened, though! I would end up not bringing the camera for the fear of losing it during our nights of drunken stupor.
Eventually, I went back to a prosumer camera again which Artie gave as a gift – the Panasonic LX3.
This camera lasted me for a long time! Until quite recently actually.
(This camera took a backseat when I got my iPhone 5 from Smart.)
Last Christmas, Artie gave me my first ever dSLR.
(Thanks Artie for always being supportive of my hobby!)
I never really thought of buying my own dSLR. I mean, I did want one, but I could never get myself to buy one then.
It just felt like huge investment, and it’s not exactly that cheap. I didn’t want to really get into it as I knew I would eventually need to buy a lot of things.
It’ll never end, as with any other hobbies.
First you need the camera, then you need to buy accessories like then lenses and flash.
Ah, well, looks like I’ve finally been suckered in!
Speaking of lenses, I bought my first ever (aside from the lens that came with the camera) lens – the 50mm f/1.8 – from Lazada.
I’m really loving this lens and spent most of the afternoon taking photos of the most mundane subjects.
So there! Hopefully now that I have my own equipment, I can brush up on my skills and actually be good in it.
I’m not aiming to be a professional, but I want to at least be knowledgeable in the subject.
Maybe in the near future I can take more advanced lessons again. I also want to invest in my own lights so I can do really nice OOTDs at home, haha! ;)
So yeah, I’m excited to make memories this year and capture them on camera!
Any photography enthusiasts out there reading my blog? :)