I attended the Blog Your Best Shot workshop last Saturday – organized by Martine de Luna of Make It Blissful (http://makeitblissful.com/) and conducted by Mia Marchadesch-Jaranilla (http://www.miaymarch.com/). We had the workshop at Commune, a coffee shop along H.V. Dela Costa in Makati City. Here’s a photo of all the wonderful ladies I spent the afternoon with.
I love taking pictures but I don’t consider myself a photographer (not as my creative expression anyway). Photography has been more of a means to document memories for my scrapbook or my reference for a future painting. I think less about composition, and never bothered with styling. I do spend a lot of time doing color management and post processing though since I print my pictures at home.
Mia started off with a lecture on the 5-step workflow for taking your best shots. Later, we applied what we learned. Here were some of my attempts at photo styling. I was lucky enough to be right beside the glass window so I was able to take advantage of the natural light.
I was expecting to learn something new but I was in for a surprise. The concepts discussed by Mia. particularly on photo-talk, were to me, words I’ve heard before. Knowing the message you are trying to convey, using light and perspective, making a composition of your elements (whether still life or landscape), these are the exact same principles for making a painting. These are what I apply!
During the workshop, I was shifting from “A-ha!” to “How could I not know this?” I was a little disappointed with myself and frankly a little embarrassed. I’ve already attended a basic photography workshop a couple of years ago, I’ve come to the same realization then. Obviously, I needed to be reminded again – photography is an art form (duh?! obviously) Photography can also be MY art form – not just painting, doodling and scrapbooking.
Photography is not just about the settings of the camera (which I don’t like to study, I just play around with the ISO setting). It is, in Mia’s words, a “visual passion.. a form of expression… a form of communication… form of a blank canvas…”
I have a lot to think about… to imagine… I am still working on developing my photo style and I did some experimentation today.
Style #1 – I was inspired by the winning shot in the workshop. Looks good but neat, orderly and symmetrical is so NOT me.
Style #3 – Used my other journaling cards as background, tried to shoot at a different angle to make it more interesting…I’m still working on finding (and creating) my best shot. Its a process and I’m looking forward to it. Thank you Mia for the inspiration! I got a lot more out of the workshop than I expected!