300 million pictures are uploaded into Facebook each day. What that means is if you want people of today to get excited over your photography, you better acquaint yourself to show something extraordinary.
Photographs heals enmity as much as it can bring tears to one’s eye. At its extreme end, it can invoke anger and hatred.
Anyone can claim to be a good photographer but can they shoot the wind? They can shoot the effects of the wind or every single grain of sand or things the wind carries with it but wind itself? It costs us nothing to be humble…
Art is internal, photography external. Therefore one must paint with what is inside of
us, our feelings, our emotions, our thoughts before it can be called Art. If one does
on-the-spot paintings from still life to landscapes to street scenes or even portraits,
one is merely a photographer, not an artist. Because photography is capturing what is
happening all around us, not inside of us. It is an external discipline.
You don’t ask for permission when doing candid photography or street photography. If you do,
you’d erase that candid naturalness important in street photography. Therefore, to ask
permission before taking a picture when the composition is just right is totally humbug. In street
photography, the decisive moment to click the shutter is just a fraction of a second. In street
photography, quite often moving objects and gestures could be a bit blurry because you need to be
split second ready in capturing split second motion which could be lost if you take time to adjust
your camera’s function and most shots are also taken without the aid of tripods not like shooting
still life or landscapes. And when one enters a street photography contest, please dear judges, do
not ask the photographer to seek permission from the one whose image was captured in the scene.
At all times they are just figures who happen to be there at the right place and at the right time~ a
natural composition rather. And do not confuse street photography with peeping tom
photography which is engaging others in their private moments in private places whether they are
in compromising positions or not.