Thursday, November 13, 2008

thank God for the flowers

After I joined my camera club this year, I received an invitation from some members to join them in a photo shoot for a possible entry to a certain photo contest. Since I have never joined a photo shoot before nor have I ever been to the venue for the shoot, I eagerly joined them.

I didn’t really know what to expect in a photo shoot. Our team leader briefed me along the way. I was told that when one goes on a shoot, one has to be ready with a concept and has to bring along props needed for the concept. Since I have never been to the venue, I did not really know what to expect, and I was not ready at all. I thought that when we get there we would walk around and look for something that would inspire us to shoot. So I was surprised when I discovered just how ready they were. They brought not just their photographic gear but also all kinds of props including some costume change. After walking around a bit, they found their spot and everyone took their places and prepared for the shoot as our team leader explained his concept. I tried to find a spot to join them too.

That day was a real learning experience for me. It was my first encounter with professional photographers and I saw how serious they were in their craft. There, I learned that winning photos are conceptualized and executed with care and not lucky accidents as I originally thought. What I have been doing so far in my photographic adventures was totally different from what I witnessed and experienced that day. I have always relied on finding the perfect shot through some inspiring moments and accidental discoveries. That day, I learned that one has to set up everything and lucky accidents are not accidents at all.

So at the end of the shoot, I was so frustrated because I could not get any right shots. While they were comparing their shots, I could not show them what I got because I was not happy with them. It was good that we had time to relax and walk around a bit before we set for home because I then found some “familiar friends”. I saw that the place had some flowers so I happily started shooting away.

If not for the flowers, I would have gone home that day wiser but frustrated. Thank God for the flowers, I went home wiser and happier.

So this photo I share today is one of the flower photos I took that day. Isn’t she a beauty?


Duchess O'Blunt said...

I enjoyed reading this post, because I have been contemplating joining a photography club and am a little leery. I don't know what to expect.

Photography classes are wonderful, but actually joining a club where you have the opportunity to practice what you are learning sounds like heaven.

I'll have to look at the opportunity more seriously

S.P.Angtuaco said...

Hey Duchess, it's so nice to see you here. Thank you so much for dropping by.
All I can say is go, go ,go!!!
I have never taken any formal photography lessons. I just learned everything through self study. However, joining a club definitely helps because being in contact with other photographers, both pro and newbies like myself made my learning curve less steep.
I have really learned a lot from my photography club. So go for it!
Thanks again!

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