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2009 April | Ena Photography - Part 2

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Fotoinspirasi – The Super Mini Review

Fotoinspirasi was held today at Citadel Hotel, Mid Valley. To attend the seminar, participants are required to pay a sum of either RM350 (individual), RM250 (groups of 10 or more) or RM200 (students). Honestly, while I usually do not take heed of seminars, I was intrigued by the title ‘Fotoinspirasi’ (directly translated as ‘photo-inspire’) and one of the four photographers invited to be a presenter is a famous local fashion photographer. Inspired by photos I thought? Cool! A little inspiration won’t hurt right?

Here’s a very brief review of the seminar. Kindly be warned, if you are easily offended by difference in opinions, you should not read this article.

The seminar started precisely on schedule at 9 am with the Master of Ceremony (MC) welcoming the guest and introducing the VIPs. After a few speeches by a few VIPs, I was just as struck at how formal the seminar was – it felt as if I was back in school! I guess, my inexperience in attending seminars fooled me here – I thought this should be more like fun-knowledge-sharing session. Oh well, I just held back but cringe every time the  MC went “Sekarang Majlis menjemput so-and-so untuk memberi ucapan” or “Terima kasih kepada so-and-so kerana sudi meluangkan masa untuk memberi tips-tips kepada hadirin. Di harap bla bla….“. Do you get how formal it was?

Four photographers were invited as speakers for the day – names shall not be mentioned, you can google up the name of the seminar and should be able to find it – so anyway, they were; an advertising/commercial photographer, a photojournalist, a fashion photographer and a wedding photographer.

Just a few words, I intend to keep this short. I came to be inspired, but I went home informed. I came excited to meet new friends, I left with the same friends (I already knew). The seminar was, in my honest opinion, geared towards beginners (with an exception to the presentation by the fashion photographer) or photo-enthusiasts who are unfamiliar about the four disciplines – it was an overview; but inspirational? Perhaps to others, but not me.

What does it mean to be inspirational? Inspirational just makes you want to jump out of your seat, grab your camera, and go out shooting. How was I suppose to be inspirational if during the slideshow, the pictures were only described briefly or skimmed through. Now, I’ve attended two photo talks previously in which I was truly inspired – in both cases, all the presenter did was, talk about each and every photo from A to Z – from the thought process, then all the way to the moment they click the shutter.

Allow me to illustrate:

 

Now, I’ll say.. “In the picture above, I used a wide angle lens with natural lighting”.

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*cricket sound*

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What if I had said… “It was a very hot day when I took the picture above. I was back in Malaysia for Summer holidays and on that very day, I managed to drag Aly out for a photoshoot at 10 am. After about 30 minutes, I still hadn’t ‘got’ the shot – everything looks bland and normal. Due to the scorching sun, Aly decided to take a break under the shade of a tree which had a bench underneath it. Then a friend suggested a great idea, why not have her lying down on the bench with her eyes closed – she will get to ‘rest’ while I can continue shooting. So as Aly lay her head and starred up at me, I just instructed her to be just ignore the heat – forget about KL – forget about your problems. And…. *click* I snapped the picture. I used a wide angle lens at that time and no artificial lighting were used. As we were under the shade, the natural lighting was more than sufficient.”

So. Which one would you prefer? Which one will you be more inspired to try it out yourself? You be the judge.

Just before our tea-break, the MC said… “Saya harap hadirin dapat menggunakan masa minuman petang ini untuk bergaul mesra bersama VIP/jurugambar” (Translation: “I hope, attendees today will use the oppurtunity during out tea time to get to know with the VIPs or Photographer”). I perked up, well.. perhaps this is my chance to talk personally to the presenters (apparently despite my confidence, I discovered I had stage fright when I presented my question under the watchful eyes of the other 110 participants – haha). I stepped out and what do I see? The four presenters being surrounded by other VIPs. How am I suppose to “bergaul mesra” if they are nicely ‘tucked in’ among the VIPs? Walk up right to them and say, “Hey, so-and-so!”? Had I done that, I would have probably be kicked out for being rude. 

That being said, among the four presenters, I have to say that the fashion photographer presented his materials the best. A brief introduction of himself, his job and then straight into the slideshow of his photo. He knows his stuff, he knows how to explain, and his level of presentation is suitable from beginners, all the way up to an amateur or a professional. Universal, is the word. Oh and trust me I’m not being biased on this argument – it was only coincidental that my favorite style of photography is fashion too.

6 Degrees – The Outtakes

This is part 3 in regards to my post on the 6 Degrees project. If you haven’t read the first two post, you can read them here and here.

Ok. At first I wanted to share my views on the project. However, after reading through the second post again, I’ve pretty much said what I wanted to say. Apart from networking, I’ve gain confidence in presenting myself to people. What I mean is, how often do you call a stranger and ask them for their permission to photograph them? How often do you meet a person, and then having to photograph them in their own bedroom almost immediately? Perhaps for other photographers this is not something new, but for me, it has become a means of improving myself. And perhaps through this project, I will finally gather the courage to do street photography – something which I had always wanted to do but never had the nerves to do it.

With that boring part out of the day, why not have a look at the outtakes from the project. Some of you may wonder, after viewing this, why I chose the selected photo over probably a better one. I guess my answer is that my choices are restricted to the photos which are sharp, intriguing and does not require much editing (lol). I personally would like to extend my gratitude to my friend Isma who was pretty involved in the thought-process and the flow of the project – think of her as my personal editor ;) Last but not least, a big big thanks to KLickr for giving me (and 11 other  photographers) the opportunity to participate in this project.

Once again, if you haven’t checked out the exhibition, you have till this Sunday, 4th of April. Do come by – visitors now have the chance of faving/commenting on their favorite photos through post-its which are provided. If you’re curious to see which photos that has garnered the most attention, well… guess you have to find that out yourself :P

The Outtakes (Minor color editing)