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Forget about the profession of being a photographer. First be a photographer and maybe the profession will come after. Don’t be in a rush to pay your rent with your camera. Jimi Hendrix didn’t decide on the career of professional musician before he learned to play guitar. No, he loved music and created something beautiful and that THEN became a profession. Larry Towell, for instance, was not a “professional” photographer until he was already a “famous” photographer. Make the pictures you feel compelled to make and perhaps that will lead to a career. But if you try to make the career first, you will just make shitty pictures that you don’t care about.

— Christopher Anderson

I think at times, we are so caught up in trying to make a living out of photography, that we sometimes forget why we take pictures in the first place. I am not a professional photographer nor am I an expert in this field but I can resonate with what Christopher Anderson is trying to say. “First be a photographer and maybe the profession will come after”.

On a different note, all the above pictures was taken at 6.30pm yesterday. The sun was out for only 5 minutes before disappearing into the thick cloud. At the back of my mind, I have always wanted to try backlighting. Yesterday, I got the chance but only for 5 minutes. I always tend to forget to check my camera setting before clicking the shutter (yes, bad habit!) and Azlan will always be the one reminding me to slow down. Study the light first. Check your ISO. Check your metering mode (a MUST for backlighting technique-and it’s always good to be +1 more). Focus. Check everything to get the perfect exposure. Take a deep breath and hold the camera in the right position to avoid shaking. After clicking the shutter, check your histogram. And if the image didn’t turn out like what you want it to be, try again.

No post processing was done to any of the image. It was all SOOC (Straight Out Of The Camera). I was actually challenging myself to play with the light and get the hazy effect without having to do it in PP (Post Processing). It was all FUN. And now, I’m waiting for the weekend to come again to hone my photography skills.

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