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Tuesday, June 4, 2013



DIGI WWOW AWARD 2013 - PHOTOSTORY OF THE YEAR



Alhamdullilah tahun nie aku dicalonkan lagi untuk DIGI WWOW AWARD 2013..ini adalah sebahagiaan dari 5 gambar aku dipertandingkan..act aku tak kisah sangat menang atau kalah..itu adat pertandingan..andai rezeki aku alhamdullilah syukur..tapi kalau kalah aku redha dan sangat berpuas hati diberi kesempatan sekali lagi oleh digi untuk tahun 2013 nie..terima kasih DIGI..

Tahun 2012 aku berjaya menjadi finalist untuk kategori PHOTOJOURNALIS OF THE YEAR..satu pengalaman yang hebat dan juga satu pencapaiaan yang amat membanggakan diri aku sendiri..tak sangka dalam ramai2 aku berjaya menambat hati juri dan seterusnya dinobatkan sebagai top 5 finalist pada malam tue..Seperti tahun lepas..tahun nie aku masih kekalkan karya fotografi jalanan aku..nak tengok sila KLIK SINI

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

12 TIPS FOR TAKING STREET PHOTOGRAPHY





Urban photography, or street photography as it is often called, tells the story of everyday life. Sound boring? The trick is to capture those moments in a way that is both interesting and thought-provoking.

But, what exactly is “street photography”?

The prestigious London Street Photography Festival sums it up best when it defines street photography as: un-posed, un-staged photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings.

In other words, street photography is about exploring your urban environment while snapping photos of interesting aspects of daily life.

Hit the Streets!
Hard-core street photographers will tell you that the first rule of street photography is that there are no rules. And they would be right - to a point. But, even hard-core street photographers will grudgingly admit that there are guidelines that they instinctively follow to be true to the “street”:

1. Observe
Tune into your surroundings. Be a keen observer of all that is happening around you. Those mundane aspects of life that are taken for granted can be “photo gold” in the hands of a good street photographer.

2. Be a Jedi
With keen observation comes the ability to anticipate a shot before it happens. Like Jedi Knights, good street photographers sense what will happen next and are ready to capture it. Tune-in Jedi street photographer and trust your senses.

3. Tell a Story
Street photography is not about recording what happened at a particular place at a particular time; it is about story-telling. Think about what you want the shot to tell the viewer.

4. Get Close
Get close. Really close. Street photography is not about shooting long distance with a telephoto lens. You need to be in the thick of the action to get shots people will remember. Be brave, but stay safe.

5. Small is better
Travel light. Use a camera that doesn’t scream, professional photographer; something small and handy with no more than a 50 mm lens – or perhaps a wide-angle lens. Leave the massive camera bag at home.

6. Be spontaneous
Street photography is predominantly spontaneous - to the extent possible, have your camera preset for focus and exposure so you can concentrate on the story your photo tells in that single frame. Let the camera worry about everything else.

7. Keep the background warm and fuzzy.
This may sound tricky, but it’s really not – you can create a blurred background by adjusting with your aperture setting. This works best with uncluttered backdrops. Simply choose a wide lens aperture, take a trial photo, and zoom in on your camera’s preview screen to make sure everyone stayed in focus. If not, adjust the setting and try again. It’s a professional photographer’s trick to draw the eye to the subject and it makes for really stunning portraits.

8. Ask permission
Make sure that if your photo highlights a person in particular to have their permission. Expecially, if you plan on publishing the photo or using it to enter a contest. In this case, you can just do a quick search on the Internet to find a basic form called "Model Release". You can visit the Canadian Association Photographer and print out the form available to you. You can bring the form with you and ask the subject for their permission to take their photo. While you do not always need to fill out the form, it's always good to ask people for their permission before taking their photo.

9. Don't be sneaky
Street photography is not an episode from Candid Camera or Punk’d. You are not a spy creeping up on your subjects. Be casual, not sneaky. Be respectful. If your subject feels uncomfortable or objects, don’t take the photo.

10. More is better
Take lots of shots – in fact, you can never take too many. Often you won’t see the magic of the photo until after it is shot. The puzzled expression in the background, the dropped handbag, the sudden change of a billboard, all of which you didn’t notice at the time of the shot, can really add to the mix.

11. Black and white or colour?
Many street photographs are taken in black and white because of the feel and texture it brings to a scene. But, don’t be afraid to use colour if it suits the moment. Plus, if you take all of your photos in colour you can use a post editing software to create the black and white version, while the opposite is impossible.

12. Be creative
Add to your storytelling by using different angles for different perspectives; low to the ground to catch a small child’s look of amazement as she watches a magician, or high up for the man hanging over the rail of his balcony. Vertical or horizontal? Again, the choice is yours!


11 QUESTION STREET PHOTOGRAPHER OR NOT





Once and for all, Street Photography is NOT having a camera and snapping around on the street!

Yes, it is almost impossible to say what street photography is, because every passionate soul who lives this passion has a definition of his own for this varied genre. But what I stated above is definitely what street photography IS NOT!

If you still believe that you are a street photographer, then ask your self these few questions -

Have you ever drenched yourself in heavy rain so far that even your underpants got soaked, just to get a good shot?

Did you ever smile back at a person after taking his shot?

Have you ever been threatened or chased by your subject after you took the shot, and yet you did not let go of the photo?

Have you ever looked at your subject through the viewfinder, but on removing the camera from your face, pretended to look somewhere else?

Have you ever shot a subject from so close that you could almost feel his breath on your face?

Have you ever felt happiness or sadness on seeing someone you don't know, smile or lament?

Has your camera ever kissed the ground on the streets?

Have you ever become the subject of interest for someone on the street?

Have you ever thought how important lights and shadows were and tried playing with them in your shots?

Have you ever run behind or follow someone to get the exact shot you had in your mind?

Did you ever build an interesting composition out of the most uninteresting scene?
  
Yes, it is very much possible, that you have "No" for an answer to all these questions. But if that is a fact, then get this another fact into your head... You are not a Street Photographer... Not according to me, not according to anyone else!

And well, if you have some or all these questions answered with a "Yes", you are definitely a street photographer... at least according to me, and also several others.

If you consider that this post is rude, then go ahead and feel free to believe what you want to. These are my opinion, and I still don't see any reasons to change them. But if you find yourself as not a street photographer, who wants to be one, and accept that with an open heart, then strive to become one. There are plenty of websites and blogs on the internet which will show you photos, give you tips, techniques, and all sorts of knowledge to teach you street photography, and all of it for free. Do not neglect knowledge by just believing that you know everything. Knowledge is infinite! Always strive to learn more and more and more. That's the only way to become a somebody. And after all that watching and reading, don't forget the practical application part. That is the most important. Without you going out on the street and shooting, nothing will change, and you will still be a nobody.

Feel free to oppose or support the post by leaving your comments. I would love to hear your stand on the subject. And if you find something meaningful in here, then kindly do share it in your circle.

FJM
FOTOGRAFI JALANAN




Terpanggil saya untuk berkongsi makna 'street' setelah membaca komen2 berkenaan tempat2 rakaman yang 'valid' untuk street photography.

'Street' secara literalnya bererti jalan tetapi di dalam konteks street photography,
ianya membawa maksud yang lebih luas - bukan sahaja di jalan2 dan lorong2 malah merangkumi tempat2 awam seperti taman riadah, taman bunga, taman haiwan, tepi pantai, tempat peranginan, tempat perhentian, pasar, kampung dan sebagainya.

Diringkaskan, di mana2 sahaja asalkan bukan tempat milik persendirian.

Adalah salah jika kita memaparkan gambar2 tempat milik persendirian tanpa kebenaran bertulis daripada tuan punya sesuatu tempat itu. Tetapi masih dibenarkan jika gambar dirakam dari luar dan ternampak subjek di bahagian dalam tempat milik persendirian. Cuma janganlah sampai memanjat2 pagar atau menghala kamera melalui tingkap untuk 'mencuri' shot di dalam (jika ditangkap ketika itu, kita boleh didakwa menceroboh privasi mereka).

Tempat2 seperti di dalam hutan tebal, di tengah2 laut, di dalam air dan di udara tidak pula dianggap sebagai 'street' disebabkan ianya bukan tempat kebiasaan orang ramai berkunjung, hanya pihak2 berkenaan sahaja.

Diharap dengan penjelasan di atas dapatlah sedikit sebanyak menerangkan tempat2 rakaman untuk street photography.

Sekian. Terimakasih.

Che' Ahmad Azhar

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

THROUGH MY LENS – firdaus hadzri


Saya merupakan jurugambar bebas di bawah naugan label saya sendiri iaitu moments photography dan kini saya menetap di pulau pinang.saya mula berjinak-jinak dalam dunia fotografi bermula tahun 2009. Saya juga adalah penggemar seni dan dunia kreatif.fotografi juga merupakan salah satu cabang seni.melalui fotografi,saya dapat melihat dunia dari perspektif yang berbeza.dalam dunia fotografi terdapat pelbagai genre namun saya lebih selesa merakamkan fotografi berbentuk dokumentari dan jalanan.elemen kehidupan dan kemanusiaan yang sering mendasari kedua-dua tema itu cukup dekat dengan jiwa saya dan menarik untuk diterjemahkan melalui lensa kamera.Bagi saya fotografi jalanan ini sememangnya merupakan satu genre fotografi yang sangat menarik dan mencabar.Mencabar ketahanan minda dan fizikal,mencabar keberanian dan kreativiti dalam mencari originaliti.
Merakamkan gelagat manusia di jalanan menjadi kegemaran saya.selain itu fotografi di jalanan lebih dekat untuk menggambarkan kehidupan sebenar kita sebagai manusia.saya juga gemar merakam gambar-gambar yang mempunyai mesej cerita,ekspresi dan emosi kerana ia mampu menghubungkan jiwa-jiwa manusia, Setiap siri gambar yang telah saya hasilkan ia mempunyai penceritaan serta mesej yang berbeza antara satu dengan yang lain.bagi saya gambar bermaksud “ sebuah cerita diatas sekeping layer ” kerana selain memerlukan pengetahuan tentang fotografi, seseorang itu perlu kreatif dan sedikit sebanyak mempunyai jiwa seni.
Banyak kejadian menarik atau moment seharian yang unik yang dapat dirakam sebagai subjek fotografi jalanan.fotografi jalanan memberatkan penceritaan dalam sesuatu gambar yang juga memberatkan moment2 penting yakni crucial atau decisive moment.dari segi amalannya ruang dalam apa yang dipanggil public domain jatuh dalam fotografi jalanan.fotojurnalism pula menitik beratkan nilai berita/news sesuatu gambar itu yakni lebih kepada nilai berita sesuatu event.kedua-duanya merupakan kaedah dokumentari,merakamkan detik-­detik yang penting.juga kedua-duanya sama asas konsepnya dari segi komposisi,pencahayaan dan lain-lain rules yang terdapat dalam fotografi.
Di sini perlu saya nyatakan, kebebasan berkarya (fotografi)  tidak bermakna kita semua boleh sewenang-wenangnya mengambil gambar sesiapa,apa-apa di jalanan.kita perlu fahami etika & hormati subjek.fahami apa kesan dari segi perundangan terhadap sesuatu foto yg kira rakam & pamerkan.adakah ianya menjatuhkan aib atau berunsur fitnah terhadap subjek.begitu juga dari segi agama apakah ianya ditegah atau tidak. 

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