I want to be many things. At one point in my life, I wanted to be a model, too. I never tried to actually be one though, but I like to act like one from time to time. I find it awkward and weird to pose to the camera and act certain ways especially when there’s really no one there to actually interact with. I’m comfortable making facial expressions to match a certain mood when I sing songs, but if not, I feel kind of weird doing it.
Last time I mentioned about taking my niece to UP, and that was because I wanted us both to be able to practice and take pictures of the beautiful sunflowers. We took the chance to take pictures of each other as well. I realized that it was one thing to take pictures of flowers and the sky, and it’s another to take pictures of people. Both are difficult for different reasons.
Taking pictures of nature is kind of a one way relationship. What you see is what you get. You as the photographer is the only one who needs and can adjust to whatever nature is giving you. You find the best angle, best frame, adjust the exposure, be quick and alert of all the small changes that happen and all that shiz because nature is not going to adjust to and wait for you. Taking pictures of people on the other hand is difficult, for me at least, because you have to think of ways to make the person look good on the camera. While you can ask a person to move and pose certain ways for you, there will come a point that the poses become repetitive and too similar to each other, unnatural or awkward. You also have to think of ways to make the person look like he/she belongs to the scene, and while it’s good to have something that you can control, it’s extra work for you since you still have to mind other factors I mentioned earlier in taking pictures of nature. I also read somewhere before that models and photographer need to be comfortable to each other so they can communicate well and take good pictures.
It’s nice to have someone close to you have similar interest. Today, we became both models and photographers of each other, helping each other out to become better at both. 🙂
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