Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Suggestion for Beginners In Photography

A Suggestion for Beginners In Photography
Lantern Festival, Suryakencana Street, Bogor City 2018
I am not sure there will be anyone asking for my suggestion in making good photos. I didn't have a "big name" nor also a professional. Even, I categorized myself as a newbie in photography world.

Having just jumped into this world, accidentally, as my blogs need to have actual photos, I self-taught myself how to capture moments with cameras basing on tutorials provided by internet. I started with a smartphone of mine at that time, an Xperia M, low-end smartphone but immediately decided to switch to a bridge camera, Fujifilm Finepix HS35EXR. Only after two years with the prosumer, I was able to buy an APSC DSLR, Canon EOS 700D with two lenses, the kit lenses 18-55 mm and zoom lens 55-250 mm, also a low end one.

So, probably I should not consider myself as eligible to give anyone an advice.

However, I dare myself to give anyone who would like to learn photography a little advice. Just a very small thing that no one may get it from advanced photographers, or professional ones. Because, I think it is very important and may be the basis for anyone's progress.

The only suggestion I would like to give is "Forget about money and fame when you start your journey in photography world".

Yes, it is my suggestion.

Many of beginners jumped into photography world because they are inspired by more famous photographers. The names like Henri Cartier Bresson, Bruce Gilden, or Erik Kim are often mentioned as the muses.

Beginners often immediately dream that they can copy the success and be famous as well, and eventually, they can earn a living with their camera.

Honestly, thinking that way may immediately give beginners a big burden. They push themselves too hard to practice and to follow all guidance and tutorials given by the successful photographers.

I don't think it is a wise thing to do when you start something. Too much burden mean you can not run fast. Nobody can run as Usain Bolt, especially with 100 kilograms on their back.

For beginners, the best thing is to enjoy photography itself, the excitement of capturing moments and making photographs, and to make mistakes. Definitely, beginners make mistakes and proffesional photographers still make mistakes too.

By giving ourselves too much burden, we can't enjoy anything and if we don't enjoy it, then there will be no passion born. Without passion, the journey in the world will be a short one and it doesn't match with what successful photographers have experienced. They became famous because they have traveled their long journey.

Years they spent to learn and to master their camera, predicting moment, exploring ideas, and so many others. It is a long journey and nobody can endure it without passion in their heart.

Therefore, the most important thing beginners must learn to become a good/decent photographer is by put aside their ambition, their dream about being famous and about the idea of making money with their camera.

Beginner must keep their heart light with very minimum burden.

This is to make sure that they can move forward at the early stage.

I know this suggestion sounds silly and stupid but that makes me enjoying the world and it lets me advanced a bit more. I believe I have become a better photographer compared to 4 years ago. That's because, I immediately realized that I shouldn't dream too much and give myself too much burden.

This is a suggestion I would like to convey to all beginners in photography world.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Unbearable Cuties On The Street

Unbearable Cuties On The Street
Suryakencana Street, Bogor City 2018
Often, I envy other photographers who have more sophisticated gears and chances to photograph beautiful and sexy photo models. Honestly, there was a wee bit of that feeling inside me, especially when I see the cropped sensor Canon EOS 700D on my hand.

However, it was always a slight moment because streets immediately invites me to focus more in finding other types of beauties. And, it won't take too long for me to aware that pretty models or gears have nothing to do with the excitement of becoming a street photographer.

Like, the above picture taken during the Cap Go Meh Bogor Street Festival 2018 on Suryakencana Street, Bogor City, it was captured just moments after I stared for few minutes to another photographer with their more expensive camera.

I think I should feel blessed to find such moment full of cuteness. Yeah, that's why I put the title of "unbearable cuties on the street". I smiled and felt happiness flow inside my vein seeing those kids waiting for a parade to begin.

Their gesture and facial expression are so cute.

Really unbearable that I took several shoots just to make sure I didn't skip the moment.

At that time, I forgot about how cheap my camera was and that the subjects of my pictures were not perfectly shaped body models.

Streets teach me so well that being a street photographer is more than just about how expensive your camera and how beautiful your objects are. It is about how you enjoy the happiness and joy provided by the street.

Besides, no matter how beautiful your model is, they won't win when compared to the cuteness of kids. At least, that is what I think.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

To Be Happy Is Easy, Or Not?

To Be Happy Is Easy, Or Not?
Fountain Park, Bogor City - 2018
Frankly speaking theoretically, to be happy is easy, really easy. Just take a look at kids when they play. You can see them smile and laugh freely and easily.

They don't have wants to be rich, to have a luxurious car, or to have a big house. They play because they want to. They don't want too much.

But, it can be a big problem to solve by adults as we always have something to want, more money, bigger house, a "better career", and so many other things, that we think it would make us happy.

We want happiness too much that often we forget how to be happy.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Street Happiness or Happiness On Streets ? It Doesn't Matter

Street Happiness or Happiness On Streets ? It Doesn't Matter
Sempur Square, Bogor 2017 - Credit : Arya Fatin Krisnansyah
Honestly, I would like to apologize for my poor English. As a non native English speaker, I always have a problem to find a correct term. In this case, I couldn't decide which term is correct to describe what I want to say, "a street happiness" or a happiness on street".

Both sound the same to me. However, probably you can help me finding the correct one after you read a little description about what I want to say.

Being a street photographer, I proclaimed myself as, I am always attracted to capture moments of people life on streets. Frankly speaking, I am always attracted to photograph struggle of people, which means people from low society, or in short poor people, are often become the targets of my Canon camera.

I learned it is one of the easiest way to present emotion and invite symphaty from audience. Cliche but it is an effective way to get attention.

However, I understand it is not a correct way to make human interest portraits. Because, a human's life always consists of sadness, struggle, and also happiness. No people ever feel sad all the time, sometimes, they must experience happiness in any forms during their life.

Anda, I saw happiness a lot on streets I crawled during my photo hunting sessions.

Street Happiness or Happiness On Streets ? It Doesn't Matter
Sempur Square, Bogor 2017 - Photo credit Arya Fatin Krisnansyah

The forms of on street happiness are many but one of my favorite scenes always involve a father and his children activity.

O yeah. I am a father as well. My son is a teenager now. So, I know how happy it is to have time with my only kid. My face always has a broad grin everytime I recall memories with my curly hair son.

And, I saw a lot on streets.

Probably, it is also one other reason I like to walk on weekends because I know lots of father and their sons will be around. Everywhere.

I like to see them having good times, laughing, playing, screaming together. Even, as a photographer, I could feel what they feel, happiness.

Street Happiness or Happiness On Streets ? It Doesn't Matter
Sempur Square, Bogor 2017 - Photo credit Arya FatiN krisnansyah
And, now. I feel the same happiness while typing on my HP low-end notebook. Because, I can show to the world about the happiness captured by Canon 700D camera, the one I shared with my son (as he is also fond of photography).

What makes me happy is not only about the fathers and their kids'  happiness. More than that, because all of the pictures here, in this articles were photographed not by my, but my son. It's not 100% perfect or correct in term of technique. It's still far.

However, I am happy because my son seems to also like to record moments of happiness between father and children. This means, what I taught him has been absorbed well by him. Also, because I think he also felt the same thing when he was playing with me while he was a toddler.

Something that I expect later he can transfer to his family, when he has one.

The happiness inside family.

Perhaps, that's why streets attract me so much, because, besides struggles and sadness, it also provides me with joy and happiness, and also fond memories with my beloved son.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Your Children Can Still Be Happy Without Gadgets

Your Children Can Still Be Happy Without Gadgets
Ciliwung River Bogor 2017 - Canon EOS 700D with 55-250 zoom lens
If your children feels unhappy when you ask them to leave their gadget, probably the only party who should take the responsibility for their unhappiness, is you. Yeah... you, their parents.

Don't blame the producer of smartphones, or even the inventor. They did nothing wrong, In fact they did help our civilization a lot by creating such a powerful tool.

However, as also any other things in this world, gadget or smartphone has both good and evil sides. It's like two sides of a coin that both sides comes together, inseparable.

Our children's excessive usage of this tool is created by parents ignorance about the evil side. Most of the times, we forget to put a limit and even neglect the importance of parents' guidance. Therefore, parents are the solely party who should take the blame when their children become a gadget maniac.

My experience on the street, hunting for photographs of mundane life surrounding us, often presents me some facts that sometimes, being poor is a bless in disguise for children. They would not have something that absorb their attention too much, a smartphone.

Like few kids, on the edge of Ciliwung river, in my hometown Bogor City, that still played normally with their fishing rod. I was not sure if they caught some fishes cause I didn't see fishes near them. However, I saw smile and laugh from them.

They were happy, and without smartphones. They act like normal kids, playing with their friends and enjoy their childhood.

There is no reason that our children can't copy them. With a condition, that we, their parents at least take the smartphones out of their reach, at least for some time. Unfortunately, often, we are also absorbed by our own handphones and forget to remind our pupils that there are many other ways to find happiness.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Free Charging Booth - The Ultimate Need of Modern Society

Free Charging Booth - The need of modern society
Free Charging Booth in Bogor Train Station 2017
If you ask me what thing is needed most by the majority of modern society, then my answer will be a "free charging booth".

People may suffer lightly if their stomach is empty for they can just go to any restaurant or convenient store to grab something to eat. However, they may seriously be worried if their gadget is low in battery. They may act like they are facing a near dead experience.

So, without a doubt, then it is my answer is free charging booth.

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We Were Young

We Were Young
Sudirman Street, Bogor - 2017
Unless you died early, then everybody will grow old day by day and reach a day when you have nothing to do but to remember when they were young.

Every old people will recall all memories fondly about the time when they had not too much burden, except without ending homework. Remembering all the moments when you needed not to think about complicated matter. And, for sure to think about so many "ifs".

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Being Commuters Are Tiring, Be A Clever One

Being Commuters Are Tiring, Be A Clever One
Gondangdia Station 2018
Honestly, being commuters are tiring. Really tiring. Especially if you have to travel between Bogor and Jakarta everyday. It takes around 1.5-2 hours a trip and everyday you have to make 2 trip.

Getting worst because commuter train service between two cities are never empty and seats are limited. You should never expect to get a seat if you are no Gladstone Gander who never runs out of good luck. You must be ready to stand all the way to your office or when you head back to your home. Besides, you are not allowed to take a seat on train floor.

So, you prepare yourselves to face a tough day, everyday, at least 5 days a week.

One of the things suggested is to save your energy when you can. This means before you breach a wall of passengers inside the train. You must be clever not to waste your energy.

And, one of them seems really clever. He even didn't want to spend his energy while waiting the train. Clever. It's not prohibited to take a sit on the station floor.

At least, he could save some of left energy for unimportant thing.

How about me? Well, honestly I am not clever enough. Rather than following his gesture, I decided to make myself busy with my old smartphone to take some pictures for my blogs. One of them was the one you see in this posting.

Lucky enough, I have been a veteran commuter. After more than 20 years using commuter trains, I am quite strong to stand all the way back to my comfortable home.