It is only about ten years since I have started to take pictures seriously. I have bought and sold many cameras in the past years; now, I have still five cameras for shooting that I use them for different occasions. However, we all know, between “study photography seriously” and “getting to the points” is sometimes not developing proportionally. I just realized some percentages about photography in the recent years. Once you get the feeling of understanding, you are encouraged by the exciting moment.
As I had started to plan the photography workshop, I asked myself, what means “take pictures” to most of us. “To record remarkable moments in our life”, right? Therefore, the workshop must be useful and down to earth as our lifestyle. The idea of “a weekend trip” jumped into my mind. By walking on real occasions to learn how to take photos is a better way than sitting in a classroom and watch some powerpoint documents.
The weekend Trip photography workshop started by the city guide. I let Mr. Xie, a local who lives in Tainan and works as a presenter of the city introduced us to the old town. Through his stories, we understood more about the spots we visited; it made us feel emotional to take photos. The process was just like what we usually do on a real weekend trip. Walking through the streets, stop by some interesting stores; moreover, take some “visited” photos. I explained and shared my tips in the real situations; thus, it was easier to get the points.
In the past years, I have traveled to many places, and my photography skills are also developed through the journeys. It was great to share my experiences with the people who joined the workshop.
In the second part of the workshop, we came to a coffee house where we practiced the tips of interior and food photography. Moreover, made a break from a long distance walking and enjoyed the lunch. Interior and food photography are the most useful skills that we need in our daily life; as we often go to coffee shops on weekends with friends and take some feeds for our social accounts.
Besides, I also shared how to edit photos with different apps. I was happy to see everyone was concentrated and patient to practice taking photos.
People think good and expensive cameras make great pictures. I say, being sensitive to details is the key. Before you click the shutter, think firstly about “what is the message you want to deliver ” through your images. Take pictures every day and edit it with your intuition, and then pick one image that you like the most and save it; day after day, you will see how fast you can develop your photography ideas.
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.