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1. Capture a memory that you can have forever 

With a photo you can capture a moment, and have it forever. I think we take that idea for granted, with photography being so ubiquitous these days. But seriously just take a second to appreciate that. If you did that in Ancient Greece they’d call you a sorcerer. Or a god.

2. Notice the details

Photography changes the way you see things. It’s actually quite an incredible transformation to experience. Suddenly you notice light, shapes, colours, textures, people, bulidings, trees, flowers…Everything around you looks different when you start to see the world as a photographer.

3. See The Beauty In The Every Day

Once you start noticing details, you inevitably start to see how much beauty is all around you. Every day is filled with it—in the most ordinary or unexpected places. When you start to derive happiness from seeing some particuarly awesome light, you’ll realize that photography has changed your everyday experience.

4. Live In The Present

And to round out this theme, photography, through it’s ability to help you see details and notice the beauty around you, helps you to truly live in the present. When you shoot you have to be aware of everything if you want to capture it. You can’t be thinking about the movie you watched last night, or what you’re going to have for dinner. Photography focuses you on the now, which is incredibly valuable!

5. Forget Your Worries

Photography is something you get immersed in (see above!). You lose yourself in shooting, and all your worries and daily stresses just melt away.

6. Share It With The Important People In Your Life

One of the top ways people got into photography was through someone important to them. People credited their mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, sibling, friend and even great-grandparents. Photography is a passion that you can share with the important people in your life. You can pass it down to the next generation, and spur their love of this amazing art.

7. Document Your Family

And the MOST common reason folks got interested in photography was because of family—particularly having their own children. Photography is a way to document the lives of your kids, and that alone is worth learning all you can about it. One day you may also be documenting the lives of your grandkids!!

8. Capture The Amazing Range of Love And Emotion In Kids

Whether they are your own, a friend’s, or a client’s, kids are an amazing photographic subject. They see the world differently, and often express a lot more love and emotion than adults. Being able to capture that is both a fantastic photographic challenge, and a profound learning experience.

9. It’s A Creative Outlet

Everyone should have a creative outlet. There’s no use pulling the excuse that you’re “not creative”. Anyone can push the button on a camera, and point it at something they think looks cool. It’s honestly that simple to be creative.

10. Make Art

And the result of that creative act? You can create art. That just flat out rocks.

11. A Great Challenge

Now, there is actually a lot more to photography than just pointing the camera at something and pressing the button. That’s where you start. But learning to become a great photographer is a serious challenge. You’ll always be learning something new, have new directions to explore, and new challenges to face. And that’s a good thing! This is a pursuit that you will never be bored with.

12. Share Your Perspective

Everyone sees things differently. Put 100 photographers in a room and you’ll get 100 different photos. The way you see the world is unique, and photography lets you share that perspective with others.

13. Express Yourself

Your unique perspective can go further than just showing people how you see a scene. Photography also lets you express yourself—your opinions and beliefs. You do this by choosing what you photograph, and how you represent it. This aspect of your photography is ever-changing as you change. You get a sense of what a photographer is like as a person by looking at their body of work. This part of photography is absolutely fascinating as a viewer, and fulfilling as a shooter.

14. Tell A Story

Photography is a fantastic story-telling medium. Whether you’re telling a story with one image, a sequence, a series, or an entire portfolio, the possiblities are endless. Just ask yourself what story you want to tell, and photography can get you there.

15. Capture An Adventure

One very common way people get interested in photography is through travelling. Who doesn’t pack a camera with them on a trip? The more you practice and learn about photography, the better you’ll be able to document your adventure.

16. The Best Souvenir

Photographs are the best souvenir from your travels. They are personal, beautiful, and have a story behind them. The trinkets you buy in markets inevitably break, or clutter up your home. A stunning photo on the wall is personal art that puts a smile on your face as it reminds you of that exciting adventure!

17. Take You Somewhere You’ve Never Been

Maybe you haven’t been to an exotic locale, but photos can practically transport you there like a Stargate. They can show you the people, the food, and the sights. Or maybe you want to share your own travels with friends and family. They get to come along with you when you take awesome photos!

18. Get Close To What You’re Interested In

Photography is a fantastic gateway into anything else you’re interested in. Really fascinated by the music world? Become a music photographer and you’ll get to meet the musicians and observe the inner workings of the industry. We are really into coffee, and got to spend an entire day touring a local coffee roastery and shooting it. We loved the experience and they loved the photos—win-win all around.

19. Make You Feel Emotion

Photos make you feel. They can produce every emotion, from happiness, to sadness, fear and excitement. There is so much contained in one small frame—learning to produce them, and read them certainly opens you up to feeling.

20. Can Make Other People Feel Emotion

Your photos can make people happy. They can make people sad. Through simply showing your images you can evoke an emotion in someone else. With the internet you can affect so many people at once. Photography can really connect people in that way.

21. Can Make Other People Think

With your images you can also make people stop and think. Just a glance at a powerful image can stop people in their tracks. Some images can change the way you view the world for the rest of your life. Strong stuff.

22. Capture the Essence of a Person

A photo can capture the essence of a person, sometimes in just one frame. This is the goal of master portrait photographers everywhere, and an enormous challenge. But when it is achieved, it’s an incredible thing. Sometimes it takes a series of photos to express the nuances of that person, but either way photography has a way of showing those subtleties that can be hard to describe in words.

23. Remember Someone Who has Passed Away

After someone has passed, photos of them become treasured items. Without getting too morbid, everyone will die, and photos are potentially the best way to preserve the image and spirit of a person.

24. Learn More About Yourself

Photography involves a lot of introspection over the course of a career. The deeper you get, the more you realize that it’s all about what you are interested in, how you feel about it, and what you want to say to the people who view your work. As you shoot, you learn more about yourself, what you value, and how you see the world.

25. Preserve The Big Moments

Life is filled with “big moments”. Births, graduations, weddings, first steps—these are all moments that should be documented for family history. And a lot of the big moments aren’t times when you’d hire a professional photographer. Learning more about photography prepares you to capture those big moments for yourself.

26. Enjoy Photos And Memories with Loved Ones

Imagine you’re sitting around a big box of photos with friends and family. There would be a lot of talking, laughs, stories, jokes, and maybe even a tear or two. It’s an amazing way to connect.

27. Enjoy The Work of Other Photographers

History is filled with incredible photographers. The more you learn about photography, the more you appreciate their work. What makes Annie Leibovitz’s work so great? Why is Ansel Adams such a big name? Learning more gives more enjoyment.

28. Shoot Anytime, Anywhere

Photography is so accessible that you can shoot at any moment. You might not always be able to pull out a canvas and some oils to paint with, or grab a guitar and start to play if a creative urge strikes you, but a camera is so small and portable that you can shoot anytime, anywhere.

29. Connect

Photographing someone is an intimate experience. You connect with people in a completely unique way with a camera in hand and your full attention on them. It’s easier to talk, easier to just look at them—seriously, it’s cool. It’s especially wonderful when you photograph someone you love.

30. Capture a Feeling, Not Just An Appearance

Photographs can show more than just how something looked. They can capture how something felt. Especially if the photographer felt it themselves.

31. Help People See the Beauty In Themselves

It’s a funny thing. A lot of people I know think they aren’t photogenic. And a lot of photographers I know believe that everyone is beautiful. Photographers (especially the great portrait photographers) know how to see the beauty in someone that might not even see it themself. To show that to them in the photos is an incredible gift.

32. Document History

The present is the history of the future. You never know when you’ll be right in the middle of a world changing event, and your camera will create the record for generations to come.

33. It’s Really Damn Fun + Exciting!!

A lot of these reasons are pretty heavy on the emotion, but photography is also just really damn fun and exciting! Shooting is a blast, and can often get the adrenaline pumping like crazy!!! It’s a trip.

34. Cameras Are Mechanical Art

Gears, dials, shutters, lenses—cameras are seriously cool. There are so many types: film, digital, instant, toy, point and shoot, SLR, TLR,  rangefinder, medium format, large format to name a few. And a lot are gorgeous machines. It’s a blast to learn more about them, and appreciate what they can do!

35. Make Others Happy

Photos make people happy. Whether you captured a great portrait, snagged a shot of a special moment, or took a few photos to help a friend’s new business, photography can spread a lot of joy. That’s awesome.

36. Brings Families Together

Having photos taken as a family can bring you together. The act suggests that you want to remember each other, just because. And the resultant images show the love you share. An excellent reminder on those particularly cranky days.

37. Capture The Personality of Your Pet

Pets are an important part of your life too! And they all have personalities of their own. Photos let you capture them in all their glory, to share with the whole world!!

38. Take Better Family Portraits Than You Had

Maybe you grew up with awkward family photos, and don’t want to put your own progeny through that. Learning to take great photos can help kids actually enjoy the process (it’s true!!).

39. Take Better Photos for Yourself

A lot of photography is shared, and that’s awesome. But there’s something to be said for taking great photos just for yourself. No one else sees them, comments on them, or has to like them. It’s rather freeing.

40. Capture Raw Emotion

People are incredibly interesting. And emotion is a part of that. Seeing how the face changes during a laugh, or how body language reflects mood are all fascinating studies, and photography helps you capture that.

41. Freeze Movement

Photos have the incredible ability to freeze movement. From shots of Olympic athletes, to the ever-hilarious jowling, and stuff exploding, photos show us the world in a way our eyes can’t see.

42. Bend Reality

Along those lines, photography can give you a different look at the world. Time lapses, HDR shots, light painting and more. Photography is just as good at bending reality as it is at capturing it.

43. Enjoy Infinite Possibilities

There are literally infinite possible photographic subjects. Literally.

44. Enjoy The Process

The process of photography can honestly be super enjoyable. Shooting is obviously a blast, but there’s more to it! Sorting and editing your images is an essential part of the process, and doesn’t have to be painful. The more you learn about it, and come to understand the *why* behind it all, the more you’ll enjoy it. It’s like spending some personal time with your photos!!

45. Healing. Therapy. Meditation.

Photography can be all of those things. It can get you through the hardest times in your life. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the original responses. This story popped up multiple times. It’s amazing.

46. Create Something For Your Kids When They Are Older

Photos gain in value with every single day. Not many stocks can boast that. Each passing day brings you farther from that moment, but the photo holds it in place. Your kids might not appreciate all the photos you take of them right now, but when they are grown up, those images will be incredibly valuable.

47. Surprise Yourself

When you shoot a lot you’ll always surprise and amaze yourself. As long as you are always pushing yourself, you can be sure that photography won’t ever get dull! You’ll upload your photos and suddenly say “Wow! I can’t believe I took that!”. It’s really cool.

48. Witness Love

Photography brings you into a space where you get to really witness love. It’s amazing. You might not even notice when you’re shooting, but, looking at the photos afterwards, you spot that smile, that look in the eyes. You’ll see how much parents treasure photos of their kids. How an image of a loved one makes someone smile. It’s almost like photography gives you a pair of magic glasses and you put them on and all of a sudden BAM! You can see love all around!!

49. Help People

There’s something pretty special about being able to help people while doing something you’re passionate about. Photography is like that. Through volunteering you can give something of immense value to those who will really appreciate it.

50. Experience Different Emotions From The Same Photo

Photos have real depth. They can elicit different emotions from you at different times. As you change, your perspective changes, or the world changes, a photo can mean something profoundly different. It’s fantastic to experience.

51. Travel In Time

Photographs let you travel through time without the use of a DeLorean. They can bring you back to a moment that you experienced, and you can remember just how you felt. Or they can bring you waaaaay back to a time before you were even born. Then you can wonder about how others felt!

52. Communicate Across Language and Culture

Photography is like music. There are no language barriers or culture barriers. You can communicate with people around the world with an image. And you can connect! Once you start getting your work out there, you’ll be amazed at the connections you make because of it.

53. Make Money

Oh yeah, and you can potentially make money from photography! Pretty nifty, earning money from something so cool. But hopefully you can see that this is just one small reason to become a photographer. Even if you never make a dime at it, it’s definitely a worthwhile pursuit!!

54. Develop A Love for Life

After all these reasons, this one should just make sense. With all the beauty, joy, love, connection, variety, history, adventure, movement, emotion, and awesomeness that makes up life, how could you not be stoked to get out there and experience it?? With camera in hand, of course. 

Sorry for a long post, it is just a copy paste anyway, but it is a great article though.
Credit to: PhotographyConcentrate

Baru aku tahu, bahawa kalau ada DSLR ni, rupanya macam wartawan, dan baru orang akan pandang kita. Kenapalah aku tak terfikir ye. Uish uish uish....

Haa tengok, rakan kalau banyak, dia jadi rakans. Kira macam plural la.

Dikala kita dihujani bermacam masalah, perselisihan faham, ada baiknya kita berhenti berfikir dan rehatkan minda. Sedangkan lidah lagi tergigit, sedangkan suami isteri yang berkongsi katil boleh bergaduh, apatah lagi kita, yang hanya berkongsi satu bumbung menara, iaitu menara gading. Kita dah lama berkongsi segala perit getir, dan tinggal lagi setahun lebih, more or less untuk bergraduasi, insyaAllah.

So, buang yang keruh, ambil yang jernih.

Tapi aku nak bercerita mengenai rakan perjuangan dalam dunia fotografi. Iaitu Naim, Jo, dan anak buah aku, azmi. Dulu sebelum ada kamera sendiri, aku godek-godek guna yang azmi punya. Tapi bila Azmi dah fly pergi UK, tinggallah aku terkontang-kanting, haha. Tapi serius, main kamera ni best kalau ada teman, rather than alone.Sebab tu gear aku banyak terperap dalam beg je, nantilah bila dah angkat lens Tammy 17-50mm ganti kit lens, aku pergi outing. Ye lah, lens baru, semangat pun baru, heheh.

Jadi, aku, Naim dan Joe berkesempatan mengatur satu outing di Pantai Tujuh, nak mencuba off-flash fotografi katanya, guna teknik CLS (Creative Lighting System)

Inilah hasil daripada outing tersebut.

Naim and Joe


Joe and Naim

Naim and Joe

Sori Azmi, tahun depan kita outims sama-sama, haha.

Kahwin, sekarang ni musim orang kahwin ke? Baru hari tu kakak aku kawin, ni abang aku pulak.
Adoi kirenya aku the only one yang tak kahwin lagi dalam family aku ni.
Wuwuwuwuwuuuuuu makkkkkkk nak kahwin jugopppppppppppp.....
Errr tapi persedian batin  zahir belum cukup lagi, tak boleh.

Ada kuasa sebagai polis dunia, anda boleh buat apa sahaja. Yang terbaru, agenda KONY 2012, yang diwar-warkan sebagai misi menyelamatkan rakyat Uganda daripada diktator yang digelar Kony. Misi yang mendapat perhatian ramai, termasuk Barack Obama dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan hak asasi yang lain.
Okay, fine, misi menyelamat, mahu selamatkan kanak-kanak daripada dibunuh, wanita daripada dirogol, jadi hamba abdi and whatnot, ok fine again. Tapi, tapi dan tapi.....

Macam mana dengan nasib mereka di Palestin. Kita bukan tak tahu, berapa ramai yang mati dibunuh, dirogol, tiada tempat tinggal. Di sini, kita boleh lihat, double standard oleh polis dunia, iaitu si Amerika.

Kenapa tiada pihak berani menganjurkan PALESTINE 2012? Kenapa, kenapa, dan kenapa?

Aku tidak mengatakan misi KONY 2012 itu salah, namun apa yang aku ingin tegaskan ialah, jika KONY 2012 boleh dianjurkan, kenapa PALESTINE 2012 tidak boleh dianjurkan, dan tiada pihak pun yang ambil kisah.

Dan jika ada pun misi berkaitan dengan Palestin, pastinya mereka seakan bersendirian, dan semua pihak seakan berpeluk tubuh, melihat terkebil-kebil.

Apa yang aku perhatikan, kita tak perlukan ihsan si polis dunia untuk membebaskan Palestin. Kita mempunyai komuniti kita yang tersendiri, komuniti yang cukup besar. Jika warga Eropah boleh bersatu untuk KONY 2012, mengapa kita warga yang beragama Islam, at least, tidak bersatu untuk Palestin?

Bersatu, itu yang kita kurang sebanarnya. Kita leka dalam dunia kita. Kita masih lagi berada dalam so-called comfort zone. Oh iPad3 baru keluar, oh Galaxy S3 keluar, oh Nikon D5 keluar, oh bla bla bla. Itu main concern kita. Sebab terlalu biasa hidup selesa. Ini contoh biasa, sesuai dengan sosioekonomi negara kita.
Kalau negara Dubai pula, pak-pak arab di sana pula, oh Lamborghini Aventador LP-700 baru keluar, oh Bugati Veyron keluar, oh jet peribadi baru, oh itu oh ini. Semua dalam dunia sendiri. Tiada satu connection antara sesama islam. Ya, ada, jika ia islam, dan juga sama bangsa, baru ada connection, itu mindset kita, semua. Semua islam besaudara itu hampir lupus dalam ingatan, yang ada, semua islam itu bersaudara, jika sama bangsa. Ini bukan pasal bersatu dalam dewan kuliah, tapi for a bigger scale. Nak harapkan Liga Arab take action, crap, semua crap. Semua jadi macam lembu yang ditambat oleh Amerika, lembu kenyang.

Sebab itulah kita tak mampu bersatu, in my honest opinion. Mat saleh boleh berbangga dengan usaha KONY 2012 nya, kita, apa yang kita telah buat. Nak sokong misi KONY jugak, boleh, atas dasar kemanusiaan, tapi jangan lupa, kita juga ada Palestin, that we need to take care of. At least, in our deepest heart.

''Cintaku terhadapmu tak akan pudar, dan dakwat diatas belahan kayu ini akan menjadi saksi''

Aicehhh, jiwang plop, tak adalah, saja buat caption untuk gambar dibawah, yang aku capture masa pergi ke Bukit Bendera semester lepas. Gambar dah lama, saja cuba editing style lomo + instagram, yang budak-budak remaja selalu buat, tapi tak tahu ler jadi ke tak aku edit ni. Guna Adobe Photoshop CS5 + Topaz Lab + Adobe Lightroom 3.0.

''I Love You'' 


Twitter, tak perlu nak perkenalkan lagi. Satu benda yang aku rasa semua orang hampir ada, tak kisah la aktif ke tak kan. Alkisahnya Twitter ni tempat orang pot pet pot pet, tempat orang follow artis dan memacam lagi.

Dahulunya, akaun TommyCaira juga dibuat atas sebab yang sama. Namun lama-kelamaan, aku seakan obses dekat Twitter. Semua nak cakap, lapar, sakit perut, marah, geram, kiranya semua emosi aku ada dalam Twitter.

Sampai lah aku terfikir, apa yang aku buat ni, kegilaan apakah ini? Semua benda tak betul, semua benda nak merungut, sampailah aku terfikir untuk deactivate akaun, dan terus deactivate.

Nak dijadikan cerita, tak lama selepas itu, beg aku hilang. Entah macam mana, tercicir atau dicuri orang aku pun tak tahu, sedar-sedar masa nak pergi kuliah keseokan harinya. Kalau kira, panas juga la hati, sebab terpaksa beli beg baru dikala JPA bermain tarik tali. Namun, 2 hari selepas itu, aku terjumpa beg aku kembali, di tempat yang tidak disangka dan tersimpan dengan baik.

Selepas kejadian itu, aku terfikir, kalaulah aku masih menggunakan Twitter, mungkin dah berjuta rungutan dan sumpah seranah aku tweet, dan mungkinkah juga kehilangan itu untuk mengajar aku supaya bersabar dalam hidup dan tidak mudah merungut e.g dalam twitter atau dalam real life, kerana masih ada berjuta insan yang lebih teruk daripada kita, namun lebih tabah daripada kita.

Dalam Islam pun aku tak rasa merungut itu sesuatu yang baik, seoah - olah kita mempertikaikan takdir dan qada'-qadar. Pada hemat aku, lagi banyak kita merungut, lagi kurang kita bersyukur dengan apa yang ada.

Jadi, berdasarkan pengalaman aku sebagai newbie dalam bidang pengtwitteran, aku lebih banyak gunakan untuk
  • merungut
  • merungut
  • merungut
  • bercakap kosong
  • meluahkan perasaan
Lain orang lain cara penggunaannya, mungkin ada yang gunakan untuk benda baik seperti mengeratkan silaturrahim dan sebagainya, dan mungkin ada yang gunakan untuk benda yang kurang baik, seperti mengumpat, defame orang lain dan sebagainya.  Terpulang lah kan, rambut sama hitam, cerebral cortex lain-lain.

Namun, apa yang dapat aku perhatikan, selepas deactivate twitter, aku lebih mempunyai masa untuk diri aku. Maksud aku, aku mempunyai banyak masa untuk study main game, tidur, 9GAG dan sebagainya, errr....

p/s: Bukan semua yang guna twitter tu macam aku, dan entri ini hanya merujuk kepada pengalaman aku sahaja, sekian, harap Mak Long.

Oh sudah bulan tiga, aku rasa macam tiga minggu je lepas sambut tahun baru. Pejam celik pejam celik dah tiga tahun juga aku kat USM, macam fresher lagi, tapi bila tengok cermin, ada kedut, eh dah tua rupanya. Tiga tahun memang macam lama, kalau kawin anak dah tiga, kalau keje dah tiga kali tukar kereta.

Tiga tahun dekat USM, macam macam memori aku ada. Tak macam matrik, setahun je, tak banyak memori walaupun best jugak masa kat matrik tu.

Tiga tahun ni juga, banyak ragam manusia yang aku jumpa. Okaylah, banyak yang okay dari yang tak okay. Ada yang mementingkan kebersihan luaran dari dalaman, macam macam. Dua-dua penting sebenarnya, tapi jika nak cari modal, macam-macam boleh cakap. Ye lah, tak ada benda nak cakap kan, baik mengata orang, seronok juga.

Tiga tahun ni juga, sem lepas baru aku dapat pointer yang sedikit baik, ye lah, baik dengan aku yang tak seberapa rajin ni. Tapi kalau tanya orang yang dapat dean list setiap tahun, pointer macam aku ni mungkin sangat teruk.

Tiga tahun ini juga, aku akhirnya dapat apa yang aku idamkan iaitu kamera. Walaupun bakat seni itu kurang, tapi aku puas hati la juga dengan air tangan aku, walaupun sekadar menjadi desktop background laptop sendiri, cukuplah, tak perlu berbakul-bakul pujian dari orang.

Come to think of it, aku berada dalam zon selesa sebenarnya. Adakah itu istidraj, ujian tuhan untuk melihat aku lalai atau tidak, aku bangga diri atau tidak, aku bersyukur atau tidak. Jadi, aku harap aku tidak tenggelam dengan keseronokan duniawi *cewah wuhuhu*

Tapi, eh, hidup aku ttidak seindah itu, JPA masih belum masukkkkk!! Alahai, nak buat macam mana, nak marah, nak meraung pun tak guna, sapa suruh boros dulu, itu ini semua nak beli,sekarang, hah, padan muka.

Okay babai.

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