A picture story.


If you have ever wondered, yes, I did take on photography classes before. Many would think it's totally a waste of money as photography isn't something that's necessarily be taught formally. I do agree that the practical side of it is what matters most, but the short periods I spent in classes have me gained many valuable insights. 

Many people would say the feel a picture yields is what's most important, regardless of its composition, lighting, etc while I think otherwise. Maybe I have some perfectionist elements built-in, I find it very difficult to accept pictures with low resolutions, bad lighting, wrong compositions. For me, objects have to be on the left or the right (occasionally center to achieve a particular effect) and never have extras like cut leaves, half a person, etc. I generally call them dirty. I do understand photography is about capturing your mood, your perceptions, and all. But the fundamental principle is still... get the theories right, or you can't go far. 

The most precious thing I gained from my classes is the boost. Without having attended, I doubt if I still used my DSLR today. It helped opening a wide interesting world of photography. It helped to see the beauty of capturing. And through careful learning and active interactions without feeling embarrassed, I gained so much, and understand that everyone has their firsts, and so never be reluctant to share the knowledge you hold. I thank my teacher for the constant encouragements, for the constructive critiques and sincere compliments. 

I am not saying that I am a professional or something along that line, I'm just trying to convey my perceptions. For now, I would want to venture into portraiture, maybe when I get back to Malaysia! 

Hope you had an enjoying read x 

love, M

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16 Responses to “A picture story. ”

  1. I love to take photography classes or workshops. Makes me have a goal with my photos and also looking at things a different way. Learning is never a waste o money. On the other hand practice is what makes you grow...i have become better during my 500 days project that is soon coming to an end. I don´t really know what to do next...
    Have a happy wednesday :)

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    1. I totally agree with what you said! I'm doing a 365 project too :) Love your beautiful work! Perhaps you can start thinking about new ideas that keep you going :) All the best darling xx

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  2. Your blog is getting better and better! Glad to know you through here a lil more, you're pretty!

    So anticipate of your potraiture, can I join lol. *just joking haha*

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    1. Thank you, you're so lovely! Oh yes, if there's chance, why not? :)

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  3. I downloaded the ambers by julia rotti from I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU-blog. Everything went fine, but the only thing is how can I use the effect on my pictures. Do I have to use Photoshop, I have Photoshop Elements 2.0. That is my question how can I use the effects?
    Love your blog and your pictures very beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for your comments! <3 You can find the install instructions here (taken from Julia Trotti's blog): http://jtrotti.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/how-to-install-photoshop-curves-actions.html

      Hope it helps! x

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    2. Thanks for the answer, I went to the site, but I didn't understand the instruction. I've downloaded it but I just don't know how to use in Photoshop...I don't know if you can help me more but thanks still, I try to uderstand it ;P
      Thanks

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    3. You can open the image you would want to edit. Go to the top menu bar and select IMAGE, then ADJUSTMENTS then CURVE. In the pop out menu, on the top right side, there's a small arrow, click and select LOAD PRESET. Then you can choose the curve you downloaded (go to DOWNLOADS if you have placed the curve file there, or anywhere else on your computer). Then click OK to exit the curve menu.

      Hope it helps! Or, you can Google it to get more detailed instructions :)

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    4. Thank you so much, it helped:))))

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  4. I remember.. when I found your blog I followed it once. I've been regularly visiting and waiting for updates from your blog since then. As the days go by, your photography gets better and better and I wouldn't be surprised when the time comes that more and more projects come to you. Plus, you being very optimistic and friendly. Just great! :")

    http://jolinapaula.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for being so supportive! That's what keeps me going :) Hope to be more inspiring x

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  5. Hello Mandy, where do you take your photography class?

    *Your photos are really outstanding amazing, I love it so much and I did purposely scroll down on your Instagram to check out the others photo. Your Instagram and blog are both for my new favorite place. :) <3 Ahh, I love the curves that was create by you too! I do use it also. Thanks Mandy. :)

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    1. Hey dear, I took my class at Photo Creators. You can visit their page here: https://www.facebook.com/PhotoCreatorTravelmate :) There's an upcoming class lasting for 2 months. Register if you're interested :)

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Really sweet of you xx

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  6. Hi mandy,,
    always have I admired your composition of photos ;)

    Love
    Carissa

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    1. Thanks, Carissa! You're very sweet x

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