FIRST of all, I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Sinulog Photo Contest 2017. I applaud all the effort, skill and talent all rolled together to emerge as winners out of the thousands of participants. The Sinulog is always a spectacle that photographers cannot resist. I can only wish though, that we can be more disciplined next year.
Photography has a lot of genres for you to choose from when you’re a greenhorn. Sometimes there’s too much for you to try that you end up doing everything but have not mastered one. Any photographer can easily get interested in anything about photography, especially if they see a work of a master photographer.
We tend to get inspired that we want to see ourselves doing the same type of photography. Often, we fail to get the same result. That’s all right, everybody goes through the process. The difficult part is knowing if the genre of photography fits you. There’s no shortcut or a secret route to bring you there, you just have to try them out one by one.
I started my photography in the darkroom. I was more intrigued by the wonders in darkroom than shooting it myself. Later, developing my own shots was exhilarating and very satisfying. In my college years, I was a photojournalist shooting for the school publication and after college is more of commercial and product for ad agencies.
After I quit my job to become a freelancer, I started teaching photography and it was there that my students wanted to learn studio lighting and shooting models. I know how studio light works but I have no background in shooting models. So, I asked a friend of mine who’s been shooting fashion to give me a crash course.
I wasn’t looking for a type of photography that I wanted to pour my heart into. Anything that sparked my interest, I’d do it. But shooting models using artificial and natural light really started a fire of interest. It was day and night and almost every day, I found myself either studying the work of the masters, experimenting with lights or shooting models.
I still shoot other genres like travel, landscape, lifestyle and even food and product for commercial projects, but nothing beats the satisfaction I get from shooting fashion. This is what I want to do and perfect. I’m sure it’s going to be a long journey, with more challenges and self discovery.
Just like love, you’ll know it when you get there. You’ll feel it in your heart, and the passion will just flow right in. It’s always good to practice photography when you have something to look forward to. You see yourself in the future and you put everything in becoming one.
Congratulations Erwin Chuachoy for winning 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year 2016. Erwin Chuachoy has this to say: “Honored and humbled to receive a national recognition for a hobby that was originally meant to enhance work-life balance.” Keep on shooting, everyone!