22 September, 2013

Woes as a (newbie) photographer

Came across this webpage about the woes of photographers, designed into sarcastic posters. I've only started on what I call 'real' photography late last year, but I could understand some of the frustrations photographers face. Thought it would be nice to name a few examples from my own life and hopefully you'll get a laugh if you understand what I mean.

(1) "Your camera takes really nice pictures!"

That's the first quote I saw from the website, and I never really thought of it as an "insult" until today. It's true though - you wouldn't tell a chef his dishes are awesome, he must have a kickass stove. Besides, there has to be a reason why my photos turn out nicer than some other pro-cameras too, right?

(2) "Help me take photos of _________"

*sighs* I love taking photos. I really really do. But that doesn't mean that I want to do it every single frickin' time. Sometimes I want to attend a wedding and just relax and blend into the crowd, enjoy the show and the good food.

But no, some people would come and ask, hey can you take a photo for us? Can you send us the photos? Let me check! ...okay can you take another shot from here for me? It's never-ending.

It's so hard to say no sometimes. It's like, people cannot understand why chefs don't like to cook when they are back home. Plus the fact that you think I just have to Whatsapp you the photo.

Truth is, I have to load into my computer when I get back home, edit and adjust, resize (because it's super big a file), send to my phone, before I can send to your Whatsapp.

And I'm not even being paid. Not to mention some buay paiseh people who would say... Eh can you help me photoshop away my pimple?

(3) "I look great today!"

Sometimes people ask me to take photos of them, and then tell me to delete them because "today is not my photogenic day". Even when I've told them that it's because of the lighting of wherever we are.

So when I help to take photo again in a place with great lighting, they don't see that I chose that moment and position, it's not because it's their photogenic day.

(4) "Check out my 5D2"

I think I've said enough about people with expensive cameras, but they can never stop showing off sometimes. Yes, 5D2, I get it. Yes, larger sensor, more expensive, higher ISO, better built, more AF points. If I really wanted to know, I can visit Canon website myself.


What I've learnt to appreciate is that the high-end cameras are too heavy for me to carry around for three hours. For those who love numbers, my 600D weighs 570g and 5D2 weighs 670g. That's excluding the extra lenses and accessories I'm bringing along.

So what if your camera can take super HUGE resolution files? At the end of the day, all I need is a 1280px file for my website.

I've also seen photographers with the super telephoto lens (those costing $x00000000), yet producing below-average official photos. #justsaying

My point is, yeah, you may be rich enough, but what's important is if you are talented and capable enough to utilize the costly camera. I'm not a professional photographer, so don't make me feel like you're doing your camera injustice.

(so tempted to upload a photo from that professional photographer...)

(5) "Where can I get your photos without the watermark?"


If I meant for you to use my photos for free, why do you think I'd bother to watermark my photos? And, no, you can't rip my work for free.

(6) iPad is the stupid-est invention ever.

I really hate iPads. Especially the ones with camera. Because people hold them up at events, and block the goddamn world behind them. Everyone paid for their tickets. How can you be so selfish?

Even Lenka wants you to enjoy the show. And 16 million people agree.

In addition, I can never understand how people truly enjoy a performance, because all they keep looking at is the shot on their phones/iPad/camera. Just enjoy the show, and enjoy the chio watermarked official photos after the event! I'd be depressed if I were to sing on stage, and everyone is just looking into their cameras.


So what are your frustrations in your field of work? I'd love to know!

21 September, 2013

How many movies have you watched?

Came across this list from my ex-colleague's FB notes page so I decided to do it too, as I believe I've seen very very few movies. ;) I've also added side note as of where I watched the movie. 

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Put x's next to the films you've seen and add them up. Have fun!

() Rocky Horror Picture Show
() Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean - from miotv movie channel
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest  - from miotv movie channel
() Boondock Saints
() Fight Club
() Starsky and Hutch
() Neverending Story
() Blazing Saddles
() Airplane
Total: 2

() The Princess Bride
() AnchorMan
() Napoleon Dynamite
() Labyrinth
() Saw
() Saw II
() White Noise
() White Oleander
(x) Anger Management  - from YouTube
() 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries  - from miotv movie channel
(x) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement  - from miotv movie channel
Total so far: 5

() Scream
() Scream 2
() Scream 3
() Scary Movie
() Scary Movie 2
() Scary Movie 3
() Scary Movie 4
() American Pie
() American Pie 2
() American Wedding
() American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 5

(x) Harry Potter 1 - Bought the VCD/DVD
(x) Harry Potter 2 - Borrowed from friend
(x) Harry Potter 3 - Watched on Channel 5
(x) Harry Potter 4 - Bought the DVD
() Resident Evil 1
() Resident Evil 2
() The Wedding Singer
() Little Black Book
() The Village
() Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 9

() Finding Nemo
() Finding Neverland
() Signs
() The Grinch
() Texas Chainsaw Massacre
() Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
() White Chicks
() Butterfly Effect
() 13 Going on 30
() I, Robot
() Robots
Total so far: 9

() Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
() Universal Soldier
() Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
() Along Came Polly
() Deep Impact
() KingPin
() Never Been Kissed
() Meet The Parents
() Meet the Fockers
() Eight Crazy Nights
() Joe Dirt
Total so far: 9

(x) A Cinderella Story -  I bought the VCD!
() The Terminal
(x) The Lizzie McGuire Movie - Watched in Malaysia by chance
() Passport to Paris
() Dumb & Dumber
() Dumber & Dumberer
() Final Destination
() Final Destination 2
() Final Destination 3
() Halloween
() The Ring
() The Ring 2
() Surviving X-MAS
() Flubber
Total so far: 11

() Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
() Practical Magic
() Chicago
() Ghost Ship - I went to google for the first scene on YouTube. SICK!
() From Hell
() Hellboy
() Secret Window
() I Am Sam
() The Whole Nine Yards
()The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 11

() The Day After Tomorrow
() Child's Play
() Seed of Chucky
() Bride of Chucky
() Ten Things I Hate About You
() Just Married
() Gothika
() Nightmare on Elm Street
() Sixteen Candles
() Remember the Titans
() Coach Carter
() The Grudge
() The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask - Watched on Channel 5 
(x) Son Of The Mask Watched on Channel 5 
Total so far: 13

() Bad Boys
() Bad Boys 2
() Joy Ride
() Lucky Number Slevin
() Ocean's Eleven
() Ocean's Twelve
() Bourne Identity
() Bourne Supremecy
() Lone Star
() Bedazzled
() Predator I
() Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age - Watched in school library
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown - Watched in school library
() Curious George
Total so far: 15

() Independence Day
() Cujo
() A Bronx Tale
() Darkness Falls
() Christine
(x) ET - Watched on television
() Children of the Corn
() My Bosses Daughter
() Maid in Manhattan
() War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour - Watched on tv
(x) Rush Hour 2 Watched on tv
Total so far: 18

() Best Bet
() How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
() She's All That
() Calendar Girls
() Sideways
() Mars Attacks
() Event Horizon
() Ever After
() Wizard of Oz
() Forrest Gump
() Big Trouble in Little China
() The Terminator
() The Terminator 2
() The Terminator 3
Total so far: 18

() X-Men
() X-2
() X-3
() Spider-Man
() Spider-Man 2
(x) Sky High - Only watched the first part, remember feeling depressed.
() Jeepers Creepers
() Jeepers Creepers 2
() Catch Me If You Can
() The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday Watched on miotv
() Reign of Fire
() The Skulls
() Cruel Intentions
() Cruel Intentions 2
() The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek - Watched on tv
() Shrek 2
Total so far: 20

() Swimfan
() Miracle on 34th street
() Old School
() The Notebook
() K-Pax
() Krippendorf's Tribe
() A Walk to Remember
() Ice Castles
() Boogeyman
() The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 20

() Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
() Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
() Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
() Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
() Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
() Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 20

() Baseketball
() Hostel
() Waiting for Guffman
() House of 1000 Corpses
() Devils Rejects
(x) Elf -Watched in movie theatre
() Highlander
() Mothman Prophecies
() American History X
() Three
Total so Far: 21

() The Jacket - I googled. Seems like a cool movie!
(x) Kung Fu Hustle - Watched during lesson
(x) Shaolin Soccer - Brother bought the VCD
() Night Watch
() Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic - Watched on tv
() Monty Python and the Holy Grail
() Shaun Of the Dead
() Willard
Total so far: 24

() High Tension
() Club Dread
() Hulk
() Dawn Of the Dead
() Hook
() Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
() 28 days later
() Orgazmo
() Phantasm
() Waterworld
Total so far: 24

() Kill Bill vol 1
() Kill Bill vol 2
() Mortal Kombat
() Wolf Creek
() Kingdom of Heaven
() the Hills Have Eyes
() I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
() The Last House on the Left
() Re-Animator
() Army of Darkness
Total so far: 24

() Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
() Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
() Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
() Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
() Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
() Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
() Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
() Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 24

() The Matrix
() The Matrix Reloaded
() The Matrix Revolutions
() Animatrix
() Evil Dead
() Evil Dead 2
() Team America: World Police
() Red Dragon
() Silence of the Lambs
() Hannibal
Total so far: 24

Now Add them up and...

tss.. liv schmiv....

"I've seen 24 out of 239 films".

Well... To be fair, there are many movies I watched that are not on the list. :( There seems to be a lot of horror movies on the list, which are mostly not my cup of tea. 

I shall make a list of movies that I've watched, so I get a full score instead. =P

(x) The Lost Valentine
(x) Tasmanian Devils
(x) Hello Ghost
(x) It Takes Two
(x) Frenemies
(x) The Jerk Theory
(x) Step Up
(x) Step Up 2
(x) Step Up 3D
(x) Step Up Revolution

(x) Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
(x) Hannah Montana: The Movie
(x) Love Me
(x) Confessions of a Shopaholic
(x) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
(x) The Parent Trap
(x) Street Dance 2
(x) Sorority Wars 
(x) Bring It On
(x) Bring It On Again

(x) High School Musical
(x) My Big Fat Greek Wedding
(x) Inception - how could they leave this out?!?!
(x) Stick It
(x) Double Wedding
(x) Teen Spirit
(x) Raising Helen
(x) Lying to be Perfect
(x) The Client List
(x) My Boyfriend's Back

(x) Revenge of the Bridesmaids
(x) Beauty and the Briefcase
(x) Ice Princess
(x) The Karate Kid
(x) If Only
(x) The Pregnancy Pact
(x) My Fake Fiance
(x) Triple Dog Dare
(x) The Nanny Diaries
(x) Death Bell - freaky korean horror movie omg.

(x) Wild Child
(x) Toy Story
(x) Wall E
(x) Johnny English
(x) Johnny English Reborn
(x) I Don't Know How She Does It
(x) Twilight - one of the shittiest movie I've EVER seen
(x) Corpse Bride
(x) Coraline
(x) Silent Hill

(x) Happy Feet
(x) Patch Adams - super awesome inspiring movie
(x) Drumline
(x) The Proposal
(x) Shaggy Dog
(x) Cheaper by the Dozen
(x) The Lion King
(x) Alice in Wonderland
(x) The Devil wears Prada
(x) Casper

(x) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(x) Nanny McPhee
(x) Nanny McPhee Returns
(x) Beverly Hills Chihuahua
(x) Bolt
(x) Herbie: Fully Loaded
(x) Up
(x) Edward Scissorhands
(x) Burlesque
(x) I Love You, Beth Cooper

(x) After Life
(x) The Phantom of the Opera
(x) School of Rock
(x) Home Alone
(x) Just My Luck
(x) Blank Cheque
(x) 2012
(x) Scooby Doo
(x) Jurassic Park
(x) Jumanji

(x) Coyote Ugly
(x) Kungfu Panda
(x) Fame
(x) Runaway Bride
(x) Flight Plan
(x) The Invention of Lying
(x) Role Models
(x) Bedtime Stories
(x) Thank You for Smoking
(x) Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

I'm exhausted. I seriously think that's all that I've EVER watched.