I was born in the Philippines and migrated to New Zealand last May of 2011. Ever since, I always loved taking photos. I started with a Sony Cybershot 12.1 MPixel camera and took photos of just about anything. Then as the crave for DSLRs rose, I felt that my camera wasn't too flash but it was just too expensive for me. It was when I moved to New Zealand where I got my first and only DSLR. It's a Canon 60D and I love it. It had all the manual settings I needed and the price was right.
My first lenses were the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS and 55-250mm F4-5.6 EF-S. This is where I started doing food, portrait and a little of landscape photography. I could say that these lenses are perfect for starters. This is where I learned about the terms ISO, aperture, shutter speed, focal length, etc. After a few weeks of using the camera and reading the manual, I felt I still lack the knowledge on how to use the other manual settings, so I started going online. The sites that stood out were, ADORAMA TV for youtube videos, digital-photography-school.com for reading materials and www.mymetrophoto.com for actual photos. These 3 were the ones that helped me a lot.
It was recently when I got obsessed with landscape photography. It started when a wedding photography workshop I enrolled for last November 2012 got cancelled and a friend asked me to join a landscape photography workshop mentored by Christian Lim on the same month. It was a 2 day workshop and I'm glad I joined it. Instantly, the composition and quality of my pictures had a dramatic change. This was also where a group called POL NZ (Pursuit of Light New Zealand) started and my addiction to landscape photography started. Shortly after that seminar, I sold both my lenses and bought a Canon 10-22mm which is perfect for a crop body camera shooting landscapes.
In a nut shell, I am a hobbyist who is still learning landscape photography and loves everything about photography.
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