Benmar abendan

My photography journey started when I had the chance to work abroad. Since I was a kid, I loved art, and I love to draw landscapes and people, I am not that good in art but I never gave up. A lot of my friends and classmates are way better than me, but I just keep drawing coz it’s my pastime and I just love doing it.
Photography never crossed my mind until I went and work abroad and I decided to try photography and bought my very first SLR. Before I bought it I was thinking this won’t be too serious, I just want to buy the camera because I can and just to have a descent camera.
When I had the camera-in-hand there’s just no way I can take picture with this because there’s just too much buttons and settings to figure out. A lot of my friends too turned into critics and started saying that I’m just wasting money and photography is just way too complicated for me and I need to go to school first before I can be a good one. None of what they said turned me down, instead I used it as a challenge to myself that I can be better if I put my heart into photography and just keep shooting even if the picture would turn out over exposed and too dark.
I am a self-taught photographer, Yes I asked questions to my friends on what this and that button does but everything else that I learned came from myself and my own perseverance to learn and challenging myself everyday that I can make that picture in the landscape magazine, and that nothing is impossible if you just believe in yourself that you can do whatever you want to. I silenced the critics and turned criticism to awe! Now they’re the one asking who taught me and which school did I went to.
I believe that photography is THE POWER OF OBSERVATION as Ken Rockwell said one of the photography critics and reviewer. I agree with him that it is never the camera and there are no rules in photography as other people said. Photography is a free art there are no over-exposed nor under-exposed or too blurry and hazy. Art is freedom. He is also the one who inspires me that I don’t have to think just shoot and shoot forget about the settings just keep shooting until you find where your mistakes are and never do it again. Photography is an everyday learning process, nobody is great in photography, anyone who says he’s the best can never be a better photographer anymore.
I also believe that a true photographer relies on his eyes and imagination and never relies in the computer for post-editing. Photography is showing to your audiences what your mind imagines and not the duplicate of what other sees without the use of too much post processing.

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