Hello everyone, My name is Edwin Setiawan. I am a self-taught photographer, originally from Indonesia but right now I stay in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2007, I started taking photo with my first DSLR camera. Most of time I grabbed my camera and took some photos then reviewed them in my room. I selected some good photos and uploaded them in photographer forums then tried to get some feedback from people. I believe learning photography from people's feedback is very effective although I know sometimes critiques make me feel bad but for sure they improve me a lot.
On December 2008, I decided to focus on portrait photography. There is no special reason for that as it is simply interesting for me. I think portrait photography is not only about arranging the pose and taking the photo but also it is about making a good harmony between people and the surrounding. In other words, personally I place composition as the most critical factor above pose, expression, and feeling in photography. Technical issues such as metering, white balance, aperture, and shutter speed are important as well but those things will not be a big problem for most of photographers. The other thing that also important is your own photography style and maybe it can be very different from other photographers. Personally my own photography style contains 7 elements, they are: beauty, elegant, simple, artistic, lovely, natural, and conceptual. I hope these elements really represent all of my photographs.
Besides photography, I also love photo editing and retouching. I know some people may hate photo editing but for me it is fine. Although I said it is fine? but I don’t like to rely my photo quality only on my editing skill. The quality of my photographs should be determined mainly by my photography skills (not my photo editing skills) because I am a real photographer not a photo editor.
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