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Documentary Photo class

I am taking Documentary photography class recently. My instructor is awesome. His name is Mathias Heng, www.mathiasheng.com/, a photojournalist. In the first lesson, he showed us a lot of his work. He documented many war and natural disasters, such as Iraq war, Indonesia Tsunami, Afghan War, Japan earthquake. The richness of his photos blow me away. I am totally inspired by his life story – how he devotes himself to all these extreme situations.

Today we had our second photo outing. The first one was done in Little India. I was extremely sick that day. This time we shoot in Chinatown market. It got busy very early and people were buying vegetables and meat. Usually I am using my wide-angle lens for shooting but this time I switched to 35mm lens. It took me quite a while to get used to this new perspective. There are less things could be included in my lens and I always make mistake for estimating the distance.

This is one of the few photos I am happy with. I love the color and pattern inside. Mathias was telling me I were too far away from my subject. It is very true that most of the time I am really shy for stepping closely. He helped me to step forward and then I realize as long as you perform professionally, people will treat you as a professional that they will just ignore you. Blend in is truly very important.

I decide to go back this market later. By looking through all the photos, I could clearly see what I lack of. Using 35mm is a good practice for composition. Hope I could get better with it.

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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Photo