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一個從事婚禮攝影4年的90後
A millennial who has been in the wedding photography industry for 4 years

2019/10/15

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由2015起至今,我已從事婚禮攝影工作4年。以一般人眼中可算是一段較長的時間,但以攝影行業來說這也只是很短的時間。

要說與攝影的緣份,其實也是由2012年的冬季開始。那時候我還是一個每天返工等放工、月頭等月尾出糧、沒有什麼目標和夢想、打著一份文職工作的廢青,還未對攝影有什麼興趣。只是剛好在年尾出花紅的時候,經過一間二手相機老鋪,我被一部古老的雙鏡反光相機外型所吸引,繼而買了第一部相機。而正正因為這部相機,我打開了攝影界的大門。因為我其實從未接觸過攝影,一開始就用一部全機械、連測光也沒有的菲林相機,面對這樣大的挑戰,反而燃起了我對攝影的興趣,花功夫去認識光圈、快門和ISO,去學習如何成功拍攝一張成功曝光的相片。

而當我開始喜歡上拍攝,買了第一部數碼相機後,機緣巧合下又被朋友邀請去拍攝音樂活動,拍攝了第一次的人像。過程中的成功生涯是苦悶的,每天重複又重複的工作只是為了幫助攝影師解決問題,令每個拍攝工作可以順利完成。過程中能學習到的拍攝技術很少,不過就可以學會如何與人相處和解決突發問題。這期間,我也看見不少和我一樣做助手的同事因爲這個原因而難開。

兩年的時間過得很快,我已在第一間的公司為客人拍攝了一段時間。但我更想知道外面的公司是如何拍攝一些我拍攝不了的相片。我放棄了留在第一間公司正式成為攝影師的機會,到了第二間我覺得風格很有趣的婚禮攝影公司做助手。工作之中我終於了解到從前一些拍攝不到的相片的原因,在這間公司工作了感和喜悅成為了我為朋友拍攝的動力,更使我萌生起職業攝影的念頭。

幾經波折,我終於加入第一間攝影公司。那時我還不太會分辨每個攝影行業的分別,只知道自己加入了一間婚禮攝影公司。做助手的半年我亦決定再轉換一下我的工作環境,成為一位freelance攝影師開始接一些同行和公司的工作。

在freelance期間的幾個月,巧合下經過一位同行介紹,我加入第三間婚禮攝影公司,真正成為一位全職攝影師。在這公司工作了一段時候後,我不滿足只拍攝一些大眾化流水式的婚紗照,我希望我拍攝的照片可以更國際性。所以在工作期間也抽空去上一些世界知名的婚禮攝影師工作坊,想一步一步達成自己的夢想。半年後我離開了這間公司,開始邊接同行的工作,邊開始經營自己的攝影品牌。

冬季往往是我的人生轉捩點,在離職同年的冬季,我參加了第一次國際性的婚禮攝影比賽,開始了我的比賽生涯,更在我第一次參加的國際比賽拿到獎項,而且更是WPPI的第一和第二名。同年十二月,我參加了一個來自馬來西亞的攝影師工作坊,在當日學習的技巧更是對我之後的拍攝有深遠影響。

到現在我入行四年多了,距離第一次參加比賽也有一年了。我從比賽中拿到不少經驗和獎項,而我感恩我還保持著當初入行的一團火和熱誠。今天是我第一天加入DC Fever達人,在這與大家分享我這四年的經歷,與所有對攝影充滿熱情的朋友共勉之。

Since 2015, I have been working in the wedding photography industry for 4 years. Some may think it has been a long time, but in terms of the photography industry, this has only been quite a short time.

To talk about me and photography, it all started back in the winter of 2012. At that time, I was still working a normal 9-5 desk job, having no goals and dreams, only the daily grind. I have not yet had any interest in photography. At the end of the year when I was received my salary bonus, I walked past a second-hand camera shop, there, I got attracted by the appearance of an old twin-lens reflex camera, and that was how I bought my first camera. And because of this camera, I opened the door to the world of photography. I have never been exposed to photography, but I accidentally started with a film camera, full mechanical and even no metering. In the face of such a big challenge, I ignited my interest in photography and took time to understand the aperture, shutter, and ISO, to learn how to successfully take a photo with proper exposure.

After I got into photography and bought my first digital camera, I was invited by my friend by chance to take photos of music events and shot my first portrait. The sense of success and joy in the process became the driving force for me to shoot for my friends and led me to think of switching to photography as a career.

After several twists and turns, I finally joined my first photography company. At that time, I didn't quite know the difference between photography industries. I only knew that I joined a wedding photography company. The experience of being an assistant is a bitter one, the repetitive work every day was only to help the photographer solve his problems and ensure the photoshoot can be completed smoothly. There are very few shooting techniques that can be learned in the process, but I learnt how to get along with others and handle unexpected situations. During this period, I also saw many colleagues who were assistants like me, left the industry because of this reason.

Two years have passed very quickly, and I have been taking photos for clients for a while in the first company. But I would like to know how other companies can take photos that I couldn’t take. I gave up the opportunity to stay in the first company to be promoted as a photographer, and moved to my second wedding photography company which I think has a very interesting style. In the second company, I finally learned the reasons why I couldn’t create the photos I wanted before. After working for half a year in this company, I decided to change my working environment and become a freelance photographer to start working with other photographer friends and companies.

After a few months of freelancing, by coincidence, I joined my third wedding photography company and truly became a full-time photographer. After working in this company for a while, I was not satisfied with only shooting mainstream wedding photos. I hope that the photos I take can be more international. Therefore, I took the time to participate in some world-renowned wedding photographer workshops and tried to reach my goal step by step. After half a year, I left the company and started my own photography brand, while also taking freelance jobs from other photographer friends and companies.

Winter is often the turning point of my life. In the winter of the same year, I participated in my first international wedding photography competition and won awards in the first international competition I participated in. I won the first-place award and the second-place award for different categories in WPPI. In December of the same year, I participated in a Malaysia photographer’s workshop. The skills I learned on that day had a profound impact on my subsequent photo shooting skills.

I have been in the business for more than four years now, and I first started participating in  competitions around a year ago. I gained a lot of experience and awards from the competition, and I am very grateful that I still maintain the enthusiasm when I first started my photography career. Today is my first day to join as a DC Fever blogger. I will share with you my four years of experience and share with all the friends who are passionate about photography.

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