My Life as a Photographer

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My real passion is photography, mostly taking surreal mannequin photographs. I started photography during the early 90s, after I graduated from college in 1987 and bought my first camera, Minolta 5000 with 50mm lens. During the summertime, I took a couple of photography classes to learn the basics as well as develop my own film. It was an interesting process. I discovered my interest in taking mannequin photographs when I took a summer class at UCI. Many people in the class encouraged to take more mannequin photographs.I was also good at staging assignments. But my surreal mannequin photographs have evolved into a new level. I try to blur the line between reality and fantasy. I have now been doing surreal mannequin photographs with my iPhone because it is small and easy to carry around everywhere and anytime. 

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During the 90s, I have also photographed three weddings, mostly as a second photographer because I feel I have an artistic and unconventional style. I got to travel to Beverly Hills, Seattle and San Francisco to shoot these weddings. 

I also enjoy taking Street Photography, and I recently took some snapshots at the local artist village. 

Three years ago, on my birthday, I did a couple of videos of the Alessia Cara musical festival at a local mall. Although I used my iPhone, I like the effects because of all the bright and colorful lights, iPhones competing to get a good snapshot of the singer, and the overall interaction between the fans in the audience and the singer on the stage. It appeared similar to a music concert.

Two years ago, I inherited my late mother's Canon EOS 650 camera with a zoom lens. And, four years ago, I joined a Canon meetup group in order to further improve my photography skills. So, I am always growing, learning, and improving. 

I recently attended a Canon workshop about shooting concerts. I agree that nighttime and dark areas should be shot with manual mode, in which I need to practice a lot because I often use autofocus.



About the author

Fifileigh

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, but raised in USA. BA in Social Science from UCI, MBA from WU, and Graphics diploma from Platt. Self-Published my first novel on LULU site, and I just finished my second novel, but currently proofing phase. I currently reside in SoCali with my cat.

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