A Perspective from a Hobbyist Photographer

Updated: Mar 10, 2019

These days, society gets more and more demanding. The daunting workloads, the deadlines, too much pressure at school, they all suck, and we all wanna lose some grip. We tend to get involved in some activities to channel our selves away from stress, and one of the most common past-time/hobby/interest people do now is PHOTOGRAPHY.

I asked my friend, a couple of questions about his hobby, who turned out to be a hobbyist photographer and I got a lot of insights.

What is a hobbyist photographer by the way? It's a person who does photography as a hobby, a person who has little to no experience in photography but loves to capture moments using a camera during his spare time.

Jose Caspe or "Chip" as we call him, started taking photos way back in our college years. By using his first camera from his parents, he continued to dig deep in his passion up until he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in the year 2017. Currently, he's using a Nikon D90 with Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 EX HSM, and whenever he is off from work or on a holiday trip, he puts a time to take snaps with his camera.

Photography is his way of expressing his identity and experiences in life, and the people who believed in him are his motivation to polish his craft and continue to explore his enthusiasm in taking good pictures.

He is involved in different local photography groups, and it provided him a lot of knowledge and insights by sharing their various approaches in the field.

His art centered on urban fashion, street, and landscape photography.

Urban fashion photography took social media by storm, and everyone has a distinct style. Chip likes to create image both editorial and commercial and focuses on urban streetwear.

Street and landscape photography tends to be more exciting because of the variety of photos you can capture in every corner of the street. Here are some of the images in his portfolio that caught my attention. What I really like are the subjects and the composition in every frame.

The hobby of taking photos made him learn the value of exploring one's passion. He told me that it doesn't matter if other people will like it or not, what matters most is that you are happy about what you are doing and I totally agree on that. You can check out his Instagram account: @joecas26 for more street photography inspo.

It's fascinating how photography impacts our society and the people including myself. I love to see moments captured in frames and you too, also. I bet, the majority of the readers in this post will see the photos first before reading the article. (lol). That's how powerful photographs are. Understanding the point of view from a hobbyist photographer made me wanna explore more and dig deeper on the things that I love to do.

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