Our student Miguel is a busy guy! He’s studying his Diploma of Commerce here at Taylors College Perth, he’s a member of the student council and he’s got a big passion for photography. In this blog, he talks us through his journey to discovering his love for taking photos and we get to see some of the amazing pictures he has taken in beautiful Perth.
Have you ever found something that you’re passionate about? A hobby that is very addictive and amazing at the same time? This is a short story on how photography became my hobby and how it has changed my life so far.
I was never interested in photography growing up and it was all just about sports. People always associated me with basketball, never for a person who loves taking pictures. But I had an interest in design and got myself admitted to one of the best design universities in the Philippines. I took architecture and I guess it all started there. Long story short, I dropped out after a year because I knew it wasn’t for me, but ever since then I viewed things differently.
I started to notice the little details and I started to appreciate the designs in everything that I saw. I then started to take pictures using my iphone. Looking back, they weren’t actually nice as I thought they were.
I then moved to Jakarta with my family back in April 2015 and for some reason my Dad bought a Nikon DSLR camera. At that time, I had 3 months before my class started, so I decided to learn how to use the camera. It was very complicated compared to the iphone where you only press one button. In a DSLR camera you have to think about the settings like the aperture or the shutter speed. It took a long time before I got the hang of it. I still use that camera until now, and I’m very thankful that my dad randomly bought it for me.
I got obsessed, and I wanted to be good at it. I watched a lot of tutorial videos in YouTube, as well as reading up on great photographers and how they became great. It also helped a lot that 2 of my best friends back in the Philippines had the same hobby as well. Our group chats were filled with topics about photography and pictures asking each other what we should improve on.
Every picture that I take has a story behind it, like this skyline picture of Perth. I waited 3 hours for the sun to drop, hoping to catch a sunset of Perth although it rained like crazy during the sunset and I wasn’t able to take a picture of it. I had to wait for the rain to stop to go home, and when it did the lights of the buildings lit up and actually looked better than I imagined. Instead of a sunset picture, I had this:
Eventually I had to learn how to use Photoshop, and not just the filters that my sister had taught me. Although when I use Photoshop or when I add filters, I try to make it as realistic as possible on how my eye saw the actual picture in real life.
Lucky for me, Perth is a really photogenic city. Not just the city itself, but the events that it hosts like the Chinese New Year festival in Elizabeth Quay and Northbridge, or the Hopman Cup which is a friendly for pro tennis players before playing in the Australian Open. I was lucky enough to capture the first time in a long time Roger Federer stepped on a tennis court after suffering from a torn meniscus, and a month after that he won the Australian Open against his fierce competitor Rafael Nadal.
I can definitely say that a simple camera and a simple hobby have changed me for the past 2 years. I still have a lot more to learn and places that I want to capture in my camera.
Hopefully by finding my passion, I was able to inspire you to look for your own. If you know yours already, then don’t stop on whatever it is you’re passionate about. Following your passion can only lead to great things for you ahead.
We love hearing our student stories about their life at Taylors College Perth. It’s great to see that Miguel has time to enjoy is passion for photography at the same time as studying.