Do it with passion or not at all

I’ll be honest, I almost completely stayed in bed this morning. I told myself, get up, or don’t do this at all, you won’t regret it. 

I went and grabbed a coffee at Kuppajo and walked to the school of Architecture for a school project.

Here’s a photo of me, completely disheveled but happy walking there in the brisk morning air.

Honesty hour: I wasn’t a big fan of shooting HDR because I thought that the same look could be achieved without the time-consuming photo stitching that it takes post-processing.

Here’s the thing, I knew I should’ve been a fan. I should’ve been over the moon to shoot HDR. I’ve come to realize it’s such a beautiful way to bring out the full dynamic range in a photograph, and highlight details in a way no other way possible.

Here’s a quick story to highlight why I should’ve been a fan of what I thought was a nitty gritty post-processing technique. I first started photographing night photography at the Ten nightclub and lounge and I absolutely hated it at first.

I despised figuring out low-light settings, trying to understand ambient lighting and how that meshed with using a flash.

I didn’t like working with drunk people and all of the loud noise. It was a boisterous and confusing experience for a long time.

But here’s the key word: it didn’t last forever. And over time, the photos I produced were great. And that challenging atmosphere combined with the technical challenges of using my flash in low-light situations forced me to understand so many other key elements of photography. It’s the reason I can do what I do now.

So here’s what I’ve learnt: when learning something new, do everythingevery aspect with passion. Because every part of it will build you up to the artist you’re ultimately to become.


Here are the HDR photos I ended up taking (I took one nature photo, one with an object, and one interior architecture photo).

One Reply to “Do it with passion or not at all”

  1. You inspire me to get back to trying to learn about the crazy amount of settings I can achieve with my camera. Mine is a Nikon D5500. So many details to know about light and speed. I wish I just “knew” but alas, I don’t… hardly at all.
    So thanks for the encouragement, even though it was not your goal to get your BBF’s mom to get crackin’ lol

    You are not only a great photographer, you’re also a great writer!!

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