As an amateur photographer, I'm fascinated by the universe of possibilities we can explore in creating images with our digital camera - why limit ourselves? I read a debate a while ago which was prompted by the proliferation of photo filters on social media platforms, specifically the broad application of one-click treatments to anything and everything, which I happen to take issue with as well - blue-tinged lasagna just doesn't look appetising, now does it? And of course there's no reason everything must look like it was rummaged out of a dusty, old archive, especially when the event happened just five minutes ago. Those undiscerning filters can work well in adding character to a mediocre photo, but isn't it far more rewarding when we take control and produce beautiful pictures that are unique to our personal style of expression?
A professional photographer involved in the debate made the claim that filters obscure the 'truth' of the subject. Well, that's where I have to disagree, simply because there is no absolute truth - in anything, really! When we make images we are presenting our own perspective on the subject, and that is the wonder and magic of photography. One hundred people snapping away at the same scene will produce one hundred distinct versions. Clever techniques and editing software allow for limitless creativity, but it all starts with the quality of the photo recorded in your most important tool, your camera. Sony's range of cameras offers something for every experience level while delivering professional quality photographs. The Sony α range or Cyber-shot™ camera puts precision, style and convenience in your hands to capture the moment in your own unique way.
Recently, The World Photography Organisation announced its shortlist of the Sony 2014 World Photography Awards, selected from around 140,000 entries from 166 countries. Below are my favourites of a group chosen by the Sony Community, representing all four categories, which are, Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. They inspire me to push myself as a photographer, especially as not all of these photos were taken by professionals. Besides, the world is far too interesting and it's our job to show it.
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利陈(LiChen), China, Shortlist, Travel, Open, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Hasan Bağlar, Cyprus, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Russell Bruns, South Africa, Finalist, Student Focus, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards