Posted on October 30, 2018 by Savannah Parker
I can’t believe it’s already the end of October. It’s that time of the year, Halloween. I think I heard that people spend a lot of money (2nd most after Christmas) during Halloween to decorate and to give out candies. It may be true. I see so many houses decorated with the haunted house themes, zombies, and carved out scary pumpkin heads. Halloween is a special day and the spirit of Ghost is everywhere!
I couldn’t stop thinking about this ghost spirit during this Halloween. How many people actually believe in ghost? How do we really know if they exist or not? There aren’t that many ways we can prove that the ghost exists or not. However, the images in photography cannot be ignored. The photos cannot be captured without the existence of the real thing. If the ghost is captured in the photo, the ghost must be real. As a photo enthusiast, I did a little bit of research in the past and I wanted to share some of my thoughts and opinions based on these photos and stories. I don’t know if these photos are real or edited with scary images, but I am definitely scared now.
This photo is known as the “Brown Lady” of Raynham Hall. It was shot in 1936 by a photographer documenting Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England. The photographer, Captain Hubert Provand, thought his assistant was joking when he said that he saw some object figure when he was taking the photo, but then it became true when the photographer saw the image for himself. There was some story that the person in the image, Lady Dorothy Townshend, was locked in her room by her husband because she committed an adultery. The image was so clear. It’s hard to image that this was edited back in the 1900s.
This is another famous one. It is the famous Tulip Staircase Ghost photo. It was developed by Rev. Ralph Hardy. He was a retired clergyman. In 1966, he visited the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. He took this interesting spiral staircase. When he developed the photo he saw the ghost touching the staircase.
This one is a little bit more controversial than the other ones. Many people think this is a fake image. Tony O’Rahilly shot this image of a girl standing amid the flames as Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England. The place was burned to the ground in 1995. People said that there was no way anyone could have survived this flame. For a long time, many people thought that this was a girl name Jane Churn who accidentally set fire to her home in 1677 and her ghost was shown in the photo. Later on, however, the national museum of the photography examined the photo and said this was edited.
It’s amazing to see some of these old photos and how people have been amused. I, personally, believe there is the good vs evil spirit in this world and that we cannot see with our own eyes. These photos may not be true and may not able to authenticate, but the 35mm slr film cameras captured these images and make us wonder in this Halloween.
Shout out to the link below. The site has other more ghost images and stories. You can check them out! http://mentalfloss.com/article/87784/13-historys-most-famous-ghost-photos
Posted on September 4, 2018 by Savannah Parker
Do you enjoy taking photos and sharing them with the people? Would you like to make money by taking photos? Well, you may be the person to look for a career in the photography industry. However, you may need more skills and passion to pursue the career you think it’s the best career for you. I will try to break it down in this article for you.
Let’s first look at the places where you can work as a photographer. You can obviously start your own business and have your own shop. You can work for an agency or an advertising company since they are always looking to take photos of their unique articles. People are visually more intuned with the photos so many agencies love adding photos with their articles. Like this one 🙂
You can only work over the weekend – weddings and other occasional events usually need a photographer as well. The job opportunities are abundant for anyone who is looking to pursue being a photographer.
The real question, however, is should you pursue the career? I heard so many people say “follow your dream and the money will follow”. I think this is the stupidest thing that a person can say to anyone. If anyone follows their dream, they will be homeless. Period! You don’t get paid if you don’t work – work as a definition is not simply just doing what you love doing. If you get good at what you are doing and you feel comfortable, you may love your work but you do not need to love your work. Work simply works. Sorry, I got little carried away. Let’s get back to you.
You are reading this now because you are considering pursuing your career as a photographer. I am here to lay out the facts before you continue your career move. Here are 3 things for you to consider before you jump right in. These may be subjective but I think it’s relevant as you think about the career. Matter fact, it doesn’t have to be a photography career, it can be anything.
Okay. Like I mentioned above, if you enjoy taking photos you can find a job that requires the photography skills. The issue is that the photography is not really a skill set you build like studying medicine or law. Okay, I am not trying to burst your bubble but hear me out. A middle school student can take a point & shoot steady images. In high school, you can learn how to shoot a film camera as a hobby. I am trying to say that everyone can take a photo. The problem with the photography career is that there is such big competition when it comes to finding that dream job. You really have to outshine other people to get the job which brings me to the next problem.
You may be better taking photos than a high school student. I get that but what or how is your skillset determined? By a photo? What if 100 people take the same photo of the same object? What if that was a job interview process? How would you stand out? I am not sure how people can determine your skill set when there are multiple photographers who are taking the same photo. You take all these art classes even on a college level, but would you really learn how to shoot with the camera in an education setting? I doubt it. You need hands-on experience and that will make you a better photographer. The problem is everyone is doing the same thing.
My last problem is that the camera (hardware) the very thing that you take photos with constantly changing with the new/ better camera features. It’s really hard to keep up with the digital camera industry because there are so many new ones each and every year. You need to buy a different lens and gears so you can do your job – which cost a lot of money. Some photographers spend thousands of dollars so they can make money. Unless you have a lot of money, if you want to make money by taking photos, you’ll need to spend a lot of money to get there.
In conclusion, I think the photography career is a great career because there are needs and people are always looking to capture the special moments. I am not discouraging anyone to move forward with their career, but I hope that you get to know the pros and cons. Hope this article was helpful. Good luck with your career. Remember, don’t simply follow your passion! Be reasonable and practical.