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Photography School And I

Hello Earthlings,

I hope for those of you where its summer time are enjoying your summer and those of us who are having winter are dancing in the rain. I would like to apologise for the silence to those who of you who actually come here to read my rumbles, I have been an extremely busy being a aspiring photographer.

Okay now for the update to what I have been up to these last 6 months. So you would have figured out by now that am a full resident of the beautiful city of Cape Town (CT), South Africa. I think moving here has been one of my smartest move ever. Cape Town just has this thing about it that sucks you in and you just fall in love with the scenery, the chilled out vibe and don’t let me get started on what CT has done for me as a creative. So if you won’t be seeing me in Dar Es Salaam for a little bit you know why. Hahaha

Now lets talk about school. I plan on writing a post soon on my personal decision to choose to study photography rather than continue to be a self-taught photographer. Photography school was the second best thing I have done my whole life. Photography school has also been the most stressful thing I have ever done my whole life. I was never this busy in university. Somedays I walk on zombie mode stuck between meeting massive deadlines, printing cost, life and more photography related stress but nonetheless, the outcome that comes from that stress makes me forget those two days ago I thought I would collapse.

Here is what studying photography has done for me so far:

  1. It has INSPIRED me. Photography school has taught me to seek inspiration and creativity in every activity I do. I want to see every art installation there is to see, go to all festivals, take walks, read books, watch movies, listen to music all in order to increase my creative resources. 
  2. It’s unlocked potentials I never thought I had, I have learned sooooo much about photography that is beyond the actual camera. I have learned the process which in my opinion is what makes a a photo stand out. 
  3. Introduced me to the worlds greatest photographers.
  4. Taught me to be resourceful.
  5. Given me a reality check on how expensive it is to actually be a photographer (printing prices, equipment, time etc).

I could go on and on about how I now literally eat, breath and sleep anything photography but you get the gist. I have to go enjoy this nice summer’s day of the great manchester (taking a holiday I really shouldn’t be having). 

Enjoy your weekend earthlings.

Much love. 

The Kikapu x PlatonicBliss Photography
I recently sat down with Zoe from www.thekikapu.com  for an interview about how it all began and a little get to know the girl behind the camera session. The interview was rather pleasant and full of laughter and jokes. 
Read the interview here http://thekikapu.com/asteria-malinzi-platonicbliss-photography/
Enjoy.
PS: I will be posting about my current situation on Sunday. I have missed writing and can’t wait to tell you all the exciting things that have been happening in my life. Stay tuned.

The Kikapu x PlatonicBliss Photography

I recently sat down with Zoe from www.thekikapu.com  for an interview about how it all began and a little get to know the girl behind the camera session. The interview was rather pleasant and full of laughter and jokes. 

Read the interview here http://thekikapu.com/asteria-malinzi-platonicbliss-photography/

Enjoy.

PS: I will be posting about my current situation on Sunday. I have missed writing and can’t wait to tell you all the exciting things that have been happening in my life. Stay tuned.

Calling all dwellers of Dar Es Salaam Tanzania
For the month of NOVEMBER Platonicbliss Photography is taking bookings for Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Specialising in: Portrait PhotographyFood Photography Fashion Photography Family Photography Maternity PhotographyCouple Photography ****Call/E-mail/Text/Facebook Message for pricing.

Calling all dwellers of Dar Es Salaam Tanzania

For the month of NOVEMBER Platonicbliss Photography is taking bookings for Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. 

Specialising in: 
Portrait Photography
Food Photography 
Fashion Photography 
Family Photography 
Maternity Photography
Couple Photography 

****Call/E-mail/Text/Facebook Message for pricing.

Exhibition Night | 24-10-13

Two years ago I bought my first DSLR. One year ago I decided that that DSLR would be my livelihood. Eleven months ago I started working towards that dream. 19 hours ago I experienced that dream start to come to life

DISCLAIMER ALERT: As unemotional as I hope to make this post its proving to be a very hard task. So you will forgive any mushy mushy sentences you may read. The heart writes what the heart wants to write. I have no control. 

Last night was the last evening of the basic photography course I started 6 weeks ago. Oh how time flies. This exhibition is what sold me to the course, that and fact that it was short. I feel like this topic shall need to be discussed in another post about my next move.

Any-who, after weeks of learning about aperture, exposure, metering, ISO, shutter speeds and so on and so forth our best two photographs were picked, printed and hang for our friends and families to come see what we have been getting up every Thursday nights and Saturday mornings for the last couple of weeks. 

Every time I told people I was doing a basic course in photography they would always ask “Why are you doing a basic course though? You are already good at what you do”. Including my fellow course mates who had no idea that I had already been in the world photography for a while now. One of them told me “What are you even doing here Miss professional photographer.” Oh how I was flattered. Ha. To answer all those questions, I choose to do the basic course because of three main things,

  1. Although for the past two years I have been teaching myself photography though the world wide web and books, I always learn best from actually being shown what does what and what is where and why we do that. I am the type who wants to stop someone half way through a lesson to ask “what on earth are you on about?” if I don’t understand something that is being taught and one really cant do that watching a youtube tutorial. 
  2. I am one of those people who don’t like to be the “Know-It-All”. I must admit, in most of the lessons I would just sit there thinking “I know a much easier way to get that effect”. Thats the mentality of a YouTube Scholar. We always look for shortcuts and at the end we learn how to do things but have no clue as to why we actually want that effect. 
  3. I didn’t believe in myself enough to enter the intermediate course. The fear of being clueless through all the classes is a scary one.

So I did the course and I was very happy with it all. There was nothing else I would have rather have done with these last 3 months then being here and doing this. The fact that the course was part time meant I had a lot of free thinking/idea generating/life planning time which I am extremely happy with. I feel like I have taken a train in the right direction. Yay me!

Oh, the exhibition… The two photographs that were chosen for the exhibition was one of the photos from my "Princess Of Zamunda Self-Portrait" and a photograph of veggies from a Food Photography class. The photographs look so amazing in print. I cant wait to frame and hang them. Its such an awesome feeling I tell you. Seeing your dream come to life and this is just the beginning.

The most wonderful part of the course however, was meeting people who were just as keen and eager to learn about this wonderful art called photography. They have inspired me to want to do more, see more, snap more.

Anyways, I must go now. There are boxes waiting for me to pack my belongings in (oh the joys of moving out). But before I go, here is where you should go or send someone you know who is interested in the course I did that is run by Mareli.

Fast Foward Photography Cape Town

http://www.fforward.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/fastforwardphotography/info

***You can see photos from the shoot on PlatonicBliss Photography Facebook page here.

Have a lovely weekend Earthlings.

Retouching
You know one of those things you claim you don’t do because it not your style but really the truth is that you have either:
been too lazy to learn how to do it
tried to learn and failed terribly at it
found it too tiresome
Well, that pretty sums up my relationship with retouching. I have a bunch of videos on my hard drive given to me by a dear friend that I have only skimmed through them once. To be fair, another reason I have put off trying to learn this essential skill is the fact that I have seen so many photographers do it wrong and over retouch their models and that my friends is my biggest fear. The simple fact that I am afraid that I too might end up in that horrid hole. Because surely a photographer doesn’t choose to over retouch, its just something that happens when you start to master the skill of retouching, no? In my opinion, a over retouched photograph is such a waste and one of the greatest sins of photography. 
Since I am now learning and taking myself more seriously am learning the art of retouching and practicing it more. That is the challenge I have given myself. The most I do with in this department is use the patch tool and the healing brush. To learn and master a technique one must practice, over and over and over again till it become automatic.
To help me practice I use myself as a model, hence all the self portraits I take or as most of you would call them “selfies”. Every self portrait I take is a lesson and a mile stone for me in my journey to mastering photography am not just being vain. Ha 
So with that said and done, bring it on retouching! Am ready for yah *Rita Ora’s voice*

Retouching

You know one of those things you claim you don’t do because it not your style but really the truth is that you have either:

  • been too lazy to learn how to do it
  • tried to learn and failed terribly at it
  • found it too tiresome

Well, that pretty sums up my relationship with retouching. I have a bunch of videos on my hard drive given to me by a dear friend that I have only skimmed through them once. To be fair, another reason I have put off trying to learn this essential skill is the fact that I have seen so many photographers do it wrong and over retouch their models and that my friends is my biggest fear. The simple fact that I am afraid that I too might end up in that horrid hole. Because surely a photographer doesn’t choose to over retouch, its just something that happens when you start to master the skill of retouching, no? In my opinion, a over retouched photograph is such a waste and one of the greatest sins of photography. 

Since I am now learning and taking myself more seriously am learning the art of retouching and practicing it more. That is the challenge I have given myself. The most I do with in this department is use the patch tool and the healing brush. To learn and master a technique one must practice, over and over and over again till it become automatic.

To help me practice I use myself as a model, hence all the self portraits I take or as most of you would call them “selfies”. Every self portrait I take is a lesson and a mile stone for me in my journey to mastering photography am not just being vain. Ha 

So with that said and done, bring it on retouching! Am ready for yah *Rita Ora’s voice*

The other day during my daily (or rather hourly) run through Facebook I stumbled upon some word porn. Metanoia. All I could think was “finally, the word to describe my sudden urge to change found me’ and as you may have gathered by now am a strong believer of the “everything happens for a reason” clan. The universe is responding and the train is in motion. 

So as I have now embarked on this beautiful journey of better myself and become the best me I have ever been, I made my usual 6am list (6AM is my golden hour for thoughts/creations/ideas/discoveries). I labeled this list "Change Of Habits".

  1. Save more
  2. Read more
  3. Write more
  4. Explore more
  5. Snap more
  6. Paint more
  7. Learn more
  8. Finance more
  9. Sleep more
  10. Experience more

At first start to list activities I wanted to do less of but then I realised that I was thinking in a more negative manner and surely it would be easier doing more of things I love rather than less of the ones that I deem unnecessary. Am I making sense here? oh well.

I am hoping that if I fill those 10 jars of habits to the brim than my mental and physical being shall be in a state of happiness and satisfaction. There are some habits on the list that are harder to master than others but there is nothing better than a good challenge, right? 

Writing this post I realise that this might sound like am starting my new years resolution a few months too early doesn’t it? Ha. I assure you that this isn’t a new years resolution but rather as I recently have learned its simply metanoia.

Have a lovely evening earthling.

PlatonicBliss Love,

Xo