Tai O is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly-knit community that literally lives on the water. Their enchanting world is a photographer's paradise. We'll be shooting our photos in Black & White this time, in this world where time forgot.
In the early days of photography, photographers had no choice but to shoot in black and white, as it was the only available medium. And even when color was introduced, black and white photography didn’t die off, instead it flourished.
Modern black and white photography at it’s best is art, and many photographers regard it as the purest form of photography.
So why does black and white photography command such acclaim? One reason is that colour is a distraction. It takes attention away from the visual building blocks of a great photo; texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting. A photographer shooting in black and white has to learn how to use all these elements to create a memorable image.
Another reason is that color photography, much of it mediocre, is so abundant that black and white makes a refreshing change.
From an artistic viewpoint; color depicts reality. Black and white is an interpretation of reality.
Here are some ideas of shooting in B & W.
What to bring:
1. DSLR camera, point & shoot, Micro 4/3rds or film camera.
3. Any lens will do.
3. Imagination! Creativity!
Some video documentaries of Tai O Fishing Village here.
Have you ever wished you could find a friend to talk to about photography or to get a review of your work to help you improve your technique? If your answer is 'yes', you've come to the right place.
Here, we have many members who are experienced photographers and can advise you on how to take better pictures. Knowledge is freely shared among members.
At JPG Photography Meetup Group, we organize many photography trips and outings so you can get full use of your camera. You'll also get the chance to discover places in Hong Kong which most locals have not even seen yet. The trips are always fun and you'll make new friends who enjoys photography as much as you do.
We also have fun photo competitions, where you can pit your skills against other members. We have a local magazine that will pay you for your photos if they choose to use them.
All skill levels are welcome. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out as a beginner or are already a seasoned pro, you will find a welcoming community.
We have a wide range of ages, nationalities and skill levels. Working with so many different creative people is fulfilling and it gives us that energy to give back to one another.
We have photo events where you learn from experienced photographers for free. We also have events where you get hands on training but pay just a small fee to join.
We welcome everyone who loves photography, no matter who you are! You can join us on Facebook after you've joined here.