25 Dec Musician fell in love with photography – What I’ve learnt in one year

Source: Fuji X Passion

I’m Ilkka Arola, a 32-year-old professional musician from Turku, Finland. I’ve been interested in photography and cinematography for my whole life, but the real turning point for me, was a year ago when I bought my first Fuji camera. Something just changed in me, suddenly I found myself using all my free time to learn more about both of these visual art forms. This article is a self-reflection on my first year with a serious photographic addiction and also a look at my current state as a photographer.

First, a bit of my background with photography and cameras. My photographic journey started when, as a kid, I was given my grandfather’s old Minolta film camera to take photos of family events and holidays. Later I had a small digital pocket camera for the same purpose. In my twenties, I was really much into backpacking and I just couldn’t travel to visually amazing places anymore without better camera: I bought the Canon 100D, the smallest possible DSLR I could find from the airport on my way to Nepal to explore the Himalayas.

Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF23mmF2 @23mm . f/2.0 . 1/125″ . ISO 3200

Later as a big fan of Finnish traveling TV show Madventures, I started to gravitate more towards videos than stills on my backpacking trips, so I got even smaller portable device (GoPro 3+) and left my Canon home to collect dust.

 Like I said, my main profession is in the field of music, I play

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