There is a photographer in Cha-Am who is a multiple prize winner, more than 30, and most recently winning an award winner at the Sirindhorn International Environment Centre photographic competition. Mind you his forte is taking photos of landscapes and wildlife, so this award may not have been unexpected. Khun ……………………….. is better known by his nickname; ‘No Film’. We all know that is recent years digital photography has by far eclipsed the old days of loading a film spool into the camera and needing to make visits to the local developer before having any idea what shots you have taken.
Perhaps the nickname came rom his first venture into the digital age …………………. “look Mum, no film!” ‘No Film’ has a background including time in the Royal Thai Army and for a period worked in a bank. He decided to follow his passion for photography and now operates a small business which is a combination of coffee shop and photo gallery. He has other plans to teach more photography. On the day we visited he had two students in attendance, eager to learn how to produce the absolutely stunning shots on display. ‘No Film’ is also a traveller to many historic and iconic Thai landmarks.
He is not really interested in the usual commercial style of photography such as weddings and other society gatherings. However as a contributor to internet photography sites (such as Shutterstock), he is able to make a modest income. On the side he is also the current President of the Cha-Am Business Man’s Club. We asked ‘No Film’ about the mistakes made by amateur photographers. The first point he made was the need to carefully consider composition.
Framing shots with overhanging branches or other ways of naturally composing a complete scene is, according to him, just a matter of some forethought rather than just pointing in the general direction. Sounds easy, but perhaps the artist’s eye also comes into play.
The second tip was to be patient and plan for natural lighting effects. Understanding and seeing the angles of the sun, shade and how light can highlight or subdue elements of the shot may require waiting for the right time of the day. Spur of the moment photography is unlikely to be successful. If you are an interested photographer wanting to see some of the finest photographic scenes of Thailand you are likely to see; this is the place. The coffee’s also very good as a part of enjoying the visit.
About 500 metres away from the traffic lights in Cha- Am heading north there is a small street to the right that joins the ‘hospital road’. The shop doesn’t really have a name but you will see the coffee signs outside on the south side of this road. Our thanks to ‘No Film’ for allowing our reproduction of this great prize winning photograph.