If a picture is worth a thousand words, junior Mulan Homo is worth millions of them. Through the lens of her DSLR camera, she has captured the people and the world around her. This month, The Howler sits with Homo as she reveals her tips, tricks and inspirations for her photography.
Alice Chen: What prompted you to first start photography?
Mulan Homo: I started taking pictures during my sister’s senior year of high school. Because she was really into photography, my parents ended up gifting her a DSLR as a graduation gift. Whenever I had the chance, I would grab her camera and started taking pictures. That was when I first got into taking pictures and realized that I really liked photography.
AC: Who is a photographer that you really look up to?
MH: Right now, the most inspiring person for me is Brandon Woelfel. The more I look at his pictures, the more interesting they get. He takes regular items like CDs and uses them to create a glare effect on the camera. I find his overall portrait photography interesting because he is so creative, taking photography in a whole different light.
AC: What do you like to take pictures of?
MH: For the most part, I take portraits. Initially I took pictures for fun, so I would take pictures of my friends. Because of that, it was more natural for me to transition to portrait photography. Now, I just prefer it because people are interesting to me. You can see their different expressions in different situations, which I find very intriguing.
AC: How did Northwood impact your passion for photography?
MH: During my freshman year, Senora McCann came up to me and told me to join yearbook after I brought my DSLR and a huge lens to the last day of class. I didn’t take it seriously at first, but during sophomore year, she really pushed me to join. I am in yearbook now, and it’s a great experience.
AC: What’s a photography tip that you think everyone should know?
MH: One tip is that it doesn’t matter how fancy your camera is, because editing software is also very important to a photo. A bad photo is not necessarily a bad photo if you add couple finishing touches to it.