Your journey as a photographer continues when you go on a trip, try out new tricks and share your story with fellow enthusiasts in a growing Canon community.
Taking photographs can be a very personal thing. From sensing the moment to framing a subject and firing the shot, the entire process is something that only the photographer experiences.
The story is often only told through his pictures.
Yet, there is so much going on behind the viewfinder. What was the photographer doing at the place?
Why did he frame the subject a certain way? How did lighting affect the final result?
The context or subtext is so important to photography today that the entire story behind the photos is well worth telling and explaining on themselves.
This is where online communities, such as Canon EOS World, enable photographers to come together to share pictures, notes, tips and a compelling journey as they explore the modern art form.
While there are many online communities to be a member of, EOS World brings together both the serious and fun sides of things, including professional articles, photography outings, gatherings, contests and other events.
It also provides a virtual stage for both experienced and budding photographers to participate and gain from the experience. Online galleries, for example, show off the work of professional photographers as well as amateurs seeking to present their work and be recognised for their skill.
Experts and their views
Rather than the endless reels of photographs on other sites, great shot s are selected and presented by EOS World moderators.
Each week, outstanding shots are handpicked to be featured.
EOS World member Cornelynus Tan, for example, was interviewed for his work in fashion photography in June. Attracted to the glamour of such shots, he began shooting at 23 and now believes in having a story or concept sketched out before a shoot.
On EOS World, professional Canon users such as celebrity motoring blogger Cheryl Tay and photographer Ng Sok Heng also share their personal philosophies and insider tips when it comes to carrying out their work every day.
Their shots appear on the same site as international experts such as Australian-born Chris McGrath, who is well known for his work with Getty Images for more than 15 years. An award winner, he has photographed the FIFA World Cup, the Olympics and many other sports events.
Win a contest
These interviews are just part of the community experiences that Canon users find themselves engaged in as they become more skilful photographers.
To make things fun and interactive, EOS World also holds regular contests. Stories of Our City, for example, was held from May to June to encourage budding photographers to capture the flavours, landscapes and faces in Singapore, as it changes rapidly every day.
Winning such contests also helps each EOS World member earn virtual badges, which show off the skills that users may display over time. From Rookie to Grandmaster, these ranks reward users for exploring new capabilities and improving their skills with their cameras.
Events don't just happen virtually, of course. Several large-scale events are organised by Canon throughout the year to engage the community through interactive challenges.
The yearly Canon Photomarathon, for example, is the region's biggest photo competition. In 2013, it attracted talents from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.
The full-day contest challenges participants to come up with compelling pictures based on a given theme, while facing a tough deadline.
Try out a Canon today
Clearly, buying a Canon camera is just the first step on a fulfilling journey of discovery. More than just making a great camera, the company is dedicated to supporting a community of photographers who together make the experience of shooting photos so much more interactive and rewarding.
So, don't just shoot your pictures and leave them on your computer in future.
Check out EOS World yourself!