You may not agree, but how many world-class photographers base themselves here? How many base themselves in New York? Paris? Etc.
If I want to do fashion work, would I choose New York, Milan or Singapore?
If I want to do landscape work, would I choose Europe (pick any country you like) or Singapore?
If I want to shoot sports, say golf, would I choose US or Singapore?
Even if I want to do street photography, would I do Paris or Singapore?
Obviously not Singapore.
Not to say that I can't do it here, but what is the level and quality of the shots I can get here vs what I can get in a place with better conditions.
Of course the precondition is that I must have a certain level of competence. If I'm a lousy photographer to begin with, no point putting me in front of a beautiful photo opportunity-- my shots will still come back with lousy composition, exposure or timing.
But if I'm already good technically-- if I have the necessary skills to earn a living as a photographer-- then the limiting factor in my further growth is not my lack of technical skill, but the material I have to work with. And that is where Singapore is unfortunately behind in terms of opportunity.
We should be realistic and accept our limitations when people make such comments, rather than lash out at these people for being lousy or lazy photographers.
If you just want to take pix of your children, you can do that anywhere, although some locations are prettier than others.
If you want to take other things (landscapes, sports, etc), there are indeed a lot more places that are better than Singapore in terms of opportunity.
A poor person once said, if others can afford to live in luxurious houses or own big cars, good for them, but I'm not going to cry just because I'm poor and can't afford to have a big house or a car. We don't need to put them down simply because they have what I don't have.
The same attitude can apply here. There's no need to criticise others who feel that S'pore has no photo opportunities. We accept the country is just not as well-endowed as other countries, but so what, we don't have to cry over that or feel hurt when people point that out to us. We just do what we can with the material we have available to us.
Originally Posted by arantha