Is Victor Basa changing careers now?
This was what PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) jokingly asked Victor Basa when we spotted him busily taking photos during the press launch of Smart C+ health drink recently.
While his girlfriend, real-estate executive Divine Lee, was hosting the event with TV personality RJ Ledesma, we caught Victor clicking his camera to capture every moment of the event.
"Hobby lang 'to," Victor told PEP.
The former Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak actor said his interest in photography started in 2005. He was then using a Canon EOS 300D, which was considered a pretty decent entry-level Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital camera.
Now, he owns a Canon 500D. But he's planning to get another camera that will suit his needs for making videos.
Isn't this hobby a little expensive?
Victor disagreed especially if the person knows exactly what he/she needs.
He further explained, "Kasi sometimes, all of a sudden, you want this, you want that.
"For me, isa-shop mo lang 'yong stuff only if you use them.
"Like, kung medyo mahilig ka sa low-lightt photography, e, di you get a quicker lens.
"But me, I've been using the kit lens for years, e. So far, decent naman ang photos ko, e.
"I'm not a professional naman, so I don't need professional stuff."
So far, Victor has no plans of making his hobby a profession.
The actor-model just enjoys taking photos, he said, "Kasi, siyempre, you want to preserve memories, e.
"This is the easiest way to do it, and the best way to do it, is through photographs."
He also feels proud whenever his photographs are being used in some publications—like his shots from the Kylie Minogue concert, where he only used a normal point-and-shoot digital camera.
"You're able to tell your stories through your photos and you remember the things that transpired that day," he added.
Aside from getting another unit, Victor also wants to buy a special SD memory card called Eye-fi, which wirelessly uploads photos and videos from camera to the computer.
Check out Victor's personal account in the networking site Tumblr, where he uploads some of his photographs.