Up your Photography

Have you been asking yourself how those beautiful photos in 500px, Flickr and other photo sharing website is done? Why is it so perfect? I have to admit, I did asked myself about it many times. It’s even one of my driving force to better myself every time. Sometimes you’d wonder if you’ll ever reach that level of photography that is worthy of admiration.

One way to visually see your zones is to show the histogram of the image. It allows you to see the distribution of tones and channels in different zones.

Well, there’s two parts of achieving those type of photos, one is excellent photography and the other one is masters in photo editing. The same complexity and a combination of art that you can find in photography, photo editing is just as deep as it goes. Photo editing compliments photography. Continue reading “Up your Photography” »

Endless Learning

When shooting in low light, it’s important to capture the ambient light to show the realistic feel of the scene. I then added strobes for the hair light and another one to fill the subject. The trick is to reduce the power of the strobe close to the ambient to capture both light. (LINX Lounge)

I always get a mix of inquiries from different photographers. There are those who are about to start doing photography, some are just thinking of doing it and there are those already into it. The questions range from too easy up to complicated ones. With all the different level of photographers I meet, I can’t even define how many levels there is. Continue reading “Endless Learning” »

Tethered Shooting

When shooting tethered, you get to see your work in a bigger display and will help you see more things that you can improve in your set.

When shooting tethered, you get to see your work in a bigger display and will help you see more things that you can improve in your set.

I had a unique scenario few years back with a client who wants to see the shots while we were shooting. It was on outdoor shoot so we had to connect my camera through its USB port to my enclosed laptop and use Lightroom’s tethering feature. It was a solution at that time but we encountered some concerns along the way.

Yes, the client was happy even if the shots were coming in slow. There’s about 5 seconds delay and I have to shoot it with a good interval between shots so the transfer of data, given the fact that we were shooting raw, wouldn’t be that overwhelming. The connection between the computer and camera somehow keeps on disconnecting.

This is something that I have to deal with every time we need to shoot tethered. I know that I must have done something wrong or a setting that needs to be set since those that I see in youtube are working perfectly fine. Continue reading “Tethered Shooting” »

Photoshopped

I took this photo during my trip in Thailand. Back in the hotel I noticed that there was a water bottle in the shot. I was tempted to clone it but did not bother anyway. I was too tired to do it.

I took this photo during my trip in Thailand. Back in the hotel I noticed that there was a water bottle in the shot. I was tempted to clone it but did not bother anyway. I was too tired to do it.

This is my second time to write about this topic this year. The first one was about a winning photo from a Nikon photo contest and a photojournalist from Associated Press who edited his war photos. Apparently, one of the icons in photography, Steve Mcurry is under fire about photoshopped or edited image. Continue reading “Photoshopped” »

Electronic Shutter

During my one-on-one workshop, my student was using a Fujifilm XT-1 and although my discussion is focused the theory of photography, I cannot disregard the different approach in handling this type of camera.

Fujifilm has no aperture or shutter priority in the shooting mode dial. It works like the classic camera where the aperture control is on the lens and where the auto aperture setting also resides. If you’re a DSLR user, it may take you longer than the usual to get familiar with the way settings are controlled in Fujifilm cameras.

Since I’m no expert in Fujifilm, I visited Ryan Go of F8 to give some few experts advice and true to what I’ve expected, there were a handful of info that I didn’t know. One of which that spiked my interest is the rolling shutter limitation when using electronic shutter. This happens if you turn off the mechanical shutter and let the electronic shutter control the exposure time.

My first reaction was, how come I didn’t know about this. Maybe because I had so much fun with my Canon G11 having flash sync up to 1/1000 sec. I was also experimenting a lot with Fujifilm X100s having high flash sync as well. Which part did I missed out that a rolling shutter limitation exist?

When using electronic shutter and turning of mechanical shutter, the delay in the CMOS sensor readout causes the stretched effect. This only happens when shooting at high speed setting and fast moving objects.

When using electronic shutter and turning of mechanical shutter, the delay in the CMOS sensor readout causes the stretched effect. This only happens when shooting at high speed setting and fast moving objects.

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Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is finally here

It’s an exciting times for the X-men this time around. I’m actually referring to Fujifilm’s new addition to their lineup. Indeed, they started the year with a bang. Fujifilm X-series is making a statement to Sony Alpha and the mirrorless market.

The first ever camera in the X-series to go beyond 16 megapixel. The X-Pro 2 is equipped with a 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor.

The first ever camera in the X-series to go beyond 16 megapixel. The X-Pro 2 is equipped with a 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor.

I have been praising Fujifilm for its classic look and state of the art functionalities from the very beginning. I tested the X100s for quite some time and spend a good quality time with XE-1 during my trip down under and I’m all smiles the entire time. There were very few frustrating experience to write about. Continue reading “Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is finally here” »

Passion for Photography

I started shooting when I was in high school. It was more of curiosity than passion. It was fascinating to see photographers in action and the wonders of chemistry in the darkroom. I continued shooting in my college years but I have to admit, I never felt the passion during those times.

I ended up working in the print industry for about a decade and a half. I was hooked in the industry because it is a mix of technical and art. Something that keeps my interest afloat. I still take photos once in a blue moon during those times. Most of it was work requirement and some family vacation here and there.

Later, I quit my job because I felt I was missing something in my life. It was then that I turned to photography. The same curiosity brought me back but this time maybe out of maturity or life’s experiences, I felt the passion in photography.

Shooting for Plantation Bay, I have to position in the middle of the lagoon to get the right angle.

Shooting for Plantation Bay, I have to position in the middle of the lagoon to get the right angle.

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Adventure Savvy

 

GoPro is still the leader among action cams in terms of performance. SJ had some issues before but pulled it through with firmware upgrades. Xiaomi on the other hand is very promising in terms of quality, reliability and price. It's the cheapest of them all but surprisingly good.?

GoPro is still the leader among action cams in terms of performance. SJ had some issues before but pulled it through with firmware upgrades. Xiaomi on the other hand is very promising in terms of quality, reliability and price. It’s the cheapest of them all but surprisingly good.?

I dropped by Macys Camera Shop last week to check on the joystick tripod head by Manfrotto. Macys is finishing off their Manfrotto stock and the discount is just crazy. I was hoping that they ran out of stock already only to stop me from buying one but it turned out they still have a couple of heads in stock. Seems like i’m the only one crazy with this type of head. I really don’t need it right know, my existing head works perfectly fine but the offers is just irresistible. Continue reading “Adventure Savvy” »

Strobist Lighting System

The Nissin Di700A recently launched by Nissin Digital Flash uses radio signal system at a more reasonable price than the popular Canon and Nikon Speedlight.

The Nissin Di700A recently launched by Nissin Digital Flash uses radio signal system at a more reasonable price than the popular Canon and Nikon Speedlight.

I’m a strobe guy. When I do commercial shoot, my gears for lighting couldn’t fit in my car anymore. Although I’m a worshiper of light, I have a love and hate relationship with the sun. I like to control every inch of light that sums up in my frame.

However, when you’re shooting events or wedding, there is no take two. You are shooting as it happens and if your light is not in the right position and settings, all you can do is do better next time. You need a system that can suggest and think on its own, working as an assistant at the same time. Continue reading “Strobist Lighting System” »

Not all SD Cards are created equal

Sandisk performs better while Transcend is a bit slow than their claimed speed. In terms of price, Transcend is less than half the price of Sandisk.

Sandisk performs better while Transcend is a bit slow than their claimed speed. In terms of price, Transcend is less than half the price of Sandisk.

Yes, they all have the same physical size and it’s quite obvious that they differ in storage capacity. Maybe you can even get a cheaper version in CDR-King. It would probably work for all you know and you go out shooting thinking you scored one this time.

I hate to admit it but yes I have one SD card bought in CDR-King. From what I know, I need a Class 10 SD card to get the most of my camera so it was the only specs I was looking for when buying one. It worked perfectly fine every time. Continue reading “Not all SD Cards are created equal” »