Focal-Plane Shutter

Shooting with strobes. One artificial light and ambient light in the background. Shutter is set at 1/160. Most cameras x-sync is below 1/200. Anything more than that, you'll capture your shutter in your frame. Normally a black strip will cover a portion of your image. Model Credit: Stacey Nicole Swardt

Shooting with strobes. One artificial light and ambient light in the background. Shutter is set at 1/160. Most cameras x-sync is below 1/200. Anything more than that, you’ll capture your shutter in your frame. Normally a black strip will cover a portion of your image. Model Credit: Stacey Nicole Swardt

One of the most precise mechanism in every camera whether mirrorless or conventional DSLR is the focal-plane shutter. This is the mechanical part of a camera that controls the amount of time the light is allowed to pass through and expose the sensor.

The sound that you hear when your camera takes a shot is not the audible sound you hear in your cellphone but its actually the movement of mechanical pieces opening and closing the window just before the sensor. Focal-plane shutter is one of the three exposure controls you can adjust when controlling the amount of light passing through your camera.

Shutter speed is not dependent on your lens but your camera body. This means that even if you change from one lens to the next, you’ll still have the same shutter speed options. Those camera with no focal-plane shutter like point-and-shoot or those camera mounted on your cellphone controls the amount of exposure time by turning the sensor on and off electronically. Continue reading “Focal-Plane Shutter” »

Color Grading

Have you noticed how photos in magazine ads or in their editorial looks dramatic or cinematic?That’s color grading or if you’re trying to go extremes, that’s creative color correction. This can be applied to any picture where you want to break the norms.

Maybe you want to do away with color grading on family portraits, food or products. Anything where color is essential to the truthfulness of the image. Color grading basically is used for bringing out a certain mood.

Colors are communicators. It conveys a mood. So aside from the composition and elements in the frame, color talks to the audience as well. Controlling the colors and bringing them straight to what you’ved imagine contributes a lot to your image. Continue reading “Color Grading” »

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” »

What’s the color of the ceiling?

It’s amusing to know that a photographer arriving in the venue would look up and asses the ceiling. Is it white? How high is it? Can I bounce the light? The client might not notice it or know his reason why he’s looking up but it is one important factor when shooting indoors.

In this photo of Wilson and Sheila, I wanted to to get a soft lighted high key effect so I bounced the light off the ceiling using a regular speedlite flash.

In this photo of Wilson and Sheila, I wanted to to get a soft lighted high key effect so I bounced the light off the ceiling using a regular speedlite flash.

When you talk about close door event, one of the major consideration is available light. It becomes worse for photographers when mood lighting is used in an event. This problem occurs because the lights were designed on how we see it thus it adds to the experience. However, what we can see is not the same as what the camera can see. Continue reading “What’s the color of the ceiling?” »

Lightroom: Made for Photographers

Lightroom is a straightforward application designed for photographers. It is not made to replace Photoshop but rather to compliment it. All the functionalities are made to streamline post processing workflow.

Lightroom is a straightforward application designed for photographers. It is not made to replace Photoshop but rather to compliment it. All the functionalities are made to streamline post processing workflow.

My first experience with Lightroom was around 2007. It was the first version after a series of beta that came out. Like many Photoshop fanatic, I tried using the software the same way I use Photoshop. Obviously, it didn’t work for me because the software was never made to replace Photoshop. It was made for photographers. Continue reading “Lightroom: Made for Photographers” »

An Eye for Photography

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I’ve been teaching photography for quite some time now. I’ve seen those who can afford gadgets like buying a new shirt. And those who are more interested on camera specs and what’s hot on the market than actually spending time using it. Those who are overly excited to learn and of course those who has the gift of eye. Continue reading “An Eye for Photography” »

Finding The Right Angle

After about 4 kilometers of walk in and around Singapore’s Garden by the Bay, I finally got some decent shots. Finding the right angle and composition is a challenge every photographer faces.

Sometimes, your subject is perfectly positioned in your frame but the other elements like foreground or background to support your subject is just not there to support the composition. You’re almost convinced that you can’t get any shot other than what you have but you push yourself further.

Found this view of the city of Singapore with a good water reflection foreground. When I look back from where I was standing, I saw the coconut tree so I decided to put it in the foreground.

Found this view of the city of Singapore with a good water reflection foreground. When I look back from where I was standing, I saw the coconut tree so I decided to put it in the foreground.

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Photo Road Trip

It’s summer! Time to hit the beach or do some road trip with a bunch of photographers. Meet fellow worshipers of light and share just about anything about photography. Those who missed the activity will have to settle as subject matter of a joke.

Photo Caption: Shooting falls is not usually difficult. Normally a tripod and a wide lens shooting long exposures will do the trick. However, if you're faced with a mist that can leave your equipment soaked in water in a matter of seconds, it's another challenge.

Shooting falls is not usually difficult. Normally a tripod and a wide lens shooting long exposures will do the trick. However, if you’re faced with a mist that can leave your equipment soaked in water in a matter of seconds, it’s another challenge.

Shooting outdoors relieves me from all the perfection of studio and artificial light. I believe that when you’re a photographer, you’re either the creator or the innovator. There are those rare photographers that are strong in both classification, you probably want to call them divergents. Continue reading “Photo Road Trip” »

Finding Vivian Maier

Photo taken by Vivian Maier

Photo taken by Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier Self-Portrait

Vivian Maier Self-Portrait

I HEARD about Vivian Maier through a viral news article last year. Who wouldn’t be interested – a nanny during the 1950’s taking breathtaking pictures of New York’s streets, people, architecture, lifestyle and more. Her photos were never published in her lifetime until one guy bought her abandoned stuff in an auction.
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The New King of Full Frame

f_4, 1_60, ISO A7S

f_4, 1_60, ISO A7S

The evolution of digital camera totally changed the landscape of photography. Of course, it was dominated by the two popular brands, Nikon and Canon. Both camera manufacturers offered a product that ranges from newbie to professional use. Because of the size and weight of DSLR, compact cameras came in as an alternative.

It started out being called Bridge cameras. It was suppose to bridge the gap between a point and shoot camera to DSLR. They’re compact and fully loaded. It has the feature of a DSLR minus the size and weight. It’s mirrorless and comes with an electronic viewfinder. It was an instant hit and definitely filled up the gap with a bang. Continue reading “The New King of Full Frame” »