23 January 2013

Get started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 has gone a long way and it is now a “must have” tools for photographer, especially those who shoot large amount of images. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 provides a sets of comprehensive tools for digital photography, with powerful one click adjustment to cutting edge advanced control. It simplifies image editing process and hence making batch editing easier and saves more time.
The full potential of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 can only be reveal if the basic functions and advance functions are fully understood. “Lightroom 4 UnMasked” was designed with a simple objective in mind, to learn the full potential of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 in a much easier and fun manner.

Lighroom 4 UnMasked”  is A Complete Guidebook to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 writen by Piet Van den Eynde. It consist of 312 spreads of PDF in full of high resolution screenshot, step by step instructions, tips, tricks and ideas that make digital darkroom work more productive and enjoyable.

What’s is this Adobe Photoshop Lighroom 4 ebook ? – Lighroom 4 UnMasked
  1. ‘Lightroom 4 UnMasked’ is written by an Piet Van den Eynde who is an Adobe Certified Expert. He teaches dozens of Lightroom workshops a year and therefore has a thorough understanding, not only of the application itself, but also of potential pitfalls beginning users may encounter.
  2. · ‘Lightroom 4 UnMasked’ is aimed both at beginner Lightroom users and more advanced users.
  3. · In addition to the 13 chapters, the eBook features 60 cases, giving step-by-step instructions on special techniques or workflow procedures. 10 of these cases are pro-cases aimed at more advanced users.
  4. · ‘New in Lightroom 4′ immediately draw the attention to things that have changed between versions. There are two cases that deal specifically with what’s new in Lightroom 4.
  5. · The eBook features dozens of tips, tricks and suggestions, some of which are unique.
  6. · The eBook does not limit itself to Lightroom as it comes out of the box, but points you, the reader, to useful third-party applications and plugins that integrate well with Lightroom.
  7. · The eBook focuses on Lightroom as an entire workflow application. There are thorough coverage of ALL the modules, not just Library and Develop.
  8. · An entire chapter deals with the Lightroom to Photoshop integration.
  9. · It’s up to date, all the way to Lightroom 4.2.
  10. It is a pdf ebook, which give great flexibility in contain searching.
If you are interested to know more about  this ebook, click here to read the full review
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11 November 2012

Close Up Photography – Roses

Recently I have been reading this book, UP CLOSE, written by Andrew S.Gibson for some inspiration and technique in macro / close up photography. After reading, I though I would give it a try. However due to my busy schedule, I was not able to do any close up photography for months until now.
I took a trip to Genting Highland lately for a short break with my family, escaping the city business and indulging into quite and tranquil environment.
On the way to the hotel, we drop by a farm, which got famous with its strawberry farming. Along side were other flora to attract more visitors and there were plenty of roses, lavenders, cactus and other flowers.
White Rose
Due to that we arrived late in the afternoon, most of the roses were not at it best shape but with close observation I notice this two, which looks descend enough for some good close up photography.
On my first look at this two roses, I remember what I have read in Up Close and I try the technique suggested. It was not an easy shot, especially when I’m shooting without tripod and there were movement due to wind blow.
It took me few shot with various setting before I got this right. Of cause, the Tamron SP90mm Macro helps a lot in doing this job. Without a good macro lens, I guess it will be much harder to do this shot.Roses are red
If you are interested to know more about macro / close up photography, UP CLOSE, written by Andrew S.Gibson is a good ebook for your leisure reading, as this book explain a lot of fundamental of macro / close up photography.
You can check out this book in detail HERE.
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11 April 2012

Ring Heart Shadow

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Ring Heart Shadow
This assignment was given to me as a challenge to photograph a ring with correct lighting to product a ring heart shadow.

Initially it felt kind of childish to perform such setup but after going through the process, it does required certain amount of skills. It was not as easy as I have thought.

The main difficulty in this context is to get your lighting right, in order to produce the heart shadow. Here I have resorted to use a touch light to control the angle of the shadow and put light at where it should be..
Knowledge on photography exposure triangle certainly will give a big help in producing such control effect.

10 April 2012

Picture of water droplets

It was a very sunny day and I decided to send my car for a good polish. It was shining like a mirror after the polish but then there comes the rain !! It was like a quality assurance test to show that how well the car was polished.

Looking closer at the surface of the car after the rain, there were this rain water droplets, all by themself, not holding on any surface, like small mercury lying all over the place.

With my Nikon D60, mounted with the Tamron SP 90 mm macro lens, I took a couple of shots at different angle and prospective. Reviewing the images, I notice that the depth of field was really shallow. Therefore In order to perfect my focus spot, I turned to manual focus and slowly catch the sweet spot.

Here are the some of the picture of water droplets I have taken.

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I like some of this picture so much that I’ve made it available for sale. Below are two of the picture that I have made available for hardcopy purchase. It can be obtain from redbubble.com. Click on the images to go to my Redbubble store. It is available in posters, cards and various kind of prints.

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If you fancy it on your Iphone, it is now available on iphone 4/4S Case

 Picture of water droplets on iphone case

29 February 2012

Sunrise from Swiss Garden Resort Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is also the nearest city to Kuala Lumpur that has beautiful sunrise scene.

I have the opportunity to be at Swiss Garden Resort and Spa for 2 nights stay, which is just about 15 mins drive from Kuantan town.

Being located on the east of Peninsular Malaysia, basically the sunrise moment is the most prettiest in this part of the country. Therefore it is worth waking up early just to catch this moment. There are many opportunity to watch the sun rising from the horizon from this part of Malaysia. 

Here are some photos that were taken from this wonderful place.

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24 February 2012

Do you know why your photos suck?



Ever wonder why most of the photos you took with your camera are suck?, Is either too blurry, too dark or even wrongly focused? Do you ever wonder whether the camera that’s sucks hence you are getting all this rubbish? Or you ever regretted in buying some cheap unpopular brand of cameras instate of those well known camera maker?


Well don’t wonder anymore because none of it that are causing your photos suck. The main reason why your photos suck is because of yourself, the person who is shooting those photos.


A good or experience photographer will have the skill and know how to monopolise the capability of the equipment so that good photos can be produce. Check out this video and you will know why.




Given you an awesome camera, without proper skill and knowledge, do not expect any miracle to happen, you will still make suck photos, maybe slightly better in some sense. Therefore don’t blame it on your camera but put your effort in knowing what you do not know.


Everyone who is just coming into the world of digital photography have to start from somewhere. Basic digital photography technique such as exposure factor, ISO, Aperture and shutter speed information are abandon and easily available from the internet and photography books. This are the basic must know information all photographer must have, even if you are just using a point and shoot camera.


However there are more basic information that are not widely mention, simply because it was expected that you have already know it. Simply information such as have you know all the function and preset from your camera and what it does? Have you read and fully understand the operation manual of your camera? This are small details that make big different and spending time to do it will helps you in being a better photographer.


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