21 December 2009

Awana Genting

Taken this from the golf course of Awana Genting. 2 shot was taken to capture the dynamic range of the bright sky and the dark and shadowed trees.
The two images was then merge using Photomatic and some touch up using Photoshop.
There are some artifacts due to camera movement, simply because I was holding the camera with my hand instate of using a tripod. This artifact can greatly be reduce if bracketing mode is available on the Nikon D60 :(
Can you spot those artifacts ?

21 November 2009

Learning with Photography Video Tutorials

Learning digital photography just by reading books and articles sometime may not be that easy. It takes great imagination to understand what the author is trying tell you.

There’s where I resort to photography video tutorials, as audio visual learning is the most effective and easy to understand. My source of photography video tutorials were from YouTube as there are tones of video tutorials for various topics to learn about. However there’s one down side, most videos found in YouTube are not complete videos, meaning it is like a preview that leads you to the author’s webpage. You get to learn something from YouTube but seldom you get to learn everything.

I also manage to learn some new tricks from photography video tutorial found in Digital Camera Magazine, obtained from my local bookstores. The tutorials found in the DCM website is good, just that I need to run to the nearest bookstore to get this magazine each month.

Here’s a source of downloadable photography video tutorials and it’s found in ProPhotoInsights.Net. They have good quality photography video tutorials with HD quality videos produced by Simon Plant, and it comes with just a small fraction of a price to pay. Choose which topic you like to learn about and just download the video.

Simple sign up and you will have free access to many of their Digital Photography Tutorials,and Adobe Photoshop Training videos, forum community & competitions plus other exciting features.

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If you are serious about learning photography, do check out ProPhotoInsights.net

17 November 2009

Better Landscape Photography

Ever wonder why your landscape photos sometime just don’t turn out as what you see with your eyes?  Many time is either the sky is too bright or the ground is too dark and there’s just no way to correctly balance the exposure to get good exposure for both sky and land.

The reason is because of the limitation of dynamic range a camera has. Our eyes are more sensitive to light and hence able to see wide range of color and density. However in a digital camera, the sensor has it own limitation on how much color range and density can be captured.

To over come this problem when photographing a scene or landscape, there a few common ways to do it.

 

1. Use Filters.

Filter such as a polarizer or a neutral density filter or ND filter, help reduces light of all wavelengths or colors equally, hence balancing the exposure differences between the too bright and too dark. This is the most natural way to improve and enhance landscape photography.

2. HDR Image Post processing

HDR post processing basically deal with merging 2 or more difference exposure photos together. By doing so you are able to widen the dynamic range of the photo hence high dynamic range photos are produce.

Here are 3 common techniques used and each has it own differences.

HDR with Photomatix Pro

Photomatix Pro is a stand-alone program that creates and processes HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. This is the most easiest way to product HDR photos and here’s one that I have done.

 

HDR with Photoshop CS4

Photoshop comes with a automated function known as merge to HDR. It works the same as photomatix pro but cut out the density and contrast enhancement. Here one I try out with Photoshop

 

HDR the manual way.

This is the most manual way of doing HDR and basically is using Photoshop masking function. Mask the cloud into a slight under exposure picture and you will get a clear cloudy sky yet without losing details on the trees. This need a bit of practice and skill shaping before you will get am perfect HDR image. Here’s what I manage to do.

 

So here you are, difference ways to archive HDR photos. Which method is the best, well that’s up to each individual’s preference. For me, I still prefer the masking way as the images come out much more natural.

13 November 2009

Taman Tasik Lembah Kiara, TTDI

After being away from home for about 2 weeks, upon returning, the kids just crying our for activities, so we decided to have a picnic outing at Taman Tasik Lembah Kiara, TTDI on the weekend.
Taman Tasik Lembah Kiara or commonly known as TTDI park is surrounded with great nature and is a very popular place for family outing. Many goes there to have their morning walk while other who love jogging will enjoys it jogging tracks.
Here’s how the park looks like, fill with nature, tranquility and peaceful, not forgetting, abundant of fresh air from the trees.
Photographed with Nikon D60, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S

03 November 2009

Kuala Terengganu Beach

Here are some classic photo shots from Kuala Terengganu Beach. This beach has a weird name and is known as Pantai Batu Buruk (Batu Buruk Beach or ugly stone beach).
Reason for such name was that it has an ugly looking stone formation near the beach. It was not that obvious simply because the beautiful sandy beach and high sea waves over shadow it.
Famous activities you can find over here is not wind surfing or water sports, but house riding, kite flying and waves watching.
The downside about this beach is that it is prohibited to swim in it due to the dangerously rough sea.
It is nice to watch the sun rise from here as it is facing the east. and sometime you may get nice moon during the night.
There are few reasonable cheap / budget beach resort available along the beach, however it does not have a private beach, simple because the beach lies on state’s land.
It is a nice place to unwind after a long day work !

Photographed with Nikon D60, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S

31 October 2009

Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm

Being to Genting Highland last week and decided to drop by at Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm, which was located at Gohtong Jaya.
It was not difficult to find as it just near the main road to Genting Highland. Just take the first turning on your right while approaching Gohtong Jaya round-a-bout and you will see it.
There I found some very interesting plants. Beside allowing visitor to pick and plug strawberry, they are other attraction such as orchid plats, mushroom farm and lot more for your leisure. No wonder is called a leisure farm,
At present, entering the farm is free.
Here are some interesting nature photography I took while visiting this place.

Photographed with Nikon D60, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S

12 October 2009

Wedding Abstracts

I was at a friend wedding 2 weeks ago and my daughter was the flower girl. I have my camera along with me for such event, but was not interested in any portrait photography of the bride, maybe just my girl.
However, something caught my attention and here’s what interested me, The Art Of Abstracts photography.

Am I weird of what ?
Photographed with Nikon D60, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S

27 September 2009

First digital photo assignment : Yellow

This is my first digital photo assignment, which I inspired from July 09 issue of Digital Camera Magazine. I have been looking for yellow object to photograph but just didn’t manage to find the time and opportunity to do it.

However when I notice the color of a building while visiting Kuantan last week, just can’t resist and took a few short of it.


Outstanding building amount the rest, with vibrant color

A clean wall next to an unclean wall

Artistic drawing on yellow background

Nice yellow wall with large hair cracks. Will it collapse one day ?


Yellow door 39
Photographed with Nikon D60, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S

14 September 2009

Another common mistake newbie photographers do


Another common mistake newbie photographers usually do is not spending enough time understand and reading the operation manual of their equipment. Digital camera can be very user friendly, but all camera of difference model have its own characteristic and advantage. Reading the operation manual will give better insight on what the camera can do and employ necessary techniques to obtain best possible results.

This is vitally important if you are using a DSLR. DSLR have the capability to fully tweak the settings and parameter. If the function of the camera is not fully understand, it will be difficult for the photographer to fully utilize the camera for better picture taking.

By the end of the day, they may just blame on the equipment itself for not being better in taking good photos.

Therefore it is much encourage that sufficient time be spent to read the manual and understand every function clearly. Check out those functions and see how it affects your photos. You will be very surprise how much improvement you can find just by tweaking some of this setting.

11 September 2009

Hand in Hand, together we walk

Hand in hand, together we walk, together we cross the bridge, together we face the future.


The Art of Digital Photography !

08 September 2009

Birds - White Rumped Shama

Found this White Rumped Shama from KL Birdpark, resting on a bench on a hot sunny afternoon.


White Rumped Shama

31 August 2009

Understand Digital Photography Exposure Triangle


The function of a digital camera works based on 3 basic elements. By understanding this 3 basic elements, it will help in shooting your desire photos.

The combination of this 3 elements forms a triangle known as "exposure triangle" or sometime known as digital photography exposure triangle.

The art of digital photography is mainly on playing around with this 3 elements and use it according to the photographer requirement. Therefore it is very important that this 3 elements are clearly understood.

For those who is using a Digital SLR camera, understanding of this 3 elements is very important as this will bring out the full potential of the camera and the photographer's skills.

Here are the 3 basic elements, that form a triangle known as digital photography exposure triangle
1. ISO
2. Shutter speed
3. Aperture

A brief about these 3 elements

ISO
Indicate the sensitivity of the camera towards light. The lower the ISO value, means that the sensor is less sensitive to light while the higher the ISO value, the more sensitive is the sensor to light. The down side of high ISO setting is that image produce consist of noise that degrade the quality of the image. Therefore it is prefered that most photo is taken with the lowest ISO setting, to minimize the present of noise in the picture.

Shutter Speed
How long in "time" does the sensor is exposed to light. The exposure time is control by a mechanical shutter that acts like a closed window. When light is require to enter the sensor, the shutter will open and how long it open will be determine by the period of time and hence is known as shutter speed. Therefore the shorter the time, the higher will be the shutter speed.

Aperture
A camera lens works the same as a human eyes and the aperture will be the iris. The aperture is used to reduce the distance between the object and camera so that the whole object can be capture on the sensor completely. The aperture also has the function to control amount of light going into the camera by adjusting the size of the opening. Logically, the bigger the aperture size, more light will enter the camera while the smaller the aperture size, the less light will go into the camera. The size of the aperture will also have major effect on the DOF (depth of field) of the photo.

The size of the aperture is also commonly known as F stop. The smaller the number indicates the bigger the opening while the larger the number indicated the smaller the opening.

F stop will also determine the quality of a lens, this is simply because to able larger opening (Small F-stop) the more sophisticated will be the len's design, hence more expensive it will be.

Above is just a brief about digital photography triangle. Indepth understanding of each element will be discuss later for better understanding.

Basic rule of thumb,
Fix the ISO, Adjust the aperture for the types of photo you want and adjust shutter speed to get the correct exposure.

20 August 2009

Common photography mistakes from beginner photographer

Catching a common photography mistakes is a norm for many amateur photographer. It just happened without realizing it until someone pointed it out. This has happen to me and I have seen it happen to many of my friends.

There’s nothing wrong in making mistaken as this is part of the learning process, but sometime it can be quite humiliating as this mistakes are so silly.

So here are some common photography mistakes that worth to pay some attention to so that you can avoid doing it.

1. Tilted horizon.
If you are photographing a scene where the water meets the sky, keep the horizon horizontal. A tilted horizon will make your picture looks like falling at one side. To ensure that the horizon is always flat and not tilted, check the left and right side of the viewfinder to ensure that the distance is the same. If your camera has the option of turning on a grid, use it.



2. Out of Focus
Don’t be too hurry is pressing the trigger; make sure the camera has the right object in focus. Try to perform a few more auto focus capturing by half press the trigger. Once you are sure that the focus is right, fully press the trigger button. Always review the images to ensure that your object is sharp and crisp.




3. Not understanding your equipment
This is one of the most important think a photographer need to do and yet omitted by many. Digital camera now a days is becoming more and more easy to use and many amateur just don’t spent enough time understand it. For example, there are multiple mode of metering and each mode gives difference result. There are matrix metering, spot metering and center weighted metering. Understanding each of this function can help improve correct and desirable photo exposure.


4. Put the object at the center.
This is the most common mistake one photographer will do, placing your object right at the center of the field. One reason that contributes to such mistake is that the focus spot of a camera is usually at the center. Learn the rule of third and use it to make your composition much more interesting. However one may ask, how do I focus my object when it is not at the center? Well the simplest way to do it is to lock your focus when the object is at the center of the view. Once the focus is lock, move your camera and start compose your photo. If your camera have more then one focus spot, select the one that closest to the objects.

5. Wrong resolution setting
To make sure your photos turns out shape and details, the resolution set in your camera is very important. The higher the resolution quality, the better is your image quality. If your camera allows, save all images in RAW files at this allow better editing and white balance correction when editing. There are more options in editing from RAW files then standard JPG files.


The above 5 are commonly found mistake that will make a good photo look disastrous. Knowing it and avoid doing it will help in improving your photography quality.

Off cause there are also other less common mistakes that can be avoided and techniques that can help you producing better photo images. For those who want to learn even more digital photography techniques, check out the free report, "Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros." It's a short but info-filled guide that will have you shooting digital pictures like a pro in no time.

10 August 2009

Malaysia International Fireworks Competition 2009

The most awaiting event of the year, The Malaysia International Fireworks Competition that will be held in Putrajaya every year is coming. There’s no announcement yet for the actual date for this event, but expected schedule to be around August 2009, before Merdeka day

Check out the official website for more update information.

Update : Sad news, there won't be a MIFC 2009. Guess we have to wait for another year for this event.

Sources: Facebook MIFC Fans

30 July 2009

Learning Digital Photography The Easy Way

Learning digital photography can be fun, yet can be stressful if you do not have the correct approach.

There are few schools of thought, there is one I prefer most. Learn from the expert through inspiration.

I've Just gone through some site to look up on some photography skills and inspiration. The first site that stumble upon was National Geographic.

Someone once told me, if you want to learn to take good photos, learn it from National Geographic. True indeed that National Geographic has a lot of superb photos from journalists all over the world. It is a good source of inspiration and ideas. Check out their gallery.

National Geographic have a dedicated website for photography that include photography tips. Do visit this site more often in you want to learn more. Unfortunately they do not have a RSS feed that I could post here, else you will be able to receive good updates from here

28 July 2009

Doritis Pulcherrima Orchid

I found this Doritis Pulcherrima orchid in my mother-in-law’s garden and was very fascinated with the size and the sweet color of it. Accordingly this is a wild strain, that’s why you won’t get the bright coloring from the flower compared to most hybrid orchid.

Here are some of the photos I’ve taken, both close up and macro.

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