23 January 2009

Close Up Photography Gallery With Nikon D60

I just bought myself a new DSLR, a Nikon D60 and was very excited about it. It has been quite sometime that I have not lay my hand on a SLR.

Since I have posted a topic on how to use Macro Mode Photography couple of days ago, I may as well try some close up shots with my new camera.

I got to say, the results are so much difference between a DSLR and compact camera.
My little Cherry Shrimp
Here are what I have done.


Those are bubbles and not water spots. This is a plant planted in my aquarium and is babbling.
Can you spot the different ?

Find the rest of by close up gallery at Project Close Up.

21 January 2009

The 12 Apostles, Australia

The 12 Apostles, from The Great Ocean Road, Australia.

There used to be 12 of this standing formation, but due to ocean and wave hitting this formation rock for centuries, most of the smaller one has fallen into the ocean floor.


This was taken during sunset, away from the coast.
Feel free to comment your suggestion .

17 January 2009

Macro Mode Photography


For those who is using a digital compact camera, very often, you will find difficulty when trying to photography close object. Most of the times you will get blur images.

Have you ever wonder why ?

Well if you have notice that you did not turn on the macro mode ( a mode represent by a flower symbol) then there’s your answer. This is call macro mode photography.

Close up / macro mode photography is quite difference between Digital SLR and Digital Compact camera. This is simple because for DSLR, there are special purpose macro lens that do the job well. However when come to digital compact, you only have 1 lens and is not changeable. Therefore to do macro mode photography / close up photography with this lens is not easy.

So what makes the difference between DSLR and D. compact? For all lens, there is one thing call minimum focus distance. Meaning, the minimum distance between object and camera must have in order for the camera to obtain a clear focus. This applies to DSLR as well.

When ever the object is placed less then the focus length, the camera will fail to focus and hence give you a blur image. For DSLR, the problem can easily resolve by using a short focus length lens, or a so call Macro lens . Alternatively a Macro adepter is used. What this adepter does is simply magnify the object so that it looks bigger, just like a close up.

Digital compact Macro mode work about the same. What the camera does is to emphasize its system to perform closer focus, hence give you better macro effect. You will notice that when macro mode is "ON" your camera will take longer time to focus.

Therefore simply turn on the Macro mode, you are given the flexibility to photography objects at a much closer range, hence allowing macro mode photography possible.

Using a tripod or a monopod to assist you in this performing macro mode photography can be quite useful. This will help in obtaining sharper images. Most of the time, close up / macro mode photography is on still objects, therefore it helps a lot if you have a tripod or a monopod, as it will give you much more stability on the camera and avoid blurring from camera movement.

One thing you got to avoid doing is zooming with the macro mode "on". The camera will find difficulty in performing the right focus and hence chances are you will get more blur images then sharp close up.

Macro mode photography is not something difficult to do. You just need to try it out more often. One thing to remember, always turn off the macro mode after you have done with your macro mode photography, else your other photo may go blur due to bad focus.

Do give the Macro Mode function a try on your digital compact when you want to do macro mode photography. It does make a big difference.

11 January 2009

Light House

A light house along The Great Ocean Road, Melbourne.


From a DISTANCE

Very Close

06 January 2009

Resizing your photos

Digital photo taken using a digital camera come in varies file size, depending on the resolution of your camera. A 10 Mega Pixel camera will probably produce a photo with file size up to 3Mbyte, depending on the type of resolution set. The higher the resolution the bigger will be the file size.

This would posses a problem if you like to share the photos in a blog or an online photo album or even email to your family and friends. You most probably will face the following problems;

1. You can’t send too many 3MB photos via you email account.
2. You will just jam up your friend email account due to large file size.
3. It will take too long to upload and download on the other end.
4. It consume so much space that your online photo album just run out of free space to host your photos.
5. It will take longer time to display the photos online due to large file size

So what should you do? Resize it of cause. If those photos taken are not intended for printout and you just want it to be display on a monitor, a photo size with resolution 800x600 pixel is good enough for most monitors. With proper resizing tools, you can keep the picture quality of those photos while down size to a smaller file with less pixel resolution.

How much reduction? Well it can go up to 10 times or more. An 800x600 resolution photo with high image quality will probably come in a size of 100-200 KB, which is >10 times smaller then the original size.

Now sending these resized photos via email, online posting, and upload to your online photo album is just so easy, no worry about bad internet traffic, mail box full and not enough free space to post.

To resize your photos is easy, most cameras come with photo editing software that can help you to do the job. However most of this software does not provide batch processing, which mean you can’t resize a whole lot of photos at one go, automatically.

Here I have been using a special software that I found from the Internet that can help me do the following automatically. It is called FastStone Image Resizer

FastStone Image Resizer is a freeware software. You can use it freely with no cost. Give it a try and see whether you like it.

You can download FastStone Image Resizer here or

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