26 April 2009

Basic tips on good composition in photography

Taking digital photography may sound simple but yet many people have overlooked the important of good composition in photography.

A good composition in photography will help you to capture pictures in a much more effectively manner, without wasting time in taking spoil shot.

So how do you make good composition in photography?

Visualize your picture.
Before you look into your view finder and start shooting pictures, it is best that you take a moment, close your eyes and visualize your picture. Visualize and draw a concept on what you want your picture to look like by including the objects of your surrounding.

Think of the techniques and setting you want to use. Once all this is clear in your mind, open your eyes and start shooting it with your camera.

If you randomly shoot pictures and go back later to look at it, most of the time you will find that you can do it in a difference kind of setting and improve the composition. Returning to the scene and retake you photos will be time consuming and you may not get what you want on your second visit.

Therefore having an upfront picture taking can be much more effective then just random shooting. It will help you improve you skills in taking good composition in photography

Include a subject
Having a subject or a person in your shot is always more appealing then just a photographing the background. However if you are specifically shooting a landscape, a building or a structure, then you can choose not to include a person as the building itself is the subject of focus.

But if you are taking a picture to show that you have been there, you can try including your family members or your friends into the scene so that it helps tell a better story. If you are traveling alone, try putting in an interesting subject into your picture, a person, an object or even an animal. This will enhance the appearance of the picture by telling a much more detail stories

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25 April 2009

Road to Keningau

Before I arrived at KK, Sabah, I was told about the very challenging road that lead to Keningau. Some have their vehicle tolled away while negotiating this roads and some have their vehicle overhaul right after traveling this road

So here's how it looks like.

Road to Keningau from KK required to travel though the Banjaran Crocker (Crocker Range) which have an average height of about 1800m . Keningau is sitting on the other side of the Banjaran (Range). That's what makes the journey tough. The distance between Keningau and KK is not really far, is about 130km away but because is not cover by highway, therefore the journey took about 2 hours.

Here is where it started, upon arriving the foot hill from KK

Along the road, the mountain on the background, that's Banjaran Crocker and that's where we have to go over.

This show how sloppy the road can be at some point.

Here you can see where the road leads to,

This is at the foot of the hill at Keningau side.

Some photo scene where we took a stop to allow the car to cool down. Very beautiful scene if you have a clear day.

These were taken at about 4pm when on our way back to KK. These are cloud and not mist. Sometime it get so dens that visibility range is just about few meters away. Therefor it make the journey much more difficult and dangerous to travel at certain time.

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20 April 2009

Big Problem is Small Problem

For those who remember, I have posted a water droplet picture from Broga Hill some days ago and this is a close up of that photo, crop to perfection without loosing all the details.

Looking at this pic, it reminds me of something, life problem is like the crop version of a picture. It looks so big and impossible to resolve, but in actual, when you took off the crop version and look at the full picture, is just so small that it can be resolved easily.

Therefore don’t just look at your peanut problem as if is the end of the world. Zoom out and see the whole picture and you will see that big problems are small problems and small problems are no problem.

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14 April 2009

Sunrise @ Bukit Broga, Semenyik

"From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised." Psalm 113:3

Great Sunrise at Bukit Broga, Semenyik. About 45min from KL. Climbing the hill maybe a little tough but when reached the top, all effort pays. Than GOD for great weather.

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13 April 2009

Nature @ Bukit Broga, Semenyih

Took a hiking trip to Bukit Broga with my friends on Easter Eve. This was considered a photography outing with hiking activity. Being lack of hiking experience, I though that it was just walking up a hill but it was tougher then I though.

The road to the tip of Bukit Broga was not easy, especially for me who don’t exercise a lot. But success is sweet, reaching to the top just make you feel so great.

No doubt the scene was beautiful, the sunrise was just on time. The only thing that I was a bit disappointed was not too many interesting flora and fauna for photography.

Here are some that I manage to collect. Enjoy it

Check out my other gallery of Bukit Broga at Sunrise @ Bukit Broga and 2nd Attempt to Bukit Broga

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09 April 2009

Introduction to photograohy ISO

In the non digital era, 35mm films are the most popular medium use in cameras. And if you remember going into a photo / camera shop and ask for a box of film, the sales person will ask you what type of film you want? Or be more specific, what kind of photography you want to shoot or what ASA type.

After you have decided, he then hand you a box of film with a certain number on it, usually will be 100, 200, 400 or even 800. This number is know as ASA and it is representing the sensitivity of the film towards light. The higher the number, the more sensitive it is to light. The lower the value the less sensitive it is to light.

What this means is when using a ASA 100 on a bright sunny day, it will work great and but if you use ASA 100 for indoor shooting where lighting is low, then you will need lighting assistance. However if ASA 400 or 800 is use, then you may not need any lighting assistance if there’s sufficient lighting to give correct exposure.

However there’s a great drawback here. If you compare the ASA 800 with ASA 100 images, you will notice that ASA800 have more grains. This is known as NOISE.

Come back to the digital era. Digital cameras do not use any film. So what it has is a light sensor in the camera that can capture images like a film do, So like the characteristic of a film, the sensor has certain sensitivity toward light and this is represented as ISO. Understand ISO in photography is similar to understanding ASA. The only difference is you can change the ISO at any time you like depending on your photography environment.

In normal DSLR camera, you should get good range of ISO ranged from 100 –1600. Some higher end of DSLR may go as far as 3200 or 6400. This make low light photography much more interesting where films cannot do. By understanding ISO in photography it will help you in choosing the correct ISO for correct shooting technique.

Again with higher ISO, you will get higher noise but this depends on the equipment use, as some DSLR may have better noise reduction algorithm then other.

Here two picture taken with different ISO. Notice the grain on it. The higher ISO look much grainy while the lower ISO look smooth.

understanding iso

So How do you use ISO in photography?

Generally if you are shooting outdoor with good lighting, ISO 100-200 is preferred as it give smooth and less grainy images. However this got to take into consideration of the aperture and shutter speed setting, where correct exposure can be obtained.

EXIF : ISO 100, f7.1, speed:1/200s

If you are shooting indoor, or low light setting and you do not prefer to use a flashgun, then consider using higher ISO setting, such as 800-1600. Again, check your Aperture and shutter speed setting so that the ISO setting allows correct exposure.

For me I will always try using lower ISO value and slowly move upward to get the minimum light requirement. This is simply because I want to reduce the noise in my photos. If ISO 800 can do the job well, I will use it instate of ISO1600.

EXIF : ISO 1600, f4, speed:1/60s

Well I have just make an introduction to photography ISO. As mention before the 3 elements of photography; ISO, Aperture and shutters speed setting goes hand in hand with each other. It is important to understand all this 3 elements and how it effect you image quality.

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08 April 2009

1:43 2001 Ferrari F1

First try on my Kenko extender, on a 1:43 Ferrari Formula one model.

What do you think ?

The Full Size

The Close up

07 April 2009

Kenko 25mm Extention tube

Just bought myself a 25mm Kenko Extender from ShaShinKi. Will take out for a try on my coming outing.

First few try found that it was not as easy as what I thought. The focusing distance was shorten and the camera find it difficult to catch the focus. DOF is short either but the close up is superb. The lens can go almost touching the object just to catch the focus.

Still needs alot of practice to get it right.

By the way, anyone has use this before ?

04 April 2009

Underwater World, Langkawi

I had a business trip to Langlawi Island couple of weeks ago. After my business was done, I took 2 days off and visited the island. One of the places I have stop by is the Underwater World, Langkawi

Underwater World Langkawi is one of the largest marine and fresh water aquaria in South East Asia and it one of the must visit tourist destination in Langwaki.

For me, what I can see in Underwater World Langkawi is nothing too unique except for the penguins and some large stingrays and sharks.

Never the rest, I manage to capture some great looking species.

Here are they.

Rockhopper Penguins

African Penguins



Sea Dragon


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