Tips and Tricks

Legong Kuntul Dance

Legong Kuntul dance in Ubud Bali Indonesia

I shot these images of Legong Kuntul dancers in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia using a slow shutter speed. It was either 1/3 sec or 1/4 sec. I have other images of the dancers where they appear sharp (shot with high shutter speed), but I prefer the ones that they don’t. It’s quite a fast moving dance hence I prefer to see the ones that show movement of the dancers.

So, when you are shooting a dance performance next time, try something different by using a slow shutter speed to capture the movement. You can have the subjects appear sharp while still showing the movement if you have a flash that is set to a rear-curtain sync mode. Try that too if you like using flash, but be mindful that the flashes of lights could be a distraction to the dancers especially if you are close to the subjects. I did not use flash to shoot these images.

All shot with Sony A7 and Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f/2. Enjoy the images.MORE +

Abstract Photography – the Bamboo

You can use your camera to create abstract photography images by moving the camera during the exposure time. I shot the above image by moving the camera vertically down. To be able to do this, you need to use a very slow shutter speed. The lighting was bright enough this morning, hence I had to lower down the ISO to 50 and to set the aperture to f/16 so I could get a shutter speed of 1 sec. I rested the camera on a dustbin to avoid unwanted hands movement.MORE +

Panning Shot With iPhone – Jeepney

How to create a panning shot with iPhone? Panning photography with iPhone is made possible with the help of an app called Slow Shutter Cam. It’s probably used more for slow shutter speed photography, but you can use it for panning photography too. I usually choose a “shutter speed” of 0.5 sec for fast moving subject like these Jeepneys.

Panning photography is a technique used to create a sense of movement by moving the camera to follow the subject. Due to the lack of control on iPhone, creating a panning shot can be challenging. As you can tell, these panning shots are not perfect. There are a lot of blurs on the Jeepneys, but I like the effect. I will practice more with my iPhone to create better panning shots. For more panning shots created with my other camera, go here.

Have fun shooting with your iPhone or whatever camera phone you have with you today. Enjoy the rest of the photos below.

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Panning – Photographing Moving Subjects

Panning is a technique used to shoot a subject moving parallel to you. It is used to create a sense of movement by moving the camera to follow the subject. It will blur the background / surrounding objects while keeping the main subject in focus.MORE +

Singapore Marina Bay Panorama

Creating a very wide image, known as panoramic photograph, will cost you a bomb if you are using a specialized panoramic camera, like the Fuji GX617, Linhof 617SIII and Hasselblad XPan. But thanks to modern image processing technology, you can now create a panoramic photograph using any camera and stitch multiple images together using panoramic photography software like AutoPano Pro, PanoramaPlus, PTGui, EasyPano, Panorama Factory and many others in the market. And if you own a Canon digital camera, you will have a free software from Canon that will allow you to stitch images to create a panoramic photograph. Some of these software are pretty advanced and can really create a high quality panoramic photograph.

But, thanks to technology again, both on software and hardware, many of you can now create a panoramic photograph on the go. MORE +

A Phototrail with Catherine Karnow

I was invited to join the phototrail organized by National Geographic Channel and CapitaLand on Saturday, 6th August 2011. Led by National Geographic photographer, Catherine Karnow, the phototrail was one of the prizes for the winners of the 2011 National Geographic Channel / CapitaLand Photography Competition. I was one of the two bloggers invited to join the phototrail for the afternoon session. You can see all the winning photos here.

Catherine generously shared her photography knowledge while leading the participants shooting at the various CapitaLand buildings in Singapore. I joined the second half of the phototrail which was at Clarke Quay and Raffles City Tower. By the way, if you have not been to Clarke Quay lately, you should. MORE +

Highlight and Shadow

I love this photo for a simple reason that it has strong highlight and shadow. It also tells a story of two men engaged in a serious conversation. Look at the hand gesture of the man on the right. The man on the left was listening while seriously looking at his notebook.

I saw these two men on the second floor of the Shivaji Nagar Market. The man on the left seemed to be the vegetables agent and the one the left seemed to be the customer, which could be a retail seller. When I first saw this scene, I was immediately attracted to it because of the sunlight coming in from the two windows and the shadow on the floor and on part of the men.

It’s important to take the exposure metering from the right spot in this kind of photo. MORE +

Walking

I saw this painted wall when walking around the Shivaji Nagar market in Bangalore, India. It attracted my attention, but I need a foreground subject. So, I stood on the road side for few minutes waiting for someone to walk. I didn’t want to have too many people in the picture, so I waited for the moment I wanted. This woman came into the picture and I clicked. MORE +

You Shoot Me, I Shoot You

I am getting in love more and more with street photography. There are still lots of things I need to learn and practice about street photography. While there are some basic technical aspects to be aware of, street photography is probably more a way of shooting rather than a genre in photography. You know, shooting landscape and macro photography will require two different techniques and most of the time, two different lenses. But shooting street photography is different. The technique could be perfect, but the outcome may not be interesting. To me, a good street photography need to have the followings:MORE +

The Tomato Man at Shivaji Nagar Market

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One the first few things I learned when I started photography as a hobby almost ten years ago was to explore different angles when shooting (even only) one subject. These photos of the tomato man at Shivaji Nagar market in Bangalore were taken with Leica M9 and Leica 35mm Summarit f/2.5 lens. I first saw the man from the street level and took the first shot above. MORE +

What To Shoot In Singapore – Joo Chiat At Night

Joo Chiat Road is located in Katong area and it offers food, drink and entertainment with its restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and karaoke lounges you can find along it. It’s very lively at night when the place offers both the food for the stomach and the food for lonely souls. You know what I mean.

But what attracted me to shoot there was not the skimpily-dressed-girls you can find walking around, standing or sitting nicely and patiently. It’s the old Peranakan shophouses because of their unique architecture and colors. So, MORE +

Stroboscopic Flash Photography

I seldom use flash. Very very seldom even though I have had an external flash, Canon 580 EX, for few years already. I love natural light and any other available / ambient light when shooting. Almost all of my photos at Masakecil were taken without flash. But every now and then, I use flash for some creative photography, like the ones here. They were shot using stroboscopic flash technique.MORE +

Children Photography – Shooting Everyday Photos

Photographing childhood means much more than just taking portrait shots of your children. It means photographing memories. Sometimes, some of these memories cannot be repeated anymore, or sometimes they become very important because they happen for the very first time. MORE +

Don’t Be Afraid of Backlighting

I wrote about backlighting photography before here and would like to emphasize again to encourage you all not to be afraid of backlighting scene when taking a picture as it can really give you a lovely image. Do you agree?

When I first learned photography 10 years ago, I read and was told that I should position the subject or look for a subject where the main source of lighting is from behind me so the subject is nicely lit. It’s definitely true and I still practice that a lot in many situations. But, I would like to encourage you all to also shoot a backlit subject like the above. The key to a successful backlighting photography is MORE +