Category: tutorial

“Do you Photoshop your pictures?” If I get a penny every time I hear that question I’d probably have become a millionaire by now. I can certainly understand those who ask this question, and I can honestly tell you that this is also one of the most frustrating thing for photographers to explain to their […]

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It’s been a while since I actually sat down to write!  Life has taken a sharp turn ever since we had our baby and boy it’s been difficult to find time to blog, not to mention actually write.  Hannah has been behaving very well tonight and I haven’t had the usual interruptions, and so I […]

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Alright, I’ll admit I’m not as familiar with color management as I’m supposed to be, and there really isn’t a lot of ways to get around it without digging deep into the technical aspects in understanding how it all works. I got myself a new 24″ LCD a little while ago, and set the old […]

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We’ve been planning on this shoot for several weeks already… with limited budget and experience and a lot of uncertainties, we went ahead with this photoshoot last Saturday. It took a little while til we all warmed up and had the lights, reflectors, and everything else figured out properly to get the effects I was […]

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I stumbled across a post in strobist forum on flickr earlier which somebody asked for advice in choosing macro lens while she had the Tamron 90mm in mind. Just thought I’d cross post my response here since this might benefit others who may be interested in the subject and elaborate a little. Below is my […]

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I joined flickr for about half a year, and have 57 pictures on Explore (71 as of Mar’08). I once strategically made a few of mine to show on Explore… although I can’t force them to get up there, I do have a pretty good idea how it works. Here are some pointers and cruel […]

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Wine Bottle, originally uploaded by hermanau. Thanks to Strobist.com, Flickr, and web 2.0 helping me solve a lot of reverse engineering puzzles in my head. With the limited resources, some very wacky setup, and the recent addition of some cheap umbrellas, I was able to produce the type of product shots I’ve long wanted to […]

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This has yet been another interesting experiment for me. After all the fruit splashes, I feel much more comfortable working with my flash. With a lot of questions in my mind have been answered with more experience under my belt, I decided to give the smoke shots a try. To my surprise, it’s much easier […]

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Huge props to Jaewook Chung writing both programs… this one is probably even better than PreviewExtractor of the previous post. Wow, even taken those pictures that the WB is so messed up that you would have to spend an hour in PS just trying to correct it and eventually fail? Now this tool is here […]

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I browse about 100-400 pictures / day on flickr, and I notice a lot of pictures out there are underexposed or overexposed. The truth is, if a picture is overexposed, there really isn’t much you can do to save it; but if it’s underexposed, you have a pretty good chance of saving it. To understand […]

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Forewords: I hated HDR. Why am I even bothering with it and writing this? It’s only because there are too many that really give HDR a bad name, and I finally got around and decided to learn how to do it well myself. I’m not claiming to be an expert in this and I’m only […]

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The best word of the Internet is, without a doubt, FREEI was cleaning up my emails earlier and found this great site for the fellow photographers who may want a Free lens hood, printed directly from your own printer. Sure they’re made of paper and aren’t as durable as the real thing, but it’s FREE […]

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