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Celebrating light!

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Every photographer knows that the word photography came from Greek and simply mean “Painting with light” but I think many don’t realize how true it is that photography is all about painting with light.

I for one, used to give all my attention to compositions, to apertures, to lines and shapes. And I must say yes, great composition and perfect aperture does give us a good photo. But when you learn how to find light and how to see light, it turns a good photo into a great photo. Light makes all the difference.

The one thing I took away from attending Jasmine’s online class 2 months ago was – finding good light. There were many other things she said during the class that were good but somehow, “finding good light” stuck with me.

From that class onwards,  whatever I shot, people, food, flowers (yeah I know, actually those are the ONLY things I shoot! :p), I paid attention to light – whether the light was soft or harsh, whether it was warm or cool and whether the shadow was long or short! Yeah, it sounds a bit crazy but it did make all the difference in my pictures. Whether a picture was flat or whether a picture looked alive, it all depended on light (and shadow)!

If you learn how to find good light and shoot confidently, that’s all you need.

… was what Jasmine said. And it is true. Very true. And the great thing about this is, you get to practice this anytime, anywhere cos light is everywhere!

Coincidentally, today’s the festival of lights – Diwali. Diwali’s probably not about celebrating light, but do allow me to celebrate light today from a photog’s perspective. Happy Diwali! :)


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November 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

The First Look

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The first time I came across “The First Look” concept was through an online class by Jasmine Star. It’s not something big nor complicated, but instead if put bluntly, is simply a moment where the bride and groom sees each other for a while before the wedding ceremony.

For most people, it is most probably against their culture to do so but on a personal ground, I’d definitely encourage my brides and grooms to go for it.

I believe that my part as a photographer is not only to capture images but also to help my brides and grooms achieve the perfect experience through their wedding. No doubt the shots from “The First Look” are always really good (and I personally love them to bits!) but I know what my brides and grooms get from their little private moment is much more than that. It’s priceless.

To me, celebrating with friends and family has in it its own value but it is as (if not more) important to have a private moment, away from the crowd. After all, a marriage is not only about hosting a big celebration, but about two people who decide to spend the rest of their lives together. Thus, I believe my brides and grooms definitely deserve a moment of their own.


With love,

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October 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Inspirations: the Red one

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For the past few days, I found myself smitten by videography. It’s as if I’ve been eating videography, sleeping videography and dreaming videography. Amazed by the technology, moved by the stories they tell, now I’m simply inspired. Yes, I guess inspired would be the right word. I really am.

Perhaps it’s not something new for most of you, but did you know that filmmakers still use 35mm films to make films? I always thought it must be some high technology digital stuff. Afterall, digital is very common in photography. Why not videography right? Apparently, cos there wasn’t a technology that could offer the image quality of analog film. And cos 2K and HD cameras didn’t offer narrow depth of field which can make videos oh so boring.

Fear not though cos the Red One that was released in 2008 bridged the gap.

The Red One camera gives moviemakers the best of both worlds. It delivers the ease of use and editing flexibility provided by digital cinema cameras. At the same time, the Red’s resolution and color fidelity rival that of 35-millimeter film, and it allows the same kind of control over focus.

Read more about the Red One and the minds behind it here. It’s old news but it’s good news. ;)

If you are a newbie like me, perhaps you can hop over to Luminous Landscape for what I’d call a beginner’s guide to video.

P.S. I’m currently working on 2 new video projects. Am so excited!

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April 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Inspirations: Moving Portraits of Jessica Claire by JVS

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2 example of stills that you’d find in the video clip. (via Jessica Claire)

Quick post again.

I come across many inspiring videos everyday ever since DSLRs started to allow us to record really amazing things. Today, I found this Moving Portraits of the popular Jessica Claire by JVS. It was cute,  it was stylish, it was beautiful, it was cool. It was just so full of character, I just had to share!

I couldn’t embed the clip here, so here’s the link to the video clip. Hope you guys like it too! By the way, I really like how JVS named it “Moving Portraits”. A good name, I must say.

P.S. I always seem to find good videos taken by Canon’s DSLRs. Is it cos Canon does offer a better technology when it comes to capturing videos?

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April 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

Ideas + Inspirations: DIY lens cap keeper

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Came across an article on photojojo about a Swedish inventor Benny Johansson and his step by step DIY guide to making a lens cap keeper.

According to the website, all you need is a pushpin, an x-acto knife, scissors, plastic container, elastic cord and an electric drill.

Yes, you will need an electric drill. That’s when I decided this won’t be something I’d be making afterall. Electric drilling just isn’t the type of thing I think I’d do to my lenscap. Have fun though, for those who are doing it!

(This is not ideas + inspirations on photography per se but it’s an idea on how not to lose your lenscap so I guess it goes into the ‘Ideas + Inspirations’ category anyway. :p)

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March 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Ideas + Inspirations: Stop-Motion Video

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With an increasing number of DSLRs now having video capability, you probably think that this is just another post about adopting that fabulous video function and offering more to the clients.

I admit that I am a big fan of videos taken using DSLRs but that shall come in another post. This post is about using photos to create a video.

The idea is pretty simple. You know how sometimes you take continuous shots and when you play them continuously, it looks like a video? Here, Sarah Yates does the same using 500 engagement session photos.

I think it’s pretty cool and would like to try creating one soon! Have a look and you’ll know what I mean. ;)

tori and austin from sarah yates on Vimeo

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March 19, 2010 at 11:24 am