Step-by-Step Guide to choosing a perfect camera lens

CAMERA USES LENS X, IT WAS SUPER EFFECTIVE How many lens are there in the world now? Hundreds? It is no wonder people get so lost in how to choose a camera lens. Good for you rich people, you can just “gotta buy em all”. As for the rest of us poor folks, we have to choose one super effective lens, and stick with it for a long time. A small note before we begin – this is a beginner friendly guide. I will mention a few very basic things briefly in this guide, and I…

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The Complete Sigma Lens Abbreviations

I have done a lens abbreviation guide and sort of history for Nikon and Canon. So now, I figured to do a similar guide for the third party lens. This guide is all about Sigma, which has so far produced lens for Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax mounts. Please don’t be confused, Sigma is a Japanese company founded in 1961… and not a western based company. With over 50 years of history, Sigma is definitely not some cheap company producing crappy lens. In fact, they have some excellent lens, priced at a fraction of…

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Photography Composition Rules and Tips for Great Photos

THE BEAUTY OF PHOTOGRAPHY Photography is rather different from the rest of the arts, a professional photographer once told me. To become very good at arts, you need a lot of raw talent. Not for photography. Just by learning the basics, applying techniques and good photography composition rules, you can become an expert. So for those who are low on self-confidence on the “creative juice” part, don’t sweat it. I never thought myself to be a creative too, and the best “art” that I can draw are stick figures. I picked up photography for fun,…

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Solving The Mystery of Exposure Triangle

WHAT THE HECK IS AN EXPOSURE TRIANGLE? Welcome photo ninja. I understand, almost everyone can’t wait to snap away with the camera… but just can’t seem to get things right. That was how I was as a beginner too. Every photo is either too bright or too dark, and I figured out that I needed to learn the basics. I looked at tutorials online, and the exposure triangle was the first thing to pop out. It sounds so very scary at first, but luckily, it only took me 15 minutes of dedicated reading to…

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Essential Landscape Photography Tips and Techniques

GOOD CHOICE ON LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY! Greetings landscape photographer ninja. You have come to a not-so-secret guide on essential landscape photography tips and techniques. First off, you have made a good choice on picking up landscape photography, one of the nicest and oldest photography subjects around. Landscape photography is the first subject that I picked up, and it has stayed with me ever since. It is very easy to pick up as well – all you need is just a camera. Plus, landscape is literally everywhere. There are plenty of free photographic opportunities around, no need to hire…

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Tokyo Travel Photography Aug 2016

People, I am back from Japan! It is time to share some photos of Tokyo and travel experience. While things are still fresh in my head, I shall write down a few things to take note (also as reference for my next trip). Feel free to use this as sort of a travel itinerary and guide. THE ALBUM 1) BEFORE TRAVEL LOGISTICS Prepare your trip months in advance. Seriously. Lodging and air tickets can be a pain if you are going to Tokyo during the “popular periods”. In particular, March / April for the…

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The Complete Canon Lens Abbreviations Glossary

WHAT THE CANON? Welcome to the world of photography, where geeky scientists make great lens… and use all their secret codes to confuse consumers. Fret not, this guide will explain those EF-S, STM stuff to you, and a small history lesson to help you better understand. MOUNTS Unlike Nikon which has stuck to their “F-mount” for a long time, Canon has a history of changing their mount systems. 1959 : R Mount 1964 : FL Mount 1971 : FD Mount. FL lens can be used on FD cameras. 1987 : EF…

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The Complete Nikon Lens Abbreviations Glossary

DECODING THE NIKON-NIKKOR CODE I bet you have seen these “strange markings” all over Nikon lens… but what the heck do they mean? This glossary will help you to decode the Nikon code, and a short history lesson so you can better understand these lens. Also for those who are a little newer to Nikon, their lens are branded “Nikkor”. No need to be confused, it’s just part of history. Nikon originally only wanted their best lens to carry the “Nikkor” name. But now, all their lens are “Nikkor” nonetheless. AUTO INDEXING When dinosaurs…

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Astrophotography Fireworks – My Crazy Epic Experiment

FIRE IN THE SKY 9 August, the time has come for NDP fireworks again. That is the National Day Parade, or Singapore’s Independence Day. So everyone prepare, flock in groups, enjoy some beer and shoot some fireworks together. Yeah, fireworks are cool. But it gets kind of stale when everyone does the same thing. By that, I mean we get a ton of same looking fireworks pictures every year. Before going deep into the technicalities, I shall address this. I don’t mean in a bad way that we should stop having same looking…

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