How to Do Silhouette Photography

INTRODUCTION SILHOUETTE, THE ANCIENT ART Welcome photo ninja, to this not-so-secret guide on how to do silhouette photography. Silhouettes have been around way before photography, and arguably, first found on cave paintings. But I am pretty sure that our caveman ancestors did not call it “silhouette” back then. It is not until 1759 that silhouette was named after the French finance minister Étienne de Silhouette… in a bad way to depict cheaply made portrait outlines. Sorry France, but history is history. Read more of the story on Wikipedia if you want. Today, silhouette is a well known…

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Solving The Mystery of Exposure Triangle

INTRODUCTION WHAT THE HECK IS AN EXPOSURE TRIANGLE? Welcome photo ninja, to this guide on solving the mystery of exposure triangle in photography. I understand, almost everyone can’t wait to snap away with their new cameras… but just cannot get things right. A lot of the photos just turn out too bright or too dark. That was how I was as a beginner too, and I figured out that I needed to learn the basics. I looked at many tutorials online, and the exposure triangle was the first thing to pop out. It sounds…

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The Complete Sigma Lens Abbreviations

SIGMA IS JAPANESE 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…

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Lee Filters Graduated Neutral Density Review

INTRODUCTION A STAPLE FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS Welcome to my Lee Filters Graduated Neutral Density review. Every landscape photographer will probably have a set of Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters and a Circular Polarizer (CPL) in their bag. I have a set of 3 Lee Filters GND in my bag for like, years now. It has almost never left my bag, and I bring it with me even when I go travelling. That goes to show how much I cannot survive without the set of Lee GND Filters, and in this review,…

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The Complete Tamron Lens Abbreviations

SOLVING THE TAMRON MYSTERY Tamron, yet another great third party lens maker full of mysterious marking and codes. Fear not, this Tamron lens abbreviations and acronyms guide will help you understand their geek language.     RANGE Digitally Integrated (Di) : Range of lens made for the digital full frame cameras, which can be mounted on the crop (APS-C) sensor cameras as well. Digitally Integrated II (Di-II) : Range of lens for crop sensor cameras. Digitally Integrated III (Di-III) : Lens built for the mirrorless (crop / micro four-thirds) cameras. Super Performance…

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Sword Art Online Cosplay Gallery

AWESOME OLD CONCEPT INTRODUCTION Welcome to my Sword Art Online cosplay gallery. I am not sure how many people still remember the series called .hack. Yep, the concept of Sword Art Online is actually nothing new. But whatever exploded SAO into fame? I have no idea. Maybe it is the combination of good action, characters, and a story that many gamers can related to in real life… or maybe it is the sheer power of marketing. Either way, I still love this series and the characters. The hype of the…

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Top Tips on How to Edit Landscape Photos

INTRODUCTION UNLIMITED CREATIVITY! Welcome to my guide on how to edit landscape photos. I know, editing can be a difficult topic to get started with. As far as I know, there are no limits to creativity. There are endless ways to go about editing, and not a single “correct way” to get started. To top it up, there are a ton of editing bibles out there, and everyone has a different approach to editing. So this is what I will do instead – I will share my own editing process, and pack this guide full…

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Photography Lighting Basics and Tips

INTRODUCTION ALL ABOUT LIGHT Welcome to my guide on photography lighting basics. Lighting has always been the photographer’s best friend, and biggest bugbear. Use it right, you get an award winning photo. Get it wrong, hide that photo, and never let people set eyes on it. This guide will walk you through everything about light that is related to photography. It will explain things like shadows and highlights, the difference between blacks and whites, and also the laws of light. We will address all of these mysteries, and hopefully you will…

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Cosplay Photo Editor Apps – Which is the best?

INTRODUCTION WHICH IS THE FAIREST COSPLAY PHOTO EDITOR OF THEM ALL? There are a ton of image editing applications out there today, and all of them seem promising. But which one caters the most to cosplay photos in particular? Which is the easiest to use of them all, and which is the most capable of them all? Being a photographer, I have mostly used the “heavy weight” Photoshop and Lightroom. But I have heard a lot of good praises for the recent apps as well. So now, I have installed some of…

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The Complete Tokina Lens Abbreviations

KENKO VS TOKINA Established since the 1950s, Tokina is yet another old name in the third party lens world. Not to be confused, Kenko uses Tokina as the “brand name for producing lens”. So Kenko filters and Tokina lens, they are quite literally the same company. Tokina does not have a long list of abbreviations, but still has some very decent lens. Either way, here we go.     DESIGNATION FX : This lens is built for full frame cameras. DX : This lens is built for crop sensor cameras. AT-X : Advanced Technology Extra,…

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