Chicken Soup for Amateur Photographers

INTRODUCTION THE PHOTOGRAPHY LIFE This one is for you budding photographers. You who picked up a camera, want to learn more, and move forward with photography as a part of your life. When I first picked up a 3.2 megapixels compact digital camera, I was a happy man. Finally had something that I can take decent pictures with, I thought. But little did I know, there is a whole new world within photography. Seriously, I never thought much about photography when I first got that camera. It is only when I started…

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Cosplay Photoshoot Tips – The Complete Beginner’s Guide

INTRODUCTION COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY NOT RECOGNIZED IN THIS WORLD!? Hello people, let me do some good ranting before we start. If you just want cosplay photography tips, feel free to skip this section of my randomness. I know that there are already 999999 photoshoot tutorials out there… but surprisingly, only a few of them address cosplay photography. I mean, cosplay has been around since like, the 1980s? Maybe the photography world doesn’t recognize cosplay photography as a “school” of it’s own yet. To you who chose this less recognized path – well done! This is…

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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 relate 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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