How to Photograph Fireworks Like a Boss : Featuring Singapore NDP Fireworks

SMARTPHONE TO PHOTOGRAPH FIREWORKS? NOT QUITE. YET. Want to learn how to photograph fireworks? The easiest way is to just pull out your smartphone and snap away! All right, enough trolling as a start. Since you are reading this, I am guessing that you want to go “heavy guns” on fireworks. Shoot? Too easy. Now to own it like a boss. WHAT YOU NEED TO PHOTOGRAPH FIREWORKS Smartphone cameras are pretty good, but technology wise, they are not quite there yet. So if you want nice shots of fireworks, you need to…

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The Big Picture : How To Shoot Panorama

PANORAMA IS INVENTED BY A HIPPIE PHOTOGRAPHER. NOT. Before we start the proper lesson on how to shoot panorama, I have an embarrassing confession to make… and it is very important for you guys to know the correct history. Know what? I used to think panorama as “pan-o-rama”, invented by a hippie photographer who wore an artist beret hat and panned a camera around to create an ultra wide photo. Well, I was wrong. I later learnt that Panorama is a Greek word, and it meant wide or “all sight” of that sorts. There is even a city named…

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How to Do IR Photography That Don’t Suck

WELCOME TO INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY Bored of the “regular photography”? Looking to do some interesting alternate photography instead? Then you should totally learn how to do IR photography (infrared photography). If you are unsure how it looks like, here are a few good examples from Flickr. White trees, white grass and a surreal landscape, those are the characteristics of IR Photograph. These are the secrets of the unseen world. But you will need some understanding, and have quite a bit of work to capture this surreal beauty. Which is why I have written this not-so-secret guide to walk you through on…

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How to Do Light Trail Photography

LIGHT TRAIL PHOTOGRAPHY IS FASCINATING Welcome to my humble guide on how to do light trail photography. Back when I started photography, light trail is one of the first subjects that fascinated me. To me, traditional photography has always been capturing “a frame of time” in a photograph… Then came along a “mysterious” photo with long silky light streaks. I had my moment of “how is this possible”, “that is an amazing photo”, and I never knew that photography could do something so interesting. I then started to dig around for more information…

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The Tall Picture : How To Shoot Vertorama

WHAT THE HECK IS VERTORAMA You have probably heard of panorama, a long and ultra wide photo. With today’s technology, it is as simple as panning your smartphone with the “panoramic sweep” feature. Or you can go the old school way of taking many photos, and “stitching” them together in Photoshop. But what happens when you rotate around and take photos vertically? Welcome to a guide on how to shoot vertorama, the cousin of panorama. Strangely enough, vertorama is not commonly used by many photographers. Still, it is very useful for taking photos…

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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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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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Singapore Photography Places – The Ultimate Guide

INTRODUCTION Welcome to the ultimate guide for Singapore photography places. This is a compilation of all the locations in Singapore that I have been to for the past few years… not just the “tourist worthy” photography spots, that is. The main purpose of this post is to stop the newbies from posting more “shot to death” photos of the Marina Bay Sands and Merlion Park. Also to anyone visiting Singapore, there is so much more than just those over-hyped places. Time to go on a small adventure in this urban jungle….

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How to Edit Landscape Photos

UNLIMITED CREATIVITY! This will be a very difficult question to answer – how to edit landscape photos. There are a ton of editing bibles out there, and I am guessing that you, my dear reader, want to get started with “a proper way to edit landscape photos”. But here’s the thing – as far as I know, there is no limit to creativity. There are probably endless ways to go about editing, and not a single “correct way” to get started. So this is what I will do instead – I will…

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