Photographers Giving Out RAW Files – Yes or No

THE RAW QUESTION This has been an age old question since RAW files were invented – Should photographers give RAW files to their clients or friends? I believe a small group of people have absolutely no issues in doing so, but why are some people making such a big fuss over this? For those who are new to digital photography, RAW files are the pure, unedited versions of your photos. It is something like the film negatives of the days past. If anyone has a hold of the RAW files, he/she can…

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Live Stream Facebook From Your Desktop With Free Software

LIVE BUTTON, WHERE ART THOU? It’s so annoying. On Android and iPhone, you can just hit the Facebook live button. But on the desktop, the “go live” button is nowhere to be found. Why can’t we Facebook live on desktops? Shouldn’t the desktop be much better than smartphones and tablets? Well, it seems that you can actually go live from the desktop. But technology on the desktop is a little more complicated, so you will need to install additional software to get the magic working. Welcome to my guide on Facebook Live,…

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Overcoming the photographer’s block

THE CREATIVE PAIN From time to time, authors hit the wall and suffer the writer’s block. Artists suffer the same block, not knowing what to draw next. So do photographers suffer from a “photographer’s block”? Well, as far as it goes, the answer is yes for me. I have at least hit the end of the road a couple of times. I have watched a ton of YouTube tutorials, and still not know what to do next with my photography to bring it “to the next level”. Tried a bunch of different things, they all…

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The Tall Picture : How To Shoot Vertorama

  WHAT THE HECK IS VERTORAMA? Welcome to a guide on how to shoot 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? You get vertorama, the cousin of panorama. Strangely enough, vertorama is not commonly used by many photographers. Still, it is very useful…

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How to choose a camera lens

  WHICH CAMERA LENS IS SUPER EFFECTIVE? Welcome to my guide on how to choose a camera lens. There are hundreds are lenses in the world now – It is no wonder people get so lost in choosing 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. So this is what the guide is all about, helping you to choose a good lens. A…

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Photography Composition Rules for Great Photos

  THE BEAUTY OF PHOTOGRAPHY How can you make photos pretty? Just by learning the basics, applying techniques and good photography composition rules. 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. But not for photography. For those of you who are low on self-confidence with the “creative juice” part, don’t sweat it. All you need for photography is to learn some rules to make things look good. I never thought myself to…

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Solving The Mystery of Exposure Triangle

  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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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…

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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. I don’t mean in a bad way that we should stop having the same fireworks photos altogether. It is fun to get together,…

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How to choose a digital camera

  DIGITAL AND ANALOG? THE CONFUSING CAMERA WORLD Welcome to my guide on how to choose a digital camera. Before we start, you should be aware that there is something called “digital camera” and “analog camera” these days. Just what are those!? Well, it’s all a part of history. “Analog cameras” simply mean the traditional film and mechanical cameras, while “digital cameras” are the more modern electronic cameras that use memory cards instead. So please take note – This guide is about helping you to choose a digital camera. Not that analog cameras are…

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