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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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 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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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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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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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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8 Steps to Choose a Perfect Digital Camera

DIGITAL CAMERA I CHOOSE YOU! For you guys who are new to photography, there is something called “digital camera” and “analog camera” these days. Well, it’s just part of history. “analog camera” simply mean the “traditional” technology where you need to load “film” into the camera before you can take pictures. “Digital camera” is the more recent technology, where you save pictures into memory cards, then share them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and whatever else. Do take note that this guide is about helping you to choose a digital camera. Not because analog is…

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Chicken Soup for Amateur Photographers

Hey folks, this one is for you budding photographers. You, who picked up a camera, want to know 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 playing with…

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