Posts tagged “images

Limited by a point & shoot cam

Oh don’t be! As I said before its not the camera but who is behind the camera. A camera is just a tool, what goes into it is largely dependent on the one who clicks the shutter. Admittedly, the lowly P&S cams have less features and options compared to expensive DSLRs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take great pictures. Understanding the limitations and maximizing what your P&S cam can do plus your knowledge of composition and other essentials (been tackling them in my earlier posts) will go a long way in ensuring you take great photos. Self-taught photographer Max Edin itemizes the shortcomings of P&S cams and how to overcome them in his enlightening article How to Take Better Pictures with Your Point-and-Shoot Camera. You may graduate to a DSLR in the future, but if what you have now is a P&S cam then take heart, it can capture images better than you think. You just need to know how to do it. By the way, I took the above photo with a 5-megapixel Canon S2-IS, a point-and-shoot camera. (Photo location: Waterfalls at Loboc River, Bohol province)


A poignant photo story

A chapter of individual lives close every end of the day. Body and mind need to recharge. But there are moments of reflection before we lie down to rest. Have we done any meaningful thing the past 24 hours? Perhaps nothing earth-shattering that could change the world. Just small, simple acts of an ordinary life. Yet some deeds stand out. The boy in the picture, tying his boat in a makeshift pier after an afternoon at sea, was all smiles as I approached him. I asked him if he caught any and he showed me a medium-sized pail full of fishes. He added that his father was sick and could not go fishing, and what he caught would be food for dinner for his six siblings. I was moved and impressed. What the boy did will never matter to the world, but it is all the world for him to make sure his family would not sleep on empty stomachs at the end of the day. (Photo location: Surigao City)

Challenging the night

Taking pictures at low light conditions is very challenging. You can not just snap away and expect a good image. Chances are the pictures will be grainy, blurry and, expectedly, dark. You need to understand appropriate camera settings and you need another essential equipment – a tripod. In the absence of that, you need to find a solid, steady base to place your camera. Overcoming the challenges of night photography will result in creative and dramatic images. A good understanding of how to do it, when to do it and what is needed will go a long way. These are all tackled in this helpful guide – Night Photography Tips and Techniques. It’s actually easier than you think. Soon you’ll be a nocturnal person prowling the city looking for those “nightscapes” or capturing “light trails.” Happy night shooting! (Photo location: Singapore)

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Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.~Albert Einstein (Photo location: Dinagat, Surigao del Norte)

Mastering the craft

You feel it in your guts, you sense it in your soul. You are keenly aware of your surroundings – green shrubbery, emerald sea, blue sky, sepia rocks, curves and shapes, details and highlights. You were trained for this, maybe not formally, but experience has thought you well. You know what is picturesque, appealing, inspiring and moving. You know that gradations, tonalities and contrasts provide depth. That color can be captured in its dynamic range. That composition can spell the difference between a snapshot and an image of photographic quality. You are ready when you are at ease with your environment and you know what to do. You are ready when you can capture with confidence, and be self-assured of the outcome. Yours is the world around you when you can feel it, sense it and be one with it like body and soul, intertwined and inseparable. When your camera becomes the extension of your physique and you wield it like a brush on canvass, then yours is the art of craftsmanship and capture, the master whose every subject bows willingly at every command. (Photo location: Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte)

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Art is Man’s nature. Nature is God’s art.~James Bailey (Photo location: Lake Tri An, Vietnam)

Keep on clicking

My tagline “Keep On Clicking” is both literal and metaphorical. As I’m into photography, the tagline drives me to keep this passion aflame. It also serves as a greeting and inspiration for others, especially my photo blogger friends (I guessed they noticed in my comments on their blogs), to continually practice and perfect this craft. Ten years into photography as an avid practitioner and I still have much to learn. Even professionals are keen to update and refresh their knowledge. Photography for all of us is one continuous learning experience. As a metaphor, the tagline encourages us to prosper in our endeavors. Life itself is a daily struggle and challenge, and whatever we do, with the gifts and talents given us, we must strive to do it well, with persistence, performance and flourish. Click to capture images, and click to succeed in life. It’s probably a cliche, but it is wrapped with meaning and sincerity when I say: “Keep on clicking my friends!” (Photo location: Barobo town, Surigao del Sur province)