Posts Tagged ‘Photograph’


December 16, 2011

16 December 2011: 15 days to go before yr 2012 of the Gregorian calendar creeps up on me. New year means new resolution! My first and foremost resolution would be to add more top quality images into my Shutterstock portfolio and second to expand my photography career beyond stock and into mainstream photojournalism. Yes, I will achieve it 😀

3 months have passed since I last update this blog! In that 3 months I have increased my stock images for sale in my Shutterstock portfolio to 1230 with 42 images dedicated to the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest in London:

This is the MIchael Flatley, aged by booze, trying to revive his Riverdance career, by giving a free performance at the Occupy London protest at St. Paul’s Cathedral HAHAHA 🙂

…And this is a David Cameroon, trying to tell the Brits that he is relevant, after being clueless is getting England out of economic woes! 😛

As for Christmas 2011: How about a bunch of dancing snowman! 😉

Ok! Go visit my portfolio at Shutterstock and buy, buy, buy 🙂

Meanwhile write to me and use my 1230th image as your mail box icon!

Shutterstock have and will always be the best micro-stock agency in the world. Try it… your images may be worth $$ on the agency rather than in your hard-disk.

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October 30, 2010

In my last blog I discussed on composing a more aesthetic landscape photos with the three basic rules of rule of third for the horizon, objects are in or out with nothing in between and skies with clouds makes a landscape. I hope anyone that tries out this basic rules can see the difference in their landscape shot 🙂

A well composed landscape scope however could be “destroyed” by an out of focus and/or soft image. Landscape shot of sunset and sunrise, which is basically in a lower light can also be effected by bad handheld technique resulting in hand movement blur (shake).

While the elimination of hand held shake blur is easily resolved by either using a sturdy tripod (or to some extend a monopod) and improving your hand-held shots technique, focus and soft image are more technically inclined.

To understand “focus”, one must first understand the meaning of “depth of field” (DOF). DOF is the range in distance whereby an image will remain in focus. This range vary on each selected Aperture size/focal length/distance of subject combination.

Theoretically, the smaller the aperture size, the greater the DOF and “more” focus an image will be just as Ansel Adams (the world renown famous landscape photographer that is known to have used up to F64 for his image) will profess! BUT! No… we are not Ansel Adams, we are simple Joe and using a super small aperture size will not be the key to our tack sharp landscape image.

Why? The reason is simply the fact that in order to get the theoretically sharp image with really really small aperture size, the quality of your lens must be exceptionally superb. Using a $200 zoom lens for your landscape photography will give you exactly that! A limited image. That is why, most photography books and website always advise photographer to search for their lens sweet spot! That is the aperture size/focal length combination that gives them their sharpest image AND it differs for each different lens and camera body.

My advise to get a sharp landscape image for most lens is to acknowledge that landscape subject is always located 50m and beyond to infinity (note that the sky and clouds in your landscape are pretty far away). AND because the subject is at such a distance worrying about the DOF is of not much concern. When focus aim at object at a distance further than 50m, DOF is no longer an issue, even at F2.8, a subject will be in focus.

To pull out an image effectively, I always select an aperture size of F8 to F11 at a fraction above my widest end focal length (i.e. on my full frame 5D MkII  using 24-70mm, I will use the wide end at 28mm and on my APS-C 500D using the 18-200mm, I will use the wide end at 24mm). AND focus at a point slightly below the horizon before reframing for my final shot. I would use the Auto Focus for the shot to eliminate any focusing error of Manual Focus resulting from wrong diopter adjustment (I do not possess a 20/20 eyesight).

I would also like to highlight that there are factors that may affect the sharpness of the landscape image that is beyond our control. 1. the humidity of the air; 2. heat;  and 3. pollutants that is suspended in the air. All the factor mentioned affect the viscosity of the air which light travels through. I personally conclude from the many adventures in different part of the world taking landscape, is that any area with humidity above 75% affect the sharpness of distance object as I find the viscosity of air is appears like a veil across my sight. And when the heat of the air is above 34 degree Celcius, the convectional effect also affect my image. To add salt to wound, outdoor heat rise 34 degree Celcius will affect an unprotected camera sensor resulting in more grainy and noisy image. As for pollutant, nothing is more obvious that could affect the sharpness of an image.

My work around solution for the uncontrollable factor mentioned above is to work along it. This means taking my landscape shot during the magical hour (i.e. 1-2hrs before and after sunrise or sunset). This are the time when air temperature is the coolest, humidity the lowest and the light is naturally well diffused. And then I will look out for pollutant… that is one I cannot solve but petition my local politician for stronger pollution control laws 🙂

Now, go forth and get get your super sharp landscape and contribute to Shutterstock Stock photography. to make some money 🙂


Hell have no fury like pollutants released wantonly!

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October 1, 2010

30 September 2010, the last day of the month! I achieved my first milestone in my stock photography adventure, I made my 600th sales with Shutterstock

Ironically the 600th sales is an image of a periodic element table model in a local science centre. Sign that I have educated myself and is elemental? 🙂

And in the traditional “Oscar award”style, I would like to thank my wife, my brother and my camera for my first milestone achievement.

And most of all I would like to thank the buyer that use Shutterstock and purchased my photos. May your life be prosperous and let my image help you get there.

Shutterstock rules!

They powered up my photography experience.

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