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The Cute Things In The Office

a cute sandal metallize

As usual while waiting for my backup I go around the office to take photos of something new and cute in the office. Check out my shots below:

 

My co-workers trophy for getting second place in their volleyball tournament

The image in my mug

 

A cute give away

 

a cute sandal metallize

 

 

 

 

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What makes a good photo?

Sweet orange

Sweet orange It has been about 6 months now since I bought my first DSLR camera that got me into photography.

After much thought I bought my second lens for a better shot on far subjects. I did get a good shot but after that it made me think, what really makes a good shot.A lot of people would say a good camera with a high megapixel will surely generate a good clean looking image and others it is a natural talent to get crisp and awesome shots. I am new to really taking photos though taking a snapshot is long been in me since having a phone with a camera should do the trick.

It is no doubt that a good camera would surely deliver a good image. I was torn between a Nikon and a Canon DSLR for my first DSLR camera and after consulting people I ended up on a Canon T3i or as branded in Asia as the 600D. Since its my only camera I have to use my Nokia C3 to take photos of my T3i.

It's my very first DSLR camera

The lens in this image is my new Sigma Telephoto Zoom APO DG 70-300mm(images taken with this lens will be featured in the next bog post). In my opinion though the gear  is not enough to shot a great photograph. I remembered asking Jaypee David of Jaytograph how did he get awesome pictures in his travel blog and his answer really surprised me: you get to make one good shot after taking a thousand shots.

So taking a good image does not only require the best gear but also having the patience to make several shoots until you get the right one.But again others have a better perspective in taking a photograph. When I started learning how to take a good photo one lesson I learn is a bout good framing following the rule of thirds. It is simple putting your subject in a third of the frame focusing some features to fall on the imaginary intersection of vertical and horizontal lines that divides the frame into thirds.

At first people thought something is wrong with my hand or eye that instead of centering most of my images are off centered, and most people who take snapshots do, because that is how people know how to take a photograph(off course unless the intention is to put the subject in the center). Putting the subject a third into the frame artistically makes the image subject fall into the photo viewer’s line of sight thus creating a a focus into the beautiful in the image.

So what makes a good photo? I guess it boils down to three good gear, patience, and a good visualization of what you would life your photo be.

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Paint.Net Effects Project 1: Images at Hotel Nikko Guam

Effects using Paint.net
Photography is not only limited to the point and shoot results, there is a lot of post-processing to be done.

At first the very first thing I wanted to do before I share my images is to put a signature or watermark for two things: 1) promote your photography and  2) prevent people from using or claiming your photography and using it for personal gain, this is what we call copyright.

There are lots of editing software out there you might have tried using Microsoft’s Paint and Publisher which comes with any Windows PC,  the famous Adobe software like Lightroom and Photoshop, and others. Of those Photoshop is the well known and well use by professionals and it does have great editing capability but the downside is that it also cost a lot.

For hobbyist, enthusiast, and soon to be professional photographers it would be hard on the budget since we are still in the exploratory and developmental stage of our skills as a photographer. So why not use something that cost nothing but nearly works as good as Adobe Photoshop?

Yes there is such a thing and that one is  software is called Paint.Net

Check my photos below and see what Paint.Net can do.

Adding signature or watermark made easy
Smell the flowers

Lets go and conquer the ocean!
Warning be careful out there
Let's have a joyride
Crop your images and show only the best parts
Meow
Let's have a joyride
Yellow flower


Effects made easy
lomography effect in Paint.net
sde by side comparison
another example of lomography effect using Paint.Net
Vignette effect
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Official Logo

Yes after some sketching and doodling I finally have my blog’s logo. The idea came from watching the history of Nikon camera at also by reading a photography blog suggested by my aspiring professional photographer sister (of course just like me) http://josephinesicadphotography.com

Simply the tool’s embodiment.

To photography!!!!

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Playing with my camera’s creative filter

Some of my latest photo shoots modified using my Canon T3i(600D) Creative filter effects. I know I have done the same with previous photos; will just add them here when I find them.

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Post processing technique: Color Splash

Been checking out some techniques done by photographers to make a subject in their photos stand out and this is called Color Splash.

It is basically either making the subject in focus in color while the background is in black & white or the other way around.

Below is my very first attempt. I know I need more practice.



I used a free software Paint.Net. What I did is made a black & white version of the original photo using LightRoom and adding it as a layer to the colored photo. Using my eraser tool in the layer with the black & white photo, I erased the area which I want to be in color which is the subject. Need patience to do such but would appreciate if someone can give us a better way of doing Color Splash.
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Lunch at Sushi Rock in Micronesia Mall, Dededo

For a change from eating food court lunch by myself, I checked out Sushi Rock in Micronesia Mall here in Dededo, Guam.
I was not able to get lots of pictures but was able to get a picture of the sushi I ordered besides my 2 combo bento box(yup I got a big meal and I even saw close family  on my way home commenting that I got bulkier)

I present now the sushi bon appetit!


I was making several photo shoot at this set when the restaurant manager interrupted me asking if I would like to photograph the miso soup as well. Funny guy.

NOTE: The name SUSHI ROCK, its logo, and other images and representation are trademarks by their respective owners.
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Showcasing Your Photos

A great way to showcase your photos is creating a slideshow or a video of your selected photos and share it as a video in social networks.

You can easily create one using whatever free software comes with your PC(Windows Movie Maker) and Mac(IMovie). Or you can use a free online slideshow maker like Flickr, Photobucket or an online free 30 sec movie maker Animoto.

Check my photos below using Windows Movie Maker



This is is made using Animoto


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Real-like orchids

No particular project today. Spotted this plastic flower in a glass vase in one of my co-worker’s desk and I took photos of it practicing in adjusting ISO and other stuff.
Enjoy!!!

in full color

on top shot

in full color

shot with a softer picture style

in black

in classic color

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My Animoto Video Project Flower Photography

I discovered Animoto and made my first Animoto video showcasing some of my flower photographs. Click the link below and enjoy.

My Animoto Video