Peeking Into Advanced Photography

Many of the readers could think that you guys now were me from a few years ago.

Hungry for photography information with a burning desire to add and continue.

Never once i lost the feeling. It was like a true desire that had accompanied me since I was 13 years old. Throughout my adult life where fashion and other interests have come and gone or simply diminished.

God does not allow me to get bored (it hasn’t happened for decades). However, each time I feel unenergetic in what I do, I move to the image. Just picking up one of my cameras and walking around seemed to “revive me”. Creativity or pursuit is an amazing thing and not infrequently there is something in the world to pick up or learn.

1. Think About the Brain

I always think differently about photography. I grew up with only one eye, thanks to a failed operation in the 1970s, broken archaeological tool from Australopithecus medical officers.

When you using one eye for your whole life, and then suddenly you start to using a camera in your early 30s, something dramatical happens! We become aware that the camera does not work like our eye. Not the 3D; I said about how the brain keeping images and such.

After birth, we got legs but our legs need some time to adjust and work along with our brain until we can walk around the shopping mall and such. Same goes with the eyes. They found that cables are faster than feet, but the important nerve pathway from our optic nerve to the mind requires time to chase its chemical footprint. We start to enjoy the level of light, then form, then edge, the relative position and such. Then, around the age of 3, we finally pursue a tagging system which allows us to generally understand what the “warehouse” is. Our brain has worked nonstop around that time to provide us with visual infrastructure and memories to activate this very watershed moment.

Now, let’s move fast today. We are older, our brain is growing, and we happen in a warehouse in the field. But this is not just any warehouse: it’s a warehouse that you want to watch your whole life. In the distance future, storms present at sunset. Beautiful; we keep it to our memory. The way we keep it in our memories is not like the technique the camera records images.

Let’s step on the next big thing: this is a philosophical reassessment about how the camera system works in reverse with how memories map out a scene, last is the process of superimposing visual reality with emotions and related memories with that scene. We see, we don’t only remember the warehouse but also remember each warehouse; we don’t just remember the storm but remember each storm. Aesthetic photos must tell stories epic memories, relating with different emotions that become one.

2. Go Get Your Own DSLR

Wow, look at the camera we have! It’s the smallest and slimmest and seems techno. Look! Fit in our pocket! Geez, we can take it to some events and parties, it’s very nice and comfortable. Oh, is this also 10 megapixels? Gosh. Well, that’s some good camera you have!

No, no. That’s a toy: keep it and give it to your children or any elementary school student and be serious. We all know that a 20-year-old punk at some market tells us that our pocket camera is elegant and exactly what we need. But listen carefully on what i’m about to say next.

Go get your use DSLR. For you who still don’t know, DSLRs are one of the cameras we see used by pros, not that gigantic one that you saw on sports zone.

Also, the angle is very important for landscapes. Aesthetically pleasing photography is not necessarily from the view, but often it is, and the following is imagined by not a few people when beautiful portraits is about to be made. So, lets talk about the angle for a bit.

If we are accustomed to using toy cameras, then we won’t get the experience we need to go further explore the world of photography. It’s like how you compare normal TV and HD TV, the last one gave you a better experience. The scenery is full and thick; clouds, sun, and mountains are all suitable; rivers and bridges are easily arranged; etc. After you work on a wide angle, our landscape will go breakthrough!

3. Camera is Your Travel Mate

Don’t just take out your camera in rare moments when you indeed conclude to set aside a few of your days for photography. Confront: we all people are busy with real life, and set aside three to four hours for any extracurricular activity is difficult. But it only takes a few seconds to get inspiration for a photo, and there’s no point if your camera goes home.

Keep in the trunk of our car in a cute little portrait backpack, with not a lot of lens choices. We never know when we will witness something beautiful. Use this opportunity to pick up at least one portrait a day. Not necessarily a broad landscape; it is something small and exciting that we may not have realized before.

4. Mistakes are Progress

Make a few mistakes. Throw ourselves and our artwork there and see what works and what doesn’t. Show your merchandise to real friends who will give us honest feedback.

Get ourselves online and start making friends by pursuing different photographers we respect. Beg and beg them to come and watch one or two of your portraits and submit honest feedback. They will alienate you, but only take your medicine, lick your wounds, and go there and improve.


6 Amazing Photography Hacks

All the hacks are super cheap, get ready to be amazed.

Explore the world of photography in a different point of view. Yes, we can drain thousands of dollars purchase equipment that will do the exact thing but this is far more exciting to work on DIY projects and have your self some amazing photography through all these things we make. Proudly present :

1. DIY Light Box

Go get a piece of paper & ribbon for this hack to work. Take a peek of the picture below, you must first stick the paper on the window. Place our subject right in front of the paper then use AV Mode on our camera (aperture f / 8, ISO 100). Next, open Exposure Compensation, press +1/+2, check your concentration and hit the shot. Bam, Magic!

2. DIY Hazy Photos

Here is another function to use your sandwich bag. You need the bag more than your sandwich do. Attach the sandwich bag to the lens as in the picture, make sure the parts obstruct the lens point of view. Go get your sandwich now, the bag i mean!

3. DI Thrilling Shadow Effect

Yeah i know, its a Tea Filter, a.k.a. Tea Strainer. This one probably the most underestimated DIY filter you ever had. This is very suitable if you need to use natural light. Just make sure the light is strong enough also you need to put the subject close to the strainer. If we set this up, strong shadows will appear that compose aesthetic patterns that accentuate depth.

4. Mobile Camera Macro Photos

Follow these steps below in order to start the DIY :

  1. You need to own a laser pen/pointer
  2. Take out the lens on the pointer
  3. Use a pin to hold it (Refers to Picture 4)
  4. Attach it to your camera
  5. Zoom in if you need it and Kaboom! Magic!

5. DIY Lens Flares

You will need a CD (your favorite singer, of course) and a DSLR camera. Make sure you pry up the lens hood before working on this hack because the lens hood is designed exclusively to ward off lens flares. Try to flash the CD with the opposite angle so that some of the light reflected from the CD enters the lens. You can see through the view finder and shoot as you watch the beacon intensify for many angles / CD placements. Easiest hack of your life! Take a peek!

6. DIY Bounce Flash

Only two affairs are needed for this simple photography hack : business cards and scissors. Below we embed this hacking usage steps:

  1. Pop our flash and mark the two flash arms (which connect them to the camera body) on your business card
  2. Cut business cards using scissors along the marked lines (depth for 1 cm)
  3. Install the business card into the flash as shown here and take a picture.

A Beginner’s Guide to Buy a New Camera

Let’s move our pace to a real one, not a phone camera, REAL CAMERA.

Maybe the cellphone camera is no longer cutting it, or you are listening to a travel blog that inspires how they emerge from their daily activities and is now roaming the planet marketing the photos they take all along.

Whatever it is, now we are going to the next step, and decide which gears you’ll be needing to support you.

There are full of various gears out there in the market. Which people keep asking about this shutter speed and that megapixel. What you need is an expert opinion, suggestion and know what you need best. No camera will fit all your need at once.

Let’s take a look at my writing below about some things that you might need to know along the way of your photographic journey.


Yeah I know, the price is always the problem for some people. But knowing what cameras at it’s best price would benefit you a lot!

The easiest way to budget is creating your pricing range as narrow as possible. Stay with minimum and maximum price for your budget, like 1000$ – 1500$, don’t go roaming around with under 1500$ mindset looking for your gears.

When we reflect on your photographic estimates, consider what accessories you might need. Do not destroy all of your estimates on the body of the camera without a lens installed. You need a tripod, an external flash or maybe a couple of battery and an additional memory card.


In general, there are 3 different styles of cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, mirrorless cameras and the last is DSLRs, but it should be remembered that you need to draw a clear line between this 3 styles.

A point-and-shoot camera is the most convenient camera you can get. With built-in lens and you cannot exchange it. Normally it’s zoom range is wide. Try using Canon G1 if you look for this type of cameras.

The most popular mirrorless systems and many of it has exchangeable lenses like large, smaller DSLRs. Gave you good quality and flexibility. Some of the super classy Olympus OM-D and the other one gave you high resolution, such as Sony A7S.

DSLRs define classic cameras that look luxurious, complete with all buttons and obviously large lenses. The lower one offers good quality, with good control for the users. There are a variety of flash and lenses that are available for you to choose from. Choose wisely to your need.


Film on the camera is replaced by a sensor. Sensor varies in many ways, size, light sensitivity, and also resolution.

As we might have concluded, big sensors with high light sensitivity and even with high resolution is quite expensive. The biggest sensor in the type of camera is full frame and is 35mm. Most cameras on the market use a smaller type called cropped frame. There are different sizes but both are the biggest market share.

A battle of resolution clash between companies. Resolution for average camera is around 16-20(megapixels). Some bigger models have twice of the resolution.

What do we get from the megapixels? You can look at it with the same grain of film, or your TV resolution. If you got a 18-megapixel camera, you can trim 1/3 of the portraits collected with the camera, and you will get a 6-megapixel portrait.

It sounds like it’s not a little more festive, but that is not the matter. Lower megapixel one is usually got more light sensitivity and do better work in the darkness. In addition, the resolution correlates directly with the size of the file to the point that it will pile up in your memory card, and the computer’s hard drive is much faster. You can conclude it as full-frame lenses are more pricey.


The camera lens is an eye from the camera. Without a camera lens, the camera cannot be used. Camera Lenses like the human eye. In photography activities, the lens is also a vital tool besides the camera. The choice of lenses in photographic activity is also very important. Let’s discuss further the ins and outs of camera lenses.

Camera Lens is a vital tool of the camera that functions to focus light to be able to burn and catch the medium (or more commonly known as film). Consisting of several remote lenses that can be adjusted so as to produce different image capture sizes and focus variations.

There are Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom. Optical zoom is the ability of the normal lens, while the second lens digitally trims portrait and decrease the images quality.

Cameras like Fujifilm X100T is top-notch cameras that have a 35mm lens permanently installed. There is no lens change, zero zoom. Some of us like them, some think it’s stupid. Well, in the end, shooting style is all that matter.

Some lenses got a good light sensitivity, and work very well in some place with less light. These lenses are usually big and expensive. producing the sharpest undistorted images, having long concentrations of concentration allowing us to pick up images of distant subjects, created to produce more images accurate durative standards or a mix features.

Lens part is where the camera without a mirror is rather short. For the majority of photographers, a lot of options will fill your need, this case is different from professionals, or others who focus on other stuffs such as sports.


7 Photography Amazing Tips

Here are some photography tips and techniques that can inspire you to explore deeper in the world of photography.

1. High-Speed Photography

The best thing of High-Speed Photography is, it “Stop Time” of moments that are hardly seen normally.

A huge load of patience is needed. And some tools such as tripod and narrow aperture. Also you need to use flash while do the shoot.

2. Motion Blur

Motion blur, an art of snatching a moving something. Often used in the sports field, also can be used to create unique images using light. To capture this effect, slow your shutter speed down, then hold the camera button when the subject moves. “Slide” the camera, move it along with the subject before prying the shutter. Keeping the subject stay in the focus, while the object is blurred.

3. Night Photography

There are many beautiful lives that can be caught after dark. For a good quality of night photography, we will need super slow shutter speeds, and a tripod or a sturdy surface to stabilize your camera for long exposures.

4. Lens Flare Effect

Getting a lens to your portrait can be an ugly accident if it’s not planned. Learning to control light bursts is a good way to give your photographs flair a little bit. We can get the effect just by shooting in the direction of the sun and use opposite angles to control the light and make bursts of light near your subject.

5. Zoom Blur Effect

The opaque effect of zoom is a simple way to add a number of “blurred fracture” effects that appear creative to your portrait. To find zoom blur effect, set the shutter speed slow and zoom in or zoom out when prying shutter.

6. Water Drop Photography

Like stopping the time when a drop of water falling, creating unique and artistic images. With this technique you want a small aperture, like f / 11 or f / 14, to keep the water surface focused. Use flash, or the shutter speed is fast as 1/160 or faster to freeze the action.

7. Vintage Photography

Most old portraits have granules that appear inside them because of the different size of halide crystals in film and photo plates. One of the characteristics which made pictures look old.

Older camera capture details and colours less than what common cameras nowadays. Which gave contrast a little less to the photos, made it look softer.

Because film photography is printed using paper and not digitally saved on a computer, portraits will appear to turn yellow gradually because of the paper’s quality. This yellow color becomes a technique that bring nostalgic feeling of one picture.


7 Inspiring Photographers

Photography is similar to any other art, practice makes perfect.

On your journey to hone your skill, experiences are needed, and those experiences include what you could learn from others. Learning from others is always one of the best method there is, merely sharpening your skills. While you doing this, you will get close to your original and unique art. Here are a few names that might be your inspire you.

Annie Leibovitz

She is one of the world most famous photograph artist. She starts her shooting career working with The Rolling Stones, doing her job with them at around 10 years, then moving to another place. She took a few publications shoot but she did most of it with Vanity Fair. Try to get the latest edition of their magazine, She probably the shooter of a number of the pictures there. She has photographed every celebrity that you can imagine and what distinguishes her from others is her style, lighting in particular. She uses a very contrasting radiation setting that produces images that are almost expressionless. The photos are very easy to recognize if you study deeply of her art, even for a little. The consistency of your art is a good skill, thats mean your work will get recognized easily.

If you wish to follow Annie Leibovitz’s path, try to mastering lighting technique. Even though studio lighting’s impression is a little hard, it’s a good price to pay. Special Lighting itself is not that expensive. Just find a good brand from the market with a very good price. In the end, what you need is compatibility with your gears.

Gregory Crewdson

The work of this man is a grand one. Imagine the richest portrait ever made and, he finished it. He becomes a familiar photographer because of this right proposition. He drains even millions to make one photo, all used for a single image. He studying large-scale equipment and continued to grow big. He applies everything, from broken hydrants to removing all setting manually to add this view. Using a large camera to scoop up deeper that occurs in each of the events and then make large prints. I just said for you are a technique to know profoundly and get photographs by sharing directly.

Ideas organize unique scenes at length. We don’t need a large sum of money or a large number of tools to make something that amazed people. I suggest starting by recreating a number of Gregory’s photos and try out something out of your own imagination.

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon originated from New York. Specialized in portrait, and also fashion. Becoming a well-known photographer after taking a large number of publications photos. In The American West is our main discussion here. He traveled to all countries to photograph many interesting photos of ordinary people. He will put a white cloth on the building and even a static background. His assistant will constantly relocate his large 8×10 camera when he interacts with the subject. He keeps walking, and take a portrait of finding spectacular expressions of the people facing his camera. A little close to Crewdson’s work, the Avedon prints this at most big. Details in each of the fantastic images.

While some people write this works as a mockery of blue-collar, it gives beautiful light to the profession of these people. It is offered to them, and they are not used to it and feel the experience live. The images are the most magnificent arts there is. He choose several people carefully, with their own uniqueness and captures the beauty of it. These photos are the most valuable drain time to see.

Elliott Erwitt

Moving on from large photography, He, in particular, takes pictures on 35mm cameras. Originated from France and move to The States for study. Sharpened his skill inside the US Army. Elliott concentrates not a little on street photography, known as of the smartest street photographers who have ever graced the earth. The pictures are solid and funny as well. If you choose street photography, you find your role model!

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier becomes a well-known photographer after her death. In 2007, someone purchased a bunch of negative films and films that had not been developed from the auction. A little did he know the contents would be thousands of images immediately by a famous artist, with the name of Vivian Maier. Vivian lives her life as a caregiver. She especially took pictures on a 6×6 lens camera and accompanied her wherever she went. She photographed anything she likes while strolling the streets.

Even though she is a loner and strange, his picture does not match her side. Vivian dares to indicate a stranger looking directly facing her camera. Imagine what people think when they watch a caregiver point a camera to them. The most obvious thing is that the photos seem to come from a different era. Watch the work, looks like a picture that was taken in 1930 or 1940 era, while the photos was taken far later. Watch Finding Vivian Maier to study more about her.

Steve McCurry

Producing one of the greatest photographs of National Geographic. McCurry’s career sky-rocketed when he slipped into Afghanistan. He successfully sneaked film rolls abroad by attaching it into his clothes and the pictures became familiar.

His best photo titled “Afghan Girl”, a simple photo of a young girl. Hard to explain how extraordinary the portrait is. Something is just so unique about it. The World find it unique as well and it becomes a legendary photograph of National Geographic. Later on, he tried to copy the portrait by taking a photo of the very little girl, but it did not give the same vibe. Steve McCurry still kicking as a photographer nowadays, spending his life taking pictures of common folks.

Dorothea Lange

She was a documentary photographer, famous for her art in the era of depression. She worked in the Agricultural Security Administration which documenting people in the early 1930s and captured her very famous photo around this time. The photo titled Migrant Mother reflects a mother with her two children in a leaning tent. She told Lange, they lived on frozen veggies and birds they captured from the fields. One of the most surprising and iconic image.