Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Before and After

I wanted to edit pictures last night so I made time to come home early to do just that. After looking at tons of pictures, I decided to concentrate on one folder.

And to make it 'better' I only used textures. Here's my favorite:
This was just a normal snapshot. It was taken with a P & S. The car was moving as I took this picture. And honestly, I would have deleted this picture from the folder if it was not for this and this. It saved this picture. GO AND DOWNLOAD THESE FREE TEXTURE PACKS!!! See what textures can do to your pictures?

Now, before I leave, don't forget this!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Feeling stagnant...

I feel stagnant now. Sort of like having my creativity stuck and not moving an inch. The problem is, I have no time to pick up the camera and take 'nice' pictures. But I will...someday.

****don't bother about the random picture above....I thought it was interesting****

Monday, October 26, 2009

Camera bodies.

How many camera bodies have you gone through? I have gone through the route most first-time Rebel users go though. I started with a Canon Rebel. Sweet. Easy. But it was silver in color.

I had someone telling me to get a camera that was black. More 'professional'. Ha.

Then I sold it a year later. Bought a second-hand 30D from Used it for less than a year.

Sold it. Bought a 40D.

No, I'm not fickle. I just wanted to sell my camera bodies before the value dropped too low. It worked. A little.

BTW, I like periods. You know, the little dot. Dot. Dot

Back to the subject.

I went through a few lens as well. Cheapo lens. The first was the normal 18-55mm. I actually took some nice pictures with it. Can you believe it?

Then whilst walking along a row of camera shops, I bought a 75-300mm. I liked the bokeh that came from is. BUT, it was a terror in low light.

I sold it later. Then I got a 50mm. Loved it. Still love it. At certain times. Now a have a 'cheap' 2.8. Still concluding.

But I have to say, with each body and lens, I took some pretty nice pictures with it.

So, like what they always say, "It's not the camera (or lens) but the person behind it."

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Little brothers and Photoshop

What happens when you send your little (or not so little) brother a picture you took and said, "Go edit this."? He replies with the brightest answer,"How?"

He comes up with this:



Bam, right?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Playing with textures

Go ahead and play around with textures...its fun! And oh, if any body wants to get me this texture pack, I'll be eternally grateful (just kidding ;))

Saturday, September 12, 2009


It has been some time since my last post and it was left hanging. Well, my excuse is that I've been very busy with work.

For the news, to make it simple, I'm now going to post on other stuff as well photography. After a while it gets rather dull for some.

I would post pictures....when I have the inspiration... :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009


There will be some changes to this blog soon. Stay tuned to see what happens.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

People visit and no comments?

I have 105 visitors and no comments. Not a single one. That makes me sad. Please comment if you have visit a few times. It will bring a BIG smile to my face. Thanks! :D

A letter

Dear Camera,

I don’t know how long a time I will spend with you. To me every camera after my first DSLR doesn’t match up to her. She was a wonder. To my untrained eyes then. It made me unsatisfied with each new camera I got. I had to take pictures that were better than the first but it seemed like I couldn’t get it ‘just right’.

I have learned that there is no such thing as ‘just right. Even a ‘spoiled’ can turn out to look like a masterpiece. You have yet to come a long way to match up to my first camera whom I shall now dub as ‘Precious’. I hope she is happy with her new owner. Her owner of more than a year already BUT I’ll never know if he sold her.

But I’m happy with you now…you seem rather sturdy-not exactly pretty but just plain sturdy. That’s good. Plain and simple. But please, tell your boss, Canon to make you a little lighter. Obese babies aren’t in the running.

For now, I’m happy with you. But I think we are both still on probation.


Your owner.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Picking apart my picture

I don't know if I mentally take apart my pictures at times. Honestly, I don't think I'm the sort. If I took a picture which I didn't like, I would just delete it off the hard drive. I am not the sort that would try to figure why I didn't like it.

But for a change, I'll take apart a picture which I took and edited.

But here are some facts which you should know about the pic:

*The timing of the pic was in the late afternoon (after 6pm).
*I'm using a 50mm
*I rested my camera on a rock to take the pic because my hands aren't too steady.

Okie, now to it:

*The picture is too messy.
*The wrong subject is focused.
*Overall, its too messy.

Okay, that's what I think. See, I told you I don't know how to take apart my pictures!

And by the way, does anyone even read my blog??? Just thought to ask. :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Are you taking pictures worth seeing?

    Now, tell the truth, do you look at some people's pictures and silently grimace? I know I do that sometimes. It's sorta like a pet peeve to see blur and under/over exposed pictures on blogs or websites. I know a lot matters on the camera, BUT it is also the photographer. It is sometimes an eyesore to look at blur pictures.

I do not believe what people say about 'there are no bad pictures' quite untrue, actually. I personally skip most blogs which pictures strain my eyes.

So, the root of the matter to take pictures worth seeing- it plays a big part.

Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009


PHOTOGRAPHER. Everyone can claim to be a photographer nowadays (professional or not). With a point-and-shoot (P&S) in their hands, they call themselves a photographer or a 'photographer-wannabe'. I myself shy away from calling myself a photographer/semipro-photographer. Having a SLR in my hands and a small portfolio in my HD doesn't make me a photographer. No matter how 'good' I am, there are always people TONS better than I.

After pondering about attitudes that photographers should have, I have come up with point(ers).

1. Be humble. (You will learn NOTHING by being proud. In fact, you won't learn anything in life by being proud. Accept tips from friends, family and even total strangers, you can learn plenty from them. Don't be offended by criticism- learn from it!)

2. Never stop learning. (The key is never. If you get to the point where you think you are satisfied with you head knowledge, you have read a dead end. Watch it, you photos in time will grow stale. Ignore the tiny voice which whispers, "You know enough...leave it.")

3. Look. (Notice I didn't say "read"? That's because I don't believe you have to read up photography books to become a better photographer. For me, I don't really read photography books. I LOOK at the pictures inside the book. Seriously, I learn more from studying the way the photo is taken than reading big words and numbers. To be honest, I don't know a quarter of the gooblygook of photography language. I use my eye and sense...of course, simple stuff like aperture, shutter speed...etc is known to me. Book knowledge doesn't give you a creative edge or an x-factor.

4. Be patient. (Ohhh...that is something you HAVE to be. Being uptight equals stiff pictures. Be patient and you produce wonderful photos. Be relaxed. Enjoy your time.

Having covered just some thoughts, I'll step into the unknown path and write in simple point form how I learned how to take better portrait photos.

1. Be a people person. Are you someone comfortable to be with? Some people are shy in front of the job is to 'un-shy' (I know, there's no such word) them. Also, if you take photos of kids, you have to get down to their level. Kids can sense if you are afraid of them...must be sixth sense or something. Don't treat them like glass. They're not.

2. Listen to what suggestions your clients and/or friends might have. (As for family, even you don't want to listen, you have to :)). Don't be the ultimate 'god' and 'I know best' about photography. It turns people off.

3. Composition. Rule of thirds, remember? But sometimes rules are meant to be broken. Try it. Break out of your mould.

4. Take 5 or more. Ever heard the saying- "Safety in numbers"? That doesn't only apply to people in groups or such. Take five or more shots of the same pose. There's always a chance of an out-of-focus photo or an overexposed photo. Don't give why to chance. The only thing you have to lose is HD space.

5. Take minor details. Take 'artistic' shots of their hands...or maybe just their eyes. Do they play a 'portable' instrument (violin, cello, trumpet, flute etc…), of so, as them to bring it along. I'm sure they won't mind playing while you take photos of them. Just remember to bring ear plugs.

6. It doesn't really matter what camera you use. It's the person behind the camera, not the camera that 'makes' the photo. True, but please don't expect you $300 P&S camera to take $1200 pictures. It just doesn't work that way. If you are really serious about photography, save up, buy an entry level or used SLR and be amazed at the difference, trust me. Why buy a $900 SLR-like P&S when for just two hundred or more you can buy a new SLR. Or better still, start off on a used (older model) SLR which you can buy for just $250 (body only) there are tons of people out there wanting to sell their old SLR's.

7.Edit. I once believed that editing photos was really cheating. That was before I found the beauty of Photoshop. No, Photoshop is not 'fake' or 'lying' its enhancing. :) A non-edited photo is nice...until you edit it; it becomes "wow". I don't encourage just 'snapping' a shot because- "I can always edit it later"; get it right on the camera first and make it look eye popping later. One rule: DO NOT OVERDO IT. Do not make your photo look like a painting unless that was your final goal.
"Less is always more"

And one more last thing: experiment. Try new thing, check out the different functions in your camera. Try new angles. Try different modes. PRACTICE AND EXPERIMENT.

That's the end of my article. Now, go out and take better photos. Capture tomorrow’s memories.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Set 2 Out!

Okay, after working hard yesterday night, I present to you Tori's Actions Set 2. REMEMBER, these actions will require you to adjust the opacity of the layers. It's simple really. Now, on to the actions.


Lights On

Bright Nature
(it might not seem that there is much difference between Lights On and Bright Nature, but there is...some.)

Positive Slides

Ocean Blue (I just love this, it's!)


Sea Water

And more inside Set 2. Download it and try out!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Back...with more actions...

After taking a break, I am back with more actions! But before the link is given for the actions, let me tell you something about them. After using actions for sometime, I have learned that any actions doesn't work with any picture. Got that?

A wonderful action that works with a pretty nature photo doesn't always go with a portrait picture. BUT, one action that almost always works is a 'boost' action. Like this...
Uppity is a 'tinny' boost action. You can hardly see a BIG difference but it is there. Try it! It gives your picture a little life!

Purple's Pink is one of my favorite! It gives it a nice pinkish look. See!

Scratch that out. I think Chinese New Year is my favorite!

90's Vintage Winter Dreams

And the last: Blueberry Cheesecake!

Oh, the most important thing- the download link!

Click HERE!

Try it all out and experiment! Tell me what you think.

Sunday, February 8, 2009