Photography Tip #3 - White Balance (Color Temperature)

So here is a slightly technical tip which will help ALMOST ANYONE improve their photos. This does not only effect people who use expensive camera gear, but in fact, it is more important for those using cheaper cameras.

So here is a picture, can you tell what is wrong with it?

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Maybe you don’t see it yet. But what if I upload the corrected version of this picture.

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Now it makes sense. You’ll probably say, the color is wrong. But more precisely, it was a problem with white balance or color temperature. Most DSLR’s which can shoot ...

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Low Key Wushu Photoshoot

Wushu Concept Photoshoot #2 - Melvin Hseih (Low Key)

So here is the second part of the photoshoot, finally finished processing and uploading. We shot this on the top floor of the Gilman parking structure right as the sun was going down for two main reasons. #1, so that we wouldn’t get caught  playing with swords around too many people, and #2 so that we could get some high key shots with some ambient lighting and low key shots with a 3 point flash setup. The low key shots were definitely harder to take and edit, mostly due to balancing ...

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High Key Wushu Photoshoot

Wushu Concept Photoshoot - Melvin Hseih (High Key)

So I’ve had some photoshoot ideas on my mind ever since this spring quarter. These ideas usually start out as small conceptual bookmarks that I make while going through my daily routine. I’ll be looking through a photoblog or magazine and something will click. Melvin is a good friend of mine. I think we met last year while I was still trying out wushu. We also had some classes together and became more acquainted as I’ve gotten more involved in TASA as well. But he asked me to help him ...

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Photography Tip #1 - What Camera Should I Buy?

So people have been asking me a lot of questions these days about photography. One question in particular that I get almost every time is about which cameras, lenses and other equipment they should purchase. And a lot of times, I really don’t feel like I can substantiate this with an answer without first asking multiple questions myself. Like,

What do you take pictures of? People? Are you the person among your group of friends who is always documenting the moment? Does everyone expect you to be the one uploading and tagging shots on facebook??

Landscapes? Are you always ...

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