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Things That Make Your Photos Look Less Attractive

Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On November - 17 - 2017
Aslant horizon line

Aslant horizon line

When we are in the same location or position and we would like to immortalize what we see on camera, sometimes, we unconsciously make several mistakes. Though they are not fatal, but the impacts on the photos we take will look less interesting. Even though we can later fix those errors using software editing like Photoshop, but isn’t it better to start avoiding those mistakes. Because there are times when we use software for editing, some objects that we like to highlight are disturbed. That is why we need to recognize then avoid several things that can make our images look less attractive here.

Aslant horizon line
This commonly happens when we take landscape image or scenery. Landscape image with the view of the aslant horizon line will make the people who see it feel that there is something odd about that image. Because the first thing they see is the photo’s position, whether it is upright (portrait) or fall down (landscape). When the position is known, people will start to pay attention to the details of the image that we make, except when we deliberately want to highlight the aslant horizon for a particular purpose.

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Tips on How to Avoid Camera Theft during Travels

Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On November - 17 - 2017
How to Avoid Camera Theft

How to Avoid Camera Theft

Travelling won’t feel complete without including your trusty camera in your packing. However, the value (both in the price tag and sentimental value) you carry along when you bring your camera means you’ll need to an extra dose of vigilance when bringing them along. Don’t let your guards down just because you’re too absorbed with your travel, making your camera vulnerable to theft.

The following are a few tips you should take note of to avoid any worst-case scenarios from happening when you’re travelling:

1. Don’t ever leave your camera unattended inside the hotel. Even if you stay at a luxurious hotel with a high level of security, you should never take the risk.

2. If needed, and if you feel that the gear you’ve brought is quite pricey, you should notify the hotel of the pricey goods you’ve brought (in writing) during check in. This can be useful in case of any theft, as a measure to strengthen evidence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips: Photographing Orchestra Concerts

Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On November - 16 - 2017

Photographing Orchestra Concerts

Photographing Orchestra Concerts



Concerts are different than other types of musical events due to several of its characteristics. In addition to generally displaying classical music, concerts have aspects that can become constrictive to photograph.
The most important thing when it comes to photographing concerts is that the camera can’t be too noisy and the photographer can’t move around while a score is being played. The audience are generally concentrating on the concert itself and aren’t very keen in taking pictures.

Therefore, high-powered cameras such as the Canon EOS 1D or the Nikon D3 should not be used. The sound the shutter makes is too prominent. Use cameras with low shutter noise. You should be able to judge for yourself which are appropriate.

The second most important thing is; you as the photographer can’t move around while photographing. So it’s better you arrive early and position yourself in the most advantageous spot. However, official appointed photographers are usually the only ones allowed to photograph during a concert. If you are an appointed official, plan your photo shoot carefully. But don’t forget: shoot as little as possible to avoid interfering with the concert proceedings. Addition photographs can be taken when the music is loud (and would overshadow the sound of your shutter being triggered).
As a general technical guide, use ISO setting of around 400 to 800, and try to use a lens with a wide opening such as an f2.8. Pack both a telephoto and wide lens, both are equally needed.

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Tips and Tricks on Capturing the Shots of Cityscapes

Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On November - 16 - 2017
Singapore Cityscape

Singapore Cityscape

Cityscapes or city sceneries are one of the most interesting objects of photography.
With a correct method, we can present the beautiful urban development with a stunning view on an image. Not only the good side of it, but some photographers are capable of taking snaps of the traffic and the city under flood and making them look amazing.

In order to be able to snap the city look or cityscape and to create satisfying results for ourselves or others, it is better to pay attention to the following tips here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips on photographing motorcycle or car races

Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On November - 15 - 2017

Tips on photographing motorcycle races

Tips on photographing motorcycle races


Photographer: Quinn Rooney

Photographing a motorcycle race isn’t easy and requires a special expertise. Split-second moments and various technical photographing conditions become hindering factors for the photographers. Here are 9 tips to better photograph a motorcycle race event. These tips can also be applied to other sports events that involve high speeds. I hope they’ll be useful:

1. Camera mode
To simplify use when shooting, set the camera to the Aperture Priority mode (AV on Canons and A on Nikons). Set it at the widest aperture (indicated by the smallest number), with a medium ISO setting (such as ISO 400). This is to ensure a fast enough shutter speed to capture the racers’ movement, minimalizing blurs.

2. Servo focus
Usually, there are several auto mode focus options on a DSLR camera. On Canons, for example, there are 3 auto focus modes consisting of AI Shot, One Shot, and AI servo. If you are photographing objects in constant movement, motorcycle racers in this case, it’s highly advisable that you use the AI-Servo mode (AF-C on Nikons). The AI-Servo/AF-C is an auto focus mode where the DSLR will constantly track the movement of the object as long as the shutter button is pressed halfway. Read the rest of this entry »

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