Trip to Turkey for winner

6 10 2010

The Star Online

SOME 2,000 photo enthusiasts are expected to take part in the annual Canon PhotoMarathon 2010 in Penang on Oct 16.

This is the first time the marathon is being held in Penang since the competition’s inaugural edition in 2007, and participants are in for an outdoor adventure at the George Town World Heritage Site.

The marathon, which will be held from 9am to 8pm, is organised like a treasure hunt with different stations within the vicinity of the island where themes will be handed out to test participant’s creativity and photography skills.

The event is open to all photography enthusiasts using either EOS DSLR or compact cameras.

Participation is free for Canon users but non-Canon users need to pay a RM100 registration fee at the event venue.

Participants will be flagged off from the base at the Tanjung City Marina at Weld Quay and given a few pit-stop locations where they can collect their themes.

After collecting all their themes, they are required to head back to the base to download their photos at the workstations there, then select and submit one best shot of each theme. Participants using other formats apart from CF/SD must supply their own adaptors or drives.

The grand prize for the overall winner is a trip to Turkey for a Photo Clinic and an EOS 1D Mark IV camera.

EOS 1D Mark 4 Camera





Dalami ilmu lensa

6 10 2010

Laporan dan foto NOR HUSAINI NOR MAJID (METRO)

KAMERA jenis refleksi lensa tunggal digital (DSLR) kini umpama satu aksesori atau gajet wajib buat remaja masa kini. Semakin ramai remaja dilihat bersama kamera sedemikian atau bergambar menggunakannya.

Namun tidak ramai tahu secara mendalam fungsi dan penggunaan kamera sedemikian, sebaliknya hanya menggunakannya secara asas.

Di sebalik itu, sekumpulan remaja yang meminati fotografi berusaha ke arah mendalami ilmu serta seni bidang itu.

Seorang daripada remaja berkenaan, Danial Nuruddin Azlan, 16, berkata dia meminati fotografi sejak sekolah rendah kerana tertarik dengan kebolehan jurugambar terkenal merakam detik dan pemandangan indah.

Menurutnya, dia melihat gambar yang dirakam jurugambar berkenaan sebagai hasil seni luar biasa dan memerlukan kemahiran tinggi.

Remaja yang mesra dengan panggilan Danial itu yang menjadikan alam sekitar sebagai inspirasi, turut mendapat sokongan keluarga.

Dia yang turut berkongsi hobi itu dengan adiknya, Dinna Natasya Azlan, 14, sentiasa tidak puas untuk belajar mengenai selok-belok bidang berkenaan kerana dunia seni fotografi sentiasa berkembang sama ada revolusi kamera itu sendiri mahupun kemahiran seseorang jurugambar.

“Saya sebenarnya suka melihat alam sekitar seperti pantai, hutan serta air terjun, dan dengan minat itu akhirnya tercetus pula minat dalam bidang fotografi bila saya mula menggemari aktiviti merakam gambar keindahan alam.

“Dunia fotografi dan hobi baru ini lebih membawa saya untuk bergaul dengan ramai kawan. Jika sebelum ini saya lebih banyak menghabiskan masa di depan komputer bermain permainan komputer, tetapi kini beralih kepada bidang seni sebegini,” katanya.

Danial juga menjadikan karya Michael Yamashita sebagai sumber untuk mendapat ilham dalam menghasilkan gambar menarik.

Menurutnya, dia meminati Yamashita kerana sentuhannya sangat menarik dan banyak bermain dengan unsur alam sekitar.

Dinna Natasya atau lebih mesra dengan panggilan Tasha pula meminati fotografi dan menjadikannya sebagai hobi sejak belajar di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Bukit Gambir.

Menurutnya, minatnya semakin bercambah apabila sekolahnya mewujudkan kelab fotografi dan memberi

“Saya mengikuti kelab ini kerana ingin menambah ilmu fotografi dan juga menghasilkan gambar menarik seperti idola saya iaitu Zainal Abdul Halim, bekas jurugambar Reuters.

“Kalau boleh, saya ingin mengikuti bengkel yang dijalankan oleh Zainal kerana pengalamannya yang luas dalam bidang terbabit,” katanya.

Tasha juga bercita-cita menjadi jurugambar profesional dan mungkin bekerja dengan agensi media terkenal seperti Reuters atau National Geography.

“Sebab itu saya ingin belajar sebanyak mungkin mengenai bidang fotografi supaya satu hari nanti cita-cita saya tercapai dan mungkin menjadi jurugambar wanita pertama di Malaysia bekerja dengan agensi media dunia itu,” katanya.

Seorang lagi rakan mereka yang berkongsi minat sama, Siti Afiqah Hashim, 14, pula meminati fotografi kerana suka melihat gambar menarik di Internet selain jurugambar bekerja, terutama yang merakam detik bersejarah seperti majlis perkahwinan dan perayaan di Malaysia.

Dia yang lebih mesra dengan panggilan Fiqah meminati bidang fotografi potret dan jalanan kerana menurutnya fotografi jenis itu memberi impak mendalam kepada orang yang melihat gambar itu.

Selain merujuk kepada Internet, Fiqah membaca majalah serta buku berkaitan fotografi selain keluar untuk mencuba sesuatu yang di belajar bersama rakan dan ahli kelab.

“Saya selalu melayari laman web seperti Big Picture (www.boston.com/BigPicture) dan Getty Images (www.gettyimages.com) untuk melihat gambar menarik dari seluruh dunia.

“Di samping itu, saya sering bertukar-tukar pendapat dengan rakan seperti Tasha dan Danial dalam mendapatkan idea serta teknik baru fotografi,” katanya.
Ketiga-tiga mereka dan ahli kelab berkenaan kini mendapat tunjuk ajar daripada Azizan Aziz dari Strobist Master yang sering menganjurkan bengkel seni fotografi.





My Facebook

17 11 2009

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Tips : Take Better iPhone Camera Pictures

28 09 2009

iphone1Your iPhone may not be a DSLR, but under the right circumstances it can take some pretty fantastic digital photos. It wasn’t more than five years ago that three megapixel cameras were extremely common in basic consumer photography. Now you have one built into your cellphone! By manually taking the steps most cameras now do automatically, you’ll be able to take digital photos that look as great as any point-and-shoot.

Step 1 – The two most basic differences between an iPhone and a “real digital camera” are noise and flash. Now that the resolution has improved, these are the last hurdles in achieving truly great digital photos. Both of these problems can be taken care of at once by adding more light to your photos. No matter how well lit a picture is, get more light in there! It may look ok on the screen when you’re taking it, but adding more let will allow the phone to shoot faster, clearer digital photos.

Step 2 – Stabilize the camera. Part of the way the iPhone compensates for low light is by taking digital photos slowly. This lets the lens absorb more light to expose the photo. If you move as you’re taking the picture, it’s going to come out blurry. Keep that camera as steady as possible and your digital photos will turn out alright. Brace your arms against your body, or even try holding your breath. Anything to make you move less. Next to setting the camera on something, you best option is to find something to lean on.

Step 3 – Your movement isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. The more the subject of your digital photos is moving, the higher risk of you’ll have of those digital photos turning out blurry. It’s great to strike a pose, but can your subject keep it? Where are they standing? What kind of surface are they on? Are they going to get uncomfortable? Make sure your subject knows they have to stay very still. If all else fails, ditch your friends and go take some digital photos of a rock or park bench. That’ll show them.

Step 4 – The iPhone has some automatic focus, exposure, and white balance features. These are the real tricks for something professionally taking digital photos – and you can use them too. Older phones had to make sure the subject of their digital photos was about 8-10 feet away in order to be in focus. The camera also had to use a small aperture to keep everything in focus, resulting in a darker and more noisy photo. Now you can move your subject a good distanct away from their background, tap directly on them to ensure they’re the focal point of the digital photos, and take the picture.





Zoomer di Facebook

24 09 2009

Anda, kenalan anda atau siapa sahaja boleh bersama kami di Facebook

Hubungi saya, rakan-rakan saya, atau anda boleh mencari rakan2 anda yang telah terputus hubungan sejak berpuluh tahun dulu. Sesiapa juga boleh menjadi ahli – dengan PERCUMA. Hanya klik http://www.facebook.com/noor.azam.aziz





NUJ kesal jurufoto ditangkap dan dikasari

2 09 2009

Sumber: Malaysiakini

Jurugambar akhbar Nanyang Siang Pau, Stanley Tan, sewaktu ditangkap polis

Jurugambar akhbar Nanyang Siang Pau, Stanley Tan, sewaktu ditangkap polis

Kesatuan Kebangsaan Wartawan Malaysia (NUJ) kesal dengan tindakan polis yang didakwa memukul jurugambar akhbar Nanyang Siang Pau, Stanley Tan, sewaktu menangkapnya pagi tadi.

Stanley ditugaskan untuk membuat liputan usaha ADUN Pakatan Rakyat untuk masuk ke bangunan Sekretariat Kerajaan Negeri (SUK) Perak, untuk mengadakan sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN).

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, majlis eksekutif NUJ berkata Stanley hanya menjalankan tugas profesionalnya sebagai seorang jurugambar.

“Anggota polis yang dikatakan memukul Stanley Tan harus tahu bahawa jurugambar itu memakai kad pengenalan media,” kata Presiden NUJ, Norila Daud.

Katanya, tindakan kekerasan oleh anggota polis yang menangkap Stanley “mencerminkan dia tidak langsung menghormati undang-undang”.

“NUJ juga tahu bahawa pihak polis berada di situ untuk menjaga undang-undang, tetapi jurugambar itu bukan sebahagian daripada pihak yang mencetuskan masalah di situ,” tambahnya.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, NUJ menggesa pihak polis supaya tidak melakukan kekerasan ketika menjalankan tugas mereka, terutama apabila pihak media juga perlu menjalankan tugas mereka.

Stanley adalah antara tujuh orang yang ditangkap polis pagi tadi.

Tiga daripada mereka adalah ADUN Pakatan Rakyat – Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham (Setiawan), Keshvinder Singh (Malim Nawar) dan Chang Ming Kai (Simpang Pulai). Tiga lagi yang itangkap ialah orang awam.





Goo-goo, Gaa-gaa! Awww, SO CUTE!

30 08 2009

Source: The Malay Mail

Candid shots of babies bring the sweetest memories

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In this digital age, running businesses online has become the norm. From rare collectibles to services, they’re all just a click away.

Two mothers, Low Soo Lyn (better known as Sue) and Jasmine Chong, turned to the blogosphere for just that.
These women are self-taught photographers who started indulging in photographing babies and children some three years ago.

They are just so lovable and adorable, cooed the working mums.

Jasmine has two children while 32-year-old Sue has three. They prefer to remain behind-the-camera and have requested not to have their mugs featured.

2pixel-2Regardless, taking a look at their artistic shots at http://two-pixels.net, you can’t help but fall in love with the plethora of shots Jasmine and Sue have done.

“It all started with Sue’s idea of  taking photographs of newborns for friends. Thereafter, we decided to take this little hobby of ours to the next level,” said Jasmine, 31, about the birth of their photoblog, which is very young, only nine months old.

“Now, we not only photograph newborns but we also take pregnancy shots, family photos and pictures of young children. This is simply because photographing the newborn is still a very new concept for Malaysians and many times, parents are very skeptical about stripping down their babies,” explained Jasmine.

“Most of our customers are referrals from friends or blog hoppers. Initially, we started off with a circle of new mums, whom we got to know via the blogsphere, and they helped spread the word around.

“Nowadays we are looking at customers who reached us via the World Wide Web,” said Jasmine. What’s so unique about Two Pixels, said the mums, are their shooting locations.

The first is an outdoor spot near the client’s home and the other is an indoor locale in the home.

“We believe that everyone is most comfortable in their home, which is why we want photographs to be taken at home, not in a studio.”

Sue and Jasmine do everything themselves – from photographing to post-processing – alleviating any unease and apprehension parents may feel.

Here is how Two Pixels view the blogosphere.

How challenging has it been to set up and maintain  the blog?

The challenges we faced, being two sceptical mums, is our blog design. It took us days to decide the design and colour scheme.

Maintaining the blog itself is also a challenge because we have so many photoshoots back-to-back, but we try our best to keep the blog alive by putting up posts at least two or three times a month.

SMILE! A cute baby photo like this will make anyone's day

SMILE! A cute baby photo like this will make anyone's day

(Both mums also have their own blogs focusing on their kids. Check out Jasmine’s blog at http://jazzmint.net/blog/ and Sue’s at http://lilpeople.net/blog/)

What would you really like to achieve through your blog?

We hope that with this blog we will be able to reach out to more parents and parents-to-be out there to engage our service.

What does “Blogosphere” mean to you?

A network that connects you to countless opportunities

Who is your absolute favourite blogger?

The list is just too long, but we enjoy blog-hopping to various photographers’ websites, mostly to get inspiration and ideas.

What is the foremost feature in the Blogosphere that irritates you?

Spam. We get them day-in, day- out in our blog and they are pretty irritating. Despite the fact that we block IP addresses, new spammers just keep popping up.

If there was someone you could influence to take up  blogging, who would it be?

All mothers out there who are not blogging, start one today! It’s a great way to keep an online journal of our children.

All photos are courtesy of Two Pixels Photography.