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Wednesday, 31-May-2006 12:37 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A simple photography article.

 
Effective usage of a polarizing filter

A useful addition in any camera bag is a polarizing filter.

In tropical Malaysia where we are blessed with sunlight all year round, A polarizing filter is used to remove reflections from a shiny surface and make blue skies darker, but what exactly is a polarizing filter and how best to use it?

What is a Polarizer filter?

A polarising filter only allows light to enter the lens in a specific direction whilst absorbing other light. by polarizing the light reflected from the surface it permits the actual subject to be viewed without reflections.

To obtain this effect you need to shoot with the camera at approximately 90 degree to the sun where the effect is at its maximum. If used when the sun is directly behind or in front of you there will be little or no visible effect.

If has no effect whatsoever if use during cloudy or hazy days.



Intensify colour.

Even though a primary function of a polarizer is to eliminate glare and reflected highlights (from leaves in foliage, for example), it also helps increase colour saturations as well. While this effect is easily achieved in many image editing programs, the aforementioned programs still cannot eliminate glare. It is a good workflow during post processing to get the image spot on for minimal touching up later.

Circular or Linear?

No, it does not tell you the physical shape of the filter itself. Instead, it is to denotes the type of polarizing filter itself. Most brand available in the market today is the Circular type polarizing filter. It is easily recognizable by the lettering ‘C-PL’ on the outside diameter of the filter ring. All autofocus assist camera must use circular type as it is designed with AF sensors in mind.
For manual focus camera, the cheaper Linear type will do just fine, though the C-PL one still works as well.

Problems using a polarizing filter

With wide angle lens, you will get uneven polarizing effect. It is advisable to use it without stacking it with another filter, such as skylight/UV filter(s) for fear that it mmay degrade the polarizing effect. Stacking up filters may induces vignetting, the darkening of the corners of the image to to the combined depth of the stacked filters.

Sometimes, especially in bright mid day light, the use of a polarizer will results in slightly ‘cold’ looking metallic sky, an effect some may found unsightly.

But please experiment shooting with a polarizing lens and see the result for yourself.

Have fun shooting.

P.S. If you have any question about photography, do drop me a line @ tedadnan@gmail.com, I shall try my best to reply soonest possible. I do have to work for a living too, you know

P.P.S. Images on this post was taken with a DSLR.

Details of a FREE Ted Adnan's Lighting Workshop here @ http://ted.fotopages.com/?entry=809777





Tuesday, 30-May-2006 02:23 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Zarith...

A new talent, yesterday...
Introducing a new talent, Zarith. Shot in the Whiteroom @ Candid Syndrome.



Do not let the thumbnail fool you tho. Zarith has a bubbly personality, I foresee that she will do well in whatever career she so chooses.

To see more, click --> here<---

Want to have a modelling portfolio shoot? Do contact me as follows:

TED ADNAN
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DO have a look




Wednesday, 24-May-2006 05:24 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Read this thread :)

 
An available light portraiture.

Backlit with reflector to throw some light back onto her face.
Note the highlight on her lower part of the pupil, thats da clue.

A studio strobe portraiture;

4 strobes, main with softbox from the right , fill in on the left and key light from the back.
Strobe number 4 (aimed at an angle to the background cloth) is not a studio strobe but an Nikon SB-26 flash gun with its built in sensor slave.

Decide for yourself, which is better and why? I know which one i prefer more *grins*

On that note, do read this thread about a FREE Ted Adnan's Portraiture Lighting Technique workshop @
http://www.photomalaysia.com/forums/showpost.php?p=199493&postcount=30

Applicable to PhotoMalaysia.com forum members only.

TED ADNAN
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Tuesday, 23-May-2006 02:51 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Birding trip @ Fraser's Hill...

Birding photogs @ Fraser's Hill, yesterday...
Just got back from Fraser's Hill. Master TseChien & Master Nelson are both birding gurus from Penang Island. Compared to them, my birding skills are just a mere drop of mist in an ocean of knowledge.

See their pic here @ http://www.photomalaysia.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12183&page=4

Saloon type birding photographer uses baits and sometimes starved birds for days to get their shots. By its very nature, saloon type photography are posed. I have no problem with that tho, as the nature of MY commercial work are posed also

But inflicting cruelty to animals in order to get a 'perfect' shot is amoral and unethical. Diving bird catching fish in an aquarium shot are so not politically correct, perfect lighting not withstanding. And I do admire great lighting I must add.

But what do I know about saloon photography? I am just a mere commercial photog who shoot what the Clients want

TED ADNAN
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website: http://www.tedadnanphotography.com
e-mail: sales at tedadnanphotography dot com
alternate email: tedadnan at gmail dot com
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Friday, 19-May-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
I am NOT a sifu..

I never did like the tag 'Sifu' that people use on me on their sites and commentaries in FP and various other forums.

IMHO, I just happen to be technically proficient with studio lighting and hopefully, my lighting skill produces an aesthetic images for my Clients.

Current trend tend to favour Mr Bazuki and Mr Zainal of Reuters, Mr Saifulnang and a few others. Who am I compared to them? To mentioned my name in the same breadth as their's makes me feel very akward

To see another Sifoo work, drop by http://peterlsc.fotopages.com/ page to see a Master Sports photographer at work. I, am not worthy compared to him.

Oh, Jay @ Kasyah work is exemplary, he has a bright future ahead of him, see his work @ http://jayphotography.fotopages.com/


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