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Self Expression

December 7, 2009

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“I think your picture is not sharp”, “I think your picture is a little bit dark”, I think your highlight is blown out”, ” I think you picture has too much noise”. For me this is all “funny comments” not from photographers but I would call them a “Technicgraphers” why? Simply because these kind of people who like to comments about technical aspect of photography fail to realize what photography is all about, a picture is not like an engine or a building where you can measure or judge their performance by technical aspect. Great photography or great picture will work even if they break all the rules, a blurry picture and totally blown out highlight picture will still stand a chance to win a World Press Photo Awards if the picture is GREAT regardless of their lack of technical aspect.

For me it is very simple, a GREAT picture is a GREAT picture and a BAD picture is a BAD picture even though all the technical aspect is perfect in term of composition, lighting, exposure  and etc and etc…

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What Life is All About

December 2, 2009

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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

While We Try to Teach Our Children All About Life, Our Children Teach Us What Life is All About | ( Angela Schwindt )

I think we can learn so much from our children, they really enjoy their present, I mean their time that they have in their hand and I think we should also enjoy our present, while we can plan for our future endeavor, we should never forget to really enjoy our times at hand, the future is not in our hand for sure. If you think there is something that can be done in the present just do it, don’t wait and don’t ever procrastinate, I’ve learn that all, I’m a victim of procrastination.

It is very heartwarming feeling watching my son playing with the leaf and with the puddle of water, everything look so interesting to him, every little-little things simply fascinate him, I wish I’ve a picture like that, a picture of me playing happily but I don’t, all I’ve is a blurry vision about my past, I grew up here in Kuala Lumpur in the late 1970, it is still “kampung” or village by today standard then, we don’t have electricity and we spent less time in front of the television, my television back then use a battery car to power it up and yes it is a black and white television and it is boring to watch. Nowadays children spent so much times in front of the idiot box and rarely have extra physical activity outdoors. To cut the story short, enjoy the present and plan for your future but do really enjoy the present first because the future is not in our hand…

In The Name of Love

October 11, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

HaiQal | Backlighting

September 28, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

When I start as a PRESS photographers among few things that bother photographers is “Backlighting”, whether it came from artificial light source or from natural light, sometimes PRESS photographers will shout or ask politely to their subject to move here and there to block the “backlighting”. Backlighting can cause “flare” that make our subject unclear especially on their face. Sometimes photographers will use flash and most of the times they do use flash to put back light onto their subject face so it does not appear to be dark and it is true that metering is tricky for backlighting.

To cut the story short, I love backlighting but that depend on my subject, as for example on my son pictures above, backlighting really add interest to my son hair, make it glow with rim light, in fact I did position my wife and my son so both of them catch the sunlight. Some of my friends ask me whether I use flash or reflector to fill in the light on my subject face. No I don’t, I don’t use flash and I don’t use reflector, I’m not a fashion photographer and I don’t want my shooting look like a commercial shot.

I took the metering on my subject face, if you are using PROGRAM Mode on your camera without any customization, your subject may appear dark because your camera will try to get some balance between the bright area and dark area of your subject, your camera exposure meter doesn’t know which one is important and which one is not. I rarely use PROGRAM Mode, most of my shooting are on MANUAL, so I took a reading on my subject face and forget the rest. Yes the background will be blown out, sometimes there is no details but in this case, like the picture above, the background is not my focus, so I don’t bother about getting the right exposure for that. There you go very simple and my editing is simple also and you can see I like to get my pictures especially portraiture have warm feeling or tone, during editing I bump up the temperature until my eyes satisfied.

Actually there is a lot of things going on about that picture above, I plan my shots even before I get out of the house, I’m very particular about my subject cloth,  when I see my wife or my son wearing something that I didn’t like, I’ll ask them to change the cloth or there is no photo shooting. For me a great shooting comes from great planning, most peoples doesn’t know what’s get on behind the scene, some people doesn’t bother to look deeply inside a picture and ask themselves why this particular picture work, why this picture grab our attention, why this picture stop us to look at it a little bit longer. that’s is how I view my favorite pictures on the Web, I stop and look and ask my self, why this pictures work and why some others not. That’s how I learn, I learn by looking at a picture, not just looking, but look deeper, thinking and then absorb the knowledge that can be found on each of a great pictures if we care to look at it more intensely rather than just browsing.

HaiQal | Untitled Expression

September 23, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

I just bought a new lens actually, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 D lens, It’s not an easy decision to make between 50mm G Lens and D lens and after much thought I think 50mm D lens gives me more value for my money, after all good picture is more than just about camera equipment. I’ve been shooting with Nikkor f1.8 for two years already which I bought on August 23rd 2007 and now I need extra speed to capture the light since I like to shoot with natural light and like to shoot under low light photography. This shot was taken at wide open aperture at f1.4 and all I can say is, it was sharp and good enough for me and I’m happy with lens.

To make a decision between 50mm and 85mm wasn’t easy either but after. 85mm was good for portrait if we are shooting outdoor, in the open field for an example but when we are shooting indoor like in the small house, mosque, museum, church where the space is constrain< I think 50mm is more versatile and furthermore I use DX format which gives me approximately 75mm coverage on 50mm lens.

Both 85mm and 50mm have it’s place but for me personally 50mm is more versatile and I’m happy with my decision. If I’ve extra money definitely I will get an 85mm, compared to 70-200mm, it is much lighter and considering I like to travel and planned to, 85mm is on my list… 🙂

Salam Aidilfitri | Salam Silaturrahim

September 18, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Di kesempatan yang ada ini saya ingin mengambil kesempatan mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut hari raya Aidilfitri but teman-teman blogger serta rakan-rakan fotografi dan sesiapa juga yang singgah ke blog saya yang tak seberapa ini. Di sini saya juga ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk memohon ribuan maaf andaikata ada diantara penulisan yang yang mungkin agak kasar ataupun menimbulkan rasa ketidaksenagan hati di kalagan saudara dan saudari, sebagai insan yang lemah saya mengakui kelemahan diri dan dengan ini sepuluh jari disusun memohon maaf di bulan yang mulia ini.

Akhir kata dari saya sambutlah Aidilfitri ini seadanya, jangan membazir dan berlebih lebih, Aidilfitri sememangnya hanya datang sekali dalam setahun namun bukanlah menjadi lesen kepada kita untuk membazir, sama juga dengan fotografi, sekiranya ada dikalangan rakan-rakan yang ingin membeli peralatan kamera yang baru atau pun membeli kamera yang baru, tanya dulu kepada diri denga seikhlasnya akan keperluan barangan tersebut, apakah ianya termasuk dalam kategori keperluan mendesak atau pun hanyalah sebagai peralatan tambahan untuk memuaskan hobi saudara dan saudari tetapi seandainya saudara atau saudari punya wang yang lebih terpulang, bukannya duit saya pun.

Cuma satu jer yang saya sarankan agar jangan berhenti dari menaiktarafkan skill serta ilmu fotografi saudara dan saudari sekalian, dengan bertambahnya ilmu di dada, insyaAllah dengan kelengkapan yang sedia ada saudara dan saudari mampu menghasilkan seni fotografi yang lebih baik dari sebelumnya tanpa membazirkan wang untuk membeli peralatan baru.

Dah macam Khutbah Fotografi pulak, akhir kata, Selamat Berhari Raya bersama keluarga, jangan lupa rakamlah gambar sebanyak mungkin untuk kenangan sepanjang masa…

HaiQal | Happy Birthday My Son

August 22, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Syukur Alhamdulillah My Son HaiQal is two years old today August 22nd 2009 and not to forget, today is also first Ramadhan for all Muslim here in Malaysia and some other part in the world, the fasting month for Muslim. To all Muslim friends out there, happy Ramadhan. About the picture above, it was a recent picture of HaiQal taken on his Birthday. We plan to take him out but it was raining few minutes after the picture was taken and few minutes later my son fall asleep.

HaiQal | The Untitled

August 12, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Enough rant about my experience while attending “Compulsory Adobe Photoshop Course” organize by my department, that’s what you get when you attend a course for free, you are not given a choice, just live with it, but I’m sad because it is tax payers money, the course suppose to make our job easier, faster and more efficient with the knowledge that we gain but if we can’t use the knowledge on our day to day duty, what’s the point of the course?

Back to the picture of my son HaiQal above, in case you were to ask, how do I get the colors. As usual I develop my picture in ACR Adobe Camera RAW simply because I shoot in RAW, I boost the temperature somewhere between 7000 to 8000K, I know it is high temperature but later on I decrease the Vibrance and just push a little bit saturation, all done in ACR. After finishing some basic editing in ACR, later on I do my final adjustment in photoshop, this time I play around with Channel, I just give you some hints only, how to play with Channel, go and figure it out, that’s the only way to learn, you may make some mistake or get some unwanted result but  you will learn along the way. Don’t be afraid to make some mistake and don’t be afraid to try something new.

I like to keep on experimenting, I don’t use any plug-ins, preset or any photoshop action, I did everything from scratch but I do suggest to any of you out there who make bulk editing like wedding for example to use plug-ins, it will increase your productivity and will save you great times, but to get creative and if you have more times to play around and nobody waiting for your art work then you can get creative with photoshop, trust me the excitement of doing the things on your own rather than using plug-ins is different because you know what you are doing rather than let the “Software” do the thinking. Taking a picture yourself is not the same as giving order to other photographers to get the picture. Same like if you pay someone to get a picture on the other part of the world, yes you get the picture but you don’t get the experience of being there. But sometimes we need to work smart rather than work hard, you be your own judge and you draw your own line…

HaiQal | The Next Photographer

July 23, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

As usual I was a little bit late to update my blog, this past few week I was quite busy with my Mini Photoshop Workshops for a small group of people. The reason Why I do my Mini Photoshop Workshops is because some people just could not make it into my Official Photoshop Workshop due to time factor and also location. So to those people who have problem about “Time and Location” I suggest to them to email me and let me know when is possible for them to attend my workshops and that is when the idea of Mini Photoshop Workshops start.

About my son picture above, I took that shot on the 22nd of July 2009 when my son is one year and eleven month old, HaiQal will be two years old next August. My son is holding my first digital SLR camera Nikon D70s, I’ve captured many important or historical event with that camera.

Colors Of My Life

April 8, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir