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Expression | The UnTitled

August 11, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

I’ve been very busy lately, I’m sorry to keep my Blog idle, just came back from Kota Kinabalu, actually I just have two days in Kuala Lumpur after return from My Photoshop Workshops in Kota Kinabalu on Monday 3rd of August before flying back to Kota Kinabalu again on Thursday  6th for another Photoshop Course organize by my department, it was a compulsory course for the staff in order to expand their knowledge about image editing. About the photo about, it got nothing to do with my new knowledge that I get from “The Government Compulsory Basic Photoshop Course”. I do the editing as usual, with my own style.

What they teach us during the “Photoshop Course” is how to make animation “bouncing ball” with Photoshop, how to make 3D with “Illustrator”, how to make your picture look like a sketch and how to make your “Type” look like a water drops. I don’t need that for my editing, I’m a photographer, all I need is to enhance my picture, to make good picture become great. Animation is not for me, just wasting my time and tax payers money, it was free course for me, that’s why.

My point is this, I hope my department will “Listen Extra Carefully”. Next time if you guys want us to join your “Compulsory Course”, please discuss with us, I’m talking about Photographers here. Only we the Photographers know what we want to learn, what we really need to know in order for us to perform better in doing our jobs, do we the photographers need to spent the whole days learning 3D when we rarely used it. 3D and Animation is not for Photojournalist Photographer, it is only for Animator. What’s is the point of learning the extra knowledge when we barely use it, I guess most of the participant will forget about the 3D by the time we step outside the class returning to our home.

Another thing is about using “Filters” in Photoshop, for me personally it’s a child play, go to filter menu and choose what kind of effect do you want, as simple as that. I’m not blaming the presenter, they have done their job according to what the “Secretariat” want the presenter to teach us and not what we really need to learn. Frankly speaking, the course is really a waste of “tax payers” money. Maybe some people will get benefit from it but I don’t think the course reach their objective.

One last word from me, to teach Photoshop for Photographers, one need a solid background in Photography or better if they are the passionate photographers themselves. If they just know photoshop, what photoshop can do, are very expert in Photoshop but have nothing in mind about the very basic needs of Photographers for Photoshop, then, we are just wasting our time. We are The Photographers in first place, we are not animator, we are not graphic designer, our needs is different. Extra knowledge without any practicality for our job is a waste.

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Portraiture Workshops | Kota Kinabalu

August 4, 2009
Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

This is my first Portraiture Photoshop Workshops in Kota Kinabalu Sabah, a million thanks to my friend Roslee Karim for organizing this workshops under his company Spylens Studio. I was at Kota Kinabalu two days before the workshops just to make sure everything was in working order, making final preparation in Spylens Studio where the editing class will taken place. This is also the first time my photoshop editing class taking place in the studio, previous workshops was in the hotel seminar room and not to mention my “Mini Workshops” taking place in “Coffee Shop” all over Kuala Lumpur.

We start our workshops with get to know session and I’m a bit surprise to know that almost all of them come from”Educational Background”, teachers, lecturers and also those who involve in “Education Environment”. Our photo shoot was a bit late, the sun is high already but we did make the most of the times and the lighting available, yes we just play with natural light, no reflector and no flash. I did not get the best shot but I do believe that most of my student get the best angle and the best expression from the model, I don’t want to make this photo shoot personal, so I just let my participants enjoy their time with the model.

After we have our light snack and tea break, it’s where the fun start, the editing, we head to Spylens Studio to do our editing. Some people just could not wait to edit their picture, this is not photojournalist workshops where minimal editing is all we need but this is “Artistic Editing”, where we enhance our picture just for pure enjoyment and satisfaction, I came from photojournalist background so I do know where to draw the line when it come to editing “Photojournalist Picture” but when it come to personal stuff, for me and for my opinion, the sky is not the limit, we are only limited by our own imagination.

The first thing that I really stress to all the participant is, we must get a great short for a start, Photoshop is not a tools to fix a bad picture but it is a tool for enhancement. To enhance our picture to make it even better and more presentable,  even in those “Darkroom Days” they do the editing in the dark, dodging and burning here and there, to get great contrast and tone between dark area, grey and totally white area. If the picture was printed without any dodging and burning, the picture will look flat, lifeless, even though the picture is great on it’s own, it still need few “editing” in the darkroom to make it more presentable.

To all the participants, thank you very much for your support. Feel free to expand the ideas and the method that you have just learn, let the juice of creativity flow freely.

Portraiture Workshops | Kota Kinabalu

June 25, 2009
Portraiture Workshops | Kota Kinabalu

Portraiture Workshops | Kota Kinabalu

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

PORTRAITURE EDITING WORKSHOPS | 1st August 209The Schedule

  • Ada Dua Sesi | Photo Shooting besama model ( Poster Atas Sekali ) | Shooting sebelah pagi | 3-4 jam.
  • Sesi Kedua Editing | Selepas makan tengahari sehingga malam | Bukan Tengah Malam 🙂

Mengenai Editing :

  • Semua peserta dikehendaki mempunyai asas penggunaan Photoshop, sekurang-kurangnya pernah menggunakan perisian photoshop, sebulan, setahun atau mungkin lebih tapi merasakan masih lagi belum mahir dengan penggunaannya ataupun kurang berpuas hati dengan pengetahuan sedia ada.
  • Untuk makluman semua, saya tidak akan mengajar cara penggunaan Preset, Actions ataupun Plug in, semua editing saya adalah from “Scratch”. Hasil kerja saya yang saudara serta saudari boleh lihat di sini atau di Flickr saya adalah sepenuhnya menggunakan Photoshop sahaja tanpa menggunakan Preset, Action ataupun Plug In, tetapi saya mencadangkan kepada rakan-rakan yang melakukan photography secara commercial untuk menggunakan Actions ataupun Plug In, kerana ianya memudahkan serta mempercepatkan kerja.
  • Saya tidak akan mengajar Asas Photoshop, jadi saya tidak akan menghabiskan masa untuk menerangkan satu-satu mengenai “Tools” yang ada di Photoshop serta kegunaannya.
  • Apa yang akan dipelajari nanti adalah lebih kepada “Menaik Tarafkan” hasil gambar kita ataupun Image Enhancement serta diberi sentuhan Artistik.
  • Antara lain kita akan mempelajari bagaimana untuk menggunakan cahaya semula jadi untuk Portrait serta pemilihan lokasi yang baik untuk model shooting, saudara dan saudari tidak memerlukan Flash untuk sesi Portraiture saya kerana kita hanya akan menggunakan Natural Light.
  • Berkenaan dengan editing pula, sila bawa Laptop masing-masing kerana komputer tidak akan disediakan. Lokasi Editing adalah di Spy Lens Studio milik Roslee Karim.
  • Portraiture Editing | Kita akan mempelajari workflow saya, dari Basic Enhancement sehingga Artistic Enhancement.
  • Kita akan belajar mengenai Penggunaan Layer Mask, penekanan akan diberikan kepada Layer Mask kerana pelajaran seterusnya amat berkaitan dengan pemahaman yang kuat mengenai Layer Mask.
  • Eyes Enhancement | Bagaimana untuk mendapatkan ataupun menaiktarafkan “Catch Light” pada mata.
  • Black and White | Bagaimana untuk menghasilkan Black and White yang mempunyai tone menarik.
  • Tone Color | Bagaimana untuk bermain dengan Tone Warna untuk memberikan gambar kita lebih impak serta menambahkan mood pada gambar, Vintage or Retro feeling into it.
  • TEXTURE | Kita akan belajar mengenai penggunaan Texture pada gambar secara berkesan, saya akan berikan Texture yang biasa saya gunakan kepada semua para peserta secara percuma.
  • Nota | Semua peserta akan diberikan Nota PDF, namun demikian bukan semua yang dipelajari ada di dalam nota tersebut, semua peserta harus membawa buku nota masing-masing untuk mencatat maklumat serta tips-tips yang penting.
  • Secara kesimpulannya, I will teach you how to achieve what you see at my flickr and with a little bit adjustment here and there, hopefully you will find your own way or your own style.

Pendaftaran | Pertanyaan Booking :

  • Hubungi Roslee Karim di Nombor 016 8317174 | Email : rosleekarim@gmail.com
  • Workshops Fee : RM400.00
  • Boleh bayar kepada : Spylens Photography – Public Bank : Account No : – 3 9 8 6 1 3 6 5 2 4 | Emailkan slip bayaran kepada rosleekarim@gmail.com
  • Deposit RM100 atau lebih boleh bayar kepada Roslee dan baki selebihnya pada hari Workshops.
  • Sekiranya masih mempunyai sebarang pertanyaan boleh hubungi Roslee di Facebook Roslee Karim atau boleh juga gunakan ruangan comment di sini.

Driven By Desire | Mount Kinabalu

February 27, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

I’m really sorry for my long absence here. I was back here in Kuala Lumpur last Monday 23rd Feb but I was too tired to write anything, in fact I haven’t burn all those Sabah picture especially my Mount Kinabalu to DVD yet at the times of this writing. Still too damn tired and all my body still not fully recover yet, soreness all over. The climb was tough, it may not the highest mountain in the world but it’s still not so easy to climb for a sedentary guy like me, unless you are an adventurous person who climb mountain here and there and climbing a mountain is your yearly ritual, that should not be too tiresome for you.

I’m still adjusting to normal boring working life after spending a week traveling here and there each and everyday during my stay in Sabah. The climb just took two days two complete with one night stay at Gunting Lagadan Hut, it was cold up there, the place that I’m staying doesn’t have a heated room unlike Laban Rata Rest House, which have a heated room.

Climbing a mountain is not for everybody, but to those who have a desire to do so, not many people like to leave the comfort of their home to enter the wild. I was told by our Mountain Guide Mr Fendi that, a large numbers of climbers come from a foreign country especially Australia, more than thousands of people climb Mount Kinabalu every year. Mount Kinabalu is not technically difficult to climb but never ever under estimate or take it for granted, you still need a good stamina to climb it, not everybody who climb Mount Kinabalu reach the summit. The weather can change dramatically up there, the wind can be so strong than can pose danger to climbers. You still need to train few month in advance prior to your climbing and not to mention, to book early as early as five month ahead because the space at Laban Rata can finish up very quickly.