Posts Tagged ‘Photo Outing’

Photographic Expedition | Belum – Temengggor

October 28, 2009

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Photo above taken during Belum – Temenggor Photographic Exspedition on 23rd to 25th October 2009 organize by Emkay and Institute Perak Darul Ridzuan. Thanks a lot to Azrul Affandi from Beritah Harian through Photoskool for inviting me to this event, I really have so much fun there.

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Candid Moment

October 20, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

This picture is not in our photo shoot agenda or in our plan, actually we were just finish our shooting and take a break, having a cup of tea or coffee, so while we are having our drink, I notice that the lighting was perfect and the mode was there, so I captured it, I mean the model, shooting continuously with my camera until the model doesn’t bother anymore, so I get this shot, a quite moment in a very crowded situation, there were seven photographers and two  models at the table, so you can imagine the situation, it is quite noisy actually. This is among my favorite shot from the outing even though it is not in our original plan…

Photoshop | eBook | Getting The Tones

October 15, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Some people may like it and some people may hate is especially those who are too concern about perfect skin tone. So my e-Book is not for them, my e-Book is for those who have never fear to express themselves. Colors play an important part in our life, some people doesn’t care to pay for a higher price on their cars for a specific colors and design, the car and engine is still the same but they make a big decision on colors. For me personally I’m very particular about colors, like choosing my camera bag, I’ve a Crumpler bag, and I don’t like black so I’ve to wait for a few month to get my colors, something in between Grey and Green.

My point is people can be so choosy about colors. back to my color tone and why I like to play with tone is this, very simple explanation, certain colors really can enhance a mood on a pictures, all pictures, sometimes mute or fade colors picture work great with portrait where there is some kind of emotional feeling into it, for an example a picture of an old man looking through out of a windows, longing for something, this type of a picture will work great without too many colors that will distract a viewer from “the mood”. So either convert those picture onto black and white, sepia or just fade their colors a little bit will do the job, will bring our attention straight to “the mood”, to the “feeling” of loneliness.

We should know when the colors may work and when the colors can become a distraction. For a light heart moment or some kind of a warm feeling I like to add more yellowish or orange tinted colors on my pictures to create more “warmth feeling” onto it. It is not as simple as add more yellow or just bump up the saturation, you won’t get that kind of tones, I’ve try that, so my e-Book will guide you through how to get that kind f tones. I’ll show you the way, the way that most people can understand, as simple as it can be.

Lately there is a trend where people especially here in Malaysia are more aware or starting to pay close attention to the tones, I’ve often get comments something like this, “Nice Tones”. It’s not easy to describe about “Nice Tones” you just absorb it unconsciously. People in United State or from European Country have been using the tones long time enough, from film to digital, I like their tones and it is not because I want to be something like them but I want my picture to have a “feeling”. Normal picture without any color tones into it, is just normal, maybe it is a picture of sadness but without the right combination of colors, the mood wasn’t so strong. For an example a picture of a crying with a bright colorful cloth and a picture of a crying child in black and white will have a different kind of mood, sure enough the picture in a black and white  hold much stronger emotional feeling than those in a bright colorful photograph, even though it is same kind of a picture, the feeling is not the same.

Colors can show happiness and colors also can also show sadness. Our life can be so colorful or just monochromatic…

I will update about my e-Book on the next blog update , about the price, few tips and tricks about using it and also how to get it. Stay tune…

My Universe

August 17, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Sometimes we need to think outside of the box in order to be creative. This things is pretty simple to do, all it takes is a little bit of imagination and just few Photoshop tricks here and there, no I’m not doing the hard work with the Globe, with the help of a “Website” I manage to do this and the key words here is TAGGING, at the meantime, I’ll let you wondering and thinking how I did this because I believe if you can read this that’s mean you have access to the internet and you can get the answer pretty easily. All I did is to add the stars and the lighting effect, the rest is made by the “Mechanism”.

Everybody need a quick answer nowadays, use plug in here, plug in there and use preset and action and later on called it “ART”. It is up to you if you consider whether some work is Art or not, about my picture about, it is not art, just pure playing with my pictures but the “Art” comes into play when we think outside of the box and put outside elements to make this things a little bit more interesting. I got the “Stars” from Google Earth. A lot of younger generation nowadays are too lazy to read after they graduate thinking that they have known everything in the university, how wrong they are. I’m saying this as my personal experience and just my personal thought. You may have your own, I mean by not reading is, not reading education material, not something like love novel that most people read, I mean a lot of younger generation nowadays read less education material, just few of them do.

How many people buy and read photography books other than magazine, maybe some of you say that photography books is expensive, how about your camera? I think your DSLR is so much expensive isn’t it. Buying expensive camera equipment without the knowledge of handling them and use them the way it should be is a waste of money, just remember, people can steal your equipment but not your skills and knowledge. My point is spent some extra money on education, buy some books about photography or anything that might interest you. Learn from other experience photographer. We cannot meet all the great photographers out there face to face but we can “Listen” to their story and experience through their books.

In photography we need to practice and practice in order for us to improve our skills but if we keep on pressing our shutter blindlessly without any clear vision, we are not making any photograph but just taking picture. If the photographers who have some knowledge in his head, he will be able to focus more clearly, see the vision ahead of him even before he lift the camera to his eyes. I’ve met many great local photojournalist who have a clear picture about a picture that they need to shoot even before they get out of the office, by the time they get their assignment from their Boss, they have a “Clear Vision” about how they are going to Photograph The Assignment.

UNIKL MIAT | Portraiture Workshops

August 16, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

This is my second Portraiture and Photoshop Workshops held inside University campus, my first Workshops in the University is at International Islamic University Malaysia Gombak, thanks to Mastermind the person who responsible for inviting me to conduct the workshops. This time the workshops taking place in the University Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology at Dengkil Selangor. A million Thanks to Mr Faizal Sharif, Lecturer and advisor for Click and Snap Club of UNIKL for inviting me to do a workshops there for his student.

It is an honor for me to share my experience with a group of talented young people there. There were more than thirty student participating in my workshops. Thanks again to Mr Faizal Sharif introducing me to his student, actually I did not have to introduce myself further to the student before I start the workshops because Mr Faizal already introduce myself perfectly. Actually I wasn’t good at public speaking and for me to speak in front of large group of people make me a little bit nervous but after few minutes getting to know some of them, I can get into the mood and thanks again to Mr Faizal for assisting me.

We start our workshop with a brief explanation abut how to get a good portrait and I tell them, the best way is to keep it simple, in portrait, the most important thing is the person so please do try to avoid any unwanted distraction in the background unless you are doing some environmental portraiture which you need to get the background also in order to complete the story, to complement the portrait so people who see your picture will know a bit about the person we photograph, like for an example in the photo above, we can call that an environmental portraiture, the person in the picture have something to do with the plane, he is a student of an Aviation technology, people can relate the portrait and the background.

Some portrait we can arrange and some of them we can’t and when that thing happen we need to position ourself in order to get a good picture of that person, usually this kind of thing happen in photojournalism. The other thing that we need to pay attention is the light, where the light is coming, I’m talking about natural light here, if we use flash, than it is different story but still you need to know how to play with the flash otherwise your picture will look flat. After less than an hour of explanation about how to get a good portrait shot we have some light snack and after that, portraiture session in the hangar with the plane.

The hangar was so big and there were few aircraft there and among them is a Skyhawk, our time was very limited simply because we want to concentrate more on editing and with only just one hour to shoot is not enough because there were too many participants but I hope they get the idea and will continue shooting on their own at their own free time. The light from outside shining through the hangar was quite bright so we do not need a flash for our photo shoot, just natural light as our light source. Actually I do have  a lot of ideas for the photo shoot but because of time constraint I hope we can have another opportunity to shoot there once again.

After we got a couple of shot we get back to the hall, a big hall actually to do our editing, I was told by Mr Faizal that most of the student already have some basic about using Photoshop so he told me not to focus too much on basic tools. I start my editing process in RAW, like the way I always does, and I know most of them have never shot RAW or maybe this is the first time they heard about it and some of them have never open a “Bridge” before, “Bridge” has many useful feature actually beside acting like a browser it can also do some batch processing, renaming files, add metadata and keywords to our photos and it make our job a little bit easier in term of navigating our photos for editing. I wish I’ve more times explaining a little bit about “Bridge”.

Back to he editing, I told the student that ACR or Adobe Camera RAW is something just like Adobe Lightroom but it has less feature compared to Lightroombut still for simple basic editing, Lightroom will do unless we want to do some heavy processing with multiple layers than we need Photoshop. After ACR, I just across to Photoshop telling them how to boost color saturation using “Adjustment Layers”. We can do the editing directly to the layers itself but by using “Adjustment Layers” we have more flexibility in term of manipulating them, “Adjustment Layers” for me is “Non Destructive” editing, we can always go back and forth to our editing by using “Layer mask” that automatically created if we choose to use “Adjustment Layers”.

I spent more time with them explaining the important of “Masking” and it is The Key to many possibilities. If we can Master the “Layer Mask” our job will become easier and we can be more creative with our editing. Basically “Masking” is the concept of hiding something that we don’t want to get affected by adjustment that we make, for an example let’s say we have two layers, on the bottom one is colors pictures and on the second or top layers is the same picture but we turn it into Black and White. So we have two layers, one with color and the other one is in Black and White, by putting a “Masking” on the Black and White layer with a “Black Mask” we hide the Back and White and we can only see the color picture below but is we paint the “Black Mask” with a white color using brush, it will reveal some part of the Black and White itself, if we just painted a small part of it. Basically that’s it, the rest we need to open our mind and keep on exploring and think outside of the box. For me alone it took more than few month to really grasp what The Masking and Layer Mask is.

I hope all the student can explore on their own and about the editing just like photography you need Passion in order to excel. Each and everyday there will be newcomer in the photography arena, we need to get extra knowledge and skills to be different but not for the sake of being different but for personal satisfaction, at least you know that you have something that nobody have and be proud with our artwork.

To all the participant and student of UNIKL MIAT, I wish you all the best with your studies and even though Photography is just a hobby to some of you, try to make it interesting and be proud of your work. To Mr Faizal, A million thanks to you for giving me the opportunity to conduct a small workshops for the Club and thank you also for picking me up from Putrajaya and back to Putrajaya again even though it was a little bit longer on our journey back to Putrajaya, at least we can share some thought during the ride. Once again I wish all the best to You Mr Faizal, your Photography Club and student of UNIKL Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology, I know you all can really Flying High…

Expression | The UnTitled

August 11, 2009
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© 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.

Classic…

March 30, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Heritage Trail Photography Workshops | POSTPONED

February 13, 2009
Heritage Trail Photography Workshops

Heritage Trail Photography Workshops

HERITAGE TRAIL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS : POSTPONED

7th March | Alor Star Kedah

Konsep Workshops Photography kali ini lebih menjurus kepada “Travel Photography”, bagaimana bermain dengan komposisi, sudut kreatif dan sebagainya, kita juga akan mempunyai model untuk sesi ini nanti, bukan model wanita tapi dari Pemilk Basikal Tua, rasanya lebih mencabar daripada kita mengambil gambar model wanita yang dah sememangnya cantik.

Target untuk photography workshops kali ini lebih kepada beginner, bukan juga untuk mereka yang baru sehari dua membeli kamera, tetapi untuk sesiapa sahaja yang merasakan diri mereka masih lagi ditahap beginner, kalau dah advance pun nak join, silakan, saya tiada sebab untuk menghalang sekiranya bayaran telah dibuat, tetapi jangan harapkan sesuatu yang “Advance” untuk workshop kali ini.

Editing pula, kita akan menyentuh atau memberi penekanan kepada sudut “Portrait”, sebenarnya kalau kita tahu teknik editing yang betul serta yang tak betul maksud saya “Creative Editing”, gambar apa pun kita boleh edit, cuma penekanan lebih kepada “Portraiture” kerana sebahagian besar gambar yang kita ambil adalah melibatkan gambar orang, jarang sekali kita mengambil gambar pemandangan yang kosong tanpa unsur kemanusiaan semata.

Kita akan belajar bagaimana untuk menaikkan “Seri” gambar, contrast, cropping yang bersesuaian, sedikit tentang “Black and White” dan lebih penekana kepada penggunaan “Layer Mask”. Saya banyak bermain dengan “Layer Mask” untuk setiap editing saya, dengan secara mudahnya, saya akan dedahkan cara saya mengedit gambar sebagaimana yang saudara dan saudari lihat di Flickr saya. Saya hanya memberi saudara Idea, selebihnya terpulang kepada saudarta dan saudari kerana sentuhan editing masing-masing tidak akan sama walaupun kita belajar dari guru yang sama.

Apa yang saya harapkan kepada bakal-bakal peserta bengkel saya kali ini, “Learn to Explore”, Berfikirlah di Luar Kotak, jangan terlalu terikat dengan apa yang saya ajar, ianya hanyalah sekadar panduan semata, selebihnya kena “Explore” sendiri, saya tidak menggunakan “Action”, “Preset” dan juga “Plug In” untuk semua editing saya. Kita akan belajar menggunakan Photoshop sepenuhnya…

Bengkel ini saya adakan dengan kerjasama saudara  MZAIDI

Saya akan berada di Kota Kinabalu Sabah dari 16hb Feb hingga 23hb Feb, kemungkinan besar saya tidak dapat membuat sebarang update tentang workshops ini, untuk sebarang pertanyaan dan maklumat lanjut sila hubungi saudara Mzaidi : 019 5112662

Tentative Program :

  1. 9:00am-12:00pm –  Photography Shooting ( Travel Theme ) di perkarangan Rumah Tok Su, berhadapan dengan Wisma Darul Aman, bersama dengan lima orang pemilik basikal tua.
  2. 12:00pm-1:00pm –  Rehat dan makan tengahari, basic lunch disediakan.
  3. 2:00-pm-4:30pm –  Sesi Editing ( Portraiture & Travel ) di Hotel Seri Malaysia Alor Star Kedah.
  4. 4:30pm-5:00pm –    Rehat
  5. 5:00pm-7:00pm –   Sesi bersambung dengan diakhiri dengan sesi soal jawab (Q & A)


    Face of Wisdom

    February 4, 2009

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    © 2009 Wazari Wazir

    I was at Petaling Street or famously known as Malaysia China Town when I spot this guy, I ask him whether I can take a picture of him and also ask about his age, he told me that he was eighty nine years old age. A very lucky guy to be able to reach that age I guess. I don’t have much time talking to that man because I was with a group of photographers there and I don’t want to interrupt that man having a great time there with few of their friends, I guess most of their friends there are about the same age of him, given the choice I would rather take a portrait of a man or a women at that golden age compared to taking picture of a beautiful model. This man have a lot of stories to tell, maybe we can learn few things about life, about his experience, family life and all kind of things that will make us appreciate what life has to offer and hopefully we will not do the same mistake that older people do.

    Portraiture @ Putrajaya

    January 19, 2009
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    © 2009 Wazari Wazir

    Lately I was a bit busy shooting model for fun, I’m not making any money or planned to sell any of my images, just want to polish my skill and having a great time with my friends. This is portraiture session at Putrajaya Administrative Capital of Malaysia. It was full of modern looking building, and about this shot, I like the glass on the building here, great reflective material, about our model for the photo shoot, she is from Indonesia, very nice and gorgeous looking lady. Usually I like to do portraiture with long tele photo lens but during my photo session at Putrajaya I want to include the surrounding area also, wide lens is my choice of the day, I did use a long tele photo lens but I keep it minimum. Most of the building at Putrajaya is in monotone of color, so if you guys are planning to do any portraiture shoot here, I would suggest to have a model to wear something colorful in order for the model to stand out from the area, unless you want your subject to blend together with the surrounding area, that’s your choice.