IMagic Minialbum | Hassle Free Photo Magazine

Have you ever thought of putting all your holiday or wedding photographs in an album? The conventional way of doing this may start from picking the digital photos and send them to be printed. After getting these pictures, the most painful experience is getting how many album, what is the size, counting the pages of album versus pictures printed, then organize them in an album including layout and decoration. Mmm..sounds pretty time consuming and very tiring.
The largest and longest mall in Penang
No worry, there is a solution to thisnow! IMagic works and can keep you away from the headache by getting all the selected photographs to be printed of magazine page quality. I found out about this when I was on my way to GSC theater at Level 3 Queensbay Mall in Penang. Cool stuff, isn’t it? I just can’t wait to share! But I have yet tried.
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My First Photography Contest – The Result

I mentioned some time ago that I joined a photography contest. When I submitted the picture, obviously I was hoping to win but after seeing the pictures from the rest, my expectation slumped a bit.

It happened early this morning, someone just walked to me and yelled ‘Shirley! Your picture won the 3rd prize‘.
‘Really!’ that was the only word came out my my mouth.

When I came to my senses, I think this is what people will refer to as ‘Beginner’s Luck’. Nevertheless, it is encouraging!
The Picture!
And thanks so much to All that had voted for my picture.
3rd Prize - this is what I got


My First Photography Contest – Top 5 Winners

Today is Friday The Thirteenth is also the Friday that I got a big news. My first and only photograph sent for a little contest was selected in ‘The Top 5 Winners‘! Oh dear, I was ecstatic!!! Out of 40 odds submissions, I am so proud to be selected by the experts as The Best Five. The next stage would be going through a poll to rate the most favorite picture. Wish me lots of luck and plenty of votes!

Curious to see the picture?
Theme: Chinese New Year Celebration
The shot of my first photography contest
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Composing Better Photographs – Using Perspective Effectively for Better Depth and 3D

As defined in the technical aspects of art, ‘perspective’ is a method of composition which aims to enhance or give a feeling of 3-dimension in the 2 dimension medium of the photograph or painting. Viewed on the 2 dimensional surface of a photograph, perspective is normally depicted by lines which appears to converge at a distance. With perspective, the relative size of subjects in the photograph also gives an impression of depth and distance.

Perspective can also be exaggerated by shooting in wide angle and emphasizing lines of perspective in the composition.

Perspective to Exaggerate
In the photograph above of a tram-bus, notice the horizontal rail of the tram forms a set of perspective lines shooting into the photograph and giving an impression of the length of the tram. By shooting with the lens on wide angle, we have emphasized and exaggerated the perspective convergence of the lines towards the left of the photograph. This technique creates a sense of dynamism and movement in the photograph. By not shooting the length of the tram in entirety, and allowing the lines of perspective to extend beyond the right of the photograph, we have also exaggerated the length of the tram.

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Composing Better Photographs – Using Leading Lines in Your Pictures

As you look at a good photograph, it will have elements that will sort of lead your vision to explore and move into the subject of the photo. The elements are lines either implied or direct, visibile or invisible that guides the eyes to each element of the composition and guide you to ‘explore’ the photography. In photography theory these are callled leading lines.

The basic idea is that these lines keep the eyes from wandering out of the picture but tends to keep the interests leading fromt he edge of the photograph to the center of interests or the main subject.

Many elements in the photo can be used as these lines. Roads and pathways leading into the picture are one such example, also are stems of a plant leading you to the flowers, or the branches of a tree leading you to the colorful leaves. The idea is that these lines keep the viewer inside the picture.

One thing to note is that whether you decide to use them or not, leading lines are usually there in the picture. The question is then, whether these lines keep the viewer’s interests into the picture or it leads the user (and his or her interests) out of the picture. You should compose your photo such that the viewer’s interests are kept in – off course.

Central Park Path - New York City

In the photograph above the walking path is a obvious leading line. The path starts at the bottom right of the photo and leads the viewer into the center of the picture, encouraging him or her to explore the trees and greens along the path and leads onwards to the buildings beyond, giving the impression that this is a patch of green park right in the middle of a city. The two person walking on the path gives a perspective of the size of the park, trees and the length of the path itself.

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Composing Better Photographs – Using Frames to Focus Viewer Attention to the Subject

Have you ever thought of why photographs and pictures are placed in a frame for display. Aside from art-decor, one of the main function of a frame is to focus the viewer’s attention onto the photograph.

However, usage of frames are not restricted to finished and printed photos. By composing your photos through natural frames you can focus the attention of the viewer to the subject of the photograph. Framing, if executed correctly and purposefully also creates a sense of depth.

Many creative possibilities exists to be used as frames such as doorways, windows, hanging branches from trees, a hole in the wall – well you get the idea.

Turret as a Frame

In the photo above, I have used a turret-hole as a frame to capture the essence of the picture and to depict the powerful sensation of a cannon aimed into the city beyond. Without the dark frame of the turret’s hole, this composition would have lost this impact. The direction of the cannon also draws the viewers eyes to explore the city beyond in the background. You can also feel a sense of depth with the use of this framing technique.

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Composing Better Photographs – Take Better Pictures by Using Foregrounds Effectively

A photograph can typically be divided into foreground, subject and background. Most of these elements are present in a good photo.

The foreground plays an important role in the picture, if used correctly can provide a frame to rest viewer’s viewpoint and provide a lead into the picture. Here, we will see how we can make use of a good foreground to enhance the composition of our photograph.

Foreground to Hide and Disguise

In the photograph above the red flowers provide a foreground interests to the row of building which is the subject of the picture. In this case the flowers in the foreground is also used to hide the untidy streets and the people walking on it which if included detracts from the main theme of the photograph which is the particular row of building at Pier 39 San Francisco. When used in this manner (attempting to hide unwanted elements from the photograph) one must make sure that the foreground does not dominate the picture lest it becomes more intrusion and distraction than the detail that you are attempting to hide.

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Composing Better Photograph – Rules of the Thirds

One of the most important tools to carry around during your travels must be your trusty little (or large) camera. The image of a tourist totting his or her camera round the neck comes to mind. And it is important to capture images from your travels such that when you regale with the tales of your exploits on your return home, these photographs will be a testament of the grandeur, beauty and the exoticness of the places that you trot upon. Off course it would have been better if your photos can actually hold it’s own and do justice to the subject of your interests.

Although photography is an art form, over time artist have formulated rules that if followed when composing a picture of photograph tends to create a more pleasing picture. One of these rules that you can apply to your travel photography is the rules of the thirds.

Rule of the Thirds Example
Rule of the Thirds Diagram


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What to Look For in Choosing A Digital Camera for Travelling – Hints and Tips

Traveling PhotographerThe camera must be one of those things that people simply must bring along in his or her travels. A picture tells a thousand words and what better way to tell the story of your travel than with photography.

A good camera will faithfully record your journey with quality photographs that convey the mood and spirit of the places that you travel to. Off course the photographer (that is you) plays a crucial role, but without the proper tools, you still would not get the results that you really wanted.

What are the criteria that you should be looking for when shopping for a camera to tot along for your travel? Aside from megapixels count (which the sales people will tell you that the higher is better, which is not altogether true, but we will discuss that in another article), there are several things that you might want to consider.
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