Thursday, November 15, 2007


[It was my intended introduction to this blog, but @ that moment, it just didn't flow]

When I enrolled for the photography course at Seneca, a couple of my close friends were taken-back. Not that there's anything wrong with photography, but they just didn't think I was "the sort" that's interested in it. It's a good question - so what got me into photography.

To me photography is all about nature. Seeing the beauty, and remembering Allah. I believe it's my responsibility to take what I see, and show it to others.

I wonder how they can be photographers that don't realize the existence of God. I mean, if you see the beauty, you'll have to accept there's a Supreme Power that created it all. It's way too beautiful for a random sequence of events.

This one by a fellow blogger - The Drafting Table - reminds me of a verse: `

13:2 It is God who has raised the heavens without any supports that you could see, and is established on the throne of His almightiness; and He [it is who] has made the sun and the moon subservient [to His laws], each running its course for a term set [by Him]. He governs all that exists. Clearly does He spell out these messages, so that you might be certain in your innermost that you are destined to meet your Sustainer [on Judgment Day].

اللّهُ الَّذِي رَفَعَ السَّمَاوَاتِ بِغَيْرِ عَمَدٍ تَرَوْنَهَا ثُمَّ اسْتَوَى عَلَى الْعَرْشِ وَسَخَّرَ الشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ كُلٌّ يَجْرِي لأَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى يُدَبِّرُ الأَمْرَ يُفَصِّلُ الآيَاتِ لَعَلَّكُم بِلِقَاء رَبِّكُمْ تُوقِنُونَ

Friday, November 9, 2007

Beginner Techniques

This one is the most interesting technique, and it's my favorite. It's called "Throw your camera in the air, and see it break"". No, that was a joke..Rather, "Camera Toss".

Here's one by Faraz of Irrelevant Opinions.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Camera Panning

The technique used in the motion pictures is called Panning. It's very easy to do, but takes practise. I still have to practise it to

Panning is a great technique for action and, once perfected, the main subject will be sharp against a blurred background. The idea is to follow the subject as it passes in front of you and continue to follow it as you press the shutter and even after the shot is taken.

If you pan at the same speed as the subject it will appear sharp against a streaking blurred background. To ensure smooth results keep your feet still and rotate the top half of your body as you track your subject. Prefocus your camera at a point where your subject will pass to ensure the picture is sharp. Also ensure the background isn't too light and doesn't have shapes as this can create ghostlike effects or streaks in the image. A darker background is better

For more reading see:
Samples on Flickr

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Intro to Shutter/F-stop/ISO

You can control the amount of light that reaches the film in two ways: by adjusting the amount of time the shutter stays open (referred to as the shutter speed) and by changing the aperture.

The aperture is a hole in an adjustable diaphragm set between the lens and the shutter. Light coming through the lens is funneled through this hole to the shutter and then onto the film. So if you want more light to strike the film, you make the aperture bigger; if you want less light, you make the aperture smaller.

Shutter speeds are measured in more obvious terms: fractions of a second. A shutter speed of 1/8, for example, means that the shutter opens for one-eighth of a second. Try to capture a moving object at that speed and you wind up with a big blur. You need a shutter speed of about 1/500 to capture action clearly

The three settings work together. You can play with setting on this tool

For Dummies

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

more attempts

no clue what I tried to do here :$

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I like how the object interacts with the surroundings

On the Run

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Monday, September 17, 2007

What is...

What is photography?

To some it's about being @ the right place @ the right time

to some, it's about having an "eye"

and to some, it's about having a good camera.

What do you think? What makes good photography?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Batteries - life savers

Someone asked in a Photography magazine:

"if i store my dslr battery in the camera, will it run down"

and the answer was:

There's an ikhtelaf (difference of opinion) between camera makers. Batteries run down in some cameras, but in the others it doesn't. So recommended solution is to remove the batteries if you are storing it for more than two weeks. But try it out, and experiment

Most photographers carry a number of batteries with them, including spares. An organizer would definitely help. Here's one - just an example.

Monday, September 10, 2007



the intention is to share tips, and prolly my pictures too