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NYPL public domain images

On the first week of January, The Verge (www.theverge.com) reported that the New York Public Library has released over 180,000 manuscripts and nearly 200,000 images the public can use for free. “No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!” writes Shana Kimball, manager of the library’s public programs and outreach. The images presented as a large mosaic/remix (http://publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization/) can be sorted by century, color, genre, or library collection and available for high resolution download. The site has loads of interesting images starting from the 11th century to the 20th century. Included are thousands of stereoscopic photos, maps, prints, engravings, etc. An article on Fstoppers (https://fstoppers.com) before Christmas advises that if you want to upload high quality photos on Facebook, you must export your photo from Lightroom …

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From film to fame

Ricardo “Ric” Cerdiña was fascinated with film when he was just 13 years old.  It became his elective in high school. Fascinated with how images were captured into print, he once bravely asked his neighbor to document his wedding with a borrowed 110 film camera. From then on, he was fascinated with shooting every detail of a wedding ceremony, and in particular, the couple. Ric’s love for wedding portraiture inspired him to become a professional wedding and portrait photographer with a studio named after his first born son Rico Mari. “Before I became a professional photographer, I was once a street kid . I became a “pulot” boy on the tennis court and a banana cue vendor. I’ve learned photography as an elective in high school and that paved my way toward …

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Calling all photography enthusiasts!

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Getting Started with Macro Photography

THE CLOSE-UP FILTER In this issue, we look at a simple and very basic way of extending the magnification capability of your macro lens. This technique is so simple that a newbie might think that, by using only his instinct, he may not need anyone to guide him. That was I also thought in my first encounter of close-up filters. However simple it may seem, matters could turn more complicated if one is already beating down time in an assignment.  To avoid unnecessary tension at work, it is always an advantage to have some preliminary knowledge of your gears before using (or buying) one. But before we discuss about what a close-up filter can do to your macro lens, let us first look at the basic attributes of a close-up filter. A close-up …

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Magic Tricks with the Alt Key

It works like magic, when you use the Alt key in Lightroom. It’s not very obvious but it does surprising things you never thought it would. In Fig.-1, for example, after the image has been sharpened (Fig. 1-1), the ALT key is pressed while moving the Masking slider. The picture becomes a negative black-and-white image (Fig. 1-2) guiding the user where sharpening is applied and where it’s not: the image is sharpened in the white areas (eyes, nose, mouth), and not sharpened in the black areas because we wanted to retain softness there, in the cheeks in this example. There are many other great uses of the ALT key (OPT or Option key in the Mac). When enhancing exposure, for example, you can watch where you begin to clip or lose …

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News & photos

In the last quarter of 2015, Ruhr University Bochum researchers unveiled  the result of a project they started five years before in search of objects in space that change their brightness over time. The scientists divided a section of the southern sky into 268 different sections then spent days creating ultra-high-resolution photos of each one with telescopes at the Cerro Armazones Observatory in Chile. After photographing each section, they stitched together those 268 giant photos into an ultra-giant, 46-gigapixel photo that weighs a monstrous 194 gigabytes creating the largest astronomical photo of the Milky Way. See the photo at http://gds.astro.rub.de/. The site has an interactive online viewer to zoom in and out the massive photograph. The researchers have discovered over 50,000 of the variable stars they set out to find …

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Blissful vibe

Aleqx Pangilinan values engagement photography as a perfect prequel to the event itself. She tells stories showcasing every couple’s proverbial spark which overflows with excitement and anticipation. She devotes her signature take on engagement shoots built on creativity, charm, theatrics, romance, and most importantly, the couple themselves. Being based in Hawaii, Aleqx explains how she was able to realize her commitment to her craft. “In the past, I was used to being the model or subject of photo shoots. Eventually, I was inspired as I allowed my creativity and imagination to take over. I wondered how it was to control lights, flashes and other elements that make up a photograph.  “Then, I knew I wanted to become a photographer; to be the one on the lookout for the best perspective. Ultimately, …

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Resize large photos

It is not uncommon for your columnist to receive photo contributions in the original sizes produced by readers’ cameras. However, files like 10MB in size or larger with some even reaching 20MB generally take a long time for sending and downloading via email. In times when the Internet is running slow, I have asked some readers to resize and resend their photos. Just in case you are in need of a small but effective resizing software, look up the freeware RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool) which dramatically reduces file size without skimping on quality. It has a dual view interface to compare the original with the optimized image in real time and instantly see the resulting file size. Users will be able to control compression, number of colors, metadata settings, …

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Calling all photography enthusiasts!

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Keeping up with technology

Eduardo Seastres, a native of Iloilo City, is an electronics and communications engineer who has an impressive professional working experience of more than 19 years in the cellular communication industry in the Philippines and abroad. Due to the nature of his work, he started traveling in 2000 armed with his point-and-shoot camera. “At first, it’s always for souvenir photos and documenting my travels,” Eduardo relates. “Eventually, I bought my first DSLR Camera (Nikon D80) with kit lens in 2009 to enhance the quality of my photographs without the knowledge of basic photography. I simply considered it as my hobby.” His decision to find more challenging jobs abroad made him in demand as a freelance radio frequency planning and optimization engineer and consultant, with his first project in Melbourne, Australia in 2000. He …

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