Friday, August 26, 2011

Selamat Hari Raya

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all.
Maaf zahir dan batin, ikhlas dari kami, Shutters Uniten.

Remember our last post about light graffiti? Well we have put it to the test.
We present you, a Hari Raya Wish Card constructed via photos from the light graffiti technique.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

LIGHT GRAFFITI: Freezelight Magic Forest

Can never get enough of light graffiti hehehe. We have earlier reviewed about light graffiti techniques and Halo, a cool invention where light graffiti really feels like doing graffiti. And here is another stop motion light graffiti video for your inspiration!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011



• not an image file per se (it will require special software to view, though this software is easy to get).
• typically a proprietary format (with the exception of Adobe’s DNG format that isn’t widely used yet).
• at least 8 bits per color – red, green, and blue (12-bits per X,Y location), though most DSLRs record 12-bit color (36-bits per location).
• uncompressed (an 8 megapixel camera will produce a 8 MB Raw file).
• the complete (lossless) data from the camera’s sensor.
• higher in dynamic range (ability to display highlights and shadows).
• lower in contrast (flatter, washed out looking).
• not as sharp.
• not suitable for printing directly from the camera or without post processing.
• read only (all changes are saved in an XMP “sidecar” file or to a JPEG or other image format).
• sometimes admissable in a court as evidence (as opposed to a changeable image format).
• waiting to be processed by your computer.
• a standard format readable by any image program on the market or available open source.
• exactly 8-bits per color (12-bits per location).
• compressed (by looking for redundancy in the data like a ZIP file or stripping out what human can’t perceive like a MP3).
• fairly small in file size (an 8 megapixel camera will produce JPEG between 1 and 3 MB’s in size).
• lower in dynamic range.
• higher in contrast.
• sharper.
• immediately suitable for printing, sharing, or posting on the Web.
• not in need of correction most of the time (75% in my experience).
• able to be manipulated, though not without losing data each time an edit is made – even if it’s just to rotate the image (the opposite of lossless).
• processed by your camera. 
Exposure Adjustments
Raw files can provide greater exposure adjustments than JPEG files; over 50% more exposure detail (depending on the sensor capabilities). When adjusting exposure in a JPEG file, the highlights and shadows gets clipped resulting in lower details.
When to use Raw or JPEG 
There are pros and cons of both Raw and JPEG files and there are actually reasons other than file size why not to use Raw.
Use Raw if:
you need to post process the image the scene contains high contrast the image will be enlarged beyond the camera sensor's resolution the white balance cannot be properly set with the camera you can't decide whether to use Raw or JPEG Use JPEG if:
all the Raw files won't fit in your memory card you don't want to post process the image you want to develop the photos right away before you get to use a computer (some photo finishing labs still do not accept Raw files) you are using continuous shooting mode and want to take as many photos as you can before your camera's buffer is full  
Most cameras that support RAW files also support a mode called RAW+JPEG. This mode stores both images into the memory card so you get the best of both worlds. However, it takes longer to store a RAW and JPEG file into a memory card than just one Raw or JPEG file. Whenever you are using continuous shooting mode and need to capture a fast sequence of images, stick with JPEG or RAW.

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Monday, July 11, 2011


Dear Shutterians,

We have an important announcement. Read on carefully because this might change your life. 

Uniten Shutters' Facebook group page has opened two new slots! Wooooot. The mentioned new slots are:

-- Tips on photography techniques will be posted by Shutters board members every week. So watch out for the tips/information as it might be something new to enhance your understanding, or something new that you can practice and master in! 

-- We have received several messages from Shutters members saying that they have a lot of questions to ask about photography, but sometimes they have no chance to ask directly. Therefore, you can ask us any questions that you have in mind, and we will try our best to come out with the best answer to help you out. Questions can be asked through Facebook, either post it up to our wall or inbox. 

That's all! Thank you for your time :D

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Dear Photograph

Have you ever felt that sweet feeling everytime you look at your old photos from your childhood? Or just some pictures that brings you a lot of memories because it happened so long time ago? I bet everyone would feel that. Memories are good, aren't they? :)

Time shifts, places change, people change. But sometimes they don't. Sometimes only time changes, but the later two don't. And sometimes time and people change; places don't.

It's good to see how everything has changed, yet still the same.

You can view more pictures at Dear Photograph or even submit one if you have! ;)
Originally found here.