Canon S95 Miniature Effect Mode

The Canon S95 can produce a miniature effect mode for both photos and videos. In my experience it’s generally more useful when shooting a scene from a raised vantage point, preferably at an angle. It may be more successful with subjects such as people, vehicles, and buildings. The following photos were taken in Nikko, Japan and Yokohama, Japan. If you click through the photos, they’ll give you a slightly larger image to view. I’ll post video soon from the CanonRead more

The beauty and grace of jellyfish

In the upcoming days, I’ll be posting a few photos of jellyfish that I took this summer. I find them beautiful, and almost zen-like in their movement and grace. It’s quite difficult to capture them in photos – it’s a fine balance between keeping the ISO down so as to avoid noise, keep the shutter speed high enough to stop their movement, and keep the aperture open enough to allow for proper exposure but also provide adequate depth of field.Read more

How to Photograph Lightning

Due to many requests, I’ll share some tips for photographing lightning. Please note there is no ‘one way’ to do it; this is just a jumping point from which you may want to start. This particular photo I took reached the front page of Flickr’s Explore. So what camera and settings did I use? Canon 5D Mark II| Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L | at f/4 for 7 seconds | ISO 100 Stay safe: Ok, this is obvious but still, ifRead more

Photographing events and performances at night: low light lenses and fast apertures

I spend quite a lot of time hanging out around “The Piazza” in Kelapa Gading. That’s where my gym is, Starbucks (yeah don’t say it), absurd numbers of restaurants (mourning the loss of my favorite Indian), and two large stages that regularly have Indonesian artists, singers, celebrities, and all sorts of other events on a near daily basis. Since Jakarta’s traffic has become so congested, it’s often easier to motivate myself to hang around here with Novita than it isRead more

Novita by the power of three: Deciding if photos are better in color or black and white?

A tough decision many photographers face is deciding how the final image should look. This holds especially true in any type of portraiture. Many people are drawn to black and white, as often it’s more flattering to the model and as such, many people correlate black and white with more professional portraits. Quite often I process photos in both color and black and white, but only post one version or the other; it’s not always an easy decision. The exampleRead more