Photographer Hack… the Lenspen!

​If you are using a lenspen to clean your gear’s lenses, don’t throw it away after the carbon-tipped disc has been quite used up. It is still useful!
I use my old lenspen to clean my reading glasses, the screen of my mobile phone, and even my watch and other sort of things made of glass. It can easily wipe away grime and oily smudges. Of course, the brush itself is excellent at dusting off those tiny dirt stuck in your laptop’s keyboards! :):):)

Custom White Balance versus the Presets

DSLRs have built-in white balance correction presets. Usually, they are “sunny”, “cloudy”, “shade”, “tungsten”, “flourescent”, and “flash”, with estimated Kelvin/color temperatures.  In certain cases, these presets may not work precisely to show the natural colors of your photo subjects.

The two photos below show two preset white balance correction: the “Auto White Balance” and the “Tungsten” white balance. The ambient light is a warm, yellowish color. The “Auto White Balance” miserably failed to correct the color temperature in the first photo. The “Tungsten” preset, to a certain degree, managed to correct the ambient light in the second photo but not completely as there were still traces of “yellowish” light appearing.

Using Auto White Balance

Using the “Tungsten” white balance preset

This is where the “custom white balance” could come in handy. All DSLRs have this feature and using it is as easy as clicking the shutter. First, take a photo of anything that is originally colored white (of course, it will be “yellowish” under the light condition as mentioned above). Second, select the “Custom White Balance” FUNCTION of your gear and load the photo you took in the first step. And lastly, go to the preset white balance and select the “custom white balance” PRESET.
There you go, that’d be it. In the photo below, the “yellowish” ambient light has been completely corrected by the “custom white balance” making it appear as if the ambient light is in a white, neutral color temperature showing the natural colors of your subject(s).

Using the Custom White Balance

A Portable Softbox…!

​Want to have a soft box for that awesome portrait shots but it’s bulky on the go?

Introducing… Pixco Portable Diffuser Soft Box for the strobists! It fits all types and kinds of speedlites and is only about Php400 (about US$9) at Lazada Online Store. Just got mine delivered today! :D:D:D

The Future of Mobile Photography

The future of smartphone cameras… The Dual Camera Setup!

This year will be a plethora of smartphones sporting a dual camera setup. This will be the future of mobile photography. LG and Huawei were the first to incorporate a dual camera system on their smartphones early this year and before the end of the 3rd quarter, iPhone 7 Plus and Note 7 will also have the same feature as rumored in most technology websites. For Note lovers (like me), Samsung was rumored to be skipping Note 6 to align its flagship Note phablet to its S model.

What is a dual camera setup and what are its benefits?

A dual camera setup incorporates two prime lenses at the back of your phone. One lens will usually have a monochrome sensor and the other lens, a color sensor, which can capture three to five times the light of a single setup camera. The result, better sharpness and clarity even in dark conditions. It is rumored that Note 7 will have a whooping 1.4 aperture for its dual camera setup.

The battle for mobile photography is now afoot!

Photo courtesy of Phone Arena

My 10 year old Fossilized Gadget!

Remember those days when we were having fun playing the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP)? I got my Sony PSP 2000 in early 2006 and I also bought two PSP 2000 for my son and daughter during that year. It was great playing the “Call of Duty” multi-player with my kids during those time.

I remember my son throwing a grenade killing my soldier and at the same time, killing his soldier as well. But he got a point by doing it and I got none. Darn!

The Sony PSP became obsolete with the advent of smartphones and tablets having game apps in them. PSP is no longer a nice-to-have portable gaming device and like the portable Nintendo game station, the gaming industry had made them “dinosaurs” annihilated by the free game apps you can install into your smartphones and tablets.

I guess I’ll have to keep mine and care for it indefinitely. Good thing I had a PSP CapDase Alumor Metal armor protecting it. By the way, I still have the original box of my PSP. It could become a collector’s item in the distant future… The Pawn Stars and the Pickers might buy it for a decent amount. I can also sell it on e-Bay, just in case. Will the Storage War be interested in it as well?

We may never know…!