CJC PHOTOGRAPHY ASIA: Blog http://cjcphotography.asia/blog en-us CJC PHOTOGRAPHY ASIA info@cjcphotography.asia (CJC PHOTOGRAPHY ASIA) Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:07:00 GMT Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:07:00 GMT http://cjcphotography.asia/img/s9/v90/u510266546-o153549035-50.jpg CJC PHOTOGRAPHY ASIA: Blog http://cjcphotography.asia/blog 80 120 In Praise of the Digital Assistant http://cjcphotography.asia/blog/2017/3/in-praise-of-the-digital-assistant Throughout the ages artists have used assistants to help with the creation of their work. From the revered Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn to the contemporary American art star Jeff Koons, and the thousands in-between, all have employed assistants to execute the craft of the work while the master concentrated upon the creative gravitas of the task in hand.

Now in the 21st Century as the driverless car and 3d printing are replacing the professional with the digital, so too the Photoshop expert is being replaced by over-the-counter workflows. From the professional with a high end expensive DLSR via the entry level hobbyist with their point and shoot to the experimental artist exploring the capabilities of their smart phone, these workflows can enhance their finished prints to a museum standard.

For portraiture or snaps at a friend’s wedding, Sleeklens’ Portrait Perfection collection of Photoshop tips, tricks and workflows can install an editing and retouch artist upon a laptop or a desktop. And as has always been the case the award-winning photograph is made in the darkroom.

Since Photoshop become the undisputed gold standard in photographic post production, this suite of actions just makes life easier. For the professional, for whom time is money, the collection is a real time saver. For the hobbyist, the often-overwhelming complexities of Photoshop have become a lot less daunting. Whilst the experimental photographer can use this arsenal of tools to create an aesthetic far removed from that of the up-market glossy magazine.

Where once a craftsman was employed to paint the sky, the folds in the drapery or the blush on a maiden’s cheek, today they come as a download. Giving the photographer the time to follow their dream by concentrating upon those aspects of their art that enriches the soul for both themselves and their audience.
 

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https://sleeklens.com/product/professional-photo-editing-service 
 

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Story of Love Winner http://cjcphotography.asia/blog/2014/2/story-of-love  


PADDLING FOR LOVE
By IAm Jaret


We were classmates in our last year in high school. I was a writer in our school organisation   He was a football player and a band singer. There was nothing common to us except that after-school-hobby of playing computer games at the nearby mall. College soon came and we found ourselves in the classroom again merely as friends.  I was infatuated with him and deep in my heart I know that he'll be an important part of my life.

We took our first shot as a couple in December 1998. I experienced my first love, first kiss, first real date with him; got bruised on my first heartache with him; dug my own grave out of panic and shame when my then future Mom-in-law caught us in one room (believe it or not, we we're just reviewing then for our final exams), and first learned that love is sweeter the second time around.

Romance soon fade and the reality of raising our own family knocked so suddenly. Just as our friends were busy preparing for their thesis, we were juggling school, work, and our young family.  Thanks to those beautiful souls who helped us along the way.

We are not a perfect couple.  Our fairy tale did not promise a happily-ever-after ending. I may have transformed from a princess to a witch; him, probably from a prince to a sorcerer whenever we fight, but I guess that's included in that whole big package of love and marriage.

   After twelve years, two universities, several odd jobs, five children, a number of first birthdays, and cakes to blow, we're still together. We may have paddled our boats apart and let those waves of frustrations and anger divide us at some point but I'm glad (and proud) that we're surviving.

To my husband who has been a constant challenger, thank you for the patience and the stubbornness that goes with it and that love that only you could uniquely give. Happy Valentines Day (and Happy Birthday too!).   I hope that when things get tough, we will always be reminded to sit side-by-side on our own boat and to paddle as hard and as long as we could to beat the storm. Paddles up!!!

 

IAm Jaretiam JAretPhoto by Balubal Soridaijin and submitted by IAm Jaret

 

IAM JARET's story of Love entry won an unlimited 1 hour photo shoot at the CJC Photography studio with one (1) 12x18 retouched print of chosen image.

 

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THE REUNION http://cjcphotography.asia/blog/2013/12/the-reunion THE REUNION The fear of attending reunions is innate in our nature. This is inevitable for people; it gives us the notion that we did not achieve enough for us to show up confidently. God forbid people judging you by the amount of success in your career path.

The whole purpose of reunions, are to reunite, to get together for a purpose; to share stories of important life events, such as getting married and starting a family. Your batch mates and professors are one of the most important people in your lives because they are one of the reasons why you still stand tall. They were the ones who helped mold you into the person you are now. They were there for you in times that you needed someone to support you in your decisions. Reunions are for treasuring moments with people who have made a big impact in your life. Remembering highlights of your time spent together.

Recollecting the times when you and your classmates were having fun in making projects, procrastinating, thesis reports, movies, business presentations and even assignments at times. Despite the difficulties still you manage to enjoy each other’s company and depict a sense of togetherness and teamwork.

It is most special to pace back to those memories unforgotten, you develop a bond together “all for one, one for all”. In this world we’re living in, we cannot avoid being ashamed of our failures; it is simply part of human nature to be afraid of what other people might say about us. But mistakes are the reasons why we learn and why we become stronger the second time around. Reunions are events in our lives that can contribute new wisdom, because through this we take other peoples experiences from their stories and apply it in our lives. It is somehow like a seminar where you are able to acquire love, care, and respect from people. It is like stepping into a time machine and going back to your college years, yet this time around you have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Organizing these types of events is not easy, other people wouldn’t even comply because of busy schedules and a general lack of time. But the smiles, the laughter’s and happiness it gives people who participate, is simply priceless. After going to reunions it is also in human nature to have sudden realizations. You just paced back in life, therefore you appreciate and in some way it makes you better, and it enforces change in you. You realize that they are not ordinary people but family, people whom you can trust, people who will still clap their hands and offer you a warm embrace. After all, your peers and professors in college were in a sense your surrogate family. Time apart cannot break that.

After graduating college you all naturally go your own way and find your own calling. A person spreads their wings and finds a job to finally start a career. That’s the way of life or to put it bluntly, that’s how reality goes. Reunions provide people with a chance to rekindle relationships. Going to reunions might be nerve racking and angst inducing to say the least. And normally that’s just the way it goes. The pressure is on. But do consider that you are not alone in feeling this way. Looking down and belittling your peers is not good for anyone's health or conscience.

Go and attend the event and socialize with the people who made a significant difference in your life. No matter where life takes us. No matter how far we have come in life, still we must consider our peers and of course our professors who helped mold us to be the person we are today. The people who made us believe in ourselves. Whether, you are an English Teacher in Korea or a wife of an Architect in Dubai. You have a piece of your batch mates in your heart, and in your character. People nowadays tend to be busy or even forget to go back to where they have started. But not with the batch that I belong to, wherever we are, whatever we achieved, we always stand ground with the values and principles instilled in us; and on our mind is our 21st Anniversary Theme “We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” by Tim McGraw.

 

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Film and Digital Photographers http://cjcphotography.asia/blog/2013/9/film-and-digital-photographers  

Written by CJC

Way before the debate started on film vs. digital, when digital cameras were not even invented yet, painting vs. photography was the topic of the day. Painters at first claimed that photographers were ruining the visual art medium. Little did those elitist snobs know, that photography was actually broadening the scope of what they defined as visual art.

Like any developing visual art medium in its infancy, it is almost certain to stumble upon a few hiccups before it truly develops. Painters then claimed that photographers were just snap happy idiots going around the world taking pictures of objects of all sorts, sizes and shapes, without ever slowing down and asking themselves, if it’s artistic? Painting was and is a tedious art form, not to mention expensive and very time consuming.

Well fast forward to the early 2000’s and replace painters with film photographers, and replace film photographers with digital snappers. It’s the same old story rehashed and labeled differently. Now the photography purists, usually middle aged men that long for the good old days, say the exact same things as the snobbish painters of before. They say, “ Film is a more pure and authentic process, shooting film requires more thought, technique and talent “. People never learn do they?

The whole visual art community should embrace every development that passes its way, because at the end of the day, it will all be for the better. Both camps can learn a lot and implement techniques to their advantage.

Digital photography has made photography accessible to everyone, this comes with the disadvantage that people endlessly snap away at whatever they see. What these budding photographers can learn from the dusty old farts is, that patience is a virtue in photography.

Learn to take your time and observe, in all the chaos of snapping away at everything you see, you might miss capturing that fickle moment when all elements are just right. One great shot is worth more than a 100 mediocre pictures. Train yourself to think like a film photographer, that even though you may have a memory card that exceeds 10 gigabytes; limit yourself to 36 shots when you are out and about. Film photographers also have a knack of predicting the future, pause and observe your subject and its environment, compose and then frame the picture in your head and you will know in an instant when to press the shutter button. By just training yourself to keep such things in mind, I am certain you will improve in no time.

Famed street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (HCB) fostered his profession on patience and capturing the decisive moments. Not by running about like a madman taking pictures of everything. Photographers today have all the luxuries in the world, imagine the magic HCB could produce if he had the latest Leica M to his disposal, or better yet imagine Ansel Adams with a smartphone, live weather updates, and a full frame PhaseOne camera. Looking back can teach us a lot and I suggest you do so. The latest DSLR’s can fire up to more than 8 frames a second now a day, if you manage to get a keeper, I would simply call it luck. Learn from photography’s founding fathers and how they could do so much with so little. The discipline, passion and patience of these legendary photographers are what set them apart from todays’ crop of photographers. Their ability to create magic with so little is certainly admirable; sadly it’s a trait that has not passed on to most of today’s photographers. These traits which came inherent to film photographers are things we should admire and learn from in order to better our skills.

I am sure we will revisit a similar topic akin to this in the near future, another heated debate about art and its artistic value, only this time it will be the stuck up digital photographers vs. smartphone photographers. Till then, embrace all aspects of photography, the old is capable of learning from the new and certainly vice versa as well.

 

 

 

 

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Photographers: Digital Plastic Surgeons http://cjcphotography.asia/blog/2013/9/photographers-digital-plastic-surgeons Article written by CJC
 

Changing our appearance in the weirdest and most eccentric ways has been a part of life for as long as anyone can remember, people have used make up since we could see our own reflections. Are we born vain or is it because of society around us that dictates us to act this way? From the emergence and acceptance of plastic surgery to the digital age, where people post edited pictures of themselves on social media. 

 

Just give it a thought; it has been this way for such a long time, to such extents that it seems crazy. When browsing through pictures online or anywhere as a matter of fact, we now always have a thought in the back of our heads telling us that in this day and age Photoshop is more than capable of making a person look much better than they do in real life. 

 

Just think of the countless instances wherein the unedited pictures of a celebrity’s pictorial would leak on the web. The changes can vary from slight retouching of skin tones to complete makeovers where the photographer is required to perform digital liposuction, digital nose jobs and the like.

 

Photographers are sometimes tasked to perform the impossible, this though is just a figure of speech, because with the right tools and skills, any talented photographer can cut, edit, mask and manipulate anybody’s picture to make him or her look like a star. 

 

For a good example of what I am ranting on about, go to your closest news stand and pickup any magazine, have a look at the advertisements, and I assure you that 100% of all the pictures there are edited, and not just a little bit, I am talking about complete overhauls. 

 

Every male model featured will have the chiseled face of Brad Pitt and the body of an Olympic swimmer, for their female counterparts, we will see voluptuous Victoria’s Secrets model bodies and the visage of Angelina Jolie. For this amount of editing and manipulating I am surprised that photographers are not paid as much as practicing plastic surgeons, take it from me, the amount of hours put into editing a picture of a pig to look like Miranda Kerr can add up very fast.

 

In my opinion, photographers are the digital plastic surgeons of our society. Without talented photographers and digital artists, 90% of the images you see around you would be bland, mundane and at times even a little scary. 

 

Even today’s celebrities have their off days, where they will need a photographer to get rid of the dark rings under their eyes. This is just a small adjustment where the photographer either uses a flash technique to fill in the shadows or he blends the colors in Photoshop to conceal the specific area, but imagine a world where all pictures would be presented as is, no editing, tweaking or the like. I am certain that a lot of models and celebs would lose their jobs in an instant.

 

So if you are a photographer give yourself a pat on the back for doing what you do best, and if you aren’t a photographer but you know someone personally who is, well thank him or her for making the images we see daily more bearable.

 

 

 

Note:  Photo from http://www.chilloutpoint.com/images/2010/08/celebrities-before-and-after-photoshop/celebrities-before-and-after-photoshop-12.jpg

 

 

 
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PURIST VS. PHOTOSHOP http://cjcphotography.asia/blog/2013/9/purist-vs-photoshop  

Pictures are used everyday by many people around the world, be it on billboards, newspapers, books, and you name it! It’s such an easy way to convey a whole story, instead of writing a few paragraphs; a picture or image can get your point across a whole lot faster. For the sake of art though, where do we draw the line, when it comes to editing and manipulating pictures?

If you would ask any old school photographer, a purist in other words, they would say that the only form of editing acceptable in their field is some light retouching to finish the picture. But now a days many pro and amateur photographers alike, resort to Photoshop and other tools to edit their pictures. This goes to such an extent that they use these tools to “ create “ an image rather than just putting the cherry on top, with some light editing.

These techniques are common and accepted from a commercial standpoint, where time and money are of utmost importance, but then the question still stands, what about the artistic value of photography that purists defend at all costs?

The old school photographers all state that an image should be perfected as shot, right out of the camera, and not on a computer. The beauty of photography consists of capturing the decisive moment, proper lighting, and spot on composition. These elements cannot be processed in a lab or computer. But wouldn’t that bring photography close to impossible?

Just think about it, how can a person consistently churn out perfect shots, in perfect lighting, and with no blemishes or what not? So many things to consider, if for example you are shooting outside or on location, well add another level of difficulty to that near impossible scenario. Not everybody can be as talented, or should I say determined, as Ansel Adams, this old school photographer would camp for days and weeks on end, at one location just waiting for the stars to align and capture his masterpiece.

Photography like any art form constantly changes and evolves, even back in the day these so called purists would stage their scenes, add props, and use external flashguns in order to manipulate the image they want to capture. So what is “ Pure photography “?

If you alter an image to such an extent that it no longer has any resemblance to the image captured right out of the camera, can you consider this as photography, or does it lean more towards the graphic design side of things? For me personally I would have to say no. Some light retouching or color balancing is not such an issue for me, but to go all out and for example add clouds to a landscape is not photography in its purest sense. Some may beg to differ, but then again, the world would be such a boring place if we all agreed, right?

To better understand this humdrum conundrum in the photography world, I’d like to give an example of what this war of ethics boils down to. Say for example you and a friend go for a photo walk, and both of you snap a picture of the same tree. Your picture has wonderful composition, color and perspective. Your shot needs little to no manipulation, in other words, right off the bat it stands on its own. Your friend’s shot is nothing special, a little boring actually. But then again your friend excels in photo manipulation. His image is transformed into a surrealistic piece of fine art. Can his heavily edited image be considered as pure photography, even though the original image was mundane and lackluster?

Well in the eyes of the masses, you both are considered photographers, so meaning to say that, any idiot with the cash to cough up a camera is a photographer? This might seem a little harsh, but this is just one of the many questions photographers ask concerning this issue.

As I mentioned earlier, photography is an ever-changing art form, new techniques and developments are constantly changing the medium. There will always be a timeframe where the legitimacy of the concerning technique or art is questioned. To put it simply, if there wouldn’t be change, we would all still be taking pictures with pinhole cameras, now that’s photography at its purest!

 

Article written by: CJC

 

 

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Does Having a DSLR Camera make you a photographer? http://cjcphotography.asia/blog/2013/8/does-having-a-dslr-camera-make-you-a-photographer  

        

With the never-ending trends and uprising science and technology, each of us is starting to be conscious and sensitive with what the society that we are currently in has.

If you have expensive DSLR cameras to show off during events and any other occasions, then you are really cool! But, that is just what the society and the world is telling us. It was like having the best batman figure on 2nd grade and was able to participate in Cosplay competition in the 8th grade.

Most of us believe that it is a necessary thing to possess by anyone who wants to be accepted by the society. The truth is those are just the things that fulfill your ‘wants’, not your ‘needs’.

The worst part is some of those who own a DSLR doesn’t really understand how it works and immediately thinks that having one makes them lined with the same level as professional photographers.

Naturally, you will just go everywhere with your camera, clicking some of its buttons, trying to look like you are adjusting its settings, when the truth is you are just trifling with the buttons to check some random settings, and will freak out when you accidentally click a wrong button or be amazed when you unexpectedly capture something that looks great. Suddenly, people with point and shoot digital cameras or using mobile phone cameras are pitiful for just having those and any picture captured by your camera is fantastic.

Well, if you think that having the most expensive Nikon, Canon or any other brand will take you to a professional level, and you don’t even know what aperture, shutter speed and ISO is for.  Then perhaps you may have you rethink thinks over.

True professional photographers are committed to the art and craft of photography and expend considerable time, energy, and resources to that end. I think it is the level of knowledge, skills, and abilities that are the defining qualities of the professional photographer.

Article Written by:  CJC

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Making the most of what you have http://cjcphotography.asia/blog/2013/8/making-most-of-what-you-have  

From an amateur, to a hobbyist, and now aspiring to be a professional photographer, from full automatic, to semi-automatic, to manual mode, everything seems to happen in just a blink of the shutter.

Wasn’t really into photography but loves to have photos taken together with family and friends ever since. In 2009, handled a Nikon D90 for the first time, when a close friend gave it as a gift. Struggled for a good amount of time on how the camera worked and has always been on auto mode.

Left the management position in the corporate world to the big C on January 2012, and experienced a month of boredom in life so decided to attend a five-day basic photography workshop. Found great friends who share the same interest in Photography and Travel and was inspired to travel non-stop in different local and international travel destinations.

Started to pursue advanced photography and attended a couple of specialization workshops. Having little issues with the big C didn’t serve as a hindrance for the growing career, hence, was even pushed to have better relationships with the new friends.

Joined a camera club but was disappointed with the first choice, but now, is very happy to be committed in NPC where learning and deeper relationships with officers and members continue to happen.

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