Archived entries for Photography

Photography – 21 Great Shots and How They Were Taken

Digital Photography School have a great showcase of some great photos and an explanation on how they were taken:

Photography – Desktop Wallpaper

Silvered Leaf Monkey

I rented out the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS in New York for my trip to Bronx Zoo. I made a widesceen wallpaper pack from shots I took of the Silvered Leaf Monkey. The shot is very melancholic as the monkey remained like this while I was there.

Click Here to Download the Widesceen Wallpaper Pack

Photography – Photoshop Actions

Naldz Graphics has a list of Photoshop actions to enhance photos. I use the Lightroom route to process photos, but some actions can be good to have in Photoshop for inspiration or just playing around.

Photography – Desktop Wallpaper


I've uploaded a wallpaper pack of various widescreen sizes of a photo I took a while ago. They are suitable for widescreen desktops from 1920*1200 to 1280 *800.  I'll be uploading more from time to time. I have to streamline the process (I'm resizing in photoshtop and zipping at the moment). I might create some photoshop actions to create different resolutions and for 16:10 and 4:3. Enjoy!

Shot with a Canon 40D using the 100mm macro 2.8.

Click Here to download the Widescreen Wallpaper Pack

Photography – Noise Reduction

Neat Image is a noise reduction program which works by a camera's profile and then making different profiles for each different ISO settings for that camera. It can work as a photoshop plugin too. Sounds really interesting and I've seen some examples. I'll give it a shot and see how it works and post up before and after shots. It'll be interesting to see how it works with ISO 400+ on a Canon G9.

Photoshop – Actions has a good post listing over 20 photoshop actions.

Photography – Focus Test

Here's a good tutorial by Bob Atkins on how to check if you have any back or front focusing issues with a lens/camera.

Photography – Create your own Bokeh

This article explains how to manipulate bokeh.

Image Editing – Seam Carving

SEAMonster is a freeware image resizing and cropping tool that uses seam carving.  Seam Carving is basically a way of keeping important parts of images intact and removing other parts that have little difference in the pixels (e.g., the sea).SEAMonster can be downloaded here.

I haven't used one before, but it reminds me of another Photoshop plugin called Genuine Fractals. This uses an algorithm to resize images with minimum pixelation. It basically uses a best guess algorithm to fill in pixels of the resized image. This is used in contrast to using bicubic resizing, which resizes an image but duplicates it's neighbouring pixels attributes.

Photography – Deciding on a new lens

So the 50mm 1.8 has done me proud for so long, I find it has too much reach on a cropped body, so I'm looking into a new lens.


  • 1.4 - 1.8 constant
  • 22mm - 32mm (not converted to APS-C)

The candidates:

  • Canon 28mm (44mm APS-C) f/1.8
  • Sigma 30mm (48mm APS-C) f/1.4 EX DC HSM - link
  • Canon 35mm (56mm APS-C) f/2 - link

The other candidates:

  • Canon 50mm f/1.4
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4

That's all the possibilities, now to research which is best....

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