91 Years YOUNG! The BEST 2-1/2 hours of conversation I’ve spent in years! @ Johnson’s Rock Shop (Video at the end!)

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Elizabeth and Max

HOUSTON PHOTO JOURNEY

Both my daughter and a friend of my sister’s had told me about Johnson’s Rock Shop in Livingston, Texas.  Ok, cool – some pretty rocks to see right?! I mean I’m expecting a tiny room with some fancy rocks…eh…ok..not EVEN close…boy, was I wrong!!! This is a magical adventure and somewhat of a “spiritual” one for this chick!! When I tell you it’s in the middle of nowhere…I’m talking you will be driving on 100% dirt roads!!! Was it worth the trip??? OMG yes!!!! Upon my arrival, as Mr. Johnson sat on the two-seater porch bench, he asked me if I’d been here before? When I told him no, but two people raved about it, he patted the cushion beside him and told me to have a seat and he’d give me a little history about it.  That began and turned into the best 2 1/2 hour conversation I’ve had…

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Buying Your First DSLR Camera?

Buying Your First DSLR Camera?

Passion would be a more suitable term to explain what Photography is for you, basically. Photography is not and never will be your “business” because what we believe is once you leap into it you spend most of your earnings on cameras, lenses and other photography equipment’s. Apparently, you find cameras everywhere in your daily life; for example in your mobile phones, iPads, tablets etc. and this trend are now common. People are taking pictures in different ways and sharing them socially. Majority use their cameras even mobile cameras with less and minimum awareness, they’re capturing just for hash tagging places. You need to know everything, before buying your first camera. And it’s really hard to decide what to do, especially when you are stepping ahead for a better move.

You are in a learning stage and a camera will accolade your desire very well. If you want to work professionally as a Photographer then you should go for this, but do improve your skills as much as you can for example; your style, your composition, your details of capturing etc. You are not looking for an out-standing, high quality, expensive and full-featured monster. All you ne ed is an ideal equipment in an affordable and reasonable price just for the start, and if you can afford it then go for the best.

Undoubtedly, you are the beginner so you won’t be having any idea about the brands in market.

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The two major brands that are competing each other in market are Nikon and Canon when you will read articles, blogs and details about this; it will be more complicated for you to decide.

Purchase a reasonable body of DSLR and lens, consider it your long-term investment and learn as much as you can because that’s the only thing you can do for your improvement at the very initial stage. No one will ask about the camera brand it will forever depend on your work, your art, your skill, you techniques and the difference that you will make from others. So, being a brand conscious is pointless, it’s all on you.

We will try our best to provide you all the basic guidelines including accessible and high quality DSLR’s, lenses and primary equipment’s and also about the features and models in our next blog, to put you at ease.

Till then, have a bit of idea about the prices by doing market surveys. Visit all the near camera stores to know more about cameras. Blog readings and online surveys are not enough to buy something huge, because you are always one decision away from a totally different life.

All we can do is to guide you the right way; it will be your choice at the end. Once you’ll start over with this, your ideas and thought will be much clearer than ever. It’s important to learn and gain experience because that’s the best guide for you.

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Which Type of Photographer Are You?

Which Type of Photographer Are You?

It’s mostly said in our field that “What kind of a Photographer are you?” you might be mysterious about your photography, but you’re not sure even if you should really fall into it or not. In that case, we confuse ourselves as well as other people. For example “Hi, my name is Adam and I am a Cuban American editorial, catalog, and advertising photographer who shoots food, still life, portraits, interiors, lifestyle, and documentary work. Oh, and I do video also. Oh, and I’m really good at building things too”

So… What do you do?

This blog will help you to know about your hold, your status and your ‘’type’’ related to your field that is Photography, you’ll likely be even more choosy and will be inspired by this medium, and be thrilling to get out, shoot and explore it.

There are so many types of Photography but we will explain some of the important types in this blog just to guide you on your right path.

Below is a list of different photography types:

  • Landscape photography
  • Wild life photography
  • Sports photography
  • Portrait photography
  • Wedding photography

 

Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography is scenery, any kind of wide view, land or sea. Typically capture the existence of nature in a different and beautiful way; it will depend on your skill. The primary subject is the scenery although the picture may contain other secondary elements such as people, animals or objects that are not truly part of the scenery but it’s your job to fix them in it.

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Landscape

Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Photography is basically one of the most tough and challenging type/form of Photography. Capturing animals, insects, birds etc. It’s technical but full of interest, more slightly candid shots. Again that will be your art to maintain all these principles in one frame.

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Wildlife

Sports Photography

Sports Photography it requires professionalism, usually work for newspapers, some major agencies or magazines related to sports. Candid shots taken by freezing them but professional, while playing football, cricket match, hockey or any other sport. Demands much experience and practice.

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Sports

Portraits Photography

Portrait Photography is simple but can be captured in a unique possible way with effective lighting, different angles and composition and also containing much more details in a Portrait. A type of photography based on a person or more than one or two, that captures the personality of a subject.

Portrait Photography

Portrait

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography is capturing the most worthy moments and all those activities that relates to wedding, including Portrait Displays of Couple, landscapes of whole family, announcements, invitation cards, thank-you cards etc. A tough job to cover almost all the types of photography in one event. It’s the major branch of “Commercial Photography”. It tests your mental skills as well because you have to guide people a lot during shoot.

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Wedding

 

When we started learning photography, we thought we can accomplish any type of it, but obviously we were wrong. Because it’s a vast field and you just cannot get a lot of things in one plate at a time. You can learn it time by time, because it’s not about perfect but it’s about effort and when you bring that effort every single day that’s how change occurs.

Majority prefers to work in one or more than one genre/types, the reason is that they can’t bound their selves in one single box, it’s somehow beneficial but having some drawbacks as well.
Beneficial because mostly your clients demand you to work in two or more genres at one time, clearly it leads to high salaries and also enormous experience of dealing and managing multiwork in one time.
Chances of Drawbacks because in that case you’re client will judge you, they will be having doubts about your expertise and skills because you cannot express yourself in a better way about your exact field, and this will lead to confusion.
We are not bounding you to be selective; here we are talking about your priorities. Rather than mixing two goals and facing poor consequences, create a better portfolio relating to a specific target/aim for your future and also for a Professional life. If you are passionate about something, than make it happens with your own struggle and hard work, because then you’re more willing to take risks in your life.
Always remember one thing,
“A Photographer with a good eye can make better photographs with a phone than an untrained person having the best camera in the world.”


At this point, we’ve come to know that it’s a long lasting road ahead and we still have so much more to learn, to explore. We try our best to bring our passion to every photo, no matter what the genre is, with end goal of making the Best we can. Don’t forget to prepare yourself for the market.

In the end, it’s always you, your life, your choices and your aims. Because if it’s what you want, it’s worth it all. Give yourself first priority and do what’s best for you.

If someone asked you today to describe what kind of photographer you are, you should say “Hi, my name is Adam; I’m a passionate commercial photographer who shoots ads and editorial stories for some awesome clients who are kind enough to hire me.”

So, what kind of photographer are you?

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Why Choose Singapore to Live

Why Choose Singapore to Live

You might have heard from your friends, or as you searched the internet, that Singapore is widely known to be having only “First World Problems.” Indeed, all that is true. To top it all, Singapore is among the very few nations with the most reliable and efficient transport systems, and though it may be a little expensive to live in, in the end, you are spoiled so much by the benefits you only can enjoy living in this nation.

To mention but a few:

Singapore has one of the fairest climates in the world

Every time is summer time here. You will not need to carry heavy coats and boots when coming to Singapore—it is hot and humid, but it rains all year long. So, you will always need to carry your brolly with you no matter how bright a day may seem.

Strategic location

Singapore is positioned as a small island country with excellent harbors and a favorable climate have turned Singapore into one of the most prominent trading centers in the world and the platform on which most global firms want to grow their businesses.

Take a tour around Singapore’s top sites

The three top attraction sites include Sentosa, the Universal Studios amusement park, and the Singapore Flyer—a 165m-tall public observation wheel. You can also choose to have a night out at the Night Safari to study the life of nocturnal animals.

Security in Singapore is assured

The government’s high level of control of social and public amenities directly translates to the easy-going lifestyle of Singaporeans. You will also hardly hear of police patrols in Singapore, but with the decent network of surveillance cameras, security is high. The crime rate is also at a minimal low, banking on strict court rulings and the fear to face extremely harsh punishments.

The education system is so on point

Wait, who in this age loves going to school? Well, Singaporean kids do, and they score high grades. Additionally, you will have several options to choose from irrespective of whether you want to enroll your children in private international schools or a local public school. Your kids will also have the opportunity of learning a foreign language of their choice.

There are many housing options, too

If you love living “vertically” then Singapore will make a unique destination area, with much of the housing here coming in the form of high-rise apartments. However, if you are among the few that don’t like taking lifts to their apartments, the experience of living in Singapore’s modern gated communities is one you never want to miss—enjoying high-class function rooms, gyms, swimming pools and playgrounds.

You will never feel alone visiting or residing in Singapore as it may be the case with other nations. Singapore is home to many people with different social and cultural backgrounds such that you can even make a friend while shopping or taking your evening walk. Most of the people living here, especially those of an older generation, are also easy to engage in a conversation.

…and when anyone greets you, “Have you eaten?” Smile back with a nod and say, you have just had Hainanese chicken rice.