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What you guys saw here is not a newest trick of photoshop or any computer software generated effect.

It’s my photo taken during lantern festival, and I only took one shot of this.

Can you imagine how disappointed I am? :(

This might happened if you using one SD card too often in multiple occasion shots.

The ratio so far is about 1: 1000. One SD card of 8 gb with jpeg fine quality can store up to 1000+ images.

So expect one of those to be broken.

How to prevent this?

  1. Copy all the image in one session photo taking to the computer
  2. Make sure they are safely transferred.
  3. Format the card with your camera, not with your computer.

Do this every single time after one day session. Hope this tips help all of you to avoid the same error.

by flyingbeagle

Rim light refers to the light surrounding the  edges of the subject we shoot, much like a halo. You could achieve this with artificial light, but I always find sun ray more divine.  It’s especially nice during magic hour (in the morning or evening, when the sun at her lower point). If you take a close up portrait, the sun will shine the model’s hair at its best angle during these hours.

Turn your object/model’s backto the sun, set your DSLR metering on spot metering, and aim at the object to get the right exposure of the subject. If you’re using a compact point-and-shoot digital camera, then set to the ‘backlit scene’ mode, and focus on the subject. Position your subjects so their faces are in the shade, but the sun illuminates their hair. And you’re set. See how the hair light makes my angels even more angelic  ;D

In the same morning, see how the rim light differs, depending on the position of the subject. In the first picture, the sun is almost directly behind Kayla. Whilst on Keira in the second pic, the sun is slightly to her right.

Morning sun always seems better than evening sun because the air is cleaner, and there are less activities on the surroundings, especially on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning. So I guess it really pays to wake up early.

You could also achieved rim light indoors, as long as there’s light source illuminate from behind the subject (i.e. Strong daylight casting thru glass windows, or opened doors, or like in this picture, from a hole on the roof.)


Even during a cloudy evening, as long as your models are backlit, you could still see a soft rim light.

In some cases you would need to turn on your flash to fill in the dark subject. But, I prefer a blown up/washed out background to keep it looking natural.  Share your tips on achieving rim light, I’m sure there are tons of variables for different conditions that one can face.

So turn off the snooze button! Pack up your gear, and start shooting…..in the early morning! :D

by ingimg
ingenious imaging


Danielle is a part time model from Canada. She does modelling during her summer vacation.

Today I want to show you guys how important angle, lighting and composition in photography.

For your information, in this set she completely using the same make-up setting.

Below I took a very direct close-up shot of her where you can see her facial details. Simply love her freckled nose :)

She reminded me of Teri Hatcher from Desperate Housewives, only younger. What do you think?

The second shot, I used custom profile in my Nikon D90 to create soft dreamy effect of her feature.

This setting is very suitable for commercial facial product shot. Noticed the details of the freckles are kept minimum?

The third one, again I used my custom profile to make the photo looks sharp and vivid.

As you can see, the highlights of her hair and eyes are really stand out without having to suffer an over-exposed.

This set of profile is suitable for CD album cover or promotional poster.

Did she look quite similar with Shakira, the latin singer? :)

Now, the million dollar question: What on earth are the profiles?

In Nikon camera, they are called as picture control. Once you get to this menu,

there are few option to choose, such as:

  • Standard
  • Neutral
  • Vivid
  • Monochrome
  • Portrait

From those default setting, you can customize them to your taste and preference.

After you happy with your customized setting, just save it inside the camera.

The hardest part is, to adjust the setting till you get the effect that you wanted.

Keep shooting till you got it! I did it, so can you!

by flyingbeagle