Articles by Alphonse Leong

So this is how they're using my images?!

I've always been curious (and maybe a little apprehensive) about where and how the photographs I've submitted to Dreamstime are being used-- and now with reverse image search functionality in Google (Google reverse image search) (and built into Chrome browser , as described here), I've been merrily finding out!Most of them make sense, as in the case of a toad photo I took at the local aquarium.I suppose I wonder why they didn`t just take their OWN photograph at their own aquarium. I`d like... continue reading

Viewfinder or LCD screen? Bet Cartier-Bresson would've gone LCD!

Just got the new Canon M shipped in from Hong Kong (no shipping, tax or duty charges!) and it has no viewfinder. For a lot of people, that is a big omission and it weighed heavily on my mind before I decided to purchase it.I've had compacts before and they are ok but the screens are a little lacking in resolution and the same goes for the photographic output. The M promised to have the small, unobtrusive size of a compact and the power and quality of a DSLR...and, whew, it delivers.I was fairly... continue reading

Too much Photoshop?

A recent article (Too Much Photoshop)detailing how a winning photo had been disqualified because of too much post-editing made me wonder about my own post philosophy.In this shot of a modern building, for example, I decided to create a composite and added a plane over the building to add oomph to the picture. I don't feel any compunction about doing this since the intent was not to deceive but to enhance the image.I suppose for purists, the less retouching the better. And, in some regard,... continue reading

I've run out of reasons for not shooting RAW

I've finally run out of reasons for not shooting RAW.In days of yore, I used to be able to say:1)' It's a TIME-CONSUMING step importing RAW photos' into my computer and into my image-processing software--but, truth be told now, it takes about the same time regardless of the format I shoot in. With Photoshop or Lightroom and the speed of the latest multi-core processors, getting a bunch of RAW files onto the computer isn't cumbersome at all and actually unifies the workflow.2) 'The large... continue reading

Reflections on a photo contest...just days after US election

I've never won a photo contest--until just this week. Just days after Obama won a second term.It was an open contest put on by a local business group: you post a set of twelve pictures on Facebook and the ones with the most votes during a set period gets into a calendar (plus 15% of the sales of that calendar).It seems like an all right deal, except there was not a panel of judges and anyone could vote on the photographs so whoever could get the most people to vote for their photos could... continue reading

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