Articles by Ed Dayrit

Getting Into Macrophotography: My Two Cents Worth

Macrophotography is a lot of fun and one of the most rewarding kind of photography you can do.But it can also be an expensive proposition --- the camera, the lens, and the medical bills if you happen to annoy a few insects in the process :) While you can definitely start with a compact camera as I did, serious macrophotography requires some serious gadgets. So before you make any purchase, be sure you'll stick it out and make sure you know what you want to get out of macrophotography.Here are... continue reading

Why I Chose The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L Over The EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L

Money is no object so ... LOL; how I wish that were true :) But it DOES matter, and matter a whole lot, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the 24-105 is $300 less expensive (in the Philippines) than the 24-70 and is even the more appropriate lens for me.I didn't know there was a 24-105mm before the 24-70's exorbitant price drove me to painstaking research :)Here's a rundown of the points I considered:1. Zoom Range: The 24-105 is 35mm more far-reaching than the 24-70; a nice advantage... continue reading

How I Took This Photo: Sunbathing Skink

There it was, a skink, out in the garden, on a rock, sunbathing as I opened the door to take in the morning.So I went for my camera instead of my toothbrush and fired away.First from six meters, then five, then four, circling around the skink to find the perfect shot.She seemed to enjoy the sun so much that she didn't mind my prying camera, so I moved in ever so closely and gently till I was seeing eye to eye with her, about six feet away.My 100mm macro lens hit the spot, so sitting on the... continue reading

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait (and Keep Uploading)

Have you been waiting forever for that first ever download?Or perhaps you've been stuck with download number 10 or even 100.Maybe some of your photos just haven't been downloaded at all. Do you feel like throwing in the towel?Sometimes, perhaps often, things just don't move as quickly as we want them to.And this can really get us down; No, not downloaded, d-o-w-n :)But that is just the way life is.Things take time, and good things take lots of time.Good things like getting to 1,000... continue reading

1000 - 7 = 993 Images Away From The Goal :)

My latest upload to dreamstime: A shot of my own guitar. That brings the total number of images in my "portfolio" to 7 :) That's 993 images away from the goal of 1000 :) A few more years and a lot more gray hair and we'll get there :) continue reading

The Challenges of Macrophotography

Macrophotography presents its own set of challenges quite distinct from your usual photography.First of all, you have to spring for the lens, and that's nothing to sneeze at.Then, you have to get dirty --- I mean, you have to kneel, sit, even lie on the ground to take the shots you want.You have to assume awkward, sinew stretching positions so you can take a picture of that itsy bitsy ladybug underneath that teeny weeny leaf.Plus you have to suffer ants feasting on your feet and endure static... continue reading

Photography Is Good For You

What's good about photography is that it keeps you constantly searching for beauty ---- a scene, a person, a thing ---- and that is good for your mind, body, and spirit. It keeps you positive. And you don't have to go far to find beauty. It's all around you. It's beneath you, it's above you, it's beside you, it's behind you. And it's right in front of you. You just need to open the eyes of your mind and feel with your heart.So go get a camera and shoot the world. You don't need to spend a fortune... continue reading

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