Articles by Marco Lijoi

Safari in Kenya

I was in Kenya for the winter holidays of New Year and I must say that was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever visited.I think every photographer should visit at least once in your life this wonderful country. Especially for those who love nature and animals, I recommend the safari in Tsavo East National Park.Here you can see up close many animals that live free in the bush: crocodiles, giraffes, baboons, eagles, cheetahs, leopards, lions, ostriches, warthogs, hippos and many more!... continue reading

Underwater photo tip: higher shutter speed!

This august I was in Red Sea and I did an early morning dive in the bay near the resort.With my Canon G9 digital camera and flash YS27DX I had a lot of troubles because of low shutter speed. So I tried to use high ISO values (more than 400 ISO) but I noticed that noise was really a lot!So I had the idea: fix 200 ISO and start to underexpose (1 or 2 stop) and compense the low light with more flash power! In this way I had higher shutter speed and darker background with the result of a more tridimensionality... continue reading

Diving in Polynesia

Polynesia is a wonderful paradise for divers and underwater photographers! I suggest you to go to Bora Bora and enjoy dives with lemon sharks and blacktips sharks...You can also see a lot of kind of sea-life animals (nudibranchs, trevally, shrimps, rays...) in different level dives, from easy to very hard ones!Always take with you the digital camera, with a power strobe if you can!You'll have a lot of opportunities to have good shots in the deep water of polynesian ocean! continue reading

Spring in Japan

Spring is the perfect season to go to Japan... Cherry blossoms, a few people, a lot of temples to visit!Tokyo is perfect if you want to walk a lot. Especially during night you can see the Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple) with wonderful artificial light. I like the five storied pagoda in nocturnal illumination!Kyoto is the most famous city if you want to live ancient traditions (tea ceremony, geisha dances...) or if you want to visit beautiful buildings, like the Gold Pavilion, with a very nice... continue reading

Build a simple and inexpensive light box

I found an article describing how to build an inexpensive light tent.I think it will be useful for amateur photographer that can't spent a lot of money but want to have good pictures!Infact with a light tent you can shot a picture from an object and isolate it from the background (also for change the BG color, like I made with this dragon!)So, go read the article from!How to make an inexpensive light tent continue reading

Underwater digital photography

I was in Red Sea this august and I took beautiful shots with my digital camera, a Canon Powershot G9. Today is very easy to become an underwater digital photographer, but you can also consider some techinical advice:- front perspective are the best choice: don't take picture from above... they are to common! Sometimes you can have good picture from bottom...- play with light: underwater, the sun have strange effects!- take pictures also while doing snorkeling: you can have best color in... continue reading

Paris in June

I was in Paris two weeks ago with my girlfriend.I think it's a really romantic and beautiful city!I suggest to visit Paris only by foot... We had long walking hours but in this way we could see a lot of nice streets and ancient buildings.The most beautiful day was spent in Montmartre, where you can see the "Sacre Coeur" basilica, a white and big sacre monument.Here you can see a lot of artists and little stores in a really special moodIn the Latin Quarter of Paris you can eat etnic... continue reading

Edit file .ico with photoshop

I found an interesting post on editing file .ico with photoshop.There is a free plugin that gives you this ability. So you can give to your webmaster the favicon.ico for his website!Read here for more info and download: continue reading

Canon Hacks Development Kit

CHDK extends your Canon PowerShot features without overwriting the original firmware of the digital cameraWith CHDK you can:* Save images in RAW format* Ability to run "Scripts" to automate the camera* Live histogram (RGB, blended, luminance and for each RGB channel)* Zebra mode (blinking highlights and shadows to show over/under exposed areas)* An "always on" full range Battery indicator* Ability to turn off automatic dark-frame subtraction* a higher... continue reading

Tutorial: Removing Backgrounds

I found some interesting tutorials on how to remove background from pictures with Photoshop.Here the links to these guides:Removing Backgrounds Quickly in PhotoshopCencellare lo sfondoEliminare lo sfondoSelezionare ed estrarre soggetti dallo sfondo continue reading

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