Tuesday, April 05, 2011




Photos were taken while I was chilling out at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. As you can see, these photos are filled yellow/orange cast that washes over the entire photos. Blah!

The problem is an overly yellow/orange cast does not work too well with food. Dark food photos are depressing and unappetizing. Yellow/orange or blue cast food photos look terrible. Imagine blue bacon.

I was in a place where natural light was unavailable. I didn't want to use flash because - “Never use a flash when taking food photo as it flattens everything out,” says photographer John Kernick.

Having just switched from a point-and-shoot camera, the many functions of the DSLR had me very confused and I feel intimidated by all the settings and buttons on the camera.

When Ralph arrived, he taught me how to adjust the ISO and the white balance on the camera.

Blah to bam!



Okay, maybe not ‘bam!’ yet, but that's much better!

However, I've forgotten all of what he had taught me.

Oh well, the only way to get better at taking photos is just to keep on taking photos. I'm still learning (as always).



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65 comments

gagay said... @ 6/4/11 2:55 AM

;) ;) ;)

Mariuca said... @ 6/4/11 2:56 AM

=-O

Mariuca said... @ 6/4/11 2:56 AM

GG SSG! =-O =-O

gagay said... @ 6/4/11 2:57 AM

morning te moN!

gagay said... @ 6/4/11 2:58 AM

=-O =-O =-O =-O GP! Morning! ;)

Mariuca said... @ 6/4/11 2:59 AM

Oh okay I see the difference but too bad u forgot what R taught you... so complicated is it? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca said... @ 6/4/11 2:59 AM

I'm sure u will get the hang of things soon enough... :* :*

gagay said... @ 6/4/11 3:00 AM

not bad learning to manipulate your new dslr te mon..more to go..but seeing u with this post,ur a fast learner.. :D

Mariuca said... @ 6/4/11 3:00 AM

Until then, have fun learning sweetie! Wah so these are BAC pics he he! wowie! :-D :-D

gagay said... @ 6/4/11 3:01 AM

;) ;) ;) i suggest u make ur photo blog te mon! ;) ;) ;) with photo trick tutorials too :-D

gagay said... @ 6/4/11 3:01 AM

;) ;) ;) i suggest u make ur photo blog te mon! ;) ;) ;) with photo trick tutorials too :-D

tekkaus said... @ 6/4/11 3:11 AM

Wow....too many settings right? That's why. You should stop using DSLR. Send it to me. :p

tekkaus said... @ 6/4/11 3:11 AM

I would be intimidated too. But I am sure you can gt the hang of it in no time. :D

LadyJava said... @ 6/4/11 3:22 AM

yeap.. ISO is the way to way.. the darker the place.. the higher the ISO.. :)

LadyJava said... @ 6/4/11 3:29 AM

have fun with your new camera dearie!!

Caroline Ng May Ling said... @ 6/4/11 10:16 AM

8-) 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling said... @ 6/4/11 10:16 AM

hehe slowly learn dearie! ;) ;) ;)

Caroline Ng May Ling said... @ 6/4/11 10:17 AM

I also dunno much about DSLR, dats y when play with Eric's one, i let him set everything n i only snap snap!! =-X =-X :-P :-P

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Merryn said... @ 6/4/11 6:11 PM

wah wah wah.. seems that u r learning more n more each day :D

*Michael said... @ 6/4/11 7:42 PM

Nice toy needs new skill :* :* :*

*Michael said... @ 6/4/11 7:43 PM

Have fun! :* :* :*

*Michael said... @ 6/4/11 7:44 PM

Your journey as a professional photographer! :* :* :*

Rizal said... @ 6/4/11 9:48 PM

Congrats. I am sure, over time, your skill will be full of OHSEMNESS.

Yeah it can be intimidating at first with all buttons and settings. But dont let those things bully you ya : )

Rizal said... @ 6/4/11 9:51 PM

Take lots of pictures and play with the settings. I ll have my own favourite settings that i use. Sometimes when i am too lazy, i just use my magic wand "The super intelligent mode" - which let me to only focus on the picture composition. Hehehe :-D

Rizal said... @ 6/4/11 9:54 PM

So do you use food mode or user settings mode on this one Mon?

P/s : ehhh Ralph ada blog ke? :-D

Hong Ann Tan said... @ 6/4/11 10:04 PM

Now I'm itchin' for a new DSLR lol... =D

Bella Enveeus said... @ 6/4/11 10:48 PM

Hi sweetie! I've not owned my own DSLR but from the ones I lend, I didn't have much prob with the settings. It's very easy once u get the hang of it. Unless of course, you want to start shooting something specific, like the sunset with all it's pretty yellow orange sky, then that would need a little more skill

Bella Enveeus said... @ 6/4/11 10:49 PM

But just like they say with hobbies - "Practice makes perfect!" :-) ;-)

Bluedreamer said... @ 7/4/11 3:57 AM

oh so that's Yellow cast.. haha

Bluedreamer said... @ 7/4/11 3:58 AM

yup... it looks great compare to the photo above... :-D :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 4:19 AM

GG! ;) :)

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 4:19 AM

morning GG! 8-) 8-)

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 4:25 AM

Thanks for the encouraging words GG! :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 4:27 AM

huh? photo blog with photo trick tutorials? hahaha...I'm totally not qualified enough.. :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 4:28 AM

Mariuca! :* :*

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 5:21 AM

haha Mariuca..yeah too bad I forgot what R taught me..hmm maybe I'm too dumb for a 550D lol! actually this BAC is not really a beginner’s camera :-P :-P

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 5:27 AM

yeah I must take a lot of photographs and practice, practice, practice :* :*

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 5:30 AM

Thanks sweetie! haha yeah these are BAC pics..but langsung not nice! I mean the first and second pics :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 1:43 PM

hahaha so smart la u Tekkaus! :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 1:44 PM

hehe...I hope so :-P

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 1:55 PM

yeah but I choose the lowest ISO setting possible that will give me a photo with the least amount of noise and blur :)

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 1:55 PM

thanks LJ!! ;)

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 1:55 PM

8-) 8-) 8-) Caroline!

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 1:56 PM

ok sweetie...very slow edi! :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:00 PM

haha same here la! :-P :-P ohh what brand of DSLR is Eric using ah?

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:02 PM

Thanks, I'll check it out.. :)

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:05 PM

hahaha Merryn! Having fun and learning at the same time :-P

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:06 PM

Michael! :* :* :*

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:10 PM

TQ! :* :* :*

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:21 PM

hehe... I don't have the skill to turn my passion for photography into a career, yet! :* :* :*

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:24 PM

hahaha they bully me la :-P anyway, thanks for the encouraging words Rizal! :)

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:30 PM

yeah I take lots of pics but don't know how to play around with the different settings :-[ :-[ "The super intelligent mode"??? hmm teach me la! :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:35 PM

errr what is food mode on a camera?? -___- *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

hahaha no, tak ada blog... he doesn't even have time to read my blog! why leh? :-D :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:39 PM

hahaha go get a DSLR, you won't regret it!! :) ;)

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:43 PM

hey sweetie! yeah Ralph also said very easy *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* but he memang has been playing around with DSLR cameras, like u la :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:46 PM

I agree! No matter what we're trying to do, practice makes perfect! ;) :)

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:48 PM

hahhaa yeah a strong yellow cast.. :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 7/4/11 2:50 PM

hehe thanks B.D.! :-P :-P

Life Ramblings said... @ 7/4/11 5:13 PM

Good luck with your adventure in photography! i haven't experience much with white balance, so no comment on this.

Life Ramblings said... @ 7/4/11 5:14 PM

Using auto works wonderfully for me but I like the examples you posted. You are going to have a great time with it.

Shemah said... @ 7/4/11 10:52 PM

Hey Mon!! :) Don't worry too much about it, you've only had your camera less than a week.. by the end of this month, you'll be a pro at it.. :) Ala same lah like last time ppl have phones with LCD light also oredi wuaah.. see now how phones have evolved and ppl don't have a problem adapting pun. hahaha.. :)

Yes, play with the ISO, aperture and color balance for places with natural light.. but yeah lah, if too high the iso, also higher in noise.. not nice also. but your ISO goes up to tens of thousands right?? That's super awesome lah. Don't think you need to use so high also but at least you have a camera that can! :)

Anyways, have fun taking pictures!! Be your own photographer and take what you feel.. and not what others think is right. :)

foongpc said... @ 7/4/11 11:37 PM

What a difference it makes right? Hate the yellow cast on the photos!!!

foongpc said... @ 7/4/11 11:38 PM

Yes, never use flash. In fact I don't use flash on anything. prefer to take photos without flash. Better to use the light extension instead of the in built flash.

foongpc said... @ 7/4/11 11:39 PM

Faster learn about ISO and aperture and then teach us!! I have ISO and aperture in my camera too, but too lazy to experiment, prefer to take auto mode. Hahaha!!

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