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Do You Need Photoshop/Affinity Photo If You Have Lightroom?

As I mentioned last week, the lack of recent updates is attributed to the fact that I just purchased a copy of Affinity Photo and is playing around with it. Oh, and there is my real-life day job of course. ๐Ÿ˜›

The topic of today’s blog post is to answer a frequently-asked-question: Do you need a full-featured photo editor such as Photoshop (PS) or Affinity Photo (AP) if you already have a copy of Lightroom (LR)? Continue reading

The Latest MILCs – Slim, Attractive, Futuristic and Uncomfortable To Use

According to internet hype and opinion, the latest MILCs are absolutely squeezing Canikon with their latest slim, sexy and futuristic cameras. Of course, according to that even higher authority named Cosmic Reality, solely trusting opinions and statements on the internet could well lead to major regret. MILCs may be the future of cameras, but are their current forms truly uncompromisingly superior with little shortcomings? Continue reading

Why Canikon Needs To Respond To The Mirrorless Evolution, ASAP

(Images from CameraSize.com)

As we like to say in a creative visual industry, “a picture says a thousand words”.

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The Hasselblad X1D is not only visibly smaller than Nikon’s current resolution and dynamic-range champion D810, it is also a considerable 255g lighter. That’s a lot of heft and weight! Bear in mind the Hasselblad has a physically larger sensor,ย more resolution atย 50MB+, obviously superior dynamic range and better ISO performance! Continue reading

500px Still Needs To Fix Their Grid View (2016)

Amazingly, there really are several things that Flickr still does better than 500px even in 2016. Nevermind what the un-thinking, ย un-discerning masses buoyed by popular fad think. :p

For a long time, many users were asking 500px to display images in their original proportions instead of forcing users to specify a square crop from their images. We finally got it in 2016! Unfortunately, the images displayed in grid view are all blurry. Continue reading

Do You Need Full-Frame?

I have been slow in updating this site recently, as I have been busy going through a lot of stock and private images. My family prefer not to have their images shared in public ๐Ÿ˜› , and stock photographs being what they are – look extremely boring. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Fortunately, there is still something constructive I can share in writing during this lull.

I wish to talk about whether one really needs a full-frame (abbreviated FF) camera. FF has been perceived as the ultimate medium for image quality as long as we do not cross over to the pro-level medium-format and its eye-watering price tags. The best medium one can buy within the boundaries of (relative) affordability. However, does one really need it? Continue reading

Choosing Lenses: Zoom Lens Or Prime Lens?

As a photographer progresses from being a simple beginner to becoming an enthusiast, questions of choosing which lenses to add to their arsenal eventually arises. Every photographer eventually asks this question multiple times in a life-long pursuit and maintenance of photography equipment: “Prime lens or zoom lens?”

Like most people, I started out in photography with a trusty 18-55mm zoom kit lens. Then I got a 55-300mm zoom lens to cover the telephoto range. Then I started browsing photography forums and learned about the alleged higher performance of fixed-focal-length prime lenses. After a year or two, I started switching to prime lenses for their higher performance and compact nature. In fact, there was a good full year where every lens in my camera bag was a prime. Then I got a zoom lens again, and as of the date of this article my lens collection consists of one zoom lens and two prime lenses.

Now having stood on both sides of the fence with regards to the zoom versus prime debate, I believe I can provide an unbiased opinion on this matter. I am not interested in some kind of theological or philosophical correctness, but rather in sharing advice with others who may be pondering this matter, so everyone can be well-informed and can make their purchase investments wisely.
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