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Cool Purchase #2: Trey Ratcliff’s E-Book Bonus Bundle

I love reading the most current material about photography and I love reading beautifully designed book that really jump off the screen. So when I purchased Trey’s ebook bonus bundle, I love reading each volume.  Not to mention a few of the ebook templates were designed by Ulsan’s own Griffin Stewart!!


Cool Purchase #1: Imagenomic’s Noiseware

While I was on a shoot for 10 Magazine, I encountered a problem: noisy pictures. When your are shooting in dark areas and need sharp shots you often need to bump up the iso. The general rule is that you should shoot in the lowest possible iso that you can, in order to reduce the noise. In this case, I was shooting between iso 800 and 1600. Suffice to say that the images were noisy and not up to snuff.


Hacked

This week started off interesting. As I woke up in the morning, I began to start a new entry when for some reason I couldn’t access my admin page. I didn’t really have time to do anything about it because I was running late and just ran off to work. Later, I found my blog showing a different page and Dylan Goldby also sent me a message informing of this strange looking page.

By the time that I got Dylan’s message I was in full research-mode trying to figure out how they got in. Was I using a randomly chosen password check! Was I using the latest version of wordpress check! Was everything else up to date check! So now what? First of all, I had to get access to my admin page and change the password.


Waygook Photographers

 

If you are a teacher or someone who is in Korea and spends a lot of time on forums, then you no doubt have heard of waygook.org. The site has been extremely popular in the last several months. The community is trying to be a positive influence and help teachers with everything from lesson plans to how to use your bank card.

Recently a Flickr group was put together by Zeegs to promote the works of photographers from waygook.org. In a matter of days, the group has climbed in numbers and submissions. There is a healthy group of photographers in Korea, so I hope that they continue to grow.


Camera Shopping in Korea

During my morning scan of blogs and forums I came across an interesting thread on Waygook.org that pushed me to write a quick note about shopping for cameras in Korea. The first thread that I read was about a waygook that got scammed at Technomart in Seoul which stemmed from her earlier post where she was trying to get rid of a Canon 550D that she had bought a few weeks ago and felt that she did not need. The responses in the thread made her realize that she paid a lot more for the camera then she should have. From my estimate, she was over-charged about 400,000 to 500,000 won and that is never good.


National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2011

 

I am a big fan of photo contests. Not for the fame and fortune, or even the competition, but just for the simple fact that I love pushing my photography and the contests always give a theme and a direction to push towards. The bonus is that if you win, you usually get something nice, but again it is not the driving factor behind my motives.


40 shot assignment

Have you have stuck on a prime lens and forced yourself to strictly use it with out reaching for the wide-angle or your telephoto? Have you ever taken 40 different shots of the same subject using the same lens? Ready for a challenge?

I was recently watching D-Town TV and they gave out an assignment for their final episode of the season. The assignment is to shoot 40 different pictures of a single subject. That is not for an event or of a place… just a single subject.  Also zooming is not allowed, you must lock-down the zoom or use a prime lens.

So lets take a Korean spin on this and try and shoot 40 different shots of a Korean subject. Think about things that define the Korean Culture, choose one and photograph it. The ideas coming of the top of my head are:


Photography Resources for Photographers in KOREA

One of the biggest challenges about being a photographer in Korea is skill development. There are a ton of great photographers and clubs here but the language barrier is often a challenge. However there are a ton of great resources in Korea and on the web to help you develop your skill to its highest Potential.

1. Seoul Photography Club


Gwangju News is Looking for Photographers

Talented photographer Mark Eaton posted today about the Gwangju News needs photographers to submit photos for a 2-page layout showcasing the photographers work. This is a great way to get exposure for you photography and to get your work printed.

The Gwangju News is looking for about 10-15 photos from the photographer for consideration and that is it! Now for those that are doubtful that their work is good enough, just think to yourself “what do I have to lose?” NOTHING. Then ask yourself “What do I have to gain?” Exposure, confidence in your work, satisfaction that your passion has got on the pages of a print publication that is read by many people… Thats enough for me!

Submissions can be sent to gwangjunews@gmail.com


Buddha’s Birthday 2011

It is almost that time of year when the beautiful temples of Korea decorate themselves for Buddha’s birthday. This is one of my favorite times of the year. From the lantern festivals to the beautifully lit temples that light up not only the cities but the forest and mountains as well.

So what are you going to do?

Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul This is a huge event that draws thousand of people every year to watch the parade and view the lanterns. Every year I see many great shots come out of this festival. For more information, click the link above or here for the KTO’s write up on it


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