Photography

How to create 3D Photo for Facebook

Creating a 3D photo requires a little more work than taking a photo from a supported iPhone or Android phone but it is a great deal more flexible, as it allows you to customize the effect or even add depth to graphic images or even paintings.

First of all you must provide an image file and an associated depth map. The depth map is simply a grayscale version of the image where objects appear dark in the distance and become progressively lighter as they approach the camera. You will need Adobe Photoshop or any editing software than allow you to create multiply layers.

Below is an example of what I did to a graphic image by creating over 30 different layer with different tone of gray to create the depth.

After you have save the grayscale version of your image(save it as XXXX_depth.jpg). Together with your original image(XXXX,jpg), drag them together into the post box of your Facebook account and Facebook will do the rest. Enjoy!

You can see the effect here https://www.facebook.com/ken.koh.39/posts/10157259904571815

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Great Photography Magazine

If you love documentary photography, read chinese, then you should take a look at Lens.

《Lens杂志》(原名《LENS.视觉》或《财经.视觉》)杂志隶属财讯传媒,是一本深度关注社会、文化、历史和生活方式的影像新闻杂志。自2005年1月创办以来,以图文结合的叙述方式,关注不断变化的现实和永恒不变的人性,每一期都在努力成为您身边最具阅读价值的出版物。

http://www.lensmagazine.com.cn/

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See photographs from the battlefield of Indochina wars (Mar 23 - Apr 10)

Catch hard-hitting war photography that spans three decades across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. These vintage prints include ones by internationally renowned names such as David Douglas Duncan, Don McCullin, Larry Burrows. All the photographs showcased at Battlefield Lens Photographers of Indochina Wars 1950-1975 are a part of a private collection of Singaporean collector Judd Kinne, who was a US Marine Corps infantry officer in South Vietnam from 1967 – 69.


Battlefield Lens Photographers of Indochina Wars 1950-1975, Selegie Arts Centre, 30 Selegie Rd Singapore 188351

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Both Side, Now

A very interesting community engagement project called “Both Sides, Now” touched on the sensitive topic of death; what it means to live well and leave well.

One of the highlight of the engagement is a participatory performance called the “Last Dance”.

Last Dance takes the form of a gathering 100 days after a man’s passing, where his wife and son ask questions about death, life and memory, and try to seek closure in the process. Through dance, shared stories and open conversations, Both Sides, Now aims to bring the community closer to understanding the plans we need to make, and the legacies we want to leave behind.

Beside the performance, a group of Chong Pang’s very own elderly has spent the past year exploring the idea of personal legacy, through art making workshops by four artists Alecia Neo, Han Xuemei, Jasmine Ng and Shirley Soh. The resulting artworks, through which the elderly share their thoughts about living and dying, will be exhibited around the neighbourhood.

Both Sides, Now is presented by Lien Foundation, Ang Chin Moh Foundation, Drama Box and ArtsWok Collaborative, in collaboration with Yishun Health and Montfort Care Goodlife.

Unfortunately, by the time you read my post, the exhibition will be over by then but do head to their website to find out more about Both Sides, Now and their future programme.

http://www.bothsidesnow.sg/

#WHATMAKESSG PHOTO CONTEST 23 Apr to 22 May 2018

What makes Singapore one of the most diverse, dynamic and innovative countries on the planet?

The answer is all of us, and it’s time to tell your story through your camera lens.

Join National Geographic and MCI in this photography contest, as we celebrate #WhatMakesSG a unique city-state that has progressed from third world to first in a short span of 53 years, and what the future will be like for Singapore.

What makes Singapore a unique and exciting place to live, work and play? How would you best capture Singapore’s diversity, dynamism and future-ready spirit in transforming itself on the world stage?

Through your best photos, tell us #WhatMakesSg on Instagram or Facebook, and stand to win a National Geographic Photography Expedition trip to Yellowstone, Montana.

 

More information here

Presenting “Fallout” in Singapore

今天去了沈绮颖的"余波"分享会,很高兴新加坡也有这么杰出的摄影师。她的"北京地下的蜗居世界"和"中国矽肺矿工的勇气与爱"之前我就在杂志和网上看过了,只是没有想沈绮颖竟然是个新加坡人。

绮颖让我想起了柴静! 俩个格子都不高大的女子却都很有勇气的做纪实采访和摄影的工作。柴静刚进中央电视台当主持人时被骂别当了主持人,就不是人了(这里说的是从人的角度和真相去看事物)。这和绮颖在分享会说了你得先是个人才是摄影师的道理是有点一样的。人往往以不同的身份进行着不同的决定,但我们有没有不时的停下脚步(以人的本性)看看我们所做的决定呢?

P.s one of her family history project "One Day We'll Understand" will be on exhibition at the Esplanade Singapore's Jendela Gallery until 1st April 18

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Sebastião Salgado: “I had travelled to the dawn of time.”

After reading Sebastiao Salgado’s latest book “From my Land to the Planet“, I guess i have to catch this one “The Salt of the Earth“, directed by his son Juliano and the German director Wim Wenders. Sebastião Salgado has created some of the twentieth century’s most iconic photography. From war zones to famine, genocide to exodus, Salgado has documented many of the world’s major events of the last 40 years in crisp black-and-white pictures. He’s also won countless prizes, including being named last week as a Master of Photography at Photo London 2015. I will highly recommend to any photographers out there to read his book as u will find a lot of inspiration and comfort in one of the greatest social documentary photographer and photojournalist in our time.

Extract from the book(Looking death in the face):

I have always tried to show people in all their dignity. In the majority of cases, they are the victims of cruelty, of events. They are photographed at a time in which they have lost their homes, seen their loved ones murdered, sometimes even their own children. For the most part, they are innocent people who do not deserve the misfortunes that have struck them. I took these photos because I thought that everyone needed to know. That is my opinion, but I don’t force anyone to look at them. I am not here to lecture or to set my conscience at rest by arousing feelings of compassion. I took these images because I had a moral, ethical obligation to do so. In such moments of suffering, you may ask, what are morals, what are ethics? It is when I am faced with someone who is dying and I have to decide whether or not to release the shutter of my camera.

My first Milky Way shot

This was taken in Mount Bromo, Indonesia. Shooting the Milky Way is not that hard but you need to do your homework. Let me list down a few important point.

1) Find a dark sky: Do take into consideration of the Lunar calendar. A full moon night will ruin all your other planing.

2) Use a Tripod: Most of your shot will be in 20-30s so you will need a tripod!

3) The “500 rule: Basically, you to divide 500 by the focal length of the lens you’re using. So, if you have a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera, you will set your shutter speed to 20 sec. (500/24 = 20.83). If you’re working with a crop sensor camera be sure to account for the crop factor (typically 1.5 for Nikon and Sony, 1.6 for Canon).

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