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The Rule on photography : FEEL IT !!

I always admire my shoot. Even, in the end of the day, i throw it. I would not always to think what people thinking about my shoot. Yes, we need a feedback so we can move foward. BUT sometimes it will kill your mood on photography.

Here, they asked me why i took this shot.


I said, “sometimes, you just feel it, not seeing it”.


Price tag your photos. “Don’t but need it, ugh”

For me, the hardest part in photography is when people start to admire my job, and followed by with these questions,

“Do you get money from these (photos)?” or, if i want to put these (photos) in my brochure, how much?, and “These are superb photos, please name your price.”


You love photography so much you’d do it for free, but you want to make money, and ugh, you’re torn. You know who you are, even though you “need” to, because you kind of hate that money has to be a part of this at all. You feel guilty about changing prices, yet also guilty about ‘not’ changing them.–psychology for photographers

outdoor shooting @bukit pelindung : laying down : composition


Photo was taken using 5MP lenovo handphone camera and reprocessed using afterfocus software

“Shoot and post with what ever you have in every situation”. This will boost up both your skill and your passion in photography.

This shot was managed by my wife with only 5MP handset camera. No special set was used, only focus with composition. Simple retouched was done in afterfocus and pixlromatic software later on.

That is me on the photo. My wife and i went to bukit pelindung, kuantan, pahang state of malaysia to do some physical exercise. Lucky me that i brought my nikon D90 with 18-55mm kit lens and 50mm 1.8 lens (1990). So i took a fee photos of tower in there. Yes, in the top of this hill there are 7 towers for communication. This is one of them.


Suggestion, never hesitate to sit, lay down or even crowl, to get better composition.



Nikon D90 50mm F1.8 lens @F2.8 1/50sec ISO 800

This is the last picture from my Nikon D90. Coz just now, she has been passed to new owner. Not if because i need money urgently. She was my eyes to see the world. well, there is no time for grieving. let observe this picture…

Actually, this is my first attempt with this kind of shot. Never read “how to” regarding this type of shot. I know..i know.., you can key in the words of food photography technique in google and in a sec…baam!! problem solved. or you can read a book like Digital photography by Scott Kelby and you will get the answer, soon.

However, sometimes, learning from experience using all knowledge that you have to solve a new thing, is quite interesting. So then, this is only my opinion, open discussion for public.

1. Lighting,
This is not lightNing sorry bad joke. 🙂
The most important of food photography is lighting. It is almost the same like you do product photography. You have to control the light. Using artificial light source usually is the best way in this shot e.g. flash gun, studio light, or even two or three table lamp.

However, sadly to say, i did not have that kind of light soure. the only light was coming from the window in my kitchen’s wife. Reflector, diffuser? Nope, did not prepare with one of them. Lucky me, the glass on the window is covered by blury material, so it can be considered as diffuser, right?

2. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, camera set
Not one of them is important, i mean, they are not the “K” factor, but really give amount of contibution here. Let say, i want to focus on very specific part of the food, so that is why i am using F2.8.

Then, Shutter speed never mind coz my set was A-mode. ISO 800 was set to unsure my sensor got enough light.

3. Composition
Yes, it is same important as lighting. Even, it should be the first set you have to consider. Try to shoot in every angle, position, set of food, set of background, etc. Then, analyze in your “darkroom”.

So, here we go, Timlo, a special food from Solo, center of java, Indonesia.