Reader Question: My Photos Shot at Dusk Are Often Underexposed. Am I Doing Anything Incorrectly?

Hi there, recently I got another guest post published at DPS (Digital Photography School) website. Please check out Tips for Using Neutral Density Filters for Cityscape Photography at Blue Hour if you haven’t yet. Today, I’m going to answer a reader question. It’s probably a problem very familiar to us cityscape photographers shooting long exposure Read more

One View with Two Different Takes: In-focus and Out-of-focus Cityscapes with Bokeh Lights

A few months ago, I published a post titled Photographing Out-of-focus Blue Hour Cityscapes with Bokeh Lights, and I’m back here with more of those fascinating out-of-focus photos PLUS in-focus photos photographed together. If you’re a regular visitor of my Tumblr , you may be aware that I’ve been hooked on out-of-focus cityscapes with bokeh Read more

Reader Question: Is There Any One Long Exposure Setting That Works in All Situations?

Is there any one long exposure setting that works in all situations? Question came in from Ron There is no definite answer to this, but I typically start the long exposure 10 to 5 minutes before the end of dusk (check gaisma.com for your local dusk time) using f/11 or f/13 with a base shutter Read more

Long Exposure Photographers’ Worst Nightmares

Recently I’ve got another guest post (How to Avoid Blurry Long Exposure Images with Proper Tripod Setup ) published on DPS (Digital Photography School) website. Please check out if you haven’t yet! In fact, setting a tripod too tall in high winds and ending up with blurry images is quite a common rookie mistake. I Read more

Photographing Out-of-focus Blue Hour Cityscapes with Bokeh Lights

One sunny evening, I was shooting BTS (behind the scenes) shots of my clamp tripod in downtown Singapore. Then somehow got into a playful mode and shot out-of-focus cityscapes with pleasing bokeh lights that I had seen many times before but never got around to try it myself. Since my first attempt, I’ve been a Read more

Optimize Images to Make Your Website Load Faster: Finding a Balance Between Photo Quality and File Size

There is one thing I’ve been working on recently, which is making my website load faster. With more people using their mobile devices to access websites these days, Google now uses page loading speed as one of the search engine ranking factors, and has introduced Google PageSpeed Insights where they give your website a score Read more

Going Wider than 18mm – Part 3

Going Beyond 18mm, at Last! After much deliberation, testings seen on Part 1 and Part 2 and sitting on the fence, I’ve finally purchased a lens that goes beyond 18mm. Yay! It’s Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) . With the price tag of USD2000, it has become one of the most expensive stuff I own (probably only Read more

Going Wider than 18mm – Part 2

To further continue my pursuit to shoot wider, I recently rented Nikon 14-24mm (f/2.8) . This is the widest and literally the top lens among Nikon’s wide angle lenses. As a cityscape photographer, this has been my dream lens, and I even felt a bit awe-struck to put it on my Nikon D610 body! Many Read more

Going Wider than 18mm – Part 1

Being an enthusiast cityscape photographer shooting at twilight and dusk (a.k.a. blue hour), I’m a bit obsessed with shooting wider. Going from 27mm (Cropped Sensor DSLR) to 18mm (Full Frame DSLR): A Real Game Changer Firstly, replacing Nikon D7000 (cropped sensor DSLR) with Nikon D610 (full frame DSLR) back in 2014 let me go much Read more

Tripod Talks

When I started taking photos with DSLR, I wasn’t aware of the importance of choosing a right tripod, using and maintaining it right way. I’ve slowly learned the lessons by making ignorant mistakes like setting it up too tall in high winds and ending up with photos that are not sharp. A tripod is really Read more

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