Flickr and Marrisa

Flickr revamped with a new lay­out. Bold, strong. Every­thing shouts loud­ness when you visit the site.

I have been a Flickr Pro user since 2005, and I can prob­a­bly tell you the ins and outs of Flickr, and how to manip­u­late it.

While I love the new inter­face, I also hate it. The code is just rub­bish, the site loads slug­gishly and a whoop­ing amount of RAM.

Then there is the CEO Marissa Mayer who bans telecom­mut­ing in Yahoo! just because she can build her own nurs­ery in her office.

Well, I don’t work for Yahoo! but her press state­ment given dur­ing the announce­ment of Flickr’s redesign really hit that button.

>…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cam­eras as per­va­sive as they are, there is no such thing really as pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers, when there’s every­thing is pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers. Cer­tainly there is vary­ing lev­els of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro any­more, we wanted every­one to have pro­fes­sional qual­ity pho­tos, space, and sharing.

I am totally dis­gusted with your state­ment. The years of hard work, com­mit­ment, and ded­i­ca­tion I put into, are now con­sid­ered as passé because every­one owns a cam­era? What were you drink­ing before mak­ing that statement?

In the ‘dog eat dog’ world of pho­tog­ra­phy, espe­cially in Malaysia where every­one under­cuts every­one at any given opportunity.

I am tired.

For­mally Pro­fes­sional Photographer.

(Update: Mar­risa Mayer took it to Twit­ter to explain her remarks, how­ever, I feel that she should address it as a state­ment than a @mention)

Infographic: The Cost Of Adobe Creative Cloud VS Box Set

Adobe had caused a stir a cou­ple of weeks ago when they announce its sub­scrip­tion based ‘Cre­ative Cloud’ ser­vice.

To help you under­stand Adobe’s con­fus­ing pric­ing sys­tems, the good folks at Dig­i­tal Cam­era Info has put together an info­graphic that com­pares the cost of boxed sets and the cost of a ‘Cre­ative Cloud’ subscription.

After the jump.


Lightroom Presets: Portraiture

A lot of my stu­dio work involves work­ing with mod­els. It is really easy to make minor adjust­ments to make the image pop espe­cially when the model already have flaw­less skin.

I like to do these before send­ing the images to Pho­to­shop for manipulation.

F&F Kids MF 23867

Like the pre­vi­ous Light­room Pre­sets, you tog­gle Adjust­ment Brush by tap­ping the K key.


Are You Paying Your Photographer Enough?

With any other jobs, pho­tog­ra­phers are paid for our time. The time that we spend behind the cam­era actu­ally press­ing on the shut­ter but­ton is just frac­tion of the time spent for a shoot.

Let’s talk about a typ­i­cal Chi­nese weddings.

Alex Foo & Lilian Heng Tea Ceremony

Due to some Chi­nese believe that cer­tain cer­e­mony needs to be held at cer­tain time, Chi­nese wed­ding cer­e­mony can start as early as 4 am in the morn­ing, to pre­pare, to dress up and all these needs to be or are expected to be documented.

In Chi­nese wed­dings, the groom often trav­els to the bride’s to pick up the bride. Then trav­el­ing back to the groom’s.