Monday, 28 April 2014

How : Write the perfect travel journal

Follow these simple tips from the travellers behind award-winning Wanderlustmagazine for a travel journal that will keep your memories alive for years to come.

Ask yourself Who’s the diary for? Is it just for you to read – or to share with your friends? This could influence what you put in or leave out! It will also influence the tone and style in the way you write.
A journal is a wonderful memoir When writing your notes think about what you’ll want to remember from the trip in ten, 20, or even 30 years time.
The beginning and the end Use the beginning and end of the journal to set the scene, as a reference.
Things you might want to include are: your itinerary; your route plotted on a map; a ‘cast list’ of people you meet en route (include brief descriptions or even photos to job your memory); contact details of the people you would like to keep in touch with (and do keep in touch with them!); lists of ‘top moments’ or ‘best bits’ from your trip – best sunset, view, meal, restaurant etc.

Bring your journal to life
Entries don’t have to be chronological 
Write whatever catches your imagination, whenever it occurs to you.
You don’t have to record everything 
What you leave out is as important as what you put in.
Use dialogue 
Funny things you’ve overheard, or as conversation with a camel driver, for example.
Use ALL your senses 
Write about the sounds, smells, tastes and even textures.
Avoid listing your activities/descriptions/surroundings '
And then I did this... and then I did that’, it’s a captivating story not a repetitive list.
Illustrate it The act of drawing a building, termite mound or character will help etch them in your memory.
Scrap it!Stick in tickets, bottle labels, snippets from local newspapers, receipts etc –use the pocket in the back of the journal to hold them or stick them in next to the day they refer to – leaving you with a thick, full memory to look back on.

The practicalities
Give a day and date for each new memory – or you’ll forget what happened when.
Leave gaps here and there – you’ll be able to add things in as/when you remember them.
Get it down on paper while it’s fresh – it will be much more vivid. If there’s not enough time for a full description, jot down a few key words, which will jog your memory and fill in the gaps later.
It’s your journal so stick to what interests YOU. If you want to record distance in miles covered, units of wine drunk, funny road signs, tacky souvenirs, or cute cats then great – that’s your prerogative.
Enjoy yourself! Your travels and trips are fun – and your journal should be too! For you – the writer – and for those who will later read it.

this is written by Lyn Hughes and taken from Wanderlust!

Notebook: Midori Traveler's

Yeah, Notebook time~  I have been keeping this entry for a quite long time because the internet connection from the place I live right now, it is pretty messed up ==.  

Ok!  Midori traveler's notebook is from Japan & if you are interested with the Japan's site, click me.  And yeah the 'Traveler' name is the company it's from.  The midori is green in Japanese.  

The MIDORI brand creates paper products, including letters, greetings cards, colored papers and stickers, and creative design stationery with sophisticated designs.  Since its establishment in 1950, the Midori brand has been popular with many customers and has produced many hit products and long sellers.  In addition to sophisticated designs, we manufacture goods that combine both beauty and functionality by paying special attention to beauty and materials used.

We can use this to jot down any important & precious moments when travelling.  But you may also use it for another purpose too; for instance, list books, planner & etc.  Just rely on your creativity!  
Below are some photos of the cute and classy notebook I found randomly!  They are not mine~

Japanese Travel Journal #art #drawing #scrapbook Midori Traveler's Notebook

midori traveler's notebooks | Flickr - Fotosharing!

Midori Traveler's Notebook 5th Anniversary Edition


Midori Traveler's Notebook - beyond!
Another product set from the company
Woa this is so classy and awesome!
A short video on Midori Art Journal

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Why Should you Keep a Photography Notebook?

I found a brilliant post entry while searching for some infos on photos in notebooks.  I came across with this wonderful site & I fell in love instantly.  I never knew a photographer actually keep a notebook with themselves all the time whenever & wherever <singing like Shakira> And here is a note on why we should keep a photography notebook especially if you proclaimed as one.  This is suitable to any of us that is starting out as a photographer.  I hope we can be successful in this field :D.
This is a reblog & taken from Bumbles and Light. Credit to the owner.
Before digital cameras, photographers would keep notebooks to help them remember the various settings that they used for each exposure on a roll of film. They could develop the film and then go back to compare their notes with the outcome, deciding which settings worked, which did not and how they could either emulate the results in another shoot or what they should change for next time. With digital photography, we only have to look at our exif data on the computer to reveal our settings for each photograph, so why should we still keep a photography notebook?
It is still important that we have somewhere to make notes and record reminders. I prefer using a paper notebook because that’s how I work best, I enjoy writing by hand and having something physical to refer to, but you could keep notes on your smartphone using an app or any other electronic device you choose… although I find it’s best to use something that you can carry with you at all times. The notebooks I like to use have plain paper as opposed to ruled lines. I prefer this so that I have space to make drawings and sketches of ideas if I need to and so that I have room to make notes on previous ideas. If you go for a paper notebook, choose something sturdy as you will be using it and carrying it around often.

Photographer's Notebook, creative photography ideas, photography notebook

Photographer's Notebook, creative photography ideas, photography notebook

Notebook. No photographer should be without one!
- Ansel Adams
Having a notebook also means that you have something to refer back to when feeling uninspired. Hopefully the wonderful ideas you recorded on previous days will serve to inspire you on days when you may be feeling less creative.
What to Write in your Photography Notebook
Anything you like.

Use your notebook to keep track of those elusive concept ideas that you come up with in the dead of night, just as you begin to fall asleep. Ideas seem to strike at the most inopportune of times, I’ll find myself scribbling in my notebook while I’m waiting outside my son’s school for him to finish for the day, as I’m out working/dog walking, or as I’m brewing the morning’s coffee.

You can use your notebook to make a note of awesome locations you might see when you’re out without your camera, or perhaps in a car or on public transport and unable to stop. Locations that might work better at a different time of day, or a different season. Make notes and come back to them.
You can keep magazine clippings in your notebook to inspire you. Posing ideas from fashion magazines, interesting compositions, lighting or just generally inspirational images. Attach them to your pages and write notes alongside them.
As you’re editing, if you find an image that didn’t quite work but you’d still like to try and re-take it you can make a note of it. The location, why you think it didn’t work out the first time, ideas to try next time.
Keep notes of things you learn while reading or watching instructional videos and might like to try out yourself. You could be learning to use artificial lighting for the first time, use your notebook to sketch out lighting setups or to write ideas.

 Photographer's Notebook, creative photography ideas, photography notebook
Photographer's Notebook, creative photography ideas, photography notebook
Eventually, your photography notebook will become almost like a journal of your art and thought processes. These notebooks are good to hold onto, as you would a regular journal, to look back on. You might find yourself inspired years later by an idea you scribbled down hurriedly while standing in line to pay for your groceries.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Illustration : cameras & more cameras!

camera icon
For this entry, I am sharing a few of my favourite illustrations of cameras.  Variety of artists use camera as their subject in their work of arts.  They are amazingly beautiful and cute.  We can buy the prints and paste them on our room's wall or the walls in the living room as a source of inspiration.  Variety types of cameras were used in the making and they indeed a wonderful motivation for the art lovers.  I include a few Etsy shops here too.

toy camera

Illustrations by Chalermphol Harnchakkham - camera
by Chalermphol Harnchakkham
Camera Illustrations by Andrey Maxim.
by Andre Maxim

Christine Berrie's Illustration
by Christine Berrie

Camera Illustration, Camera Art, Print, Illustration, Vintage Teal Camera, Camera Collector, Photographer - Little Imperial Number 32/50
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Camera Art Print, Camera Poster, Digital Illustration, Camera Wall Decor, Antique Photography Camera Art Digital Poster, Vintage Camera
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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tip: Photographing with Backlight+ Sun flare

Who doesn't love a glowing background? There's something so gorgeous about an abundance of light taking over a photo- casting the perfect light on your subject. To do this, place your subject in front of a light source (in this case, we used the sun) and don't be afraid to experiment. There's no right or wrong it's all about placing your subject in the right place and once you have your settings in place- have your subject experiment with different poses, which allows the sun to peek through various body movements. The outcome really is beautiful and has a tendency to have a vintage and classic look.
When we took these photos, Kelli placed Emma directly in front of the sun and then let her pose so that the light leaked through it different ways. 

When we took these photos, Kelli placed Emma directly in front of the sun and then let her pose so that the light leaked through it different ways. 

The best time of day to experiment with glowing light is during the magic hour or anytime when the sun is lower in the sky. This makes it easier to pose your model in front of it! 

Sun flare is a natural occurrence that can be unpredictable.  You can find this light when posing your model in front of the sun.  You'll be able to see it through your camera's viewfinder as you move around and find the perfect position.

The notes and photos are not mine.  Reblog & taken from here.  Credit to them!

And yeah I watched this a few days ago.
Outdoor Potraits Tutorial by Tony Northrup