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Day +945: Editing your pictures

If you want to make nice pictures, you need to learn how to enhance them. Editing, or retouching your pictures is not cheating- it’s just a way of making the picture you took look its best. We’re not talking about drastic alterations like compositing. We’re talking about adjusting the exposure, cropping, and maybe removing an […]

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Day +626: Gear or Photographer, Part 1

I’m officially joining in on the debate of whether a “good camera” is all that is needed to produce great images. But instead of showing you how great images can be made with the top-of-the-line pro camera and lens, costing many thousands of dollars, I’m going to do the opposite, and subject an affordable, “hobbyist” […]

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Day +606: Christmas Bauble

With¬†holidays less than a week away, Lydia & I would like to¬†wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2016 Has been a very exciting year for us professionally, with the establishment of Derek Chai Photography, a Sydney-based business specialising in wedding and family portraits. As we draw up […]

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Day +560: The Perfect Photo?

Sometimes the best photo is not the one that is technically perfect. But rather, it is the feelings that are invoked when you look it, often years later. The image that I captured at the Beecroft Multicultural Fair is one such example. It was taken with an 85mm lens, at f1.4, ISO 100, 1/8000th of […]

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