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By Raffy Paredes

Have you ever uploaded images to Facebook and been disappointed with the way they look on-screen? You may want to see a 10-minute video of how Francisco Hernandez of FJH Photography ensures that images look their best on Facebook. On “How to Sharpen, Resize, & Save Your Photos To Make Them Look Awesome on Facebook” (YouTube),  Hernandez walks through sharpening using Lightroom, before jumping over to Photoshop and applying a High Pass Filter in order to sharpen the image further. He then shows how layer masks can be used to selectively sharpen specific parts of an image. Facebook allows images to be a maximum of 2048 pixels on their longest edge, so the first step is to resize, making sure to click the chain link to lock the aspect ratio. You may want to apply a little more sharpening using High Pass after resizing. Finally, and most interestingly, export your image as a PNG rather than a JPEG. This will result in a larger file size because of the way Facebook’s compression algorithm handles PNGs (source: PetaPixel)

  • Untitled (Gilbert Obal)

  • Bike & Romance (Jin Dela Cruz)

  • Collateral Damage (Jerome Ventigan)

  • Framed (Kevin Amante)

  • Norway, Aalesund (Michael Calibot)

  • Sulyap (Berlito M. Bolotaolo)

  • The Handler (Allan Velasco Carandang)

  • The Muppet Show (Mark Adayo)

  • Untitled (Jayson C. Berto)

  • Untitled (Jhunelle Francis Sardido)

    Good news for those who grew up playing Sega games. Sega has revived its retro games for free on mobile. Dubbed Sega Forever, the collection is free for iOS and Android users and brings some of the platform’s beloved icons back to life for gaming while on the move. At launch, Sega Forever includes five Mega Drive and Genesis titles: Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast. These games are all in their original form but come with a few modern-day bells and whistles such as cloud saving, online leaderboards and controller support. All are free to download and play, while ad-free versions are also available at a cost of US$1.99. The company plans to expand the Sega Forever collection by adding new retro titles every two weeks.

    Just for fun. Type the word “spinner” on Google and a virtual spinner will appear on the screen. You can spin it manually and control the speed with your mouse or make it spin faster and faster by clicking on “spin.” Users can also choose to enjoy a fidget spinner or a numbered roulette wheel.

    And now to our featured readers, four of whom are new contributors.

    From Michael Calibot, an OFW working as hotel cleaner in a cruiseship is the photo titled “Norway, Aalesund.” “One of the privileges that I get to experience in my work is to travel around the world and take a lot of photos of the different views of the city that we get to visit,” shares Michael. “I take a lot of memories with me of every port and city that we are visiting through the lens of my camera. Photography is my passion and I make sure that every food, people, and places are documented. I love taking and collecting photos because I consider them as my treasures that are worth keeping for a lifetime.”

    Jayson Berto, Science research specialist II and in-house photographer and videographer under the Development Communication Division of the Philippine Rice Research Institute sent in an untitled photograph of rows of tobacco leaves being hung out to dry. The photo was taken in a remote community in Antique where the Iraynon Bukidnon have been producing tobacco as alternative crops to rice for decades. “It was four years ago when I started to realize what photography can bring to people,” writes Jayson. “I’ve been in love with doing photography in the agricultural landscapes of many provinces in the country.”

    The photo, “Collateral Damage” comes from Jerome Ventigan, HR officer of Ernest Logistics Corporation. The reflection on water by the roadside gives the impression that the statue’s sharp weapon is piercing the chest of the person walking by. On his photography, Jerome shares: “I’m a weekend shooter. My burning curiosity about photography started in mid-2000. Back then, I was just using digicams and was really amazed how DSLR works. I got my first DSLR camera through the blessing of my wife. It was really a bizarre experience to use a camera with little knowledge of its technicality for the first time. To know more about photography and my camera, I researched on the net and found FPPF and immediately enrolled in its Basic Photography workshop. In 2013, I was also lucky to be recruited as a member of Twilight Zone Camera Club (Affiliated with FPPF). Until now, I’m still continuously learning photography through online lectures, tutorials, photography documentaries, and also with the help of my mentors in the club.”

    Jhunelle Sardido of Cavite, ex-OFW in Saudi Arabia sent in the untitled black-and-white photo of a window shopper in Riyadh, KSA. “I just want to share my story as an OFW through my photographs,” Jhunelle writes.

    The rest of the photos on today’s page come from contributors previously featured in this column.

    “The Handler” a photo of a man puffing cigarette smoke into the face of his fighting cock comes from Allan Carandang.

    Berlito Bolotaolo, a teacher in Zamboanga City shares “Sulyap,” his winning photo (Bronze award) in the Pet Category of the IPA competition mentioned in this column last week. “The photo (Titled ‘The Glance’ or “Sulyap”) was taken along the boulevard in Dipolog City,” relates Berlito. “A kid who sells fishes and birds as pets at night. I was only interested in taking pictures of the hanging temporary plastic aquarium, but the kid looked up at his goods and that, I guess, gave the photo a very interesting story.”

    Gilbert Obal submitted the untitled silhouette photo of players in an outdoor makeshift basketball court.

    Also a silhouette photo is Jin Dela Cruz’s “Bike & Romance” taken by the Navotas seaside.

    Kevin Amante writes that he took his photo titled “Framed” while in a museum. “Despite all the paintings there, this window and the view outside captured my attention,” shares Kevin.“Ironically, I was inside a gallery of a man’s work of art only to find out that what I have been looking for has always been outside—overlooked and taken for granted.”

    And from Mark Adayo is “The Muppet Show,” a high-angle shot.

    Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at www.mb.com.ph. For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email throughalensclearly@yahoo.com or rfyparedes@yahoo.com.

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