By Raffy Paredes
TastyTuts, a YouTube channel has come up with a free 33-video guide for beginners to Photoshop. The course is structured around how to create a book cover design graphic, but all of the skills are relevant to photographers, as there are so many different ways you may find yourself using the software to further your images. Once you’ve downloaded the course materials in the project folder and grabbed the PDF worksheet, bookmark the page and get started on your free course today (PetaPixel).
How would you like to build the ultimate DIY smartphone projector? In a video, Matthew at DIY Perks shows us how to build our own “Ultimate Smartphone Projector” from scratch. His basic parts list is as follows: some thick card, some thin card, four drinking straws, some thin dowels, a small mirror, magnifying glass lens. Google “How to Build The Ultimate Smartphone Projector” to view the step-by-step video (DIY Photography).
Shadow Play (Vinod Thomas)
Untitled (Djeszelynne Salud)
Untitled (Rojen Basco)
Veins in the Sky (Gian Bonos)
Born (Rad King)
Flight of the Egrets (Geno Santiano)
Judged (Danikhel Herrera)
Radiant Smile (Daryl Bonapos Bronzal)
Sunrise at Tarak Ridge Bagac Bataan (Gerry Cabangunay)
Under Construction (Nasser F. Hadjula)
Last July, Naked Security, a publication by Sophos.com revealed that when you give your phone number to Facebook “to help secure your account,” that means that you—or anyone with access to your number—can take control of your account. Phone numbers, especially cellphone numbers, are re-assigned to other people and businesses on a constant basis —which means if you change your number, your old number may well be reassigned to someone else. And that means that whoever has your old number could potentially take over your Facebook account if that old number is still linked to it. Facebook accounts are often sold on the Dark Web, so this vulnerability can be exploited to take over millions of Facebook accounts and make a lot of money. If you want to avoid having your Facebook account hijacked, make sure that any phone numbers you’ve linked to your account are currently being used by you, and make sure that you have set Facebook to alert you about unrecognized logins(Sophos.com).
Fake news is much in the news these days and a new study from the University of Warwick has some disheartening, if not surprising, survey results showing that the public often has difficulty sorting real images from manipulated ones. Researchers led by Sophie Nightingale from the Department of Psychology asked 659 people aged 13-70 to view a set of images of ordinary scenes. The researchers digitally altered the photographs in subtle, plausible ways. They airbrushed faces, whitened teeth, and added or removed items from the frame. Thirty-five percent of the manipulated images passed unnoticed. Half of the original, unaltered images were correctly identified. According to the researchers, the results “are not very much above what the participants would have achieved had they chosen entirely randomly.” Even when participants thought an image had been altered, they couldn’t always locate what was changed (PDNPulse).
And now to our featured readers with five new contributors.
Danikhel Herrera, third year mass communication student at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina (PLMar) and a hobbyist photographer shares the photo titled “Judged” which he took for a poster of a documentary film. His photo description reads: “It shows the condition of how the patients who have HIV and Aids are being judged and mistreated by the people around them.” Danikhel has been shooting for three years and says he loves landscape photography and portraiture.
From Djeszelynne Salud of Ilocos Norte is an untitled photo of a farmer working on a rice field. “Nais ko po sana ibahagi ang larawan ng isang buhay magsasaka na sa kabila ng init at pagod ay masaya pa rin ito,” she writes. “Nagsimula po ako nagkahilig sa photography a year ago lang dahil may mga kaibigan akong mahilig din sa photography. They encourage me na subukan ko ito I enjoyed it.” Djeszelynne took the photo with a smartphone.
Gerry Cabangunay, audio visual technician at De La Salle College of St. Benilde submitted the photo, “Sunrise at Tarak Ridge Bagac Bataan.” “It’s part of my job description to take photos during school activity,” shares Gerry. “The college requires us to have a series of photography trainings/workshops to improve our skills.That was 2007.From that year, my passion for photography started. I’ve been using the school DSLR from that day on but decided to have my own last November 2010. I enjoyed taking pictures, sharing memories, and making people smile. I also want to travel. In 2014, I joined a mountaineering group in our company to hone my skill. Until now, I want to improve my talent in photography.”
The lightning photo, “Veins in the Sky,” comes from Gian Bonos who took it with a smartphone. He shares: “I started enjoying photography the time I bought my Asus Zenfone 3 last year. I was terrible at taking photos at first but I read online magazines and watched YouTube clips regarding photography to improve my skills. These gave me motivation to take more photos and improve my skills.”
From South Cotabato, portrait photographer Rojen Basco sent in the untitled photo of a fiesta street performer. “I started enjoying photography when I was in fourth year high school when I had my first point-and-shoot camera,” shares Rojen. “Now I have my DSLR because some people who believed in my passion and craft sponsored me.”
Other photos on today’s page come from previously featured readers.
Daryl Bonapos Bronzal from Lopez, Quezon shares a black-and-white photo of his four-year-old nephew John Quiel “who is a very jolly and bright child and loves to pose like a model.” The photo, “Radiant Smile” was taken with a smartphone.
Geno Santiano provided the photo titled “Flight of the Egrets.” “This was taken around the calm waters of tall lake,” he writes.“Egrets try their luck by feasting on farmed fish. As I have been told, these fish are composed mostly of tilapia and bangus. You can see these long-legged, creamed-colored birds frequently on top of any platform, at any time of the day.”Geno shares that he got into photography when his dad gifted him with a film SLR. “During college, I shot for the local newspaper and magazine, shooting editorials, events, and the like,” Geno relates. “This got me a scholarship grant and paved my way to another career as a culinary artist. Now I do photography as a hobby and it is my dream to become a professional. I want to share how I see the world and let others see it in another perspective.”
The black-and-white reflection photo titled “Under Construction” comes from Nasser Hadjula, a level IV nursing student from Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City. “I find it interesting when it comes to taking a picture through water reflection because it gives a different view to the photo, especially if there is symmetry between the original photo and the one that is reflected,” shares Nasser. The photo was taken at a local museum in Zamboanga City.
From Rad King is the black-and-white mother and child photo, “Born.” He shares that the photo is his gift to the mother and son as the child’s baptismal godfather.
And Vinod Thomas sent in the photo “Shadow Play” described as “a scene at day’s end on a lonely beach.” Vinod took the photos during a recent visit to his home state of Kerala, India.
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