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Alvin Ega Satria
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
Indonesia
A computer software engineer/consultant taking photography and design as hobby. Fan of astronomy and videography.

How I Do Photography
To me, photography is about sharing my vision, making people see the world around me; delivered in highest quality as possible, presented in the best way as possible.

What I Avoid in Photography
I don't own my DSLRs for any reason other than to take photograph as defined in the above point: I own them because they facilitate me in taking photograph in a quick way; small, portable, and light body, as silent as possible, serve me thousands of shots in a single charge, and provide me the results just as what I want.

What I Think of Filters and Digital Manipulations
Applying filters and doing digital manipulations are needed only to: 1) improve the quality of the photograph (lighting, colors, noise, sharpness and details, exposure, etc). 2) provide viewers the intended feel of the photograph while maintaining actual content (adding warm/cool tones, vignette to focus the subject, etc). Maintaining actual content is necessary as you can relate to how I do photography in the first point.

Photographers I Admire
Just to name a few:
An expert in photography lightings: Joe McNally joemcnally.com
My all-time favorite nature and landscape photographer: Esa Wendel :iconeswendel:
A great photographer from NGC: Bob Krist bobkrist.com
A little girl with big vision: Felisa Lestari Tan :iconkurosakii:

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I am sure it's only me, totally personal and I know it's not right, but I put a lot attention to picture quality such that I'm starting to get disturbed almost every time I see flaws in a photograph. Contrary to that of, well, hipster-souled photograph lovers, I see photos in the very details; way too much, and it's the problem. I agree, though, certain quality flaws do enhance the appearance of the photograph, especially adding nuance and mood.

I take the best of both worlds: do just the right amount of the flaws to the right kind of photographs, hinder doing so to the other kind; because there's never the right thing for everything. If I want to add moods, I would just add the suitable quality flaws (aka. effects).

What are these effects?
Blown highlights: this kind of flaw make photographs look as if they were taken with a web cam or a phone. The picture would look cartoonish, in certain conditions, because cartoon is supposed to feature less details. Of course certain conditions do look better with the light sources presented as pure white; but a photograph of snowy scenery which mainly consists of white, would look better with the snows presented with details instead of pure white. Details matter, you don't always draw comics with your camera. I never do.

Chromatic abberations: This flaw is caused by the lens. I never see this kind of flaw as acceptable; unless the amount is too high, e.g. from a certain fisheye complete with its blurry corners, that makes it look artistic. For regular lenses with very little but noticeable abberations, the flaw simply ruins the photographs by adding unwanted colors in several areas; while never benefits anything. For example, a lush vegetation in the far background with some rainbows at the foliage. You use polarizer, right? you want to get rid of those reflections from the leaves but lens abberations simply add other kind of unwanted features.

Vignette: with the right amount, to the right composition, you could have a photograph that more firmly conveys the intent, corroborating the subject. Suitable for photographs showing very few features, or with background that is too busy. As post-processing effect, better to be applied on photographs with mixed lighting sources. Use sufficiently, unless you would want a pinhole-camera effect.

Inaccurate white balance: modern digital cameras start to show even more accurate colors reproduction, making skin tones look realistic, colorful fruits look just as vivid, and your car's paint look just as sporty; but sometimes, as I experienced myself, inaccurate colors look good for certain compositions. Do even movie color grading—immensely discard main colors, leaving certain tones to the photograph. Remember, only to certain photographs, e.g. your friend in the middle of a strange place. You don't do this for food photography. As for white balance to handle fluorescent light sources: it's never acceptable to have green faces. Make sure the right white balance for those kind of situation.
  • Mood: Tense
  • Listening to: SmoothLounge.com
  • Watching: Starry Starry Night (2011)
  • Playing: Visual Studio 2005
  • Drinking: Beer

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dbrokensoul Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Wow!!
Fancy meeting you here ;D
Never thought you have DA ID
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okhransteve Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
ketemu di sini.. hehe..
gallerynya keren eeuyy...
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makananjugaseni Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wogh...ada mbah ega..
tp kynya dah brtaun2 ga dibuka nih DAnya
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EgaFX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
yea off for a while laa.. hahaha
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Tasha25 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006
thanks for the fav! :)
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kerissakti Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
hi!!! ini ega adeknya adri ya!?!?!?! huheuhueheu long time no see!!!

sori baru reply skr! soalnya jarang buka devart blakangan ini!...anjrit keren2 gambar2nya! top abiz!!!

kapan2 gw serbu ya rumah lo hehehe ^^
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kerissakti Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
eh, lo coba liat [link] deh , itu orang bikin gambar lukisan keren2, coba lo plajarin trus ajarin gw ya! hehehe
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EgaFX Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
eh btw photoshop juga suka jadi tempat nemu teknik unik.. eh kita bisa tuker2an teknik temuan dong, soal Round Bristle Brush itu juga iseng aja nyoba2 lho
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EgaFX Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
heh yang bener tuh :omfg: segitunya? itu kan lukisan jiplak man =p tapi susah juga, ntar kapan2 mulai nyontoh (gak jiplak) trus baru deh ngelukis hehe.
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