29 Jan 2010 No Comments
What are you doing Lia…?
Aheeee… I do love my vitamins Mama!
Loves art, music and coffee, not necessarily in that order. And oh, travel.
29 Jan 2010 No Comments
What are you doing Lia…?
Aheeee… I do love my vitamins Mama!
28 Jan 2010 No Comments
I recently needed to adjust a particular photo of Urbiztondo for printing and was at first at a loss on how to do it. I have never submitted any of my photos to any publication, out of pure laziness; and have never attempted to submit or sell my photos to any stock photo agency either, out of perhaps 80% insecurity and 20% laziness, even if I have been told by friends and family to do so for maybe, like fifty times. But out of nowhere, I get a message about one of my photos and I thought, uh, yes, okay. I even responded late because I almost never check my messages on that site nowadays. And perhaps, maybe the image will be too late too and may not even be published. But so what, what the heck!
So well anyway, I thought it would be useful for me or to anyone else in the future to have some knowledge on how to adjust photos for newsprint. Even if my photo does not get published, I am happy for the opportunity of learning how to do something I have previously never attempted to do. Hep hep for new experiences! Hooray for new knowledge!
How to Adjust Photos for Newsprint:
Formatting photographs for newsprint requires very different considerations than formatting photographs for digital or other print uses. While digital photos are formatted to look proper on computer screens and print photos tend to have more forgiveness in color profiles, newsprint photographs often have very specific formatting requirements that must be met in order for the photo to look appropriate. In addition to the CMYK color profile, newsprint photos must conform to specific contrast, brightness, and quality specifications. Photographers who typically shoot with digital cameras can adjust their photos for newsprint with digital photo editing software.
Open your image in your preferred digital photo editing software, such as Adobe’s Photoshop, Corel’s Paint Shop Pro, Google’s Picasa, or the open-source GIMP.
Resize your photo to the newsprint specifications – determined by the amount of physical space your photo will take up on the page. When resizing, set your image to 170 DPI (dots per inch). For example, an image that will be printed in a rectangle 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall should be 680 pixels wide (170 times 4) and 510 pixels tall (170 times 3). If the particular agency requires a photo to be printed at a different DPI, multiply the desired DPI by the dimensions of the printed photo (in inches) to determine the correct resolution.
Adjust the image’s brightness and contrast until it appears correct on the screen. The degree of change in the brightness and contrast depends on the subject of the image and the exposure of the photograph.
Adjust the image’s brightness and contrast approximately 20 percent higher than looked appropriate for digital use. This will provide a crisper and clearer photo for newsprint use.
Sharpen the photograph using your digital software’s unsharp mask. The settings will depend on the level of sharpness that is automatically applied by your digital camera. Settings of approximately 180% sharpness with a radius of 2 pixels and a threshold of 2 levels will often work best. A sharpness setting that looks good on your screen will probably be appropriate for newsprint as well.
Convert your image’s color space from RGB (Red Green Blue, which is the most common digital color setting) to CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Black, which is the most common print color setting). The location of this setting differs based on your choice of digital photo editing software, but will usually be under a menu option named “colorspace,” “color mode,” or “image mode.”
To view the original article, click here.
For a more detailed (and more technical that I got confused because I am just stupid like that but maybe you will get it) article, click here. This one is from Adobe itself and even has a demo video with audio. Thank you Adobe.
27 Jan 2010 1 Comment
You don’t really have to surf. Hanging out and enjoying the action from the beach is perfectly fine.
The sand in this beach moves from one side to the other depending on the season. At this time of the year, the rocks over by Little Surfmaid are exposed while the sand is by the little pier on the other side.
Dad plays with the kids in the setting, warm, afternoon sun.
While PJ plays on the beach with her 4-month old handsome golden retriever, Fabio.
And this has got to be my favorite photo for this trip, how sweet!
I was not really taking a photo of this skinny girl, I was trying to take a photo of the point where I had surfed for the first time this weekend and had both a blast and a scary time BUT this girl was in the way. Might as well.
Just look at how far I had to paddle to get to the line-up, which isn’t even in that photo because it’s still farther to the left. I just wanted to show the kind of waves that pummeled me every time I paddled back to the line-up.
If I got pummeled on my way out at least I had some sand to step on every now and then, instead of swimming my darnedest best, with the results of having to feel like my legs are made of lead afterwards. Ho-ho!
In time, my dear, in time….
26 Jan 2010 No Comments
Baler, Aurora; April 2008
It was in Baler, Aurora that I learned to surf. I went with my grad school friend PJ and her boyfriend, Gerard. I met Daisy Valdez and Jefferson de la Torre for the first time. It was April of 2008.
Jason, also known as Balat and Jeff’s older brother, was the one who taught me how to surf – in Charlie’s Point. I was out there with them, trying to ride big waves for the first time with PJ’s flowered pink fun board. It was indeed, a lot of fun.
Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte; May 2008
It was the first ever Bagasbas Summer Surf. It was my first time in Bagasbas. More importantly, it was my 26th birthday. This trip was a birthday gift to me.
It was also the first time Ryan drove the car all the way to Bicol and the very first time we took our dog, Ewok, with us on a long trip, or more specifically, a trip to Bicol.
Bacnotan, La Union; July 2008
In my first ever trip to La Union, I did not get to surf in San Juan. We were at Bacnotan for two days instead. First time in La Union, first time in Bacnotan.
We did stay at Hacienda Peter’s Resort in San Juan so I managed to take a few snapshots of the surf in front as well as the beautiful sunset.
That surf trip would be the last one in one long year, as I learned I was three weeks pregnant in August of 2008, as I prayed and hoped I would be.
Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union; July 2009
For this trip, the firsts were…
… first time for Ryan to go to L.U.
… first time to drive the car to L.U.
… Lia’s first time in L.U.
… first time surfing in San Juan
If it weren’t for this post, I would not have realized that I have not managed to upload the photos on Flickr. I did make a blog post of this trip here on this site and made a photo album through Smilebox.
I will work on posting the entire set for this trip to Flickr once I am done with this past weekend’s photos.
2008 was a great year for surfing. I went surfing thrice in three different locations.
2009 was dedicated to my daughter. We were literally inseparable for months.
Who knows what 2010 holds?
25 Jan 2010 No Comments
In addition to this past weekend’s being the first surfing trip for this year, there were also many other firsts.
…to be away from Lia for more than half a day. Prior to this trip, the longest I have been away from Lia in the nine and a half months since she was born, was only a few hours. Half a day at most.
…to try on my short board that my friend PJ sold to me
…to surf at the point in Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
…to try on new swim suits.. test for sturdiness against crashing waves and all that
…to get wiped out, to think that I am close to drowning, to panic, to swallow sea water, to get out of water due to over-fatigue.
Lots of firsts on this weekend. Photos to follow. More story later. I am still tired. And my body all achy-breaky…
24 Jan 2010 No Comments
These wonderful Indonesian kids are fantastic. I and a ton of other people are instant fans!
These guys just rock!!
Let’s hear it for all Lady Gaga fans!
Lia for one is a big fan. Ever since she was a month or so old. Hihihi.
23 Jan 2010 No Comments
Bilang madungis siya. Hahaha!
Nakaugalian na ni Lia ang pumili ng damit na isusuot niya araw-araw. Napili niya yang medyo luma niya nang Tweety shirt na nalalaglag kasi natatanggal ang butones sa balikat.
Madungis siya dito bilang kumakain siya ng cookie pero naisipan niyang maglaro. Sultry daw siya kuno bilang off-shoulders ang damit niya. Hahaha.
Ang kulit nitong bata na to.. pero baka may future siya sa pagmo-model. Ewan ko lang.
22 Jan 2010 No Comments
New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let’s hear it for New York, New York,
One hand in the air for the big city
Street lights, big dreams, all lookin’ pretty
No place in the world that could compare
Put your lighters in the air
Everybody say “yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”
To read more on the Blueprint 3 album on Wikipedia, click here.
At one point in my life, I had planned on going to NYU, for a PhD in Theatre; but those plans have been changed by more important decisions in my life, such as having a child. Maybe someday I’d go back to my dream. Maybe someday I’d get to New York… to walk Central Park, to watch shows on and off-Broadway and visit the museums. Maybe I don’t have to go to NYU, but I would definitely want to see plain NY.
Yes, I would love to go to New York someday.
20 Jan 2010 1 Comment
One of the few things we bought at the weekend market at the viewing deck of Taal Vista Hotel last weekend. The moment I saw it, I knew I wanted it. I had been looking for passion fruit, either the fruit or just the juice, for some time now. It always reminds me of my childhood. We used to pick fruits from the vines that grew in the nearby little forest where we used to go a lot in the afternoons. I remember we used to have them growing on a tree in the backyard. I love this fruit. I was really happy to have found a bottle, accidentally, in that ridiculously failed trip to Nasugbu slash Tagaytay.
This 500ml bottle of unsweetened passion fruit juice from Kablon farms cost P150. Now I wish I bought more. I have been drinking it since Sunday and I am quite addicted to it. I am beginning to panic because I know my supply is fast running out and I don’t know where to get more. Any ideas anyone?
To read more on the passion fruit (scientific name: Passiflora edulis) click here.
19 Jan 2010 No Comments
Feb 2: 1pm and 4pm College of Saint Benilde
Feb 13, 15, 20: UP College of Engineering Theater