Monday, 27 October 2014

Ironing Bedsheets.

Yesterday I had a dream that I had woken up in the morning, and (as I always do when I wake up in the morning), I was headed for a shower. However, I decided in my dream state to bring a bedsheet and use it as a towel. And I further decided that a crumpled bedsheet simply would not do, and therefore decided to iron the bedsheet. So there I was dreaming about ironing my bedsheet, and finding it very difficult to iron the bedsheet because it was so large.

After much frustration I eventually finished ironing the bedsheet when I realised that I couldn't possibly use the bedsheet as a towel! So I picked out a towel and proceeded to go iron it when I woke up. This time I went for a shower with a towel that was never ironed.

My interpretation of the dream: Bedsheets take a long time to iron. Even if bedsheets are ironed properly, you can't use them effectively as a towel. So what are the bedsheets in my life that I am ironing when I should be ironing towels instead. Hahaha okay this doesn't make any sense.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

How to add a Clipping Mask in Photoshop.

1. Create the layer you want to make a clipping mask on.
2. Hover your mouse between the two layers (as shown in image above)
3. Whilst holding down the alt (or option) key, click.
4. Ta-dah clipping mask created.

Learned it from this website, and it took me a few attempts to actually figure out how to do it. When I finally got it, my initial reaction was: "Wah lau liddat in between the line click also can ah."

This will save me whole seconds whilst at work. Hahaha.

By the way if your alt/option key is spoilt, or you don't want to click between layers, you can always right-click and select add clipping mask (which is what I was always doing in the past, all my wasted seconds!). You can also just press Command-alt-G.

This should be a new section of posts called things I learnt at work today.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Why I take photos.

Recently my boss asked me why I wanted to be a photographer. And I guess I didn't really have an answer prepared other than "I studied photography in school, so I guess I should apply what I've learnt". Admittedly, it's kind of a cop out answer and isn't that strong.

Therefore, it got me thinking that I should probably define my own reasons for getting into photography. If only to serve as a personal reminder or a record of my thoughts at this point in time. Yes rambling and extrapolating on nonsensical unimportant tangents with intentionally verbose language is kind of how my brain seems to function all the time.

One of the best things about this blog for me is that I get to read my thoughts from the past. And I realised that this isn't actually a completely new topic that I've written about. It's been discussed in the past as well. See here & here. (So yes future self if you read this again I've collected some further readings for you to read. All written by yourself which makes it a bit narcissistic but then again it's your blog after all.)

So here is why I think I take photos, a.k.a. my photo-losophy. Hahaha I seem to be entertaining myself. And yes it is a long essay.