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What would you buy with P10B?

What would you buy with P10B?

P10B

Yes, the Pork Barrel will almost be officially abolished. Thanks to that recent P10B Pork Barrel Napoles scandal, it has caused an outrage to the normal Filipinos. We could have built a proper race circuit with that money. Tsk :p

Here’s a little infographic for you guys in what we think we can purchase with P10,000,000,000 gazillions. How about you? What would you buy with that money?

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10 Tips On Watermarking a Photograph – Watermark is Art.

10 Tips On Watermarking a Photograph – Watermark is Art
by Darwin Zialcita

There has been an issue stirring about the photograph property rights lately within my photography group. In fact it has been a perennial dilemma since digital photography existed. I for example, have been a victim of plagiarism when random people claim that a photograph of mine belongs to them. That is why I decided to write about it.

First, let us admit it, once it is online — it’s going to become everybody’s property. Social media would spread the photo you upload like wildfire and there’s nothing you can do to stop it from being downloaded and used by others. That is why professional digital photographers watermark their images.

However a lot of photographers think that watermarking an image is just an easy task by batch processing it, a watermark should always be well thought of. Honestly, I really am not a fan of watermarks that are huge and bold. They are obtrusive and they ruin the beauty of the image. Who wants a grotesque image that looks like a stolen stock photo?

Let me share some tips on proper watermarking.

1. Minimalism – a very small font text at the corner of the image is the best looking watermark. This is very common and it is the most professional looking of all methods. You can write all the Exif info of the photograph or even just your nickname. This method is very clean and unobtrusive, however this method can be easily be cropped by any plagiarizer.

2. A watermark is a part of the photograph. – Yes, it is not just a text you randomly put over your image. Whenever you take a photo, consider where you will put your watermark in your post processing. The watermark should part of the composition when taking a photo. As a magazine photographer, I imagine where the writer will add his paragraphs, sometimes I put enough space for and overcast sky, a clean tarmac or a very blurred background with a smooth bokeh – a very nice place to put a watermark.

3. The watermark is still art, follow rule of thirds. – place it in a way that is pleasing to the eye, not just sticking it dead centre into the photo. See also number 2.

4. Imagine what a plagiarizer will do.Think like a criminal to catch a criminal. Imagine how a photo thief will crop your photo. Put your watermark in a way that when the person crops away your watermark, the image would be utterly useless. Put it also in a way where a clone stamp will be hard to use.

5. Typography!!! – A watermerk is usually made of a text, choose the right font. Observe proper kerning, font size, not too fancy, not too boring, very readable and never use comic sans. Typography is a whole new world in graphic design. Google “typography” and you will know what i mean.

6. Colourwhite is the safest colour for a watermark. But, you still have the freedom to choose your colour as long as it blends with the photo. Put your watermark over the part of the photo where it can be easily be visible. If it is white, put it over a smooth and dark area of the photo, like the vignette at the corner. I like using white watermarks even on bright photos, sometimes I use the burn tool to darken the area just to put my white watermark over it.

7. Be creative with the name – choose a nice name for your watermark that best describes you and your photograph. You can use your real name, your company’s name or just a nickname. Some photographers write the photo description with the whole EXIF data and some do put their URL or twitter account. If you are a fashion photographer, you can just put the name of the model. Nothing wrong with that. Depends on the purpose of the photo.

8. Use opacity – I usually forget this but this helps a lot if you want your watermark be inscopicuous.

9. Try to consider Creative Commons – it allows you to license your photographs. It is like copyrighting for the general public and artists. Try to research more about The Creative Commons if you are interested.

10. KEEP THE ORIGINALS! – Before adding watermark always have a copy of the ORIGINAL! Many fall into this dodgy trap. Batch automating 1000 photos with watermarks then realize you made a wrong spelling on your name. You are going to have a bad time. You can use automators like ACDSee Pro (very reliable), Picasa, Lightroom, and the very mighty Photoshop.

Hope you liked my short article. Watermark responsibly!

darwin zialcitamotogp photographer

darwin zialcita
motogp photographer

Darwin Zialcita is a professional MotoGP and racing photographer from the Philippines. Also fan of extreme sports, outdoor sports, contact sports and travel photography.

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One needs some mental caps to actually read this essay.

One needs some mental caps to actually read this essay.

I was in a mood to write something in depth, and hopefully somethng that can put a dent in the universe. ^_^ Not kidding. This is my first of my modern day enlightenment series.

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Is Money Your Motivator?

Workplace motivation is a little more tricky than you have thought.

By Darwin Zialcita

Our motivations are surprisingly fascinating. Money drives us, like the usual notion that reward is equal to work and vice versa. Money is a power that controls many lives. Actually there are several different schools of thought about that — that the bigger the reward is, you get more of that certain behaviour that you want from that person; on the other hand, when you punish, you get less of that behaviour you want. This is the traditional motivation that big organizations used to do, and majority still do today.

The 21st century human being can not be easily manipulated as we think anymore. The typical motivation is that we reward the best and we give only little to the least excelling workers. However, we also observe a reality that once a more rudimentary work is given; a larger reward will usually result to a poorer performance. Why is that? This isn’t actually surprising. In a world where higher incentives are given, output work quality does not get generally better, incentives just make the worker be satisfied and not work more. More bacon to take home is naturally one’s purpose.

Thus — the solution is simple, for simple straightforward tasks; you get this if you do this; I give you that if you do that. The best work is done on a per project motivation, because we are looking for a balance of effectively and efficiency. This principle works on a rudimentary cognitive skill. But when the task gets more complicated, requires more talent, creativity and thinking, there is a whole new world beyond rewarding.

So what drives creative people? Money is a strong motivator, but it is actually good to take the “thought of money” off the desk. In this way, they get to think more about their project. This is pure creative work driven by results. Three things actually lead to better work performance: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

Autonomy is the desire to run our own lives. Because employees have dreams of their own, it is not expected that they want to be told what to for their whole life. What organizations want is to be engaged, but self direction is better. It would turn out that, one day of full autonomy of employees would lead to great innovations and ideas, that weren’t otherwise thought of before in 3 years.

The simple reason is that people today are not simply driven by “innovation bonus” but really wanted to do something different, something noble. There should really be days that the boss says “I feel that you want to do something interesting, so today let me get out of your way”. That ‘free’ day of work results to ideas that have never emerged before, imagine if it was a bigger team on a free day, the result could be fascinating. That is what you call toilet seat innovation. Like the old saying goes: “great ideas are thought of while in the toilet seat”.

If 30 years ago, you tell me you would gather all the bright minds in the world and collaborate on a single innovative product… I say it’s gonna be magical! But then, tell me that we are giving that product away for free; I am going to tell you that you are insane! However, look at today, we are dominated by very powerful products that are created by great minds which are actually free to use, such as Linux, Wikipedia, freeware, 9gag, Facebook, open source software, and cloud internet servers — these are all free to use.

But what are these people doing? People, who are highly paid and have better jobs, do sophisticated skilled tasks, and yet during their tiny break time, do even equally or even more technically sophisticated work, not for their boss, but for someone else — for free! What a strange economic behaviour, but this is it. The challenge and mastery along with contribution leads to the world’s advancements in innovation.

When the profit motive becomes the ultimate purpose, things just get downhill; it happens that we want more and more. It never ends. Good thing is that more and more organizations are realizing this. The reason is that, more and more people believe in destiny, a purpose in their existence. Not lust “live to work and work to live”. Creative people believe that there is more to it than money, like learning the guitar, being a great guitarist, perfection of your talent, or by meeting your true love. We are actually driven by goals, purpose, eternal desires.

People actually need money not to become rich, but to make life easier. Easier for us to do the things we are destined to do. Like help to poor, build a space shuttle or meet the Creator. The poor become poorer, because the desperate mind has no time to think of creativity and innovation; but rather, a desperate mind is more preoccupied of thinking of what to feed their family tonight.

Companies that prosper are companies that know their purpose and are driven by it. Skype’s goal is to “make the world a better place”, Steve Jobs wanted to “put a dent in the universe”. That is what gets us up in the morning and go to work, that is what should drive us. Ultimate purpose, and for me, is to meet God, make may stay in this planet worthwhile and encourage other people too. We only need money to make our lives seamless, so that we can easily do the things that we really want. If we cared a more about our mastery in this God-given talent, self direction, and encouraging one another, and then we have a promise to make the world a better place.

More fun in the Philippines set

The Department of  Tourism launched a new advertising campaign saying “it’s more fun in the Philippines”, they made it viral and encouraged Filipinos all over the internet to support the new slogan.

Here’s the original ad: http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/

And I have decided to join the party too. :)

      

Christmas HD Wallpapers! Laptop, Mac, iPhone. Happy Holidays!

To my friends here is a .gif ( actually .jpg) for all of you. Generic Christmas wallpapers I made today. I took photos of a miniature Christmas tree at my fiance’s house and I think it will make a good wallpaper! 1920×1080 good for widescreen HD, Mac and PC, 640×960 for iPhone. Merry Christmas!!!

Click image to enlarge and download. :)

project 85 christmas wallpaper 1

In HD 1920×1080 widescreen resolution. Auto resize on smaller screens.

News Moto Magazine | 1st Issue Preview

News Moto, a new motorcycle racing magazine in the Philippines, did some lay-outing and put my photography in it.

 

MotoGP Photography, Project 85, Darwin Zialcita

 

News Moto, MotoGP Photography, Project 85, Darwin Zialcita

 

News Moto, MotoGP Photography, Project 85, Darwin Zialcita

New 2012 Project 85 calendar is out! Racing for a cause.

A beautifully crafted 6 page 8″ x 5.5″ glossy calendar for your desk. Hand made and well designed in-house.

For PH friends, you can order one for only Php150.00 + shipping.

For the rest of the world, it’s only US$10.00 + shipping.

For orders, email me at darwin.zialcita@gmail.com for inquiry or leave a comment on or facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/project85

All proceeds will go the the Racing Ministry, supporting out of school youngsters at the grassroot level of motorcycle racing.

Project85 faithfully supports Philippine racing sport and racing talents. Such as Mokoy Ancheta, J.E. and many more (only moral support for now LOL),

Our dream is to bring PH talents to international level and be a Christ-like example to the aspiring youth. Get a calendar and help a talent!

Merry Christmas To All!

Our Christmas 2011 banner :)

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And our fb page profile pic:

https://www.facebook.com/project85

Banner Nov 2011