A Review of The Fujifilm X-M1 Camera

Fujifilm X-M1 Review

If you have been following my blog since Tumblr days, you would know that I’m a Nikon user. I own a Nikon D90 with a Tamron 17-50 lens. I’ve captured wonderful photos with my DSLR and you can all see that in my Europe posts. Now, I love my DSLR but it’s just too darn heavy! It’s also starting to show some cosmetic wear. A few Eurotrips and beach trips later, I’ve decided it’s time to find a replacement simply because I don’t want to be that girl caught with a defective camera during her travels.

Six months and two weeks later, I’m a happy owner of a Fujifilm X-M1. It’s a mirrorless interchangeable lenses camera which means it’s a digital camera that offer features and quality of a DSLR but in a smaller and lighter package. You’ve seen my photos on previous blog posts and Instagram photos, so you have a pretty good idea of the quality. But today, I’ll share with you what I think about the camera and if this camera model or any from Fujifilm’s X series are worth the penny.

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DIY: Washi Tape Dry Erase Frame

DIY Dry Erase

Washi Tape and Picture Frames?

I recently moved to my own place and I’ve been busy redecorating my little nook. I want my room to be visually appealing, but more importantly, a productive and creative space. Now, I’m the type of person who literally needs to write things down in order to get my life together. Post-its are my favorite go-to thought bubble, but I needed something that I could use for my desk. Something I could easily write down reminders and to-do list for the day.

Then I figured, why not a dry erase board? But typical dry erase board are too boring… So I thought, why not use picture frames instead? Picture frames come in different sizes and designs, it is also affordable and lovely addition to your wall. IT SCREAMS PERFECT!!!

The DIY Washi Tape Dry Erase Frame is so easy to do as well, and if you wanna make your own version as well, better read the instructions below. Enjoy!Read More

The Tools of the Trade: Lettering and Calligraphy

Tools of the Trade

When I was starting my calligraphy and lettering journey last September, I wasn’t expecting to receive positive remarks from both friends and readers. Now, a lot of people are interested and every now and then, I’d get a tweet or comment on the materials I use since the Philippines is not exactly an art material mecca. Figured my blog could be a great medium to share my (and what other people are basically using) ~tools of the trade~ to help anyone kickstart their venture to calligraphy and/or lettering. :)Read More

Craft Your Letters, Part 1: The Difference Between Typography, Lettering and Calligraphy

Craft Your Letters

“I wish people knew the fundamental difference of lettering and calligraphy”

About a month ago, I tweeted the words written above and somebody suggested I should write a blog entry about it. The thought has inspired me to turn it into a blog series, since I know a lot of you are quite interested in this craft lately. Now, I’m far from being a professional, so who am I to write such blog post? But ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been interested in Art, Graphic Design & Typography. In fact, the first course I’ve ever considered taking was Fine Arts but never pursued it, but that doesn’t stop me from studying the things I’m interested in.Read More

DIY: Chart Your Travels

DIY: Chart Your Travels

There are a lot of ways to keep memories of your travels, like collect postcards and stamps. But if space and money is a big concern, then you might want to consider this DIY travel project.

All you need is a corkboard (but I used a styrofoam that cost PHP50/$2), a big world map, glue and a bunch of pins. A colored push pin will do but I’ve decided to use flag lapel pins that I purchased from their respective countries (except for England, but that’s where I bought my vintage map!) to make it more special. :)

Materials Used

Quick Mask Tutorial

Quick Mask Tutorial

A tutorial request from an anonymous reader. :) For the record, I suck at explaining things so if you find this tutorial confusing, I highly recommend YouTube.

This tutorial aims to teach you how to combine two or three images. This trick can also help you remove unwanted background and/or blend overlapping photo together.

Materials

If you don’t have a remote control, you can use the camera’s self-timer feature. But it’s better to have a remote control because results are better if the camera is left untouched. Otherwise, the “lining” of the photos won’t look nice.

When you’re finally satisfied with your photos, time to edit them on your photo editor. I’m using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Step 01

Step 02

When you paint the white box-like layer with black, the previous layer (or the layer under the current one) will appear. If you paint it with white, the previous layer disappears.

** Notice the pillow on the second and third photo. I removed the pillow from the second photo but made sure that the shadows are still there, so it looks realistic. My suggestion is play around until you’re happy with the outcome.

Was this helpful tutorial? Let me know in the comments!