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How to prepare for English Camp


Say What?! Episode 10: How Do I Poop at School? Squat Toilet Tips

One of the biggest anxieties that I hear about from new or prospective teachers applying to EPIK is about the bathroom situation at public school! I hope these tips will help you calm some fears about using squat toilets, which you will most likely have to do if you work at public school!

1.) Find the 교무실 (the teacher’s room) in your school, and look for the bathroom nearby. That bathroom will usually have toilet paper and soap!

2.) Keep soap, hand sanitizer, and tissue in your desk. I would keep tissue in your bag/purse whereever you go, but keep an extra set of tissues just for school!

3.) Depending on your office situation, teachers may chip in to buy office supplies, snacks, coffee, and tissue. Ask your co-teacher or officemate about the system they use. But I’d go ahead and bring everything you need and keep it in your desk just in case! Ask your co-teacher if they have a system or if you should donate some money to buy tissue for the office.


Photographing the Busan Fireworks Festival 2012 Pt.2

If you haven’t read the first post you can read it here. At any rate, I am going to elaborate more on the topic and provide some great information about actually getting decent shots from this weekend. Since this will be my first actual time heading there with the intent of capturing images and not just enjoying the moment, I will be showing images of past firework events that I have been to. Don’t worry the information and techniques will be exactly the same.


Time Lapse in Korea: The Easy-ish Way

The Drive from Jason Teale on Vimeo.

For the past few weeks I have been experimenting with time lapse photography. You have known that I was working on something from the different posts about intervalometers and whatnot. However, the biggest challenge that I found was trying to cut-through the technical jargon and create a beautiful product for an entry into this years 10 magazine Korea Awaits video contest.


Getting the Shot 7: Locks of Love

 

The Shot: This is your typical still life shot using a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field and effectively isolate the subject. Out of all the locks I chose the one that seemed to pop out the most and that has that “heart-shaped love feel” What I also did was use the fence as a source of leading lines to show that the locks continue off into infinity.


Getting the Shot 4: HDR Panorama

 

Recently, I have been fascinated by the shots of the Marine City next to Dongbaek Island in Busan. Ever since I saw Ju Seok Oh’s shot I was captivated by the colours and reflections. His shot is simply wonderful and I feel that mine doesn’t live up to the crystal clear and sharp photo that Ju Seok did, but I thought that I would at least shot you how I made it since the process can be a little tricky.

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Camera Shopping in Korea

During my morning scan of blogs and forums I came across an interesting thread on Waygook.org that pushed me to write a quick note about shopping for cameras in Korea. The first thread that I read was about a waygook that got scammed at Technomart in Seoul which stemmed from her earlier post where she was trying to get rid of a Canon 550D that she had bought a few weeks ago and felt that she did not need. The responses in the thread made her realize that she paid a lot more for the camera then she should have. From my estimate, she was over-charged about 400,000 to 500,000 won and that is never good.


Getting The Shot 3: Lanterns

 

Lanterns are everywhere during this time of year and the biggest challenge is getting an image that stands out. Here is one of my favorites because of the angle and color. There are a few elements that make this style of shot work and I will try and be as detailed as possible.

First of all this is an HDR shot but, it is a very controlled on at that. I will explain later after I explain the set up and whatnot, I just wanted to prepare you for that as some might not have noticed that it was.


How Much Are you Worth?

I have talked about this problem before, but I will but it into a more realistic context/story:

You wake up in the morning and you grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee, rub your eyes and sit down in front of your computer. DING! goes your email and you find a letter from some company that you’ve never heard of but, they have heard of you and want to purchase your photos. You skim through making sure that it is not one of those ever-so-obvious scams where they want you to send all your banking information to some small African country. You soon realize that this is a legit offer and they are asking some serious questions.


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