New Year, New Photographic Goals

sumaya portrait

It has been over a year since I bought my camera. I’ve been interested in photography for a couple of years. But my dedication to really learning photography and knowing the technical tidbits to figure out how an image comes together didn’t start before I had bought my first digital SLR.

Sadly, lately I’ve noticed, I haven’t practiced photography as much as I’d like to. I’ve spent countless hours, day and night, reading photography books, watching videos, learning the camera gear, actually investing into buying a number of lenses (I own four as of now), and whatnot.

But I haven’t taken as many pictures.

The other day I sat down and started thinking hard, why have I not taken a lot of pictures? The answers came almost immediately. There are a number of reasons why I haven’t. Biggest of them being the simple fact that I don’t know a lot of people.

Before you start wondering why I need to know people to shoot photos, I should tell you again that I’m not good at photographing nature, street, landscape or anything. I have given a lot of tries to shoot those stuff but I really failed. People photography is the only thing I’ve tried and actually enjoyed (despite some frustrations, like when I like one type of editing and they like another). The only photographs that people around me enjoyed are the portrait ones, too; leading me to believe that that is what I should pursue.

Except that I don’t know a lot of people.

I don’t see any immediate change happening to that, but I plan on trying to shoot a lot of people anyway. I like to shoot strangers, but you can probably guess the bravery it takes to walk up to a stranger and ask to take a photo (and then explain why so) does not exist in me. Plus it’s more terrifying to do that in Bangladesh because people here aren’t that approachable and very privacy-aware, and for good reason.

How I’m going to execute my plans in the new year to shoot more portraits of people is still a mystery to me. I just hope that I don’t spend the entire 2015 trying to come up with ways. I’ve got enough lenses and a good enough camera. The next year, I want to shoot photos so that I don’t regret not taking pictures next December.

In the meantime, I’ve opened a Facebook page called AIS Pictures for my photographs following the trend. I haven’t created one until recently because I wanted to get better at it before opening up Facebook. But some friends told me I needed to have a Facebook presence as most people check out Facebook pages and not Flickr or 500px.

Plus, I don’t upload all the pictures on Flickr and 500px. So I guess I could try the page and upload every picture that I like. If you’re reading this, you’re very much invited to Like my new page and inspire me to reach my goal. :)

And if you’re into photography as well, do let me know what are your photographic goals for the new year?

Congrats Automattic for Bringing All Self-Hosted WordPress in a Central Location!


Let me start off by giving you a little bit of context. This blog, my personal blog, is hosted on; but for other features, I also run multiple WordPress sites on my servers. Those sites are known as self-hosted WordPress sites.

For many days, I’ve been looking into ways to combine all of my WordPress sites into one place so that I could post to all of them from a single location as well as manage plugin updates and other configurations. I bumped into a couple of services that provide this service. ManageWP and InfiniteWP being the best among them.

However, I couldn’t continue using either of those services because I ended up hitting limitations on my free plan. They sell a service, so it makes sense that they put limitations. I can’t remember exactly what those limitations were as it was a long time ago when I tried both MangeWP and InfiniteWP. Continue reading

The Photography Fear: Walking Into Unknown Territory

village streets bangladesh

This post is likely going to be a long one. I’m going to jot down exactly how I’ve been thinking it. And I’m a 24/7 thinker. 

In 2010, I got my first digital camera as a prize for a tech blogging contest. I didn’t expect to win the camera and I was incredibly happy that I did. But soon afterwards, I outgrew the camera. It didn’t produce good enough pictures in indoor situations. For my event photography needs, I couldn’t rely on it much longer.

In 2013, I got my first digital SLR camera. It happened suddenly. I was in the market for an iPod Touch 5th generation but I found a Nikon D3100 instead at pretty much the same price range. I bought it. And it was the greatest instant decision I’ve ever made so far.

I’ve been spending hours after hours learning the basics of digital photography. From technical aspects like shutter speed, ISO, aperture, and how they all affect the exposure of the image, to composition, shooting techniques, and lighting. I’ve probably seen more hours of videos on photography and portrait retouching than I’ve seen anything else on YouTube.

A year after my venture into photography, there comes a point when I am beginning to wonder, am I on the right track? Is this passion, if I may call it, making me walk away from my ultimate goals in my life? Will I regret down the road for walking into this unknown territory? Continue reading

Hats Off Google, for Getting Rid of CAPTCHA with “No CAPTCHA”

google no Captcha re CAPTCHA

Google’s new No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA requires no text input.

It hasn’t been long since I wrote about my frustration with how Akismet deals with spams on my blog. In that post, I talked about a plugin that I use called Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin on my self-hosted WordPress sites to get rid of spams if I’m not using Disqus.

The way Growmap Anti Spambot plugin detects and stops bots is brilliant. It puts a check box with a customized message above the comment submit button. If you don’t tick that check box, your comment won’t go through. I assume bots aren’t capable of ticking that check box, which is why I never had a spam on the site where I used Growmap Anti Spambot plugin.

I have suggested a similar feature to be implemented in WordPress. But what I didn’t know was Google had been working on this all along. As I just found out today, Google has indeed released an advanced (and easier for users) spam prevention system that takes advantage of a check box. Continue reading

How to Fix Google Blogger Post Thumbnail Missing Bug

google blogger

This post is cross-posted from Live with Google, a blog dedicated to Google news, tips and tutorial.

This is a quick post explaining a quick fix to Google’s Blogger post thumbnail missing error that apparently many users have been facing in the past few days. If you use Google’s Blogger for your blog and you have noticed that your post thumbnails are not showing up despite you making absolutely no change to the template of your blog; don’t worry, it’s not just you.

Without going too deep into the technical details of what is causing this issue, let’s just say how to fix this. Continue reading