Monday, April 25, 2011

Why I Photograph?

Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people - to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual.  
When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.  
When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Real Meaning Of Easter

Many people are wondering what Easter actually means, as the true meaning of Easter has been lost. What I can tell you is it isn’t about cute little fluffy chickens, nor does it have anything to do with Easter bunnies. It isn’t even about Easter eggs. Although an egg can represent ‘new life’ because new life hatches from the egg, and Jesus was resurrected on the third day – giving us new life in Him. But just like Christmas, the real meaning has been forgotten. For those of us that are Christians, we understand what Easter is all about. But for those that haven’t experienced this ‘new life’ in Jesus, I want to share with you the Easter story.

In Old Testament times, the priest would bring bulls, goats or a spotless lamb without any blemishes to be sacrificed as a sin offering for himself and for the people. The blood would purify and make atonement (forgive, make amends) for their sins. This was the old order of atonement. When Jesus came, He was a representation of the sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world. He was the final sacrifice. We no longer have to sacrifice animals to make atonement for our sins. Jesus has done this once and for all. It’s His blood that cleanses us from all sin. He was crucified on the cross (the form of execution in those days). The sin of the world was upon Him, yet He was without sin and blameless. He bore it all. This is why Jesus is referred to as the ‘Lamb of God’. He was bodily resurrected (came back to life) on the third day. He appeared to many – eating and drinking with them. He appeared to them for 40 days, then ascended (went up to) Heaven... 
Jesus Loves You!               

                                                       God Bless You all...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Songkran Festival

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival since the former time. It is a celebration that embraces goodwill, love, compassion, and thankfulness, using water as the means of expression.

The word Songkran derives from Sanskrit meaning to move or step forward. The first day of Songkran takes place when the sun moves from Pisces into Aries, which marks the New Year’s Day according to the Brahmin solar system.

Songkran Festival
The festival of Songkran falls on the 13th, 14th, and 15 th of April every year. The first day is known as Maha Songkran or the grand Songkran.
The Thai government has declared Songkran festival as extended public holidays to enable the people to return to their hometown for family reunions, merit-making and reuniting with others in their community.

April 13 th is also declared the Day of the Senior or Elderly by the government. The occasion marks the appreciation for the senior population for their years of contribution to the family and country.

The 14 th of April is designated as Family Day to celebrate family love and togetherness.

The importance of Songkran Festival

Songkran is regarded as one of the most important traditions in Thailand because it encompasses the three major values in the Thai way of life which are:

Value of family: Songkran is the time when family members come together to show appreciation, love and respect as well as making merit and paying homage to their ancestors.

Value of society: Through active participation and interaction with each other, Songkran brings the people in the community together to enhance goodwill and unity in the society.

Value of religion: Making merit by offering food to monks, going to the temples and attending Buddhist sermons are auspicious activities done during Songkran .

Friday, July 9, 2010

Photoshop Clean Sample Web 2.0 design '10

 A Clean sample of Web 2.0 design in Photoshop... 7/9/10

 Another sample of Web 2.0 XHTML done by Photoshop... 7/10/10

Last night works, just experimenting the lay-out but it turns out cool...7/11/10

I was in Starbucks this whole afternoon and I tried to create pencil sketch grunge design which turns out to be my Travel Journal... I used Brush Tool most of the design and applied the 3D line for the Background.. 7/11/10

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Adobe Illustration

Adobe Illustrator is the industry leading software for creating vectorized graphics. Learn about drawing techniques, how to use effects and patterns, text effects, and 3D graphics creation. Drawing tutorials and Learn how to get the EPS and AI format for future use. Contact me then... 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How much should a website cost you?

Design Services
Determining how much a web site should cost is one of the most frequently asked but rarely answered questions in the web design world. Even now, with millions of web sites online, there exists no magic formula for calculating either the cost of a new web site or the cost of a redesign.

For this article, the team of professional web designers, developers, and SEO marketing specialists have worked together to examine some of the most important factors when considering web site costs. These include historical web site development costs and web design costs for different components as well as current web site features and design costs.

Historical Perspective: How Much Should a Web Site Cost you?

Like other goods and services, the cost associated with designing, developing and building a web site has changed over time. The following chart provides a timeline of historical dates compared to web site cost.

The basis for the chart was a small business (under 25 employees) located in a small city that wanted a professional web site having 15 pages, Web hosting and email, a domain name, and a aesthetic quality level of around 7/10.

Time Period    Expected Cost
1995 – 1997    $7,500 to $12,000
1998 – 2000    $6,000 to $10,000
2000 – 2004    $2,500 to $4,500
2004 – 2009    $2,000 to $7,500
As website costs have become increasingly disparate, with freelancers charging as little as $500 and web aganices charging tens of thouands of dollars for a website. We developed a website cost calculator to help website visitors attempt to put a price tag to their website project.

Cost Calculator- Find out how much your web project would cost!

Based upon client surveys and our team's research, the above data demonstrates a significant decrease in the base cost of a web site over the last decade. We believe that the reason for this drop in web site cost is driven by two factors.

First, there exist substantially more competitors in the web design market today, perhaps as many as ten times more than a decade ago. Second, modern tools have made it easier for Web designers to create great looking web sites.

These factors have also led to some unforeseen results. Most notably, in the last five years, the cost of web sites has become more disparate. After further analysis, we believe these trends can be explained through the increasing demand for cost effective web sites along with the drive for higher-end, interactive Web designs.

In other words, as web sites become standard for all businesses, the competition grows to produce higher-quality, low-cost Web designs. By the same token, with more Internet competition, a company now needs to work harder to differentiate its web site from those of its competitors. Often this involves adding better content, Flash designs, online videos, and interactive applications.

Web Site Components and Costs

With a historical perspective in place, it is important to examine each of the components that go into determining how much a web site should cost. On average, the following figures can be applied to estimating the cost of a web site:

Domain Name
$75 to $200 a year (depending on traffic & website features)
Web design and graphics development time
60 to 150 hours (based on our experience for a 15 page Website)
Web site Maintenance
$500 to $1250 a year (depending on number of updates required)
To completely answer the question "How much should a web site cost" it is also useful to review specific Web design and web site development projects.

Informational or Small Business Web Site Cost::
8 to 16 Web pages
Custom graphics
Stock photos
Little or no flash
Web forms sending to email accounts
Project duration: 30 to 75 days (not assuming a consistent 8 hour a day)

Web site cost range: $2,000 to $6,000

Corporate (100 or more employees) Web Site Cost:
25 to 75 Web pages
Heavy use of flash
High quality design work on all Web pages
Content management system
Extra components: Intranet, calendars, web site search
Project duration: 60 to 90 days

Web site cost range: $10,000 to $25,000

Ecommerce Web Site Cost:
100 to 1000 products
Shopping cart
Payment gateway integration
Product descriptions and images
Sales tax and shipping calculation
Customer and administrative control panel
Project duration: 60 to 120 days

Web site cost range: $5,000 to $15,000

Database Driven Web Site or Web Application:
Dynamic Web pages 20 to 2,000
Administrative control panel for web site management
Advanced programming skill sets required
Interactivity with web site visitor
Enterprise database (MS SQL Server or MySQL)
Project duration: 90 to 180 days

Web site cost range: $6,000 to $35,000

How Much Should a Web Site Cost? Our Findings

In conclusion, the cost of a web site can vary greatly depending upon the site's features, needed Internet marketing services, aesthetic qualities, and the design firm, advertising agency, or freelancer creating the Web design. While the cost of a basic web site has dropped, the need for more interactivity has helped hold steady the price of a high-end, competitive Web design.