Hello everyone,

I’ve been a little busy these past months and didn’t get a chance to update this page. There’s been some new schedule changes and I am still trying to adapt with so many things to do. I’m back today though with a new post. This time my topic will not be on photography.

There is this one common mistake I kept running into these past months and I just felt inspired to clarify this confusion for anyone that reads my blog at least or anyone that might stumble upon this post.

So this time the topic is Romania. And here is a map below to help everyone visualize this.


So for all of you who didn’t know this already, I’m Romanian photographer and and freelance blogger. I am dreaming  and young entrepreneur living somewhere in a city in the beautiful state of California in United States. I was born in Romania in 1994 and lived most of my life there. In June 2011, I took plane and moved to USA where I currently live pursuing the next adventure I might encounter.

In the years I’ve been living here, I encountered many situations and question of different nature about my immigration to America. But a common one I encountered when people heard my accent was this:

“Where are you from?”. Naturally, I would answer “I’m from Romania”.Romania to USA Even though I’ve met people that were aware where Romania was or they have met a Romanian before. A big number of people I met gave me an answer like “Ohh Is that in Russia? Romania is a city in Russia or Hungary?”, “So you speak Russian don’t you, I knew I felt a Russian accent”, or worst one I heard “Is that somewhere in Africa or Arabia?”. Hmm yes, if I were from either Russia, Arabia or Africa I would say that not Romania. Also most people say the name of the country they come from not the city name.

So here is a little bit about Romania for everyone. It’s a beautiful country, full with tradition and amazing scenery and beautiful castles. Romania is a central European country known for the forested region of Transylvania, preserved medieval towns such as Sighişoara and many fortified churches and castles, notably clifftop Bran Castle, long associated with the Dracula legend.The area by the Carpathian Mountains, which are popular for trekking, climbing, skiing and bathing in natural thermal spas.

Adventurers and lovers of nature and photography I recommend you to visit it. You will enjoy the good food, friendly people and interesting history of this country. For me as a photographer, each photo comes with a piece of memory and knowledge of what I want people to see and remember. Art without a meaning is an empty canvas without imagination.

In the end I guess my post still turn out to be a little photography philosophy for all of you. Which is, give your art and photos meaning and enjoy each travel by capturing through photos your memories.


Laguna Beach California

I’ve always liked traveling and exploring to new places. During the past year I’ve been more busy with my classes at university and working on different projects which let me to neglect posting here.

I’ll start by attaching some new photos I took from Laguna Beach, California during this Spring 2015. In the couple of times I’ve traveled to the beach before I’ve always had  the bad luck to catch a cloudy cold weather even though I did checked the weather. This spring though I’ve ha the chance and luck to see the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in my life. The trip was pleasant and I really created beautiful memories.




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National Geographic photography

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog. With school back on and part time job it’s been a little bit challenging managing my time. While growing up and as i was traveling when I had the time on of my dreams has always been to work for National Geographic as one of their photojournalist. I wouldn’t want to do that for the rest of my life, but I would love to embark in a similar adventure someday.

yesterday I found this one article that i wanted to share with everyone

Photo: A man riding through a tea plantation in Malaysia

                                                           Tea Plantation, Malaysia

Nature and landscapes are a favorite photographic subject, evoking memories of travel and senses experienced in a particular place and at a particular moment. But nature photography can be challenging. In this gallery, get expert tips and learn what you should consider when photographing the natural world.

Here, a farmer at a tea plantation in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, uses an umbrella to keep himself dry while riding his bike.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

Photo Tip: Learn to appreciate overcast days. Their diffused light can make for increased color saturation in your images.

(Source: National Geographic)

This is  a tip that makes a difference for any photographer. We work with light in different forms and shapes whenever we take photos. And most photographer believe only in a sunny light do they have more control over the light. A cloudy day can be a perfect opportunity for a road trip to the forest or the beach. So my advice to everyone is to challenge yourself to experiment with your camera. Try and adjust the light settings instead of using the automatic settings. Overexpose or underexpose a photo and explore the surrounding for the perfect subject.

Teodora Balaj

How to avoid redeye when taking photos in dim light?

Redeye occurs more at night because the eye’s pupil dilates to allow more light in, and your camera’s flash reflects nearly directly back off the exposed retina. Many cameras have a redeye setting that pre-flashes a bright red light into your subject’s eye, causing the pupil to contract, but oftentimes it isn’t enough to compensate at night. If camera does not have a redeye setting or it isn’t preventing the effect enough, alternatives are to move (if possible) the source of the flash away from the camera’s lens, making the reflection less directly back into the lens. If moving the source of the flash isn’t feasible, try having the subject look slightly away from the lens, which also redirects the angle of redeye reflection.


How do you get high contrast natural light BLACK and WHITE Pictures ?

Many factors determine the results you’ll get in taking black and white photos, with the composition being the most important: black and white photos are most startling when the elements in the photo differ. Saying this, composing a memorable black and white photo requires that your subject and setting carry with them significantly different light-reflecting values. If the elements are too similar in reflecting light, no amount of ambient or artificial light will make them leap out at the viewer. Many digital cameras offer a black and white photo mode as well as offering simulations of Sepia tone, which make taking high contrast photos easier but not foolproof.

Teodora Balaj


You may also wish to take your picture in color, then convert it to black and white with your photo editor like Lightroom or Photoshop which are my top choices always.

Teodora Balaj

Taking a photo through glass with FLASH

As with redeye reflection and eyeglass glare, the key is to find a way of either redirecting the angle of the flash or the angle that the camera captures the image: the angle of incident equals the angle of reflection. Put simply if your lens and your flash are shooting at the same angle and direction, you’ll get the majority of light thrown back in your frame. A polarizing filter on the camera (or in sheet form placed over the glass surface) also redirect reflected light, but at the cost of some muted colors.

The following picture was taken at a downward angle with ceiling light and a flash.

Santa by Teodora Balaj

Santa by Teodora Balaj

What is hyperfocal distance?

To be precise, it’s the distance setting that provides the best depth-of-field. Simpler put, it is the average distance between the nearest foreground object and the furthest in a photo. The hyperfocal distance is best implemented when the subject matter extends far into the distance, and if no particular region requires more sharpness than another.

Along the stream in Venice by Teodora Balaj

Along the stream in Venice by Teodora Balaj