Post Processing Internally and Externally

I understand that editing your photo has been an argument even back in the days of Ansel Adams when Photoshop did not even exist. Some editing comes to the point of reconstructing the image that the art of photography is exploited. Advertising images has been criticized about false advertising due to mis-representation of their product using too much Photoshop.

I carry a small point and shoot camera with me when travelling so I can take quick snaps along the way.  Shooting raw using canon G11(small sensor), 1/60, 5.6, ISO 100. Edited in Adobe Camera Raw.

I carry a small point and shoot camera with me when travelling so I can take quick snaps along the way. Shooting raw using canon G11(small sensor), 1/60, 5.6, ISO 100. Edited in Adobe Camera Raw.

While it’s sad to know all about the negative effect of photo editing, it also has it’s highs. Photo editing allows you to correct and enhance your image and fills in the camera’s limitation. By putting photography first and polishing it after with editing, you’re keeping the art. Continue reading “Post Processing Internally and Externally” »

Photolab printing is still King

This image is heavy on the dark areas and inkjet printing would sometimes pour too much ink on it to get a good density. That's the reason why inkjet adds additional cartridges in different shades of black to solve this issue. Density in dark areas is never an issue with Photolab.

This image is heavy on the dark areas and inkjet printing would sometimes pour too much ink on it to get a good density. That’s the reason why inkjet adds additional cartridges in different shades of black to solve this issue. Density in dark areas is never an issue with Photolab.

I’m a color management specialist. I’m a pro digital guy who believes in the digital revolution. However, there are conventional process that simply works and in some cases, better than the digital counterpart.

Recently, I needed to print a few of my images for submission so the quality requirement is somewhat critical. It was an automatic course of action to have it printed using a digital printer. I have been calibrating and optimising a particular inkjet printer to print this kind of quality requirement. I made some few prints and it looks okay except for some overflowing ink in the dark areas. Continue reading “Photolab printing is still King” »

Rejections

Sliding off the norm, I overexposed this shot to get a washed out effect. Yacht Club, Roxas Boulevard. f8, 1/160, 70-200, 5D.

Sliding off the norm, I overexposed this shot to get a washed out effect. Yacht Club, Roxas Boulevard. f8, 1/160, 70-200, 5D.

When you’re a photographer or any type of artist, you’ll go through many challenges and one of them is rejection. The issue is worsen by social media. However, perspective matters and if you reposition your thinking, you’ll see it in a different way.

I was scrolling through my facebook feed and read a post from Mai Pages, it says “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will always be someone who hates peaches.” – Dita Von Teese. After reading the line, I felt the waves went through my past experiences and released a ton of stress. Continue reading “Rejections” »

Slow Starter

I normally consumes around four terabytes of storage per year. Until now, there’s still no permanent solution on how we can safely keep our digital image. DVD is an option but it takes a lot of time to burn a disc and the possibility of getting damaged. As I was transferring my old files to the slower drive, I get to have a run down of all the images that I took for the previous  year.

It brings you back to that moment and you start to remember the feeling and the mood in the set. What’s surprising is you get to see some shots that didn’t caught your attention at that time. That’s the reason I never delete unselected files. I enjoy looking at the frame by frame development of the shot.

This photo is one of the unselected images couple of years back shooting Calendar for Plantation Bay. Sometimes the photo needs a review in another time before you can see it sparkling with beauty.

This photo is one of the unselected images couple of years back shooting Calendar for Plantation Bay. Sometimes the photo needs a review in another time before you can see it sparkling with beauty.

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Plan and Improvise

There’s a lot of things that can happen during a shoot and no matter how you prepare for everything, something will always come up and challenge your ability to improvise to finish the shoot. Although there’s that very common human error, equipment failure is a definitely the bummer.

Shooting with two strobe lights bounced through both side of the wall and ceiling. No light modifier needed except for the standard reflector. The entire room becomes a big light source making the light soft and even.

Shooting with two strobe lights bounced through both side of the wall and ceiling. No light modifier needed except for the standard reflector. The entire room becomes a big light source making the light soft and even.

Last week I was doing a corporate shoot and the first challenge was doing it without my assistant. I had to prepare all the equipment and made a checklist to make sure I got everything. When deciding which equipment to bring, you have to have alternatives just in case something goes south in the middle of the shoot.

There’s a reason why you bring two camera bodies and an extra lens during a shoot, just in case one equipment decides not to perform. Same goes to your  lighting setup, backup is necessary and some few extra cables, battery, trigger and never forget the all around solution, duct tape. Continue reading “Plan and Improvise” »

Lighting Technique

One thing you should be aware about lighting is that the more you work with it, the more you can’t shoot without it. Not all photographers are into artificial lighting, there is natural light that we all enjoy and it takes another skill set to master what you cannot control. A different paradigm when it comes to creativity.

There are moments when everything just falls into place. The lights, the camera settings, the model and makeup was just right on target of what I had in mind. These are times when Photoshop becomes irrelevant. The objective is to do it right when shooting so you don't spend too much in post processing. (Model: DJ NIsh, HMUA: George Villamor)

There are moments when everything just falls into place. The lights, the camera settings, the model and makeup was just right on target of what I had in mind. These are times when Photoshop becomes irrelevant. The objective is to do it right when shooting so you don’t spend too much in post processing. (Model: DJ NIsh, HMUA: George Villamor)

I was cleaning up my backup files lately and I had a chance to review my shots from five years ago and it was a mix of emotion. I felt proud to have seen some good shot even when I was just starting up. I also felt embarrassed with a lot of my shots, I can’t believe that I even shared the photos in social media.

Everybody has to start somewhere and definitely you cannot start an expert. I am wherever I am because of what I’ve been through. In every shoot, you always encounter difficulties and from that experience you gain your experience no matter if you solved it or not. The next time you encounter it, you know if it’s solvable or at least know what needs to be done. Continue reading “Lighting Technique” »

Bigger sensor, better quality?

I congratulated a friend of mine on his purchase of a full frame camera. He said that he’s been saving and waiting for it for a long time and finally his new camera came and he’s excited to try it out. Why would photographers upgrade to a bigger sensor and expect better results compared to cropped sensor.

It is a known fact that a larger sensor would give you more dynamic range. This means that you’d be able to capture more gray levels or tones in your image. Since a digital sensor’s weakness is dynamic range in comparison to film, a better sensor will at least minimize the gap but film is still king.

Recently, Hasselblad, known for its medium format size, released a mirrorless version making the bulky camera more compact and ready to go outside of the studio. Medium format camera has an entirely bigger sensor size than full frame cameras. It’s not your everyday camera, prize is just too steep that you can buy a decent car out of the camera body alone.

Smelted. Winning shot of Victor Kintanar during the Global Fujifilm Photowalk, June 2016 - Cebu Leg. Fujifilm X-T10, 35mm, 1/160sec, f/2.8, ISO800.

Smelted. Winning shot of Victor Kintanar during the Global Fujifilm Photowalk, June 2016 – Cebu Leg. Fujifilm X-T10, 35mm, 1/160sec, f/2.8, ISO800.

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Building up your portfolio

When I was starting up in shooting fashion inspired photos, I always had this burning desire to get photos similar to those I look up to in the industry. Photos printed in magazine and billboard is what inspires me to learn and understand how it’s done so I can get the same results.

It took us many poses before we reached this shot. Your experience kicks in during times when everything is not falling into place. Practice helps a lot. (model: Yasmin Johnstone)

It took us many poses before we reached this shot. Your experience kicks in during times when everything is not falling into place. Practice helps a lot. (model: Yasmin Johnstone)

I’ve attended a few workshop back then and of course I was excited to take photos of the model complete with all the styling, makeup and lighting prepared by the instructor. However, I would like to point out that I was more interested seeing the instructor do the shoot himself or at least talk about the thought process that occurs when he is shooting. Continue reading “Building up your portfolio” »

Your Price

 

This girl bought one photo for 50 pesos. She even tried to speak Japanese and said that she's a fan of Naruto. Tendo gamely taught here some few words to say. (Photos by: Don Marc)

This girl bought one photo for 50 pesos. She even tried to speak Japanese and said that she’s a fan of Naruto. Tendo gamely taught here some few words to say. (Photos by: Don Marc)

How would you react if you’re walking in the streets and you see somebody selling his pictures in the walkway? This might be something familiar when walking in some western countries but quite unusual when in the Philippines. Continue reading “Your Price” »

Simple but it’s not

Few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a short talk by one of the most respected photographer, Mr. George Tapan. If you travel a lot, you won’t miss his photos lining up in the arrival area, promoting different tourist destination in the Philippines. I’d often stop and stare for a while and study how he makes those magnificent shots.

His photos are not the most complicated ones, it looks like ordinary but captivating. It looks easy to capture but it’s not. He has mastered how to capture photos that would take you in a journey and lets you take part of the scene. The hardest photo to take are the most simple ones that packs a lot of appeal.

I was walking along roxas boulevard and the smell of Manila Bay is almost unbearable. I saw this old man and he's scooping water bathing himself from the same foul smelling waters.

I was walking along roxas boulevard and the smell of Manila Bay is almost unbearable. I saw this old man and he’s scooping water bathing himself from the same foul smelling waters.

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