Back To Megapixels Race

Left side is Canon 6d 20.2MP, 24-105L f/16. Right side is Sony A7s 12MP, 24-70 f/16 Bottom image shows 200 percent view of respective files.

Left side is Canon 6d 20.2MP, 24-105L f/16. Right side is Sony A7s 12MP, 24-70 f/16
Bottom image shows 200 percent view of respective files.

Canon recently released their upgrade to 5D Mark III. This time they are maxing out the megapixel a 35mm sensor can accommodate. The new 5DS and 5DS R is packed with 50 megapixels. I feel bad for the photodiode having no room to breathe. In some forums, they claim that it’s not technically possible to get effective 50 megapixels.

Of course the laws of physics cannot be recreated so when you amplify one aspect of the sensor in recording light, you’ll have to pull down some other aspects. In the case of Canon, the newly released 5D chose megapixel over ISO. They claim that in commercial photography, ISO is not an issue since shots are mostly done in a controlled lighting environment. Continue reading “Back To Megapixels Race” »

Like The Healing Tool, But Better

One of the most popular tools in Photoshop is the clone stamp. It is a simple and straightforward tool that duplicates pixels and overwrites them on a particular part of the image. With skilled hands using this tool, a simple tool becomes phenomenal.

In the later versions of Photoshop, the cheat tool came out. You don’t have to train like a shaolin to master this tool. It’s as simple as point and click. The results are very impressive. I’m referring to the healing brush and the rest of the healing family tools.

Beauty retouching using frequency separation.

Beauty retouching using frequency separation.

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Seeing More Than What Is There.

Shot taken from a camera phone

Shot taken from a camera phone.

Among the many students I have taught photography, there are those who just rise above the others. You’ll know it in their first few frames. It seems like their eyes were trained ahead to see things creatively.

When you encounter these types of students, all you have to do is help them technically on how to realize the picture they have in their imagination. Those struggling will have to deal with both the technical part and artistic part of photography.

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Shooting Commercially

View Deck, Fantasy Lodge, Samboan Cebu

View Deck, Fantasy Lodge, Samboan Cebu

A few weeks ago, I was commissioned to shoot a resort in Samboan. It’s in the southern tip of Cebu. It was the first time for me to use my phone’s GPS to find the place, but not after some dead spot along the way. Otherwise, it was a splendid drive along the coastline of Cebu. Continue reading “Shooting Commercially” »

Tethered Shooting

I posted some behind the scene photos where I mounted my camera up the ceiling on a light stand and controlled it through my laptop. Moments later, I got messages asking how to control your camera remotely.

Camera mounted on manfrotto magic arm attached to a boom. Remote shooting using ESO Utility Software.

Camera mounted on manfrotto magic arm attached to a boom. Remote shooting using ESO Utility Software.

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Common Mistake In Focusing

In one of my studio training session, my student complained about her focusing. She said that her images are at times of focus. Her first suspect was her kit lens. I ask her to show me the images just to make sure we are on the same page and yes, few images were out of focus.

Focusing points

Focusing points

I asked her which of the focusing point is she using and she understands that the center focusing point is the most accurate and that she uses it then reframes. We tried it a couple of times to see if it’s a lens problem but just can’t seem to recreate the off-focus result. Continue reading “Common Mistake In Focusing” »

Deconstructing Lighting

Playing with fire. Photo taken for Azia Suites.

Playing with fire. Photo taken for Azia Suites.

I posted a photo on facebook last week and a photographer friend asked me to deconstruct the lighting I used in the shot. This is my reply:

3 light setup

Camera settings: f2.8, 125 ISO 100

Ambient: f1.4, 125 ISO 400

Fire: f2.8 – f3.5 ISO 100

Light 1: camera left bounced in white wall f2

Light 2: far right gridded f3.5

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Finding The Reflection

One light on top with few reflectors on the sides.

One light on top with few reflectors on the sides.

Recently I was commissioned to shoot an E-cig product by Janty. The images are to be used for their webstore and for packaging. When shooting products, it is very important to understand what the product is. Every functionality and all the details there is in the product must be taken into consideration. Continue reading “Finding The Reflection” »

Tips On Shooting Food

I’ve been shooting food lately and I realized that my obsessive compulsiveness to lighting fits perfectly with this genre. My brain works like an XT8086 computer when it comes to photography, I deal with things one at a time. I want everything in place to the last detail and lights behaving my way.

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Gift Ideas

This is a collection of my landscape photos. I had this printed and binded with GraphicStar.

This is a collection of my landscape photos. I had this printed and binded with GraphicStar.

Having all your photos stored in an external hard disk, sometimes we forget that there’s a lot of interesting landscape or portraits that are long forgotten. Here are some things you can do to bring those photos into life and maybe offer it as gifts.

Before we spill the beans, let’s talk about the different printing process that’s available for you to choose from. Some photographers don’t print their photos anymore because of the high printing cost. True, printing is expensive unless you know your alternatives.

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