Lucky Shot

Nikon Facebook This is the image that Nikon posted in Facebook page which drew a lot of reaction. Nikon already acknowledged their mistake and apologised. In the end, it was still a good PR.

Nikon Facebook
This is the image that Nikon posted in Facebook page which drew a lot of reaction. Nikon already acknowledged their mistake and apologised. In the end, it was still a good PR.

I downloaded the photo and applied curves adjustment to the image. It's quite obvious don't you think?

I downloaded the photo and applied curves adjustment to the image. It’s quite obvious don’t you think?

Recently, Nikon Asia created waves of reaction from netizens after they posted a photo of Chay Yu Wei in their facebook page. The photo passed through judges and eventually won. After all the praises and thank yous, the photo turned out to be edit. Not only edited but badly edited.

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Developing your creativity

Three months ago, my former student gave me a challenge to shoot her prenup in an unusual way. She wanted me to choose between star wars or apocalyptic theme. Without hesitation, I accepted the challenge knowing I still have three months to think about it. As the shooting day comes close, the tension started to sink in and days before the shoot, it was nothing less than panic.

Because I cannot resolve my thoughts on how I should shoot it in apocalyptic style, I decided to shoot it in an apocalyptic environment with some touch of fashion. Congrats Liz and Edo.

Because I cannot resolve my thoughts on how I should shoot it in apocalyptic style, I decided to shoot it in an apocalyptic environment with some touch of fashion. Congrats Liz and Edo.

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Lightroom: Made for Photographers

Lightroom is a straightforward application designed for photographers. It is not made to replace Photoshop but rather to compliment it. All the functionalities are made to streamline post processing workflow.

Lightroom is a straightforward application designed for photographers. It is not made to replace Photoshop but rather to compliment it. All the functionalities are made to streamline post processing workflow.

My first experience with Lightroom was around 2007. It was the first version after a series of beta that came out. Like many Photoshop fanatic, I tried using the software the same way I use Photoshop. Obviously, it didn’t work for me because the software was never made to replace Photoshop. It was made for photographers. Continue reading “Lightroom: Made for Photographers” »

Mastering Your Settings

Rice field under a blue sky, almost ready for harvest - Cebu South. f/9, 1/400, ISO 200, focal 120mm.

Rice field under a blue sky, almost ready for harvest – Cebu South. f/9, 1/400, ISO 200, focal 120mm.

Recently, I asked my assistant to cover an event. It’s a Pro bono for my neighbor. I thought this would add to her experience in handling different photographic challenges. I believe that no matter how I teach her, there is no better way of learning than to do a real and actual assignment. I went through it myself when I was starting up. I made some mistakes here and there but it’s the ability to convert those errors into assets that allow you to move on to the next level. Continue reading “Mastering Your Settings” »

Throwback

Engagement Session, Plantation Bay

Engagement Session, Plantation Bay

Few weeks back, I conducted a workshop for Macys Camera Shop. My topic was basic studio lighting. I normally ask questions before I start my workshop. This is a way for me to know how much the attendees know about the topic and it helps me decide the scope and the level of technicality of the workshop.

My first question was about exposure triangle which surprisingly, majority of them got it right. Then I started to ask about strobe and if all the three functions of exposure triangle can be applied. I got a mix of answers. I tried drilling the question further so there’s no confusion and ask if the shutter speed can control the amount of light when using strobe. No definite answer again. Continue reading “Throwback” »

Backpacking In Our Own Backyard

Enchanted River, Hinatuan Surigao del Sur

I’ve been planning to visit the Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur since December 2014. The trip was cancelled due to a strong typhoon that made its landfall in Hinatuan itself. I promised myself that this year, I’ll definitely find time to visit the mystical and enchanted river and I did.

In this article, I’m going to focus on my experience as a photographer and the difficulties you may encounter. Although the place has a lot of stories to be shared, I’ll probably find another avenue for that. My first advice when you travel is to plan your gears. Continue reading “Backpacking In Our Own Backyard” »

Photo Road Trip

It’s summer! Time to hit the beach or do some road trip with a bunch of photographers. Meet fellow worshipers of light and share just about anything about photography. Those who missed the activity will have to settle as subject matter of a joke.

Photo Caption: Shooting falls is not usually difficult. Normally a tripod and a wide lens shooting long exposures will do the trick. However, if you're faced with a mist that can leave your equipment soaked in water in a matter of seconds, it's another challenge.

Shooting falls is not usually difficult. Normally a tripod and a wide lens shooting long exposures will do the trick. However, if you’re faced with a mist that can leave your equipment soaked in water in a matter of seconds, it’s another challenge.

Shooting outdoors relieves me from all the perfection of studio and artificial light. I believe that when you’re a photographer, you’re either the creator or the innovator. There are those rare photographers that are strong in both classification, you probably want to call them divergents. Continue reading “Photo Road Trip” »

Finding Vivian Maier

Photo taken by Vivian Maier

Photo taken by Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier Self-Portrait

Vivian Maier Self-Portrait

I HEARD about Vivian Maier through a viral news article last year. Who wouldn’t be interested – a nanny during the 1950’s taking breathtaking pictures of New York’s streets, people, architecture, lifestyle and more. Her photos were never published in her lifetime until one guy bought her abandoned stuff in an auction.
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The New King of Full Frame

f_4, 1_60, ISO A7S

f_4, 1_60, ISO A7S

The evolution of digital camera totally changed the landscape of photography. Of course, it was dominated by the two popular brands, Nikon and Canon. Both camera manufacturers offered a product that ranges from newbie to professional use. Because of the size and weight of DSLR, compact cameras came in as an alternative.

It started out being called Bridge cameras. It was suppose to bridge the gap between a point and shoot camera to DSLR. They’re compact and fully loaded. It has the feature of a DSLR minus the size and weight. It’s mirrorless and comes with an electronic viewfinder. It was an instant hit and definitely filled up the gap with a bang. Continue reading “The New King of Full Frame” »