Wider Perspective

Adjust your aperture manually in the lens and set the shutter speed based on the camera metering. Estimate the distance of the subject and set it in the camera then shoot away. Sayang 14mm.

Adjust your aperture manually in the lens and set the shutter speed based on the camera metering. Estimate the distance of the subject and set it in the camera then shoot away. Sayang 14mm.

In my last few articles, I mentioned that I have issues on what’s the right lens to bring when shooting travel photography. It’s always been a hit or miss in my case. Recently, I went out for another travel photography project and made some adjustments. This time, my Samyang 14mm joined the gang.

I normally just bring my 70-300, 17-40 and 24-105. I’m most comfortable with these lenses and the level of sharpness and contrast is just enough for me to get the results I wanted. The issue of whether to bring two camera bodies was resolve in my last trip. I have decided that two camera bodies helps a lot in minimising changing lens in the field. Continue reading “Wider Perspective” »

Camera Evolution

Hermit's Cove. Shot using Oppo F1s. Edited in Lightroom Mobile.

Hermit’s Cove. Shot using Oppo F1s. Edited in Lightroom Mobile.

Last weekend, I had a chance to talk about my passion in front of an audience who are phone photography enthusiasts. They call themselves, phoneographers. I bet that just before the 50s, photography was only done by a few. These few photographers has spent a lot of time in their lives operating the massive camera. Today, maybe 7 out of 10 people is taking photos.

The handheld devices where you can load a roll of film minus the bulky size followed. The number of photographers increased this time around since the camera is more handy. Still a high level of expertise needed though. Then SLR followed, designed for both professional and consumer. Continue reading “Camera Evolution” »

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” »

Getting the Right Exposure

When shooting landscapes, the idea is to sharpen up to the background. By reducing the size of your opening or aperture, you get a longer depth-of-field which leaves you with the shutter and the ISO to control the light. f/16, 1/110, ISO400

When shooting landscapes, the idea is to sharpen up to the background. By reducing the size of your opening or aperture, you get a longer depth-of-field which leaves you with the shutter and the ISO to control the light. f/16, 1/110, ISO400

I think that every photography book has fully explained that there are three functions in every camera that controls the amount of light. These are shutter, aperture and ISO. They are also known as the exposure triangle. Their only function is to control the amount of light coming in and incidentally, they have a side effect.

The shutter controls the light through duration of time. If you allow the light to come in a little further, then you’ll have more light. If the light intensity is so strong, you can control it by limiting the time it passes through the shutter. The side effect when controlling light through the shutter is motion or blur. This is normally used to freeze a moving subject or capture the motion. Continue reading “Getting the Right Exposure” »

Basics of Photography

A friend and a student of mine few years back asked me what course to take for his niece who’s interested in photography. He mentioned if it was a good idea to take an editing course after getting the basics. Although I think that editing is part of photography, just like developing a film and printing it in a photopaper in a darkroom is part of photography, I think that understanding the light for a particular genre is a more effective training.

Canon G11, 1/400, f/5.6 ISO80. Equipped with my compact camera, I took this shot on our way to one of the island destination in Mactan. I preset my camera settings before the trip so I can just click anything that interest me.

Canon G11, 1/400, f/5.6 ISO80. Equipped with my compact camera, I took this shot on our way to one of the island destination in Mactan. I preset my camera settings before the trip so I can just click anything that interest me.

Like a painter who spends years of mastering brush strokes and colors, photography is no exemption. Seeing the light and understanding its characteristic takes time. You must experience it and take it as part of your tool in order for you to appreciate and capture it in its artistic form. Continue reading “Basics of Photography” »

A matter of composition

“I’m very passionate about photography and I’d love to learn more”. That’s what my student told me during our one-on-one photography tutorial. He’s a Maldivian and it is his second time here in the Philippines. The first time was after the super typhoon that devastated Tacloban. His partner is a filipina who hails from Tacloban and now works for a travel agency in Maldives.

Shot taken by Mohamed Affan during our training at Fort San Pedro, Cebu. Canon 650D, 14mm, f5.6, 1/160, ISO 100. ?

Shot taken by Mohamed Affan during our training at Fort San Pedro, Cebu. Canon 650D, 14mm, f5.6, 1/160, ISO 100. ?

One of the many things I love about my work as a photography teacher is the opportunity to meet people from different parts of the world. It’s quite interesting because you get to know their culture and how is it to live in their country. Plus, those people that I meet are photographers, so they tend to talk about their country in photographs. Continue reading “A matter of composition” »

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” »

Do you edit your photos?

Gardens By The Bay. Global editing using Lightroom 5.

Gardens By The Bay. Global editing using Lightroom 5

I always get this question every time I do a photography training. I find this question very interesting and intriguing at the same time. Every time this question is raised, I try to understand where the question is coming from. Is it because you’ve been trying to create a particular image and has been failing or you’re trying to find the fine line between shooting and editing.

When I was starting out with photography, most of the photos that inspired me much are the landscapes that looks really engaging. Like in the movies, these are scenes you don’t normally experience in real life. They have the looks that would break your piggy bank and re consider your bucket list. Continue reading “Do you edit your photos?” »

Your Greatest Asset

Shot taken at Holiday Inn, Singapore. As we went up to our room through the open view elevator, the architectural was just amazing. We even took some top shots of the lobby only to realize that the view was better from the lobby pointing your camera up.

Shot taken at Holiday Inn, Singapore. As we went up to our room through the open view elevator, the architectural was just amazing. We even took some top shots of the lobby only to realize that the view was better from the lobby pointing your camera up.

In photography, your greatest asset is your imagination. Without it, it’s like driving a car with no destination. While it is true that honing your skills is one of the major challenges you will face when learning photography, it is useless when you have no imagination to show.

The heart of an artist is a mix of confused emotions. They have a mind that has endless routes. An imagination is born out of all the chaos and without any logic, seemingly everything will start to make sense. Realizing your art out of your imagination is where your skills kicks in. Continue reading “Your Greatest Asset” »

Finding The Right Angle

After about 4 kilometers of walk in and around Singapore’s Garden by the Bay, I finally got some decent shots. Finding the right angle and composition is a challenge every photographer faces.

Sometimes, your subject is perfectly positioned in your frame but the other elements like foreground or background to support your subject is just not there to support the composition. You’re almost convinced that you can’t get any shot other than what you have but you push yourself further.

Found this view of the city of Singapore with a good water reflection foreground. When I look back from where I was standing, I saw the coconut tree so I decided to put it in the foreground.

Found this view of the city of Singapore with a good water reflection foreground. When I look back from where I was standing, I saw the coconut tree so I decided to put it in the foreground.

Continue reading “Finding The Right Angle” »