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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Before Buying Your First Camera

The multi-awarded Fujifilm XT1. Mirrorless camera using X-Trans sensor that gives the sharpest image. This time, the new model XT1 IR offers Infrared features.

The multi-awarded Fujifilm XT1. Mirrorless camera using X-Trans sensor that gives the sharpest image. This time, the new model XT1 IR offers Infrared features.

As the bonuses starts pouring in, so as the consumers finally buying their prize. Before you invest on a camera, here’s some points you need to consider and maybe questions you need to answer. When you’re an impulsive buyer like me, I really wish you read this first before rushing to buy one.

Camera System 

Somewhere along your photographic journey, somebody would ask you what your camera system is. He is actually referring to what brand you are using. By default, lenses and other camera accessories only works with a particular brand.

If you’re using a Nikon camera body, then only Nikon lens, flash, triggers, etc will work on it. Your next camera body should still be Nikon so you can use your existing equipments. If ever you plan to shift brand or system, you have to sell the entire setup. Continue reading “Before Buying Your First Camera” »

Depth Of Field

In one of my photography tutorial, I was explaining to my student how depth-of-field works. Aperture as part of the exposure triangle, helps control the amount of light coming in by adjusting the size of the opening. By changing the size of the opening, you are also indirectly changing the depth-of-field.

Shot taken at f/5.6, focal length 155mm. The background is visibly blurred even at relatively small opening. (shooting for Ody's Cafe)

Shot taken at f/5.6, focal length 155mm. The background is visibly blurred even at relatively small opening. (shooting for Ody’s Cafe)

Depth-of-field is always dependent on the size of the opening. If your intention is to reduce the depth-of-field, meaning blur background and sharp subject, your objective is to increase the opening. The bigger the opening, the lesser the depth-of-field and vice versa. Continue reading “Depth Of Field” »

Charge To Experience

OSLOB. I was testing shooting HDR handheld minus the tripod, and even if the shutter speed was fast enough for all the three frames, I experienced some softness during alignment in Photoshop. Tripod is still the best option when shooting HDR.

OSLOB. I was testing shooting HDR handheld minus the tripod, and even if the shutter speed was fast enough for all the three frames, I experienced some softness during alignment in Photoshop. Tripod is still the best option when shooting HDR.

Often, when a group of photographers is put in one room, it’s inevitable that the topic of gears will almost instantly be a hit. One would share a personal review on a particular brand while others would update the group in terms of new releases. On rare occasion, one photographer would open up and share one’s techniques.

This is the part that I really look forward to. While I’m quite technical when it comes to gears configuration, I’m also a sucker when it comes to shooting style and techniques. I probably spend 90 percent of my time learning the different photographic challenges and technique. Continue reading “Charge To Experience” »

Inspired To Shoot

As I was editing the winning raw files in preparation for hi-­res printing of the recently concluded Sinulog Photo Contest, there was this one photo that really inspired me more about photography.

Photo by Leo Sibi, 6th Place Festival Queen, ?NEF f/3.5, 1/000 ISO2500

Photo by Leo Sibi, 6th Place Festival Queen, ?NEF f/3.5, 1/000 ISO2500

The Sinulog Foundation would normally forward the winning printed photos in their standard 5R format together with the raw files to their printing partner, GraphicStar. I’m normally called to finalize and edit raw files to ensure the optimum quality for hi­-res printing. I would normally expect that the raw file would differ from the printed version. Continue reading “Inspired To Shoot” »

Choosing The Right DSLR

Ceasar Azanza of Macys Camera Shop

In the last couple of weeks, most of the questions I get is what camera to buy. These questions comes from beginners to semi-pros and almost always, it ends up with where can I buy the cheapest. In this article, I will try to break down the DSLR into categories to help you decide the best camera for you. I’ll also give you an inside information on where to buy these cameras and get the best deal in town. Continue reading “Choosing The Right DSLR” »

Still Moments

Infrared Photography by: Michael Ocaña. f/8, 30sec, ISO200. Liloan, Cebu.

I was reading an article by Martin Evening in DP Review about fashion shoot and I can’t help but get inspired on how he came out to be a successful fashion and beauty photographer. I also find it amusing on how he described a lot of photographer wanting to shoot attractive models but seem to loose the idea of the subject matter itself. To top it all, he explained on how a typical shoot can turn into a disaster. I felt guilty already even without being accused. Continue reading “Still Moments” »

Artificial Light Part II

In my last article, I mentioned both continuous and strobe lights as types of artificial lights. One of the major difference between the two type of light is that continuous light can be controlled by your shutter speed while strobe on the other hand is limited to the camera’s flash sync speed. It means that you cannot shoot at high shutter speed when using strobe unless you’re shooting in high speed sync mode. This is only possible when using proprietary portable flash.

Photo by: Windell Paclibar, Scott Kelby PhotoWalk, Cebu

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An Eye For Photography

Few days ago, I was surprised to be greeted by park rangers as I entered Park Mall. For a moment, I felt like I was in a production set of Jurassic Park. The entire main hall was filled with live animals attended by their handlers of course. It’s not like everyday that you see somebody walk past you with a several feet white python on his shoulders in a mall.

At the end of the hall was the “Parks of the World”photo exhibit organized by Nikon-Pro Ted Madamba. Immediately upon seeing the photos, I was hooked. The exhibit lets you experience a moment in the different beautiful parks around the world. The photos were also printed in a canvass which adds to the artistic feel of the artwork. Truly an inspiring exhibit that you shouldn’t miss.

Before leaving the mall, I decided to drop by Pixel Pro to check some stuff. When I arrived, one customer was given a 10min crash course on how to use the camera. I wonder if he plans to use the camera as a dslr or a point and shoot. I’m sure he must have a 50k reason for buying the camera.

Photo by: Windell Paclibar, Consolacion.

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