Recently, I was invited by Phoneography Cebu to talk about fashion photography but the challenge is to shoot it using just your camera phone. I was stressed thinking that I can’t use strobe. Fortunately, we were treated with models, makeup artist and beautiful gowns. I know it can work especially that camera phone nowadays are surprisingly good with a functional software controls.
One of the shots during the Phoneography Cebu fashion workshop. In this shot, we filled in a warm light and adjusted the color temperature or white balance of the phone to shoot incandescent light. This makes the subject’s light neutral and the background to be bluer. Photo by Cesar Ledesma Jr. using Samsung S5, Snapseed.
The event was a success but what made me think about it is during the sharing after the workshop. One attendee asked me about how to improve in photography. I said that you just have to do it more often and keep on challenging yourself to do better than the last.
His next question was, how do I know if i’m getting it right. I thought about it for a few seconds and I asked him if he likes my photos. He said yes so I asked him why do you like it. He said because it looks a lot better than mine. So I told him that we always know a good photograph from a bad one. Deep inside we know if it looks good or not. We just sometimes fool ourselves that our work is good enough. It’s never enough. Continue reading “Camera Phone” »
I was in Boracay lately and more than the powdery white sand and crystal clear water is the glorious sunset. Everyday, no miss. It’s there with or without audience. What makes it a really spectacle scene is that it only last for a couple of minutes. You stare at the moment and hold your breathe as the ray of warm orange and some chrome yellow skies slowly swallow the golden sun. Then a magnificent afterglow follows.
I was shooting a model at that time. We started shooting late afternoon to get a soft and less contrasty light. When shooting, i’m totally framed into my shots and can’t be interrupted by anything. So I didn’t realize that the spectacle has begun. As soon as I glanced upon it, like hypnosis, I stared at it and paused. I wanted to take a photo of it but decided to just sit in the sand and enjoy the view.
ISO 3200, Focal 195mm, 1/200, f16. Taken during sunset on the highest peak of Boracay.
I’ve seen a lot of Boracay sunset photos but it’s incomparable to actually experiencing it yourself. The colors are out of range from any top of the line camera. The dynamic range it offers is just to wide to be captured. The feel of the soft wind and the damp fine sand in your feet completes the entire experience. Continue reading “Glorious Sunset” »
Photo Caption: Shots taken at Bakhawan Eco-Park in Kalibo. It’s a 50 hectares mudflats converted into a mangrove forest. The project started in 1989 targeting to plant 250,000 mangrove trees.
I love shooting fashion editorials but next to that is travel photography. You don’t have to travel abroad to do it, there’s 7101 islands in the Philippines to discover. Not only is it rich in culture and traditions, you’ll also be treated with the world class scenic views anywhere you go.
Recently, a former colleague of mine invited me to their wedding in Boracay. I decided to take the long route via Iloilo so I can check out some places along the way. I did some researching in the internet on places to go and scenic views to visit but it was not enough. It’s still best to do a proper planning and ask for people who actually experienced it themselves. Continue reading “Travel Photography” »
GoPro is still the leader among action cams in terms of performance. SJ had some issues before but pulled it through with firmware upgrades. Xiaomi on the other hand is very promising in terms of quality, reliability and price. It’s the cheapest of them all but surprisingly good.?
I dropped by Macys Camera Shop last week to check on the joystick tripod head by Manfrotto. Macys is finishing off their Manfrotto stock and the discount is just crazy. I was hoping that they ran out of stock already only to stop me from buying one but it turned out they still have a couple of heads in stock. Seems like i’m the only one crazy with this type of head. I really don’t need it right know, my existing head works perfectly fine but the offers is just irresistible. Continue reading “Adventure Savvy” »
2-light setup. Main light grided large softbox camera right at f8, Fill light bounce light camera left at F4.
Recently, I was asked by the Department of Tourism of my hometown to shoot for the upcoming beauty contest which happens annually as part of the activities for the town fiesta.It’s not as extravagant as Miss Cebu but the feeling of being able to contribute to your home town makes me proud constituent.
I brought in my team from makeup artist to stylist to ensure that we’re going to make beautiful photos for the candidates. I did not expect so much from the candidates and surprisingly, they were even updated with Asia’s Next Top Model than me. Surely, social networks are responsible for this.Continue reading “Homecoming Shoot and Light Meter” »
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” »
Putting your shooting mode to Manual and setting your ISO to a particular range can let you focus more on your timing and composition.
The exposure triangle is one of the basic function when you talk about photography. Whether you’re a novice or a professional photographer, everything relates to exposure triangle. It’s a balancing act between the three controls before you take that shot.
Because of the many things to consider when taking a shot, there’s semi-automatic shooting modes for you to choose from depending on the type of scene you are shooting. If your priority is depth of field, you can use aperture priority. For controlling the motion, you can use shutter priority and for both, you can use the manual mode. Continue reading “Manual Mode Over Auto ISO” »
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. Continue reading “Finding Vivian Maier” »
Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro. f22, 20sec ISO200, 17mm?
After weeks of preparations and some few addition to my gear, I was ready and excited to take landscape photos in Surigao Sur. My plan was to insert a trip during our holiday vacation but like any other landscape photographer would know, weather is one major factor. Unfortunately, I’m inexperienced when it comes to landscape photography.
I was lucky because the storm came a day early before my scheduled trip. Later, I realized that even if there were no storm to hinder my landscape escapade, the timing was not right since many people would travel during holidays and swarm every local tourist destination there is. It would have been a disaster either way. Continue reading “Planning Your Landscape Shoot” »
While I was backing up my hard drive, I happened to see the first few photos I took when I was just starting out in photography. It wasn’t a pleasant sight – embarrassment was the immediate feeling I had. I know that we have to come from some point but I didn’t realize how bad my pictures were back then. Continue reading “Flash Back” »