Wedding Photography

One of the challenges when shooting inside a room is space and lighting condition. In this case, I tried shooting from a higher perspective and filled in light opposite to the light source coming from the window. Congratulations JR and Jade.

One of the challenges when shooting inside a room is space and lighting condition. In this case, I tried shooting from a higher perspective and filled in light opposite to the light source coming from the window. Congratulations JR and Jade.

No matter how many times I shoot for wedding, every time the bride walks down the aisle and the moment the groom starts looking for his handkerchief and wipe out the tears he tries to hide form the crowd, I still get emotional. It’s the moment that your saliva starts getting thick that you have a hard time swallowing it.

The one thing I like about shooting wedding is the relationship you develop with the couple. You sometimes clap more than the guest and almost want to grab the mic and talk about the couple and how inspiring they are to shoot and the love story they shared to you. But you have work to do and your job is to take photos that will make sense to the most important day of the couple. Continue reading “Wedding Photography” »

Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is finally here

It’s an exciting times for the X-men this time around. I’m actually referring to Fujifilm’s new addition to their lineup. Indeed, they started the year with a bang. Fujifilm X-series is making a statement to Sony Alpha and the mirrorless market.

The first ever camera in the X-series to go beyond 16 megapixel. The X-Pro 2 is equipped with a 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor.

The first ever camera in the X-series to go beyond 16 megapixel. The X-Pro 2 is equipped with a 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor.

I have been praising Fujifilm for its classic look and state of the art functionalities from the very beginning. I tested the X100s for quite some time and spend a good quality time with XE-1 during my trip down under and I’m all smiles the entire time. There were very few frustrating experience to write about. Continue reading “Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is finally here” »

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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Solving the problem backwards

So after a month long battle against Lightroom’s mess and how it messed up my workflow and to the point of almost losing a client, I’m finally seeing the sunlight after a storm. I hope it stays this way but just like in a horror movie, the villains will always try to make a last scare.

One of my favorite tool in LR, the adjustment brush, has become more powerful in its CC release.  Adobe added more sliders for more precise adjustment allowing you to edit images in LR in particular parts only. Just like masking in Photoshop. (Photo Credit: Congrats Edmund and Nica)

One of my favorite tool in LR, the adjustment brush, has become more powerful in its CC release. Adobe added more sliders for more precise adjustment allowing you to edit images in LR in particular parts only. Just like masking in Photoshop. (Photo Credit: Congrats Edmund and Nica)

After a numerous tense sessions with Adobe’s help desk and countless hours of frustration waiting for a best solution to remedy the problem, it turned out that the solution is not to solve it but to step backward and go back to where it was running error free. Continue reading “Solving the problem backwards” »

Adding visual impact to your shot

This photo was taken in one of my out of town projects. I didn't have any assistant at that time given the equipments that I normally carry with me. To direct the light from one direction, I used a gridded softbox. I allowed the ambient light to fill in some warm light and added space on top of my subject to bring in other elements in the composition.

This photo was taken in one of my out of town projects. I didn’t have any assistant at that time given the equipments that I normally carry with me. To direct the light from one direction, I used a gridded softbox. I allowed the ambient light to fill in some warm light and added space on top of my subject to bring in other elements in the composition.

When you test a new camera equipment, whether this is a lens or the camera body itself, you start shooting at random scenes. You check how the equipment performs and the feel of it. The photos you take during tests are often, if not, always goes to the trash. The photo lacks the appeal to be shared in social media or at least take a space in the memory card. Continue reading “Adding visual impact to your shot” »

What’s the color of the ceiling?

It’s amusing to know that a photographer arriving in the venue would look up and asses the ceiling. Is it white? How high is it? Can I bounce the light? The client might not notice it or know his reason why he’s looking up but it is one important factor when shooting indoors.

In this photo of Wilson and Sheila, I wanted to to get a soft lighted high key effect so I bounced the light off the ceiling using a regular speedlite flash.

In this photo of Wilson and Sheila, I wanted to to get a soft lighted high key effect so I bounced the light off the ceiling using a regular speedlite flash.

When you talk about close door event, one of the major consideration is available light. It becomes worse for photographers when mood lighting is used in an event. This problem occurs because the lights were designed on how we see it thus it adds to the experience. However, what we can see is not the same as what the camera can see. Continue reading “What’s the color of the ceiling?” »

Lights and Shadows

 

Available light is coming from camera right. Increasing my ISO at 640 allows me to capture ambient light as my fill light. Camera left is lighted by strobe light and is acting as my main light. f 5.6, 1/80 sec. (Photo Credits: Mutya Sa Danao 2015)

Available light is coming from camera right. Increasing my ISO at 640 allows me to capture ambient light as my fill light. Camera left is lighted by strobe light and is acting as my main light. f 5.6, 1/80 sec. (Photo Credits: Mutya Sa Danao 2015)

When I started shooting back during my high school years, I was always intrigued by the chemical wizardry one possess to extract through chemicals and release the image to the surface of photo paper. I like the idea of doing something where only only a few knows about. Continue reading “Lights and Shadows” »

Using strobes in broad daylight

“Why would you use strobe lights in a well lighted environment?” I normally get this question when shooting outdoors. As if the sun is not bright enough to light the scene.

When I started shooting in studio, the objective is all about perfection. In a controlled environment, you get to control all the light that you see in the frame. The idea is to realize your imagination through your photos.Gerard and Ann

I use strobes as an additional light using the sun as one of my lights. When composing your shot, you find the right elements to to fill in your frame and sometimes available light is not angled to use as main light. If this is the case, you can use your available light as your backlight or fill light adding artificial light as your main. Continue reading “Using strobes in broad daylight” »

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” »

ISO and Dynamic Range

ISO an Dynamic Range

ISO800 f5.6 200mm

ISO800 f5.6 200mm

I’ve been researching about the myth that increasing your ISO will increase your dynamic range. I got interested on this technique after watching Lara Jade shooting at a rather high ISO than the usual even with a good light. She explained that she wanted to get more shadows. From that statement, I can only assume that she was referring to wider dynamic range.

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