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|You and your brand spanking new DSLR||23 Sep 2011|
So you got yourself a new DSLR (I hope it’s a Canon) and now you’re thinking of posting lots of kick-ass shots to impress your Facebook friends.
If you’re new to photography, prepare for a good amount of feelings of frustration to produce mind-blowing shots. Tip: Those shots don’t come very often even to professionals so take it easy. You have to prepare for some pressure too since your friends are expecting A LOT from you. They think your expensive camera will turn them into gods and goddesses. Tip: Tell them you’re not a miracle worker. By the way, I’m not trying to scare you, these feelings are normal.
Without further ado, here’s a little guide from me to you:
1. Set your camera to full auto mode. You’ll get a 99% chance that your shots will turn out good. Good- meaning well exposed (not too light and not too dark) and sharp focus.
2. When you’re in a gathering, say a wedding, a birthday party or a simple Friday get together with friends- KEEP ON SHOOTING. Your friends will be aching to change their profile pictures through your generosity. So a good head shot or half-body picture would suffice. Also, take three consecutive shots each. At least in one of those three pictures you’ll capture your friend with his/her eyes open.
3. Don’t count before you shoot. Try to say the golden word: “smile” and click. Fast and easy. If you have to beg, crack a joke to make your subject smile, but do it while you’re pointing the camera. Anticipate that 1 second laugh because you’ll lose it if you still have to point, zoom, focus and click.
4. Learn to shoot while you’re laughing. During discussions, debates, gossiping sessions- there will always be laughter in between. Teach your body to click the camera every time you laugh. Use your body as a trigger and shoot the laughing person in front of you. The pictures you’ll get will not be as great as a Manila sunset shot but your friends will treasure that moment of laughter.
5. Shoot a lot. There is no shortcut. We, professionals, make at least 1000 clicks per wedding and that can go as high as 20,000. However, we only need 200-300 good shots per wedding. I have to add, however, a good shot should make you smile because you captured it.
6. Most friends aren’t really after earth-shattering shots, they just want to see their faces on Facebook so that they may tag themselves.
Your DSLR is your best friend. There will come a time when you’ll be able to capture a newsworthy shot and say this to yourself: “I’m glad I had my DSLR with me when it happened.”
|911-1111 Love on Delivery||11 Sep 2011|
The idea behind this video is about 9/11. It’s been ten years since the big tragedy in New York and my heart goes out to those who perished and whose lives were never the same again.
So I was thinking since today is 9/11/11, instead of dwelling on hate and thinking about fear, why don’t we have fun and think about love? 911-1111 is the number of Pizza Hut delivery in the Philippines. Here’s Gan & Mark. Let us show you how pizza can turn things around.
This was NOT based on a true story, but definitely made with true love. This was NOT sponsored by Pizza Hut, but the pizza surely made us happy. We don’t advise picking up random pizza delivery guys. I’m NOT a videographer but this was very exciting and refreshing to do. :)
And I’m sorry if I made you hungry.
|LOVE Day: Love is all around||15 Feb 2010|
One of the main reasons why I’m into weddings is because I want to experience love on a daily basis. Call me romantic or anything but I’m sure you can’t deny that we feel good every time we experience love.
Anyway, I don’t have a wedding today so Erron and I decided to go around Manila and see what it is like outside on LOVE Day.
There were typical family and lovers on a date – enjoying each other.
There were entertainments – free entertainment at Luneta for lovers to enjoy. If you really enjoyed the music, you can either make a donation or avail of their massage services. Cool, right? :)
Around Luneta park, you’ll see different stuff being sold. It was very interesting that selling has been very innovative and creative. Mr balloon man here has a very nice costume. The lady was offering talking roses.
Kids were around either playing or simply enjoying the sun while eating snacks.
My last stop was to visit some friends while they were working. Veluz, Nico and the whole team were at San Agustin. As usual, the gown was so beautiful.
Since I’m there already, it would be very hard for me to resist to do what I do best. :)
Beautiful day indeed! :)
|High-key and Low-key: Louie & Larissa||04 Feb 2010|
Some of the shots I experimented with on my last wedding. Enjoy! :)
|Beauty & Story||28 Jan 2010|
In our 10 years of doing wedding photography as a profession, our couples loved how we tell their story. From our point of view, we continuously look for different perspectives.
Aside from the story, we also focus on beauty. That’s what we love about weddings, the couple does everything to make everything beautiful which makes our job a lot easier. It’s also not a secret that all brides have a magical beauty on their wedding day.
Lately, I’ve been blessed with beautiful brides.
We also tried several editing techniques and gadgets to improve the quality of our pictures. But the quality of an image can’t rely so much on techniques and equipment but more on the ability to observe and notice.
We are very much into what is real. It’s elegant in itself.
|Finding a Good Start for 2010||04 Jan 2010|
I want to do a top 20 or even top 100 images for 09 but I figured it’s not a good time to do that because of so many weddings I’m covering this time.
Anyway, I started the year with a portrait of my family and this is my favorite.
If you want a good start, start with your family. :)
|Totally Rad Dirty Pictures||27 Aug 2009|
Applied Starla Fontaine
Applied a combination of Lola Lovespell and Cinnamon Windsor
Applied a combination of Sapphire Velvet and Roxie Glitterhips
For photographers: Totally Rad
|Hidden colors of Manila||18 Aug 2009|
I had an early city walk around Manila last Thursday and found some striking colors along the streets. You don’t see the following colors but they are there if you try to notice them.
Now if you look around your place and you get frustrated because you didn’t see as striking as the above, Photoshop can help you. All you need is a vision. :)
Pink chains? But they are nice to look at. :)
|How to become the (UN)official photographer||27 Jul 2009|
You may have purchased your first digital SLR and have been shooting almost everything in sight to learn everything about your camera. You may have even attended a photography class. You are now attending a friend or relative’s wedding and you feel you want to prove that you can also do what the official photographer can do.
I’m here to give you some tips on how to become an effective (UN)official photographer.
First, I have to remind you that the couple has made a considerable investment on their photographer to capture everything according to their style and budget. Scrambling for position with the official photographer would be a bad idea. The couple also intended you to enjoy their wedding. So, just enjoy the wedding.
Tip no. 1 – Shoot the things or moments that the photographer is not shooting. We can’t be in all places at all times, so you have many choices on what to shoot.
Tip no. 2 – Wait and watch the photographer move and position. That alone is a learning experience. Shoot the photographer while at work. Most couples can’t see how we work and it would be nice to document it.
Tip no. 3 – Shoot at a different angle. Different from usual eye-level shot.
We, photographers shoot at low level or we use a chair to get a high level shot.
Tip no. 4 – If the photographer is doing the pictorial with the couple, better not shoot there. But if you insist, concentrate more on in-between poses. Those are natural moments most couple would love to see.
Tip no. 5 – Use one fixed lens. A 50mm/1.8 is a very cheap lens and is very good. Your natural instinct is that you may feel you are limited a certain angle. Most photographers use zooms during weddings. No zooms have 1.8 aperture, so you have an advantage already. Work within the limitation of a fixed lens and you’ll discover that it has no limitations after all. :)
For photo journalistic shots, fixed lens has its advantage. For moments that happen in split-second, we don’t have the time to zoom and recompose. If we do that, we miss the moment already. Our eyes are trained already in different focal length which means if we feel a moment is about to happen, even if we are not looking at the viewfinder, we know already how to compose. Zooms gives us too many decisions to make, which are unnecessary for split-second moments.
Tip no. 6 – Shoot the people around you. Have fun with the camera with your friends. Do your own pictorial. We are mostly concentrated on the couple and we just do a few poses of other guests. All guests prepared a lot for the wedding and they would want as much pictures as possible. It would also be nice to put those on facebook! :)
Tip no. 7 – Shoot a lot of details. Shoot the flowers, decorations, everything you think the couple have spent on. We also shoot that but it would be a nice practice should you become the official photographer in the future.
Tip no. 8 – Invest a lot of time in selecting and post production. This is the hard part but even if you have the best camera and best lens, you still have to push a little to reveal the real impact of your photos.
Tip no. 9 – Print it. We are in the digital world and most pictures are left unprinted. Have them printed or at least a few favorite ones.
Tip no. 10 – Seek critique from friends. This is the only way to learn. Seeking critique from professional photographers is a good option. For weddings, it is more valuable to hear the opinion of friends and relatives.
|Wedding Shot List||17 Jun 2009|
I hate it.
I’m sorry to say but I really hate it. Following a formula is the last thing I wanna do on your wedding. Your investment in pictures won’t be maximized if I’ll be working on a formula too.
If you’re working with a relatively new wedding photographer, a shot list might help. Some wedding photography studios also work with a shot list. I heard they even cut the photographer’s salary for every shot that they miss in the list. I understand that method because they want to maintain same quality for every wedding regardless of who’s the photographer assigned to that wedding.
Back in 1996 when I got married, the studio only worked on 4 rolls at 36 shot per roll. The highlight of my reception is a painting I did 6 months before my wedding. It’s a painting of Paco Park where we got married. Unfortunately, that unveiling didn’t have a shot. The only explanation I can think of is that it was not in their shot list. Personally, the shot list didn’t work well with me when I got married.
I see this kind of ring shot lately and I am assuming that most photographers now have this on their shot list.
There are some shots that I do in every wedding. One example is this picture of the church. The only time I can’t do it is when it’s raining. But if there’s a way I can find I’d still do it.
This shot is something that we can say it is impossible to put in a shot list. Although tears in weddings are common and expected but it’s not 100%. :) BTW, should you feel you will cry in your wedding, you might want to prepare for it. Do it with grace. Don’t just wipe it and blow your nose. :)
Anyway, I just want to express that having shot list also works but not every time. In my case, it rarely works for me. For some, it is the backbone of their workflow. Better to discuss this with your photographer.