A newbie photography enthusiast, I have been photographing my world hoping to understand what God has for me in this world. Every click of the shutter and every peek of the images I took adds to my journey.
It has been awhile since I edited some of the pictures I have taken. As they say if you don’t use it you lose it.
Photo editing skills are as important as your photography skills. Not all photos you take will be perfect. There will be photos that might be good or even great but a few details needs to be change to make it the “photo”.
I have always mentioned that I have been a fan of paint.net for most of my photo editing(because it’s free) but I do have an old version of Photoshop Lightroom 3 that helps me quick photo post-processing. I am not yet taking photos professionally(yup still more of a hobby) but at this early stage self-improvement once one starts to bring photography to the next level.
Below are some edited photos from my recent 2014 Manila Auto Salon photo shoots.
The holidays gave me a chance to go back to my province for a two week vacation. I have this plan of shooting the early sunrise in the “pokok” (fishpond) , grains of rice in the rice fields, and the elusive “dulakak” ( the big migratory bird that flies in fishponds and rice fields). Those were really good plans but it all failed. Traffic was bad on the day my sister and I went to the province. With that I got tired and lost the energy to do some shots when we arrived. Other days were hectic days with the Christmas day in our house with my siblings and their kids.
And so I ended up just staying at home. Thus my photo shoots were limited to the things in the house and early mornings.
After dinner with my sister’s visiting family, I ask my brother-in-law to drop me at the Ayala Triangle to test my Canon 70D. Below are some of my video capture of the famous Ayala Triangle Festival of Lights
My old “kabalens”, Ormil Go, invited me to the 2014 Manila Auto Salon last November 22, 2014 at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City. It so happen that I am still testing the Canon 70D.
The Canon 70D is believe to be one of the best mid-range camera for video and Canon is regarded as the better brand of DSLR camera for taking videos. Also besides the professional look of the Canon 70D it is packed with 20megapixel, 7pfs, and the Dual AF. So besides the video test I did of course I took pictures of the cars and the models in the car show. Check them out below:
Most product photographers use tools to achieve the best image for a product and one of those is called light tent. Basically it is a box that softens harsh light all around the product giving that clean infinite white background look.
Being on a budget I decided to create my own DIY light tent using a discarded box and some home tools that I usually use on a day-to-day basis. Below is the DIY light tent I made to help me in my product photography.
Below are some before and after processing images of sample products using DIY light tent. Photos were taken using a Canon 70D and Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens. Post processing is done using Paint.net
The company I work for recently held their Team Alignment(aka Team Building) session at Gratchi’s Getaway in Tagaytay, Cavite.
And since I have to participate I was not able to take lots of photos for the event. Much of it are the landscape I took after the event. I am currently processing them but for now check out this photo of a dog in Gratchi’s Getaway.
There was a day when I dreamt of becoming a commercial photographer, taking big projects for big fashion brands and big product brands.
Such was a big dream for me. Without proper gear or proper training I might not be able to achieve that goal. But these days even photographers who have no diploma or certificate for any photography training are making big in the commercial photography scene. Photography is not limited to those who got train by professionals often times it is developed by constantly trying out what work already and refining it further. That is why magazines are one of the best sources of photography ideas you and I can try out.
Unlike YouTube, magazine photos are highly taken cared of and enhanced photos to meet a certain action and that is to make the reader buy. Such image must be powerful enough to convey a message. That is why commercial photographers are at times highly paid for their work. Since their work are in the glossy we can train ourselves by studying magazines (try Free Magazines On Zinio) with quality photos of products. Studying how it is exposed, at what angle or how was the image shot will challenge you and at times stretch you further and thus develop your skill in this area of photography.
Technology has made it easy to get a photo and share it tot he world. But selfies are not portraits. It shares just that particular moment but I believe portraits show the total identity of a person. Below is my self-portrait(or maybe a selfie). Would it define me?