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A try at newborn photography

I had already shared some of this images in the FB page but just want to add a few here together with the ones already posted. It is not easy shooting newborn. You cant pose them the way you want. Some restrictions on how far can you stretch that leg or arm, or at what side will the baby turn and how long it should be unwrap with its blanket. Babies are delicate and thus patience is a must. You keep waiting and waiting until newborn gives that yawn, that smile, that opening of the eyes, and all those cute things the parents would like their baby do and be captured in photo.

Also lighting is a big factor because flash or any other light source might agitate the baby. You can use side lighting using a big window but that limits the angles that you could take.

Also photo shoot should be planned well. Coordinate with the parents on when is the baby usually awake or sleeping or when is the best time the baby does interact so that time could be maximize.

My nephew baby Andres Jacob Delos Angeles Dugenia.

Andres Jacob DA. Dugenia

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Baby AJ

Baby AJ-2

Baby AJ-3

Baby AJ-4

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Newborn Photography Black & White Effect

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My co-worker I’m kinda obsess with  black and white effects on photos.

Well what you think with this photo of my newborn nephew?

 

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Newborn photography

Just visited my newborn nephew Andres Jacob DA. Dugenia. So I grabbed the opportunity to take some photos. One is below.

Andres Jacob DA. Dugenia

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Side light plus Lightroom adjustments using graduated filter

You got to have first before you can give

Made a side light shot and adjusted the darkness on the sides to hide the visible background using Lightroom’s graduated filter in the develop module. I also added my favorite motto.

You got to have first before you can give

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Photo Post Processing: Not a joke task

I raised my hat to all those who do post processing work on photos. At times people criticize your  work that it is overly done or not so professional and the like. My post processing arsenal is only made of Lightroom 3.6 and free software Paint.net. I just did a single photo to clean out the rest of the background and really it takes time and effort just to have it really nice and done before making another use of the image.

Check out one of my self-portrait photo which I did post process first before doing some other photo editing tricks.

Original Photo

Louis Delos Angeles Self-Portrait 3

Post processed – removed background

Louis Delos Angeles Self-Portrait no background

 

Desaturated

Louis Delos Angeles Self-Portrait Desaturated

Black and white usually used in newspaper

Louis Delos Angeles Self-Portrait BW caricature

 

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Self-Portrait using one speedlite and the white side of a reflector

portrait, Canon 85mm 1.8/F, one speedlite setup, Canon 70D

After watching countless  videos on how to tale a great portrait shot just using one speedlite, I think I finally did it.

Check out my self-portrait below and let me know your thoughts.

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Becoming a professional photographer

Delos Angeles Photograhy Services

In the open forum held on the evening of the DPP9 event, the topic was about turning professional.

The key point of that  open forum is how one can move from being a hobbyist to a part-time or full-time photographer. There were two professional photographers, Borj Meneses and Jericho Montemayor, who shared their experience and insights about turning professional.  Below is a video clip I was able to get during that open forum.

I have been photographing things and people for about four years now and often times I hear a few friends say why not be a professional photographer. Often times it was tempting, but most of the time  I am scared to jump into that level. As a photographer and as I learned more about it, it seems that my work is not enough. Personally, I know I have to learn a lot more to deliver quality photography work. But the reluctance will not bring me anywhere. No matter what I do my work or some of my work will always be second to someone else.

But again as the times also is making me decide to have a second income source, I think diving into it is not that bad. Yes, I will be ridiculed and I might be told that my pictures are so ordinary or even worst a work of a newbie. But unless I go over that wall that stops me from earning from my passion I won’t be able to prove to myself that I can be a professional lensman.

And so one day I sat down and plotted in an Excel spreadsheet the cost I have incurred so far with the photographic equipments and other tools that I might need when I go professional. Aside from what I already have I considered other tools that would help me. Also I have to define what service I would offer so that I know at how much should I charge. Operating cost like fares going to and from location, hiring a photo editor, and buying license softwares to process photos to the best quality are taken into consideration. Also, I still would be doing my day job from Monday to Friday thus weekends are my only available time for this endeavor. With that I came up with a figure just to recover the capital I have and might put in to make this happen. For a period of two years shooting only 2 times a week(service is based on a whole day pricing that means I would only be having one client in one day)  came up with a service fee for a pre-nup/portrait to small event may it be a birthday, wedding, debut, corporate event, and etc of 7,500 pesos within Metro Manila. That figure is only my photographic services  and basic post processing delivered digitally in probably USB.

The second part of the problem I have is that how would I be able to do a weekend photo shoot to recover that cost if I don’t even have a client base to start with. And with that I have challenged my self to offer something unusual.

The DEAL

That figure is too small compared to what most photographers charge. And with that I have this offer to anyone who might be interested in my photographic services. For  7,500 pesos I can take your portrait, pre-nup, small wedding, small event, birthday party for about a whole day(about 8 hours of course) as long as it would fall on weekends and within the safe areas of Metro Manila(of course I would be bringing photographic equipment that cost a lot).

This offer would be great for those aspiring models who does not have a portfolio yet. This way we help each other out by me giving you photos for your portfolio and you giving me the opportunity to use my skills and improve it to better serve clients in an actual professional setup. Also, this would be a win-win setup for engaged people who could not afford the whole shebang of photographers out there. If my offer price is within your budget. It would be both a win-win for us, you able to get my services to the best that I can deliver and you being my clients and future marketers out there for telling your other friends who need budget photography services.

Of course, this offer is first come, first serve and will depend on my availability as well. Initially I would be available Saturday whole day and afternoon on Sundays. Also, I need to talk to you personally as well to have a mutual understanding on what scope of service I would be providing like details of the prenup, details of small wedding, and others. I could meet you after work for a quick chat over coffee to at least have a set expectation or outcome before the day itself. Right now a few of my coworkers do events and I have made myself available for them as well for some of their events which are usually i the Cavite and Laguna area. And again as a reminder my services for the 7,500 pesos deal only includes photography services and a bit of post processing within the safe areas of Metro Manila, if location would be outside of scope expenses incurred would be for the clients account on top of the offer price.

Should you be interested in this deal txt me at 09186198973, email me at louis.delosangeles@gmail.com with subject Photography Deal, or PM me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/louis.delosangeles

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Miao Cat Cafe: Cat Lover’s hangout (first batch of photos)

Visited Miao Cat Cafe this Sunday and we were informed that our reservation was moved to 12 noon due to some taping/photo shoot at the cafe with Anne Curtis. It so happens that she is a cat lover as well.

Miao Cat Cafe is this new cafe in Quezon City just at the intersection of Mindanao Avenue and Congressional Avenue. If you happen to be in Trinoma just take a ride in Mindanao Avenue and get off at Congressional Avenue. A few walks and you get to the Cakes to Go store and there is a narrow stairs going to the second floor for the cafe itself.

As of today the cafe is still expanding to include a spa thus for now, guess are accepted strictly by appointment so, in case you wanted to check them out make sure to make your reservations. Click here to contact Miao Cat Cafe

And of course you want to check them out because you love cats. So below are the first batch of photos taken a while ago. Enjoy!

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Practicing photo editing

Carshow model Manila Auto Salon 2014

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.

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Creating Client Only Access in your Photoblog

Sample Client Potal for a Wordpress blog

I have been busy searching the web for a cheaper way to established a photography site or blog where you can setup up client only access. There are available service out there but the cost is high specially for starting photographers. I was ask twice already to be a photographer for an event and for a wedding and I declined for the fact that I am still new at photography and I am not yet capable to deliver a professional work.

In terms of the images I took there are lots of errors and most of it are testing thus I still have lots to learn. Now I am getting use to with my Canon 85mm f/1.8. The problem I am having with this lens is the focus. They say it is a fast lens and every time I use it once its focus and I am about to hit a full press it is out of focus. So far the technique suggested was to shoot at manual focus which works well when shooting still. I discovered that to counter the blur I should set it to TV mode to have a higher shutter speed thus eliminating the blur cause by small movements.

Secondly I am not ready to deliver professional work. Watching tutorial videos in Youtube about post processing seems to tell me that it will take lots of time processing to deliver a professional work and how much more when you are editing thousands of images. For now I am using a free software, Paint.net, to edit my images. Also I got GIMP which they say has capabilities like that of Photoshop but I am more use to with Paint.net.

And finally delivering final images to clients led me to use my existing blog and by adding some plugins and some tricks, I finally setup a client portal in my blog. I got this discussion in the WordPress.org forum(click here for the link) which gives a step by step guide to create a client only access page where you can upload an image proof for your clients to review.

With that the problem I am thinking now is the finish product. For weddings it would be a photo album or maybe a DVD disk that contains all those memorable moments. That alone makes me think where will I have my photos develop and at what cost, how will I make this images into an album with all the bindings needed, or maybe converting all images into a photo book style where pages are all images.

That would be the next step but as for now check out some images I took during my co-worker’s 4th of July outing at Inarajan, Guam.

Small plant

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To check out my Client Portal I created a test page. Click the “Client Portal” above and log in as “Test Client” and password is “testing”.

You will see a single image in the  screenshot below that I uploaded as a test page. If you like this post or if you have a better way to create a client portal please share it in the comment box below.

 

Sample Client Potal for a WordPress blog