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My Latest Photography Buddy: Canon 85mm f/1.8

clear shots at low light

After thinking and re-thinking, I finally got this amazing lens.

I have been scouting the world-wide web about a lens that bought satisfy my need and want: the need for an affordable lens for my Canon T3i and the want to get crystal clear images specially for portrait.

The Canon 85mm f/1.8 was the best choice. After reading photoblogs, blog reviews, forums, and some well-known tv show(oh yeah its DigitalRev TV) I decided to get this amazing lens.

Below are some of my shots before and  post processing. I am still familiarizing my self with this lens since it is a fixed focal length lens I like my 18-55mm kit lens and my Sigma 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom lens.

First portrait shot

First portrait shot with Canon 85mm f/1.8
My first portrait shot with Canon 85mm f/1.8 before post processing

 

At La Mirenda 3
after post processing using Paint.net

 

Other shots before post processing

 

clear shots at low light
clear shots even at low light

 

green frog note holder
It’s just a toy frog promise
Angel the older sister of the Prince Dude Boss
Angel the older sister of the Prince Dude Boss

Enjoy more of the photos I recently took with this lens through PhotoSnack

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Take a great shot, use Rule of Thirds, Golden Spiral, and Golden Square

Geng Medrazo by Brendan Goco with patterns

Yes that seems to be a lot of rules to follow but it does not necessarily mean that you employ all rules in order to get a great shot. You can also use these to crop the image and get the best output.

Let me explain them in my own words(yes I am really not that techie so please bear with me)

Rule of Thirds

The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.

Rule of thirds is a rule of thumb which allows you to put the a part of the picture which is the subject of interest in line with a specific parts that catches the attention of the viewer. Most people think that the center of the photo is the right place to put the subject for it to be the center but in reality our minds are designed in a way where we look at an image at certain points thus placing the subject in line that point maximizes that quality you want to focus on.
Below is a pattern of the Rule of thirds:
Rule of thirds template
In my readings and videos that I have watch that teaches how to use the rule of thirds two things are always empasize.
  • Make sure that the subject occupies about 1/3 of the frame
  • The subject does not need to be really in the four inner dots considered as focal points but rather the subject should be align in or near those points thus an elongated subject does not necessarily be on the focus points but it could be along the lines like landscapes where the horizon aligns with either the upper or lower line.

 

Such Rule of thirds is actually derived from what is called Golden Ratio.

Golden Ratio is a number that is believed to be a number that is widely in nature. Others term it divine ratio because almost all things in a way follow the pattern this ratio makes. Two patterns I use with my photo edits are Golden Spiral and Golden Rectangle.

The same concept of the Rule of thirds apply where the subject of the photo should fall or be within certain points of the pattern to really bring the viewer’s attention. I was checking my Facebook when I chance to my young brother’s timeline and one of the photos he has is a photo of Geng Medrazo(a model in the Philippines). The photo is taken by Brendan Goco click here to check the whole photo.

 Medrazo by Brendan Goco

The above photo by Brendan Goco is well compose using the the three rules that I have discussed.

 

 

Geng Medrazo by Brendan Goco with Golden Rectangle

Using the Golden Rectangle which is much more like the Rule of thirds pattern, notice that the subject, Geng Medrazo, is not at the center but on the far right. Also she occupies about a third of the entire frame and she is not entire on the focal points but rather along the focal points. One important part of her, the eyes, lies along the upper line and it gives that great effect that directs the viewer to focus on her eyes.

Geng edrazo by Brendan Goco with Golden Spiral

Again using the Golden Spiral, you would see that Geng here totally is within the spirals main focus point and again the eyes lies along the line.

Now combining both Golden Rectangle and Golden Spiral makes this photo by Brendan Goco of Geng Medrazo really well compose.

Geng Medrazo by Brendan Goco with patterns

Disclosure: The above image of Geng Medrazo is the property of Brendan Goco.

I hope this short explanation of the three rules will help you achieve good portraits and other type of photo that you intend to experiment with. For more learning about these three rules go online or in Youtube.com or any other free online sites.


 

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Dabbling with Portrait Photography

Say cheese Kelly!


A couple of days ago I was in my phone with my sister who is also a budding photographer discussing a possible photography business as a sideline for both of us. She said we have a lot more to learn and the competition out there is tough. So with that I tested my Canon T3i(Canon 600D) using my kit lens and a B+W circular polarizer to take a portrait of my niece, Kelly.

Say cheese Kelly!
All smiles, good vibes
Kelly striking a pos
“Ang ganda-ganda ko noh!” (I look gorgeous don’t I!)

Do you think I can start a profitable portrait photography business?

Cyber Monday
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Trick or Treat: Halloween at Micronesiamall

 

Finally some of the images of Halloween at the Micronesiamall

 

Trick or Treat: Halloween at the Micronesiamall (1)

Trick or Treat: Halloween at the Micronesiamall (2)

Trick or Treat: Halloween at the Micronesiamall (3)

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Trick or Treat: Halloween at the Micronesiamall (10)

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Check the rest of the pictures in here

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Halloween at Micronesiamall Preview

The 4th Hokage

Joined the fun at the Micronesiamall and check preview pics below

The 4th Hokage
It’s Naruto’s dad, the Fourth Hokage Minato

 

The Red Hood and the Wolf
Little Red Riding Hood and The Momma Wolf
Man in Navy uniform giving goodies
Man in Navy uniform giving goodies
Lady in Airforce uniform
Lady in Airforce uniform
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Kelly Mariano’s 4th Birthday

Kelly Mariano’s Fourth birthday celebration.
Celebrated my niece’s 4th birthday just awhile ago at Capricciosa Pacific Place in Lower Tumon. We enjoyed pizza, seafood spaghetti, and combination of tiramisu and a squash base cake.

A birthday wish is made come true
What does it feel like to be photograph behind the camera?

Of all of us my niece, Kelly, was the happiest. It is so sweet to hear a word of appreciation from the mouth of the young one, “Thank you mommy for the party!”  
 

Happy fourth birthday Kelly!
We call this
Tiramisu for dessert
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Black & White Experiment

Tonight I tried taking black & white photos.

Some use Photoshop or Paint.net to convert a color photo into black & white but for me tonight it is a straight up Monochrome at B&W. After some few shots and adjusting my camera to Manual mode and increase ISO, wide Aperture and a slower shutter speed I got some pretty decent images.
Could have use my tripod but my shutter speed is not that slow so I still get a clean shot with minimal noise.  

Without further delays I present you my Black & White experiment:

a black & white photo of my phone and desk

seeing my room in black & white
illuminating my dark room


I like this experiment; it made me kinda master of light and darkness specially in my room.

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Children Portrait: My First Try

Was learning children portraiture thru Canon Australia’s videos below. One key lesson I learn when shooting children is to establish a connection with the subject. Kids are really hard to shoot and I have my first try last Sunday in Tiger Fisher’s Christening Party.

But before that I just wanted to share the video I was watching to learn children’s portraiture.
Check out my pictures below, comments are always welcome.

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Self-portrait in Monochrome

Tried again to take self-portrait using my tripod and setting my camera to Monochrome.

Shot some in Tungsten, B&W, and Sepia.

Check it out.


Got this idea of putting my signature where it can be easily seen in one of the photographers in Digitalrev.com and it turn out just right.

 With flash on, I was able to get this Black & white shot. To add more light I left my room fluorescent light on(yes these images are shot in my room). My camera is set at Portrait and under Fluorescent
Set my camera on 10 sec timer and 3 shots and was able to get these two clear ones. 


So far I like the outcome of my first monochrome self-portrait. Will experiment more on this style.
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The PussyCato

Just one of my figurine photographs. Hope you like it.