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Boya BY-WM5 wireless microphone review

lavelier microphone for Canon and otehr digital camera

Got this new wireless microphone system for my Canon DSLR 70D camera and I made a quick review to test the sound and its capability. Boya BY-WM5 comes with a transmitter and receiver that allows wireless audio recording. I was able to get one at lazada.com.ph at a good price. Check out the quick review below and leave comments and check out the item at the link below the video.

 


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#MOVE2016 Planner

2016 Planner, #MOVE2016, Financial Planner

I had the opportunity to work with blogger Maria Krissy of MoneyLifeBlood & Filipino Financial Freedom Forum and illustrator Des Feliciano on #MOVE2016 Planner.

I was actually working on the sides as the logistics guy and the one handling payment to our printer but some mishap occurred in the last-minute and thus we were not able to deliver the product on the mid-December promised delivery date. Also due to the rushed processing, I was not able to get a proper product photograph to be used on further advertising campaign.

Below are some of the shots I was able to take before sending out the planners last December 2015.

2016 Planner, #MOVE2016, Financial Planner

2016 Planner, #MOVE2016, Financial Planner

2016 Planner, #MOVE2016, Financial Planner

2016 Planner, #MOVE2016, Financial Planner 2016 Planner, #MOVE2016, Financial Planner

2016 Planner, #MOVE2016, Financial Planner

2016 Planner, #MOVE2016, Financial Planner

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Starting Food Photography

Food photography

I once saw a photography tutorial on YouTube and I tried doing those food photography techniques here.

Food photography

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Gear update to enhance photography

Every photographer have that point in their passion or art that what they have in creating that art or passion is not enough.

I needed a few tools to go above the current level. These tools should enhance or make it efficient. For a photographer, having that means to control the light is a must, thus additional tools like flash, strobe, and sets of light modifiers are needed. As for myself, especially now that I am going towards going pro with this passion, I needed to learn more about light modifiers. Gears are costly. I am just a hobbyist and yet my calculated fee just to recover my equipments’ tools are way above the basic fees charged by freelance photographers you can find online. Good thing I chanced upon an online photography store that nearly have the price of the tools I need half as to those well established stores.

Below are some of the tools I got myself at a bargain and in the next weeks I will be testing them and learn them how to use well to help me achieve better photos and hoping that it would justify the deal price I offered.

YN RF-603C II from Dhanstore

Generic shoot through umbrella and ligh tstand set

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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!

Miao Cat Cafe Food area WM Miao Cat Cafe Food WM Miao Cat Cafe in the veranda 2 WM Miao Cat Cafe in the veranda 3 Miao Cat Cafe in the veranda 4 WM Miao Cat Cafe in the veranda BW WM Miao Cat Cafe in the veranda WM Miao Cat Cafe sleepy cats Miao Cat Cafe visit March 29, 2015 Miao Cat Cafe wall art WM

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Canon 70D test: 2014 Manila Auto Salon at SMX

Canon 70D test at 2014 Manila Auto Salon SMX Mall of Asia

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:

 

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots
2014 Manila Auto Salon

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

Cowgirl Model at the 2014 Manila Auto Salon

Cowgirl car model and the big 4x4 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

Yassi Benitez at the 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

Car show model 2014 Manila Auto Salon

Ormil Go with model at the 2014 Manila Auto Salon

 

Mr. Ormil GO at the Manila Auto Salon 2014 SMX Mall of Asia Pasay City

Small motorbike 2014 Manila Auto Salon Canon 70D test shots

 

 

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DIY Light Tent for product photography

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.

 

DIY product softbox

 

use a light tent for a better product photography
DIY light tent

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

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How to get clear and shake-free photo with a tripod

Have you ever have that great moment shot but ended up losing it because it’s blurry or it is not sharp enough?

It is frustrating when you have been waiting for the moment only to have a blurred image. Shakes that causes blur could come from your shaky hands, unstable position, or simply the very motion in your camera itself. Such blur could be fixed by using a tripod.

Quality tripods helps achieving that clear photo in two ways: stable position and movement elimination.

A quality tripod must be stable enough to carry the weight of the camera. There are tripods out there that sacrifice the quality of the material in order to give it at cheap price. Such will end up damaged after a few use or even worse damaging your camera itself when it suddenly falls or breaks. It should also be stable enough so that it wont tumble when strong winds blow.

 

Tripods just like the one above eliminates other movement. With the help of the camera built in timer or a extended switch, such additional movement when pressing the shutter button can be avoided. Shaky hands can also be eliminated.

Right now I am using the Manfrotto MKC3-H01 as my tripod. This tripod has this unique video and camera mode system that allows easy and steady video and photo capture. It is also a compact tripod that can easily be carried in your camera bag or carry it by hand. It is made of quality material that will surely last and avoid damage to your camera. Check this tripod and see for yourself if this is the tripod you’ve been looking for.

 

 

 

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Sample from Artisan State

Artisan State

Discovered this new site about making your very own photo book and below is the sample I made using some of my images.

Check them out at http://www.artisanstate.com/