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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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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

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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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