Monday, April 23, 2007

Xtreme Tanay Portraits

Here are some of the portraits I took last weekend at the Xtreme Tanay Photography Workshop conducted by the Society of Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (SPPP). The Workshop was fun-filled and we had 8 models to work with. Daniella followed on the second day and we took fabulous bridal portraits of her. I learned a lot from this workshop not only from the masters but from the participants and models as well.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Ms. Sattler!

Marybeth is such a wonderful person from Michigan, she teaches in Faith Academy and attends our weekly bible study group in GCF. MB is very friendly, smiles often and has the cutest laugh that I have ever heard! :D One thing really noticeable in MB is her pretty blue eyes. I told myself that I definitely have to take her portraits! So we decided to go for it last wednesday and I was amazed how confident she was in front of the camera - considering she never had a portrait session. Go take a closer look at those beautiful eyes! :)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

tricks of the trade

I recently acquired my latest software for my digital workflow, Adobe's Lightroom. It is an amazing image editing software for professional application. Basically it is a tool that allows a photographer to edit images with selective control to precisely achieve the detail that is required to produce an excellent photograph. Professional photographers make use of a different file format, the Camera RAW or DNG (Digital Negative) in their applications. These files are of the purest and uncompressed data that the file contains, it is unlike the Jpeg format (commonly used) that is compressed and a lot of detail is lost and overall quality of the file is significantly reduced.I found it very accurate and fast, I was overwhelwed with the results - perfect for my post production!

Aside from Adobe's Lightroom, I also use Adobe Photoshop CS2, Nikon Capture editor, Nikon Capture NX and Apple's Aperure for my post production workflow

SPPP Meeting/Model shoot

Last night was our regular monthly meeting for the Society of Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (SPPP) camera club. Every month we have a photo contest based on different portrait themes, such as: Fashion, Glamour, Nude, Environmental, Corporate and Wedding. We also had our model shoot. Daniela is a 16 year old fil-am teen who volunteered for the shoot. She had so much energy that she kept on requesting for new poses! You can see how excited everyone was with her in front of the cam! She would be pursuing her modeling career in the US after her studies. I congratulate her in advance and more power Dan! :D


The Society of Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (SPPP) would be having once again it’s fourth Mentor Series this April 20 to 22, 2007, entitled “Xtreme Tanay (An Outdoor Photo Adventure)”.

Just like the first three seminars that were held outside of Manila (Palawan, Bicol, and Baguio), this year’s Mentor Series will be held at the Sacramento Valley Resort / Camp in Tanay, Rizal.

We shall be holding seminars on Light Painting and Fashion Photography, Wedding Photography, Portrait Photography & Corrective Lighting, Directing Models, Audio Visual Presentation Trends, and Bodyscape. Each seminar will be led by members that are in the forefront of their craft in the industry.

We are inviting numerous hobbyists and professionals from all over the country to take part in this event.

We would want to invite you to join and make the most of this three day / five topic event for only P5,000.00 (inclusive of seminar fee, accommodations and food). Transportation shall also be provided from the SPPP Office at 115 West Ave. to Sacramento Valley Resort / Camp in Tanay Rizal.

For those in the photography business, this could also serve as good training to several of your personnel.

Interested parties may register at the following areas :

- Fuji Image Service Studio, Ground Floor SM Southmall, Las Pinas

- Fuji Image Service Studio, Basement Bldg A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong

- SPPP Office, # 115 West Ave., Q. C., look for Mr. Gari Lim

- In-Prints, Incorporated, Unit 304 Amaremca Bldg., 107-A Kalayaan Ave.
Diliman, Q.C. – Look for Anna or Bernette (435-1929)

Gallery D, 2nd Floor Red Maples Bldg., 411 N.S. Amoranto St. (Formerly Retiro), Q.C.

(An Outdoor Photo Adventure)
Sacramento Valley Resort / Camp
Plaza Aldea, Tanay Rizal
April 20-22, 2007


Day 1 Friday, April 20
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Registration (room assignments, team assignments)
10:31a.m. Orienteering / Navigation
12:00 noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Rappeling, team building, swimming
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Light Painting & Fashion Photography
Wedding Photography
Portrait Photography & Corrective Lighting
Directing Models
Q&A, Open Forum
10:30 p.m. Bed time

Day 2Saturday, April 21
5:00 a.m. Wake up call / Breakfast
6:30 a.m. Outdoor Fashion and Outdoor Portrait Photo Shoot with Models
12:00 noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Outdoor Wedding Photo Shoot with Models
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Audio Visual Presentation Trends
Photographer’s Night
11:00 p.m. Bed time

Day 3 Sunday April 22
6:00 a.m. Wake up call
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Bodyscape /PHOTO SHOOT with MODELS
12:00 noon Lunch / Distribution of Certificates
1:30 p.m. ETD Tanay, Rizal

I will be giving a lecture on Wedding Photography and on the next day we will have four bridal models for an on the spot portrait session. For all photography enthusiasts this would be a significant workshop that would establish your basic foundation for your hobby or perhaps, your future career! - andy