Monday, October 29, 2007

Images from Ryan's Master Class

I'm still overwhelmed with the workshop we had last week with Ryan Schembri, and the models from Brazil were just great! There were a lot of delegates and it really was difficult to capture a good shot! Check this out...

Aahhh!!! Finally, a warm moment after a long week of learning... :D

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

WPPP Photo Congress 2007

After 2 days of attending the WPPP Photo Congress 2007, on going currently at SM Megamall, indeed I could say I have learned so much from the seminars conducted by the masters of wedding photography in the country such as: Lito Genilo, Dino Lara, Richel Mascarinas and Lito Sy. Much more awaits as Australian master photographer and international award winners Martin and Ryan Schembri conducts the master class this thursday at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. Last night Ryan Schembri (son of Martin) gave his lecture on Photoshop entitled: Schembri's Freakin' Photoshop.

A lot of learning and lots of fun in fellowship with other photographers and suppliers. This is a "must attend event" in Philippine photography. I just had to pose with father and son tandem, Martin and Ryan Schembri. (Photo courtesy of Richel Mascarinas)

I've said it many many times, "I rarely have my photo taken". But the Photo below is really special to me (though I look serious again!). Not only was it a test shot using Sony's latest Alpha 700 DSLR (which is such an amazing camera) but the man behind the lens was no other than the master himself, Martin Schembri!!! (Thanks Martin;D)

I just had to post it here! More coming up, I'll be posting shots from the Schembri's master class lecture soon!

-To be continued...-

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Out in the newspapers: New Nikon Ad

The New Nikon Ad is out in the newspapers, the few but proud users especially in the local wedding industry! I'm a proud endorser of this wonderful brand!

Achieving Light

Light is the foundation of photography and with utilizing light to its full potential we can achieve amazing results in the images we produce. The sun is the source of light in our daily lives, provided to us by God this makes it the perfect light!

Having different color temperatures throughout the day, we have a wide range of intensities, color and shadow effects to play with. Early morning we have cool blue light, at noon time we have white light (est. 5500K)and towards sundown we get warm yellow orange light. In the studio, strobes simulate the light given to us by the sun. In effect we achieve high quality and razor sharp images with good color rendition.

In my portrait sessions I use strobes (Nikon SB-800) to simulate lighting in areas where I am limited by the light and improve further my subjects. In this photo illustration I used my SB-800 with an articulated arm in my light stand to adjust the fill light I needed to highlight the face of my subject and with another slave unit bouncing the light on the white wall to fill the right side or left cheek of my subject.

And here is the result: a natural look but well lit subject that has depth and overall round and natural feel. It is possible to achieve a good portrait with just the sun's light as a source but in this case I was able to improve it even more.

In this next portrait I chose to place the couple behind the sun or "backlit" to instantly separate them from the background giving a nice warm rim of light distinct on the hair. To counter the under exposure effect on their faces I used again my Sb-800 to highlight at the same time achieving the same warm color temperature given off at around 4:30pm in the afternoon.

Without the sun and shooting in an almost total dark situation I metered my ambient light and set one of my SB-800's in front of my subjects and took a back shot with the horizon to fill the scenery together with the tungsten lights from the nearby restaurant. I attached a Nikon SJ-1 tungsten gel accessory to match the overall color temperature.

The SB-800 functioning as a master and commander together with my pocket wizard allows me to make quick light adjustments on-the-fly with my strobes in a situation where lighting change is rapid, crucial and constant.

Alfie & Tatin - Hacienda Isabela (Prenup)