Category Archives: Photography

Ramon Bautista Invades DLSU via Marty’s!

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For the very very very (nth times) first time, I saw Ramon Bautista!

I felt very delighted when he was there! Actually, he’s not very tall pala (in photos, he looks like a 6-footer guy, but actually, hindi siya aabot ng 6 feet), and he sort of looks old. Hmmmmm…

Wala talaga siyang ka-ere ere sa katawan! He does not even show some diva attitude! He’s a great guy who is a good sport!

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SPOTTED: Ayun pala ang pogi, oh! Bwahahahahahaha!

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Internet action superstar talaga ang lolo niyo!

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Nagpo-pose pa, oh!

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I should have brought his book about being Friend-Zoned, para ma-otograf pa niya, oh! Sayang! Pero at least satisfied na ako dahil na-kodakan ko naman siya, which I’m supposed to do to Alodia and Kitchie… and hoping that this “individual activity” coming from me would be successful with Saab Magalona and/or Tricia Gosingtian, and same with Kitchie and Alodia. Pero if Cristine Reyes will be in DLSU, aba, boycott natin para hindi papayag ang mga FSC Brothers!

This was of course, before I knew the sad news that Zaide will no longer be there anymore, which is sad. Oo nga, ‘yung Marty’s ‘ata ‘yung despedida ng Zaide! LOL!

I finally found these photos!

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They sell iPads and err… counterfeit gadgets (I though SG is ueber-strict!?).

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This was probably taken with a Sigma lens. Try to click on the photo to enlarge (and don’t forget to evaluate its quality!).

I forgot what mall is this located, however, I’d say it’s within Lucky Plaza.

Yes, bitches. This is one shop to avoid (the set-up is shown, eh) when you wanna go to Singapore. Get your arses off to Funan Digital Mall if you don’t want your money to be burned in hell.

Should one upgrade to another camera body/model?

Two sides of the story

Paul Quiambao, the so-called “Andrew Pamorada” of the University of Santo Tomas, said that one should first upgrade his/her potential to the fullest before going for an actual upgrade.

I totally agree with him, actually. After all, if I only used the 550D for only two years, I decided to upgrade to a 60D.

Two years is more than enough, actually. If you’re going to say that using for instance, a 350D for only a year and yet you suddenly upgraded to a 5D Mark III for instance, that’s not a problem, as long as you have the guts to exhaust your cam.

…which is not so healthy in terms of usage frequency.

When I started to upgrade to the 60D, things changed. I didn’t know that I should adjust first to the settings before using it. Again: It takes more than a year to fully maximize a DSLR’s functions.

On the contrary, Ken Rockwell insisted that upgrading is not necessary or essential at all, since he believes that “Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax and even Hasselblad takes the same photos.”

Which is actually coming from the words of an experienced and talented person at the same time.

Like what I said

There’s no concrete rule in taking a perfect photograph since not even a single photo is one-shot perfect. It’s all about satisfaction.

Correct?

Ang hindi um-agree, good luck na lang! Chos!

Since I’m too biased, I could only answer the inquiries of Canon fanboys (fanboys pa talaga ah!). If I would take Canon for point-and-shoot, I’d say Sony is a better choice (Cyber-shot fangirl here). I’d go for a Cyber-shot TX series just in case I wanna have a new waterproof digital camera again.

Camera of Choice

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Siyempre, I was very happy with it. When I first saw the 60D, I was so amazed, but I doubt, “Why the hell is this in Japanese?”

The Japanese version, indeed. Only English and Japanese were included (menu languages), so I always thought it is a grey market product.

But never mind. The 60D has much more advanced features than the 550D, and whether everyone doubts it or not, the 60D was my second option.

People say that it is a cross between the 550D/600D/650D and the 7D. It also comes with an interchangeable focusing screen, pentaprism VF, quick control dial (which controls the aperture), variable ISO speed selections, LCD panel, custom mode — these are the features that you could look for in a semi-pro model/body, while the SD card slot, polycarbonate built, presence of different auto modes and lack of sync port — these are the features that you could find in a Rebel/Kiss model/body. Therefore, it is a super Rebel.

Beginners could actually start with a 60D since it is no big deal whether your first DSLR would be the xxxD model or not, however, because of the articulated LCD monitor, this made the 60D as a bridge between high-end bodies and entry-level bodies.

If you’re going to start taking photographs, I suggest the 60D is the best option. No questions asked.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

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Since The-Digital-Picture.com does not have the Mark II version review of this lens, I might as well post this review myself.

This is the first time I will make a review about a telephoto lens. Damn, using this for the very first time will make you feel that you’re a paparazzi photographer. Not in this case, since 250mm is still lacking for me, though. I think 300mm would be more than enough for coverage.

Okay, so first off, the EF 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens is basically an EF-S lens, which is only exclusive for Canon EOS models with an APS-C sensor, meaning to say that this is not, in any way, compatible with full-frame models.

I consider this lens as a very powerful one.

First of all, telephoto lenses are considered as powerful since they could take a focal length that would take them further, as if you’re far away from the mountain, yet you have taken a photo of a cross within the mountain. That’s lens power.

Quality-wise, the EF-S 55-250mm II lens is even clearer and more pleasing to the eyes in terms of overall quality compared to the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC lens. It’s quite obvious that you could actually create something out of nothing from a telephoto lens, even though you’re going to shoot landscapes.

Sample Photographs:

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Telephoto lenses take you to the greatest depths of a subject — they make art out of nature. They also make art out of architecture and they also do the things that wide-angle and normal lenses generally do — they could actually take photographs of fireworks at night, provided with their “wide-angle” end.

The EF-S 55-250mm lens is the perfect telephoto lens (or an excellent choice) for beginners. If you’re going to do macro, I think you should start using telephoto lenses first. (:

Leme Cam app review

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If you want to learn the basics of vintage photography or lomography in some sense, the Leme Cam app is really for you. Experimenting with this toy really helps you take a photo of a very memorable scene, maybe your childhood years or maybe something that is worth remembering.

Shoot Like a PRO 101 III

Post-processing err… exposure correction (and its benefits)

When post-processing photos, it doesn’t equate to “emphasize” or “ruin” elegant details. It usually equates the personal preference of the photographer whether he/she prefers to enhance photographs digitally without the need of post-processing.

Hmmm… I think last week we went to one of the finest restaurants in the Philippines. Well, guess where it is.

Well, you guessed it! It’s in Spiral! In Sofitel! Pardon me for the crappy output Photomerge has brought me.

There is one time that I wanted to take a photograph of a dessert. Okay, so to speak me momma is now the new owner of the 550D (iCry). Well, she would usually become “flash-dependent” rather than not using flash at all (y’all know me as the person who refuses to use FLASH).

In this case scenario, I was about to take a photograph of the strawberry dessert, but suddenly the 550D’s flash did pop out (I’m using a 60D here ok!?) and it ignited, while I was taking a photograph of the dessert at the same time.

So here’s the output:


Overexposed, isn’t it? Seriously, it’s really an eyesore!

However, with the magical powers of photo-editing software, you will never be worried about the lighting. Here, I used Lightroom 3 to make it more decent and not an eyesore:


Here you have it! Good as new!

Actually, using Lightroom as your primary editing software in terms of correcting exposure, saturation and contrast would be a better option rather than relying on Photoshop alone. There are things that Lightroom can do that EVEN Photoshop can’t even do, so it’s really much better to have both of them at the same time.

Caution: Before you install Photoshop (and Lightroom) the easy way…

Please take note that bringing your laptop overseas might be a threat. You’ll be questioned about your credibility as a person, and you might be questioned, so it’s best that you rather not bring your laptop at all.

Granted, Adobe Creative Suite Software is really very costly and is very complicated to use. However, with the help of technology that are willing to take risks with regards to the law, you could now access Photoshop downloads and keygens at the same time online (yes, I’m really mentioning this at risk). The only way that you could access these software the genuine way is a very difficult process especially if you’re not yet working — the cost of that software almost equates a single gadget.

I just want to help everyone, so help yourself. I’m not promoting piracy in any way (in fact, I never buy pirated movie DVDs, they’re also an eyesore to watch), but I have no choice but go for download instead.

Hope you understand the situation.

A very sad decision to make…

Since I have made a new deviantArt account (yeah, for mah new life actually), I believe that I should move the Photography category to a new blog. Yeah, I know this news is sad, but I’ll tell you the new blog link so that you’ll view it…

Also, I really need a new MacBook Pro. The shopkeeper in the Mac shop in the condo said that the battery pack is not compatible with 2010 MBP’s. How sad. Oh, and the GoFlex drive needs a new upgrade cable. Seriously, I need a new MBP. Err… but I have to go back to square one or buy a new HDD which will serve as a “Time Machine.”

I cannot simply live without Photoshop, Lightroom, Skype, Torrent, VLC, Adobe Reader… those things are really very important to me and also, I think a new MBP will really rearrange anything. :(

What do you think guys? Should I transfer my photography category to a new specific blog?

Gadget dilemma and sales shenanigans in the Sinosphere!

If you’re going to shop in countries like Hong Kong or maybe Singapore, you’d rather do a lot of research regarding shopping tips FIRST before you ask the best and the most reputable shops there.

According to Roland Lim:

Avoid shops that have “Tax Free” sign prominently displayed outside or inside the shop. Another trait of these shops is that, most of them have famous brand names like “Canon”, “Nikon” or “Sony” prominently displayed in large signs outside the shop. However, you will be hard press to actually find the name of the shop anywhere. Legitimate and reputable shop would clearly display the actual name of the shop on the sign outside, not just Canon, Nikon or Sony or whatever famous brand. Most of these shops are found along Nathan Road at Tsim Sha Tsui area. These shops are usually scammers, where “bait and switch” is common . They usually have lots of sales person inside a smallish shop. The ratio of salespersons to shop floor area/clients would be far to high to be profitable if these were legitimate honest shops. There is no sales tax or duty in Hong Kong except hard liquor and tobacco anyway. The “Tax Free” sign is basically just a trap to attract unsuspecting tourist. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!


hkphotoworkshop.com|Don’t be too deceived on these lenses. Eye-candy, isn’t it? (Film cameras included!)


tvxb.com|If you’re going to Tsim Sha Tsui, this is the best shop, and so far the most reputable.


pentaxforums.com|Look what we got here! Wonder if this shop is reputable or not.


travelpod.com|Thanks jbilocca for the photo. I think this shop seems familiar to me.

Yes, I have ranted endlessly about this worst, traumatic experience ever. However, back in PH, I think it’s better to shop in your home country unless the product is not available in your region. If you’re going to ask me about shopping in the Philippines, the most reputable shop would be Infomax (TriNoma and SM Annex). Infomax is the elite version of Hidalgo (haha, never been there) since compare their prices to that of the brochure. If you’re going to analyze brochure prices, Infomax prices are quite lower, but not going to be dramatically cheap (LOL!).

Luckily, I am not alone in terms of sales dilemma in the Sinosphere.

So yeah, going to another sensitive topic again. It’s like asking Koreans or let’s say, mentioning anything “Japanese” or “Japan” with it (peace out!).

Apparently, Roland Lim’s advice doesn’t only apply for Hong Kong and Singapore wanderers. Maybe if you’re going to a shop that practices for-profit tactics, don’t ever come close to those. I’m warning you, don’t be to kiss-arse this time!

Several experiences with sellers who fool around:

acecardenas said:

I was at HK last June 11-14, 2010. I did a canvass around Tsim Sha Tsui area and found this store selling a very cheap Canon 10-22mm at HKD 3,500. I tested it and it has a flare when shooting it with lights. I tried shooting and shooting until they discourage me to buy canon 10-22 mm. The seller said efs lenses are made in Taiwan. I was not expecting that statement and then he elaborated and recommended the new Sigma 10-24 f3.5. However, the guy seem to know that I am fix with 10-22 so he suggested that he can get the Japan 10-22mm. I waited and tested the lens and it works so well, so good. So I ask him if its the same price. He said Japan is expensive HKD 5,600. So I haggle it down to HKD 5,000. In the end I was upset and did not buy and the guy keeps on shouting at me “p**t** in*”. To make the long story short HKD 3,500 was really a bait and a fake one.

BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE! BAD EXPERIENCE IN HONGKONG!

I hope you don’t mind me posting this.

Good thing nag-walk out ka dude! Gusto ko talaga gawin ‘yan! Promise!

To those who do not know yet, I should have not bought anything in Singapore. Yeah, I’d rather be empty-handed than end up with something I really do not like. HAHA, eh asa ka naman kung may kasama kang sipsip sa mga ganung tao! (Oh no!)

Okay, so what if something is Made in Japan and the EF-S is made in Taiwan? To make the story short, WE DON’T GIVE A FUCK about the country of manufacture. We don’t care at all, and I have tested the Sigma, pero nag-give up lang talaga ako kasi mataas talaga ang standards ko. This is the trait that even demure people won’t ever learn or develop.

Bait and Switch Tactic: So that’s why it’s better to go on a shopping spree in the USA

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It doesn’t only happen in Hong Kong, actually, and in Singapore. In every part of the Sinosphere, this bait-and-switch tactic is almost everywhere. If this happens to you, I advise, you’d rather walk out than end up for something you really don’t like at the first place.

At least, if you’re going to shop in the US, it would be more beneficial since people there are really very frank. Also, there are a lot of Filipinos there so you won’t get out of place (OP). An Austrian deviant *spike83 stated that he’d like to purchase his 5D Mark III in the US because of very high prices in his native country, but his only concern is the warranty (I know right?).

Again, if you’re going to the United States to go on a shopping spree, make sure that the place you’re going is definitely tax-free (please enlighten me American people!).

Wonder why I am telling you that the US is the best place? Okay, here’s the thing. If you’re going to buy in Japan, yes, it is granted that gadgets are cheaper there, however, you’ll only have two language options (English and Nihongo), especially if you’re a Canonican. Canon’s marketing strategy is very regionalistic, so you’d rather opt for the US instead.

Not to generalize the Sinosphere but…


cgena.com|Infomax — best shop ever.


letteshaven.blogspot.com|The cleaner environment of Infomax — LOVE IT!

I’ll make a separate article about Infomax. I really do recommend this shop to those who are not fans or haters of Hidalgo, Quiapo. Nyahahahah!

Vikings, a second time around

Apologies if I have a laptop that runs slowly (unexpected for a Mac that has been solid for two years!), but anyways, the last photo is the only one edited twice by the 60D, then Lightroom. No wonder, it comes with a good result.

Good thing this made me become selective when it comes to photos. I would post photos here and choose the more presentable ones in deviantArt since it doesn’t make sense if you keep uploading photos that do not really… impress the artful eye.

Food photography has always been a fascination to me. No one would ever deny that. Not even the know-it-alls, or walking contradictions. They cannot say, “OMG you a photographer!?” Not even the most arrogant of all people would think I’m vulnerable.

Well, I’ll make a separate post about tips in taking photographs of food. AS IN THE ONES THAT YOU SEE ON MAGS! ((:

Why I chose Canon over anything else?

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Maybe people might be wondering why I chose Canon.

There are many reasons why I chose it over Nikon, or Sony, or Olympus. In the case of Sony, I like their Cyber-shot line. For Olympus… I like their waterproof series. In Nikon’s case, maybe their film cameras.

Now that’s what I was thinking of… maybe because:

– Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses are actually designed as if a graphic designer designed it. Notice its appearance and you really wanna treat it as a museum object.
– You don’t need to worry about the autofocus dilemma in Canon — one reason why Canon was the original in terms of the autofocus system.
– Memorizing the terms L DO IS and USM is easy. Okay, for instance, EF, EF-S, TS-E, MP-E –> they’re not hard to memorize at all. Canon has this reputation for being “organized.” Naming of lenses, camera bodies and the like –> they’re labelled in a very organized way, so Canon fans find this convenient.
– Another thing about the Canon EOS camera bodies — they have more beautiful and stylish designs, but never sacrificed build quality and ruggedness.
– Starting year 2009 onwards, focal lengths of lenses are labelled by using the Myriad Pro font (except for the 70-200mm L IS II USM) and cameras that are released starting 2010 are already featured with a 3:2 (720×480) LCD monitor, which is conducive to view your photos as if you’re viewing their native 3:2 aspect ratio. In fact, 3:2 LCD monitors are considered “widescreen.” Semi-pro and entry-level cameras (within the xxD and xxxD range) usually feature this articulate LCD monitor.
– The Canon EOS system is intended for obsessive-compulsive people.
– Regardless of megapixel count, DiG!C quality is really impressive, similar to that of BIONZ + EXMOR combined.
– User-friendliness is another thing. With regards to exposure compensation, Canon’s pointer is the same with Sony and Olympus.
– Nikon did never hit the 18 Megapixel count (actual count is 17.9), but Sony achieved this.
– Canon’s Clear View LCD monitor almost has the same quality with Apple’s Retina Display, which is very much conducive for viewing photographs. I think Nikon failed to provide this, even for the D3000.
– Telephoto lenses are dirty white. Also, they’re stylish.
– Canon EOS bodies are generally lighter despite looking wider and bulkier.
– Their marketing style is “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” in terms of style, and their marketing strategy is at-par with Sony.
– Talking about wider range selection of lenses, I think Canon is the best when it comes to those things.

There are some other things, however, that are not in Canon (or let’s say, needs improvement)

Image Stabilization in-camera: This is a Sony Minolta Alpha feature (Super Steady Shot). Whether everyone likes it or not, it’s OK to buy lenses that feature NO image stabilizer/vibration reduction/vibration compensation/optical stabilizer if you’re asking for a lens for the Sony A-mount.
More superzoom lens options: Nikon has this 18-105mm lens, I really do not know with the rest (you know me, Canon-biased!), but Canon only has the following flexi-lenses: EF-S 18-135mm IS, EF-S 18-135mm STM, EF-S 18-200mm, EF 28-300mm… et cetera. Superzoom lenses are often lacking full-time manual focusing, so that’s why I really do avoid those kind of lenses.
EOS M’s underrated status: I think Canon is not yet ready to market their EOS M system just yet. They’re still starting and they’re focusing on the DSLRs first to find new ways on developing their EOS M series
Biased between the 7D and the 6D: Supposedly, full-frame cameras should have 100% viewfinder coverage. While some of you might wonder why the Canon EOS 6D only has 97% viewfinder coverage, well for me, it’s a true embarrassment. While the 7D has 100% viewfinder coverage, why can’t it also be for the 6D (This case scenario is really much worse than the 5D Mark II’s 98% viewfinder coverage)? After all, the 6D is a FULL-FRAME camera, whether it is a consumer-level one or not. This made me push through the 5D Mark III dream, though.
Japanese version of EOS camera bodies have limited language options: Another embarrassment! This is a very tough job for lazy people, but having only English and Japanese as your only language option is the worst case scenario for those of you planning to buy a DSLR in Yodobashi Camera. I think, most Japanese people will really be very insulted with this one, because it doesn’t have to mean that Japan-targeted products = two-language options only. The only way to solve this problem is to update the firmware, but make sure that the firmware should come from non-Japanese Canon websites. (Okay correction, I think even updating the firmware does not help. There’s something in the camera that is exclusively for a certain region.)
Lens hood for non-L series: This is one of the most sensitive topics ever, I believe. Unlike Sigma, Tokina and other third-party lens manufacturers, Canon only provides lens hoods and other accessories for their L-lenses. I do understand that since they do observe “hassle-free” investments, but for lenses that are not part of the L-series, they do not include a lens hood or a lens pouch. BAH, we need to work our arses off to get that freaking lens hood! One thing why third-party lens manufacturers could actually be venerated — they OFFER lens hoods, included with the lens!
The 1D series deserves more megapixel count than the 5D series: Seriously, who does not want a tall full-frame camera with MOAR megapixels, right? This should also be the same for tall Nikon D’s.
– More EF-S wide angle lenses: I seriously don’t get it why Canon hasn’t released any wide-angle lens with a 12-24mm/11-24mm zoom range. Actually, this is really beneficial to those who are using APS-C cameras. It’s like supporting the fact that APS-C is meant for telephoto, full-frame for wide-angle shizz… which shouldn’t be actually happening.
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L with an IS: This never happened at all. Reverse zoom or not, I don’t care. For as long as there is IS on it, I’ll definitely go for it.
35mm lens with a 58mm filter thread: I hope this might have IS too!
Canon shops (with the Canon logo, ok? Like Apple stores with its signature logo/icon) do not provide the 15-85mm lens: HAHAHA, this is the severe problem, I think Infomax is more prepared after all (yep, my favorite shop! Much better than Hidalgo, swear that!).

Canon isn’t only about photography

Not your typical Digital ELPH/IXY/IXUS, PowerShot or EOS provider, but come to think of it, they also do offer printers, scanners, calculators (hahahah, yeah this is very unusual) and other products. It is the same with Sony (almost, actually since Canon never did offer any mobile phone or laptop, which would appear WEIRD if that really happens), but the difference is, Sony is somewhat the Japanese version of Samsung (yep, from radio, stereo, TV, laptop, mobile phone, camera…) for their versatility and flexibility — and their diversity to offer a lot more for their fans.

Okay, I’m really Canon-biased, but that’s because their marketing strategy and err… manuals and the like are very much like Sony. I think Sony started their Alpha line when it merged with Minolta because they’re the only Japanese company left behind not pioneering their very own DSLR technology. I think, Canon never needed to merge with any other company, same with Nikon. Same with Olympus, Pentax, any company that does not need that strategy. Maybe if I were to go full-frame, I think the 5D Mark III is the only thing I’m waiting for.

I hope that Canon does everything in my second list! There are a lot of things that they should improve, since I told a while ago, that it is for obsessive-compulsive people. Oh, dear. Yep, those things I have mentioned are a huge embarrassment for Canon, and another thing is that, why do they have to put ONLY TWO FREAKING SPRACHEN in their Japanese version?

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