Category Archives: Photography

If digital didn’t happen would you be as involved using film?

This is a question I got from Pinoy Photography website.

Answer: Well, I started to learn casual photography through digital, because I was really curious about just looking at the screen versus looking at the viewfinder. I was actually against film because I always find it to be “old school,” and with that, digital photography is more personalized since a person could manipulate the settings via easier DIY-style without being too dependent on the automatic settings. Also, it’s also an advantage NOT to limit yourself to just 36 shots alone–during the time when digital photography is on the rise, memory cards are also being available but these were considered as luxury items rather than a basic necessity. The only memory I had when using film photography is during our fifth grade field trip–GAH! I have killed all these 36 loads of film so I was hesitating whether I’ll get a new roll or not. Too bad, that’s it.

Starting 2010, the emergence of digital photography started when Digital SLR cameras started to lean from the business market towards the mainstream market. Almost everyone could make photography as a hobby rather than as a career–as a matter of fact, I badly missed the part when film photography was still very popular before the digital age almost halted film photography’s popularity. Therefore, I did not even grasp the chance to learn film photography myself.

If digital did not exist (or still remained in the luxury/business/enterprise market), well, I’d still use this good ol’ Konica Centuria 20 film cam and just had myself one PRO pack of Velvia 50/100 135 film/s. That way, I would have embraced lomography after.

 

Travelling Alone in the Mall

There is a reason why I chose to be alone when in a mall.

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Of course, exploring a certain place by yourself equates to independence. Okay, so to speak, I was in SM Mall of Asia… after being invited to this event:

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At least I feel overwhelmed to go explore on my own hihihi.

So, here goes.

I went on the gadgets corner, which is something that I was looking for all along. When I got there, I was thinking whether to explore that place whether if it’s impressive or not.

I checked out some gadgets: One is the Samsung Galaxy Camera, Sony Xperia Z (for the second to the nth time) and lastly, the iPod touch 5th generation. Well, I was not very impressed with how the Galaxy Camera worked because I cannot log in on Instagram, but then, this should not serve as a conclusion just yet. As a matter of fact, the Galaxy Camera is very flexible. Also, it’s kinda big for a digicam. Reminds me of the Polaroid ZINK Digicam! LOL. Overall, it’s one of the gadgets I’m looking forward. Second, I’ve touched the Xperia Z for the nth time. It’s actually like the Galaxy Camera due to its screen size, but it does not fail to impress me for its speed when it comes to Android. No wonder I’m more of a Sony fan than of a Samsung fan (specs- and performance-wise). If it only had Instagram installed on it (the sample phone), nyehehehe! I could be the judge (joke joke joke!). Third, the iTouch 5th gen. Well, it’s like the iPhone, only without the phone, and it’s really like the iPhone 5! I logged in to Instagram and YES! I logged in successfully LIKE A BOSS!

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It’s obviously 5 megapixels, speaking of resolution. But I feel much safer with the iPhone 5 since I could surf the net via Wi-Fi or 3G/GPRS/EDGE almost everyday. So no doubt, I am still an Apple fan.

More pics:

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That’s all!

Tinned Cam Collection/Escapades

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Check out my Instagram.

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You may download Tinned Cam from the App Store/iTunes.

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?

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