Photography Tips

No need for heavy technical jargon to take good photos. Just go out there and shoot. Here are some practical tips to get you started.

A good photo is like a magnet; it pulls you closer


What is a good photo?When I was in high school, Panorama, the Sunday magazine of The Manila Bulletin came out with an issue with Imee Marcos on the cover. She was leaning on a tree, lips barely apart, unsmiling with a far-off expression on her face, looking not at the camera but past it as though she wasn't aware that it was there. The photo, if I remember correctly, … [Read more...]

The sky, filtered


I was looking for a sky photo in my hard drive for this week's Photo Friday challenge and the most recent is a wide shot of the Victorias sugar refinery and thick white clouds in the sky. The original and unfiltered photo would have sufficed but I wasn't sure if, to the ordinary viewer, the series of buildings was more noticeable than the sky. So, I went about making the … [Read more...]

Creating moods with lights and shadows


There is probably no better example of how to use lights and shadows to create a visual mood than to cite horror films. I think of Nicole Kidman walking into a fog in The Others; of Chloe Grace Moretz sitting barefoot on a swing at midnight in Let Me In; of Piper Laurie surrounded by candles in Carrie; and of Peter Wyngarde, in silhouette, standing on a tower in The … [Read more...]

Sun, rain and the mating season


I was editing photos for a dessert recipe I'll post later when I looked out the window and saw raindrops glistening in the sunlight. My first thought was a house fly wedding. Our yaya (that's nanny for non-Filipino speakers) once said that when it rains while the sun shines, "ikinakasal ang langaw" which literally translates to house flies are being married. My brother and … [Read more...]

Pet photography or pet portraiture?


Pets sometimes become so much a part of the family that they get included in family portraits. They even get solo photos! I was wondering what the correct term is for pet portrait photography is considering how it has become quite a specialized niche in professional photography. So, it is pet photography, pet portrait photography or pet portraiture?After Googling a … [Read more...]

iFilm on iTunes


Sam has a film photography class, she's loving it and she has this dream that we'd build a dark room for her. I told her we can give her a spare room but she will have to fill it with dark room equipment herself. I mean, gee, that's pretty expensive stuff, tools of her trade, in fact, so it sounds more logical that she buys them and then set them all up in a room that we … [Read more...]

Mirror (interpreting a photo challenge theme)


Joining online photo challenges is a good way to hone photography skills. To stand out, one has to submit some really good photos so it's not unusual to shoot, re-shoot and re-shoot some more until one has at least one image that one feels will stand out in the crowd.Personally, I don't have the time nor the energy to shoot and re-shoot. When I join a photo challenge, … [Read more...]

Tilt-shift photography


I didn't know what tilt-shift meant until about a week ago. I asked Sam, she explained in a nutshell, I researched the rest and then I experimented. The easiest way to explain tilt-shift? Keep part of the photo sharp and blur the rest. And this really goes beyond twiddling with the aperture value. Pretty neat, actually. If you search Google for images using "tilt-shift" as … [Read more...]