Friday, September 25, 2009

D40 Shutter Sound

It's been awhile since I last used my D40 so when I used both D40 and D90 extensively last week (Librodo Workshop), I was surprised how quiet D40's shutter is compared to D90.

So for macro work involving nervous little critters, I'll grab D40 first unless a client needs a bigger image file.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Landscape of Emotions

I took a 1-day break from work on Sept. 16 and attended Manny Librodo's Landscape of Emotions workshop.

It was conducted at Tambuli (West) Beach Resort (Mactan Island, Cebu) and participants were limited to 15. I think 60% of the participants were coming from Bohol, Davao, and Manila.

We started around 7:30am with a lecture (M.A.N.U.E.L.). About an hour later, we're grouped into 3 so that we can shoot by turns. Basically, the designated group of 3 will shoot with Manny while rest of the participants can shoot at the back or have a shootout with the 2nd model. Each group had 8 minutes with Manny and the model. For this workshop, we have 2 beautiful models, Janet Emmrich and Christine de Gracia. Janet had 3 costume changes while Christine had 2.

(With Janet's beauty, even a blind photographer can't go wrong)

While shooting with Manny, he'll do most of the direction and make his shots. He keeps on sharing ideas, tips and basically shows his thought processes. When finished with his shots, he'll let the designated group shoot and provides guidance while in the background.

We ended our first shoot around 11am (whew! I easily consumed 6GB with my two camera bodies) then Manny demonstrated to us his bread-and-butter post-processing flow.

Around noon, we had our "power lunch" -- eating while doing our post-processing thingy (toppled drinks over laptops and expensive photography gears kept flashing in my mind hehehe). Then at 1.30pm, we had our second shoot. We wrapped up the shooting session around 3pm.

Then it's back again to post-processing where Manny required us to provide our top 3 shots. Post-processed, of course. Around this time, I'm already bone-tired from the shooting and sun's heat. Manny provided individual assistance (if requested) during post-processing.

The activity ended when certificates of attendance were distributed around 5.30pm. There was a dinner scheduled with Manny and a trip to Tops (hills of Busay) in the evening but I couldn't join due to other commitments.

Here are some things that I can highlight:

1) With proper use of shade and reflector (silver-side), you can shoot awesome portraits even at noon! The problem though is sweating of the models ;-) (you can use reflector as fan though)

2) Manny employed JPEG with Nikon D3 and Nikkor 24-70 throughout this workshop. He almost always shoot wide open with Cloudy white-balance & center-weighted "-1" exposure. Most of the participants used the 50mm prime lens. Bringing two camera bodies is recommended.

3) Rapport with the model is key.

4) Layer and mask are your post-processing BFFs. So before attending his workshops, please learn Photoshop basics of layer, blending modes, mask, etc.

5) Any location is a good location! Just keep an eye on your background.

6) Props, props, props!!! Color, color, color!!! Keep white-balance warm if applicable.

Overall, I'm very satisfied because I learn a lot. Plus, Manny is a natural teacher and very approachable. I highly recommend his workshops!!!

More of my images will be shared here.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.0

My eBay purchase of a HDMI-DVI cable is not good as the item hasn't arrived yet. Today's the 51st day :-(

I'll be requesting for a refund next week.

Fortunately, a new shop in SM Northwing has one last stock available last saturday so I grabbed it immediately. With this cable, I was able to display 1080i with our Samsung 2233sw monitor. Graphics' awesome! Time to buy MSG4 this coming weekend! ;-)

Anyway, I immediately upgraded to Firmware 3. Download & upgrade were fast and smooth. It didn't take 10 minutes.

PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.0:

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Impulse Buying

26 days ago, I bought some screw adapters and I receive it today. As I don't need them anymore, I'm now selling it at a loss ;-)

Discovering Manfrotto 323 Quick Change Plate Adapter "screwed" the adapters but saved me some money.

Lesson learned: thorough study of options first before buying.
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