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Volume 1 | Issue 3 | Middle East

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World’s Top Selling Stock Photographer Yuri Arcurs

Behind The Lens Edwin Allan Riguer

15 Quick Tips To Better Photos After Dark The Challenge Mike Malate

9 Ways To Beat The High Cost Of Photography

Depth Of Focus

A Manny Librodo Exclusive What’s Inside

Gadgets Review

Basic Tutorials


Photo Gallery

Group Profile

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Photography Magazine

Photography Magazine

Issue 1 | November 2011 | Middle East

Issue 2 | December 2011 | Middle East

Cover Story

Meiji Sangalang

Behind the Lens PJ Tiongson

A Desert Surprise Osama Al Zubaidi

Toy Photography

Do’s & Don’ts

Jay Calaguian / Noel Garcia

of Photography in UAE

The Challenge

Discover Obscura

Engr. Milo Torres

Find out how

Work Flow Exposed

Eugene Santos / Michael Cruz

Off Camera Lighting

Depth Of Focus

Man with Simple Dreams

Jay Morales

Donnell Gumiran

Jophel Botero Ybiosa

Beyond Passion Edwin Loyola

Small Things Big Result Chris Calumberan

What’s Inside

Gadget Review

Post Processing Tutorials

Do It Yourself

Workshop Schedules

Group Profile

What’s Inside

Camera Guide

Extreme Post Processing Tutorials

Tips & Tricks

Get the Most Out of your Point and Shoot Camera

November Issue

December Issue

Depth of Focus: Donnell Gumiran, Beyond Passion: Edwin Loyola, The Challenge: Chris Calumberan, Shutter: Camera Club of Dubai, Photo Manipulation: Creating a liquid figure made of water, Off Camera Ligting: Jay Morales

Depth of Focus: Jophel Botero Ybiosa, A Desert Surprise: Osama Al Zubaidi, The Challenge: Engr. Milo Torres, Shutter: Strobist, Photo Manipulation: Compositing Using Blending Modes/ Add Layer Mask: Meiji Sangalang

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK. “Shoot from your heart”, a word of wisdom coming from a well – respected man, Manny Librodo. A man from a very humble beginning who doesn’t just take pictures that tells a story. As you turn each page inside, grasp, feel and understand the true essence of the man and his life through the lens.

Photography Magazine

Volume 1 | Issue 3 | Middle East

15 AED

World’s Top Selling Stock Photographer Yuri Arcurs

Behind The Lens Edwin Allan Riguer

15 Quick Tips To Better Photos After Dark The Challenge Mike Malate

9 Ways To Beat The High Cost Of Photography

Depth Of Focus

A Manny Librodo Exclusive What’s Inside issue 3 final cover.indd 1

Gadgets Review

Basic Tutorials

Photography has gone a long way especially with the rapid developments in information and communication technology. Our Gadget Guide Section will take you back on what’s essential that oftentimes over-looked at. Let us all learn how to see subjects with new perspective on our Tutorial section, get Behind the Scenes on some of the amazing groups that we have worked with and who unselfishly shared their lenses for their respective “Shoot for a Cause” success. Have the opportunity to experience the works of photographers from different genre on our Random Clicks. Get an insight on our featured photography groups and find out how they “click”. Find out who grabbed our Photo of the Month competition and bagged one year free subscription of Full Frame Magazine. As always, we value your feedback. Please take some time to tell and share us what you think. Be inspired and keep your eyes wide open. Enjoy reading!! Suzette


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34 Depth Of Focus Manny Librodo

Content Volume 1 Issue 3

Ways of Creative Photography 08 7Jennifer Jacobs

52 Photo Of The Month 54 Tutorials Camea Exposure

Ways To Beat The High Cost Of 10 9Photography

56 Tutorials by Dennis Ong

Secrets from the World’s 12 Eight Top Selling Photographer

Review 58 Gadget Lens Filter

Yuri Arcurs

the Lens 16 Behind Edwin Allan Riguer

20 Workshop “Shoot for A Cause” Abu Dhabi


7 Ways of Creative Photography From The Readers 22 Questions Mike Zuniga

Of View 60 Point by Wallei Bautista Trinidad It Out!! 61 Blogging “FSO Group” by Mike Zuniga

Session 24 Photo Jeff Vergara Tips To Better 26 Quick Photos After Dark Eugene Santos

28 On Focus


Photo Session Jef Vergara


of Focus 34 Depth “Manny Librodo” by Gladys Alog

50 Ambush Global Village


On Focus

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Behind the Lens

62 Workshop “Shoot for A Cause”



Challenge 64 The Mike Malate

66 Shutter Lightcatchers BTS 68 Workshops Oasis Of Colours:


Manny Librodo

72 Random Clicks 76 Dessert Ink

Questions From The Readers


Yuri Arcurs


Quick Tips to Better Photos after Dark



The Challenge

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Start Your New Year with

7 Projects of Creative Photography by: Jennifer Jacobs

Let’s face it, no matter how much we

take our camera out, there’s only so many pictures we can take of our kids, pets, house and garden before we start itching to shoot something else… but what? Hopefully this list of projects you can undertake will inspire you to find something creative to shoot.

Photo by: Dennis Ong

Photo by: Marife Gabiola

1. 365 Days

2. 52 Photowalks

The most popular of the projects on this list, there are multiple variations

I use the term “photowalk” pretty loosely here. While photowalks often include groups of people walking through cities together, all capturing images of the same landmarks from their own point of view, I’m being slightly more liberal with the term.

of the 365 project. Typically, it involves taking a self-portrait every day for a year – the only rule is that you have to hit the shutter button (or remote) and at least some part of you must be in the photo. It doesn’t sound so bad at first, but believe me, there’s only so many photos you can take holding the camera at arms length before even you get bored. Suddenly you find yourself doing things like wrapping yourself in christmas lights, jumping in piles of leaves, or taping your mouth shut. For inspiration, check out the 365 Days group on flickr.



Basically, I’m saying you should get out of the house once a week with your camera. Walk around the local parks, abandoned buildings (careful with this one: it can be frowned upon or even illegal to poke around some abandoned buildings), downtown and other small towns near me. Besides adding a bigger variety to my photo collection, I’ve noticed two other side effects from this project so far: I’ve discovered all sorts of parks and areas of downtown that I didn’t even know existed, and I’ve been able to go to places that I already knew and see them from a totally different viewpoint. For instance, the picture above is of a local amphitheater. I’ve been there a number of times and never thought much of it… but being there when the park was empty, and walking to the back of the stage looking out has given me a completely different perspective.

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3. 100 Strangers

This is a project I personally don’t have the guts to do, as I’m bit shy (that’s the whole reason why I’m behind the lens to begin with!), but I know some people doing this project and I’m loving their results so far. The idea is to approach someone you’ve never met before, ask if you can take their picture, and talk to them a bit to get some kind of backstory, and then upload the photo (and a short description of who they are and what you talked about) to flickr and add it to the 100 Strangers group. Then repeat 99 more times. Not only will get photos of different people in your collection, but you just might make a new friend or two. You can, of course, skip the flickr part and do this project on your own, but you would gain a lot of inspiration from the group. Photo by: Dennis Ong

4. A-Z Once again, there’s a couple ways you can go with an A-Z project. You can pick a place and try to get a picture of objects that start with or represent each letter of the alphabet. You can also try this with numbers, too – take a photo of one acorn on the ground, two ducks by a pond, three trees grouped together, etc. The other interpretation of this project is to take pictures of things that look like the letters A-Z. Take a look at the photo on the left, it’s actually a base steel of a swing in the playground. Once you start this project you’ll start looking at ordinary things – buildings, cloud formations, playground equipment, etc. – in a complete different way, giving you a new perspective on things to photograph. This project can also be done with numbers, too.

5. Pick-a-Something Pick something and try to get a collection of photos representing it. For instance, pick a color and try to go all day photographing only red things, or try only getting pictures of things that are square when you’re on a walk. I was once at a cookout and, while I took photos of other things, I also tried to get photos of people’s shoes.

Photo by: Marife Gabiola

Photo by: Marife Gabiola

6. Go Mono

During my 365 (open-topic, not self-portraits), I decided to take one month and do all my photos in black-and-white. My goal was to get better at converting photos to black and white, which I think I did, but I noticed I was also starting to see things differently, and figure out what photos would look better in mono, and which ones wouldn’t. There were also a few surprises, like the leaf with water drops on it that you see above. If I hadn’t been doing a month of mono, I would have edited that photo in color and loved it, and left it like that. But I converted it for my 365 project, and I loved it even more. Surprises like that made the whole month worth it.

The upside of this project is that it, once again, gets you to start seeing ordinary things in different way – taking a snapshot looking down at everyone’s shoes is going to start to get boring, so it forces you to start thinking creatively. The downside of this project will simply give the viewer a different story of what is going on.

7. Scavenger Hunt

A photo scavenger hunt is simple. You need someone to come up with a list of things to photograph (they can be actually things like “railroad tracks”, or they can be more conceptual like “fun with friends”, or even techniques like “shallow depth of field”). Then, a group of people all go out and interpret the list how they want and show them to the group. As with a lot of the other projects I mentioned, it really gets you to start looking at ordinary things in a different way. Looking for a list? Do a search in the flickr groups for “scavenger hunt” and you’ll come up with a number of groups that have hunts going on. Including a DPS Scavenger Hunt group, made up of other DPS users that posts a new list each month. Photo by: Dennis Ong Marife Gabiola JANUARY ISSUE.indd 9

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HIGHLIGHTS The Carry Bag I have a LowePro backpack and I have a generic backpack. When I travel I use the generic one because the LowePro screams “rob me.” The funny thing is my generic backpack from some sleazy shop in Bangkok has served my camera gear well over several years. Now, I feel much cooler with my Lowepro among my photographer buddies, but in reality I don’t really need it.

Camera Body Ok, it’s nice to have the latest Nikon D1, but do you really need it? The old adage is that it is better to spend your money on better glass than a better body.

Lenses The “faster” a lens, generally the more expensive it is. Now, for this particular tip, you are almost certainly going to be sacrificing quality. A lens that goes to f/1.2 is generally better than a lens that only goes to f/3.5 as it’s simply more versatile, especially if you want to close the lens up. However, a fast Canon or Nikon lens is also going to cost often twice as much as a slightly slower Tamron alternative. Unless you have a specific need for the faster lens, you might be able to get away with the slower and cheaper alternative.

Post Production Photoshop is the industry standard for post production of digital images. It also costs a hell of a lot of money. On the other hand, The GIMP is free and does almost everything that Photoshop can. In fact many professionals prefer it.



I learned more lugging around equipment as an assistant to a professional photographer than I ever did from any book or course. I even met a few famous folks! The great thing was that, after doing it for free for a few weeks, they even started to pay me! Get outside of your comfort zone and go and find a professional who needs their gear carried (you can do this on your weekends). You will learn more from that pro than you can imagine and it is way cheaper than taking some photography course.

Choosing Your Brand

Ok, so Leica, Canon and Nikon are the clear industry leaders but they are also top of the pile when it comes to price. Some incredibly good cameras and lenses are produced by other companies like Sony, Pentax, Olympus and Panasonic. These other brands don’t have the name and so often you can get a bargain for gear that is actually very good quality.

Used Gear Why not consider getting some used camera gear? This is a great way to save cash and if you follow a few common sense guidelines you can also get top quality equipment. Check out our guide to buying a used camera lens as well as our post on choosing a tripod which can get you started with what you need to know about second hand gear. I have also noticed some incredible bargains on Ebay for brand new gear (but remember to check if you still get the warranty when buying internationally).

Get a Good Printer If you print your photos at home, then you are going to be going through a lot of ink. Your long term costs will be hugely deflected if you invest in a purpose built printer that is designed to print only photos. Using a standard printer that is designed to print anything will use a lot more ink and the quality will not be as good for your shots!


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Ways to Beat the High Cost of Photography


Photography is an expensive hobby. There’s simply no way to get around that. You can easily drop 3500 AED on a decent DSLR body and then you still have to go out and buy lenses, tripods, a flash and something to carry it all in.

By Light Stalking

Personally, I prefer to save up for the best equipment I can have, even if it means I have less equipment than other people. On the other hand, if you’re a technology hound and need every piece of equipment now, you might like to consider a few money saving ideas.

The sad fact is that photography can be a hugely expensive hobby. Planning out your kit and knowing how you can minimize any costs associated with this great past time will ensure that you don’t go broke and that you have access to more equipment for a longer time!

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Eight Secrets from the World’s Top Selling Photographer

Yuri Arcurs


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Learn to see and frame your pictures in perceptual layers

What does this mean? A camera will only focus on one item; the elements behind and in front of this item can be viewed as layers: Foreground(s), focal point and background layer(s). The relationships between these layers are often what makes pictures interesting. If you look at prize-winning photojournalistic images, you will see a striking similarity; All the layers intervene perfectly and in some way or another complete or add to the feeling or idea of the picture. Great pictures have many layers and they “speak” together. When shooting real-life photojournalism, this is one of the hardest aspects to master and really demands multitasking. When shooting commercial photography, thinking in layers can be used as a tool to complete the image. The background layer is often neglected by amateur photographers or is entirely missing – but by building up your layers step by step you can often gain a competitive advantage over other photographers.


Think “icon”

Will the image you have in mind still function when viewed at the size of a small icon or if only viewed for a quarter of a second? Can you still decipher what’s happening in the picture? Great commercial shots have this characteristic and use different lighting and colours to create contrasts between the elements of the image. In today’s fast moving everyday life, you need to create images that go straight for the point. In stock photography, the “icon effect” is the essence of how to make your pictures stand out. Too many obstacles and confusing design elements will greatly reduce the “icon effect”. Choose with great care what you want in your foreground and background layers so it doesn’t become messy.

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Use stereotypes to strengthen your point

While reading the next few lines, try to do exactly what I tell you, and promise to really do this or you will miss the point. Only using your head, calculate 6x6, add 14 then subtract 50. Are you following? If not then calculate... Now think of a hand tool. Picture it in your head. Then think of a color. Close your eyes and picture this color in your head too. Now if you belong to 95% of the normal population, you would have thought of a hammer and the color red. This is because the hammer and the color red are stereotypical members of the categories of “hand tools” and “colors”. Use knowledge like this to strengthen your “Icon effect”.

If people only have a split-second of viewing, be wise and use stereotypes so people can easily identify the elements of the picture. Identifying stereotypes doesn’t have to be harder than using common sense. In the category of ‘classic female beauty’ for example, Marilyn Monroe would probably be a good candidate for a stereotype, except she is pretty hard to get photos of, but you get the point.


Take advantage of basic human nature

If I have a really high-demanding client that I want to impress, I use a bit of my background in psychology to analyse my way to a safe hit. People in general tend to like one or more of three things in a picture; humour, extraordinary things, and contrasting symbolism. Contrasting symbolism is when two opposites clash and create irony; A priest shoplifting, or a skinny man besides a fat man. It is basic, but it works – anything that tells a story about the irony and diversity of everyday life. Try to picture a photo you like that does not have one or more of the above features. Features like contrasting symbolism require thinking and planning but if you succeed it will become a real eye-catcher. By extraordinary, think mystique, strangeness and curious pictures. Sometimes at a shoot I can hear myself tell my stylist things like “this setup is not strange enough, make it weirder” The human being is enchanted by things of the extraordinary, so twist, bend, and weirden-up reality for a sure hit.



Stay away from conservative composition

Technically speaking, the schoolbook composition rules will tell you to keep composition conservative, not to cut the forehead in portraits, only take standard pictures with all parts of the image elements inside the frame and such – what a bore! Don’t listen to such nonsense! Every single one of my most successful pictures are composed directly opposite of textbook composition rules and are often cropped. Experiment! Shoot from above, from below and stick to a natural gut feeling when composing your frames instead of rules. Over the years your sense of composition grows and you will gradually master it in your own way by adding a personal signature to all your pictures.


Instruct and say “stop”

Instruction is everything! If the model doesn’t know what you want from your shoot/scene then he/she simply will not provide it. Most good models know their best angle and poses and will start posing as soon as they see a camera. Stop this posing roller coaster and engage the model in the situation and make them look human! When shooting more than one person, you should try to engage the people in conversation and real interaction and tell them “STOP” when you want the picture taken. This method is great for getting non-artificial looking pictures that feel like you were never there.

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When doing business shoots or staff portraits I often engage my models in games such as writing a story together; the first person writes one or two lines, the next a few lines more, and suddenly they are having fun and are relaxing and great picture opportunities arrive.


Be overly productive

My senior assistant, who is a photojournalist, came up to me the other day after doing a backstage report for a Danish rock band and said: “I don’t get it at all…all these other photographers were just sitting around with their cameras and talking…and I know this for a fact because I saw them doing it through my viewfinder”. My assistant saw this whole concert through his camera and took over 1300 RAW files in three hours with his 1Ds. I don’t care how much talent one has; it takes pictures – and a lot of them – to get great shots.


Shoot like crazy, especially if you have a limited time with the models or at the location. On a good day of shooting stock photography I am sometimes able to get a conversion rate of about 3-4% of my RAWs that convert to end product pictures. Using percentages to calculate how many RAWs convert into end product pictures is very smart because it leads you to accept one very convincing conclusion; that more RAWs converts into more end product pictures. This deduction is naively simple and could be objected to in many ways, but it does have some degree of inevitable truth; Sitting around and talking, or being unproductive at a shoot, you can be sure to miss that window of opportunity holding the hit picture – go get shooting and produce like crazy!


Don’t ever settle for less

this shift of workflow with no or hardly any digital education or knowledge. Now this troubles me a bit because a lot of these photographers have very high thoughts about themselves, but really know absolutely nothing about digital workflow and are too proud and “artistic” to care about phenomena like artifacts, banding, tiff files – you name it. Make it a personal choice not to associate or be part of a photographic environment made up of people like that. Get your digital training from online sources that are up to date. Within a few years from now, digital standards will rise a lot and then you will be prepared. Go the extra mile and educate yourself using resources such as – and my homepage:

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Most photographers who were educated to shoot analogue have shifted to digital, but have done

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Behind the

LENS Edwin Allan Riguer

by: Gladys Alog

It would probably be a point-and-shoot camera, armed with a 135 Kodak negative film, borrowed from his relative that captured his very first emotional shot. From the peaks of various mountains he climbed at, Edwin Allan Riguer indeed left no footprints but certainly took pictures that wowed everyone down the mountains. It was these trekking experiences that honed him of becoming the photographer that he is today… his love for nature brought him in the enthralling world of Photography. “Photography can tell you the truth as well as tell you all the lies”, Riguer quoted when once asked about his views in Photography. Just like the songs he listens to, Big Yellow Taxi and Blowing in the Wind, he is being compelled to put good harmony and lyrics onto his every picture. His first SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) camera was purchased during Dubai Shopping Festival in 2005. As DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) hit the market, he upgraded his piece in 2009. Though, there were evident changes in taking photograph come digital era, Riguer showed unaffected. For him, photograph remains the same because the properties of lights did not change. However, he still stock Fujichrome Velvia 50 film on his fridge as of today. Riguer is an Architect by profession. He also likes to do painting and carpentry. Surprisingly, he dreams of building his own furniture one of these days. During his early years, he used to collect Photography books and magazines to study and appreciate the Photography therein. Some of the titles he collected (and slept with) were Ansel Adams’s Photography Book series (‘The Camera’, ‘The Negative’ and ‘The Prints’), Galen Rowell’s ‘Dynamic Landscape and Inner Game for Outdoor Photography’, ‘National Geographic’ magazines and numbers of E-Books. As he continues browsing on different titles to keep him on track, he joined Photography club and enrolled in Basic Photography classes as well. “Photography is a never-ending


course, not until the light dies”, he added. His dedication, passion and hard work paid off after winning Photography competitions and being invited to shoot for high-end coffee table books. But the greatest achievement he consider is the chance and to experience the art of Photography (in his case, Landscape Photography). This indeed is far greater than any awards or numbers of ‘Likes’ in Facebook. Riguer, makes it a point that whenever he takes the shot he faces the challenge. He might not know how advanced he is, in terms of Photography, he is certainly sure though that he varies his every shot according to the situation’s demand. He can wake up as early as 3 am if it needed to be. He had shooting engagements that required his expertise and there are some that will squeeze his creative juices and will push him to the limit. Admittedly, there were also time that requires him to accept the fact that he cannot or will not make a good shot at all. Nonetheless, all of these are Riguer’s path to becoming the next big thing in Landscape Photography. As Riguer continues to photograph our present world, he hopes to impart in our future generation what kind of world we live in this very moment through his Photography. Just like the known photographers in the entire genre of Photography, Riguer knows what he wants and he is focus in making his visions a reality. Some of the photographers that inspired him on this saga are Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, Philip Halsman, Art Wolfe, Steve McCurry, Robert Capa, Man Ray, Guy Tal and Misha Gordin. John Muir, Andy Singer, Vincent Van Gogh, Grace, Dylan and Dyann – though non-photographers (so they say), are also included amongst his lists of inspirations. Sadly, his chances of meeting Galen Rowell and Ansel Adams are gone, yet he still wants to know their philosophies behind their Photography. Good thing he could still look forward in sitting with Art Wolfe, Steve McCurry, Misha Gordin and Guy Tal over a cup of coffee.

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Slogan: “Caring means sharing, let’s do ours”



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What: A shoot for a cause “Oplan Cagayan and Iligan City� in Abu Dhabi When: December 30, 2011 Where: Hilton Park, Corniche Abu Dhabi Organizer: Alvin Mark Buen (Head- Abu Dhabi Expat Community Photography Workshop) Lightronin Bokehmons Megafire Production


HMUA: Joyce Salcedo, Jayce Ann & Bea Benedicto Venue use for preparation HMUA: Shirley Tamaray & Bea Benedicto Cashier/Accountant: Francis Hallie, Manine Consuelo & Hazel Luna T-shirt & Media: Erwin Magbanua, Aries Anzures, Micx Ponce & Dennis Castro Transportation: Bobit Ceballos, Ramon Francisco, Romir Aranas & Max Adarlo

Volunteer: Designers: John Paul Canete, Nelson Buhain & Vanafza Jay

Numbers of Participants: 83

Models: Brooke Sheilds Suico, Modelyn Alcaide,Princess Lezay von Hoesslin, Hanika Marie Yuzon & Diana Marie Arrozal

Donated Thru: GMA Kapuso Foundation

Total Proceeds: 6,000 AED

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Questions from the READERS Compiled and Reseached by: Mike Zuñiga

What is the best setting if I want to capture a fast car? -Aldrin, Canon 500D I’m thinking of giving you three ways in doing it. Be it daylight or nighttime, to keep things simple, put your camera in Shutter Priority Mode or in your case Tv mode and set it starting with a value of 1/1000. Simply focus on your chosen car and press the shutter and presto, a photo of a fast car. Now remember that different cars travel at different speeds so have the patience and take time experimenting until you get your money shot. Do the ‘Panning’ technique. This refers to the horizontal motion of the camera following a subject. This freezes a photo of your subject, in this case a fast car, amidst a blurred background, thereby denoting action. Now put your camera on manual mode and by making an example of a daytime shot, choose an ISO value of 100 or 200, then start with a shutter speed of 1/30, aperture set to f/16. Now turn off your autofocus function and try composing your shot beforehand and focus on the area by which you want your car positioned. Remember where you focused because this will be your guide to when you will press your shutter button. Now choose your incoming car and aim your camera on it until it reaches your focused shot. Once it reaches this point, simply press the shutter. Your photo should show your car in the frame while the background becomes blurred. Still patience pays and tweak more the shutter speed to taste.

What is the best tripod to buy in the market that will not be too expensive? -Susan, Nikon D3000 Having an expensive piece of equipment demands a good quality tripod. Nothing breaks your heart or wallet by having your camera broken by a flimsy and cheap tripod. Now to check up on tripods, simply bring your camera with your walk around lens attached to the store. Just like buying shoes, simply try out the tripod by attaching your camera to it. The tripod legs must be fully extended and the head column just raised midway. Now try to shake it slightly, did it shake nervously? If it did, then the tripod you are testing could not support the weight of your camera. Try on another set of tripods until it is stable and firm to your taste. Once you find your chosen tripod, check with the sales person if its price is within your range. You could always ask for an alternative brand which is less expensive but somehow possesses the same quality.

Experiment with “Light Trails”. This is purely night photography. With this shot you will need most of your patience and if done correctly, would give you joy till the morning time. Grab a tripod and now set your camera to manual again, an ISO value of 400-600, shutter speed at 1 second, aperture set to f/5.6 to 8 but this time, set your flash into second curtain sync (rear curtain sync for Nikon users). Like what we did with panning, shut off your autofocus (or you may want still to use it) and frame your shot and focus manually. Now take that shot of the incoming car and you will notice that the car is in the frame but its headlights (parking lights if taken from the rear) will have light streaks. The longer you set your shutter speed, the longer the streaks. This activity is fun so play around with the settings until you get what you want.



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What is the proper way of cleaning a lens? -Joel, Canon 1000D The most proper way that I could think of is try to be more careful. Lenses are glasses that are very sensitive to dusts. You could damp a little cleaning fluid unto a cloth then do circular motion over your lens until you reached the desired cleanness. Some people use manual pump blowers, lens papers, micro fiber cloths and even shirt tails. All these are okay as long as they are clean and dirt free but in my opinion the safest thing to use is a ‘lenspen’ which is available in almost all camera-selling stores.

I don’t have a camera yet but I’d like to buy one, which kind should I take if I want a DSLR? -Coney

I don’t know Photoshop, what other software can I use that doesn’t need too much technicalities?

There are so many factors to consider when buying a DSLR. There are numbers of camera brands and models in the market that certainly will create confusion on which to take but let’s dwell on the price and your enthusiasm. Price because eventually you need to be able to buy what camera you want. Enthusiasm – is your guide meter to know which level or type of camera you want to start with. Price, do I have to discuss about it? Jumping into enthusiasm, you could gauge it by asking yourself why and how you will be using the camera. If you are a simple weekend warrior, taking snapshots of your kids and other willing victims like your friends on weekends and parties, then buy just the entry level cameras. They will serve you well if this is your level of enthusiasm. But if you feel that you will be bringing your camera to work, vacations (on regular trips perhaps) and you think you will love it equally or more than your spouse, then your level of enthusiasm is a bit higher. Skip the entry level and try grabbing amateur or semi-professional cameras which is quite costly though.

-Victor, Nikon D3000 Picasa is the first thing that came to my mind. Simply download it from www. then play away. Another worthy alternative, without downloading hassle, is It has a lot of image enhancing features and could connect to most social networking sites - a great feature if you want to show off your new photos right away.


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with Jeff Vergara

SESSION Who is Jeff Vergara? I am living in Dubai since 2003 and works in an events company as Graphic Designer. I also co-founded The MidEast Snipers and a Photo blogger at I have had contributions to different magazines and publications in UK, Canada, Malta and UAE.

What is the concept / objective of this particular shoot? My girlfriend and I like to travel places in our bucket list. Hopefully, we could collect enough photos from our journeys and make it into a coffee table book.

Where is this photo session took place? We ventured to different parts of Kerala, India particularly the Tea Gardens of Munnar, short stop to Ramalkkalmedu, and the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady.

What are your preparations and how long did you prepare for it? It took two months to prepare for the trip from research, hotel and flight bookings, and locating good spots. I brought two camera bags. one for the trekking which can carry a 70-200mm 2.8, 10-20mm f4 and 18-50 f2.8 lenses, camera body and a tripod. the other bag contained my laptop and external hard drive for storage, batteries, chargers, an infrared-converted camera body, flashes, filters, and other lenses such as 60mm macro, 50mm 1.4, 18-135mm.


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What was the most challenging experience you had for this particular photo session? Shooting and travelling in the rain were the most challenging experiences we had there. We have to keep the gear dry and protected against moisture by tucking them inside our raincoats or putting them in plastic bags or zip locks.

Who are the people or group that helped you on this photo session?



My girlfriend/photo buddy gave me the inspiration to visit nice places such as India. Our hired driver, who also acts as our guide, took us to places we wanted to see and stopped whenever we found good spots.

What was the outcome of the photo session?


There were ups and downs during the journey but overall we had fun. Another set of travel photos worth keeping.


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Quick Tips to Better Photos after Dark

New Year! The best time to go out, shoot and perfect your low light photography. Why? Because this is the season where we usually have short days and long nights…. The time that we also have rich beautiful clouds in the UAE before the exhausting heat of the summer arrive. In this article, I will be sharing some quick and easy tips on how to capture pin-sharp and stunning low light photos. So what are we waiting for? Let’s go out, head out in the dark and start shooting…

By: Eugene Santos

Shoot in best image quality 1 If you want to have the best night shots, you need to shoot in best image quality and that means shooting in RAW. RAW retain most information and gives you greater scope on enhancing shots when post processing such as correcting White Balance and Exposures.

Use a tripod for sharp photos


Shooting after dark obviously means shooting in low lights and therefore shooting in a slow shutter speeds where it’s almost impossible to get sharp photos in shooting hand held. So this means that you need to securely attach your camera on the tripod to get pin sharp results. Make sure that your tripod is set up correctly on the ground and rock solid as it’s very easy to end up with soft images with a very slight movement.

Choose and scout your location in advance


Before you venture out in the night and start taking photos, it will be best and will save you a lot of time if you plan ahead and scout your location in advance. You can look for interesting lights, architectures and unique vantage point when considering your location. You can also check what is the best time to go there and shoot sunrise or sunset? What is the time that the place has a lot or less people? Depending on your objective you can go ahead and plan your shoot.

Use wide angle lens


Use a wide angle lens to get more of the scene, more lights and more colors in your frame. Wide angle lenses also capture a larger depth of field, so more of your scene will be sharp from foreground to background when using a narrow aperture. Be sure to use your lens hood to reduce unwanted lens flare in your photos cause by lights that aren’t in the frame.


Find the sweet spot of your lens Use the sweet spot range of apertures for your lenses – this is usually between f/8 and f/16. Try to make some test shot to find out. Even pro-level lenses don’t produce the best results when used at their maximum and minimum apertures. By using the available apertures in the middle, you’ll increase your chances of capturing the sharpest shots with your lens.

Composition and vantage point


Carefully study the scene before you start taking photos. Look at each side of your frame to see if there are unwanted elements and get rid of them by zooming in a little or by moving left to right, up to down or vice versa. Shooting on a vantage point that is not commonly seen by people also gives more visual interest on your photos. Sometimes this means shooting very low to the ground or climbing an elevated area to create stunning images.



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Use mirror lock-up


The slightest movement can create unwanted camera shake, and this even includes the mirror moving up and down inside your camera. You can quickly enable and disable this function on custom settings of your D-SLR cameras.

Let the lights sparkle8 Using a narrow aperture around f/16 will not only ensures a deeper depth of filed, so your shots are sharp from foreground to background but will also make all the lights on your frame sparkle. This will give your shots and extra magical effect.

Don’t Touch your Camera


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When shooting in low light, especially when taking long exposures, even touching your camera to press the shutter button can create enough movement to leave you with blurred images. The best thing to do in this situation is to use your D-SLR self timer to trigger the shutter or use a remote shutter release.

Control your white balance 10 If you’re using with an Auto White Balance (WB) especially on shooting in low lights, it’s easy for your camera to get confused with what it thinks is the best WB setting when shooting under street lights at night. To ensure consistent results you can set your WB manually or you can try Cloudy (6000K) to warm up your scene or Tungsten (3200K) to cool down the temperature making the scene look more blue.

Which ISO to shoot


Tungsten (3200k)

The ISO setting you need depends on the night photos you’re taking. If you’re shooting cityscape at night with long exposures and using a tripod, you can keep your ISO between 100 and 200 because you won’t need fast enough shutter speeds to shoot out of hand. This will also keep noise levels down – ideal for retaining maximum details in scenic night shots. If you’re shooting an outdoor performance and working handheld, you’ll need to bump up your ISO from 1000 to 1600 to ensure a fast enough shutter for capturing sharp shots hand held.

Motion blur shots 12 Blur can be your friend when it comes to night shots. Capturing motion blur on camera can transform boring images into dramatic work of art. Shooting in a slow shutter speed that is between 2-5 secs depending on the speed of your moving subject can make a creative motion shot at night.

Switch your image 13 stabilization (IS/VR) off Image stabilization on lenses is useful for reducing camera shake when you’re shooting hand-held but it can have the opposite effect when you’re using on a tripod and taking long exposures as the sensor inside the IS/VR of your lens is creating unwanted movement that can cause a soft focus images. Turning off this feature will also increase the battery life which is helpful in cold conditions.

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To give your night shots a boost, look out for water in front of the buildings such as lagoons, rivers or lakes. Reflections double the amount of the lights and color in your images.

Auto or manual focus?


For shooting in a low light scene, it is best to use both autofocus (AF) and manual focus (MF). Use AF on the part of the scene you want to focus and switch to MF to keep the focus locked. That way your camera won’t be hunting to achieve autofocus if the light or scene changes. When shooting in the dark, you’ll need to find a part of your scene that is bright enough for camera to be able to AF. If you’re having problems, you can switch to MF and use live view and zoom in on your LCD and check if you’re focusing is good before taking multiple long exposure shots. Volume 1 | Issue 3 JANUARY ISSUE.indd 27


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Ryan Francisco Nationality: Filipino

(Nikon D700/ Nikon D300) His love to Photography happened during his friend’s wedding in 2008, where he experienced using the Olympus E510 DSLR. Since then on he never left Photography alone. Amongst his inspirations are Lito Sy, Ryan Schrembri, Manny Librodo, Nelwin Uy and Wally Gonzales. He has been featured to other publications numerous times along with other great photographers and designers. To date, Ryan is focus in advancing his talents and skills in Wedding Photography.



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ON FOCUS Mae Calimquim Nationality: Filipino (Canon 7D) Is a new breed of photographer who is aiming to develop a defined style of her own by simplifying images down to their basic elements. She gets inspirations from other people’s life stories and taking a glimpse of their stories through her images is simply amazing. Architectural landscape is her repertoire and since she travels often, she looks forward to bringing the beauty of different places through her Photography.

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Alvin Lee Camer Nationality: Filipino

Canon EOS 1D Mark II/ Canon 40D A portraiture, product and food photographer, who has been around Photography since 2005, is the trusted photographer amongst numbers of company in Abu Dhabi. A hobbyist at first, but because of the beautiful landscapes in Fujeirah, the hobbyist turned into a passionate photographer. His goal this 2012 is to cover the 1st birthday celebration of his daughter.



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ON FOCUS F l a r i d e n d e l a To r r e Nationality: Filipino (Nikon D700) With regular clientele on his list, this Events/Infrared/Landscape/Fashion photographer desires to open 2012 big and hopefully create his own Photography business. From a point and shoot camera he geared himself towards DSLRs in 2009. His friend, Boyet Lizarte is his huge inspiration amongst other great photographers like Scott Kelby, Joe Mcnally, Maricris Fabi Carlos, Jay Alonzo, Lito Sy and Parc Cruz.

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Shahjahan Mohammed Sultan Shaikh Nationality: Indian (Canon 7D) He started taking pictures in his friend’s wedding. He liked the result of it and been engaged in Photography for 7 years. His children became his models and alongside with it, get so fond in shooting portraiture and live sports. His greatest achievement to date was in 2008, when he angled the Grammy Award winner Mr. A.R. Rehman in a live concert in Sharjah.



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ON FOCUS Mark Anthony Duenas Nationality: Filipino He considers himself a neophyte in photography but already proven himself in this field thru his workshops. A graduate of IT course in the Philippines, he never thought that he will be interested in photography until he visited his cousin in Singapore who is into photography. He was intrigued with the photos and started doing research about photography and bought books of Scott Kelby. Photography magazines have been his learning materials. He bought his first Canon 1000D in 2009 and eventually upgraded to Canon D70.

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Depth Of Focus

Manny Librodo by:Gladys Alog

111 photo galleries. 3,850 online subscribers. 4,264 images online. 24,253,052 profile views. With all of these numbers on his name, Manny Librodo must have really been daunted.

Manny started exploring life in their hometown farm and his tours lasted only on books and magazines. Making both ends meet, he grew up compensating what he wants over a task. A good training that kept his feet on the ground despite his huge success.


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Fourth amongst six siblings, this Ilonggo pride has come a long way from a hobbyist to a multi-awarded photographer worldwide. With his early years rooted in the mountainous Lambunao, Iloilo, never did Manny imagined that he will become one of the mightiest edifice of Philippine Photography, branching out his heart and talent all over the world and harvesting fruits from all walks of society. Being raised from a family who values arts and music, an innate artistic talent has been hidden inside him but because of the constant overtopping of his academic excellence - a high school valedictorian to note, during his undergraduate years, this talent 36


remained unidentified. While growing up, his brother Jose “Boboy” Librodo is the artistic amongst the siblings. While the other is exploring and experiencing the art of Photography, Manny on the other hand exposed himself with his brother’s Photography books and magazines. “I learned Photography through my brother”, Manny explained. “…but it’s not simply a sit-down lecture, it’s more of like getting inspired with the ‘artist energy’ that is coming out from him”, he added. From then on, he started to browse even more Photography books and magazines up to the point when he got really addicted to it. Now, he could smile and say that indeed, he is an artist.

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students. “Even before I started shooting models, I had my students as my models first”. It was his late thirties that Manny thought of grabbing a camera to give an outlet for his creations. But prior to that, he attempted to become a lawyer but did not pursue. His random desires and ambitions, however farther to Photography, ironically drove him closer to the mysteries of full-frame photographs.

Pouring the Adrenaline

With an abrupt flow of a photographer’s blood on his veins, Manny can no longer stop the connection that bonded him and Photography together - a relationship that most of the photographers seek out of this artistry. “I think about photos, the lights and the weather condition first thing in the morning. My thoughts are filled of it from the minute I wake up”. And though during his spare time you will see him holding a Badminton racket instead, he still believes that playing Badminton every now and then is simply his work-out’s regimen to better his health and physique thus to capture even more appealing Photography and hosts even more glamorous workshops. It doesn’t take a genius to know that Photography and Manny Librodo suits together. With his current shooting engagements around the globe, Manny is having the time of his life. Both is treating each other well and Manny welcomed Photography as something that is not merely a means of his fame but a life that he tends to live for a very long time. “The worst thing in Photography for me is when it becomes a work”, Manny openly discussed his least favorite thing in Photography. “Somehow it needs to be balanced, if it’s for a work, then treat it as a work but if it’s not, then treat it as pleasure”. Though his technicality’s know-how, in terms of photo processing, are rather low compared to other photographers in the present digital era, Manny’s style still outshines from the rest. It’s not merely his skills that kept him from producing great pictures but the heart that pushes to its adrenaline every time it sees a room for creation. “The best part is I shoot from my heart and not from my head”.

A Catch Light

Beneath the Passion

Before the world had witnessed the legendary photographs of Rosalinda (the grandest creation of Manny Librodo that placed him on Photography’s mainstream), Manny is a History and Psychology Educator to high school students in Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand. His initial endeavors to travels and Photography happened during class’s semester breaks and holidays. “My Photography was rather slow in its early years because I couldn’t shoot as much as I want to, basically because I was a full-time teacher”, he confessed. But sooner did he know, Photography is no longer a merely week-end thing for him. With the limited time given to explore Photography Manny jumped out of the border and optimized his chances by practicing Photography through his

“I am surprised how the power of the internet could spread out even to places I never thought would be reached by my work”, says Manny as the conversation went deeper to its main craft. Manny Librodo’s eleven years to Photography are equated with numerous appreciations and awards online and print. Since the very minute he entered online communities and started posting his pictures, people flooded unto his contact’s and friend’s lists. His photographs have been the inspirations of new and aspirant photographers around the world and much to his surprise Manny continue to receive compliments from rearmost parts of the world. Before exploring the aesthetics of human faces, Manny started off as a travel photographer. He has been around the world and literally took control to his Photography. And though his break through experienced happened in Europe, Asia gave him the greatest practices and experiences that lead him to the pedestal he’s stepping today. During his travels back then, Manny would only want his face on the picture but since his fascinations for expressions and beauties grew alongside his every tour, Manny ventured to travel portraiture. Little did he know, people highly acclaimed his creations and that started a more thrilling Photography experiences Manny ought to take.

Mystique Chances

His mystical yet glamorous style of Portraiture Photography echoed to territories outside Asia thus he became one of the most sought-after photographer to conduct workshops to. He had been to countries like USA, Canada, Australia, Holland and the Middle East. In Thailand, where he usually resides, he often conducts one on one workshop that lasted for a whole day. “I’m just loving it!”, Manny expressed. Volume 1 | Issue 3



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Manny hit stardom in the digital era of Photography. He has been recognized and awarded by numerous Photography website. His picture entitled ‘Rosalinda’ made him first placer from two online Photography websites– and www. It also became a poster of an International Music Festival in Poland. He was also ranked second in a digital photo magazine in UK at in his pictures ‘Katrina’ and ‘Innocence’. His picture entitled ‘Krystal’ also won Grand Prize from www. along with his other pictures entitled ‘Smile’ and ‘Mystiq’. He also grabbed the first place in Dusk ‘til Dawn Category, Photographer of the Year (POTY) – Digital Camera Magazine and two-time finalist for Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY). Not just that, he also contributes regularly to UNICEF, since 2007, for their calendars, post cards and other items. Further, his photo of a little boy in Burma became UNICEF’s (Geneva) Wall Calendar in 2009. With all these awards, endorsement also knocked on Manny’s door. He is currently a Nikon Camera and Epson Pro endorser. He was also named by Scott Kelby, as one of the “Five Best Photographers in 2009 (that you probably haven’t heard of)”.

Sharing with Compassion

Photographers around the net and the people-picture society are incessantly fascinated with his creations. Presently, the demand of his workshops has been airing the photographer’s atmosphere for quite a long time now. His workshops usually lasted for 2 days maximum. With his pictures being imitated by other photographers Manny is just overwhelmed how his style reaches the borders and how these photographers brought up his style through their individual touch.

“I don’t want to spoon-fed my workshop participants or for them to come out with a work that is purely my work”, says Manny as he discuss his thoughts on his workshops. He tends to assure that his participants will know exactly what he does but he will let them do their own creativity comes out and really own the photos they have taken from his workshops.

Confessions of a Master

“Photography challenges me a lot and most of the time I fail.” Manny humbly accepts the fact that just like any other photographers, he somehow stumbles in keeping his craft on track. He tends to challenge himself to come up with a better picture every time he takes a new shot and there would be times that he would try to recreate his previous photo shoots to come out with a more justifying uniqueness and passion. “I often do fatal exercises out of that, but you just cannot recreate something that is already done. The moment will be different. The lights will be different. The model and their emotions will be different and what is inside you will be different.” Knowing this reality, Manny believes that he must take his best shot when the chances are available because he cannot redo a photo shoot however he tries it. As he simply accepts his limitations, Manny continue to inspire new and aspirant photographers to excel. His works of art continue to achieve acknowledgements and appreciations from amongst people-picture in the world. As one of the most talked-about photographer of the present time, Manny’s unafraid to share his struggles as a photographer. “What really funny is there will be numbers of instances that I will find it hard to get the right exposure but then most of the time i

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Potion to Perfection

“I started joining online Photography competitions in my early years”. Being the driven person that he is, Manny always craves for something that he could really work on with flying colors. With that being noted, he challenged his creativity and skills by joining Photography competitions in his early years. Admittedly, especially during his early years in photographing, Manny would look unto other photographer’s work and whenever he eyes excellence in a picture he never hesitated to ask the photographer of his styles and techniques. From those practices, he gets a chance to explore digital processing up to the point that he has been creating a style of his own. With these pieces of inputs and advises from other photographers, back in his early years, Manny created a “Librodized” style of Photography that most of photographers is replicating today. What makes Manny exceptional is his ability to find the perfect natural lighting.


He could easily add life, attitude and emotions to his portraiture mainly by eyeing the best spot of light. Everyone would agree that his creations, mostly outdoor portraitures portray a magical scenario that could run to and fro from anyone’s head – a story that is so appealing that one would want to be their own. “My picture is not just a picture of a beautiful girl, it tells a story.” According to Manny, a photographer must not settle in having a beautiful model alone. “A photo must have to have a story”. A story is very essential to come up with a great picture. This varies in the photo shoot’s lightings and set-up, including styling and location scouting. “A photograph’s story can be told on how photographer set his composition and how he/she uses and places the light”, he added. “The colors are also great factors in creating a picture that stands-out”. In his Photography career, Manny is known to have colorful images/pictures of beautiful woman. He likes to play around with colors and styles that portray enthralling images that could wow the eyes.

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Global Village FFM Team took the strip of The Promenade at The Global Village to find out which camera is most popular amongst photo enthusiasts.

Jun Cabia

Nationality: Filipino Job: Engineer Camera: Canon 5D

Mohsin Feroze

Nationality: Pakistan Job: Business Man Camera: Nikon D90

SCORE Canon Nikon Panasonic Sony

Arcy Dejero

Rabi Tirumali

Omar Hindi

Joseph Tan

Look Chewah

Ali Hamdan

Khalifa Hamdan

Ataf Hussein

Nationality: Spanish Job: Chemical Engineer Camera: Nikon D90

Nationality: Malaysian Job: Exhibitor Camera: NEX-5 50


Nationality: Indian Job: Consultant Camera: Nikon DX70

Nationality: UAE Job: Engineer Camera: Canon 1000D

Nationality: Brazilian Job: Teacher Camera: Canon 1000D

Nationality: UAE Job: Student Camera: Canon 1000D

Nationality: Filipino Job: IT Manager Camera: Canon 7D

Nationality: Indian Job: Managing Partner Camera: D90

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If you want good pictures, take good exposures. A properly exposed photograph is technically a good picture. Since light is the major determining factor in a photograph, how you control it will determine the output of your camera. Unless you want your pictures to be overly bright or vastly dark, a good exposure is a start to good photography.

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There are three major factors that affect your camera’s exposure. Your Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. Photo by: Dennis Ong

Shutter Speed To understand how the following factors interact, think of a bucket being filled with water via faucet. When the bucket gets full, we get the proper exposure. In this analogy, how long the faucet is open is the shutter speed. If you can fill the bucket in 10 seconds, you’ll achieve the proper exposure. If a scene asks for a shutter speed of 1/100 and you use 1/500, that’s like closing the faucet while the bucket is still half-full.

“On a sidenote, shutter speed only affects ambient light. Most of the time, It won’t affect studio lights, strobes, etc.”

Aperture How fast water flows out of the faucet also determines how fast the bucket gets full. The more open the faucet is, the faster water flows which mean the bucket gets full faster. The slower the water flows, the slower the bucket gets full. Aperture is the same. When you use an aperture of f/16, you let light enter slowly since the opening is smaller. When you use an aperture of f/2.8, light gets in more since the opening is larger.

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All in All

Bucket size also affects the time it takes the bucket to be full. The larger the bucket, the longer it take and vice versa. In relation to ISO, higher values means you need less light for the sensor to capture. While a lower ISO value means you have to take more time or widen your aperture opening. Be wary though, having a high ISO capable camera doesn’t mean you should always use that value. When using a high ISO value, the camera sensor gets hot resulting into noisy data. This is why when using high ISO, your pictures get that grainy film effect which you may or may not like

A scene that needs a setting of 1/500, f/4 and ISO 100 can be exposed in various ways. If you want more depth of field, you can use f/5.6 then a shutter speed of 1/250 and an ISO of 100. The change from f/4 to f/5.6 is one whole stop. A stop is double of half the light you had before. Since you decreased the light by closing the aperture to f/5.6, the slower shutter speed of 1/250 compensated by increasing the light and getting the same exposure. The same goes for ISO too. ISO 100 to ISO 200 means one stop or double the light. You can use 1/1000, f/4 then ISO 200 and you will get the same exposure.


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Replace a sky using Quick Selection tool and Quick Mask By: Dennis Ong


We are going show you few simple tricks on how to replace a boring sky

using ”Quick Selection Tool & Quick Mask”. It’s a fantastic tool for changing your dull background photos making more lively than the real pictures you have taken. It’s quite simple to learn that you can easily remember these few steps. You can share to your colleagues in an instant and start practicing after the tutorial.


Open any image you want to replace the sky from your subject. Choose a picture that contrast your background to the main subject. You can duplicate an original layer, rename it “mountain”. Do this if you want to keep the original picture or you can either hide the original background layer. 56



Use a ‘Quick Selection Tool’ (W) to select the background. Once you’re done selecting the sky, on the same layer, click ‘Ctrl + I’ to inverse the selection and hit the ‘Quick Mask’ on the layer panel. This is to hide the sky background leaving the foreground into perfect cutout.


Now, open an interesting image with clouds to replace your old sky background. Drag the picture into your working document and place after the original layer. You can either transform, rotate and skew the image to position the picture the way as you like.


For optional editing, you can adjust the saturation of the image until you are satisfied with the outcome.

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Lens Filter by:Bernardo Chang III

Despite the growing ease of post processing images, there are some things that you can’t add or remove through digital manipulation. Camera lens filters still have a wide variety of uses in this digital age. From the most common UV filter to the landscape photographer’s friend, density filters, this tutorial will guide you in using and choosing the right lens filter for your gear.


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UV Filters Nowadays, UV filters are used as lens protection only. But as the name suggests, its main purpose is to filter ultraviolet light. Fortunately, digital camera sensors are not sensitive to UV light, therefore UV protection is no longer necessary. It is advisable to attach UV filters on your lens for added security. It’s much cheaper to replace a UV filter than a broken glass. Be warned though, cheap UV filters can affect image quality by adding flare, color tint and reducing contrast.

Polarizers Filters A landscape photographer’s loyal companion. Polarizers are often used in landscape opportunities. They work by reducing the reflected light that passes through your camera’s sensor. The results are deeper blue skies, glare reduction and greater land and sky contrast. This effect can be greatly increased depending on your camera’s position relative to the sun. To achieve the strongest effect, aim your camera in a direction which is perpendicular to the direction of the sun’s light. Basically, keep the sun to your side and not at your back or front. Polarizers can help when shooting water since it can cut out the glare and make you see through the water. It also helps with the contrast making it a richer blue. Other shiny objects, such as cars and glasses, will also be affected by this filter so try it out in various things and you’ll be surprised. Keep in mind that this filter effectively cuts exposure to about 2-3 stops so be wary of blurry shots.

Neutral Density Filters The existence of a neutral density filter can be confusing at first. Why would you cut out light? More light means faster shutter speed resulting in fewer blurry pictures. But there are times that you might want to use a slower shutter speed, a couple of seconds or more, and notice that your camera’s ISO and aperture can’t tone down the light anymore. This is where the ND (neutral density) filter comes in. Silky smooth water pictures are a result of ND filters. Without the filter, you won’t be able to achieve a long enough exposure to create the desired effect. Even at golden hours, achieving more than 5 seconds of exposure can be difficult despite using the lens’ smallest aperture. A ND filter also makes possible the use of a wider aperture opening. Normally during bright days, you won’t be able to use your lens’ widest aperture since it would result in over exposure. Even at a shutter speed of 1/8000 and an ISO of 50, f/1.8 is out of reach. With the use of a ND filter, you can play with the depth-of-field despite the brightness of the scene. There’s another type of ND filter which is particularly useful in landscape photography, the graduated filter. As the name implies, there’s a gradual application of the ND effect throughout the filter. The top has the filter on it and it gradually comes off near the bottom. This is specially useful when shooting landscapes since the exposure can be evened out easily. For example, when shooting a sunset, you can only compensate one side of the picture, the top or the bottom. If you compensate for the bottom part, the sky will be overexposed and recovering details might be very hard to do. By using a graduated ND filter, you use the ND filter only on the part where there is over exposure. This results in an even lit and well exposed landscape photograph.


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My Journey in Contemplative Photography by Wallei Bautista Trinidad

“The un-fabricated

The practice of Contemplative Photography is one of being present to life as it is. To incarcerate the real meaning of the world around us and discover that life is more rich, multifaceted, and astonishing than we ever visualized. Photography is not just about the camera, it is about how you use your eyes. For me a camera is an extension of my eyes, seeing the world and recording the moments I want to keep close to my heart.

While I am fairly new to the world of photography, I feel like I have been seeing things through a lens my whole life. I’ve always been content to quietly observe my surroundings, noticing things that others might not. When I was young most people thought I was just quiet and shy but there was more to it than that. I was busy observing. I was noticing the different patterns on someone’s shirt or the way the sunlight made a pattern on the floor as it filtered through the fences. I think that’s why photography is the perfect outlet for me. When the camera captures what my eye is seeing, I can finally relax. It becomes real now. I’m sure there are a lot of reasons that people become interested in photography. But I think that for most of us it is a way to capture what we’re afraid we’ll forget. I’ve always thought of photographs as the prints of life, little still fragments of personal information, and pieces of our own world in the world. I’ve read somewhere that photographs are the concrete evidence of memory and emotion, and I would add they are great story tellers, too. There’s some kind 60


truth is the basis for genuine artistic endeavor and what gives life to art.” – Paul Strand

of magic involved, something quite difficult to explain that is happening when you take time to observe a photograph, whatever that frozen image is, it will move you, will evoke something, will make you feel, remember, and wonder. Photographs tell a story but at the same time they leave just enough mystery for your imagination to find it. The more you seek out photo ops, the more you find them. Once you open your eyes to really seeing the world around you, everything you come across represents inspiration and possibility.

the importance of those connections. I might remember every other necessary detail for a great shot, but if that connection is not made, there will be little true intensity in the final image.

And, chances are, you’ll also find a million more random things than you’d ever thought were possible.

This discovery is such a gift, because it makes every session an opportunity for real relationship. My enthusiasm has become about connecting with people and telling their stories rather than only being focused on the technical aspects of creating great images, and through that I have discovered a new passion for what I do.

I long for the images I create to say something authentic- to be more than a pose, a smile, a physical likeness. I have frequently struggled with how to achieve that consistency. Reflecting on my past work, I noticed a common factor in the images that really spoke to me- there was an emotional connection happening with my subject. It seems so simple, and yet I have rarely put enough emphasis on

In every art form, a certain level of sincerity is required from the artist in order to convey something that is real. In Photography, it allows ourselves to be open and thoroughly interact with those we photograph. Through our genuineness, they will feel comfortable showing us the truest parts of themselves.

When we pour our hearts into our work, the result will be beautifully authentic.

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BLOGGING IT OUT! by Michael Zuñiga

As I browse along Facebook, a certain group caught my attention. They call themselves FSO or Friday Shoot Out group. Founded by Nal Lallath way back in 2009, this group started out simply with him driving out in Dubai road every Fridays. After doing so for few months, he met a friend at a party and invited him to his little adventure. Little did Nal know, what he started would create a snowball effect. He started alone, then a friend came along, then the following week they were four. Few weeks more and they became eight. This went on for some time until they have reached 569 members in their Facebook group, of which 100 (and more) active members meet regularly for a Friday shoot out. When they started, they only meet in one place. But with the expanded base they currently have, some manage to meet regularly in other Emirates like Sharjah.

Before they conduct a shoot, Nal and some of its members hold road trips, of which they plan out their adventure a week before. Once everything is okey, that’s the time that they post invitation from their Facebook page wherein an average of 30

to that, they don’t require members to pay up for members will surely attend. Since majority of its members are Indian Nationals, you might conclude professional photographers. that whenever you find Indians in a group with As a Photography group, camera is a must. But cameras, FSO might just be around the corner. the camera doesn’t need to be gigantic and upto-date. As a matter of fact some of its members The group relatively is structured in a non-formal uses I-Phone or a point and shoot camera to fashion. No joining fees, no entrance fees, and no workshop fees. To sum it all up, they value more capture a great angle. their passion for photography rather than getting Learning is the foremost thing they value in FSO compensated from it. and having a pool of members every Friday really helps. Lal hopes that one day he could formalize Aside from every member’s ability in finding guts with refraining their wives/partners from spending the group so that it could have its own studio, too much on shopping (just for them to buy a new give standardized classes for the benefit of its members. At the rate the group is growing, not lens), passion is one great trait that the pioneers only in numbers, but geographical as well, it is would want to see in FSO’s members. It takes a big chunk of determination for a member to wake just but necessary to do what he envisions for the well being of its members. Lal continually hopes up 2:30 in a Friday morning and drive to Fujairah that one day this vision of his will come true, and to take some sunrise shots in the Indian Ocean. Thankfully, the group is being salted with this kind looking at where FSO stands now, we think his of passion and it is very surprising to realize how dream is much nearer than he thinks. many would manage to get up that early and join the road trip. Indeed, one of the reasons why FSO differs from any other group around the Emirates. It is a relief to know that money is not an issue here. Since there are no fees, or anything related Volume 1 | Issue 3



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What: A shoot for a cause benefitting the typhoon Sendong victims. When: December 31, 2011 Where: Century Village, Dubai Organizers: Camera Club of Dubai, Donnel Gumiran, Workflow Exposed Slogan: “Share a Light� Designer: Joey Baluyot MUA: Bobby Caparas, Pauline San Jose Agrabio, Ivy Kep Peralta, Joseph Tayco, LVS Nicky & Cristine Joy Perion-Natanauan Hairstylist: Jassy Models: Mich Umali, Rom Fernandez Abdollahi, Milena Moussavi, Darling Valdez, Megan Lambert, Juvy Maleniza, Nicole Otter, Josie Conlu, Olivia Bambi, Madonna Marcelo, Sana Khan, Charlene Bello, Fernandez Abdollahi, Kris Marie & Anna Mariel Numbers of Participants: 120 Total Proceeds: 9,714 AED Donated thru: Philippine Red Cross


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e g n e l Chal with Mike Malate

Who is Mike Malate? Is a self-taught photographer who started freelancing in 2005. He was known as the Brown Paparazzi in both local and expat communities. In March 2011, he established his own Photography service, Soura Photography Services, with his wife May Malate. His Photography started when he thought of shooting his children, Jann Michelle and John Michael.

The Challenge: To be able to capture the extremities of street skateboarding through different photographic techniques and compositions like Portraiture, Silhouette, Perspective, Subject, Premonition, Action Sequence, Speed, Wide Angle, Characters, Tilt and Candid. 2. PREMONITION Mike, after couple of shots, realized how the Skater played his board tricks. So he anticipated the Skater’s action and waited for him to jump over the ledge before he clicked to capture the right moment.

1. PORTRAITS Mike did it as simple as it is. A simple flash was set few feet away from the Skater and whoolah – a portraiture t is.

4. SUBJECT To make the shot powerful, Mike took the best auxiliary of the shoot – which is the skateboard itself. In this picture, he was challenged to capture the action of the board while framed with the Skater’s feet. 64


3. PERSPECTIVE Shooting at your normal stance is ISO 200. Mike aimed to present one of the skateboarding techniques through a perspective angle where he vividly showed the background of the Skater. He did let the Skater jump over the blockade as he patiently waits for the perfect shot.

5. SILHOUETTE Another trick was to give a silhouette image out of the Skater. This trick was supported by his manual camera settings.

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6. ACTION SEQUENCE To come up with these series of actions, Mike set his tripod and pointed his camera in one direction and rapidly fires as the subject crosses his path. 10. TILT To give some more attitudes to the presentation of his challenge, Mike tilted his composition to naturally create a feeling of uneasiness and slight chaos. 7. SPEED To show the speed of the Skater, Mike locked the subject from his view then followed his movement before he pushed the trigger. 9. CHARACTERS To show off more character, he patiently waited for some thrilling trick to click.

8. WIDE ANGLE To show much of the surrounding scene, he moved the Skater in a location where he could visualize a broad background. Using his wide angle lens, he paid attention to the shapes and structures that surrounds the Skater.


11. CANDIDS With the use of his longer lenses, he captured a candid shot of the Skaters from a distance.

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It was 2009, during a “Gawad Kalinga: Shoot and Shelter” workshop Photography for a cause, when a clamor of Landscape Photography workshop hit the airwaves amongst Filipino photographers in the Emirates. Back then there were no Landscape Photography workshops scheduled to give pieces of inspirations and advise amongst Landscape Photographers and its enthusiasts. Soon after that, a group of friends (Edwin Allan Riguer, Benny, Roy Francis Manalang, John, Harry Cruz and Erwin) decided to host a Landscape Photography workshop in the UAE. Inspired by the group of photographers they look up to – the Timecatchers, Edwin thought of deriving the workshop’s name from them and called it Lightcatchers, “since Photography is all about lights”, Edwin explained. The name was only intended for the workshop but since it created impact to photographers and its alike they soon carried it as the group’s name.

Designed for a Purpose

Lightcatchers was known from its Landscape Photography, thus Edwin and the rest of his friends intend to keep it that way. Though they have been hosting workshops that are beyond their genre, still Lightcatchers and its members would like to be identified as the landscape photographers who love presenting the nature in their own artistic way. Indeed various Photography workshops have been concluded under the group’s name and to date they are being classified as the men who shoot heart-pounding landscape photographs and a group that is organizing various photography workshops. After the success of two consecutive Landscape Photography workshops in 2009, the group’s calendar was surprisingly stunned with various workshops afterwards. In November 2010, after two more Landscape Photography workshops held in the beginning of the year, the edifice of Philippine Photography – Manny Librodo, conducted his Desert Radiance workshop through the efforts of Lightcatchers. By January 2011, a photoshoot of Rocky Gathercole’s, famous 66


Filipino Fashion Designer based in Dubai, designs were featured in a photoshoot called Femme Fatale: A Rocky Gathercole Invitational and Thanksgiving Photoshoot. On the same year, they have organized a Wedding Photography workshop with Lito Sy and conducted two more different Landscape Photography workshops in collaborations with Tropang Trumpographers and Abu Dhabi Expat Community Photography Workshop accordingly. This New Year, Lightcatchers will venture yet another Wedding Photography workshop in February 11 with Lawyer/Photographer Raymond Fortun entitled “I do”. “Raymond Fortun, is the epitome of photographers who aren’t really photographers by profession. Despite of him being a lawyer, he still has the passion to Photography just like any of us here. In my case, I’m an architect but I do share the passion to Photography. In that same manner, Raymond Fortun inspired us to be more passionate and that is what we want to share in his upcoming workshop, his wedding workshop is basically just an add-on to what we really want to give among participants,” Edwin explained.

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Honing Relics of Passion

These bonds of brothers, as Edwin described their relationship among each other, shares the same denominator – and that is their love for nature and their passion to create artistic photographs. Knowing the fact that its members are not really photographers by profession, Edwin claimed that this did not hinder them to be gauged in Photography’s talents and skills. With divers occupations tagged in each member’s name, their artistic eyes and friendship is the visible knot that strongly bonded them together. “One of the most unforgettable would be our shoot from dawn to dusk. We started off at 3:30 am and ended up 12 midnight. But what we really look forward to is our food trips after every shoot”, says Edwin. Since they’ve all shared same passion (and some even offices) going out for a photo shoot ride is not that hard to schedule. They could be driving round and outside Dubai in a weekly basis just to run after some good sun rays or they can just be sitting in their favorite restaurants and order some good meal.

Open Limitations

“Lightcatchers is not really a group where you will find officer in it. We’re like set of friends who love to do and organize photoshoots and workshops together”. Apparently, the only members of this group are its founders, except Harry Cruz who’ve created his own few years back. They chose to protect the group’s exclusivity but they do welcome, as always, participants or photographers who would love to join their photo sessions. To date, there are numbers of photographers who join them every now and then. “We are trying to remove ‘Photography Politics’ within the group so we decided to just fix the group from among us since all of us have been friends for a long time”, Edwin added as he explained reasons for Lightcatchers exclusivity.

Climbs to Perfection

“We only want our Photography to reach the future. Our goal as photographers of Lightcatchers is to inform them that somewhere in the past, there are group of people who shared passion, love and care with nature. We can never tell if we they will still live with this kind of environment but at least through our Photography they will realize that it exists – the beauty of nature exists.” As the famous quote, “Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time. Leave nothing but footprints”, to mountaineers and nature goers, Lightcatchers shares the same ideology among themselves. Following the enthusiasm of their most wanted landscape photographer – Guy Tal, they themselves tend to protect the beauty of the present nature and preserve it for the future generations to witness.


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Date: December 2, 2011 Creative Design: Rocky Gathercole Instructor: Manny Librodo, world class photographer and graphic artist Location: Mercure Hotel, Jabel Hafeet, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Organizer: Rocky Gathercole with Co-organizers Jude Cruz and Roger Rivera Make-Up Artists: Ivy Peralta, Pauline San Jose Agrabio and Marah Flores Assistants: Darryl Espiritu, Abby Ann Sy, Jake Rivera, Allan Avila, Meynard dela Cruz, Tim Tejares,


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Date: November 25 and 26, 2011 Creative Design: Rocky Gathercole Instructor : Manny Librodo, world class photographer and graphic artist Day 1 Location: Sharjah Kaiba Desert Farm Day 2 Location: Deira City Center Hotel Organizer: Arnold Dagdagan Number Of Participants: 35 participants (Filipino, Malaysian, British and Syrian) Make-Up Artists: Joseph Tayco, Ivy Kep Peralta with Assistants Pauline San Jose Agrabio and Lee An Models: Menulti HMT (Feathers), Lady Joanne (Silver n Gold), Jory Bakr (Colored sculpture and colored plastic), Gina Izzabelle Rajeh (pink and Black n white), Lenka Josefiova (Yellow n Blue), Elena Postolachi (colored sculpture), Raffaello Armanil (Silver), Yousaf Yaqoob Mohammad (Gold) Behind The Scene: Radi Morada, Jude Cruz Assistants: Jane and Alyssa Dagdagan, Ronald and Christine Esguerra, Jon and Czarro De Guzman and daughterJalen, Ryan Ebardo, Ted Carla, Andy Ramos and Leon Pangilinan


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