FullFrame Photography Magazine Issue 2

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Photography Magazine

Issue 2 | December 2011 | Middle East

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Cover Story

Meiji Sangalang

Behind the Lens PJ Tiongson

A Desert Surprise Osama AlZubaidi

Toy Photography

Jay Calaguian Noel Garcia

The Chalenge Engr. Milo Santos

Work Flow Exposed

Eugene Santos / Michael cruz

Man with Simple Dreams Jophel Botero Ybiosa

What’s Inside

Camera Guide

Extreme Post Processing Tutorials

Tips & Tricks

Get the Most of your Point and Shoot

Choose the range that’s right for you.

A MU ST H AVE Photog r aphy Mag azine in UAE

Be inspired! Keep your eyes wide open!


Share a Light A shoot for a cause benefiting the typhoon sendong victims

December 31, 2011 8:00am - 3:00pm Emirates Aviation College (meeting place) We are inviting all the photographers, designers, make up artists & models in the UAE to join us as we take the lead to help and raise funds for our Kabayans in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City. for more info: call donnell gumiran 055 9326372 eugene santos 050 8723996 rocky parocco 0506563879 gumiran_donnell@yahoo.com eugensantos3@gmail.com cameraclubdubai@gmail.com

100 % of the proceeds will be donated to the typhoon sendong victims. philippine red cross ( http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate)



Photography Magazine

Issue 1 | November 2011 | Middle East

Do’s & Don’ts

of Photography in UAE

Discover Obscura

Find out how

Off Camera Lighting

Depth Of Focus

Jay Morales

Donnell Gumiran

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

November 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

Editor in Chief: Suzette Delos Santos Operations Manager: Paz Calaguian Creative Director: Joey Lasalla Art Director/ Graphic Designer: Chris Lleses Photographer/Graphic Designer: Dennis Ong I.T. Manager: Derick Venzon Commercial & Distribution Executives: Deo Macaraig / Dindo Capili Logistic Officer: Jhubert Cruz Writer Contributors: Bernardo Chang III /Darren Rowse / Gladys Alog / Girlie Alinday / Hanna Torcuator / Liz Masoner Mark Simon Quilantang / Meiji Sangalang / Michael Cruz Photographer Contributors: Eugene Santos / Milo Torres / PJ Tiongson William Sali / Meiji Sangalang

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK. Photography Magazine

Issue 2 | December 2011 | Middle East

12 DHS

Cover Story

Meiji Sangalang

Behind the Lens

PJ Tiongson

A Desert Surprise

Osama AlZubaidi

Toy Photography

Jay Calaguian Noel Garcia

The Chalenge

Engr. Milo Santos

Work Flow Exposed

Eugene Santos / Michael cruz

Man with Simple Dreams

Jophel Botero Ybiosa

What’s Inside

Camera Guide

Extreme Post Processing Tutorials

Tips & Tricks

Get the Most of your Point and Shoot

When I sat down with the team a few weeks back to talk about our Christmas issue, our meeting took on a life of its own. I sat back and listened as each of the crew talked passionately and gave their views and ideas about our December issue. We all know there is A LOT to photography- so let us mesmerize you with our featured cover photographer, Meiji Sanggalang. Get a glimpse of his style and techniques and where he gets his inspiration. Learn how Milo Torres nailed our issue challenge of “human Christmas light” – an undeniably festive feel. Shoot like a pro using your point –and-shoot camera and see whose Christmas wishes were granted by Santa. Speaking of wishes and treats, find out whose photos will get a chance to win a year subscription plus a spread on this December issue. Let your works be known! None of this would be possible without my great team who are all eager to take Fullframe magazine to the next level. We have increased our pages! Nowhere else can you find this amazing collection of photography that provides an educating and entertaining read no matter what and where you are from. As always we value your feedback. Please take sometime to tell us what you think. I hope you enjoy what we’ve got for you this month, this coming year and for all the years to come. Be inspired and keep your eyes wide open! Happy holidays!

Suzette delos Santos suzie@fullframemag.com


In FFM’s first issue we failed to identify the photographers on our Photowalk feature: The Whole World is Walking Again. We apologize for this error. Please turn on page 74 for photo credits.


Toy Photography


Volume 1 Issue 1 December Issue

Story 08 Cover Meiji Sangalang / Yen / Karla

Man With A Simple Dreams 40 Jophel Botero Ybiosa

the Most Out of Your Point 10 Getting and Shoot Camera

Hunting 44 Gift Michael Zuniga

Photography Tips 12 Macro for Point and Shoot Digital Cameras

Session 46 Photo Rozen Antonio

Guide 14 Camera Michael Cruz the Lens 18 Behind PJ Tiongson

20 Ambush

Dubai Mall


Photo Session Rozen Antonio


Man With A simple Dreams Exposed Fun Shoot 21 Workflow Eugene Santos / Michael Cruz

48 Photo Of The Month Digital 50 Understanding Camera Sizes and Tricks 52 Tips Dennis ong

Focus 24 On Meet the Photographers Challenge 30 The Engr. MiloTorres To Take A Night Photos With A 32 Tips Point And Shoot Camera Photography 34 Toy Jay Calaguian / Noel Garcia

38 Strobist U.A.E


On Focus


A Desert Surprise

Manipulation 53 Photo Meiji Sangalang

57 Fun Facts Lens Series 58 Crative Xander Angeles


Camera Guide


Desert Surprise 60 AOsama Al Zubaidi

Getting the Most Out of Your Point and Shoot Camera

of View 64 Point Bawal Mag Shoot Dito

68 Random Click 75 Henri Cartier-Bresson


Basic and Advance Tutorials


Gift Hunting




Random Clicks


Meiji Sangalang Photographer

Yen AB

Co-Founder/ Creative Director

Carla Fuentes

Hair and Make-up Stylist

Catherine Poulin Silion Model

Briefly describe (title of the cover). (Referring to the cover)

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Do you have a favorite walk-around lens?

My favorite lens is my Canon 24-70 mm F2.8 USM because it gives best quality photos. It also performs well in low-light conditions and this range of lens can be used most of the time, for example at events, for portraits, weddings or fashion.

In general, during a photo shoot, how many pictures would you take to find “the right one”?

Usually before taking photos of the subject I always check the ambient or strobe lighting. Once I have the right temperature and exposure of the subject, it’s time to shoot a couple of test shots. After that I get the right one in 3-5 shots.

How do you decide on a location and/or subject?

Well it all depends on the concept. I visualize the outcome and look, ask the designer what type of dress or concepts he has in mind, and then decide the overall background and lighting.

Do you rely on natural or artificial lighting, or do you use computer manipulation?

I absolutely rely on lighting. It is the most important aspect of photography. It gives depth and drama to the subject. Whether natural or artificial, lighting makes the subject threedimensional by adding details onto it. If you don’t rely on lighting, your subject will be flat and dull. Also, if your lighting is not good to begin with, manipulation and retouching will make it look fake and unrealistic. That is why you have to get the right and perfect lighting before you do enhancing or photo manipulation. For me, photo manipulation depends on your concept. By enhancing and removing elements that you don’t need, you fine-tune the subject. These details are especially important if you work on the advertising.

December 2011



Getting the Most Out of Your Point and Shoot Camera


By Liz Masoner

ou don’t have to own a fancy camera to take great photographs. Are there some limitations as to what a point and shoot camera can do? Sure, but that doesn’t mean it can’t take great images. You simply have to know your camera’s capabilities and apply solid photography techniques. Here are some great tips on how to get the most out of your point and shoot camera. When you’ve finished taking a look at our tips, be sure to use the link at the bottom of this page to share your own point and shoot camera secrets and tips to great images!

Most point and shoot cameras will have one of two types of viewfinders. Understanding these viewfinders will help you take much better images. Through the camera versus through the lens. Through the camera viewfinders are simply holes cut through the camera body. While these viewfinders do show you approximately what you will capture on film/digital, they are not very precise. Because these viewfinders are usually placed above or above and to the side of the lens, what you see in the viewfinder will be either higher or higher and to the side of what the lens sees. This is a major cause of “cut off heads” in photographs. You saw the person’s head in the viewfinder but because it was higher than the lens, the lens captured only the person’s body. With this type of viewfinder it is vitally important to: 10

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Practice Framing Take some test images to see how much your viewfinder is out of line with your lens. Then take a few more test images while trying to adjust your focus point for the offset. A 4x6 ratio test pattern printed onto a sheet of letter paper should give you a good test target so that you can make minor adjustments. Once you have the basic adjustments down, take more practice shots on objects around the house. The offset adjustment you will need to make will be larger or smaller depending on the size of the subject and your distance from the subject. Leave Some Extra Room Because of the uncertainty of making adjustments for viewfinder offset, it is advisable to leave some room around your subject to prevent accidental crops. You can always have your image cropped properly later. Whether you use film or digital, cropping after the image is taken is an option. With film, you can either have

your images scanned to digital and crop from there, or you can ask the lab to crop the image for you. With digital, you can crop the image yourself at home, or you can use the cropping function of your photo lab’s software. Either way, it is best to leave some breathing room around your subject. Through the lens (TTL) viewfinders means that the viewfinder redirects your vision through the lens via video or mirrors. This is the type of viewfinder used on “professional” cameras and is the most desirable viewfinder. If you are using a digital point and shoot camera you can use the LCD display on the back as a TTL-type viewfinder. With a TTL viewfinder, what you see is what you get, at least as far as framing goes. If you are using the LCD display on the back of a digital camera as your viewfinder, be sure to hold the camera very steady, as there is a slight delay between pushing the shutter button and the actual exposure.

Type of Zoom

Optical vs. Digital Zoom If you are using a digital point and shoot camera, you may have something called “digital zoom”. In order to preserve maximum image quality, you should avoid digital zoom whenever possible. If it is your only option, use it. If you have the option of optical zoom, use that instead.

Digital Zoom

Digital zoom Digital zoom is basically a digital crop within the camera. It is not a true magnification. When you use digital zoom, you are effectively only capturing part of an image, with lower resolution than the full frame image would have. Optical zoom Optical zoom is magnification created by a lens. This type of magnification is a “true zoom” and should not adversely affect image quality. Optical zoom should be your first choice for magnification whenever possible

Optical Zoom

Using Your Flash Most cameras have a flash built into the camera body (some of them “pop up”). These have much lower power than offcamera add-on flashes used with SLR-style cameras. However, that doesn’t mean the flash is not useful. Diffuse it To create a softer light that does not create harsh shadows, you can make your own diffuser. To diffuse a built in flash, simply tape a piece of velum paper or thin cotton over the flash. While this will reduce the distance the flash will travel, it will create a more pleasing, softer light than a naked flash. You can also experiment with different color plastic wrap to create special-effects lighting. Use a Slave Flash There are numerous models of off-camera add-on flashes that do not have to be mounted on a camera to work. These flashes

can be placed on a stand at another point in the room (within the range of your oncamera flash) and will activate when your on-camera flash fires. This is a great way to have instant studio lighting without spending thousands of dollars. Just be sure to check with the flash manufacturer about how strong the flash needs to be to activate the slave flash. Use Red-Eye Reduction If your camera has red-eye reduction, a small strobe that fires right before the main flash, use it. Because you can not increase the distance between the lens and the flash, the strobe is necessary to cause the subjects’ eyes to contract and lessen the chances of red-eye


Macro Photography Tips for Point and Shoot Digital Cameras By: Darren Rowse

Much has been written on the topic of Macro photography for those photographers fortunate enough to own a DSLR with macro lenses – but what about if you own a compact point and shoot camera? Can you get great macro shots too? While the results achievable with a point and shoot camera in macro mode probably won’t compare with a DSLR with a purpose-built macro lens, I’ve still seen some remarkably good shots with compact cameras (all three shots in this post were taken with compact cameras). Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of yours:

Select Macro Mode

This is a fairly obvious first step but I’m always surprised by how many digital camera owners haven’t explored the shooting modes that their camera offers. Macro mode is generally symbolized with a little flower and when selected, it will tell your camera that you want to focus on a subject closer to your lens than normal (the minimum distance allowed will vary from camera to camera – consult your instruction manual to find yours). Macro mode will also usually tell your camera to choose a large aperture so that your subject is in focus but the background is not.

Use a Tripod

In macro photography a tripod can be particularly useful, even if you’re just shooting with a compact camera. Keeping your camera still not only improves your shots (getting rid of camera shake), but it also allows you to play around with different settings without losing your composition.


Once in macro mode, some cameras will not allow you to make many other adjustments, but if you are able to play with your aperture settings, it can be well worthwhile to do so. As we’ve covered in our Aperture tutorials, the main thing that aperture impacts, is the depth of field of your shots. Choose a small aperture (big number) if you want a large depth of field with everything in focus or a large aperture if you just want your main subject in focus. In macro photography you’ll probably want a shallow depth of field, so select the largest aperture available.


I find that in macro photography it is helpful to have full control over focusing – especially when you have shallow depth of fields where it is all the more important to make sure the right part of your shot is in focus. If your camera allows manual focusing, select this option and manually focus on the part of your subject that is the main point of interest.


Remember some of the basic rules of composition like the Rule of Thirds. Make sure your image has a main point of interest and place that focal point in a smart position in your image in order to draw the eye of your viewer. Try to select a noncluttered or simple background so that it doesn’t compete with the subject visually.


In many macro shots, having some artificial light is important. The challenge with compact cameras is that most give you limited control of your flash. As a result, choosing a good time of day when there is plenty of available light is probably your best bet. If you do need more light, check to see if your camera allows you to pull back the level that your flash fires at. Alternatively, you might like to try diffusing it in some way (tissue paper or cellotape over the flash for example). Another option might be to use some other source of artificial light or to invest in a reflector to help make the most of available light. Experiment with different methods of lighting your subject.

Take Your Shot

Once you have your shot lined up and in focus, take your shot. Make sure once you’ve taken it to take a good look at it on your LCD, zooming in to make sure that your focusing is sharp. Try shooting at slightly different apertures, with different compositions and focusing on different points of your subject to see what works best. December 2011




Michael R. Cruz www.michaelrcruz.com


ne of the main purposes of buying a compact camera is to document our travels or pictures taken during vacations, like going out to a beach resort or capturing a simple family outing. And if there’s one thing we know about electronics, like our camera, is that we have to take care of them getting wet, simply because electricity and water don’t go along quite well. The same accounts for places with harsh environments such as snow. This is where an all-weather camera can be useful and Nikon might just have something especially suitable for you.

Nikon Coolpix AW100 //SPECIFICATIONS //HANDLING The Coolpix AW100 doesn’t come with an overemphasized rugged design like some of its competitors in the market. The size is very handy too, very ‘pocketable’ and can be considered slim for an all-weather camera and considerably light too. The AV-Out/HDMI/SD card/battery compartment is securely locked and sealed. The buttons are slightly stiff but very tactile, very useful when you shoot underwater. It also offers a bigger “Action” button which can be customized to your personal preference. In terms of shooting, if you are a photographer you might feel annoyed that it doesn’t have a lot of manual controls, but this camera is focused on consumers who want a user-friendly and simple to use camera and in that area, it doesn’t disappoint.

CONCLUSIONS The Coolpix AW100 is Nikon’s first attempt in the weatherproof camera market and I feel that they made a strong debut with this camera. I personally like the overall simplicity of the design and the performance is at par with the best allweather tough compact cameras out there. 14

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a new all-weather compact digital camera. It is waterproof up to 10 meters, cold-resistant and shockproof to 1.5 meters, freeze-proof to as low as -10°C and houses a built in GPS with world map and electronic compass. The Coolpix AW100 comes with 16MP backlit CMOS sensor and 5-25mm 5x optical zoom lens that offers 28-140mm equivalent focal length with a lens-shift vibration reduction. This Nikkor lens features an ED glass element to reduce nasty color fringing also known as chromatic aberration.

//PERFORMANCE I am pretty impressed with the focusing of this camera; it is quick and pretty much spot on. The AF tracking is fast and throughout my tests, the focusing is very consistent even in low light conditions, which is pretty remarkable for a weatherproof camera. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is capable of producing photos with decent image quality. The photos are sharp and the colors are vibrant. As you would expect for a 16 Megapixel camera, noise can be an issue. The Vibration Reduction (VR) feature is effective and avoids blurry images from any camera shakes. The Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically picks the sharpest of up to 10 burst shots, which can be useful when getting a sharp image in very low light situations. The camera also supports a high dynamic range (HDR) function to prevent blown-out high lights and deep shadows thus improving the tonal range of the image. The built-in GPS geographically tags your images, which means you can see where your photos have been taken when you upload them to websites or programs that support geo-tagged pictures. The Coolpix AW100 only supports JPEG files. As per shooting videos, the 1920 x 1080p videos provide you with some creative high speed and slow motion options. Cons: Lack of RAW format images Limited manual controls

Pros: Subtle and clean design Useful features and overall picture quality GPS, world map and electronic compass 1080p movies with creative options Waterproof, shockproof, freeze-proof and dustproof

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj //INTRODUCTION At first glance, the Nikon Coolpix S1200pj looks and feels like your normal compact camera. However, closer inspection will reveal a second lens once you slide down a panel in the front, which is actually a projector. This enables you to show your photos or videos on any wall or canvas for a bigger viewing screen.

//FEATURES This is second iteration of cameras with built-in projector from Nikon, replacing the S1100pj. The Nikon Coolpix S1200pj has 40 percent brighter and an improved contrast ratio of 200:1 over its predecessor. For gadget geeks it doesn’t end there, because this camera also provides connectivity to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It comes with a standard 460K LCD high-resolution screen. It is equipped with 28-140mm equivalent focal length that offers 5x optical zoom and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology. The sensor gives you 14.1 megapixels full resolution photos. It also offers 17 scene modes and a handful of special effects for more creativity.

//HANDLING In terms of scale and portability it’s slightly broader than your average compact camera, however it feels solid and well-built. The overall dimension is still small enough to conveniently slide into your pocket or a small bag. The shutter button is tactile and the zoom rocker is responsive enough. The Auto Focus speed is on par with its competitors however I found it hunting focus in some lighting conditions. The lens shift image stabilization is as dependable as anyone would expect from a quality camera maker such as Nikon. The lens gives you a good focal length to shoot and can do a very close-up or macro shot within 3cm, which is close enough but still not as close as other compact cameras in the market. The buttons are very well-placed and well-designed. Again, like in their other range of compact cameras, Nikon are consistently going for a subtle minimalist look, which makes it look quite sleek.

CONCLUSIONS In terms of features, this camera is the one to beat. The image quality is not as impressive as the rest but the Nikon Coolpix S1200pj has its own appeal. Another feature that I like is the ability to connect your iOS devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) with the supplied cable, although that feature might not be appealing to non- Apple iOS users but it’s definitely going to gather some attention for having those neat features

//PROJECTOR The Nikon Coolpix S1200pj is slightly more expensive than a full-featured compact camera in its class, this is mainly because if the built-in projector; which makes it the main feature of this camera. Let’s talk more about the projector. It projects standard definition 640X480 pixels with a brightness of 20 lumens which means you will need a dark environment to get a good view, it doesn’t need to be pitch dark but the darker the location the sharper the image quality. Nikon provides 17 customized scene modes as well as a Scene Auto Selector Mode. By enabling the Auto Scene Selector, you are letting the camera decide the right scene mode by itself. The Nikon Coolpix S1200pj comes with 720p HD video, though it would have been great if it was 1080p Full HD which is beginning to be the trend in the higher-end compact camera segment. The video features are quite basic and won’t be hard to use by novice users. The camera produces very acceptable image quality, however I found the images a little too grainy in as low as ISO200 and they are not as vibrant as the other Nikon compact cameras that I have tested; the images are also not as sharp. I hope Nikon can fix this in their future firmware support for this camera. That being said, it handles color fringing very well in very high contrast scenarios.

Cons: Images can be a little grainy Price

Pros: Built-in Projector Supports viewing from iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Minimalist design and layout

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FUJI X-100

User Interface and Menu System

//HANDLING The build quality of the Fuji X100 is excellent. The grip of the camera feels good with my hands. The dials are tactile and well placed in my opinion, very responsive too. The second one is the size of the menu button which seems a tad small so when I press it I end up pressing up or down on the wheel dial. The third one is the exposure compensation knob; somehow I manage to bump that every time I take it outside my bag.

Optical View Finder (OVF) vs Electronic View Finder (EVF) Whoever thought of combining both features in a camera is smart, but the one who made that switch in front of the camera is a genius. It just works. This is no gimmick! Both the OVF and EVF is surprisingly big and easy to use, the graphic overlay is sharp and very visible. When I first start using it, I rarely use the EVF because the OVF is really great, but after a while, I found myself using the EVF more. Mainly because the electronic viewfinder gives me a preview of the exposure when I half press the shutter button and I find the X100 focusing much faster in EVF compared to OVF. But, that’s just me. Overall, I’m pretty happy that I have both OVF and EVF in a flick of a switch on the Fuji X100.

Now onto the menu, I know a lot of the reviews are not so favorable; I didn’t find the menu that bad. It is simple enough to navigate. The only thing I don’t like is that the Auto ISO and ISO setting are on a separate menu. So if you want to toggle between Auto ISO and manual ISO it can take a while. By the way, the Auto ISO of the Fuji X100 is also superb! I always leave it on ‘Auto’ unless I need all manual settings.



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Fuji X100 Picture Quality If there’s anything this camera is capable of, this is it! The picture quality is amazing on the Fuji X100! It is sharp, wide, open and delivers clean images even on high ISO. The 35mm equivalent focal length is just perfect for everyday use. There are some angles that you may get some distortion but that’s expected for an equivalent 35mm focal length. The JPEGs are really good and for a RAW shooter like me, it took me a while to just use JPEG only with the Fuji X100. I just use the RAW button on the camera if I want to shoot in raw format. I like the fact that Fuji lets you customize your picture settings and for those who wanted to know, here are the settings on my camera:

Focus Performance There has been a lot of talk about the Fuji X100’s focusing system. I don’t have problems with the auto-focus in this camera - let me put that out first. It focuses fine for me, could it be faster? Yes. I think my NEX-5 focuses quite fast compared to the Fuji X100. But is it a deal breaker? No. There are some techniques to improve the focusing with X100, but this all depends on your kind of shooting. As for the manual focusing and rotating the focus ring on the camera, you will be disappointed - it’s useless. I hope they fix that on the next firmware update. However, if you are on manual focus mode, you can press the AFL/AEL button and the camera will do an autofocus for you and you can fine- tune it using the focus ring. The X100 offers a lot of focusing points and you can make your focusing point smaller or bigger for a more accurate focus if you are using EVF or the LCD . In OVF, you cannot change the size of the focusing point but you can still move it around, the focus points however are fewer when using the OVF.

Firmware 1.11 Update I am using the camera with the Firmware Version 1.11 which offers a lot of bug fixes since the original release. As per the description on Fuji’s website it looks like a small upgrade from Version 1.10 but honestly, I am quite surprised that this firmware offers a big improvement on my Fuji X100. First of all, the Auto Focus (AF) really improved. As per Fuji’s firmware release the new firmware improves macro focusing, which it definitely does, but it also improves non-macro focusing as well. So overall, the focus is much faster and I experience less focus hunt. This is really great and could change a lot of previous opinions about the camera’s AF performance. I also noticed that when shooting RAW (or JPEG + RAW) and while the Fuji X100 is writing on the card (as indicated by the red LED at the back of the camera) when you try to focus on something the camera locks up, it doesn’t do that anymore. No lock ups.

Final Words About the Fuji X100 For most people, the question is, “should I buy the Fuji X100?” There’s no easy answer.

Michael R. Cruz is a Photographer / PhotoEnthusiast / Digital Artist based in Dubai, UAE. Some of his works have been published in newspapers and magazines including Conde Nast Traveller London and other architectural and travel books. Michael also conducts workshops that teach photography and postprocessing.

The Fuji X100 is not something you would ‘need’. Frankly speaking if you are starting in photography; this is not the camera to go about. You can get a good entry level DSLR with a good 50mm or 35mm prime for that price. One thing I know is that, it is an advantage if you know your way around cameras and if you are planning to get the X100, because you need to spend some time with it to understand it. And when you do, you will have a hard time putting it down.

Behind the

LENS by:Marle Simon Quilantang



ith her mother introducing the Arts to her through paintings and handicrafts when she was little, frustrated painter and former Bb. Pilipinas Runner Up Princess Jasmine Tiongson or PJ for short, found her love of photography at a young age. Born and raised in the City of Pines, she learned to appreciate nature and beauty through her camera lenses. While she was a Communication Arts student at St. Louis University in Baguio City, she got invited to be a model for a photography studio, where she became good friends with the owner and photographer Jorge Andrada (who was and remains to be her mentor to date). They would do one on one tutorials during the weekends like basic camera functions and shooting. She had her light bulb moment when she saw her pictures come to life in the dark room. That started the blissful relationship between her and her cameras.

Model: Maria Cigleova Make-up: Edilyn Menzies

PJ Tiongson Photographer / Model

Her hobby for photography didn’t bloom for a couple of years while she was working as a flight attendant for a local airline company, but flourished when she was relocated to Dubai and work for an airline as an international cabin crew. With her advantage travelling to exotic and picturesque destinations, she got reunited with her passion for photography, as it gave her the opportunity to have the world as her visual playground. Choosing a subject, concept and theme was easy as she can easily pick one from the multinational colleagues and friends she has in the cosmopolitan city of Dubai. She does portraits of people especially women. Besides the versatility of taking their photos, 18

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she finds it fulfilling when her subjects feel beautiful every time a shot is taken. PJ took several workshops in advanced photography in Dubai, but what really helped her was reading photography books and magazines which she collects, doing her own research plus experimenting how to achieve the best shots and capture the moment and essence of the subject. She collaborates with her friends who are also photographers, stylists and make up artists for conceptual portrait shoots during her free time. With her practice and experiences her images were featured and published in local

lifestyle magazines and her company’s Vintage Hollywood Glamour Calendar this year. Her current inspirations are Xander Angeles, Marc Nicdao, Tim Walker, Miss Aniela and Aurora Crowley. She loves collecting vintage cameras as well as photography books and still enjoys her job travelling around the world with her camera in hand as she’s always ready waiting for the best and right moment to immortalize something or someone through her camera lens. When not flying, you might see her around the city busy doing weddings, family portraits and model portfolios.

Model: Megan lambert Make-up: Bobby Caparas

Model: April love Tierra Make up: Edilyn Menzies

Model: Delwen Llewelyn Make-up: Hair, Styling, PJ Tiongson

Model, Makeup, Styling: Danielle Tan


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

Paolo Manzano

Nationality: Spanish Job: Chemical Engineer Camera: Nikon 3100


Nationality: Russian Job: Sales Camera: Lumix G1

Score Canon





Nationality: Russians Job: Housewives Camera: Canon 50D

Dominik Mueller

Nationality: German Job: Emirates Fire fighter Camera: Nikon 3100

Stepanora Olga

Nationality: Russian Job: Medical Practitioner Camera: Nikon D300

Gerry Jose

Nationality: Filipino Job: Service Engineer Camera: Canon 60D

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Madeleine Backman

Nationality: Indian Job: Financial Consultant Camera: Canon EOS SX10 IS

Nationality: Filipino Job: Senior Project Engineer Camera: Nikon D700 & D90

Nationality: United Kingdom Job: Banking Camera: Canon 60D

Nationality: Swedish Job: Hotel Receptionist Camera: Sony OX

The Workflow Exposed Fun Shoot By: Eugene Santos/Michael R. Cruz

Photo by: Eugene Santos

Photo by: Arjay Coroza

Photo by: Arjay Coroza

Eugene Santos and Michael Cruz recently hosted a fun shoot entitled “Workflow Exposed�. Its objective is to emphasize among photographers the importance of proper workflow. With an attendance consisting of professional hair and make-up artists, together with top caliber fashion designers and models, this event surely was a success. workflowexposed.com

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Photo by: Jing Son

Photo by: Andy Manio Gozon

Designers: Nona Hekmat, Joey Baluyot

Photo by: Andy Manio Gozon

MUA (Make-up Artist): Bobby Caparas, Reshu Malhotra, Nicky Sangalang, Ken Corsino Photo by: Andy Manio Gozon

Photo by: Laudec Mc Carthy

Photographers: Yna Chua, Arnel Motealto, Sharfy Daligdigan, Oj Abagat, Emme Benida, Melanie Montealto, Naine Fajarito, Gerry Pilapil, Arjay Coroza, Anthony Villamayor, Eugene Caasi, Chino Marfax, Wilfred Aquino, Frankie Dapol, Glenzkii Galvez, Andy Manio Gozon, Merchel Peter Caguan, Vic Pacursa, Jun Monsanto, Olive Monsanto, William Sali, Ghada Elattar, Edgar Cabalu, Arnel Araneta, Jenny Adler, Laudec Mc Carthy, Mohan Payolli, Jing Son, Emil Austria, Analiza Ancheta, Cherryl Lucer, Rania Mohammad, Ali Hajjar, Denish Agno, Xain Rox, Mohammad Salman Khan With special participation of: Donnell Gumiran and Meiji Sangalang


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The Workflow Exposed Fun Shoot

Photo by: Gerry Pilapil Photo by: OJ Abagat

Models: Yiota Cornelese, Maria Ainsa Estaun, Olivia Bambi, Sam Menzies, Neelam Khanna Bagga, Priyanka Hazel Kumar, Alesha

Photo by: Sharfy Daligdigan Photo by: Donnell Gumiran

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ON FOCUS Marc Guittap

Nationality: Filipino

Marc started photography 4 years ago with a digital camera. The joy of seeing people’s happiness whenever he immortalized their emotions in his works was his motivation to take his hobby into a higher level. A self learned photographer and an architect himself, he likes to take photos of architectural structures. He also loves doing portraiture. From digital camera he shifted to Nikon D700.


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Andy Ramos Nationality: Filipino Andy has been doing photography for 2 years now. He was inspired by the photos of Zack Arias which made him start photography. His love in art and design has help him honed his skills in photography. Andy loves to play with the lightings and take into consideration his passion in the subject itself during his shoots.



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ON FOCUS Hajjie Alejandro Nationality: Filipino He bought his first point and shoot camera when he was just a kid and started shooting things that caught his attention. Being an artist, he likes to express his feelings thru his photos. He loves to do landscape, portraiture, travel and fashion photography. But his fascination, to implied nude photography or better known as boudoir is far greater than the rest. He wanted to convey the inner emotions beyond the art of a woman’s body structure.


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Jitin Parrikh Nationality: Indian

A banker by profession, a hobbyist and a self learned photographer who loves to do outdoor shoot especially wildlife photography. His interest in photography started when he was working in Africa and saw a lot of things that he wanted to re-collect in his memory. He bought a manual Pentax K1000 as his first camera and started playing with lights. Since he started in 1999, he gathered wide collections of photos and associated himself with some photography groups who helped him improve his composition.



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ON FOCUS Eugene Santos 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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The Challenge Engr. Milo Torres Professional Photographer and the media arm of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone.

Who is Milo Torres? Simply not just the president of Overseas Pinoy Professional Photographers Society (OPPPS) but a generalist photographer seasoned with passion and experiences. After learning photography in 1996, he has explored its world and crossed the boundaries of creativity. He constantly cover events, do product shoot and other photography related works like multi-media & video presentations, graphic solutions, web application development and videography. Amongst his clients, from a full-packed list, are Dubai Duty Free, Siemens and British Business Group. To date, his office resides in 2/F Bldg 2 (CNN), Dubai Media City.

Model: Chona Nocido Stylist: Leo Salibio

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use a tripod and position the Christmas lights to the model. Play around with the exposure until you get it right. This shot was set to f4, 1/8 sec, ISO 400.


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Use a tripod (or a monopod) and the timer. The timer solves the problem of camera shake from pressing the shutter. Set the timer to take the picture within a few seconds to prevent excess drain on the battery. Using a tripod is ideal for stability, but a tripod is bulky. Stabilize a monopod by bracing it on something solid like a wall. Without a steadying device, think about what you can do to steady your camera before taking the photo, such as: 1) Press your elbows to your body, 2) Hold the camera firmly with your right hand to avoid camera shake downward. You want to squeeze (rather than press) the shutter button. Grasp the camera between your thumb and fingers and use your forefinger to squeeze the shutter, 3) Lean on a wall, tree, or car to steady your base. Take several pictures of each composition and later choose one that has the most clarity. If you are using a disposable camera, do not take a lot of photos of the same composition, perhaps just two or three 32

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Steady your camera.

Tips to Take a Night Photos With a Point and Shoot Camera


The modern point and shoot is quite remarkable in its capabilities in taking night photos. Try some night photography for a change of pace, and you will be quite pleased with the results.

Use the lighting from the moon, street lights, vehicles and buildings. Use the lighting from the moon, artificial lighting and your flash. The moon was full, yet it was not on this side of the sky, so there is minimal illumination from the moon. Take photos with a full moon for maximum illumination. If the moon is hidden in the clouds, wait until the clouds drift away to have illumination from the moon. Check the moon phase and the moon rise and set ahead of time.

To include the moon in the photo, have the moon low in the sky. Check the weather report for rain and wind. When it rains, find cover to take your pictures from. If holding an umbrella and handling the camera together, deal with the camera shake. Wait for the rain to subside or cancel the photoshoot for this reason and to keep water off of the lens. As a beginner, set your settings on automatic. As you progress, use more of the camera’s features such as timer, scene recognition, ASA settings and manual settings.

Use the artificial light from street lights, vehicles and buildings. Read your camera owner’s manual, if necessary, before going out on a night shoot to refresh your memory on how to use your flash. With artificial lighting, try taking photos with the flash and withoutthen choose the one that is best after some photoediting.

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irst off, I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be. I just happen to love action figures and see them alive and in action. I was fortunate enough to afford buying toys, fortunate enough to afford a camera and know enough people to show me the ropes on how to operate it. I guess I just hate doing something that I do not fully understand. It has always been my dream to have a wide collection of action figures, compared to video games and gadgets. I consider them as some of my most prized possession. Heck, I didn’t even bother to upgrade to one of those smart phones! I never really thought that I would go back to GI Joes.

Noel Garcia Toy Photographer / Collector


oy Photography, for me, is my way of imparting a breath of life to my toys. They are not merely “plastic” but a lifelike image. I have been collecting action figure toys for quite sometimes and whenever I stare at them some vicious scenarios pops into my head, then I will suddenly position my toys to come up with an action packed scene. Choosing natural environment over photo editing really challenges me, so I must really have to come up with a shot that could tell couple of stories an eye can see. I even used my freezer to create a snow effect in Luke Skywalker’s Star Wars scene. I can also go bending, lying and kneeling just to get that perfect angles. There were times that people will stare at me, but I just ignore them – it’s one of the hazard of this craft, I guess. Simply release the child within you. And just like them, use your imagination and you’ll be surprise to find that you have come up with something good! No boundaries. Use the street, trees, fridge...etc as the toys background. Printouts and LCD/LED screens are usable if you prefer indoor shoot, just do a little experiment in your lighting. Learn from others and share. Simple as it is.


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December 2, 2011 - Strobist UAE celebrated its first anniversary in the Al Khail Gate, Al Quoz. With their core members welcoming its newbies, Strobist UAE core members welcomed the newest members of the group with the session, aimed at enhancing the photography skills of all the participants, and developing the style that will define each of the individual photographers. Strobists, as they would like themselves to be called, share the same passion for photography as other groups, and deem themselves just as enthusiastic as their counterparts in capturing beauty in visual form. While they do not have a monopoly in terms of skills and experience, strobists are happy to say that they can hold their own; they are open to the idea of learning from and teaching each other, in the hopes that their inputs, comments and suggestions can uplift all of the members in their chosen craft. The funshoot in particular focused on portraiture, fashion and glamour was one of a series of shooting sessions implemented during the course of the Strobist UAE’s first year of existence. Staff members of Full Frame Photography Magazine were also in attendance during the fun shoot, that began at 9:00 AM and lasted until 4:00pm. 38

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After a full day, members enjoyed a light social to commemorate their anniversary. While partaking of a sumptuous supper, members talked about various activities beyond their cameras. Still, they couldn’t help but gravitate to their passion, and it was common to overhear discussions about cameras and techniques. Strobists remain optimistic that the group will forge on well into the future, with new activities, lessons and experiences for everyone. Members look forward to a broader base of participants, and are meaningfully reaching out to the community to get them interested in the science and art of photography. StrobistUAE Headcount: Core Members-Meiji Sangalang-Founder, Lvs Nicky Sangalang, Edwin Mendoza, Carlos Acuesta, Vyktor Regala, Kryss Lucio, (Solids) - Christopher Edralin, Paul Barrera, Andrea Lim, Sherwin Calderon, Arnie Aguiluz, Voltair Jamison, Hayley D-Contreras Excell, Ian Del Puerto Opena, Romir Aranas, Ailyn Ceniza, Chino Malferrari, Glenn Paul Radovan, JoseBobit Vi-Ceballos, Vic Pacursa, Manine Consuelo, Jun Pondare, Max Adarlo, Jessiecar Silahis, Ermie Uson, Alex Bernardo, Nathalie Fahmy, Arnel Araneta, Maffhy Joson, Sarah Linda Evans, Eugene Caasi, Edgar Cabalu.


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ophel Botero Ybiosa is a simple man with simple dreams. Humble and approachable. As a Photographer, he used to join different competitions to develop his skills. From school level, he climbed to international scene. He gained major awards for his country but his primary mission is to showcase to the world the inherent beauty and meaningful story of the Philippines through photographs. Aside from being a Photographer, he’s also a film enthusiast who continues to make some experimental, narrative and documentary films. He also explores his talent in other area of the arts particularly in abstract painting and performance art. One of his abstract paintings won the Excellent Prize in the Global Artistic Competition in U.S.A. He presented his performance art depicting socially-relevant issues in some significant venues like Cultural Center of the Philippines, Art Association of the Philippines – Kanlungan ng Sining and Quirino Grandstand. Currently, he’s the Director of an independent art group – Juan Makasining Youth Artist Network.


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How do you start your day if you are not shooting?

I usually start the day with a silent prayer. I’m always thankful to God for another exciting day. I also watch television to keep myself informed about the current events. I go to Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation (Founded by Mr. Robin Padilla) to teach Art Appreciation to young scholars and do some research, photo and video documentation with the RP Studios. Who is Jophel Botero Ybiosa before entering the world of photography? Before I learned Photography, I’m just a typical student who regularly goes to school. But when my I discovered my passion, my student life became more exciting and interesting.

Why do you want to become a Photographer?

The reason why I want to become a Photographer is to capture and appreciate the boundless beauty of God’s creations. The possibilities are endless. With my photographs, I also want to contribute in weaving the so-called “historic and socio-cultural fabric” of our country. Being a Photographer is also challenging task. But doing what is right and good for the viewers is an accomplishment. How have you progressed over the years? I see that there’s an improvement between my old and new photographs in terms of composition and other technical aspect. As a Photographer, there’s also a development in my craft. After several attempts in joining International Photo Contest, I eventually emerged victorious. It is also a sign that foreign jurors appreciate the Philippine Photography. Now, more interesting opportunities are coming in.

Is being a Photographer your dream job?

Being a Photographer is a dream come true. I got the opportunity to do photo and video documentation of Mr. Rommel and Robin Padilla’s project in Cotabato, Sulu, Zamboanga and Basilan. Aside from being a Photographer, my dream is also to become a teacher, a filmmaker, artist and book author. But my ultimate dream is simply, to become an inspiration to many.

Which field of Photography you specializes in?

My favorite thing to shoot is human interest. I’m also interested in Documentary, Cultural and Advocacy Photography. I want to tell the stories of people and reflect the distinct identity, culture and tradition of the Philippines.

What is the hardest technical thing of Photography for you? For me, the hardest technical thing about Photography is limitless possibility of the post-processing. I‘m really not into photo editing, but sometimes I have to do minor manipulation if it is needed.

What is the easiest part of Photography?

Maybe the easiest thing in Photography is about knowing the Photographer than learning the principles and technical aspect.

What do you like most about Photography?

My most favorite thing about Photography is learning its significance. It’s not only about capturing and recording the moments of life but also appreciating its meaning to us. Photography is for the people – to reminisce the past, reflect the present and visualize the future. Without Photography, our world would be lifeless.

What kind of cameras you have?

The 1st camera that I’ve used is Kodak KB 10, point and shoot camera which I borrowed from my sister. Then I bought a second-hand Minolta XG-1 and Canon 1000QD. Both were film-based SLR camera. It’s truly challenging to use film-based camera against digital SLR in local and

Who are your inspirations in the field of Photography?

I admire the photographic works of my mentor form Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Prof. Danny Boy Pata and other Filipino Photographers like George Tapan, Wig Tysmans, Edwin Tuyay, George Cabig and Edwin Loyola.

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DEPTH OF FOCUS Sinag Photography Club in Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Prof. Danny Boy Pata – the adviser of the club, Sir Mark Lester Cayabyab and Sir Nykko Santos, both were senior members encouraged me to hone my talent. Outside the university, I was able to gain necessary exposure and photographic experience when I became a member of the Ramon Magsaysay Camera Club, an affiliate of the Federation of Philippine Photographers’ Foundaton (FPPF). I have also undergone short basic Photography workshop facilitated by Mr. Regie Fernando in Cosmopoint International Institute of Technology. It’s also good to meet senior Professional Photographers and compete with them in healthy competitions. I think joining competition is also a good training experience.

Do you have your own style in Photography?

My distinct style in Photography is capturing the subject using a side mirror from a motorcycle. It symbolically reflects the beauty and story behind every subject. I am glad that my style is being appreciated by Filipinos and even foreigners. Some of them also asked permission to imitate it. With that style, I was discovered by a researcher from ABS-CBN Global and they featured me in the Global Pinoy T.V. Commercial of The Filipino Channel (TFC). It was also noticed by judges in photography competition. Those photograph of reflection garnered the Grand Prize in 2009 ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition, Excellent Prize in 2010 China-ASEAN Youth Artwork Creativity Contest and People’s Choice Award in 2011 Canon Snapshots Asia Photo Contest.

What do you think makes a good Photographer?

I believe that a good Photographer has a “3rd eye” which can see the interesting beauty and story behind every ordinary subject. A good Photographer has a heart that could uplift the spirit, inspire and touch the

international competition. But I always believe that it’s not about the camera but the Photographer who captures the image. This principle is true when my photograph won the Grand Prize in ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition. The winning image was the Fluvial Parade in Angono, Rizal. It was shot using Canon 1000QD. Currently, I have two point and shoot cameras. The Nikon L19 which was my prize for winning the Grand Prize in Automatic Centre Photo Contest and a Canon A490, another prize for winning the Canon Snapshots Asia Photo Contest. But in my job, I used either Nikon D90 or Canon 7D. Nikon and Canon cameras have both interesting and new breakthrough features. Basically, I recommend any brand of camera in shooting.

How did you come across Photography?

I started to become interested in Photography when I was a secondary student in Culiat High School. When I entered college, I discovered that my passion is really in Photography. I became a member of


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What is your best photo so far?

My best photos would be the internationally-recognized photographs like the Feast of Black Nazarene, which won in the Print Space Photography Contest in London and China-ASEAN Youth Artwork Creativity Contest, and Feast of Saint Clement in Angono, which won the Grand Prize in the ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition. Those images were taken using a film-based point and shoot camera.

Which area of Photography you think you will need help with? I want to experience the advertising Photography and it’s also my dream to capture the images of many celebrity and public figures.

Any advise to aspiring Photographers?

emotions of others. A good Photographer is a storyteller and a communicator. His photographs speak a thousand words. His language is visual. His photographs could speak for itself and evoke significant messages. A good Photographer has the role of shaping the history and national identity.

What goes through your head right before you snap a picture?

Before I snap a picture, I make it point that I know what I’m doing and for whom is my photograph. When taking photographs, I also make it a point to use my heart rather my mind.

How long will you be doing Photograpy?

I believe that being a Photographer is a “calling” and a blessing. Photographers are blessed with a keen eye which can see extraordinary things. But it takes a lot of sacrifice and patience to master the craft. Humility is also the key to gain respect and recognition in the world of Photography. Experience is the best teacher. Just explore and be brave. Don’t be afraid in making mistakes because we can learn from our mistakes. Life is a learning process that is why we need to refresh and know something new. For point and shoot camera users, the simplicity of gadget and scarcity of resources is not a hindrance in capturing good photographs and making dreams come true. “As Photographer, shoot with your heart not with your camera.” Doing what is right and good for the viewers is an accomplishment. . It’s not only about capturing and recording the moments of life but also appreciating its meaning to us. Photography is for the people – to reminisce the past, reflect the present and visualize the future. Without Photography, our world would be lifeless.

My life would not be complete without Photography. Photography is part of my biography and history. I will do Photography for the rest of my working life and I will share my craft and experiences to younger generation.

If you have to pick one photo to look at for the rest of your life, what or who would that photo be? I want to look at the image of Jesus Christ for the rest of my life because He is the source of my strength and inspiration.

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With this season of giving, you might want to consider wrapping some good stuff to your shutterbug friends. Well, below are some suggestions to help you out. Read on and you might just get some ideas to think over.

You will never go wrong with batteries. Camera speedlights and triggers consumed so much battery energies so consider giving rechargeable batteries, this may cost more than the regular batteries but it has longer staying power. Eneloop, by Sanyo, is one of the highly recommended rechargeable batteries and is available in Sanyo outlets and Perfecta Electronics. A set of 4 batteries with a fast charger is under this category. Alternatively, Ansmann is also a good brand and is available at Grand Stores.


Memory cards

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Rechargeable Batteries Avid camera users were rarely being photographed. In this cases it is best if their photos are handed to them impromptu than let them wait for photo uploads in Facebook or Flickr. With USB Drives at their fingertips, they can easily get their photos. EMTEC Drives in the form of Looney Tunes characters are some of the good buys.


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Trigger happy camera owner usually craves to store their photos. 8GB SD cards, can store 1,000 JPEGs and 300 RAW. Giving your friend an extra set of SD cards would be a heaven sent. Sandisk is best at this and is readily available in most stores. But try giving your good friend the Ultra or the Extreme kind of Sandisk. Stocks are available at Salam Store.

USB Flash Drives Prime lens 50mm f/1.8 Save your friend’s neck this Christmas! Wrap a Black Rapid straps now and give them that weight free experience while photographing. They could simply hang it safely from their side and whoo lah they are armed to fire away.

Black Rapid Straps Although most camera owners have laptops, a well prepared photographer must have card readers in their bags too. Transcend and Hama Brands reigns supreme in the market for their prices and their durability. Stay away from the ones with clear blue plastic as these tend to be brittle within the year. Your photos are priceless and you wouldn’t just let cheapo card readers handle this precious data. The Transcend brand is available in almost all electronic stores.

One of the most wanted and surely a good one to wrap! With its big aperture, this less expensive fast lens can make your photographer buddy a wizard in low light.

Card Readers

Westcott Apollo 28” Speedlight Kit

Scott Kelby’s Book A great gift idea is a set of Scott Kelby’s book – the Digital Photography Book Volumes 1 to 3. His ideas will keep your friend warm and inspired during the winter months. Available in bookshops nationwide, but make sure to grab it now before supply lasts.

Softbox or an umbrella kit, is just what your strobist friend needs. As they say, you can have enough of light stands or modifiers. The more you have them, the better is the credo. A good set is the Westcott Apollo brand. The build quality is great and can withstand a greater deal of abuse compared to other brands.


Manfrotto Tripods

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A great gift for landscape photographer is a sturdy tripod. Aside from you being generous, this will show that you care by protecting his expensive toy and he will appreciate you for it. Available in different configurations, but a simple 055xProb with a 3 way head will be a winner.

Verbatim 1TB USB3.0

Camera Bags Help your friend carry their stuff in one go by giving them these cool must-haves. There are loads of choices and Lowepro Fastpack 250, tops them all. With rooms for a 15inch laptop, DSLR, few more lenses and extra clothes, surely this bag is just perfect for your photographer buddy.

Cleaning kits Another great gift suggestion would be cleaning kits. Commonly, a microfiber cloth is the only weapon that is in the maintenance arsenal of an average camera owner but since camera bodies and lenses have different maintenance requirements, cloth is simply not enough. Try an inexpensive Matin Hurricane Blowers and Lens Pen Packs. These two will not even hurt your pocket. Grand Store has an extensive line up of cleaning kits compared to the others.

Lensbaby Muse Plastic

Extend your friend’s enjoyment by giving him a Verbatim 1TB USB 3.0 - a true workhorse with blazing transfer rates and a truly dependable product. It can even work with USB 2.0, a truly versatile performer.

A special effect lens is just perfect for this season and Lensbaby Muse Optic might be the gift your photographer buddy needs. This lens bends like a tilt shift lens to blur out those outside its sweet spot. This will bring out the creative animal out of your photographer friend. Just like the more expensive Composer and the Control Freak, this comes with Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System. You can purchase accessories for this to expand its creative nature.

Photo Photo by: Rozen Antonio

Who is Rozen Antonio?

I'm a fashion and beauty photographer who wanted to do something different beyond the norms. Being quite exaggerated and mixed up with eccentric make-up makes my style different from the others. I don't have formal study in photography and I just started two years back. Mr. Google and Ms. You Tube helped me a lot. On this shoot I wanted to showcase the creations of two designers who happen to be my friends - Dave Lee Aguirre Reyes and Shelfred Surdilla.

Where is the location of your setup?

This shoot took place at the infamous Ghost Town in Ras Alkhaima.

Š Rozen Antonio

What is the objective of your photoshoot?

How long was the setup of the photoshoot?

It was a quick one. We prepared the make-up at home with the help of my official make-up artist and a very good friend, Brianzon Acallar. Afterwards, we hit the road to RAK. We reached the location on time and dressed the model very quickly.

What is your memorable experience during this shoot? On the latter part of the shoot, a rude stranger came towards us that made everyone uneasy. That same moment my battery drained so we just really have to pack and go. Though it has to happen, still the whole shoot was a great experience. It was really a good feeling to shoot with talented people like Dave Lee Aguirre Reyes, Shelfred Surdilla, Ms. Hanna Sharabaika, Mr. Qasim Imtiaz and Brianzon Acallar.

It's my curiosity, my playful mind and my desire to be unique.

Š Rozen Antonio

What makes you different from the other photographers?

Credits: Designers - Dave Lee Aguirre Reyes & Shelfred Surdilla | Models - Hanna Sharabaika and Qasim Imtiaz | Make Up - Brianzon Acallar

© Rozen Antonio

© Rozen Antonio © Rozen Antonio

Photo of the Month By: Muzna Butt


Understanding Digital Camera Sizes: How These Affect Photography LIGHT SOURCE Essentials

The dawn of digital photography has made cropped sensors the norm for most new photographers. However, during the film era, there were no cropped sensors. Every sensor was 35mm or larger. Since making digital sensors is quite expensive, camera manufacturers made a variety of cropped sensors to respond to the growing market demands. Today, there are couples of leading digital camera sensor sizes, fullframe and cropped. There are other sensor sizes such as Sigma’s but the aforementioned are enough to illustrate how sensor size affects your photography.


Unless you have an unlimited supply of cash, price is one aspect of photography that can’t be ignored. Generally, full-frame cameras cost more compared to their cropped counterparts. Larger sensor size means more manufacturing expense. Canon’s 5Dmk2 is around $2,300 while the 7D is around $1400. Despite the 7D’s more

advanced features including better AF system, wireless flash function and faster continuous shooting, the full frame camera is still more expensive.

Zoom Multiplier

When comparing shots between a full frame and cropped sensor, the most obvious difference is their “perspective”. Try using a 50mm lens in both kinds of camera. The 50mm attached to a cropped camera produces a tighter image compared to a full frame camera. Using identical settings and lens, you can literally crop an image from a full frame camera and achieve the same output of a cropped camera. Cropped camera photographers use this as an advantage and use telephoto lenses to capture more distance. With a crop factor of 1.5, a 200mm lens will yield the point of view of a 300mm lens. This is good for wildlife photographers and sports photographers. However, keep in mind that despite having the effect of a 300mm lens, a full frame sensor using 300mm

lens will yield a wider perspective. Landscape photographers will tend to use full frame cameras since they can maximize the field of view of their camera. A 14mm lens will stay 14mm in a full frame camera, but when used in a cropped sensor it will result in 22mm which is not wide enough. Cropped cameras can still be used in landscape photography. There are ultra-wide angle lenses for cropped cameras that can go up to 10mm so don’t worry.


Full frame cameras technically have better image quality out of the box. For example, the Nikon D7000 is pretty amazing in low light. But compared to its much older sibling, the Nikon D700, it loses a bit in terms of image quality. In real world tests, the D700 can provide as much as 1 stop advantage in useable ISO compared to the D7000. Despite being a much older model, the D700 still performs very well thanks to its full frame sensor.

If you have the money, full frame is the way to go since it has better image quality. However, don’t frown since having a full frame camera will not guarantee better pictures. A lot of professional photographers are still using cropped cameras and they make good living out of their photographs. In the end, it’s not the camera but the photographer.

Photo by: William Sali

Photography is all about light. Like our eyes, without light the camera’s sensor won’t be able to see any details. In its purest sense, light is the most important thing in photography. Knowing the various types of light that can be used in creating images is beneficial in improving your skills as a photographer.

Ambient Light

The most common light source is ambient light. Whenever you take a picture without adding an additional light source, an example of which is a strobe, you’re using the ambient light or available light. The sun is the most powerful ambient light available. The angle of the sun during these times creates a more diffused light resulting in a nice balance of highlights and shadows. Landscape photographers like to shoot during the golden hour to produce images with a nice warm hue that is pleasing to the eyes. You can manipulate the light at

noon to produce pleasing pictures too. Instead of directly using the harsh sunlight, you use the reflected light from the ground and wall. The diffused light coming from these can do wonders for your subject.

Artificial Light

Natural light is a very good source of lighting but there will be instances wherein you must use an external light source to achieve the output you want. Not enough ambient lighting and subjectbackground separation are just some of the various reasons you might want to use an external light source for your images. There is a wide variety of artificial lighting available to all photographers. The most common is your camera’s built-in flash. Almost all cameras have built in flash except for high-end ones, Canon’s 1D and Nikon’s D3 series to name a few. The built-in flash can get you some good images but there is a reason why the pro-

series cameras don’t have it; it doesn’t pack a punch compared to a dedicated external flash. Some downsides of using the built-in flash are lens shadow, red-eye, harsh shadows and weak light output. You can still use your built-in flash but please use it with care and moderation.

“Remember, no amount of expensive gear can make your photographs into instant award winning pieces.”

Proprietary flash heads made by camera manufacturers are a bit on the high side with regards to pricing. Versatility. The amount of things you can do with an external light source is worth the price alone. It has a lot more power and range compared to your builtin flash. Faster recycling time means more images captured at in a small span of time. Another worthy feature is its off-cameraflash or wireless capability. By using this feature, you can achieve studio like portraits just by your external flash alone. Another well used external light source is the studio light. This has much more power compared to the external camera flash. Whether you’re using ambient light or an expensive studio light, your images are still highly dependent on your creativity. Remember, no amount of expensive gear can make your photographs into instant award winning pieces.


Adding background and hair selections with mask

Tips & Tricks

Lorem Ipsium. For the final tweaks. Use a soft edge brush and gently blend the «hair» layer mask from the «model» layer mask until it becomes realistically even. Right now, you can visualize of how is it going to look like. You can duplicate the «hair» layer to darken those individual hair and make a 30% opacity until you>re happy with what you see.


1. Duplicate the original layer and

name it “model“. Trace the model using pen tool or quick layer mask tool for quick selection. Zoom in to make a perfect cut out if necessary and apply mask to get rid of the white background.


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2. To select the individual hair,

duplicate the “model“ layer and rename it “hair“. Cut the background using the same selection on the “model” by repeating step 1. Then right click to “delete layer mask“ then inverse the selection using Ctrl + I again to apply the mask. OnceAnd set the layer mode to multiply.

3. In this photo shows the 3 layers. Now, open a file to select your background and drag it to your working document and, place it after your original layer. You should come up the same scene on the top.

4. For the final tweaks. Use a soft edge brush and gently blend the “hair“ layer mask from the “model“ layer mask until it becomes realistically even. Right now, you can visualize of how is it going to look like. You can duplicate the “hair“ layer to darken those individual hair and make a 30% opacity until you>re happy with what you see.

Photography & Digital Art Tutorials: Compositing using Blending modes/Add layer mask

Digital Art Photo Manipulation MEDUSA Designer: Rocky Gathercole Text, Photography and Digital Art: Meiji Sangalang To achieve the best results with your digital art concept you need to get the proper lighting. Find images with the same lighting effect as yours in order to match the subject and the background. Know how to position your lights and how to compose the overall elements. Keep it as natural as possible.


Choose your best shot and crop the model using the pen tool. See the example on the left. If your photo is sharp and the background is plain, use either black and white or a high contrast with your subject. Use the magic wand to easily select the model and delete the background. You can also use channel masking (channels palette) and choose the channel with the high contrast. Duplicate it by dragging the blue or green channel (see example), and press ctrl+l (levels). Adjust the mid-tone slider to the right and the highlight slider to the left to slowly separate the background from the subject. Another cropping technique is to use refine edge>edge detection>smart, radius>decontaminate colors, and start by painting the hair. See the results.


Once you crop the subject, start the composition and position the Medusa’s tail to her body. Click ‘add layermask’ to choose the brush tool and make sure the color of the foreground is black (toolbar). Then click the white mask under ‘layers palette’ and brush the edge of Medusa›s body to merge the body and the tail to look like as one.

Add layer mask


Add the ‘pillars background’ for a realistic look and again you can apply the ‘layer mask’ to remove or erase some parts of the background. Add the smoke image (under ‘blending mode’ on ‘layers palette’ choose ‘screen’) to instantly remove the black background of fire or smoke.


To add some lighting effects on the sides of Medusa (red fill light) choose ‘brush tool’ under ‘layers palette’. Then choose ‘create new layer’ and click the ‘blending mode’. Choose a color and then apply the brush to the tail, arm and body with red color. You can change the foreground color to red by double clicking the color. Adjust the opacity of the brush (options bar) and use the eraser tool to erase parts of the color that you don’t need.


How to make the rays of light? Choose the ‘polygonal lasso tool’ under toolbar and create a new layer (layers palette). Make a strip or rectangular shape on the upper right corner with 3-5 shapes. Once you’re done ‘selection’ will appear. Change the foreground color (toolbar) to white and press ctrl+backspace (for pc) and command+ delete key to fill. Go to ‘filter’ under the menu bar. Choose blur, then Gaussian blur and adjust the radius to 28 pixels or more depending on the resolution. Then apply the ‘motion blur’ once and adjust the distance to 968 pixels. Go to ‘filter’ again and choose noise, then add noise and adjust the amount to 58. Use the eraser tool and adjust the opacity to 20. Also adjust the rays of light layer opacity to 70 (layers palette). There you go!

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Edwin H. Land Inventor of the Polaroid Camera was said to be inspired of inventing it after he had seen the frustrations on his daughter’s face after taking a snapped of her and wanted to see it right away but she has to wait for days before the pictures were to be developed.

Leica 107 O series The most expensive portable camera in the world is a Leica 107 O series produced in 1923, sold for $500,000 USD. Reason? Only 20 ever made.

Annie Leibovitz

An American photographer who works for Rolling Stones & the only person who took the last photograph of John Lennon before he was killed later the same day.

Steven Sasson

Kodak engineer Steven Sasson developed the first digital camera prototype in 1975. It weighed 8 lbs. and had a resolution of .01 megapixels.

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Xander Angeles “A photograph communicates what you feel, what you think. It conveys emotions, sells things, transports you to another place, show you a person’s most intimate secret. It can open your eyes to reality and, most of all, bring your fantasies to life.” New York based photographer Xander Angeles is one of the most sought-after creative talents for fashion and advertising despite his young age. He is fresh, spontaneous, and original. Many of the most striking images that continue to haunt are only a fraction of the countless photographs born of a fertile imagination and an undying thirst for the new. Take any subject – from the mundane to magnificent, spontaneous to structured, raw to glamorous, whether it’s architecture, fashion or beauty – he will make it new and interesting and exciting. Born in Manila, and a graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Santo Tomas, Angeles started taking pictures professionally right after college. He had already done numerous projects in the advertising and corporate fields. But it was not until a year later, with the acquisition of his first medium format camera (which he continues to use to this day), that his infallible work ethic and sheer talent, along with a collaboration of trusted

and talented people, that the door to success opened for him. In addition to innumerable editorials for the glossy magazines, advertising campaigns, and other corporate projects, Xander was the exclusive photographer chosen to shoot FHM’s 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 calendars. He photographed the ad campaigns for Penshoppe, Zed, Unilever Ponds, and many more. He has done exhibits for EPSON in 2001. An exhibit featuring 100 images of Aubrey Miles. His exhibits includes Samsung’s launching of new digital cameras that was held last June 2004 in Rockwell Activity Center. A back-to-back exhibit with Mr. Jun de Leon - tagged as FUSION, sponsored by EPSON. Next was an exhibit called “DRENCHED”, held last June 2005 and sponsored by Epson. He successfully launched his first-ever coffee table book called THE X BOOK last June 2004 at The Fort. It was accompanied by a month-long mall tour. In 2004, American Photo Magazine

selected him as their Featured Grand Winner for their Glamour and Beauty category, out of about two thousand images from around the world. They have published his work internationally in their NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2004 Issue. In 2005 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER Ukraine Edition run a 13 pages article and featured 20 of his stunning images. However, being behind the lens was not his sole calling, Angeles is also one of the endorsers of NIKON’s top-of-the-line professional digital camera, the D2Xs. Moreover, in the first quarter of 2007, Xander Angeles was one of the panel of Judges in the new TV show Philippines Next Top Model and is an endorser of AVANT, a top-of-the-line gadget store in the Philippines. The studio boasts of a list of stellar clientele in the fashion, advertising and corporate worlds.


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A Desert Surprise Osama AlZubaidi


s the winter season hits UAE people just can’t seem to stop themselves from wandering. Why not? People have been hiding from the furious sun during the summer months and since winter knocks for just a short period of time, it’s pretty reasonable why people maximizes the so called “winter season” of UAE. Who would have thought that this land of sands could vest a winter chill after months of chasing airconditioned shelters? Indeed, these months are surely the best time to explore the beauties of the country. An just like any other surprises it could give you more than what you can imagine, something that is way far from what you could think of. A collection of wonders, or the battles of morning dews and winter fogs perhaps. It can also be platoons of camels, marching their way to their sandy hub. But what could be so surprising is seeing all of these beauties in one frame. A frame, that was magnificently created by the desert’s own son. A heart of the desert’s offspring, who’s passion dance along with the sandy desert. A pride, that ferociously traps realms, aesthetic and situations in one eye. A son name Osama AlZubaidi.

Glory of Dusts

Being the son of the desert, Osama exactly knew how to express the heart of every sandy landscape. Before grabbing the third price of Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes Photography Competition in 2010, Osama battled series of defeats and rejections. But these frustrations did not hinder him to continue exploring the country he loves. He pursued his desire of giving life unto every corners of his country. As he learned to appreciate pictures of other photographers, he managed to understand the realms of photography. With these understandings on his mind and the passion on his heart, he packed his gears and haunted that perfect shot that have stamped him as an award-winning photographer through his picture entitled – Tangled Shadows. “I was only hoping that one of my pictures will be featured in the competition’s book. That was my target. I was so lucky that I received an award.” The truth is, it’s not merely luck that granted him an award, it was the talent, dedication and the hard work he invested to put up an amazing image that is worthy to be hanged in the grandest wall.

Blossoming Passion

“I always have the passion to photography since I was a little kid”, Osama confessed. He always had a digital camera way back then until he decided to buy DSLR camera in 2006. It was then that he took photography seriously and started to own and upgrade DSLR one after the other. Along with his passion is his vision of bringing the best out of Abu Dhabi and the rest of the Emirates, may it be its places or culture. He has this battle cry since he learned the secrets of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. He also has fascinations with colors and expressions that engaged him to become the rising photographer in the present time. He took his inspirations from known photographers like Scott Kelby, Bryan Peterson and Mark Ademus. With this list of inspirations, he will surely be the name that every photographer will soon be saying in the following years.

Marching Beauty

Osama, as a traveller, loves to take landscape photography. He’s been travelling to spot phenomenal places and one of which is the Tigress Nest Monastery in the Kingdom of Bhutan in South Asia. He also likes taking portraiture shot because he can easily be captivated with people expressions. He always seeks emotions in every faces and captures it to come up with a great portrait. Today, Osama is still engaging himself to learning photography by attending workshops and joining fun shoots after his day job. He is also a father of 3 boys and an inspiration not only to his family but to the rest of the photographers that have watched him work and have seen his creations. by: Gladys Alog

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11.11.11 - a group of photographers named BAWAL MAG SHOOT DITO rallied along Rizal Park. With their cameras, banners and strong convictions they questioned the policy of the Luneta and Intramuros Administrations against Pinoy photographers. Apparently, DSLR holders are prohibited to shoot in certain tourist spots like the Rizal Monument. And though they receive permissions to shoot, still Pinoy photographers are asks to pay before they click – leaving them to question its administration “Why am I not allowed to shoot in my own country?”. What is so intriguing is the fact that foreigners do not share the same restrictions and other people could actually take a shot of

the spot if a mobile phone camera is being used. I just can’t help myself from saying this but, this is just ridiculous. We all know that photography is one of the best tools in endorsing and promoting the beautiful places in the Philippines. Simply banning local photographers hinders the images from spreading and i think it just doesn’t help. There’s a huge community of Pinoy photographers and photo enthusiasts who captures beautiful pictures from our countries historical sites and other public places that every Filipino could really be proud of. I am just hoping that the government could realize this as well and permit every Pinoy photographers to enjoy the magnificence of his/her own country. Text by: Girlie Alinday Photos by: Hector Baretto Calma


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“To photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s the way of life.”

The Father of Modern Photo Journalism

Gone are the days when photographers employed the use of neck braces to clamp the subject’s head and neck due to the length of exposure time just to have a single photo taken. Deemed as histories of an era were being photographed are just as hard as being painted on a canvas. Those were specific instant in time that was hardly maintained in a still framed moment because of complexities yet a lot survived and were preserved that showed us their value today. One of the most passionate famous French painter and photographer that had inspired today’s modern photojournalism or what is commonly called Street Photography is Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom had seen his life through three generations in the photography world. Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35mm format and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the “Street Photography” style that has influenced generations of photographers that followed. He was trained as a painter and began his career in photography in 1931 on a trip to the French African Colony of the Côte d’Ivoire or the Ivory Coast where he lived for a year and took his first photos. By the year 1933, his photos were exhibited in New York. He was one of the first photographers to shoot in the 35mm format with a Leica camera. He also helped develop the photojournalistic “street photography” style that influenced generations of photographers. It was there on the Côte d’Ivoire that he contracted blackwater fever, which nearly killed him. Returning to France, Cartier-Bresson recuperated in Marseille in 1931 and deepened his relationship with the Surrealists. He became inspired by a photograph by Hungarian photojournalist Martin Munkacsi wherein he was completely amazed by the photograph of the black kids running in a wave. He couldn’t believe that such thing could be caught with the camera. So that prompted him to take his camera and went out into the streets. The photograph inspired him to stop painting and to take up photography seriously. He understood that a photograph could fix eternity in an instant. In 1947 Cartier-Bresson co-founded the photographic cooperative Magnum along with

fellow photographers Robert Capa, George Rodger, David Seymour, Bill Vandivert and others. He had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He has been all over the world and was present in numbers of pivotal moments like Liberation of Paris and the division of Berlin and Beijing’s fall to the Communists, among others. He also witnessed countless of private moments and captured the intimacy of human encounters across a world of emotions. He also photographed many famous personalities and artists of the 20th century, including Matisse, Picasso, Coco Chanel, Truman Capote, and Gandhi – an hour before he was assassinated in India. His Leica camera, with 50mm lens, was his longest companion. Purchased in Marseilles, Cartier-Bresson considered it be the extension of his eye. Cartier-Bresson worked by instinct, but it was an instinct guided by a masterful sense for composition. He also had the patience to wait for the optimal shot, or what he famously called “The Decisive Moment”. He defined this moment as “the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which gave that

event its proper expression. He achieved it by “aligning the head, the eye and the heart along the same line of sight.” To him, Geometry and framing was critical so he refused to allow his images to be cropped or retouched. Cartier-Bresson values his anonymity as a tool for capturing decisive moments with his camera. Because he disliked publicity and exhibited intense shyness, he was regarded to be one of the art world’s most unassuming personalities. He retired from photography in the early 1970s and by 1975 he no longer took pictures other than an occasional private portrait. In his later years, he set aside his camera and spent his time painting and drawing, yet his legends in photography lived on. His photographs are the living legends of his Decisive Moments – just like he once quote “Life is once forever.”

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