1. Tell us something about yourself.
I am a full-time Videographer/Editor based in Singapore. I’ve been working here for more than 2 years. Aside from my full-time job in filming, I have a strong passion for photography and music. I’ve been doing this since 2010. I didn’t take a media course but believe it or not, I was a nursing student before. Weird transition but once you know that you have a passion for something, you gotta chase it and try to be good at it.
- Invest in a good equipment and watch reviews/guides.
- Try listening to music when you’re shooting alone, it will boost up your mood.
- Light is your best friend. Always find a way where the light is.
- Location and venue define the environment of your photo.
- Always find inspiration and keep yourself motivated.
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In today’s blog, whether you like cats or not, you can agree that they’re very photogenic creatures. You don’t need to own one to take brilliant cat photographs. In many countries, cats enjoy spending time outdoors, so it’s not uncommon to come across a friendly furry pet out in the open. Any type of photographer can benefit from the beauty of these creatures. Though taking photos of cats can be challenging at first, persistent practice will result in a beautifully enhanced portfolio. Here are tips on how to take stunning cat photos:
Understand your cat
Cats have varying personalities, from rambunctious little beasts to calmer, more reserved ones. To understand a cat, notice the way it acts around you. If a cat is in a good mood, it’ll approach you happily and be more than willing to pose. These elegant creatures absolutely love attention, so if you find one that appreciates compliments, make the most of it. 🙂 Friendlier cats make better subjects – if you don’t want to end up with a plethora of scratches, avoid feral cats!
Make the most of the naptimes
Sleeping cats are calm, graceful, and far from aggressive. If you’re a beginner, you’ll take amazing photos during kitten naptimes. Photographing cats as they move around quickly can be tough for inexperienced photographers, so start with sleeping cat photos. This will allow you to understand your camera’s abilities better; in addition, you’ll be able to work with different kinds of light as your little model poses calmly. Since cats enjoy sleeping for hours upon hours, your photo shoots are bound to be successful. (Make sure you don’t wake your cat up, though, or else you’ll end up with very grumpy-looking pictures!)
Remember that spontaneity is your companion
Once you become a professional at taking photos of sleeping cats, you can move on to more complicated situations. The best cat photos are usually ones that involve a lot of unique poses, facial expressions, and movements. Such moments can be found during playtime. Before you start playing with your cat, however, make sure you’re confident in your photo-taking skills. It’ll be difficult to focus on your cat if you’re constantly trying to fix errors in your camera. In addition, prepare a few of your cat’s favorite toys. These will serve as wonderful distractions and might even end up being in the shot, resulting in colorful and fun photos! As you shoot, reward your cat by giving it treats.
Whatever you do, don’t make yourself or your cat uncomfortable. If you notice your furry companion getting tired, don’t get discouraged. There will be many more chances for you to take amazing photographs of them. The more you photograph cats, the easier it’ll be to become a wonderful photographer. Good luck!
In today’s blog, self-portraiture is something many of you might avoid for fear of appearing vain or looking awkward. In reality, self-portraiture is far more than a photo of your face. When embraced, self-portraiture reveals a world filled with therapeutic emotions, creative stories, and refreshing inspiration. The following tips will help you become a better self-portrait photographer.Transform yourself
Like many beginners in the genre of self-portraiture, you probably feel shy in front of the camera. What adds to the shyness is the knowledge that you might look awkward in your photographs. Standing in front of a camera alone can be intimidating, but if you look past the temporary nature of fear, you’ll get the chance to be more comfortable with your equipment.
If you’re not comfortable with the idea of photographing your natural face, transform! Many self-portrait photographers enjoy the process of turning into characters with the help of wigs, makeup, and costumes. Find interesting things in your wardrobe and makeup kit. It’s easier to feel confident once you’ve transformed into a certain character.Experiment with different kinds of light
As a beginner, you have a lot of creative freedom. Don’t allow limitations to fill your mind with doubt. Instead, experiment as much as you can. Find interesting light patterns, inspiring locations, and artists. Combined, these will shape you into a fantastic, open-minded photographer. This will help you greatly in your artistic future.
Light is capable of turning a simple image into one that perfectly matches the mood you wish to create. Like your camera, light requires attention and time; the more you experiment with it, the easier it’ll be to understand it. Before your self-portrait shoot, spend some time observing the world through your camera. This will strengthen your creative mind and help you envision your photographs better.Important details to keep in mind
If your camera has a flip screen, take advantage of it. This handy feature will allow you to see yourself clearly and to understand which poses look appealing. If you don’t have a flip screen, use a mirror to reflect the results.
For those who don’t have camera remotes, small objects are extremely helpful. Simply place one of your possessions where you’d like to pose, and manually focus your camera so that the object appears sharp. This will help you get great results and prevent you from worrying about blurry shots.
To avoid shots in which only your nose is sharp, use a small aperture. This will create a wider depth of field, allowing for more details to stand out. Many photographers use an aperture anywhere between f/3.5 to f/8.0 (depending on their lens) to create self-portraits that are both sharp and dream-like at the same time.
As a self-portrait artist, the most important relationship you’ll have in the creative world is with your camera – the more you experiment with it, the easier it’ll be to feel comfortable. Keep taking photographs fearlessly and you’ll become an incredible artist!
In Today’s blog, my bes Rovic Barbecho shares his Bicol trip experience that will make us WOW through his photography, trip itinerary, food, and tips! Here are the places he visited and would love to come back for more!
5. LAKE BULUSAN
4. SUMLANG LAKE
3. MT. MAYON ATV TRAIL
2. LEGAZPI HIGHWAY
1. MT. MAYON, LAHAR AND LAVA AREA
8:00 to 11: 00 ATV ( black Lava Trail, normally 2 hours but no extra charge if you exceed 2 hrs. There is a 10-minute walk to go up the black Lava and it has helipad where celebrities land for privacy reasons. You may take zip line for 300 pesos but we opted to walk back the camp.
11:00 to 12:00 lunch at Colonial Grill Daraga.
12:00: 12:30 Lignon Hill. 20 peso entrance.
12:30 to 1:00 Daraga Church. Free.
1:00 to 2:00 Cagsawa Church can’t recall if there was an entrance fee. 25 PHP I think
2:00 to 3:00 Hoyop Hoyopan cave in Camalig ( there is 300 PHP entrance max of 6. You can split the cost with other tourists.
3:00 to 4:00 Sumlang Lake with 25 pesos entrance fee
4:00 to 5:00 Kawa Kawa Hill in Ligao. Free
5:00 to 6:00 Legazpi Blvd. Free
- Albay tour is a 2-day tour to get around the whole of Albay. We had a day tour for 1,000 PHP per person. The more the cheaper.
- It is highly recommended that you take the ATV. A must in your itinerary. It best to take the Black Lava Trail. It is worth your penny I swear. It is 1800 PHP per ATV. Yeah, pricey but it was the best feeling ever I promise you.
- Take the earliest trip at 5 am or earlier if arranged ahead of time. It is very hot then when we took the trip at around 8 am.
- Guides (tour guide, ATV guide, bangkeros are trained to take pictures. Relax…. Give them your camera and they will do the job. Just pose and smile.
- You should try the sili ice cream, piningat and Bicol Express. They are all available at Colonial Grill.
- Our guide recommended a place to stay. It was 750 PHP for 2 with A.C. plus hot and cold shower. We just paid extra 300 for an extra bed as we were 3.
- If you prefer to take the ATV Summit it is 7500 PHP you’ll go up half of the Mayon grassland which will take 4 hrs going and coming back. (Itinerary credits to Pamela De Villa)
A MUST TRY FAMOUS FOODS IN BICOL!
TRAVEL WITH BEASTIES
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I always adore people with perseverance in doing what they love for an inner fulfillment which I believe, a road to happiness. So In Today’s Blog, you will be surprised with someone who is determined to pursue success in doing what she enjoys during her rest days from work as her achievements in life! It also amazes me to meet people like her with full of dreams and aspirations in life and the people behind the Fantasy Funshoot that I am so inspired about.
Meet Cholita Neri, or you may call her Micah, an OFW in Singapore who loves music, fashion, photography, arts and crafts.
She told me that she gets busier during her weekend off for meetups and events. She used to manage her time with guitar lessons and enrolled to baking. She likes arts and crafting with Best in Craft award for a trophy at DAWN School in Singapore. She joined with many other opportunities like pageants shows and awarded 2nd-placer as Muse Representative and Miss OWWA for Best Production Number. After that, she received invites from schools for Summer Look pageant gaining 2nd-placer and awarded for Miss Charming.
It is her way to battle the loneliness inside of her for being away from home as an Overseas Filipino Worker. She makes herself busy all the time to feel occupied with people when she misses home in the Philippines. In spite of that, Micah is a top 6 winner for Miss Filipinas 2016 held in Singapore which gave her attention to continue making herself on the spot which helped her a lot from being homesick. It’s the reason why she continues to do more of what she loves and started to organize the fantasy costumes for photoshoots.
Fantasy Funshoot began when a group of friends decided to do photoshoots showcasing with their costumes in different themes they made on their own creativity. They learned to make costumes from watching on youtube and online tips. They practice it until they make it fabulous, and try many themes like Santa Claus, Snow White, Maleficent and more.
They did their first shots in 2015 with other 4 members and their Photographer Hapz, and who are now the co-organisers of the said Fantasy Funshoots. It was then successful in putting a lot of creativity and teamwork every weekend. The 5 of them were delighted with the outcome of their first shots and decided to continue their passion in modeling, photoshoots, makeup, and costumes by inviting others to join as a package. They invite other photographers, models (like Dream Top Models), makeup artists, and bloggers to join and collaborate with them and make friends with other kababayans (Filipinos) who are also away from home.
They recently invited Dean Avelino who is a part of Dream Top Model for a photo shoot. That’s where I met all of them and the founder of the group, Micah, who officially started their monthly gathering since 2015 and it had always been successful. You can message them for bookings to join them as they bring delicious foods for you while chitchats and shoots. The pictures below are their past group pictures with their invited guests, photographers, and makeup artists.
Group Picture during a Fantasy Funshoot at Clarke Quay. Credits to Photographer Dennis Goh
She continues to invite others who want to wear creative costumes and pose for a camera to share what they’ve got. She said, “you don’t have to be a professional model to express yourself through photos, you can be anyone you want to be when you strike a pose.”
Her passion for making costumes, posing on camera and showing herself through pageant shows was once all began as her fantasy until she owned it and made a fantasy to be a reality.