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Comic wildlife

If you need a break from your day’s stress, the early entries from The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (www.comedywildlifephoto.com) may provide you some comic relief. The contest ended October 1 but the site has uploaded the early entries for 2016. The winning photos from 2015 are also available for viewing. The photo project is sponsored by Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity founded by Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, and their eldest son Will following Bill and Virginia’s starring roles in the classic film Born Free. Today the Foundation is devoted to wild animal welfare and compassionate conservation, working to save animal lives, stop suffering, rescue individuals and protect rare species. A new photo app called Pablo lets you use your phone as a camera to capture light trails that mimic …

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Food’s food

Food’s food, right? Not when it’s for photography purposes. Here are certain things to consider when you do food photography. It’s best to work closely with a chef. This we did with Chef Gilbert Domasian of Quezon City’s Luxent Hotel. Chefs are artists and part of the art is creating something pleasing to look at as well as eat. After all, if something doesn’t look appetizing, people may not give it any mind. That’s how it is. That’s why plating is very important in the culinary arts and as photographers, we have to look at how to appreciate a dish from a very visual standpoint. The chef took time out to make things look good and attractive to the eyes, and eventually to the palate, and it’s incumbent on us to …

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Really, sir, just one catalog?

Really, sir, do we use just one catalog in Lightroom? The short answer is yes, you want to use and maintain just one Lightroom Catalog, and that’s the rule. The upshot here is that when it’s time to search for images, you need to search in one place only. This is especially true and quick when you search for images using keywords. Also, you back up and keep track of only one catalog. In short, you take care of just one catalog and keep it, and all your photos are there in one place. How simple is that? The one-catalog workflow is highly recommended and convenient for most photographers, especially photographers who shoot alone most of the time, and do not shoot more than 5,000 images in a month. And that basically …

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Inspired by nature

By Ruth Atibula-Jayme, MD ‘Photography is one of the most profound ways of telling a compelling story of humanity and God’s creation. Your lens is like a window of opportunity to witness the beauty of its life form. It can influence a desired change toward a better life.’ — Christopher Leones From one suitcase to another, hopping from one airport to various destinations as part of the job and with only a few days to spend at home, such routine could be both a tiring, long journey and a thrill to visit many cities at the same time. As a monitoring and evaluation specialist at the World Vision Development Foundation, Inc. for seven years, Christopher Leones had the opportunity to travel around the country, dealing with people from all walks of life and …

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Making photography tangible

Leica Camera AG proudly presents the latest member of its camera family: the Leica Sofort. The versatile instant picture camera features a unique Leica design and special features, offers quick and easy access to photography and the fascination and unique experience of spontaneous photos that can be seen and shared in seconds. At the same time, Leica brings its photographic expertise and commitment to creativity, ease of handling, and quality to the world of Instax instant photography. The creative scope offered by the Leica Sofort provides opportunities to rediscover instant photography and create small, haptic works of art and lasting memories. The Leica Sofort differs from other instant cameras in a number of essential aspects: the unmistakeable styling and look were developed especially for the camera by the Leica design team, …

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FB photo downloaders

While looking for a particular freeware, I came upon an article which gives five ways to batch download photos from Facebook. Anybody can download photos one by one. But what do you do if you wish to download many pictures at a time. Since FB changes API every so often, Jessica Carrell, the author of “How to Batch Download Facebook Photos? 4Free Tools That Still Work in 2016” (www.anysoftwaretools.com) does not guarantee that the tools all still work by the time you read this post. But you could try. The first and most recommended is Mylio (http://mylio.com), available for both iOS and Android. Next is Odrive (www.odrive.com) which you need to install into your computer. ITFFF (If This Then That) is also useful but will only download content from the …

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Life as Art

By Arlene Donaire ‘Photography has unleashed my creativity, allowing me to see things differently. Fine art photography has given me the freedom to interpret life without limits, without boundaries.’ — Allan Borebor As an entrepreneur in the travel and tours industry, his discipline and penchant for excellence in his business practices led him to photography.When Allan Borebor (born in Naga City and raised in Caramoan Islands) decided to put up his own business,he was determined to provide the best services to his clients, including high-quality visual materials of the sites, sights, and tours that he was promoting in his company’s website and advertisements. The need for good landscape pictures made him decide to buy his first DSLR camera in 2013. What started out as a marketing strategy for his small company eventually …

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Composition

The article “20 Composition Techniques That Will Improve Your Photos” recently featured on PetaPixel by Barry O Carroll is a good read for those who want to improve their photography. The article, a short but very informative read, covers techniques from basic to advanced composition with examples of each. O Carroll defines composition simply as “the way the various elements in a scene are arranged within the frame.” The techniques, he clarifies are just guidelines and should not be treated as hard and fast rules. Covered in the article are the rule of thirds, centered composition and symmetry, foreground interest and depth, frame within the frame, leading lines, diagonals and triangles, patterns and textures, rule of odds, fill the frame, leave negative space, minimalism, isolate the subject, change your point …

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Distinctively Ilocos

By Ruth Atibula-Jayme, MD Photos by Ronald G. Jayme One of the great destinations up north to visit is Ilocos. A glimpse of diverse historical sites—teeming with colorful and influential heritage—is very evident as you explore this region. Despite its hot climate, particularly during summer, there are many things to do and tourist spots to see.  Whether you are a local or foreign visitor, you can easily go on a trip anytime of the year as the province offers a blended tale of old and modern landmarks. Awarded recently as the New7Wonders City, Vigan in Ilocos Sur is one famous attraction as you would be transported back to the colonial era, walking along the cobblestone streets of Calle Crisologo with distinct Spanish architecture. It has different food stops and souvenir shops. Also in …

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Tips on Composition

Text and photos by Cecilia angeles Bracket your composition to have variations of shots Bracketing is a safe way of avoiding regrets when a picture or the only shot does not come out well. A digital camera captures more than 36 shots unlike the film camera. Therefore, the photographer is safe to produce more than a shot or two for a subject. Wise bracketing is not clicking the shutter three times or four to produce four pictures. What good are the four pictures if they are all the same?Wise bracketing is capturing pictures differently. For example, I may shoot a subject at portrait or landscape format. Bracketing through aperture or shutter speed setting consists of capturing the subject through varied shutter or aperture settings. For example, the first picture is captured at F5.6, the next …

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