March 15, 2017
How important is a personal photography project to improve your photography? Is it really necessary...
For a newbie in photography, a sunset shot is the easiest but hard to properly accomplish it at the first try.
I say the easiest for the fact that we can see sunset anywhere in the planet (well not exactly anywhere for there are places on the planet where you can’t tell if the sun has set or risen). All you need is to be in the right time and the right place and a lot of patience.
Yes, shooting a sunset is somewhat hard especially for newbie for the following factor:
Hope next time you you can get that shot you always dream of shooting.
Its been a long pending project of mine to shoot flame. Not sure why I kept moving it but now I finally did it.
I used my #Nikon #D7000 + 50mm lens for this project and every image was shot with the same setting f/2.5, 1/100 secs., ISO 5000.
I love the result and will surely have another go with it.
Since its been raining lately for almost a week now I decided to do a personal photography project. I’ve been planning to it for a while and finally made it happen.
All shot in f/2.8 1/30 secs ISO-1250 with my Nikon D7000 with 50mm 1.8
I really love shooting inanimate subject for they don’t complain much when I posed them. Though some are really hard to pose around.
I’m working on another one will post it really soon.
I have long plan to shoot plus-size (model) boudoir shoot, but searching for a willing model is hard specially in a conservative country like the Philippines. But the long wait finally paid off when 2 willing model message me about it.
Shooting a boudoir shoot with an hour glass model may look easy but it’s not. So doing it with a plus-size model is extra difficult for a number of factors. One of them is the self consciousness of the model not to show her body.
That is why it take a very confident Photographer to pull this kind of shoot. The said photographer needs to first gain the models trust so to build their confidence and make sure that the true beauty of the model will shine on the photographs.
The constant assurance is needed that image that are being produces are to what the model/client expect if not beyond. I would always show my model my shot so that a good rapport and trust are build instantaneously.
There are always challenges in a shoot, but the most important one is to make your model/client feel they are beautiful. Once doubt and concerns are out of the picture, the model/client can be relax and be themselves which will produce extra-ordinary portrait.
Was with friends on an out-of-town trip to Baler, Aurora last weekend for a prenuptial shoot.
When we arrive at Baler, we started asking locals which beach resort have big rock formation. All of them suggested one place, it the AMCO Diguisit Resort. We didn’t ask for another one so we type it in Google Maps and followed the direction it gave us.
Took the the shot the morning after we arrive. Was not sure that the sun’s ray would show for I don’t have a tripod with me so I gamble and took the shot handheld.
I took the shot the morning after we arrive. There were a great formation of clouds and the sun is up. I took the shot with a couple of people in the frame to show how big the rock formation in the beach.
Grateful that my friend Ronald and I have the same tripod. Took the shot as soon as he was finished his. Would have took some more but don’t want to hog his tripod.
Note: Always have your tripod when going on a road-trip.
First time I did a Pin-up shoot is with a very beautiful model Leidee Arra.
It was actually an accident that we end up doing a pin-up shoot. Our hair and make-up artist was doing her hair when it was set in a way it look like an oldies hairstyle. Which I then asked if our HMUA knew how to do an 70’s look of hair which he replied “I do and I love that kind of hair-style”.
So we change our concept and we started doing a simple Pin-up shoot.
My first try in levitation / photo manipulation.
I can say that I nailed it.
This is the first time I did a shot of the moon. I’m happy with it and planning to do a project about it.
Bokeh is a favorite trick that every photographer wants to master. In photography, bokeh is the quality of the blur by the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.
Bokeh is a photography style to emphasize the subject and eliminate unpleasant or distracting object or sometimes blur out the subject and focus on the foreground.
It can also be define by the spectacular light reflection that are blurred out in the background. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.
How do we actually get the Bokeh effect that we want:
1. Use the correct Lens
Actually any lens can produce the Bokeh effect but lenses with larger aperture s like f/1.2, f/1.4 and f/1.8 will produce the best Bokeh effect.
2. Correct Aperture setting
Make sure to set your camera to the largest aperture your lens can give. To ensure you will get the Bokeh effect.
3. Distance of the Subject
The easiest way to do the Bokeh effect is to make sure that the distance is correct. Get close to your subject and make sure that your subject is far enough from the background.
This will work on any lens even with your kit lens. As long as you use the largest aperture of the lens.
Hope this help to capture your dream Bokeh shot.
Shots from my last shoot with TV host Princess Jhoana Duran at the Food Factory Angono, Rizal.
Thanks to the creative prowess of Jason Abelo of Make Up by Abelo, Hairstyle by Jana Taisan and designer Sherwin Algones.
For those you are interested with this kind of concept photo shoot please do drop message in my FB account
Ah YES, the Photography or Photographer Slump. We’ve all been there or we’re currently in it. It’s a stage that all of us will need to pass in order to improve. Yes, no one is exempted in this phase of a Photographers life.
That feeling that you have not grown as a Photographer. You see your works as a copy of your last shoot, no improvement, nothing have change is a long time.
Yeah, I’ve been there and have a feeling that I will be back in there again. but before that happen I need to challenge myself and break it before it start.
So what did I do to break my Photography Slump
1. have a break
Well sometimes its all you need. Put down your camera and take the pressure away for a while and enjoy. Have a drink with a friend, take a walk in your community, enjoy an ice cream.
Well you get the point.
2. change of venue
Seeing something new can trigger something in our subconscious that can help us out of it.
Not really a literal kiss, but it wouldn’t hurt would it. But what I mean is:
Keep It Simple and Sweet
Most of the time the simplest thing can be more.
4. talking with beginners
Why beginners you may ask? Well they have this whole pool load of ideas that they don’t know how to express in photographs. I’m not saying to steal those ideas, that is not very professional.
Talking with them and helping them realize it can also help you see things in a new perspective.
They might even give you inspiration for your next big project.
How about you? How did you get out of your slump? I would like to read it in the comment section below…
We had the pleasure of having Tin Florentino to be our model. Even as a newbie model she was very graceful and easy to adopt to my style.
It was a very simple setup, it’s a two light setup with the main light on the right and fill light on the left. As you can see the catch light on Tin’s eye.
The catch light of the main light is much prominent than the fill light.
For those wanting to inquire on a Portfolio shoot please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a message at my FB page Dante Ward Photography