I’ve always enjoyed looking at blogs about photography. The images always leave me breathless. I know my photos pale in comparison to those of serious amateurs and professionals. But that does not matter. Here’s why.
First published at FHM Philippines, December 04, 2008 | 10:23AM
Some of the feedbacks I get from those who have seen my pics are about photography. There are people who ask me how my photos are taken. Although my photographer is just a dabbler and I am not a professional model, this entry will attempt to impart what we practice when we take pictures for this site.
Because I am not an expert, I did some research on how to come up with excellent digital portraits, only to realize that my partner and I have failed miserably. Below are some of the major prerequisites of portrait photography we have broken:
Rule # 1: Take pictures in a photo studio. If not, have a controlled background.
We do not have a photo studio. We also do not have the proper equipment to “control” backgrounds. We take pictures wherever and whenever we feel like it.
Rule # 2: Use a Digital SLR camera with the right “portrait” lenses.
We use a compact point and shoot camera, the one that you can conveniently slip in your pocket.
Rule # 3: Control lighting by using lights (with stands), deflectors and diffusion equipment.
We do not have sophisticated lighting equipment. Most of the time, we use available light and/or our camera’s built-in flash.
After realizing that we had ignored some of the main precedents of portrait photography, we were not the least bit affected. The truth is we don’t really care about all these technical mumbo jumbo. We take pictures for fun. We have always believed that a good photo is not all about the equipment. You can have a crappy camera with no sophisticated accompaniments and still come up with awesome pictures.
When it comes to photos I post in the net, there is only one technique my partner and I follow and that is to capture the spirit of our experience. We always make sure that all my pics depict the fun we’re having. We don’t really care if the lighting is not up to par, or if the camera settings are not precise. What is more important is that people are fascinated by my pics because they elicit a sense of adventure, pleasure, and playfulness – the true spirit of the relationship my partner and I have.
Ultimately, it is all about results – the final output, the message the picture conveys to the viewers.