I took a seminar this morning at STI at Fort, Taguig.
This was sponsored by Globe TattooSTI and OneYouth

First up was Jim Paredes with Basic Photography and Appreciation

It was okay. He did say upfront that although he's been shooting since film days, he wasn't very technical.
Like, he doesn't remember all the exposure settings of some of his shots and said he's been using Auto for the longest time. But that's okay, coz I've been like that also.

He then showed us some of his shots, then that's where I got really impressed.
This guy is an artist! He knows how to tell a story. He knows how to stir up emotions and make the viewers "feel".

It's this "photographer's eye" that takes the most effort to develop. I think it's easy for Jim as he's a real artist.
I'm still working and developing my eye.


some shots i took

Then next up was Jerry Carual, The Presidential Photographer.

Jerry is also an active officer of various professional organizations such as:
Press Photographers of the Philippines -
Government Photographers Association of the Philippines
Presidential Photojournalists Association

So his topic was Photojournalism

He said it's telling a story, carrying the scene to the reader.
he took this definition from Henri Cartier-Bressnon, who once said,

"There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oops! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."

So he explained the ins and outs.

the risks, being pointed a gun at, and having multiple death threats..
how he had 2 colleagues in the Maguindanao massacre
and the some other dangers abroad. 
He had this one friend just taking a shot of the sunset somewhere in the Middle-East, then he was shot in the head with a .38 calibre. dang man...

He explained:
How to hold the cam
Having two cameras with different focal lengths
How to walk backwards while looking where the pillbox and flying water bottles are coming from.

Then he started showing some shots and how to tell a story.
This was cool. You really have to squeeze those creative juices especially since if you are on assignment, you will be there with a dozen other photographers and you will most likely have the same shot.

I've never really been a high fashion photog, macro, and nature landscapes are just okay for me. What I really I like is capturing the moment and telling stories. That is why this short and FREE workshop was really cool.

These two photogs gave their story and you can see that their experience is what really helped them develop this skill. They showed how to dictate the image, how to place the viewer's eye. 
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