iBlog5: PhotoBlogging Discussion Complement

Written by Fritz

Topics: Blogging, Events, Tips in Photography

Cramming in what I, together with Faith,  have solicited/compiled as hopefully relevant points for the “Photo Blogging 101″ session during iBlog5 proved to be more of a chore than I expected. I sounded like a nervous wreck (pfffft! Pampasira sa image shet! LOL).  For one, we were so pressed for time up there that we only later on realized that we skipped some important points that we wished to give out. Not having slept the night before can do that to you. Revising the presentation slides to the way it finally looked, looking for (fully attributed) photo samples to support the pointers we shared the night before in an attempt at perfection, and putting on a helm of authority over an audience of talented, passionate, and probably more adept populace added to the pressure. Yay! An excuse, I think I haz it!

That alibi didn’t work now, did it? Boo me! Thanks for bearing with us me but we hope you at least got even just one take away from the 20 minutes we had with you.

Let me share here some other points in our agenda that we meant to put across. You may consider this as more of a complement than the main talk:

Food Photography: Natural light is still way up there in the best-in-bringing-out-the-”delicious”-in-food- photographs section. As a light reflector, I got this tip from a food magazine way back, you may use a white plate (or bond paper) to bounce off light to illuminate a shadowed area of your subject. Do not use flash (or at least do not use the flash that comes with a point and shoot camera) or flash light unless it’s an emergency situation (or unless you have a DSLR with a light diffuser and fully manually adjustable settings). If the event is at night, come back during daytime. Doing so will also give you twice the basis for an opinion on the food you are reviewing (IF you are reviewing food).

Event Photography: publish/show more photos of the main subject of the event and less of the people attending the event on a blog post. This will make your accompanying photo more relevant and useful for visitors who would want reference on the product or service you featured.

Composition:  if you intend to take closer photographs, abuse the macro function of your cam and see to it that the focus is on the part of the object you want to highlight for the shot (like the eyes or face of a person, for example). For depth, shoot through foregrounds and blur out backgrounds while using the longest focus (optical) that you can. No or limited optical zoom? Go (or walk) closer to the subject.

This is it for now. I’ll add to this list with links on several more useful references for the items we’ve taken up. 

Thank you, Janette Toral, for giving us a most humbling opportunity to share ideas in the fellowship of bloggers, old and new.

You may also want to read about some photography and digital imaging tips I’ve previously written for this blog:
1. Cam Phone Shooting Tips From Your Rockstar Paparazzi
2. Photoshop CS4 Tutorial: Black and White
3. Shooting “Batman on Gargoyle” by Keiji Iwakura

See you all in iBlog6!



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