Behind-the-scenes of the Kazam shoot: Why I went with flashes despite the nice and bright natural light

Behind the scenes with my lone umbrella
Behind the scenes with my lone umbrella

So I had a shoot for Kazam Kebab House, one of the kebab and shawarma places near the house, yesterday afternoon. We had the shoot scheduled for the whole afternoon from 1:00-5:00 to shoot images for their menu. One of the first things that I noticed with the place when I first visited was that one whole side of the shop just opens up to the street which meant there was no real shortage of natural light. On the day of the shoot though, I decided to still shoot with my flashes due mainly to one key thing: the weather.

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How I attack editing food photos (aka My editing workflow)

Before x After
Before x After

I recently came across this article that discussed how the author went from overly post-processed images when he discovered Photoshop then slowly toned it down to get to where his images are now. This really got me thinking about my own images and how much post-processing I’m doing on them. I figured I might share the editing that went into this photo as well as the thought process behind each step!

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Mother’s Day in Bawai’s

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We were introduced to Bawai’s over five years ago when it was still this little known restaurant in a nondescript house surrounded by empty lots and the occasional cow. The unassuming restaurant, whose name translates to maternal grandmother in Vietnamese, redefined what Pho was for me. The kitchen was run by the owner’s grandmother who is Vietnamese by blood but had settled here in the Philippines after marrying a Filipino. A few years back, they opened shop in White Plains, Katipunan and it was only late last year that I was actually able to try their Manila branch and only today that I was able to grab a few snaps to share in the blog.

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Saturday Salpicao: Prepped and cooked in 15 minutes

The ingredients all laid out thanks to Ate Ellen!
The ingredients all laid out thanks to Ate Ellen! Awesome.

So it’s looking like a typical weekend for me (Outside of the fact that I actually went out on a Friday night. Cool cool.) with the next two days looking to be filled with food and photography. Woke up halfway through the morning already and really only got out of bed to cook lunch for me and my brother. Ate Ellen had already prepped the ingredients beforehand so it was significantly easier for me this time around. As you might have guessed from the photo above AND the title of the post, we had salpicao for lunch!

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BTS: How I shot a scoop of ice cream in the middle of a Philippine summer afternoon

How it actually looks behind the scenes
How it actually looks behind the scenes

The other day, I stumbled upon this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NB74oogL9c) on food photography that discussed “styling to the camera”. It was a very interesting concept that really made sense when it comes to setting up your shot to get the minute details set one little step at a time. Luckily, an internal company contest was announced just a few days after watching the video so it presented the perfect opportunity to try this workflow out!

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Chip and Ice Wedding (April 17, 2015)

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It’s been a while since I last posted here! The past few weeks have been very busy! Finally got myself to type out a quick entry to share some of the photos that I took during my neighbor’s wedding over at the Quezon province here in the Philippines.

Their wedding had two “parts”. The church ceremony was held in Lucban, Quezon, around three and a half hours away from Metro Manila. Right after the church wedding, everyone made their way to Mauban, Quezon, a good 30-minute drive away to take the short bangka trip to Cagbalete island. This was where they held the second part of the wedding. I won’t really delve into the details but I do hope that the photos can paint a good picture of the weekend island wedding!

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