Beer on Ice and Color Play

It’s been a while since I last did a fun shoot of a random image concept that’s been playing around in my head. This one, in particular, was planned as far back as mid-December last year. I remember since I was at the Rockwell Christmas Bazaar when I came up with the idea of shooting this.

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So the plan: Beer bottles on/in a bed of ice with light coming from beneath the ice for what I imagined would make it look clear and crisp. Think looking into a cooler filled with ice and these delicious beers waiting snugly in their cold embrace. That’s what I was going for.

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Minimalism: When Less Needs More

(Note: Before you even begin reading this, please be warned that this is possibly my lengthiest post. I will not share and food or cocktail recipes nor will I share lighting information. What you will read here are some random thoughts that have been running around in my head since my last few shoots.)

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Family shoots, portfolio portraits, and minimalist food photos: A summary of my photography in the first three weeks of 2016.

Hello, 2016! Happy new year to everyone taking the time to read this entry, my first for the year. The first two weeks of January have been exciting, to say the least. In the first three weekends of the year, I’ve already had the chance to shoot a variety of subjects ranging from family portraits to food shots for a restaurant menu to a more conceptual coffee shoot, all of which have their own set of quirks.

What surprised me though was my new found appreciation for shooting food on a purely white background, something that I didn’t think of highly prior to shooting the restaurant menu and coffee. I know that my little disclaimer on not thinking highly of this genre of food photography might seem a bit douche-y but please do let me explain. My initial foray into food photography was focused mainly on one thing: Mimic what I see in food magazines and learn to improve on these or put my own twist to it. This, in hindsight, wasn’t really the best mindset to have with most food magazines showing photos that are, more often than not, rustic.

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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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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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Nestle Fruit Selection Yogurt Recipes Shoot

Behind the scenes of the yogurt shoot.
Behind the scenes of the yogurt shoot. One umbrella for the main light, illustration board to bounce light back to the food, and one extra light on axis to brighten things up and make everything look more fresh. The background greenery was just switched around every few shots.

Had the pleasure of shooting images for online use of one of the brands in the company. These will be used for a campaign that aims to promote a healthy breakfast eating habit among Filipinos by giving one 4-minute breakfast suggestion every month this 2015. The fun part about the whole experience was being able to see how else you can make use of yogurt to match it with other ingredients! Prior to the shoot, all I did with yogurt was either eat it as is from the container or i throw it in the freezer and treat it like ice cream.

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Holiday Shoot

Marc 1, composite
Marc 1, composite
Marc 2
Marc 2
Marc 3
Marc 3

Had a quick shoot with Marc this holiday morning. Shared whatever I knew about lighting and had Marc have a go with my umbrella, lights, and triggers. We did a few images and started with the very basics of off-camera lighting. I briefly explained my thought process when shooting with lights then let him set up a few images on his own.

This was actually pretty fun! I would love to do this again with more people in a more picturesque location.