Cam­era phone

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Lens - Al­bert Pe­drosa

RE­CENTLY, I was in­vited by Pho­neog­ra­phy Cebu to talk about fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy, but the chal­lenge was to shoot us­ing just your cam­era phone. I was stressed think­ing that I can’t use a strobe. For­tu­nately, we were treated with mod­els, makeup artists and beau­ti­ful gowns. I know it can work es­pe­cially that cam­era phones nowa­days are sur­pris­ingly good with func­tional soft­ware con­trols.

The event was a suc­cess, but what made me think about it is dur­ing the shar­ing af­ter the work­shop. One at­tendee asked me how to im­prove in pho­tog­ra­phy. I said you just have to do it more of­ten and keep on chal­leng­ing your­self to do bet­ter than the last.

His next ques­tion was, “How do I know if I’m get­ting it right?” I thought about it for a few sec­onds, and I asked him if he likes my pho­tos. He said yes, so I asked him why he likes it. He said be­cause it looks a lot bet­ter than mine. So I told him that we al­ways know a good pho­to­graph from a bad one. Deep inside we know if it looks good or not. We just some­times fool our­selves that our work is good enough. It’s never enough.

I see a lot of peo­ple who have no back­ground in pho­tog­ra­phy and take pho­tos us­ing just their phone and the re­sult is sur­pris­ingly amaz­ing. Af­ter look­ing at the pho­tos, you end up ask­ing your­self that if they can do it, what worth do I have as a pho­tog­ra­pher if they can do it bet­ter than me? One at­tendee asked me about my re­ac­tion if I see such pho­tos. I said that it’s ac­tu­ally a com­bi­na­tion of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and hurt.

I al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate a good photo whether it comes from an ama­teur or pro­fes­sional. Whether if it’s com­ing from a phone or DSLR. How­ever, It also hurts me to see that an un­trained eye can see it. I have to ad­mit it, it hurts and these are the sit­u­a­tions that wake me up and pushes me to prac­tice and re­search more to be­come bet­ter.

The event was a suc­cess, but what made me think about it is dur­ing the shar­ing af­ter the work­shop. One at­tendee asked me how to im­prove in pho­tog­ra­phy. I said you just have to do it more of­ten and keep on chal­leng­ing your­self to do bet­ter than the last.”

Putting cam­era tech­nol­ogy in a phone opens a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for non-con­ven­tional pho­tog­ra­phers. We all have the artist inside of us and ac­cess to this type of me­dia al­lows peo­ple to prac­tice and bring out the artist in them. It’s an in­ter­est­ing fu­ture, I’m sure. It’s go­ing to be more colour­ful, I guess, as the qual­ity of cam­eras in our phones keeps get­ting bet­ter.

How­ever, no mat­ter what tech­nol­ogy we have in our hands, the ba­sics of pho­tog­ra­phy and the char­ac­ter­is­tics of light will never change. One will never be­come an ex­pert with­out study­ing, un­der­stand­ing and prac­tic­ing. Keep on shoot­ing, every­one!

Putting cam­era tech­nol­ogy in a phone opens a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for non-con­ven­tional pho­tog­ra­phers. We all have the artist inside of us and ac­cess to this type of me­dia al­lows peo­ple to prac­tice and bring out the artist in them. It’s an in­ter­est­ing fu­ture, I’m sure.”

One of the shots dur­ing the Pho­neog­ra­phy Cebu fash­ion work­shop. In this shot, we filled in a warm light and ad­justed the color tem­per­a­ture or white bal­ance of the phone to shoot in­can­des­cent light. This makes the sub­ject’s light neu­tral and the back­ground to be bluer. Photo by Ce­sar Ledesma Jr. us­ing Sam­sung S5, Snapseed.

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