The Digital Photographer Philippines’ 6th Anniversary Party

You know something is meant for you when you don’t wish for it to happen, but it actually did. Finally, a photography related event! And it’s not just organized by any photography organization, it was DPP‘s! (which I think, is the best photography mag in the Philippines)

Look at the event details! Aaaaand, partners!

I am not a pro photographer. In fact, I’m not even sure if calling myself amateur is appropriate. But atleast I’m learning a lot so far, and I’m happy that I am able to apply the tricks I’ve been dying to learn so I think.. it’s is a great start! And I’m 80% self-taught, by the way. I credit the 20% from my (1 session) photography class, magazines (from DPP, of course), and helpful friends! Yay! Also, I “perfect” my shots from a trial-and-error method. That’s where everybody learn anyway. :)

Krisha, Mar, and I were on a stroll at High Street after an orientation at the company’s The Fort-based business center when we came into DPP’s event. Although I consider it “destined” for me to attend (or in this case, just drop by. -I have to meet Louie in Greenhills), I was so hyped up about it! It went on for the whole day, from 9:30AM to 12MN, and the event was seriously jam-packed of lectures from only the country’s top photographers, thank you very much. It came with a live/open shoot too! I really, really wish I had more time then so I could attend even just one from the schedule. I was particularly interested at IPHONEOGRAPHY (although I am not an iPhone user). I was hoping I could apply the techniques using my iPod Touch. Hahaha. I didn’t get so much pictures because I was busy looking around. Also, I regret this day that I did not approach Rico Blanco for a picture. Hehe.

Had a hard time choosing the perfect issue for me.

Scanning the contents :P


Live shoot! (FHM ang peg)

Syempre fez ko lang yung na-detect. He he

Next year’s anniversary part is definitely something to look forward to, and I promised myself that I-WILL-BE-THERE.

See you next year, DPP!


Late post! This actually came first before the Zeny Scarlet shoot :( What a busy bee. Anyway, say hello to my first model! Louie volunteered to be the guinea pig of my photography skills (if there are any). Haha!

Eric Martin daw. Hahaha.


I have a thing for boots. <3 Got this one from Forever 21 for the Ilocos trip last year.


Ate Vi

I wish I brought an extra shirt with me. I got extra messy from those hard-to-capture shots! Feeeelingg :))

Shot on location at.. you know, UP. Hahahahahaha I love UP! The trees and fresh air makes me miss UST!

Zeny Scarlet “album shoot”

That photography class I attended was just in perfect timing. The boys of Zeny Scarlet (well, Louie, actually), asked me to shoot them for their album cover. Yes. Album cover. So tell me why would I say no? Hahahaha. Alteast the techniques Sam partook to me was put into application right away. There’s a downside though. One of their bandmates failed to come soooo, I guess another shoot’s up for a scheduling. Yay! This was the first time I actually appreciated taking photos on a manual setting. I have been experimenting a lot since I attended the workshop. After a few adjustments on the dial.. Voila!

Louie in his nagpipigil ng tawa fez

The boys pretending they were looking at a sea of crowd, a la concert scene Hahahaha

“The Walking Dead”

Favorite shots! Silhouette!

Also, here are some shots I took during break intervals. Hehe.

Lens flared!
This one makes me think of summertime.. And Ray-Ban shades. Weird.“Takipsilim” -Louie. Hahahahaha. The worddd!!

Overexposed! Also, I didn’t have my tripod with me so I had to improvise. Hahahaha. Fail pic. I wish tripods come in lightweight and super foldable versions.

I am so much tempted right now to insert an MP3 of my ZS all-time fave song, but I’m afraid Louie would confront me for a what I call an album leakage. The boys just finished recording! Hehe. Anyway, visit their Facebook page here. Oh look, one of my “works” (YES NAMAN) made it on their cover photo!

Shot on location at.. ano pa nga ba.. UP Diliman! :)

Sam Lim Photography Class

I have always loved photography. I did a little bit of modeling, but I wanted to become a photographer too. You might have noticed that there are a gazillion things I wanna do. Well, welcome to Dora the Explorer’s blog! :)

I’m so happy I finally had the chance to immerse myself into a photography workshop. It’s something that I want to take seriously. I already did a little self-study on it, and I’m particularly interested at doing long exposures.. and street photography! Unfortunately I haven’t got the chance to go “on the field” yet, so what I could post here (as of the moment) are my experimental shots on long exposures.

L: Mom, doing a flower (?) R: Sister, doing a teeny-weeny heart

Me and my perfect shaped star! Yay!

I hope my friends and I could go on a shoot some time. Maybe they could spare me a few more tricks I could use. In the meantime, I thought it would be helpful to learn from a pro so I took Sam Lim‘s photography class!

Lecture time!

Jotting down notes. Crappy handwriting. I had to catch up okay?

Sam on Prime Lenses vs. Zoom Lenses

When your camera weighs more than your laptop..

Sony NEX-5

They look like giant hanging pearls. In short, wala lang.

Time to hit outdoors and shoot!

P. S.: The next post-processed pictures you are about to see are taken by an amateur -and willing to learn(!!) Hahahaha. If you have comments, PLEASE, you are very much welcome to share them. I will take note of each criticism. Haha.

UP Bahay ng Alumni

Me (to Sam): Sam, totoo ba na pag nag focus ka directly sa sun masisira yung camera?

Sam: No.


Colleagues! Hehehe.


More texture!

So? U trying to depict something? Hahahaha!

I think this is my favorite shot. I think. Let me think again.

Sam + Lumix cam!

An important tip I learned (and now using): Go manual!

Thanks Sam! It was fun!

Sam Lim Photography

Venue: The Chocolate Kiss Cafe @ UP Bahay ng Alumni

One grassy afternoon. ❤

So I decided to blog about this really fun (and wala lang) shoot my friend and I did last year. The original plan was to have the shoot with Mr. Sun working on the background, but he seemed to be on a siesta break at that, and didn’t bother showing himself. BUUUUUUT, Victrixia was pretty good at it, and with some few adjustments, *VOILA*, instant lumiwanag ng konti effect! -Which, she promised to teach me. Yay :3 I intentionally did not post this on Facebook sooo, whatever it is that I cannot (and don’t want to) put there, I’d just post in here. Hahaha. Outdoor shoots are always a gazillion times more fun than studios’ because you get to do it in some kind of freestyle way. We really had fun, then hung out at Katips after the shoot.. And did some reminiscing from the good ol’ elementary and high school days, over pizza and pasta. Also, we plan to have another shoot and I caaaan’t wait! Props to Victrixia Montes for the awesome pics! Color grading by yours truly. Some fail shots are in it too.

I sat, and leaned, and rolled, and ran, and blew bubbles, and popped ’em bubbles then blew sammore, and ate some yummy and nutritious grass. I loved nature more. Although she’s itchy and full of insects.. and dirt… I still love her, with all my heart.


The ‘ano na?’ look slash pose.

Pulling off a semi-farm girl look and..

..Success, woohooo!