Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Converse Chuck Taylor

For one reason or another, I haven't had a Converse Chuck Taylor even if I've always wanted to own one. (Or if I did, I certainly do not remember it now...) But I needed a new pair of everyday shoes so I decided to get one as a Holiday gift to myself. And I got really excited when I saw the pair that's colored black but has orange accents. That decided it for me!

But before I wore it, I decided to make some product photos of my shoes (before it starts smelling of feet instead of shoes...). I have decided that I wanted to do a simple set up for this product shot: just light coming from a north-facing window, a white reflector and a white cloth to cover the table top. I used a white cloth so that it can also serve as a reflector for the bottom of the shoes. I also used the white reflector to accent and to fill in the shadows in the shoes.

My camera was set on a tripod and I used a 100mm macro lens. The photos were post-processed in Lightroom though using the term "post-processed" is really a stretch: the only thing I did in Lightroom was adjust the white balance (a must for product photography) and changed the crop of the photos. That's it!

I am so happy I (finally) get to own a pair of Chucks. And for some reason, whenever I think of it, song It's Still Rock and Roll to Me by Billy Joel comes to mind and vice versa: 

"Don't waste your money on a new set of speakers,
You get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers"

Though not exactly cheap, this pair of shoes is now my favorite! :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

At the Ayala Triangle Lights and Sounds Show

A lovely display of Christmas Lights accompanied by Christmas carols. It was a sight to behold! Shot entirely with a Canon G15.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The iPhone 5s, Kyoto, Japan and the Olloclip Lenses

The wife, @reina_reyes, and I went to Kyoto, Japan last October. Of course I brought my DSLR. However, when it came time to actually do street photography, I suddenly had an awkward feeling: every time I raise my camera to my face, the people who I want to photograph, the people who I want to capture in their natural state, will suddenly look at me and either of two things will happen - they smile at me or they turn around and walk away. Either way, I failed to capture the moment because the DSLR was very, very obvious.

And the sad thing was, I didn't bring my Canon G15.

But hope was to be found in the form of the iPhone 5s. I know that this phone has a great camera for a phone but, that time, I would be dependent solely on it.

What made the iPhone great was it's inconspicuous nature: everybody, well, almost, has a smartphone - I wasn't any different from most people - so, I was able to capture people as they were. And that was what I wanted!

And the phone, as to be expected, performed admirably. All I needed to vary my shots were my two olloclip lenses: the telephoto and the fish eye lenses. With these, I was able to get the shots that I wanted.

Panos were great, something that I could not do in-camera, with the G15...

And even in really low light, the iPhone 5s performed admirably! 

Now, I am not saying that you should give up your point-and-shoot for a smartphone, far from it - I actually am interested in getting the new Canon G7x and its 1-inch sensor - but if you have absolutely no choice, then the iPhone is a really, really great alternative.

Photos shot with the iPhone 5s and post-processed "in-camera" using the following apps:


My reviews of the Olloclip 4-in-1 and Telephoto+CPL lenses for the iPhone 5s can be found here and here respectively.

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