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A DSLR Catechism

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Found on Textism:

Which lens is best to have on hand?
The one at home.

Which camera is best?
The model a step up from the one you just bought.

When will the right camera for you be available?
Probably next year.

When will it be affordable?
When it is obsolete.

What camera do ‘fools’ buy?
Yours.

Should you shoot RAW?
No! Shoot jpeg and get it right the first time you fucking moron.

Should you shoot jpeg?
No! Sliders and presets and curves! Shoot RAW you fucking moron.

What must you improve?
Your workflow.

Of what must you have more?
Screen real estate.

Where does no one want to be?
In front of a computer.

Where does everyone want to be?
Out shooting.

How much light is there?
Not enough.

What must the light be?
Natural.

What must the colour balance be?
Neutral.

What must the subject matter be?
Interesting.

What do adjustments make your photograph?
More interesting.

What must the background be?
Blown out.

What mustn’t the highlights be?
Blown out.

What must the shadows be?
Punchy.

What must the flash be?
Diffuse.

What else?
Soft.

Like this?
No.

Now?
No.

Now?
Just turn it off.

What’s the meaning of it all?
Self-redemption through an endless stream of pouty self-portraits on Flickr. Also weddings.

International fame in the Philippines

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

As I’m sure some of you know, I was recently on vacation in the Philippines. The trip was very good and I have a lot of good memories from it.

On the second day, I went on a studio tour that ended with us in a live studio audience for Wowowee. For those that don’t know, Wowowee is a very popular show in the Philippines and it is broadcast all over the world to their expat community. It is basically a variety show with various contests in which people can win money.

The first part of the program, the audience dances to the intro music and the “best” dancers are picked for the first contest – “Hep Hep Hooray”. So when the show started (after a bit of coaching on what to do) we all started to dance. As the cameramen moved around the audience, they chose people and when it hovered in my area I had a bad feeling that I would be chosen (I kind of sticked out in that crowd). Sure enough I was chosen to compete.

The game itself was pretty straight forward, even if one doesn’t speak Filipino, and I made it about half way. The host started to flirt with me a bit, thinking that I would be shy and embarrassed — but seen as I was already there I decided to ham it up a bit. The best part was when I faked going in for a kiss and she recoiled! It was very funny and a great experience.

On to the pictures:

The group in the audience:

The hosts giving the crowd instructions:

The crowd dancing with the ASF dancers:

Me on stage:

Later on in the show:

Here is a small clip of my performance:


I have just about finished sorting out the pictures from the trip (I took quite a few) and will have more soon.

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