Photoworld Asia 2010, Taal Hands-on Fashion Photography Workshop

February 2, 2010
Taal, Batangas
Workshop Facilitator: Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc (FPPF)
Instructors: Kevin Ames and Raymond Isaac

This event was my triple “photographer wannabe” experience. It was my first time to join the Professional Photographers of FPPF, and witnessed their legendary technical tricks. The first time to visit the historical Taal, Batangas and cant stop saying “oh wow” on the house architectures, its exterior, interiors, fixtures and how they were able to preserve the town culture, truly a must see for everyone who wants to experience a blast from the past! plus a taste of their specialty food too. And lastly, the first opportunity shot with beauty pageant winners of Mutya ng Batangas 2009 and other professional models of the Philippines.

My workshop feedback, everyone seems to be a purist! with all their technical gears and expensive equipments with them. And listening to these experts on their own field, they defy the world of digital artworks. I would quote Mr Raymond Isaac, who challenge the participants on the questions of, Are you a Photographer, Visual Artist, or a Digital Artist?…and my mind say, Can I be all of the above? A photographer to enjoy the artistry of photographs and the shutters sound to capture each memorable frame, A visual artist to expound the story behind and interpret how each frame should be told, and a digital artist to apply the technological factors, enhance inexpensively, and make it a perfect shot. Anyway, I salute Mr. Isaac on his passion to Photography and the credits he earned through the years on his name. It was an honor to be one of his participant who doesn’t defy the digital artworks 🙂

Mr Kevin Ames is another name everyone admires on his technical lighting styles, his photography preparation and set-up were always perfectly organize, and his fashion shots I believe is more on womans angles and light combination. Mr Ames technical background is something a hundred mileage for me to achieve. He knows his camera and the studio set up very well. I guess I need to get to know my camera very well and know what I can expect from her.

Anyway, my excuse to the purist in posting my digitally enhanced photos. It’s a photography art and I like the mix of being strict on a perfect shot,visualize my art and add a dash of digital enhancements. I’m a self proclaimed chef naturelle 🙂 I pick a good meat, cook it based on my style and enhance it with proper ingredients…so as to my so called photography recipes. But still credits to the Photography Masters- Mr Ames and Mr Isaac, your works is indeed inspiring.


Disayrey Sayat, Mutya ng Batangas 2009
Gerlinde Habit, First Runner Up
Mona Hammad, Second Runner Up

Jobo Roa, Mr Bodyshots Winner 2008
Bjorn Aguilar, Mr. Bodyshots 2008 Finalist
Melanie Angeles, Supermodel Philippines Finalist 2009

Fashion Designer:
Lito Perez

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