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I am a Photographist

There’s this question bugging me but I’ll reveal that later on. Nope, it’s not about the correctness of the word ‘photographist’ but I kind of like that term.

I’ve been self-studying photography for about two weeks. I am not rushing though. I still watch videos about safety and precautions of using the camera and the right posture of taking photos. I have not finished reading the manual yet and have been surfing the web for rules of art and how to break them.

Below are my sample photographs. I am hoping to get constructive criticisms about them; how to improve my shots and some advices on capturing photos. I am also looking forward about tips of using cosmetics and make-ups and photoshop manipulations. I am willing to exchange bits of information to web-ial beings that happens to visit this web space. Here goes.

Title: Tropang Liflied
Notes: I was not aware of the Rule of Thirds here yet. (Well, not because there are three flies, Rule of Thirds should be used.) If I had known that rule earlier, I would put the flies on the upper right portion between second and third row horizontally and first and second row vertically to give more space on the cement floor. I shot this on one lazy afternoon and this is considered to be one of ‘my’ first shots. I used close-up here. And up until now, I still can’t perfect aperture and shutter priority.

Title: Under the Guava Tree
Notes: This shot is made at around 4pm and the subject is a Guava tree. I am still experimenting on capturing photos here. During this time, I have only read the basics of shooting settings. I enhanced the red hue of this photograph to convey a dramatic aura.

Title: Snake and Ladders
Notes: This is also one of my first shots. Minimalism is my theme on this one and I wanted to have dark clouds as background. I tried using photoshop effects to achieve an emo-ish background but it turns to lower the quality of the photo. This is actually raw and minimalist on all process.

Title: Around the Carousel in Thirty Days
Notes: Location is Mall of Asia. I think I achieved what I desire on this shot: vivid colors and striking lights. I experimented on using the shutter-priority, portrait, child and aperture priority. I forgot what mode this one is. Haha. I like the exchange of colors here. After this shot, my camera’s battery emptied.

For the bugging question to photographers: If you are the only person who happens to be in a scenario where there is an accident and you have with you your camera, would you still take a photo of the accident and preserve ‘that’ moment of capturing the once-in-a-lifetime shot or will you put aside your passion and help the person to survive the mishap?

169 Comments to “I am a Photographist”

  1. taympers says:

    hoy ax! may dslr ka na ata. sosyalin ka ng bata! hehehe

  2. lovely says:

    naks naman..
    wala ako masabi haha..

  3. lovely says:

    himala ata nauna tayo taympers hehe..imposible na kayang mangyari na nauuna tayo haha.

  4. Joyo says:

    hmmm…. sa totoo lang ang picture naman eh nasa tumitingin kung mgnda o hindi… minsan shoot sa iba, minsan di type nung taste nila… kaya ako kukuha ako ng litrato hangga’t gusto ko… as long as masaya ako sa mga kuha ko…

    sa tanong mo sa huli, ako siguro gagawa na lang ako ng paraan para makatulong… isantabi muna ang pansariling intensyon… baka may maisave pa akong life. :D

    nice shots!

    • Ax says:

      Ay, gumaganon si Ate Joyo! Ako, isa lang naman ang gusto ko mangyari, yung pagkakitaan tong photography bilang photographist! Woot!

      Salamat! Sana mapag-aralan ko agad yung manual, aperture at shutter priority. Nahihirapan ako. ;]

  5. lovely says:

    kukunin kita photographer sa kasal ko ha hahahaha…

  6. taga-bundok says:

    Pa-base muna! Haha! Yay! Basa mode na. :D

  7. taga-bundok says:

    Ang ganda ng shot sa guava tree at yung snake and ladder! I don’t have any constructive critisms (I better learn from you instead).

    Anyway, I’ll photograph the accident only after calling an emergency hotline.

  8. Wolf says:

    First shots ba kamo?

    At least walang distracting elements. Though hindi ko gets kung san nakadapo yung mga langgaw kaso alam ko naman kung ano ang lens mo para macro shot na lang sana so I digress. Tinapyas mo ang ilong ng kabayo. Dunno kung in motion ito hence the probability na matapyas nga ang ilong.

    Minimalist or playing safe? ;) Let’s get it on!

    • Ax says:

      Alam mo yung kainan ng mga aso namin?! Haha. Nandun yung mga langaw. Hindi ko alam yung macro shot! Ano yun? Hindi ito in motion, may iniiwasan kase ako sa gilid. Rumarason pa? Haha, tapos parang animated pa yung mga langaw!

      Haha, minimalist talaga yan no. Saka na ako mag-e explore ng iba! Hindi ko pa kaya yung landscape. Ang corny ko sa horizon. Hindi pantay yung hawak ko ng camera!

      • Ax says:

        May iba akong shots ng kabayo pero yan ang napili ko! Now I know, na mali tapyasin ang ilong ng kabayo! Iiwasan ko na yun! Hehe.

  9. taympers says:

    ok sa akin lahat ng pics maliban sa huli. nakikita ko kasi sarili ko, joke. pero ayoko lang nung huli kasi tapyas ang ilong. parang kulang na yonf scene sa akin pag di buo yong subject lalo na pag hayop o something na may kinalaman sa gumagalaw o may buhay.

    • Ax says:

      Honga, tapyas nga ang ilong. Nakakatakot ka Taympers! Bakit ganyan eksplanasyon mo?! Aw.

      Pero, oo nga. Tama ka! I’ll avoid that in the future. Sa akin kase, wala wala lang kung wala yung ilong. Pero siguro nga, there are things na hindi pwede mawala. Tulad ng ilong ng elepante, stripes ng zebra, mata ng kwago, tiyan ng ahas. Now I get it! Salamat!

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  11. elysplanet says:

    magaganda na ang mga larawan. thanks for some tips on photography. i share the same passion.

    sensya na kung ngaun lang uli ako napadaan dito. babasahin ko muna ang iba mo pang entries.

  12. toni says:

    nagsisimula ka pa lang macro shot na. ala ako naintindihan sa photography pero me mga pagkakataon kailangan o di maaiiwasan ibreak ang rule.

    • Ax says:

      Nagets ko na kung ano yung macro shot.. At alam ko na rin ang micro shot. Haha.

      Yun nga rin po yung nabasa ko, may pagkakataon na kailangan ibreak yung rule and there will come a time that I have to set my signature shot.

      My signature shot.

      Exciting!

      • toni says:

        lam mo impostor ung fiktyur ng horse jan.
        unang tingin kala ko manok dahil don sa tila palong tas me kala ko din balahibong nakalaylay. at ano un kaliskis?
        nong titigan ko ibang hayop pala.

        kaya importante din ang framing.

        • Ax says:

          Framing. I’ll keep that in mind! Pati yung imaginary line para hindi maging baliko yung kalalabasan ng picture. ;]

  13. toni says:

    tungkol don sa tanong…. gamitin ang konsensya.

  14. melody says:

    maganda naman ang take ng pictures..photographist ka nga.ayeeehh

  15. salbehe says:

    Sa mahiwagang tanong mo Ax, syempre save life. Capture the moment later. Wala makapagkoment lang. ;)

  16. slaveboi says:

    Very nice, Ax. I thought the guava tree was something else. :p

  17. lio loco says:

    gusto ko ‘yung snakes and ladders. reminds me of dreaming and melancholy.

    naks! dumi-dslr ka na pala ngayon, akso! ibang level na ah.

    • Ax says:

      Lio. Nagbalik ka na! May rason na para buhayin ang isa ko pang katauhan.. para talunin ka! Haha. Welcome back! Meron ng hahawak ng mga pera ko dahil nandyan ka na, nagbabalik at may titulo na sa pangalan niya! Congrats!

      Babalik ka ba sa Espanya?

  18. orville says:

    wow ax ang gaganda ng pics.. ahm ngayon lang ako naka visit ulit dito at pati rin pala sa blog ko.. ako pangarap ko din maging photographer.. isa pa dapat magkaroon muna ako ng magandang klase ng camera kasi cp lang ang ginagamit ko pati sa mga pics sa blog ko..

  19. Vajarl says:

    Wala akong ka alam alam sa futograpi. Pero mahilig ako mag pictures. Siguro kung may maganda akong camera eh maiinspire ako mag aattend ng mga seminars para matuto.

    Meron akong kaibigan na magaling sa pichuran. Naiinggit ako. Sana mayaman na ko para makabili agad ako ng camera!

  20. ax huli na ko??? daya..

    teka ax uwian ko na…

    gotta go..

    magiiwan lang ako ng isang mensahe..

    “may imahe ba talaga dun sa sangang pute?”

  21. nice shots…

    i was thinking of naming the photos you have taken…

    1. walang langaw (get it? I was hoping they are mosquitoes, so it could be the 3 mosquiters but hey they are not so.. ayun)

    2. masturbating-lad-under-the-guava-tree eye view. (hey..)

    3. my penis (hey mines not THAT crooked… swear)

    4. Carousal (tsk tsk… cant help it)

    Nice blog you got here.

  22. Ax… Check your FB photos… Nandun ang comments ko… :)

    Happy clicking!!!

    • Ax says:

      Yep, Kuya Mark! Maraming maraming salamat! I’ll use those tips and constructive criticisms sa susunod na photoshoot! Yey!

  23. Pong says:

    hindi ako marunong sa potogra[iya
    kaya heto lang masasabi ko
    Clap, Clap, Clap

  24. sows says:

    kanin ba ung katabi nung langaw?
    pinakagusto ko ung puno. daming kulay. galeng mo mag photoshoot aks! :wink:

    uy favor naman, pa update ng link ko!! TSALAMAT!
    :lol:

  25. timangkey says:

    Yo Ax… nice piktyurs.

    Hindi ako mahilig DSLR… Kasi gusto ko panay “Point and Shoot”.wehehe

    Ive got a caption for the photos.

    1. Wag na Langaw. (Palidrome)

    2. Shades

    3. Herpes

    4. kabahues

    About the carousel nga pala. I hate kids playing there. They are always horsing around. =P

    • Ax says:

      Woah, gusto ko yung Kabahues ha!

      Ah, sa totoo lang, mukhang pera talaga ako. Lahat ng may kinalaman sa pera, pinapatos ko. Haha. Iniisip ko talagang pagkakitaan tong photography.

      Feeling ko, ako talaga si Greed. ;]

      At sa carousel, they are always horsing around.. in circles!

  26. eloiski says:

    wow pumophototographist. yehey! ang galing! gusto ko yung puno at langaw. ewan ko kung bakit.

    tips pa. tips pa. hakhak. pumophotographist din daw kasi ako eh. kaso beginner ng sobra sobra. hakhak.

    may libro ako about sa digital photography. binabasa ko siya. detailed naman. gusto mo? kaso paano? ginagamit ko din eh. share na lang tayo. hakhak!

    dun nga po pala sa langaw, hmmm close up shot, macro po ba? kokomento lang po ako pwede. di ba pwedeng mas malapit. yung mas detalyado po sana ang lahat ng anik anik ng langaw.

    dun sa puno, gusto ko ang anggulo. hindi mukhang guava tree. ang galing. hakhak!

    yung sa last shot, okay naman ang colorful pre. ilike. sana nitry mo din ano yung light paint achuchu. basta yun. hakhak. wala lungs. hakhak. pwede rin sa kanya ang boke shots. promise.

    yun lungs naman!

    • Ax says:

      Ah, hindi ayos lang! Sige lang, basahin mo lang yung book mo. May mga binabasa at pinapanood rin naman ako through inet. Tapos unting practice pa. Hehe!

      Sige, sige! Yung bokeh, pinag-aaralan ko rin talaga! Yung aperture, malapit ko na maperfect. Unti na lang. Hehe. Tinatansya ko pa yung distance at yung measure ng aperture!

  27. cyberpat says:

    kuya… gud evening po… nyay late na naman ako… wow kuya… photography… wla po ako alam sa principles ng photography po eh… but i want to answer the question dun po sa baba… it depends sa scenario pero i think take a shot first before helping… i’ve seen some human interest photos and they’re priceless… lalo na po yung scenarios na may tragedy na nangyari then na trap pa yung tao or something… tlgang na caught po yung drama dun sa scene na yun base pa lang sa expression ng tao… kaso po in just a snap… baka ang kabayaran pa yung buhay ng tao…

    nice kuya… sana maka kuha kayo ng pics ng murders o kaya evidences po na makakapagturo sa isang serial killer…

  28. I think that the rule of thirds is a good one to follow in any case/scenario. :-)

    I like the “snake and ladders” photo and “under the guava tree” best because of the colors. I just had a hard time accepting that the tree you shot was a guava tree since the leaves are red. Ehehehe! Nevertheless, I like those two.

    • Ax says:

      Oo nga, naisip ko na mas magiging interesante pag ginamit ang rules of third.. at mostly naman pwede i-apply ang Rules of Third wag sa lang sa may matataas na strength of harmony!

      Yung Guava Tree, there is a trick kase diyan. ;] Aside from enhancing to red color.

  29. ghe says:

    love triangle ung mga langaw ah.. hi ax. tagal ko di nadalaw dito..

  30. J.Kulisap says:

    Bayabas ba talaga yan? Pero mas naawa ako sa mga langaw, patay na ba yang mga yan?

    Kamusta na?

    • Ax says:

      Oo bayabas yan. Pati yung minimalist na photo, bayabas din yun. Buhay pa naman yung mga langaw na yan at barkada yang mga yan.

      Ayos naman ako! Ayos naman lahat. Ayos naman! Yay.

  31. Vajarl says:

    BOSS! Kumusta na ang laban mo sa Globe? Kelangan mo ba ng tulong ko? Papasugod ko yan sa mga alagad kong matsing! Anyenye!

    • Ax says:

      Haha, salamat sa pangangamusta. Irerebate nila yung mga days na nirereklamo ko. Later, susulat ulit ako sa kanila at sasabihin na may mga glitches pa rin na tumatagal ng ilang hours and minutes. So don’t worry! Hehe.

      • Vajarl says:

        Nabasa ko nga yang remit remit na yan nung pinost mo sa FB. Namimiss ka na ng blog ko. Haha.

        • Ax says:

          Pag nasa opis ako, ikaw ang dadalawin ko at yung mga hindi ko nadadalaw! Promise yan! ;]

          Sinusubukan kong tanggalin yung sa akin yung phrase na ‘promise yan.’

          Pero, lately, madalas kong naririnig na sinasabi sa akin kaya nahahawa na ako. Haha.

  32. Vajarl says:

    Boss! Beng! Beng!

  33. cJoyz says:

    tagal ko na ulit bago nakabisita dito… =)

    try mo sunset minsan (un kasi topak ko ngaun..hehehe)…

    High “F” settings, 100 un ISO, then under expose…

    apperture prio nga pala un setting… ^___^

    for more effect, pwede mo baguhin un contrast, sharpness and white balance…hehhe

    • cJoyz says:

      nga pala… photo shoot tau ng landscape ax… tsaka na portrait… nde ko pa masyado gamay un eh…

      • Ax says:

        Portrait naman ang medyo okay okay sa akin. Yung landscape, toinks, bagsak ako don. Hehe.

        Sige, sige. Problema na lang natin kung saan. ;)

        • cJoyz says:

          uu nga eh… gusto ko sana sa peoples park sa tagaytay kaso maulan na… pwede din natin damay ang portraits dun… parang bonding na din natin… model natin si eleyn, chrish and ice… y not diba? need natin ng reflectors and 3 soft light..hehehe

  34. dong ho says:

    nice question. ill definitely put aside my camera on that instance.

  35. busyokology says:

    hehe.sasabihin ko ‘yong rule of thirds pero napansin mo rin pala. anyway, wala din akong alam sa photography…at hindi rin ako photographist :-). pero ginagamit ko ang rule of thirds na yan sa artworks ko.

    ang galing ng kuha mo sa second pix. :-)

    new cam? naks :-)

    • Ax says:

      Yey, pati pala ikaw gumagamit ng Rule of Thirds sa artworks mo! Nakow, tsamba lang yang mga yan! Mas magaling ka pa nga magdrawing eh! ;]

  36. tsiremo says:

    Ax, gusto ko yung term mo “Photographist”..gusto ko rin pag-aralan yung mga angles lol, dami alam haha..kelangan ko ba magkaroon ng mamahaling camera para maganda lang ang capture? Gusto ko..gusto ko..

    • Ax says:

      Hindi natin kailangan ng mamahaling camera! Ang kailangan natin, magandang model! Yay!

      • cJoyz says:

        makikisali lang.. ang sikreto ng magandang kuha kung nde dslr ang gamit ay asa ilaw at sa kumukuha… mainam din ang magandang lente,at bonus na lang mamahaling camera… =)

  37. Aina says:

    Awesome photography. *A* Hays. I suck at taking pictures. =)))) Go Kuya! Sana maging professional photographer ka po. Ay, photographist po pala. ;p

  38. Vajarl says:

    Ano kaya pinag uusapan nung tatlong langaw, noh?

  39. kayedee says:

    nice one!i dont like to take pictures kc gusto ako ang kinukuhanan eh! ehehe..

  40. coco says:

    mga langaw sa toilet bowl yey!

  41. Allen says:

    i-photowalk na yan!!!!!!! :D

  42. coco says:

    gandang umaga ax!

  43. Len says:

    wow., galing, ganda ng pagkakuha ax, actually may mga taong naappreciate kahit simpleng pics lang peru malakas ang dating, isa na ako don.. hehehe

  44. Len says:

    kelan kaya ako makaka base?!? :-(

  45. Barry Cyrus says:

    ikaw na ang photographist! goodjob!

  46. coco says:

    good morning ax!

    i believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem.

    • Ax says:

      Uy, binati talaga ako ng good morning sa totoong morning hour ng time zone natin.

      I believe that junk food tastes so good because it’s bad for you.

  47. Monz Avenue says:

    was here…

    nakalimotan ko magcomment. heheh.. ano camera mo? ang ganda. ang galing. Good job!

  48. sows says:

    usta ax? walng bago?

  49. Joyo says:

    bakit wala ka yatang update *sigh*

  50. Mr. Nonsense says:

    “my camera’s battery EMPTIED”?…..naks talaga tong litraterong ito.
    btw, ano ba yung huling pic? unicorn o horny na kabayo?

  51. .poOt! says:

    I don’t know anything about photography but I’m planning to take photog classes and buy manuals. I’m expecting a dslr kasi next year, haha.

    My first impression with the first pic is: EWW! IT’S GROSS! Haha. Kaya na-turn off agad ako. Lols.

    But the 2nd and 3rd pic are actually good. Yung 4th, masyadong colorful.

    I’m back sa blogosphere. Welcome me, haha.

    • Ax says:

      Today, beside celebrating the 112th independence of the Philippines, I humbly welcome a blogger’s comeback in the blogosphere.

      For our Republic’s birthday is as significant as a blogger’s return, I do hereby signed a state ceremonial for the coming back of Tsilspat blog.

      And so stipulated between Ax Realm and the Republic of the Philippine Blogosphere.

      I hereby pronounce Jubert’s return.

  52. topexpress says:

    Love the shots taken! basta i suggest na click lng ng click. it will help u develop ur eyes on things na masarap i snapshots!

    goodluck AX! :D

  53. Mars says:

    aba may photography na rin dito, ayos malupet na start up

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