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How I Played Around with a DSLR camera video and Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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I don’t really take videos however, but when I do it’s one continuous video clip and it happens only in a blue moon. 

The latest Manila Auto Show 2017 held last April Fool’s Day got me soaked with sugar sweet creative liquid and tried a VLOG-like (kinda lame since there were no sound effects..haha). Since VLOG is a first person production, I will TRY to practice more on how Casey Neistat does it and come out with a better output the next time around.

My initial “Mount Everest technical hurdle” was on How to splice the video clips in one go. I did some searches on YouTube Lok Cheung with PGN Photo Gear News since he is one cool dude doing video footages.

To get me up to speed, I consulted a friend Elon Nagano when i saw him at the 2017 Colors of “A” Spectrum Photo Exhibit “Soaring High With Autism” (active link to my photo docu album) last April 04, 2017 at SM City Baguio Mall Atrium. It was timely since I got to install a FREE 7-day Adobe Premiere Pro CC trialware. I took Elon’s suggestion by lining all the video clips in the Adobe Premiere’s timeline and then followed with a nest command kinda zipped all the various clips into one video clip. There’s also an import button where you can directly launch it to Youtube.

I’ve never opened my private YouTube Channel to the public. I’ll break the rules and i’ll do a  “soft launch” for the debut of my first public video documentation of an event.

Without much ado…here’s my take on The Manila International Auto Show 2017. No video edits. Intro Cast : my brother Edwin, myself and an Uber driver. No audio cuts. What you see/hear is what you get. Hope you like it.😎

P.S. Humble gear video Nikon D7000 + Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 wide angle lens.
If you get bored, hyper jump to this link to a static photo docu of MIAS 2017

How the Manila International Auto Show 2017 Can Make You Better In Taking Car Show Images Part I

Model Manila International Auto Show 2017 #mias2017 Ticket

World Trade Center Pasay Metro Manila Philippines Google Map Directions

My brother and I attended our first MIAS – Manila International Auto Show 2017 last 01 April which was held at World Trade Center Metro Manila, Philippines.

#MIAS  Manila International Auto Show 2017 #mias2017 World Trade Center Pasay City Philippines
It was a very sunny summer day. We arrived via an excellent UBER ride by demand at World Trade Center in Pasay City where the MIAS 2017 is being held. 

To wet the appetite, 4×4’s parked just in front the venue gate. Click! 
Racetech sport wrangler unlimited Manila International Auto Show #mias #racetech #racetechsportwrangler #mias2017
Model Manila International Auto Show 2017 #mias2017 Ticket
I got a ticket to “ride” … let’s go inside …
Early birds
Got in … ticket booth on far back far left … “early birds” benefit a lot …
#MIAS #mias2017
thug thug thug ...
thug… thug… thug… DJ spinning supplying the event music … 
A Busy DJ Manila International Auto Show 2017  #mias2017 #mias
Busy DJ … Don’t Disturb the Groove

Photography Tips (based on my experience)
– Haste makes waste. Always prepare in advance (foresight) with the readiness of your camera, accessories. Do it right the first time. 

– For events photography, make it a point to shoot points of human interest outside/inside the event/venue. This technique starts up the storyline using still pictures. That’s a total eight images which serve as beginning/introductory in my case. There are no limits on the images. The best behind the scene images are when you have access to the venue and photo document the preparatory activities before the event proper.
– Prepare for an indoor camera shooting mode wherein usual indoor lighting is not sufficient and will require adjusting your camera settings. There are also situations when indoor lighting is excessive. I use manual preset all the time so that I have full control.

– I brought a camera Speedlight and improvised an off-camera mount using my tripod head. This is matched with a wireless radio trigger mounted on my camera and on the improvised mount.

– Always make sure to charge your Speedlight batteries in full. Bring another set of spare batteries for the camera and a speedlight. 

– Always check that you have enough camera memory cards. I use one (1) Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Memory Card and a 16 GB Exceria Type 2 SDHC™ SD Cards – TOSHIBA Memory. My Nikon has two (2) separate slots which allow (2) memory cards.
Once inside… 
it’s officially Manila International Auto Show time!!! 

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Photography Tips: 
– Know your camera settings very well. There is no room for guess work. Take a couple test shot/s. 

– Take isolation shots using a wide angle lens. I use a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, a prime lens so I can capture wide stills. Frame well your shots and take note of the composition. Rule of thirds are best 

– DLSR’s has a limit in terms of its ISO noise. So, to prevent noise I make it a point not to exceed ISO 800.  

– I never shoot manual. I always shoot in AF (auto-focus mode). Since the venue’s noise level is kinda loud, I also adjust the camera beeper to be louder so I will know if I got an autofocus lock. It’s a personal preference.  

Time management.
Mobile ready – smartphone, charger, Google Map, etc.,
Travel Light. Don’t haul unnecessary camera gear.
Drink/Hydrate enough/well.
Get enough rest/sleep.
Eat – breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Be always aware of personal spaces, pockets, unattended belongings.
Up next… soon ….Part II (Concluding Part) How the Manila International Auto Show 2017 Can Make You Better In Taking Car Show Images (car show models debut)

Photo equipment I utilized to photo-document the event:
Nikon DSLR 
Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight

Various Nikon Lenses 50mm 1.8G; 85mm 1.8G

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Sigma 18-3mm Art f/1.8
Nikon Batteries
Gioto Tripod head + without legs as strobe mount
Memory Cards
Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Memory Card 

16 GB Exceria Type 2 SDHC™ SD Cards – TOSHIBA Memory

How Bitdefender Total Security 2017 Protects My Photography

How Bitdefender Total Security 2017 Protects My World

How Bitdefender Total Security 2017 Protects My Photography

In the computing days of my past generation where a free simple anti-virus would do is in today’s present reality a form of “virtual harakiri or just getting ahead with your next life scenario.” Luckily, I survived. Thus to achieve an optimum level of computer security, I switched around 4th quarter last year to Bitdefender Total Security 2016 then upgraded to its latest 2017 version, all these I am thankful for the advice of my brother. 

The photography work I do is mainly with data files primarily image files and part of my world revolve around the access/use of these files with the internet. In the real world, I can only imagine a worst case scenario when my data images get stolen, ransomed, or worst deleted and that would translate to lost man-hours/productivity.     
Bitdefender Total Security 2017 Report

I am totally impressed! By far, one of the home/personal security PC/mobile software. Proof of the pudding is the eating and to that, I received an auto-generated report. How cool is that? As to date, my personal computer is fully protected. 

To further back up my personal testament,  I read from AV-comparatives dubbed the Whole Product Dynamic Real-World Protection Test with its latest revision dated 15th March 2017 and Bitdefender is one amongst “the following products (latest version available at time of testing) were tested: Adaware Pro Security
12.0, Avast Free Antivirus 17.1, AVG Free Antivirus 17.1, AVIRA Antivirus Pro 15.0BullGuard Internet Security 17.0, CrowdStrike Falcon Prevent 2.28, Emsisoft
Anti-Malware 2017, eScan Corporate 360 14.0, ESET Internet Security 10.0, F-Secure Safe 2017,
Fortinet FortiClient 5.4, Kaspersky Internet Security 2017, McAfee Internet Security 19.0, Microsoft
Security Essentials 4.10, Bitdefender
Internet Security 2017Panda Free Antivirus 18.0, Seqrite Endpoint Security 17.0, Tencent PC Manager 12.1, Symantec Norton Security 22.9, Trend Micro Internet Security 11.0 and VIPRE InternetSecurity Pro, etc.”

The report above is in PDF format report is downloadable.  

A Sneak Peek Manila International Auto Show 2017 Full Blog Coming Soon

Professional Car Show Model Manila International Auto Show 2017 #mias2017 #janny medina
Manila International Auto Show 2017 Mazda model #mias2017
#mias2017 Manila International Auto Show 2017 professional carl show model

Yesterday, my brother and I attended our first MIAS – Manila International Auto Show which was held at World Trade Center Metro Manila, Philippines.

World Trade Center Pasay Metro Manila Philippines Google Map Directions

The car show started at 10 AM and is open until 10 o’clock in the evening.

The event was launched last March 30, 2017. 

Guys, today is the last day of the event April 2, 2017. Do drop by.March 30-April 2, 2017
I had fun taking photo shots, both still and video format of the event.

This is just a teaser, sneak preview of the blog. Enjoy! 🙂

Models (partial image release click here ... )

More info about MIAS 2017 Fun in progress … Car images… etc., … hang on to your seats …. vrrrmmm!


How Vogue Italia is the New Black

Vogue Italia – Who? Vogue, yeah…Now does that ring a bell?

Whilst Vogue is mostly into the fashion world, photographers do matter a lot to them since it is the platform which Vogue documents its products, events, etc.,

My involvement with Vogue Italia started in 2013. It’s not a big deal however, it’s kinda a deadly sin like say, you pursue an uncontrolled indulgence on your choice of chocolates whilst you’re currently observing a spartan health diet (weight loss program). Hahaha. A world class image platform for your image portfolio for free– why not.

Humbly, building a photography portfolio is not that hard at all. The real challenge is once you submit your images for review,, Vogue Italia has a “clearinghouse” and that your images must pass their criteria before they approve your image submissions. This curatorship process is a third party mind filtering the images you have a bias but does not make the cut. If what you favor gets approved, then it’s still okay.

Once your image passed Vogue “clearinghouse/thumbs-up” of their photography editor/s, you’ll get the Vogue stamp, the seal of approval of your photo and your image gets published with Vogue Italia magazine. Only Vogue Italy has this win-win arrangement with photographers.

Vogue Italia White Horse Moonlight Serenade by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo  Vogue Italia White Horse Moonlight Serenade by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo
The first image I submitted and was approved. It was published by Vogue Italia on 02.12.2013. A straight-forward black and white equine. Fauna theme.
Vogue Italia White Horse Pink Mane by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo My First Vogue Italia Portfolio Approved Image

My follow-up submission that made it to the cut in the same year 26.11.2013 was a selective desaturation composition.Again, most photographic editors at Vogue Italia are imbued with “out of the box” mind set.
Vogue Italia gives their approval and publication information in Italian. Here’s how it looks …
n° Fotografi: 73051
n° Foto Approvate: 190171

Vogue Italia Market Shadows by avianquest a.k.a Peter C. Florendo  Vogue Italia Market Shadows by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo

I was surprised that I got an early first week 01.08.2014 publication. This time around, I focused on street photography centered on people doing livelihood.Again, I kept my pictures following the black and white direction.

Vogue Italia Into the Light by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo  Vogue Italia Into the Light by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo

I believe that consistency is the key to high image approval rates. I got  “Into the Light” published on 03.24.2014 which is a black and white street photography cum Captured by the Moment genre. The story goes- One early morning, I saw three young boys going to school whilst passing by a street with lots of trees in our city. Deep impressions by the ambient light creating dramatic shadows.

Vogue Italia Karma by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo Vogue Italia Karma by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo

I finally got enough courage to submit and I got my first color image dubbed “Karma” published on 07.22.2014. It was a breath of new life. Abstract images definitely do make the cut at Vogue Italy.

 Vogue Italia Foggy Swan Lake by avianquest a.k.a Peter C. Florendo Foggy Swan Lake Black and White Image of my Vogue Italia Portfolio
It’s no surprise that even nature landscapes with dramatic atmospheres (fog, rain, etc.,) get through the Vogue Italia editor’s impeccable judgment. I went back to the safe grind of posting black and white images. “Foggy Swan Lake” – All is calm one early morning at a peaceful lake. I watch the beautiful swan boats bathe in the light of the fog banks.Published: Vogue Italia Monday, November 24, 2014. 
 Vogue Italia Morning Graze by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo  Morning Graze Vogue Italia Portfoilio Black and White by Peter C. Florendo a.k.a avianquest

Morning Graze is an attempt to photo-document equine stable life during sunrise.
It was published on 13.01.2015. 

 Vogue Italia Day's End by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo  Vogue Italia Day's End by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo

Day’s End is my breakthrough color image presenting Philippine Cordillera indigenous culture.

Read more this at my blog linked below:

Vogue Italia Auto Ritrattistica by avianquest a.k.a Peter C. Florendo

“Auto Ritrattistica “ A Street Photography cum Self Portraiture. I seldom present myself (image) to social media. On a casual day, I accidentally took a simple self-portraiture which involved a dog and people juxtaposed in a car repair shop. Published; Vogue Italia Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Photography deals a lot with translating a physical/metaphysical everyday encounters with nature, events, people,etc., using a camera. Our human physical senses, our eyes, the windows of our soul is similar to the camera. The impressions we see get stored in our sub-conscious as thoughts whilst images get captured by the camera sensor and embedded as digital files to a small memory card. Our mind (metaphysical) embeds our thoughts, impressions, experiences in our brain (physical).

I see to it that i always ground myself to earth and keep reminding myself that, I don’t compete with anyone else but myself alone. This is how I coined What My Soul Perceives. Focus, self determination. 

I’ll leave my Vogue Italia in an open season for 2017 for regard Vogue Italia as an important image portfolio to me which is a blessing in disguise. It’s the new black. To photographers, why not start your portfolio with them. It’s definitely FREE.



How to be Creative During the Observance of Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour 2017 Incense Burner and Candle
Hi there… Here’s my set-up with the just concluded observation of Earth Hour 2017
(left) and an incense burner and (right) candle … I initially lighted my set-up using a small flashlight and when set,  turned the flashlight off…
Burning Incense and lighted candle help keep the atmosphere cool and more spiritually charged and drive away negativity … with God as my main consciousness … I used my mind to send good vibes everywhere … open eye meditation helps reduce stress. 

Incense burner, a gift from my sister based in North America.

After an hour … lights back on. … Fully re-charged…relaxed 😊


Selected North Luzon Philippines Destinations

Palaui Island, Sta. Ana
Badoc Island
San Fernando


Banaue Bangaan Batad
Ampucao, Itogon
Harrison Road
Mines View
Baguio Century Totem
Outlook Drive
Wright Park Horse Stable Hill
Baguio City White House
Leonard Wood Road
Teachers’ Camp
Leonard Wood Road


The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Behind the Scenes Skateboarding Photography

Get stoked! Shoot SK8 !   

If you’re waiting for sick airs, backsides, caballerials, carves, fakies, FS 549, goffy foot, grinds, crooked grinds, 50-50 grinds, smith grinds, two grinds, kickflips,hellflips,McTwists, Mongo-foot, Nollies, No Comply 180, Noseslide, pops, boardslides, regular foot, tailslides, pop shove-its, top guns, varial kick flips, varial heel flips, 360 flips, Ollie norths, laser flips, hards flips, inwards heel flips …. yadah. yadah, yadah … i don’t give any guarantees …’Nuff said …Grind!

My teen memory is so fresh just like yesterday. Shooting a skateboard event is definitely not for the faint-hearted, un-initiated photographer … Well this is my sort of getting shock and awe right smack in the face for the first time!

Let me initiate you. 
I arrived just as when everyone at the venue was in prep mode like kinda starting to set-up your brand new skateboard. 

CASUALLY BLEND IN. Come in wearing your ordinary street/skate tees, jeans, regular sneakers and your favorite skate thug-cap. Don’t ever dress up like a media reporter else you get more eyeballs following your every move.
 ALWAYS BE READY to take ACTION scenes 
that UNEXPECTEDLY come your way…

Skateboard rails … open-air cum closed gym …all not yet set-up.

POINTS OF INTEREST (hint) Beginning … click! … Click! Middle …

Note: End photo shots will be during the contest proper …
when the skaters use this thingamajig.  
BEHIND THE SCENES– underscored… means you have to be KEEN on keeping tabs UNIQUE human interest photo subjects. 
Looks can be deceiving. 
Who knows this little girl might be a better skater 
than all of the boys. 
Drill this, you are behind the scenes doing CANDID photo shots
If you have prime lens use ’em. 
juxtaposition/fill-in the frame composition shots..Google! 
Use the stage and take WIDE VANTAGE level shots. 
Documenting in one go what is happening at the venue. 
Bring prime wide angle lens 11mm – 18mm. 
Oops, I used a crop sensor DSLR camera.
Full-frame DSLR / mirrorless plus wide angle lens–> the better! 
If you like to risk 
say, your Leica getting bricked, 
it’s your choice … 
so the event’s venue 
is an open air basketball court 
beside the road … 
Well it’s in the wide shot already … 
but it was just a little bit info … 
Add the stage peeps + roadside view…
include a passing car up …
The stage was set-up with a rock cum death metal concert gear … again, take vantage candid pre-concert scene shots… 
Went up the cement stairway…
Be aware of the different peeps …roles … 
Don’t get carried by side scenes …
Here’s the DJ!
SK8boarder prep-ing … 
Click candid!
Next …
Sk8boarders just sitting in pairs .. click!
Sk8boarders just warming their a_s_s in one row  .. click!
Now, get a shot of the stage on the basketball/gym floor …. 
Emphasize what’s on the concert stage …click!
Sk8boarder hammering away ! click! …
Sk8boarders footloose ! click! ….
Get upclose shots … don’t be a push-over … 
The Sk8board ramp assembly/set-up …Beginning!
Frame ’em well… Middle shot! …
Again, venue goings on … gym wide shot
SK8 ….Colors, colors … 

SK8board ramp…final shot… 
Remember a beginning-middle-end of a photo subject storyline.

Connect products…like an energy drink SK8ters drink 
…adds spice to story …. 

Play with available ambient lights and shadows. 

Next stop … Sk8 competition proper …ACTION/SPORTS photography 

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