PhotoWorldAsia 2013 Just 21 Days Near!

It used to be known as National Photography Week. Now it's PhotoWorldAsia (PWA). Let's support our very own way of celebrating Philippine photography. Here's the press release:

It’s barely three weeks to go and everything is set for PhotoWorld Asia 2013, the largest and longest-running photography trade show and convention happening on January 31-February 5. The speakers, the sponsors, the secretariat, the venues and the delegates – all are ready for the big rollout on opening day.

The latest detail to be finalized is the venue for the hands-on photo shoot with American professional photographer Joe McNally and the other convention speakers. FPPF Chairperson Mrs. Eduviges Y. Huang said it will be held at the Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City, a favorite wedding venue with a lush tropical garden setting. “The hands-on shoot with the guest speakers and delegates will include Body Painting, Cosplay, and Fashion models,” Mrs. Huang said.

The Fernwood hands-on workshop on February 5 with the master photographers is a separate event outside of the 5-day international photographers’ convention. Delegates are invited to attend the Fernwood event to shoot with the masters.

The PhotoWorld Asia trade show and international photographers convention is an annual event run by the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) without fail since 1995. The trade show at the Ayala Malls in Glorietta, Makati showcases the latest cameras and gadgets from major companies like Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Kodak, and many others while the international photographers’ convention at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) also in Makati will have master photographers as speakers topbilled by world renowned US professional photographer Joe McNally and his first assistant Drew Gurian.

Filipino masters who will also share their expertise with convention delegates are: Allan Razo, G-nie Arambulo, Revoli Cortez, Edwin Bacasmas, Nap Jamir II, Dan Pamintuan, Prof. Cecilia Manikan, Edwin Loyola, Jomel Gregorio, Nick Tuason, Jay Tablante and Arnel Murillo.

Chairman of PhotoWorld Asia 2013 is multi-awarded lady photographer Cris Cleofas, immediate past president of Alpha Camera Club. The trade show at the Activity Center of Glorietta is open to the public for free. Vendors at the trade show traditionally offer big discounts during the event. The international photographers convention at the AIM and the hands-on photo shoot with the masters require paid registration. Delegates who come from the provinces and abroad may check-in with the AIM Hotel at discounted rates.

For details and registration, please click here.

Sexy Fashion Shoot & Post-processing Workshop

Here's the press release on my February photo workshop FYI:

It's time to learn from the Pro! Sign up now to learn and enhance your skills in glamour and fashion photography with Professional Photographer and Art Director Joe Galian.

Photoshoot workshop for Beginners, Hobbyists and Amateur photographers. Join us and upgrade your portfolio with high-quality images. Limited slots only.

For inquiries and reservations:
John (Modelegant) (09175212145)
Sam Nakai (09175182881)

Venue: DHQ Studio 

Professional Wedding Photography

Yes I do!...professional wedding photography, that is...since 2002 in Miami, Florida. Yours truly even have been conducting wedding photography workshops in the famous Fort Santiago under the FPPF since 2011. Recent teaching commitments (photography-of course) with the University of the Philippines (College of Fine Arts) and St. Benilde's School of Design and Arts have found me happiest. And I owe most of my photo and teaching skills to Bug Nieva and in the late Victor Aquino. Unbeknown to most: yours truly is training the next generation of pro wedding photographers in the land!

Wedding photography is that rare genre of photography (like in advertising photography) that incorporates other disciplines of photography under tight time constraints, with no time for reshoots! To keep sharp and updated, I shoot weddings by servicing famous photo studios in need of a helping hand (as schedule allows). Most of the studios I service prohibit moi from posting photos due to branding strategies.

I believe in the cliche: teaching is learning twice. And to be a wedding photographer is to be one of the best photographers in the world.

BTW, many thanks to photographer Rodel Diaz for hiring moi for covering Boogie and Tin's wedding (photos above) under the Team Diaz Photography.

My Take On Adrian, The Fashion Designer

The creative force of fashion in Cavite, Adrian Rios has worked with most famous pro photogs in the land...and my first time with him. What makes Adrian so lucky (aside from his immense talent) is that he has a lot of his personal portraits taken by those same lensmen - for gratis! To add to his portrait collection, we both collaborated quickly on my take on "the Adrian" after work. My parting message to Adrian: a photo exhibit of all of his portraits is a titillating spectacle to the world of Philippine fashion and photography.

Welcome To My New Studio: DHQ

Thanks to Myke, Jay, Mike and all the team behind DHQ for inviting yours truly abroard the sprawling Digital Headquarters Studio (DHQ). It's truly an honor to be shooting with them! DHQ also rents out our premises to all photographers, please do check it out:
Photo above showcases the combined Studio A & B if you need all the space for your high-end shooting. You can use all eight studio flash units to your content!
 Studio B (photo above) is spacious enough for most photographer's projects. Only this studio has colored seamless paper backgrounds at your disposal. A folding wall behind the colored background separates Studio B.
DHQ also rent out.The floor plan of it's two training rooms-should anyone need a venue for any photo workshop.   
The floor plan of both studios for your info.
And here's the spacious Studio B if you need to shoot large crowds or huge things like a car. Please like us on Facebook: address is HK Sun Plaza, Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City (landmark: Mall of Asia). So see y'all in DHQ soon!

Happy Holidays With Jaques Borges!

It's has been a very busy 2012 and 2013 promises more of it for yours truly. I have found a "home" in the Digital Headquarters Studio shooting the tall Ms. Jaques Borges. I used the Nikon D800 with a short macro lens and-wow-can 36 megapixels really deliver all those details...that means more hours (!) retouching. Thanks for the images, Jaques, and may you folks enjoy them too!