Saturday, April 12, 2014

Focus stacking (landscape or real estate) Photography

These are my personal approach in shooting landscape or real estate ,with emphasis in focus stacking

Focus stacking (landscape or real estate) Photography
- a quick, intermediate to advanced guide

Camera 

Shoot in raw mode (no discussions here) :)

Focusing

  • - manual focus
  • - shoot -0 to .7 meters (depending on the lens), might be .3 on other lens
  • - shoot 1.5 m
  • - shoot 3.5 m
  • - shoot infinity

Aperture

  • f8 -  f11 for real estate
  • f16 - f22 (i would go for f16)


ISO 100 (always on a tripod for these stacking projects)

Shutter Speed (would depend on the situation, sometimes AV mode would suffice for these situations)

Post Processing


  • - Process all images in Lightroom or Photoshop Camera raw
  • - sync settings
  • - export as TIFF (lossless compression, psd is ok too)
  • - in photoshop (open all images) and use File>Scripts> Load files into stack
  • - tick the box that says Automatically align layers
  • - Lets combine the focus now, select all layers
  • - Use Edit > Auto Blend layers, select Stack Images
  • - Export as TIFF or PSD, and also export a jpeg (for web)
Below is a video which I used as a guide but also created my own workflow (above)






Friday, November 15, 2013

Principles of Design and Color Theory MMA 1-1

Welcome MMA students to your Design Class!

This specific post is for MMA 1-1 where your assignment is to create a blog post for today's lesson, first meeting and write the the following;

  1. What is this subject and who is teaching this subject?
  2. What have you learned today?
  3. What are your expectations?
  4. On the comment section of this post, you will all write the domain name (url) of your new blog. This is also your seatwork for the day and will be graded, the format for writing comments is this;
    - full name, section, domain (see example below)
    - Rey Mendoza, MMA 1-1, www.reymendoza.blogspot.com
Prior to posting your blogs you will need to create/sign up for a Google Account
  1. Sign-up for a google account
  2. Go to blogger.com and create your first post
  3. Get your own free blogger domain and post it below on the comments section
  4. Remember to follow the format on witing comments - name, section, domain

And while youre at it, if you are home and have the time, pls visit and like - https://www.facebook.com/reymendozaphotography

And to get news from MMA , subscribe to - https://www.facebook.com/groups/445919112104148/ , exclusive to MMA Lyceum Laguna students and faculties only







Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Principles of Design and Color Theory MMA 1-3

Welcome MMA students to your Design Class!

This specific post is for MMA 1-3 where your assignment is to create a blog post for today's lesson, first meeting and write the the following;

  1. What is this subject and who is teaching this subject?
  2. What have you learned today?
  3. What are your expectations?
  4. On the comment section of this post, you will all write the domain name (url) of your new blog. This is also your seatwork for the day and will be graded, the format for writing comments is this;
    - full name, section, domain (see example below)
    - Rey Mendoza, MMA 1-3, www.reymendoza.blogspot.com
Prior to posting your blogs you will need to create/sign up for a Google Account
  1. Sign-up for a google account
  2. Go to blogger.com and create your first post
  3. Get your own free blogger domain and post it below on the comments section
  4. Remember to follow the format on witing comments - name, section, domain

And while youre at it, if you are home and have the time, pls visit and like - https://www.facebook.com/reymendozaphotography

And to get news from MMA , subscribe to - https://www.facebook.com/groups/445919112104148/ , exclusive to MMA Lyceum Laguna students and faculties only






Principles of Design and Color Theory MMA 1-2

Welcome MMA students to your Design Class!

This specific post is for MMA 1-2 where your assignment is to create a blog post for today's lesson, first meeting and write the the following;

  1. What is this subject and who is teaching this subject?
  2. What have you learned today?
  3. What are your expectations?
  4. On the comment section of this post, you will all write the domain name (url) of your new blog. This is also your seatwork for the day and will be graded, the format for writing comments is this;
    - full name, section, domain (see example below)
    - Rey Mendoza, MMA 1-2, www.reymendoza.blogspot.com
Prior to posting your blogs you will need to create/sign up for a Google Account
  1. Sign-up for a google account
  2. Go to blogger.com and create your first post
  3. Get your own free blogger domain and post it below on the comments section
  4. Remember to follow the format on witing comments - name, section, domain

And while youre at it, if you are home and have the time, pls visit and like - https://www.facebook.com/reymendozaphotography

And to get news from MMA , subscribe to - https://www.facebook.com/groups/445919112104148/ , exclusive to MMA Lyceum Laguna students and faculties only





Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Creative and Concept Photography, Ideas and Experiments

Here are some of the ideas and experiments we are going through this second semester in the Creative and Concept Photography class. These are just pegs and ideas to go through with as depending on the resources at hand, we may have to change schedules and concepts along the way.

Supersized Portraits idea came from Photoshop wizard Cristian Girotto‘s photo series L’Enfant Extérieur (the outer child) takes his subjects’ inner children and brings them, quite literally, to the surface. In the series, Girotto explores what adults would look like if men and women never left the cuteness of infancy — at least in some respects. Each photo, originally captured by photographer Quentin Curtat, shows the subject ‘shopped to look like a toddler.

Imagined Portraits - as reference
Student Work, Lyceum MMA

Projection Photography - this is simple enough but camera angles are very critical in achieving certain looks, and no flash (usually) can be used as it usually kills the ambient light that is projected in the subject. Sometimes 2 Projectors are used if you want to create a background. 
Reference

Tet Dolor, MMA Student

Tet Dolor as Spiderman
Water WigsLos Angeles-based photographer Tim Tadder, whose humorous Fish Head project we recently featured, is back again with another creative photo project based around experiments with water. This time, he found a bunch of bald guys, hurled water balloons at their heads, and then used a laser and sound trigger to capture high speed photographs. The resulting series, titled Water Wigs, shows the models wearing evanescent wigs created entirely of water.





see full article - on water wigs at petapixel

Light Painting Projects
Light Painting Selfie 






More Photography Experiments to come!

Mac Lab Policies and a general guide on learning on my class

Lyceans MMA students!

Here are your guidelines on using the Macintosh Laboratory (Mac lab)

  1. Alphabetical seating arrangement of students on each computer unit
  2. You are responsible for your unit, check the unit before and after you leave the class
  3. Make sure there are no missing parts, before and after (monitor, mouse, keyboard, adapter)
  4. If indeed there are missing parts, report it to the teacher, before or after the class ends, otherwise you will be required to pay for the missing parts.
  5. Turn off the computer before you leave the class.
  6. No borrowing of computer peripherals to use in other computer units. 
  7. You are not allowed to install any software on any units
  8. Facebook is not allowed at anytime of the class
  9. Those who are caught using Facebook or any banned social media, will have a 0 (zero) grade for that day (seat work, quiz, etc)
  10. Any form of social media is not allowed, except for web design class where social media plugins are used. 
  11. No online games is allowed. 
  12. No eating inside the Mac Lab, when breached, this will also merit 0 (zero) grade for that day
  13. An hour late for a 4 hour laboratory subject is considered absent.
  14. JEP (Just English Please) is enforced during discussions
  15. You will need a USB flash drive to back-up your personal files
  16. Playing music is allowed if you have your own headset, only during laboratory work


Expected behavior during class

  1. The general rule is be respectful, not only to the teacher but also to your classmates
  2. During lecture, no one is allowed to talk
    • first offense - verbal reprimand
    • second offense - will be asked to leave the class
    • third offense - will be sent to the guidance office
  3. In most cases , you need to turn off the computer monitor during lectures
  4. When late/tardy , sit first at the back and wait for the teacher to let you sit in your designated unit as not to disrupt the class
  5. If you are late/tardy, you might have been marked absent, check with your teacher before the class ends or on your break.
  6. You have 15 minute-breaks, don't be late in coming back at the class
  7. You are required to blog every meeting. Finish your blog-posts within the laboratory hours
  8. In most cases , you need to turn off the computer monitor during lectures
  9. You can ask questions anytime.
  10. You don't need permission to go to the bathroom, just go

Monday, November 11, 2013

Home page showcase

I added some new photos on my website home page - www.reymendoza.com  I just picked what i think are my best photos (for now) and added them at google photos. I chose google to display my photos because they do display a better resolution than facebook at the moment.

The sharpness displayed by google is amazing

























Brentville International Architectural Shots


I was hired recently by an existing client to shoot additional architectural shots of the residential community of Brentville International. it was a half day shoot and used the principle of HDR to create natural looking images that has high dynamic range

All images were shot at ISO 100, ranging from f9-13 using a 10-24mm Sigma Lens. Shutter Speed is variable since I was shooting HDR thru the Magic Lantern installed in my Canon camera. I used Photomatix and Photoshop CC to create the HDR images.






I enjoyed shooting this one, final images are slightly sharpened in Lightroom CC. and my client contact, Karen Lonosa, of Filinvest land Inc is easy to work with