Working on Layers: Manila Street Photography GoPro POV with the Fujifilm x100s

Lesson: Layers + Working the Scene

In this video I shot with the Fujifilm x100s and pre-focused my lens to around 5-10 meters (manual focus), shot at f/8, ISO 800, aperture-priority mode, optical viewfinder, and worked on trying to get more layers in the shot. The technique I used here was trying to get someone in the extreme foreground in the photo, and the subject in the background sharp. You can read more about this approach in my “Multiple Subjects” composition lesson.

In addition, I also made a conscious effort to stick around and “work the scene” — by taking multiple shots of the same scene, rather than just taking one shot and moving on. The masters rarely just took one scene of a shot and moved on, as you can see in my article: “10 Things Street Photographers Can Learn From Magnum Contact Sheets“.

The Poetic Black and White Street Photography of Manila by Robert Huibonhoa

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Eric’s Note: I got introduced to Robert Huibonhoa from talented photographer Geric Cruz. When I look at Robert’s work, I am taken back by the elegance and poetry of his images. Although many of his images are quite somber in feel, he still celebrates and highlights the joys of life through his images. Check out his soulful black and white images (and some of his thoughts on shooting) in the feature below.

Robert: I got started in photography by the influence of my friends. I never took any formal training or attended any workshop, but luckily have been surrounded by, in my opinion, the best image makers in my country. There’s so much to be learned from other photographers vision and style. Most photographers are innately teachers of their craft even if they don’t know it. I still continue to look to their work for inspiration.

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Documenting Life in Manila and Beyond: The Intimate Monochromatic Images by Veejay Villafranca

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Eric’s Note: When I was in Manila in January, I met Veejay Villafranca at an exhibition of Carlo Gabuco‘s paintings. I heard great things about Veejay’s work, and when I looked at some of his images on his iPhone I was blown away. Not only does Veejay have a great eye for composition and imagery, but a great ability to connect with his subjects on a deeper and more emotional level. He is definitely one of the finest photographers in Manila, make sure to check out some his work below.

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It’s More Fun to Shoot Street Photography in Manila

It has been around a month since I returned from teaching/shooting street photography in Manila, and I finally had the chance to do an update video. My experiences in Manila were incredible, and a huge thanks to Jeff Mercader for bringing me over and to Joel Mataro and the guys at DAAN for organizing everything and really taking care of me. Also of course a shout-out to all of the workshop participants who totally rocked the streets of Manila.

I wanted to do this video to share my experiences shooting street photography in Manila, and why I think it is such a phenomenal country to travel to. I think it is seriously one of the most under-rated places to visit, and I encourage everyone who wants a friendly, affordable, and inspirational place to shoot street photography abroad!

Their motto is really true: it is more fun in the Philippines! And if you are interested in visiting, make sure to post a message to the DAAN Facebook group and say I sent you.

Painter & Street Photographer: Interview with Visual Artist Carlo Gabuco

Carlo Gabuco

Eric’s Note: I first met Carlo Gabuco in Singapore about a year ago, at the Invisible Photographer Asia gallery with Kevin Wy Lee. When I looked at Carlo’s work, I was overwhelmed by the sense of beauty and darkness in his monochromatic images. I was even more surprised to discover that he was first a painter (I saw a recent painting exhibition by him in Manila and was also blown away). 

Discover more about Carlo’s artistic vision and his visions/aspirations for the Filipino street photography community in the interview below.

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Understanding How to Live Truthfully and Happily: The Photographs of Geloy Concepcion from Manila

Eric’s Note: Geloy Concepcion is a young photographer from Manila, who is both interested in photography and street art.  Upon graduating from The University of Santo Tomas, he got selected at the 7th Angkor Photo Workshops in Cambodia, and has exhibited his work in Taiwan, Tokyo, and most recently in Singapore. If you are looking for a talented up-and-comer, definitely keep your eyes on Geloy.

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The Tension Between Form and Content in Manila: Interview with Leanne Jazul

Leanne Jazul Street Photography

Eric’s Note: This is a transcription of an interview I had with Leanne Jazul, a photographer based here in Manila. He is one of the founders of Usapang Kalye, a forum for “street photography talk” in the Philippines. I was very impressed with his thoughts and philosophies on street photography, as well as his vision and hope for street photography in the Philippines. Read on to find out more about Leanne and his images.

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