Ep 72 Tropical Island: Photography in exotic locations


On location in Cebu in the Philippines, Gina and Valerie talk about the next part of their adventure and how to photograph in exotic locations. They cover dealing with the camera condensation that’s prevalent in the tropics, handling the harsh light, how to find the good light, shooting total strangers, what “cake bread” really is – and much more.

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William Keeler ( True Grit Preset)
Rossini Festival, Knoxville, TN.

William Keeler true grit
Above: Shot by William Keeler (True Grit Preset)

Photo Critique

Sunny Izreal
Hi all,
I generally shoot my kiddos and friends at their various sports activities. This is from last night at martial arts belt testing. The light was dismal as you might imagine and my settings were 1/100, f3.5, ISO400 with my Olympus E510. It’s not as sharp as I’d like, but I might have been a little excited. Ha. Gentle cc appreciated. smile emoticon

Sunny Izreal karate photo
Above: Shot by Sunny Izreal

Tropical Island: Photography in exotic locations

My Gear

  • Canon 5DMK111
  • 70-200mm
  • 24-105mm
  • Tripod
  • Canon speedlight
  • 2 x pocket Wizards
  • Softbox
  • Light pole
  • Roller back pack
  • 2 x reflectors
  • Laptop

All cameras were carry on
The rest went in one suitcase

Pier in Cebu
Above: Pier in Cebu. Cameras fog up in humid locations. Don’t panic!

Pier in Cebu first light
Above: 5.30am Pier shot after giving my camera time to adjust to the humidity

valerie khoo on stage
Above: Valerie Khoo works her magic on stage

sexy clouds stock shot
Above: Sexy cloud stock shots

incredible daylight in cebu
Above: Incredible daylight of Cebu

Stall holder at local market
Above: Don’t be afraid to pose people to get the shot you want. Lianita is a stall holder at the local market.

Garage lighting on the streets of Cebu
Above: Using garage lighting on the streets of Cebu.

starburst on the waters in the Phillipines
Above: Starburst, raw file straight out of the camera

Rockstar supermodel and ships captain Philippe
Above: Rockstar supermodel and ship’s captain, Philippe

Lighthouse off the coast of Cebu
Above: We nearly got arrested shooting this lighthouse on a small island off the coast of Cebu

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