The Amazing Arnold

Yesterday, the team and I covered our first kiddie party for the year 2012 – Joaquin and Mariel’s double birthday celebration. Hosting the party is The Amazing Arnold and I have to say, he did a great job keeping the kids giggling and entertained all throughout the event.

Since the impeachment of  our country’s Supreme Court Chief Justice will commence tomorrow, work in the office will undoubtedly increase exponentially. No matter, I’ll do my best to post-process Joaquin and Mariel’s birthday photos as soon as freakin’ possible.

In the meantime, here’s The Amazing Arnold with his puppet, Ogie.

Julio MUnar Photography

Equipment used: Nikon D90 + Nikkor 85mm f1.8D AF + Nikon SB-900 Speedlight

Olympus XZ-1: Super Macro Mode

Been playing around with my Olympus XZ-1 for the past few weeks and found a very useful function for it – I can take macro shots on the fly. Sure, it may not beat a proper macro lens on a DSLR but what I lose in quality, I get it back with the camera’s small form factor.

On its quality, I just attach my Nikon SB-900 speedlight and I’m good to go. Of course, it looks awkward as hell to hold but it’s definitely better than nothing.

While I’m waiting for work to lighten up to do a proper review of the XZ-1, here’s sample of what it can do with good light. With a little post-processing, it looks like we’ve got a winner here.

Olympus XZ-1

Equipment used: Olympus XZ-1

A Random Portrait

This, right here, is a portrait I took last November 2011 for a graduation pictorial session.

Julio Munar Photography

I recently retrieved my older photos from a friend of mine to build my portfolio and I found this old portrait waiting to be edited. As such, if you’re  building your own portfolio like I am, here’s a helpful tip from Zack Arias. Likewise, here are some creative and cool samples of other people’s portfolio albums too for your own viewing pleasure.

Cheers!

More Fun in the Philippines

Just last week, our country’s Department of Tourism released a new slogan and campaign to promote the beauty of the Philippines. To help with the effort, a friend of mine suggested I do the promotion with one of my photos. And that I just did here.

going uphill more fun in the philippines

It really is more fun in the Philippines. Do come around and we’ll show you a great time here.

Goin’ Tribal

My sister needed someone to take photos for her class project at the School Of the Fashion and the Arts. Hence, this shoot happened.

Photos by Julio Munar

Styling by Emmanuel Belen II & Coyi Munar

Hair: Taday Gallardo
Makeup: E.J. Litiatco
Body Art: Leo Velasco

Models: Clint Bondad, Matt Gredoña, Nicole Ramos, Iza Berenguer

Credits: Kaye Cuenco, Cholo dela Vega, Kaye Cuenco, Tipay Caintic, Bengt Enrique, Alyssa Lapid, Seph Bagasao, Florian Trinidad, Rocky de Castro, Tina Chan, Karen Castro, Brigette Velasquez, Marx, Trish Baluyot, Tatenda Sipula, Antonn Barot, Maina Hechanova, Mads Constantino and Charlie Magdaleno (SoFA)

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Julio Munar Photography

Equipment used: Nikon D90 + Nikkor 50mm f1.8G AF-S + Nikkor 85mm f1.8D AF + Nikon 18-55 f3.5-5.6G AF-S + Nikon SB-900 Speedlight + Yongnuo 565 Speedlight

Good Omens

Got this book as a gift from my brother this Christmas.

Julio Munar Photography

Along with the book, I treated myself to a new camera for the holidays – the Olympus XZ-1, which I used to snap the photo above. What was interesting though with the camera, isPrac that it’s geared more towards the enthusiast rather than the soccer mom. That means it has more ways for you to control your exposure than the average point and shoot. Proof of that is the photo above. I attached a Nikon SB-900 speedlight to its hotshoe, dialed down the camera to its base ISO of 100 and snapped away.

What came out amazed me. The details of the book cover was maintained, even when it was zoomed 100%. For shots without a speedlight and ISO 640 up, that’s another story/blog post entry for another day. Nevertheless, for its price, performance and form factor, I’m definitely happy with this kid.

Equipment used: Olympus XZ-1 + Nikon SB-900 Speedlight