Frequently Asked Questions:
Who am I?
- I’m Paolo D. Nacpil. I just turned 23 years old and I’m currently in the Philippines; however I will be based in the US pretty soon. I’ve been shooting seriously since I was 17 and I take a lot of landscapes, seascapes, nature, travel, and long exposure photos.
- I graduated from a Bachelor’s in Nursing in UERM and that is the career that I will be pursuing hence the move to the States.
- I’m 5’11 1/2 and I weigh 130 pounds. If you’ve been following me for a while then you’d probably notice that I gained 10 pounds! Hahaha. I’m still way underweight though.
Can I be your friend?
- Of course! I love getting to know new people. If ever you see me in person just say hi and introduce yourself; that would make day!
What camera/equipment do I use?
- I currently use a Canon 550D/T2i with Magic Lantern installed.
- 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (also known at the kit lens) - Most of my landscapes, seascapes and long exposures are taken with this lens.
- 50mm f/1.8 - This one’s really useful at night or for shallow depth of field shots. It’s what’s usually on my cam since it’s so small and easy to bring.
- 75-300mm f/4-5.6 - For general telephoto use and it’s great for portraiture as well.
- I use filters (Circular Polarizer, Neutral Density, Graduated Neutral Denstiy Filters and an Infrared Filter - all of them Cokin) and a Hoya ND400 Filter for my really long exposures during daytime.
- I have a Velbon Sherpa 600R tripod which has been put to good use and is still serving me quite well.
When did I get started with photography?
- I started taking pictures with a point and shoot digicam when I was 15. When I felt that I reached its limits when I was already 17, I bought a second-hand DSLR (Canon 350D) with my own savings and I was using that until May 2012.
What inspired me to learn photography?
- I am a nature person and our family loves to travel. One day while surfing the net I stumbled on Deviant Art and saw all the lovely landscape pictures various photographers took. It was then on that I realized I wanted to capture such sceneries myself and share it with other people.
How did I learn photography?
- I am self taught. I read whatever I could read regarding photography such as online tutorials mostly from deviant art, articles on different sites, and various photography forums. I also applied whatever I learned from reading when I’m shooting. I kept on experimenting and I tried to grasp what the various settings were supposed to do. All the different terms and settings are overwhelming at first but once I felt confident with what they all meant and what they were supposed to do I realized that it really is just simple.
Do I post process my pictures?
- Yes I do; I use Photoshop CS6. I basically apply noise reduction if needed, curves adjustment, color balance adjustment, resizing for the web and sharpening.
What are my tips for aspiring photographers?
- Read and understand what the different settings on your camera do. Learn the basic terms.
- Read different articles/tutorials/write-ups regarding composition.
- Apply what you read in real life.
- Look at different photos from various photographers and try to analyze their work. Try to see what makes a particular photo beautiful. Be inspired by the work of others.
- Learn to show your best work. If you went out shooting choose only a few of what you feel are your best photos. You should learn to sort out the good from the bad. Also analyze the photos you just took, think of what you could have done differently in order to improve the photo.
- Always strive for improvement.
My answer to questions regarding what camera to use/buy:
- Any and all cameras. Use whatever camera you have at your disposal! If you are willing to learn and dedicated then learning will definitely take place. Do not get too caught up with the equipment, even more so when you are just starting out. Cameras now a days take really good photos. You can take wonderful photos even if you’re using a compact camera or a mid range camera. I started out and learned photography with a Canon A510 so go ahead and use whatever camera is available to you. It’s been said before and I’ll say it again, you don’t need an SLR to take good pictures. Regarding what SLR to buy since this has been asked many times - simply look for one which has the features that you need and is within your budget. I’m sure that you won’t go wrong with any brand as they all are great, they just have their own strengths and weaknesses. Oh and read a lot of different reviews online as they will be helpful. http://dpreview.com/ is a very helpful site for that.
How do I take long exposure shots during the day?
- That’s when neutral density filters come in handy. They’re basically like shades for your lens so they enable you to do longer exposures during brighter conditions. For long exposures in the middle of the day you’re going to need a really dark ND filter such as the Hoya ND400.
How do I take clear pictures of the stars at night?
- They’re basically long exposures at a high ISO (1600 or more) with a wide open aperture (f/3.5 to f/1.8). The purpose of these settings is to let as much light as possible in to the camera’s sensor so you get to capture the faint stars in the distance.
How do I get so many notes on my photos?
- I’ve always focused on posting quality work rather than just going by the quantity of posts and I try my best to stay active as much as possible. Photography is something that I’m passionate about so I love sharing my work and helping raise awareness and inspiring others along the way. I try and reach out and make friends with the lovely people on here and I make it a point to try and reply to all the messages I get. I also submit my work to various tumblr photography groups and that really helps a lot exposure wise; plus you get to meet a lot of like-minded individuals on there! I think it also helps if you share some details about yourself on your blog as to give others a glimpse of who you are as a person and in order to give your blog a sense of personality if that makes sense. Lastly of course is the element of time; I’ve been posting since the latter part of 2010 so I’ve had a lot of time to make my blog grow.
What do I do aside from photography?
- I used to mountain bike and trial bike a lot, unfortunately I haven’t done so in a while, I guess I just grew out of it. I might take it up again in the future as I still do enjoy it.
- My Dad and I love to go off-roading/trailing. That’s why I also get to take images of unique sceneries within the hills of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in San Mateo/Tanay/Infanta.
- Our family loves to travel as I have mentioned earlier. It may be in our out of the country and either way is very much enjoyable! The world has so much to offer and I would be happy to experience even merely a fraction of all the places you could possibly visit.
What countries have I been to?
- I have had the privilege to have been able to visit at least one place in the following countries: Philippines, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and Australia. I’m looking forward to visiting more places and seeing more of the world!
What’s my message to the person reading this?
- Thank you very much, *insert your name here*, for taking the time to visit my blog and to view my work. All the likes, reblogs, replies, messages, and everything else are much appreciated! I hope you come back and visit from time to time! Please do keep in touch with me as I do not want to gain just a “follower” but rather make friends as well!