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6 Exposure Panorama

It was a beautiful sunset scene that would not even fit into the field of view of a 10-22mm ultra wide angle lens. The next best thing is shoot a series of vertical frames and stitch them.

The image below was stitched in Photoshop from 6 verticals in 24mm. Originally captured in camera RAW file and converted to tif file in Canon DPP. Post processing was kept to minimal adjustments- brightness and boosting colors a tad. A final edge sharpening was applied upon saving to jpeg for posting.

Read on about HDR and manual blending how-to here and here.


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Lifestyle Shoot

I had the pleasure to shoot an expecting couple recently. Decided to do 4 versions of the photo: original (upper left), amber sepia, vinatage (lower left) and black and white. Which one do you prefer?



So, what’s the fuss with the this HDR hoopla now taking over the purist definition of a photograph? It’s called High Dynamic Range and I’ve been tinkering with it since ’06 during my much adored time on flickr.

I do not condemn nor encourage the HDR practice but it sure does produce some kinda vibrant off spring of a photo as we know it (truthfully, I enjoy it). A flat photo can readily be given new life. Either shoot 3 auto bracketed exposures at +3, 0, -3 or 1 delicious RAW file.

From an outing with a friend around the Manila Bay area: That day was as gloomy as over cooked pasta noodles. But luckily, I always shoot RAW and here are the 3 photos straight out of the camera. RAW converted to jpeg and shot with Canon EOS 50D and EOS 40D. No post processing, nothing and that middle photo was captured through grimy glass windows with light reflection to boot.


Below are the final post processed photos from the RAW shots. I will get into more detail on a how to but for now the gist of it all: RAW-process to 3 differently exposed shots-convert to TIF 16 bit-processed with Photomatix-load into Photoshop to enhance some more and finally convert to tiny jpeg file for posting.






Another composite/post processing work completed for Sensa’s Inc. The first composite work done for them is from Sensa’s flagship White line (Part 1).

Although not as complicated as the first project, this one had it’s own hurdles and solutions. The Tea Tree Oil form concept to final composite was on the rush. A total of about a week’s time to search for appropriate elements and put them into one cohesive composite.

Much of the work flow were the same as the White line. Click on the link above for details. All work was done in Photoshop on a Mac platform.

Model Photography: Eric Teng, Model: Janna, Post process/composite: Mac Dy

MacTeatree_01 CONCEPT

Initial concept

Do look into the Sensa Tea Tree Oil skin care products:

  • Sensa Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar
  • Sensa Tea Tree Oil Foaming Facial Wash
  • Sensa Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner

Australian Tea Tree Oil, known for its anti-bacterial properties, combined with moisturizing Olive Extracts deeply cleanses by removing oil and dirt that can cause blemishes without drying or irritating your skin. Safely lifts dead skin cells and stimulates skin renewal for younger, healthier, more radiant looking skin.

Sensa White: Post processing/Layout/Composite Project

Model photography: Eric Teng, Post processing/layout: MPD

Model photography: Eric Teng, Post processing/layout: Mac Dy

Before starting this post processing/layout project, I wanted to make sure the whitening stuff really worked. The group of ladies whom I spoke to uses Sensa products and yes, it is proven to work. Do try it out. Sensa products are made in the Philippines and contains the best ingredients from around the world. Shameless plug, you say?! Don’t worry, Sensa Inc. did not put a gun to my head and no photographers or digital artist were harmed in the writing of this post.

“Sensa White is scientifically formulated with vitamins and natural ingredients that whitens, moisturizes and cares for your skin. It contains absolutely no hydroquinone, mercury or lead. Sensa White has been clinically tested on 60 Asian women to effectively and safely whiten skin in just 7 days*.
The ad in one of the local gossip magazines.

The ad in one of the local gossip magazines.

AHA fruits acids gently exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates growth of new skin.
Vitamin B3 nourishes as it whitens your skin from within.
Licorice natural plant extract safely and effectively whitens skin.
Sensa White is hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested, and formulated with sunscreen so you can reveal a whiter and more radiant you in just 7 days*.” –Sensa White

The most difficult part of the composite was going through my stock photos for the various elements. Lucky that I have my camera with me often and really doesn’t hurt to capture an interesting scene. One draw back though is getting bug eyed at sorting through thousands of images to get the needed few.

Initial concept came about by standing out on the balcony staring at our polluted Metro Manila skies with black as dirt coffee in hand. Yes, the coffee is essential. Somehow, the coffee mixed with inhaling various poisonous pollutants in our air does wonders bringing about the necessary creative spurt.

Model photography: Eric Teng, Post processing/layout: MPD

Final layout used for magazine ads.

Gathering all the elements in one folder on the desktop I rushed to open Photoshop to do a rough. Then, blah, blah, blah… I’ll save you all from dozing off and fast forward to the finishing stages of the composite.

Once the major elements were in place (the moon, the tree background) I then gingerly placed Ms. King unto the composition. I wanted a light and relaxed feel so an airbrushed sort of twilight sky went to match the moon with clouds lifting Ms. King as the fairest of all.

Then the logos and products were placed for a pleasing and balanced composition. I also had to re-shoot the latter to match colors and lighting of the layout. The last layers that went on were the various catch phrases to complete the ad.

The 2 short paragraphs above took about a week to complete. With another few days for color tweaks and moving around various elements to check different compositions.

Finally, all parties involved agreed on the image above right.

Woke up this morning and started on my routine. I got my nice warm cup of coffee (yes, warm, hot would just kill the taste of my black drink) and get going on the news. I check quite a few web sites just to get the blood flowing. One of my favorites,, has got an excellent photo essay section that I love to stare at. One page in particular got me amazed and laughing in no time.

In the digital age of photography post processing or editing images are an easy chore to most experienced photographers. All you need to do is turn on the Mac, hook up the pen tablet and open up an image editing software. Five to ten minutes is all it requires for simple post processing. A complex editing and composites chore would take a little over four hours, depending, of course, on how big the job.

QC Scape

A cityscape of Quezon City, Philippines, June 2008. I replaced the polluted, cloudy and grey skies with blue and fully white clouds from another image that I took. Original images were captured on my Canon G7 point and shoot.

Back in the days of film, this chore would have been pretty complicated and time consuming. Walk into the dark room, switch on the red lamp, choose several negatives and proceed to dodge, burn, copy, paste, etc. All manually achieved! Cut means getting a pair of scissors and snipping away versus just a few clicks on the mouse. Depending on the complexity of the chore it would probably eat up a few days. This is just for one photo.

According to, here are the “Top 10 Doctored Photos“. Some of the images are obviously from the film era. It’s just amazing thinking how they manipulated photos back then. Check it out and enjoy. Especially that one with Oprah Winfrey.

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