The Pinoy Digital Photographers in Kuwait (PINDOT) held this weekend a two-day ‘Pro.Folio’ Photography Workshop featuring international and local celebrity, fashion, editorial, glamour and FHM Philippines photographer Jerico Montemayor as he shared his expertise on building a professionalgrade portfolio.
PINDOT — a Filipino word which means ‘Click’ in English founded in April 2008 is a group of Filipinos who share a common passion in photography. Members are of various professions such as architects, engineers, nurses, media, technical workers, IT, advertising executives and many more. Among the various activities organised by the group in its almost four years of existence were the grand EBs, series of lectures on Composition, post-processing — tips & tricks, HDR — tips & tricks, MACRO — tips & tricks and an introduction to Strobist, photo shoots and photo walks to enhance the skills of all the members.
“As a photographer, one of the most important things that you need to explore is the concept. Concept must and will dictate everything-location, model, makeup, hair, wardrobe, props, pose, lighting, shot composition, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Like in any kind of conceptualization, the photographer must come up with at least a simple and realistically executable idea and framework-based on his/her resources,” shared Montemayor who has contributed to several publications such as FHM Philippines, Manila Bulletin (Students & Campuses), MEG Magazine and View Magazine as well as ABS-CBN television network together with his team “The Illuminati.” He outlined that concept inspiration is everywhere. It can be from a book, magazine or a comic book that you’ve read, a song or poem that you’ve heard, or a movie that you’ve seen. “I’m usually inspired by the movies that I watched and most of my photographs have this landscape orientation and very dynamic,” he cited.
Before the participants embarked on a photo shoot, Montemayor, a household name in the Philippines fashion and glamour photography, explained that a “Professional-Grade” Portraiture, Fashion, Glamour, and Editorial Portfolio is a collection of pictures which quality is accepted by art directors of advertising agencies, print publications, and other media outfits. He outlined that this portfolio must cater to at least one, but (of course) more ideally, to a wide range of market. It is also good to have a distinct trademark look or style or feel in your pictures but such should still be flexible to any given concept or as required by the client and art or project director.
He pointed out that workflow, in the basic sense of the word in terms of portraiture, glamour, and editorial photography, starts from the mind and ends in print. He enumerated that a basic workflow is comprised by Conceptualization, Pre-production Preparation, Actual Shoot and Post-production.
After the lecture, participants were divided into various groups as they applied the knowledge and handy tips that they have learned from Montemayor.
Svelte and gorgeous models for the shoot namely Rashwini Bhandary, Leica Delos Santos, Sune Van Tonder, Madison Ford, Linnette Shoeman, Charm Soto and Lila Ivady posed and executed the concept that the photographers asked them to project. Providing support to the shoot were seasoned stylists Marlon Malinao of MARvelous Make Up Artistry and Rhina Montemayor who flew in from Manila to do the make-up and hairstyle of the models.
“This workshop is in line with PINDOT’s thrust which is share, learn and respect and this workshop is sharing the basic knowledge and expertise in coming up with a superb portfolio. We hope that with this workshop, we can help our members and even nonmembers to level up in their photography,” stated PINDOT President Rico Canosa. He thanked Montemayor for sharing the tricks of the trade.
“I have learned a lot from this workshop that would help me improve my craft and try new stuff like fashion and glamour. The people are very nice and I really enjoyed it,” shared Armine Minassian who is into food photography.
“Correct practice makes perfect. No matter how much you practice but if it’s not correct then nothing good will come out of it, so the key word is correct, correct practice. Don’t let the hunger stay away from you. Always be hungry to learn new things. One more thing, don’t be selfish with your knowledge. Learn to share because I always believe that there’s a room for everyone,” stressed Montemayor as he adjusted the lighting and asked the model to tilt her head a little toward the camera.