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Lightning photography


By Raffy Paredes

Readers interested in photographing lightning strikes—which surely will occur in a few weeks with summer’s thunderstorms—may do well to read PetaPixel’s feature article “How to Photograph Lightning: Helpful Tips for Nailing the Shot” by U.S.-based award-winning extreme weather photographer, Jim Reed. The article starts with a discussion of the different types of lightning (i.e., cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-cloud, and intra-cloud), followed by the effect of lightning bolt intensity, color, and pattern. It then lists the appropriate gear to use and the camera settings to start with. Lastly, it discusses safety in lightning photography and adds a few tips to get that photo right. Read the article for a lot more on shooting lightning photos.

  • Panginabuhi (Ryan Poliran)

  • My Name is Generose (Melanie Catamin)

  • Sarangani (Jarl Suazo)

  • Sunset in Macau (Arnel Cruzada)

  • Aim High (Rolando T. Mesuga)

  • Ako ay May Lobo (Justin Reyes)

  • The Light Shines in the Darkness (Ryan Eduard Benaid)

  • Silent Drill (Dianne Bermudo)

  • Untitled (Dan Reyes)

  • Dawn’s Positivity (Marie Jaeza Panlilio)

    Google has expanded its existing image recognition AI into the realm of video, promising a future where we can easily search through video content that is automatically assigned tags by an AI system. Google Cloud Video Intelligence uses deep-learning models, based on its existing TensorFlow frameworks, to analyze videos and tag them depending on the specific content they contain. The system can search the videos adding numerous noun and verb tags, as well as evaluating and weighing the significance of the tagged elements. The system analyzes the videos shot by shot, weighing each element with a percentage value. This value then determines how prominent it will feature on search results with the ultimate outcome being a searchable database of videos that can be navigated the same way we search web pages or images. The tool is now available for companies in a private beta mode (

    Prisma,that artful photo app for Android and iOS has expanded the number of filters on offer by adding a filter-store to the Android and iOS versions. This addition allows you to download new filters and remove existing ones from your app, creating your personal filter collection. To start with, Prisma will add new effects every week, but the plan is to add them daily. At some point there should also be user reviews and filter sharing capabilities. For now filters in the store are free, but we don’t know if that is going to change at some point in the future (

    And now to our featured readers.

    New contributor Rolando  Mesuga, web programmer for Viva Entertainment, Inc. and a hobbyist photographer shares his photo titled “Aim High.” Rolando is an alumnus of the FPPF 2013 basic and advanced courses. He is also an active member of the Manila Avid Photographers Club where he joined in 2015.

    Also sharing for the first time is Justin Lim Reyes, an industrial engineering student of PUP Sto. Tomas, Batangas with the photo “Ako ay May Lobo (Pangarap).” “Ito ang gusto ko sa street photography,” writes Justin, “sa isang pitik ng camera  mo makikita mo agad ang iba’t-ibang estado ng buhay ng tao.  Lahat may pangarap lahat gusto makalipad para maabot ito.Bata pa lang po hilig ko na ang  photography  pero noong   2014  ako nagsimula ng pumitik ng pumitik ng lente. Kasi dito sa photography nakikita ko yung tunay na estado ng buhay ng tao. Isang pitik, isang daang istorya.”

    Previously featured readers provide the other photos on today’s page.

    Ryan Poliran sent in the photo, “Panginabuhi.” He writes: “Visualizing local folks into a single frame of significance is my utmost goal as local shutterbug. Teaching profession influences the style of my photography. I see to it if there is an effective communication between the artist’s perspective and viewer’s level of perception. Since the purpose is to visualize the deep meaning of the photo, it is imperative to convey universally through its mood. These ‘lumads’ in Mati, Davao Oriental ventured to earn a living in a mundane afternoon. Fishing, aside from copra production, makes to the top of livelihood in the entire province. Mati is the capital and the only city in Davao Oriental.”

    Dan Reyes has an untitled photo of a clay potter’s hands. “This is an image I shot for American Political Science Association (APSA) regarding a study about clay pottery here in my hometown in San Carlos City, Pangasinan,” shares Dan.

    From 17-year-old street photographer Ryan Eduard Benaid is “The Light Shines in the Darkness” taken in Antipolo City with a smartphone camera. “I love taking photographs because it’s a way of preserving moments and memories,” shares Ryan. “I do street photography for about two years or three. Since day one  of my photography, I’m only using a smartphone camera. Why do I love street photography? At the very young age, I wanted to know what the world is. I wanted to be part of the everyday lives of my subjects. I wanted to witness the humanity, whether if it’s positive or negative story.  It makes me so happy every time I go outside with my camera because I’m going to capture again the moments, memories, stories, faces, people, and more. My subjects are my inspiration.”

    Dianne Bermudo submitted the photo, “Silent Drill.” Her description reads: “Criminology students from Bataan Heroes Memorial College performing stunts on their Silent Drill as a part of their performance to celebrate their Criminology Day on March 10.”

    The photo titled “My Name is Generose” comes from Melanie Catamin. Mhelz shares that this is a portrait from a series she is working on titled “Children of the Philippines.”

    “Sarangani” comes from Jarl Suazo. He took the photo from the Baywalk on Roxas Boulevard.

    Marie Jaeza Panlilio, computer programmer  at the Department of Health shares the photo “Dawn’s Positivity” taken at the recent Hot Air Balloon Festival in February.

    And from Arnel Cruzada is “Sunset in Macau.”

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