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By Raffy Paredes

Online e-learning platform Alison has launched a new course aimed at those who want to build their own camera drones. Over four modules, the course claims to teach students about the components that go into a drone and their functions, as well as how to assemble, check and fly your own quadcopter. The course uses video tutorials that already exist on Drones Garage but adds step-by-step summaries and introductions to guide students through the information. Students must take an assessment at the end of the course to ensure knowledge has been retained and a score of 80 percent has to be achieved to pass. Those who pass can buy a certificate or download a free PDF that shows a record of what courses have been taken and passed. The course is free to take after sign-up as most of the content already exists and pre-roll adverts fund the site. For more information see the Alison e-learning website (DPreview.com).

  • Paglalakbay (Paulo Tutay)

  • Untitled (Ruby Ross Morillo)

  • Amazing Light Trails (Jancelle Rey A. Gines)

  • The Majestic (Mark Joseph L. Ilagan)

  • Untitled (Elena Taeza)

  • Untitled (Irish T. Sondon)

  • Bes, Picturan Mo Ako (Mhikie Manzanares)

  • The Girl Next Door (Raphael Evan A. Grabador)

  • Untitled (Honey Lyn Mangrobang)

  • Untitled (Maria Antonia SJ. Quetulio)

    Broncolor (http://www.bron.ch) has a free “how-to” page with nearly 100 pro lighting examples—beautiful photos, each accompanied by a gear list, description, and lighting diagram. The page consists of 98 photographs, each broken down by the photographer who shot it. Want to know how this magazine-worthy wine photograph was captured?  Curious what it takes to capture one glass of water breaking another at the moment of impact? Regardless of your skill level or the genre you’re interested in, if studio lighting is involved in any way, this is a resource you’ll want to bookmark. Check out all 98 of the tutorials for yourself (PetaPixel).

    Street photography enthusiasts can download a free e-book titled Your Street Photography Entrance by Berlin-based Sebastian Jacobitz. Jacobitz defines street photography as the documentation of candid human life in the public expressed by single pictures. The 68-page PDF file has 14 chapters that start with the definition of street photography followed by why we photograph. The e-book is a mixture of the author’s personal experiences and street photography tips and guides.

    And now to our featured readers, most of whom are new contributors to the column.

    Elena Taeza, government employee and photo enthusiast from Bulacan shares an untitled photo of fireworks. “It’s my first time to shoot pyromusical competition on March 4 (Hands Fireworks from Canada),” writes Elena. “Sulit ang travel from Bulacan to Pasay and special thanks to  Meo Remalante sa pag-assist sa mga first-timers at gusto matuto mag-shoot ng fireworks display.”

    Irish Sondon sent in an untitled sunset photo she took while on a bus on her way home from work. She shares: “Since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a photographer. When I was in high school, I already had in mind that the course that I’m going to take is photography, but sad to say I wasn’t able to pursue that dream due to financial problems. Since I started working, I was able to buy a phone that has a good quality camera. Then I started to take beautiful photos that inspire me. Photography is my hobby when I’m sad and I just want to see the beauty of what God created.”

    From Maria Antonia Quetulio, a graduating student of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila is an untitled photo of female athletes on a field.

    Mhikie Manzanares who calls himself not a typical call center agent because he is a photographer in his blood, heart, and eyes, submitted the photo titled “Bes, Picturan Mo Ako” taken during a recent visit to the National Museum. “I went there during my day off but instead of looking at those paintings and relics, I found myself watching the people instead,” he relates. “Different people, ages and I think purpose in their visit to that place. I enjoyed watching them while I was there. One commonality among them is they like photos more than those paintings. Almost everyone wants a picture with this and that painting. Some want it to be stolen-shot-like photo, some want to look like art critics, and others want it to look like a photo studio. I think I want to make a project about this through a photo story.”

    The photo, “Paglalakbay” comes from Paulo Tutay, a senior industrial designer.

    Jancelle Rey Gines of Ateneo de Manila University shares the long-exposure photo, “Amazing Light Trails.

    And from photography enthusiast Mark Joseph Ilagan is “The Majestic,” a photo of Mayon volcano taken while on a work-related trip to Legaspi in 2013. “This was my first view upon waking up at Ellis Ecotel now known as Embarcadero Hotel,” writes Mark.

    Other photos on today’s column come from previously featured readers.

    “I want to share this photo which was taken in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.,” writes Honey Lyn Mangrobang about her untitled cityscape photo. “During bad times, we must stay positive. I look up to the sky to remind me that He is always there for us, but try also to look down to see how I am still more fortunate than others. Behind every photo, there is a story.”

    Ruby Ross Morillo a.k.a. Ryoss in social media contributed the untitled photo of grass stalks.

    Also on today’s list of featured readers is De La Salle University head coach, Raphael Evan Grabador, with the black-and-white photo titled “The Girl Next Door.”

    Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at www.mb.com.ph. For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email throughalensclearly@yahoo.com or rfyparedes@yahoo.com.

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