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By Raffy Paredes

IPA Philippines is looking for a content writer. Applicants should be able to: write about art, design and photography; perfectly write in native American English; have an online portfolio of published articles and feature; work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday; work in San Fernando, Pampanga area. A degree in communications and journalism course is a plus. Applicants can send their CV and the reason why they should be hired to ruston@photoawards.ph.

Late last month, PetaPixel featured a list of “194 Photo Editing Tools and Apps You Should Know” drawn up by Nazar Begen, a photography enthusiast based in Ukraine and one of thepeople behind AI-powered auto-enhancement tool for photos Photolemur. On the list are Photo enhancers (1-9), Online editors (10-28), Free Desktop editors (29-37), Paid desktop editors (38-57), HDR Photo Editors (58-72), Cross-platform image editors (73-76), Photo Filters (77-85), Photo editing mobile apps (86-119), RAW Processors (120-137), Face retouching software (138-141), Photo Fix (142-153), Photo viewers and managers (154-167) and Other (168-194). Google the list for details including short descriptions of the apps.

  • Untitled (Mandy N. Buenconsejo)

  • Time Minders by La Galerie Mobile (Richard Malaque)

  • The Lighthouse (Japol Oroña)

  • Boatman (Rene Bernal)

  • A Blue and Golden Sunset (Roan Biguasen)

  • A Grandmother’s Love (Nasser F. Hadjula)

  • Dramatic Scene (Rebasch Cuyos)

  • Pandan Hills (Jomarie Romaquin)

  • Papet (Bert Andone)

  • Tao, Timba, at Tubig (Stephen Denz Dia)

    Photoshelter has come out with their third edition of How I got the Shot, an educational guide which showcases 15 incredibly talented professional photographers whose work widely varies and includes fashion, commercial, light-painting, headshot, time-lapse, portrait, and underwater photography. The guide includes Clay Cook photographing Jennifer Lawrence, Scott Kelby on a high-end fashion photo shoot, Markus Hofstaetter playing with fire, Brad Olson capturing a pair of ballet dancers in an abandoned church, and 11 more unique behind-the-scenes articles. Inside, get behind-the-scenes videos, lighting diagrams, and step-by-step direction from photographers who share how they nail the final photo for their clients. Get the free downloadable guide (12.5 MB) from Photoshelter.com.

    In an email to contributors, Getty Images has announced a ban on photography that has been manipulated to change models’ body shape. Retouching skin blemishes or changing nose shape or hair color will still be permissible according to the new policy. The announcement has been timed to coincide with a new law in France requiring magazines to tell readers whether their commercial images have been manipulated using Photoshop to make models appear thinner or larger. It is hoped that the change will encourage healthier views on body image, especially in young women. The law—and Getty’s new submission requirements have come into play since October 1 (Itsnicethat.com).

    Need a short respite from all that work on your computer? Take a meditative and relaxing break with “Short Trip”—an interactive illustration by Alexander Perrinthat lets you drive a tram for cats as it rumbles up and down the hand-drawn mountains. It’s a peaceful and lovingly designed experience that only lasts a few minutes, yet the attention to detail, from the sound to the sketched trees and turning windmills, is transporting. Access the tram for cats on http://alexanderperrin.com.au/paper/shorttrip/.

    And now to our featured readers.

    New contributor Rebasch Cuyos, a stay-at-home dad to his two lovely kids,  sent in the black-and-white beach photo titled “Dramatic Scene.” He shares: “I’ve started enjoying photography for just nearly a year. I find it very interesting and feel proud to get citations from various groups and popular individuals who appreciate my work of art. I intend to hone my skills further, as there’s still a lot for me to learn in this field.”

    From Bert Andone is the photo, “Papet.” “I was amazed by the sights and the people of Basilan province,” writes Bert. Everything is colorful, from their trikes down to their ‘papets.’ Papets are colorful boats used by the locals.It is their mode of transportation going to another island. Riding a papet is a must try activity when in Isabela City, Basilan.”

    Japol Oroña shares his photo titled “The Lighthouse.” “My big sister got married 10 years ago and the venue where she tied the knot was at the Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth in Maine U.S.A. where the Portland Headlight is located,” he writes.“Her wedding picture showed the amazing Portland Headlight at the background. I took this photo at summertime last July 2017.”

    Seafarer Mandy Buenconsejo writes that he took his untitled photo of a boy in midair in Burias Island, Masbate. “It was in the middle of the day while we were walking down the beach, we saw this group of young boys having fun jumping off the edge of the boat.It reminded me of the story of Icarus.”

    Western Mindanao State University level IV nursing student Nasser Hadjula provided the photo, “A Grandmother’s Love.” He shares: “Photography is already a part of me. As a novice photojournalist, it is an honor to be a member of the several clubs/organizations in my school (Prime Mover-CN, The University Digest, Fatha Publication).The photo I am sharing today which I entitled ‘A Grandmother’s Love’ taught me that behind every effort and patience is a grandmother. We should always cherish our grandparents as we do our parents.”

    Richard Malaque submitted “Time Minders by La Galerie Mobile” taken at the Singapore Night Festival last August. “SG Night Festival is an annual outdoor festival held at Bras Basah precinct,” shares Richard. “This festival features light installations, world-class artists, roving acts, performances, and programs.”

    From Malaysia, Roan Biguasen sent in “A Blue and Golden Sunset” taken with her smartphone in Damai Laut, Perak, Malaysia. She shares: “Damai Laut means a peaceful sea in English. I took this photo during my holiday in this beautiful place.It really amazed me and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the sunset. The colors of the sky and the light visible in the sky on the sun’s disappearance is a spectacle.I feel grateful to see the beauty of God’s creations.”

    The black-and-white photo, “Tao, Timba, at Tubig” comes from Stephen Denz Perez Dia, a grade 11 student of NTC Batangas. Stephen took the photo at Taal Lake.

    Jomarie Romaquin contributed the landscape photo, “Pandan Hills.” And from Rene Bernal is “Boatman” taken in Parañaque.

    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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