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By Raffy Paredes

  • Buhay Sari-Sari (Jan Aldous O. Viriña)

  • Untitled (Kim Maynard Go)

  • Moon (Rosever Banaay)

  • Flirting (Winnie Atienza Banatlao)

  • Genevieve (Kentrick Adriano)

  • Tranquility at Sea (Benson Lim)

  • Untitled (Donald Pancho)

  • Manang (Jihan Ros)

  • Pelican Portrait (Ricajoy Turqueza)

  • Smiles (Stephen Denz Dia)

    If you want to deepen your knowledge in copyright issues, a good read is DIY Photography’s Copyright – 20 Things Photographers Need to Know About Intellectual Property Law. The article tackles the meaning of copyright, publishing on social media, copyright infringement, copyright protection, and what to do if your image is used without your authorization. While the discussion is based on U.S. laws, it is still relevant and useful for local artists to know.

    Photoshelter.com has recently made available for free download its latest guide, “How I Got the Shot: Women’s Edition.” It has also come up with winners of The List, the top photographers on Photoshelter. These 90 finalists were selected out of their 80,000+ community and span across 18 major categories. Visit https://thelist.photoshelter.com/  and see who made the cut and get inspired by their exceptional work. The major categories are: Adventure, Architecture/Interior, Corporate/Industrial, Documentary/Photojournalism, Events, Fashion, Fine Art, Food, Landscape/Cityscape, Lifestyle, Music, Portrait, Sport, Still Life, Stock, Travel, Wedding, and Wildlife/Nature.

    Wondering what to charge for your photography? In a 30-minute episode of their Picture This Podcast titled “What to charge for pro photography?” photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup spend half an hour discussing this topic and sharing advice. There are all kinds of fears and anxieties that rise up when pondering the problem of pricing, the Northrups say. You could worry about overpricing your potential clients away, or underpricing and missing out on potential profits. In the video, they discuss many different things you can consider when trying to settle on a fair price, and various pricing models photographers use (PetaPixel).

    It’s just 26 days to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day! Anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April (April 29, 2018), can scan it and upload it to the WPPD website where it will become part of the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebration’s online gallery. The submitted photograph must be made with a lensless photographic device using any photographic material (analog film or digital). Visit http://pinholeday.org/ for more info and links.

    And now to our featured readers.

    Ricajoy Turqueza of Antipolo City but currently working in Singapore sent in the close-up photo titled “Pelican Portrait.” She shares that she has been a photography enthusiast since high school. However, economic constraints and other priorities had kept her from acquiring her own camera until 2015. That year, she purchased a DSLR with kit lens. Now working in Singapore, she looks to slowly adding camera accessories to further satisfy what has become a passion.

    From photo enthusiast Benson Lim Jr. is the photo “Tranquility at Sea.” Benson shares that he is an average adjuster by profession which is unique and rare in the Philippines. He explains: “The job of an average adjuster is to present the claim of ship owners to their insurance when their vessel encounters a casualty. So basically, I’m in the marine insurance industry and I’ve already been doing it now for almost five years. Every time I attend to check a vessel, I always try to have some spare time to take photos of these huge work-of-art vessels!”

    Jan Aldous Viriña, senior BS Education student and the current editor-in-chief of The Gears Publication of the Laguna State Polytechnic University-Santa Cruz Campus shares the photo titled “Buhay Sari-Sari.” He took the photo in Baguio City while competing in photojournalism and other writing disciplines in a national confab last February.

    Jihan Ros writes that “Manang,” a black-and-white close-up portrait of a hardworking vegetable vendor is his “tribute to all the women in the world in celebrating the Women’s Month (March).”

    From Rosever Banaay is the photo, “Moon,” taken at the parking lot of SM City Cebu while waiting for the total lunar eclipse in January.

    Stephen Denz Dia of Tanauan City, Batangas and a grade 11 student at Nova Schola by National Teachers College Batangas submitted the fiesta photo titled “Smiles.” He took the photo during the fiesta celebrations in Barangay Aya, Talisay, Batangas.

    Kentrick Adriano contributed the fashion photo, “Genevieve.”

    Photo hobbyist Donald Pancho sent in the untitled photo of fireworks over the city. He took the long exposure photo from his condominium residence in Pasay City. He noted that the 2018 New Year celebration fireworks started late and lasted only for an hour whereas in previous years, the fireworks revelry started very early and lasted till the wee hours of the new day.

    The untitled photo of the sun at the horizon spreading its light on the valley below as a hiker watches from atop a grassy hill comes from Kim Maynard Go.

    And from Winnie Banatlao Atiena is the macro photo of a bee hovering on a sunflower titled “Flirting.”

    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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