Tutorials

Better Mobile Phone Milky Way Photos via Exposure Stacking

Using Starry Landscape Stacker to see if I can improve the quality of my mobile landscape astrophotography! Watch to see the result.

I HIGHLY recommend you watch this in 4K on your computer! It's hard to see the details on a mobile phone.

I shot 11 images at f/2.0, 32s, ISO 3200 in RAW using my 2016 Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and brought these into Lightroom then Starry Landscape Stacker and back into Lightroom.

Shooting the Milky Way with a Mobile Phone

Manual Stacking Tutorial on Lonely Speck

All Night Astrophotography Adventure in Zambales

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All Night Astrophotography Adventure in Zambales!

An all-night astrophotography adventure in search of great night skies in Zambales to practice shooting with my new star tracker, the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini. Photographer Angelo Mendoza and I explore more areas of San Felipe and Botolan for landscape photography, starry landscapes, and time-lapse.

Mobile astrophotography stacking tutorial

Our previous photography road trip to Zambales

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Gear used:

Vlog shot on iPhone X

Edited on FCP X

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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Shooting Beautiful Landscapes on my iPhone X

This week I’ve made two YouTube videos on my experience with the iPhone X as a photography tool!

The first video talks about how, ever since I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone X, I’ve been leaving my Sony A7RII at home more, for reasons including improved image processing, the telephoto lens, 4K video at 24p and 60p, portrait mode, and RAW shooting and editing. If you’re into the more technical side of things and been wondering if you should upgrade from a previous generation iPhone, this is the episode for you!

The second video talks about how my most popular landscape photo on social media this year was shot on an iPhone X and what that unexpected occurrence taught me. In this video I address the issue of the gap that exists between how we regard our work and how the audience receives it by digging into the question: If an iPhone photo that took me seconds to capture and edit is more popular than photos that took so much more effort to shoot and process, does that mean that the effort I put into the latter actually doesn’t matter?

Hope you enjoy and learn something from this week’s twin episodes! The truth is that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed shooting with the iPhone X as compared to my iPhone 6 and have gotten surprisingly good results from it. Check out my current gallery of iPhone X photos below (click on each image to see larger):

A morning in Sagada. iPhone X JPG, telephoto lens.

Elevated view of Bontoc. iPhone X JPG, telephoto lens, unedited.

Flying into Siargao. iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

Spectacular morning landing in Rome. iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

Tappiya Falls, Batad. iPhone X live photo converted to long exposure.

Dead tree on Sabang Beach, Baler. iPhone X live photo converted to long exposure.


How to Advance Your Photography Career By Shooting What You Love

Today I share one of my favorite photographers' story on how focusing on shooting what you love can lead to your dream career in photography.

Chris Burkard is one of the world's most well-known and successful adventure photographers and his advice is simple: SHOOT WHAT YOU LOVE.

Welcome to my channel! Aside from my films, I post weekly videos about life an emerging artist, in the hopes that the things I'm learning and doing will be helpful to you on your own journey, either as an artist or a person who wants to live a more creative and fulfilling life.

Read the full interview with Chris Burkard here.

Watch his amazing film Under an Arctic Sky on Netflix.

Watch other episodes of The Artist Life here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

How to Come Up With Ideas When You're Not Naturally Creative

How do you think of original ideas if you're not naturally creative? I learned that a simple change of mindset can unlock the creativity we all are capable of.

About my YouTube channel: Aside from my films, I post weekly dispatches from my life as an emerging artist, in the hopes that the things I'm learning, doing, and dealing with will be helpful to you on your own journey, either as an artist or a person who wants to live a more creative and fulfilling life.

My main resource for this episode is The Creative Thinker's Toolkit by Professor Gerard Puccio from The Great Courses on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Creati...

Matt Bellasai's Skillshare class on Writing Shareable Content: https://skl.sh/2OLpZJN

My film "No English" with Polish artist Agnieszka Rowińska: https://vimeo.com/248093730

Follow Agnieszka on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agnieszka.r...

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The Light in the North - 4K Northwest Iceland Time-lapse Film + Behind-the-scenes Vlog

It's finally here! Exploring a place of ever-changing sunsets and strange, beautiful light, THE LIGHT IN THE NORTH is a time-lapse film shot over two months in the transition from autumn to winter in a single remote town between a mountain and the sea in northwest Iceland. Produced during the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

Watch the behind-the-scenes here:

 

Gear used:

Sony A7RII
Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3
Samyang 24mm f/1.4
Samyang 14mm f/2.8
Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
Sony RX100IV
Edelkrone SliderPlus XL with Action Module
MeFoto RoadTrip Tripod
Varavon Battery Pack for A7 series

Edited using LRTimelapse, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, and FCP X

All About Metal Prints! What, Why, and How to Prepare Your Images

Metal prints are one of my favorite ways to display my photos! While traditional paper prints will always be my go-to for maximum consistency and archival quality, metal prints provide me with a modern and striking way to display my work at large sizes. My best and largest metal prints are currently on exhibit at WeCube Inc. and I invite everyone to come check them out, and attend my artist night on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

In this video tutorial, I explain:

  • What metal prints are and how they are made
  • Reasons to consider printing on metal versus doing traditional framed paper prints
  • and how I prepare my images to get the best results for my metal prints.

My two newest 20x30 inch metal prints

For those who want to try metal prints but may be scared of the relatively higher cost, great news:  Photobook Worldwide has given me a discount code for 60% off on metal prints valid until March 31, 2017! Just create your metal prints at www.photobookworldwide.com, find your local website (I use www.photobookphilippines.com) and input AARONPALABYAB under voucher code.

And don't forget to share your metal prints with me via e-mail or one of my social media channels!

Shooting the Milky Way With a Mobile Phone: Testing Long Exposures on the Asus Zenfone 3

Shooting the Milky Way With a Mobile Phone: Testing Long Exposures on the Asus Zenfone 3

Just back from Batanes as part of a large group of bloggers and other media people who were there to try out the photography features of the Asus Zenfone 3 line of mobile phones, courtesy of Asus Philippines. I was there mainly as a resource person on shooting the Milky Way, and I was intrigued about the possibility of pulling off Milky Way shots using a mobile phone. How did it turn out? Find out by watching the video above and seeing the final images below!

One of the headline features of the Asus Zenfone 3's camera is its built-in manual mode that allows you to go all the way to ISO 3200 and do long exposures of up to 32 seconds. (For comparison, using the $3.99 645 Pro app on my iPhone 6, I get up to ISO 2000 and a 1/2 second exposure at most, on f2.2.) Combined with its large aperture f/2.0 Largan lens, this would theoretically add up to the standard exposure settings for a wide angle Milky Way shot. For this post, I'm focusing exclusively on shooting the night sky and the Milky Way, saving my overall thoughts on the photography and video features of the Zenfone 3 for a post in the coming week.

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