Bianca. I am a 17 year-old who's passionate in documenting life with still and moving frames. A self-taught graphics designer and visual artist. Sometimes I just play around with Adobe programs and come up with whatever. I host, perform, and write too.
Company of One’s Dance Concert: Sole to Soul - August 15, 2014
Everything’s just better when it’s printed. This is Level 1 in building my The 1975 corner. Planning on having poster designs I personally have done of The 1975 be printed as well. I’ll let you have a look at them once they’re ready.
Filipino Women during the American Occupation (an Introduction): I wasnt really supposed to upload this until Thursday but I can’t help how happy some things turned out.
This video is a start of many things.
Believe it or not, I dont really plot down the storyline and the concept of a video during preparations for it. I just stock all the ideas in my head and push through whatever. That might only work for events documentation but that’s not really the best option when doing video projects such as this.
We needed to finish a 2-3 minute long presentation under an hour. That’s pretty tight. Specially if all you have is a vague plot rotting in your head.
I decided to change my gameplay this time.
I put out my ideas notebook (Yes, I have that. I might show it to you guys one day) and started plotting what I want to happen with the video. I’ve been rediscovering my style the past few months and I think, I may have established a part of it on this one. Anyway, I just wrote it the way I would understand it.
The time to shoot came and I saw the huge help of pre-production work.
Shortens shooting time: it’s a lot easier to direct the group since you already have the ideas in sync with the plot and storyline.
Fast post production: well it really depends on your post production rituals but for me, it was easier to pan out the tools and things I’m going to need. I dont need to scavenger too much for inspiration since I got it all prepared
BETTER RESULTS: Why? Simply because there’s a process it went through. It was a “developed” idea from paper then put into action. It was an impromptu thing that “went with whatever was there”. Maybe some videographers prefer this, but personally, I think it helped me to produce better outcomes when I did prep-work.
Goodbye hair-tearing panic: It happens when your short on ideas on how to stitch the clips you captured, not to mention, randomly.
Organization is key. I can’t believe I just realized that now. If you’re just like me before, randomly shooting when an idea pops ON THE TIME OF THE SHOOT - give this a shot. It might be the help you’ve been looking for.
My AE-1’s okay! These were some of the proper shots my “test roll” produced. I literally just snapped away with that roll to check if there is actually anything wrong with my darling film camera. Turns out it was fine :). I’ve asked a few film photographers regarding my issue with it (including the great Kimi Juan) and got answers telling me that it might be wrong loading of film. I think that was it actually because while unwinding the film last time, it snapped too early and I did not feel the friction while turning the knob. Hmmm. Glad it’s fine but I’m still so darn curious with how the photos might have printed in that roll *sighs*.
I plan on finishing a roll every month to help me improve my eye for it. If you also dont know I’m starting a DOCUMENT YOUR LIFE. To know what I’m talking about check it. It’ll be interesting for people like me who like to shoot videos and document :)
Reposting because I think I finally found myself in post processing (if that even makes sense). I’ve been trying to formulate curves from scratch. Coloring and post-processing is tedious work. In this set I’m showing you some of the post-processing I’ve applied on our Ilocos Tour last December 2013. You can compare how I post processed them then and now.
I’ve also resorted to stop placing watermark on my photos. I may just place them during event coverages for the school paper. In my personal and client work I decided not to, I’ve realized how much it takes away the effect of a photo that’s supposed to be standing on its own. I dont have anything against watermarking but I dont think it helps when the watermarks (like mine) would catch too much attention. Besides it’s not like it is hard to remove the watermark that exists on the lower right corner of my photos. For as long as they credit, I dont mind. Posting it online is also letting the rest of the world “use” it, despite your terms, there will always be people stealing your deal off. Let them have it, you know to yourself that you did what they’re stealing, means you’re basically ahead of them.
This had been a dilemma and also a work in progress for the past two weeks. I just feel like I need to let it out, so I’ll just throw it all in.
I’ve been taking photos, shooting videos, and doing graphics for the past three years. Inside that three years I’ve done work for friends, few clients whom were strangers to me, and creative outputs out of of my very own nutshell. Ever since I saw the pour of outputs I’ve been making, I decided to group them into different websites so that if people would want to hire me for photoshoots they could check my Flickr, if they want to hire me for video shoots and projects they could click away in my Vimeo and Youtube, and for digital pieces they could go here.
I have to admit, back then it seemed very fitting but as time went on I noticed how unprofessional it seemed and that if I really want to leave an impression when people exit my site, they would have second thoughts closing it (getssss haha). Initially the plan was to link all of them here, in my main blog. Besides, this was where everything started. But being the typical hipster that I am (or maybe I just really want it to be professional idk), I feel like exploring other platforms to host my portfolio is a better choice. Or maybe I’ll just find the right choice of layout and code my way through it and stay put with Tumblr as my platform. You can do a ton here anyway, plus it’s easier.
Other than my centralizing my work in a site, I figured that I also need to pick out the best from every media I do. I’ve been subscribed to CharliMarieTV for around a month and I love her videos to death. She’s a graphic designer who provides videos that would help out multimedia digital artists like me. According to one of her videos on creating a portfolio - as tempting as it is, you should never throw all your work in your portfolio. You need to handpick the best ones. Because if you put too much, the other half might be so good but could be that the other half is horrible as well, which results into a neutral impression on your work. Instead of getting hired right away, whoever is looking at it would leave with second thoughts.
I’m on the process of doing it now and I must say, it is very frustrating. Why? Well maybe because, deep down, I know I dont have a specific style to showcase in any of my videos, photos, and graphics. People hire artists for their vision, for their ability to transform an idea from their own creatives. And not from ”how other artists might do it”. You ask your clients how they want it, and it is your job to mold it into something that they know you have the ability to (hence the portfolio). I know I have little experience with client work compared to other artists and honestly, I have zero idea if what I’m saying here is making any sense.
I’ve been rediscovering my senses ever since May and I am doing well. Exploring the world of design more than I used to and I think I may have found myself. I just need another year to rebuild all of it, enough to be published in that online portfolio.
Keeping in mind my “recreating phase”, I came up with a brilliant idea that would help me build a better portfolio. This is to have male as my primary models in shoots. Women are almost always the first choice when you want to do shoots and male photographers had been invading that scene. In some way, I wan to prove that female photographers could also pull it off, but with having men as our models. Dont get me wrong, these male photographers are my ultimate idols and they add so much to my vision of portraiture. Bottom line here is to show that we could also do it and that males as subjects would also be as alluring as females. Right now, I havent seen any female photographers who have done this. If anybody knows somebody please drop me an ask to let me know, because I’d be more than happy to interact with her!
This year had been my very own renaissance era. I’ve been reformatting myself for the past six months and it is obvious that my passions would be a part of that rebirth. I’ve recently included film photography and lomography part of my list to give you an idea of what else is new.
I pray that I come to my goal because right now that I’m working on it, I have never felt so happy and inspired. Aja!