Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Strobist PH: First Meet Up - Makati, Philippines

After about three months since Brian Kitane and I, met online through Strobist.com, we finally had our first Strobist Philippines meet up.

After we first met we unearthed many other Strobists here in the Philippines, who had been lurking in the background, each of whom was excited about there being a bunch of people right here and who had a similar addiction passion.

There was a lot of excitement about the first meet, and we initially started off planning something too complex. Eventually we got down to a basic agenda:
  1. Get to know each other
  2. Everyone have a try at something
  3. Have lots of fun.
I'm glad to say with confidence that all three goals were achieved. I know that I personally learned a lot from watching everyone and it was fun getting to know the people.

The following shots were my favourite which I took:

Group Shot
We'd seen that many of the other meets around the world included a group shot so we decided create our own group shot.
Actually it was my camera, but Marco Malaca was the man who set the shot up
Strobist Information:
Lots of flashes - Canon triggered by Pocket Wizard, Nikon triggered remotely


The "David Hobby" concept
These shots was inspired by David Hobby's Flickr avatar. All we were missing was the cool Apple logo on the back on the notebook!

Strobist Information: Bare Nikon SB-800 behind backdrop
Bare Canon 580EX II bouncing off notebook screen covered with white paper
Snooted Nikon SB-800 with 8" Honl Snoot on front of the notebook

Strobist Information: Bare Nikon SB-800 behind backdrop
Bare Canon 580EX II bouncing off notebook screen covered with white paper


The Portrait
These shots were taken as standard head shots for some of the people who attended. Strobist Information: Nikon SB-800 with 1/4" Speed Grid right back
Nikon SB-800 with 1/8" Speed Grid left back
Canon 580EX II through
Lastolite EzyBox front

The next shot included an umbrella which caused a lot more grief than we had anticipated to get it lit well.
Strobist Information: Nikon SB-800 with 1/4" Speed Grid right back
Nikon SB-800 with 1/8" Speed Grid left back
Canon 580EX II through
Lastolite EzyBox front
Canon 580EX II with Gobo behind pointing at umbrella

Strobist Information: Nikon SB-800 with 1/4" Speed Grid right back
Nikon SB-800 with 1/8" Speed Grid left back
Canon 580EX II through
Lastolite EzyBox front

Strobist Information: Nikon SB-800 with 1/4" Speed Grid right back
Nikon SB-800 with 1/8" Speed Grid left back
Canon 580EX II through
Lastolite EzyBox front



The Clam Shot
I had just purchased a Lastolite EzyBox and Tri-Grip and wanted to try them out with the simple head shot.
These are my mug shots :-)

Strobist Information: Canon 580EX II through
Lastolite EzyBox front
Lastolite Tri-Grip Reflector (Gold)

Strobist Information: Canon 580EX II through Lastolite EzyBox front


There are many more shots from the other participants which can be found at Strobist PH. If you're living in the Philippines and would like to become part of the Philippine Strobist group head over to
Strobist PH where you'll be able to join and get the latest updates on the activities and meets.

Please feel free to leave comments or questions below or email them to me.

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