5th PCP Photojournalism Workshop

Posted: August 13, 2012 in Blog, Events, Travel
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I got a chance to attend a Photojournalism Workshop organized by Philippine Center for Journalism, Inc. which was held at FSC Forest Complex, Subic Bay Freeport Zone last August 27-31, 2009. This workshop was open for freelance photojournalists, government and corporate photographers and graphic designers and advertising executives. Lectures include basic and documentary photography, trends in photojournalism, photo editing, digital file management, photo story and photo essay development, wire agency photography, design and layout and basic writing for photographers. There will also be guided practical assignments within the lush and deeply forested environment of the Subic forest complex and nearby communities.

We rode the Victory bus at Sampaloc station going to Olongapo and then waited for the ride which would take us to FSC Forest Complex and it turned out the sir Jimmy Domingo was driving the SUV and is one of the lecturers of the workshop and with him was sir Alex Bluyut. Upon reaching FSC Forest Complex (which was already past 12nn) we had our lunch and then went to our sleeping quarters located just beside the activity center and is actually bunk houses of the marines when Subic was still under the US military. The first 2 days of the workshop was all lectures with a little bit of exercises. First a review on Basic Photography with key parts and functions of a digital camera, exposure controls, design and composition which was lectures by Jimmy A. Dimingo, after the lecture we had a bit of exercise applying photography techniques. After a break we had another lecture pertaining to Photojournalism trends and challenges.

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The second day was a lecture on Documentary Photography lectured by Alex Baluyut. Case Studies lectured by VJ Villafranca and Paolo Picones. Basic writing for Photographers lectured by Joe Torres. Digital file management lectured by Le-ann Jazul.

On the third day at 7am we went to an Aeta community located at Sitio Kanawan, Barangay Binaritan, Morong, Bataan on how to develop a photo story but to get there we traveled by jeep then crossing a hanging bridge then hiking going up a steep incline for about 20 minutes. We had a blast getting pictures and I was so engrossed talking to Ka Rudy that I almost forgot to take pictures (I got limited photos of him and the community) and by afternoon we headed back to Subic and went to the Mangroove trail and shot some photos. Getting back to the activity center we were task to edit down our photos to 40-50 pictures for the first edit and further editing it down to 8-15 pictures for our photo story and the stressful part was writing a story.

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The fourth day was a lecture on Working on wires, new papers and magazine lectured by Luis Liwanag, then we continued with our photo story study. After submitting our studies it was made into a slide show and was shown to all of us at around 9pm and then continued to the SMB night (stopped drinking at 2am).

The final day started late, after the oath taking of the officers of PCP we ate our final lunch at the workshop and lechon was served. Then we were handed out our certificates thus ending our workshop with a final group picture. Then saying our congratulation and goodbyes, carol and me headed to the Subic Yacht Club to get something to eat and take pictures then headed to the Victory Station and headed back to Manila.

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here is my photo story study:

KULOT AKO!

Si Ka Rudy (Rodelio Tumandor) na isang Tribal Elder ng mga Mambakun na Kulot, na nakapagasawa ng isang unat, dating nagging rebelde at nanumbalik sa gobyerno at nagging CAFGU at isang marine, ay ipinag lalaban nila ang kanilang karapatan bilang isang katutubo sa lugar ng Sitio Kanawan na pilit silang pinalilipat o pinapaalis ngunit sila ang talagang nauna sa lugar.

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