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Manila – Photo Tip

Why Manila is the best place for photography

Photo by Andy Maluche

Manila – Photo Tip Why Manila is the best place for photography

Manila has one major attraction that makes it one of the nicest places on earth: her people.

Andy Maluche
Andy Maluche

I have been living in Manila for the past 25 years. It isn't your typical, pretty tourist town like, for example, Venice. Although they do share some similarities during rainy season.

But what really drew me to this city were the people. Blessed with a mixture of hospitality, interest and curiosity, they are easy to make friends with, from waitress to movie star, and will help you uncover her secret treasures.

It is both easy and hard to take pictures in Manila. Easy, because Filipinos love to have their picture taken. Hard, because they start posing when you do. So I try to shoot people before the pose, while they pose and then again when they think I am done. This three-step process allows me to get candid shots (as well as earning me the nickname “Paparazzi”).

I know I look very silly when I take pictures. I don’t look through the viewfinder. My arm is extended to give me an unusual angle and perhaps include something interesting in the background. My other arm is extended to hold a flash. This “scorpion dance”, as someone once called it,  can make for a very confused and disorientated subject.

I love the effect of colored lights and long exposures. In Manila, I started to shoot at night a lot for exactly this reason. I then freeze the subject by flashing in. The trick is to keep the flash very subtle to get nice deep colors. It is a delicate dance.

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May is a month full of festivities, including Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), where children parade through town on colorful floats accompanied by large groups of drummers to honor the Virgin Mary. In Manila, it is one of the largest festivals of the year. Photo by Andy Maluche

Andy Maluche

Andy Maluche

NIKON D700

Aperture
ƒ/8
Exposure
10/80
ISO
400
Focal
18 mm

May is a month full of festivities, including Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), where children parade through town on colorful floats accompanied by large groups of drummers to honor the Virgin Mary. In Manila, it is one of the largest festivals of the year.

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