[Pinoy] – an informal demonym referring to the Filipino people in the Philippines and overseas Filipinos around the world. Both my parents are Filipino and I was born and raised in the United Kingdom.
Pinography was created in 2015 to allow me to showcase some of my favourite creations and collaborations with some amazing fellow artists. Before then I took photos and created videos for my own personal pleasure but now I hope to take it to the next level. Improve both my photo and video skills and hopefully have opportunities to do some commissioned work and events.
Hopefully the site will give you some accounts of my trips to some amazing locations and opportunities to meet some great people as well as highlight my love for the automotive scene and enjoying life.
What do I shoot with?
To say this isn’t addictive (and expensive) would be an understatement. My first proper camera was a Sony Nex 5n. I had a lot of fun learning with that but it had a bit of an accident and so it was time for me to move on to the next level of hardware.
Next I purchased an Olympus O-MD EM-Mk II – I wanted something small and slick and this ticked every box, an attractive bit of hardware. Micro Four Thirds so a wealth of lenses out there and built in Image Stabilization to allow me to get some better shots when shooting in low light or zoomed right in.
I used to have a 19mm 2.8 Sigma Prime Lens, 25mm 1.8 Olympus Prime Lens, 60mm 2.8 Sigma Prime Lens and a 40-150mm Telephoto Zoom Lens but then purchased the 12-40mm Pro Lens that did all of the above and more!
With the Micro Four Thirds system, the diagonal length of the image sensor is about 1/2 that of a traditional 35mm film. This facilitates the conversion of the focal length required for a given angle, which is about 1/2 of the focal length of the 35mm film camera lenses. Users who are accustomed to the traditional 35mm film camera can easily estimate the angle of view of a Four Thirds camera (so for above, respectively I have 38mm, 50mm, 120mm and 80-300mm equivalent lenses for 35mm film camera).
For video footage I originally purchased a GoPro Hero + 3 Black back in 2013 as a guilty pleasure. Again it got addictive when recording and in the two years since purchasing I have probably spent more on accessories than what the camera is worth! These things are great, small but tough camera and camcorder designed to be used in the harshest of conditions. I haven’t quite gone extreme with it, but have had the opportunity to mount it whilst zooming around the Nurburgring at 150+MPH and taken some underwater footage.
My favourite accessory is the Feiyu-Tech FY G4 Gimbal which I purchased when it first came out for £209 with 2 x extension poles. This has completely changed the look and feel of my video footage now, smooth and clean and worth every penny. If you have a GoPro then 100% get one of these, you will not regret it. My other favourite tool is an egg timer from IKEA that set me back £7. Stick a GoPro mount on top and say hello to some lovely panning timelapse footage. Check out how to make one here.
So originally scope was for really good photographs rather than video but recently a few friends have asked me to take some wedding footage for them as well as now work corporate events. As easy as the GoPro is to use I wanted to see if I could really improve on that and again another excuse to purchase more gadgets. The GoPro is great but flat. I wanted something I could carry in my pocket that would take photos and video with depth and came across the Sony RX100 Mk5 and wow! Everywhere I go I have this in my pocket, it’s so small yet so powerful and captures amazing photos and videos without having to lug it around in a massive bag.
I also have the Rode VideoMicro compact external microphone to capture audio when recording video, for £45 it makes a huge difference when compared to the on-board mic.
I then like to edit my photos and video using Adobe Lightroom and Premier Pro.
I hope you enjoy my site and keep coming back for new items and collaborations.
Thanks – Jonny