I’ve always admired Manny Librodo’s captures for its skin tone and colors. Lusted after it for years now. It was with great regret that I did not attend his first workshop in Davao three years ago. So when I was tagged in Facebook for his workshop in Kalasangi, I did not think twice to sign up.
WHAT WAS THE WORKSHOP LIKE?
It was a two day workshop of exposure to Librodo’s artistry and craft. First day, we saw how meticulous he was with props, colors, and poses. It was easy to look and observe how he casually but sternly directs his model, Karu, to give him expressions that he needs to complete his capture. Manny Librodo , in his tall frame of maybe six feet, surprisingly did not tower the shoot. He splendidly blended with other photographers that his authority did not distract me to take photos that I, in another master’s presence, would be too conscious to divulge in. His simple instructions to assure everyone gets a good chance in photographing the model are these: One, main photographers get to choose their spots, the one next in line can be behind them, and everybody waiting for their turn should be behind the cordon. Two, everybody can take photos, as long as you follow number one.
After giving us our numbers and partners for the day, a little instruction was given and off we go to the location area. It was only 8.30 am.
The first shoot was somewhere near the pine trees. We stopped around 11:00 am for the lecture, where Librodo showed us his works. I silently skimmed my camera and compared my shots and angling. I find it very helpful to have shot first without his input and then hear him lecture with my shots in my hand.
I was able to compare my takes and his, and was able to process what’s in his photo that was not in mine. I gently noticed the variations in my capture and what kind of angles that I usually take photos of and what angles are his favorite. In this manner, I was able to segregate and realize what my style is from his and was able to effectively incorporate his technique to my style when we did the second shoot. Meaning, I became conscious of the differences and I was able to recognize the strong points in my style made stronger by his creative input.
Had we done the lecture first, I would have ended up mimicking him making it harder for me to really digest the lesson as I try to merge it with my photography style. I’d be less authentic and I’d be warped up in copying his style that I might just end up with bad (and unoriginal) takes. Because most likely, I’d try to imitate his shots forgetting to take my personal photography preferences into consideration. Needless to say, I was happy it did not go that way.
We had three different sets. Fresh, Colorful, and Avant Garde. My favorite was the second one because the light was abundant and the colors were really attractive. The make-up was well done and because I love taking photos of women’s faces, it was such a bliss for me to gaze upon a face colored magnificently in beautiful shades. This was also the set where I was not really taking a lot of photos. I was looking so much at the model and was busy silently scheming what kind of photos that I’d like to take that I took less photos than other photographers.
We stopped past lunchtime and resumed to take photographs for the third set around three pm after we had lunch. We wrapped it all up around 5pm.
The second day was post processing. I was not very confident with my temperamental lappy, which turned on to my surprise after a few struggles with the power button (I kinda sorta broke the button months before and never really got to have it fixed as Long-long found a way to turn it on by using a fork hehe–but enough of the laptop saga). And yes, I got what I wanted…I learned the technique to get that skin tone and texture that I’ve been lusting for years mwahahahahaha!
Before I attended the Many Librodo Workshop, I attended Lito Sy’s Maximizing Light Workshop. It was a workshop on taking portraits in different light settings. In this workshop, Lito Sy taught us to take great portraiture that even under harsh light, we’d still come up with very smooth and even skin tone. I used this technique in Kalasangi and I enhanced my photos using Librodo’s creative style…and needless to say, my trip to South Cotabato was sooo worth it.
**Photography workshop was organized by Omar Gallinero and his creative team. For those who are interested to attend Manny Librodo’s workshop, his next workshop will be in Davao City on March 28, 2011. And in Corregidor on May 7-8.