Welcome to the official website of dave martinez photography - Here, I'll share with you my life's work as a photographer, as well as my photographic misadventures!
The (unconscious) beginnings of the photographer in me probably started when I was really small. One of my favorite toys was a film camera that I toyed around and just shoot. Fast forward to around the digital age, I got my first digital SLR (a Nikon D70), and this time, consciously fell in love with photography. Since then it's been a helluva ride. After all these years, I still feel in a way "naked" when I go out without a camera, it is almost like a necessity to at least bring one even if it is only an ordinary day, there is that constant longing inside that there might be something interesting to be captured today. And whenever I am shooting, I feel like I am in a trance - (stubborn & reckless!). Every after a tiring shoot, ironic as it seems, I feel recharged!
Photography is a ritual - it involves the heart, mind and soul. It is a holistic approach, one that involves all your senses. Put your heart and mind in it before clicking the shutter, and when it touches your soul, it is complete.
Leica M | Nikon FX DSLR | Panasonic Micro 4/3
Manfrotto | Benro
I met The Joker
Featuring: Ethaniele Loise Abella, Aiky Ausa
& The Joker (as Himself)
Make-up Artist: Scarlet Dela Rea
Location: Hangar X Studio (GPS coordinates: unknown)
Photographer’s note: Leica M Monochrom, LeicaView full post »
Photography is about capturing that precious moment. That is why wedding photography is one of the most dramatic fields in photography, it is the ability to record that moment on a static medium as forever. On the other hand, preciousView full post »
One of my best lenses — the Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8. Why did I choose this over the the other highly-praised lenses, the Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8 or the Nikkor AFS 16-35mm 4 VR?
1. Ability to take 77mm screw-in filters vs. theView full post »
Product photography can be fun at times to do… it doesn’t need to be on an outdoor location, you can do it at the comfort of your home. I have to do this more often, but most oftentimes been lazy to do so. It takes a lot ofView full post »
Talking about the things I need (/ought / want) to bring everyday…
1. Mobile phone – It’s my mobile office, I can’t work (/move) without this. I’m using a full-QWERTY styled phone for almost ten years now IView full post »
Here’s the trinity for my Micro 4/3 rig:
Panasonic 7-14mm 4
Panasonic 20mm 1.7
Olympus 45mm 1.8
Anything to add? We’ll see… As of the moment, it gets all the job done for me, especially for travelView full post »
Just like in any portrait, candid or street photography, capturing emotions in the photos is more important than simply lighting and posing the subject technically well. If you combine a technically well-taken photo with the rightView full post »
When I’m shooting for wedding portraits, I try to look for something unique that will set the portrait apart from the ordinary. Something that is distinct to the character and personality of the subjects. There are probably 101 waysView full post »
Stubborn as I am! Through the years I preferred to shoot my subjects with just my little flashes. Call me a die-hard strobist or whatever… but even my most critical portraits that I have done are all lit by just these. But wait,View full post »
A quick non-scientific comparison. Just to give you an idea on the size comparison of a Micro 4/3 camera relative to a full-frame camera.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFD 85mm 1.4
Panasonic G3 + Olympus 45mm 1.8 (90mm equivalent)
Nikon D700 vs.View full post »
One of the more exciting part in wedding photography is doing a pre-nup shoot. Pre-nuptial photo shoots have been a part of most basic wedding photography packages. Here we took the lovely couple to Ormoc, on an undisclosed secret locationView full post »
Want to push yourself more? Oh, it’s harder than I thought. Pet photography is just more challenging to do than the usual human portrait. This has also further tested my patience, a virtue that a good photographer must possess whichView full post »
At the edge of the world (Bryan & Noemi)
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/80, ISO 400, Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8, SB-800, Pocketwizard Plus II
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