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
Here are some product shots of the Leica M Monochrom rangefinder camera. These were all taken with Nikon SB800 and SB700 Speedlights triggered via Pocketwizard Flex. Shot in black background to get that classic feel, hope you like them asView full post »
Here’a s quick size comparison between Micro 4/3s and DSLR. The photo below shows a Panasonic G3 and a Panasonic 12-35mm 2.8 (24-70 equivalent on full-frame) side-by-side with a Nikon D3 and a Nikkor AFS 24-70mm 2.8. Just imagine theView full post »
My Think Tank Retrospective 5 Bag Review.
Hey guys, I have been so busy lately with a lot of stuffs… but finally I have the time to write. I wanted to make a blog article about my search for the “perfect” everyday cameraView full post »
The power of creative lighting with Nikon Speedlights like the SB-800 in tandem with Pocketwizard Flex wireless triggers is on the portability of the lights especially when on an outdoor location shoot. I wouldn’t want to cart alongView full post »
High speed sync is basically triggering your flashes at more than the FP (focal plane) sync limit. The usual FP sync limit like my Nikon is at 1/250 shutter speed. One of the benefits of engaging high speed sync is one can achieve shallowView full post »
Profile lighting was one of the lighting techniques demonstrated during the Leysamfoto Creative Portraits workshop. Profile lighting is one of my personal favorite lighting setup – very simple lighting actually but can be tricky.View full post »
Leysamfoto Creative Portraits workshop held last November 17, 2012 at the Oriental Leyte Hotel was definitely a memorable one for me. Actually, an extra memorable one, if there is such a thing hehe… I was so privileged and honored toView 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 »
There is no other beach that I have gone (so far) that offers more than Boracay. It’s an island situated at the tip of the Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. There is just a myriad of things to do there,View full post »
Controlling light in flash photography means one has to understand the behaviour of light. Light has shape and form. We can manipulate these to our advantage. It’s not just putting multiple remote flashes around the subject and fireView 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 »
I was raised in an era of 80’s and 90’s rock music… and was always fond of the heavy metal grunge sound. Not to say that I don’t dig other genre of music, I listen from ABBA to U2, from Don Moen to JoeView full post »
I am honored to be a part of the GIZ’s 2012 calendar project which is about disaster risk management. This is an international project by the European Union spearheaded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale ZusammenarbeitView 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 »
The first question I would most popularly face from someone asking about digital cameras is “How many megapixels?…”. For some of us who have been into photography, we all know it’s certainly more than justView 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 »