Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Master studio lighting practitioner, Allan Razo, does not believe in simply mouthing off lighting techniques to his students. Such information, he believes, are available on the Internet; one only has to pick and choose from the many sites, and then print the selected tutorial for a later perusal.

What Allan does in class instead is demonstrate the logical steps in creating the most effective setup whether in portraiture or table top product shoots. He does this while engaging the participation of his students -- making them move the lights around and understand the resulting effect. In such manner, his students are better able to experience and thereby retain what they have learned in class.

More than anything, Allan is a visual artist; believing that there is no absolute way to light anything. Like a child at play, he will experiment with various setups until he is pleased with the result. Nature, with its interplay of hard and soft lights, has always been his inspiration.

Besides his regular work as an advertising photographer in his studio in Makati, he is an ardent fan of large format cameras. He buys vintage Deardorffs (which have seen better days) on eBay and then lovingly restores them to mint condition. At other times, he could be found patiently exposing platinum prints up on his roof.

To know more about Allan and his undisputed passion for photography, I recommend getting a copy of i-Mag Magazine's current issue (Volume 1, Number 6) in which an interview with him and samples of his great works are featured at length.

Allan with model, Legen, demonstrating the setup for a beauty shot.

An example of a lighting setup for a portrait shot.

Legen has got to be the best and most photogenic model provided for us by FPPF during this studio lighting workshop with Allan Razo. For those interested in hiring her for a photo shoot project, contact her manager, Junjun at 0920-580-9526.


posted by Señor Enrique at 5:33 AM


Blogger Sidney said...

With all those gorgeous models around I start to understand your passion for photography and why you are taking up all those photography classes... ;-)

May 22, 2007 8:36 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I am such a dirty old man, am I not, Sidney? Hahaha!

Actually, Legen was the only stunning (I would say) model we ever had in that school. She has the unlimited potential to reach the very top of her chosen profession. I wish her the very best!

May 22, 2007 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wanna meet her... hehe.

been busy with workshops lately huh! good choice. :)

May 22, 2007 10:12 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Jeff!

When are you coming back to Manila?

Hey, if any of your photographer friends need a model, please refer Legen. The camera really loves her, as they say!

May 22, 2007 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great class!

I'm sure you did learn lots of things there.


Love the models that were provided. Pretty ha!

May 22, 2007 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

sir.. anong class yan?? pwede bang mag enroll... :)

May 22, 2007 6:05 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It was, Kyels! Actually, it made me look at landscape a little differently nowadays. As Allan, would say, "my perception of light whether natural or controlled has matured."

May 22, 2007 6:53 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

This was Allan Razo's Studio Lighting Workshop at FPPF, Rhodyl. And sure you may take it; it's a great class, indeed.

FPPF is in Intramuros.
Telephone 528-0371

May 22, 2007 6:55 PM  

Blogger tet said...

nice lighting! ganda din ng model! :D tfs sir eric!


May 22, 2007 7:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...


i'd like to achieve and master the application of "available light" in my photos. i like the soft feel to it.

nice shots!


May 22, 2007 11:42 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks, Tet! Looking forward to getting together with you this July.

Btw, please drop the "sir" bit -- we're not in the military ... hehehe. Eric is fine, my son ... hahaha!

May 23, 2007 6:23 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Ah, yes ... the beauty and allure of "available light."

The master photojournalist, Ed Santiago, only uses available light, DatuPanot. And many of our great photographers such as Ansel Adams did the same.

May 23, 2007 6:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about how good Allan Razo is, I wanted to join his class but being unemployed does not justify my spending. hehehe!

I will definitely try this one. TFS!

May 23, 2007 8:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

uy, dami ka ng workshops na napuntahan ah, mas lalu ka pang gagaling nyan... hehehe. i'm planning to take one also, i will try to make slot on my busy sked...

May 23, 2007 9:00 PM  

Blogger dodong flores 도동 플로오리스 said...

Gorgeous models... I agree with Sidney! I hope one of these days I can join studio lighting workshop so I may learn as well...
Thanx for sharing, Eric :-)

May 23, 2007 9:33 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Ricky!

Allan's workshop is pricier than the other FPPF photo seminars. Luckily, one of my Picture Perfect Photo Challenge prizes was a voucher for an FPPF photo seminar so, I applied it to this one :)

Hope you will soon get your much desired job. Good luck!

May 24, 2007 6:52 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Walang kapatapusan itong pagaral ng photography, Lino ... hehehe.

You are one busy man :)

May 24, 2007 6:54 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You're welcome, Dodong!

It's fun learning so many tricks of the trade from the masters :)

May 24, 2007 6:55 AM  

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