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#IXUSStyleSelfie with Canon

The earliest known photograph was captured in early 1800s. Us millennials think we owned the ‘selfie’ trend, but our forefathers actually beat us to it. It was them who demanded for portraiture in the 1830s, which lead to mass production of the daguerreotype—paving the way for further development of photography. Cameras back then were huge, and we’re quite lucky that we are living in an era where everything is just the size of our palms.


And I’m quite thankful to companies like Canon for producing cameras that are not only high quality but also ergonomic. I have really small hands and it’s very difficult for me to use DSLRs that are twice the size of my hands. However with the Canon IXUS 265 HS, capturing moments and portraits has become so much easier. This camera has an Image Stabilizer and Intelligent IS preventing photos from looking blurry. It’s also light on the hands (a major plus for me) enabling my fingers to easily position it and click the capture button. If you like taking ‘selfies’, I’m certain you would appreciate IXUS 265.

You guys know that I’m not currently allowed to bring heavy backpacks. This camera is so small, it doesn’t take much space in my already tiny shoulder bag. I brought it in a restaurant a couple of days ago; also took a photo in the office yesterday:


One of the problems I often encounter when using cameras is how to set them up. Talk to me about exposure and aperture and I would immediately explode. I have difficulty absorbing technical information, I just rely on instinct (and luck) when taking pictures. And most of the time, most of my photos especially the indoor ones would end up either blurred or so gloomy that even Photoshop cannot repair them. So while I was checking out the features of the camera yesterday at my favorite steakhouse I took a few shots to test its indoor, lowlight capabilities and these are the results:


Apparently, the Canon IXUS 265 HS has a Smart Auto feature that allows amateurs (like me) to just point and shoot and not worry about the settings. My pictures turned out to be really clear and un-pixelated even though the place was not well lit.

Having a camera that captures moments clearly is important for me as a blogger. When people visit blogs, they expect that posts contain well-taken photos. I’m not the best blogger out there but here are a few things I do in capturing the best portraits:

1. When I take selfies, I make sure I look good but not too made up. I just want to look fresh and clean, like I just woke up. I put on some translucent powder and my baby pink blush and lipstick and I’m good to go.

2. Next, I check which side of my face is my best angle. I like showing my full smile so most of my photos are taken from the front.

3. And lastly, I find a well-lit place. In this case, it’s my kitchen and I snap away with my camera! Make sure you use a quality camera like Canon IXUS 265 — it comes with a selfiepod too!

Don’t forget to have fun with your camera!

Thank you Canon for giving me the perfect selfie companion, Canon IXUS 265!

Project: Beauty Shot

WARNING: My face is all over this post. Leave while you still can. HAHAHA.


Being a model for phot0graphers was never part of my plan when I was still in Bicol. I considered (and still consider) myself awkward, so it was really impossible. However, everybody seemed interested in photography that time, and I happened to be an art enthusiast. But  since I did not have a camera, I decided to be the subject instead. That way, I’d  see and ask photographers about their cameras and some image-capturing tips.

One of the shots that I do not get tired of is the beauty shot, also known as the close-up shot. It is not too photoshopped (or should not be too photoshopped), thus showing the subject’s real, unaltered features. That is why I love the photo by Mark below. You can still see all my balbon from the nape down to the back and shoulders. I am not (anymore) a big fan of photos that have undergone too much manipulation. I know photo retouching is necessary, I get that. But I guess a limit has to be drawn.

Photos by Mark Tiu

Make up by Em Rejano

Besides, many photographers nowadays rely too much on photoshop. As a result, they fail to learn important things about photography, such as lighting, focus, etc. I am not a photographer, I repeat, I AM NOT. But as a mere subject and observer of what’s going on today, I can’t help but be disappointed with how very manipulated some photos are. Maybe I am a purist (in some aspects) or I’m just influenced by Chad‘s style. HAHA.

I digress. Beauty shots are for me the most captivating.  They are simple, clean, and focused–no disturbing background whatsoever. They make you appreciate the beauty and details of the subject’s face. Plus, though they seem rather easy to do for models, beauty shots are the most challenging for me. When doing this layout, you don’t have accessories to use when modeling. All you can utilize are your face, eyes and mouth in particular, hands, hair, and upper body.

Photo by Arojo Santos 

Make up by Missy Rivera

It also helps the photographer immensely if the model has clear skin. I guess that is important. I am blessed with clear skin, thanks to my parents, so I seldom worry about beauty shots. I only fail to lessen my eye bags. HAHA. I can’t help it, I’ve suddenly turned into an insomniac.

So what is my regimen? Nothing much, really. I just make sure to wash my face in the morning and evening. I use Nivea and it has never failed me. Then tone and moisturize. Many toners are quite harsh, but Nivea’s is not.

I’m collecting beauty shots for my portfolio. It looks really nice, and it gives the illusion that I’m naked. HAHA. But of course I’m not. That’s where tube tops come in handy. Ciao! 🙂


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