#OOTD: GREEN GETAWAY

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My friend, Kats Fernandez and I went on a fun and spontaneous road trip to Baguio. We’ve actually been talking about visiting the city of pines for quite some time now, but it was only about a week ago that we managed to escape our busy schedules and workloads for a much needed time off. Baguio has always been our go-to place for when we need to unwind, to refocus and basically get a break from the hustle and bustle. Being both pursuing a career in the creative field, places like this with lots of trees and fresh air automatically gives us a sense of retreat and helps our imagination to run free.

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With all the picturesque views Baguio has to offer you’re probably expecting a Photo diary entry from me. Sorry to disappoint, but I have not actually prepared a visual feast for you guys. We only stayed there for a day and I made sure not to waste any moment, so instead of going around places searching for probable tumblr-worthy content. We just went back to our usual spots and left our gadgets in the car and just try to live in the moment.

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…But I sure don’t want to waste the Layer weather opportunity haha So here’s what I wore to our quick trip to the summer capital of the country.

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One thing I love about going to cold places like Baguio, is that you can layer your hearts out without looking like a lunatic hahaha So we took the chance to wear the clothes that we can’t usually wear back in our city, like knitted garments, heavy jackets and leather. 

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Camouflage jacket, Thrifted

Got to wear this oversized jacket of mine again that I only got for P350 on a local thrift store. Still one of my favorite thrift buys ever.

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Button-downParco | SweaterBossini

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Leather pants, Rinascimento

So thrilled to finally sport these bad boys out. I have been wanting to wear them ever since I laid eyes on them online. It definitely has Kanye written all over it #fashiongoals lol

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Airmax 90Nike

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HOW I TAKE INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

Nowadays, It’s been a lot easier for me to think of things to blog about all thanks to you guys who are sending me a lot of great topics, requests and suggestions. Although I’m pretty much on a blogging hiatus ever since I started accepting commissioned works and gave freelancing a shot, I’ll still try my very best to post an entry or two each week to cater all of your requests.

So for this entry, I would like to share to you guys what goes on behind my photos before it hits my Instagram account. I know some may already be thinking that i’m a snob or madamot for not answering whenever someone asks me “what app/filter?” or “how/where do you edit your photo?”, but chill guys, I really just want to answer it all in one go haha

LIGHTING

Before taking photos, make sure you have proper lighting. This is for me, one of the most important things to consider when taking your photos. That’s why most of my photos are outdoor, beside a window, and almost 90% of it are shot at daytime. I don’t depend much on artificial light though, because it has the tendency to make your photos look grainy.

CONTENT

As much as possible I don’t look at Instagram as your typical photo sharing app where I just take photos, share and that’s it. Like I do in most of my social media accounts(except twitter l o l) I try to make it seem like a portfolio and a platform where I can share and express myself and my art. So with that given, I always put an effort to make anything I post look good and as much as possible with an ‘artsy’ touch.

So for example a magazine. Most people will simply take a photo holding it, or placed on a nice table, but for me I like to incorporate other things in the photo like, a cup of coffee, or flowers, or my dad’s reading glasses—haha anything I can find on that certain time actually. Of course, you don’t just throw it all in the frame, the fun starts—or the struggle— in fixing the placements of each object to make it not look ‘scripted’ and to hide the fact that you just spent half an hour arranging and searching for cute things to incorporate lol

ANGLE / POV

If you think you can still fool people that it only took you one try to score that winning shot, then think again. We all know most of us takes hundreds of photos and ends up deleting 99% of the shots. don’t worry we all go through that. I myself takes 5 shots of each angle to make sure there’s at least one photo worthy of being posted. I suggest you guys experiment more on the angle and point of view of your photos. It gives you more variety and sometimes produces unique outcomes. Also by some slight tilting and changing of angles, it can already have a huge effect on your subjects.

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When you finally have chosen a photo, it’s time to bring it to where the magic really happens. The VCSO cam app. It literally is God’s gift to mankind. Most of the best galleries on Instagram are patrons of this app. It can transform your photo into something worth hanging on your wall in seconds!

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PRESETS

-EXPOSURE

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Whether your photo’s too dark or too bright, this will do the trick! I’m leaning towards brighter looking photos these days so I tweak the exposure a notch higher but not way pass +3 because it tends to ruin the photo’s quality.

-CONTRAST

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Since my photos contain lots of whites and/or blacks, the contrast has always helped boost my pictures. It adds dimensions and keeps it from looking flat.

-SHARPNESS

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This is one of my favorite presets, It makes the subject pop and makes the photo look more crisp. I also use this to emphasize the details on my photos. 

-SATURATION

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Back then, I used to like my photos vibrant and colorful, but now I want them to look somewhat pale. So instead of tweaking the saturation a notch higher, nowadays I decrease it to -2 or some times more. 

FILTERS

Subtle is key to choosing your filters. Avoid over-editing your photos, those apps that promise to give you cross-processed results will just guarantee you an eyesore photo, even the filters that came with the instagram app just don’t cut it anymore.

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Before I used to stick only to the T1 filter to make my feed look cohesive, but nowadays I’ve been using the filters, SE3, A6 and HB2.

RESULTS:

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{filter: A6 | exposure: +1, contrast: +2, sharpness: +6, saturation: -2}

BONUS TIP:

I like taking photos in bed or basically in my crisp white sheets. It gives that “didn’t put an effort taking this photo”(haha) look and it always end up looking tumblr-y. It’s a foolproof way to achieve an artsy photo

imagebut if you don’t have any white sheets or someone changed your sheets without permission—like in my case— then you can always be resourceful and look for substitutes! 

In the photo above, I actually used my plain white muscle tee as substitute for white sheets. I’ve done this twice already to be honest, there was also one time where I had to lay my white button-down beside the glass door to get more light in my “bed” hahaha you know what they say, paraparaan din l o l

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{filter: HB2 | exposure: +1, contrast: +1, sharpness: +6}

So there you go! I know for some of you, it might seem complicated at first, but eventually you’ll get the hang of it. Chances are, sooner or later you’ll enjoy the editing process more than taking the photos haha

just some final tips before I end this entry:

1. Post thoughtfully. Avoid posting multiple photos of the same thing or place all at once, may it be your outfit for the day or your vacation trip, It pretty much is a clutter to everyone’s feed.

2. Hashtag thoughtfully. If you’re hashtags are thrice as long as your captions then probably you’re doing something wrong. It’s really annoying to see inch-long tags but it’s even more annoying if most of it are irrelevant tags. So unless you’re an online shop fishing for buyers, please do the world a favor.

3. Post frequently. If not everyday, try every other day, but not selfies okay. This will help you engage more to your followers and will most likely help you be seen by new people. This will also guarantee to inspire you to post something new and fresh every time.

4. Be kind. Most people translate this as being plastic or a form of social climbing, but there’s nothing better than stumbling in to a lovely gallery with an even more lovely owner. Like, Comment and simply interact with your followers, Most people like that.

5. Just have fun. don’t: take it too seriously, take the fun away from using instagram,—and most importantly—go risking your your life for an instagram photo haha …but srsly don’t 

There you have it! hope my tips and techniques will help, and if you think I missed some things, or you want to suggest more, or simply comment, then feel free to hit up my disqus box below! Oh and if you don’t agree with some things written above then It’s okay. No one’s obliged to follow, it’s your Instagram anyway ;)

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Photo diary: Basic Sunday

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Hey guys! I know it’s been almost a month since my last entry that’s why I’m thrilled to finally be back on my blog and share to you guys what’s been going on in my life lately.image

Most of you may not know yet, but last summer, I filed an LOA(leave of absence) for the whole semester back in my university to take a time off from school and to finally get the chance to work on my upcoming business and to focus purely on my passions alone.

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Since then, my days were spent mostly on brainstorming sessions, sketching, canvassing and basically working on FOXURBN. I also gave freelancing a shot and started to accept commissioned works to keep me occupied, thus making my days more productive. I was actually overwhelmed with the feedback and the number of clients I was getting because I never really pictured myself as a graphic designer. As of now, I still have a few pending client works and some big design projects lined up for the coming months which I’m so thankful for and excited about—but at the same time nervous, considering I’m still a newbie in the field and basically clueless.

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I made this entry also because I’m getting a lot of questions—specially from ask.fm anons, asking me what I do now since I’m out of school. Most of them assume I’m just bumming around, or going out every day/night and basically living a chill life but It’s really not that way. I just want to clarify that :)

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Although at first, I admit I had the same thoughts: Living the chill and yolo life and all, but as the days pass I slowly realize it’s basically still the same. Yeah I might be free from all the plates and school works, but I still encounter problems and stress like I did back then. The only thing keeping me sane is that I know to myself that I’m doing what I love and I’m taking steps to pursue my dreams :)

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About the title though, I also wanted to give you guys a glimpse on how my typical Sunday goes. Comfy clothes, early morning caffeine fix, random doodle sessions, reading blogs, answering emails, scrolling through tumblr/pinterest, and the list goes on. Sunday’s basically my chill pill so I make it a point to be up before sunrise so I can maximize the day. I know you’ll find me boring after seeing how I spend my free days—:( :( haha— but tbh I’ll always choose days like these over nights of partying or being out somewhere. #ConfessionsOfAnIntrovert lol

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Crew neck tee, Hanes | Jeans, F&H | Slides, Adidas

P.s. I would like to thank the self-timer for taking my photos :( HAHA Our old helper who takes my outfit shots back then just left and I wasn’t really in the mood to give our new helpers a crash course in photography so yeah. Oh and thanks to our chairs too, for being my tripod for today lolimagemikewillfly

Here’s a glimpse of my life lately through my instagram photos.

Client works, client meetings, and brainstorming sessions for my upcoming line took over my life in the past few weeks. sure it left me stressed and deprived from sleep but I feel very thankful at the same time for I know I’m doing what I love and I’m pursuing the things I only dreamt of back in the days.

I have also been trading my sneakers and denims with more corporate and business-savvy pieces like oxfords, blazers and slacks because of  my client meetings. I try to put as much effort on making myself look proper and decent for my clients so they’d have an idea on how I take the whole thing seriously, and the work professionally as possible despite my age and me being new to the whole freelancing industry.

It has also been pretty cold in the past few weeks. It may be nice to experience the cool weather every now and then but you know what they say, too much of a good thing can be bad. It’s sad Glenda left destruction to some, but on the bright side, let’s also be thankful that it wasn’t as destructive as Yolanda. I just pray that hopefully everyone is safe and in good condition now

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Roux 29: The Road Continues

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Without a doubt, everyone loves to get caught by the essence of nostalgia; however, what event could possibly take place to perfectly add up to your most memorable life-stories? Happy memories consist of unique, exciting, unforgettable, and amazing experiences; therefore, take one of the best rides of your life with De La Salle University’s Business Management Society as they continue to drift the night away with their 29th year anniversary celebration, Roux 29, taking place on August 8, 2014 at Bradco Avenue, Aseana City, Paranaque! Let yourself loose as the organization gives you three astounding events in one night—FAIR, DRIVE-IN MOVIE, & PARTY! 
Spend your Friday evening by creating new spontaneous adventures with your friends, having a date under the stars with your special someone, or just taking the time off to be with your whole family! Everyone is invited to join the BMS Presents: Roux 29—The Red & White Spectacle! Witness and be in that night where no one else would dare miss! On top of that, you are free to blast away with the hipster in you; wear your hippiest outfits as you surrender yourself in a 
night of pure awesomeness—FAIR, DRIVE-IN MOVIE, & PARTY!

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FB: /BMSDLSUROUX | TWITTER: @BMSRoux29 | IG: @BMSROUX29

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I’m giving away tickets to three lucky readers! all you have to do is:

1) Like & Follow DLSUBMS Roux29 social media accounts:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/BMSDLSUROUX

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMSROUX29

Instagram: http://twitter.com/BMSROUX29

2) Tweet me (@mikewillfly) your Full Name & Email address with the hashtags #BMSROUX29 & #mikewillflyxroux29

simple as that! I will be announcing the winners on August 6, 2014

will contact the winners via twitter & email, Good luck!

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