I would like to sincerely apologize for being inactive in developing and updating my site for more than nine months; my old computer died on me at a sweet time when I couldn't afford to get a decent new one. As of now, however, things are swinging back up to the top, and it will just be a matter of time 'til my workflow (along with the maintenance of this site) returns to normal.
Arguably, the most obvious question to ask regarding my recent plight is, "how did you get by as a photographer without the aid of a computer?" I will admit it, it is very hard to cover weddings, events, photoshoots, and many more, without an accessible hard drive to lean on. Every photo I took for the past nine months has been lovingly kept in my memory cards (thankfully, I had a lot of them, and I could always buy new ones if the photos really piled up. Exciting, isn't it? ^_^). As for post-processing, my iPad took care of that. Yes, my main computer this entire time has been my trusty iPad. But we'll dwell on this topic for another time.
What this experience has taught me as a photographer though, is that learning and growth can be effectively achieved when one is deprived of the very materials that effectively and regularly help and support him/her. Think of it as something similar to being stranded on a remote desert island with nothing more than a swiss-army knife. I was forced- no, I forced myself, not just to simply survive, but to effective thrive with only the meager resources that I had. And in the end, surprisingly enough, I had spectacular results, starting with this example:
ISO 800, 1/125 sec. shutter speed at f/2.5, 85mm. focal length
That was taken when I, along with my lovely assistant here (yes, she's my assistant, and much more. ^_^), were invited as guests to one of my friend's debut. Little was done to this photo in terms of post-processing, save for some sharpening and brightening of the eyes, all done in my iPad. But as I've said, we'll dwell on this topic for another time. ;)
I have so much to share to you during this whole time, starting with the choices I had to make as a computer-deprived photographer, the photo techniques I learned that didn't require the use of Photoshop, and of course, some in-depth thoughts about the plethora of gear that I was blessed to receive over the intervening months (it's not all hardships for me, you know; there are also rewards as well, lots of them. ^_^).