By Niño Manaog
Capiz State University
To further enhance the skills of the faculty and staff of the Capiz State University (CapSU), the Research, Development and Extension Center (RDEC) headed by Vice-President for RDE Cora Navarra, sponsored Basic Photography and Photoshop, a training workshop held on May 6–7, 2013 in the Conference Room of CapSU’s Central Administration Building in Fuentes Drive, Roxas City.
|Mayk Pericon (right) guides CapSU faculty members |
on how to enhance their photographs using Photoshop.
According to Navarra, this another capability-building activity contributes to the RDEC’s thrust to enable the faculty and staff to become more productive in their research and extension activities in their respective campuses.
The training workshop featured the expertise of Mr. Mayk Pericon, owner and creative head of Mayk Photography based in Manila and his partner Mr. Allan Kristoffer Motus. Both Pericon and Motus are wedding photographers based in Manila with clients here and abroad.
For two days, some 25 participants from nine campuses of CapSU across the province were taught basic concepts in photography, shooting techniques and creative composition skills in photography. On the second day, Pericon and Motus guided the participants in using Adobe Photoshop, a photo editing software which photographers can use to enhance and customize their pictures according to their purposes.
After the participants took their own pictures inside the CapSU Roxas City campus and edited their own photos using Photoshop, the outputs were evaluated by Perico and Motus. Pericon said that the proper matching of camera's features and settings produces good exposures (pictures); while Motus stressed that good photography skills can only be learned through time. The resource speakers also said that photographers do not have to rely so much on Photoshop because it should only serve as their last resort. What is crucial in photography is the composition of the photographs itself.
Most participants in the two-day workshop found the activity rewarding and appropriate—referring to the activity and to the resource speakers as “very good,” “superb,” and “excellent,” among others. Some found the two day quite short—but assured of the skills learned from Pericon and Motus.
In particular, Prof. Noeme Bargo of CapSU Burias singled out how the skills taught can help them in producing better IEC materials in both print and electronic forms; while Prof. Joselito Sitjar of CapSU Dayao took note of the resource speakers’ one-to-one teaching approach and the valuable learning from the skills taught.
A number of participants also expressed their need for advanced or follow-through lessons not only on photography but also in layouting and publication.
For his part, Vice-President for Administration and Finance Aladino Leccio expressed full support for the training and similar other initiatives, even as he urged all the participants to take stock of such opportunities. Leccio particularly sought to see the outputs from in the annual reports that will be submitted.