Photo Editing, Sequencing, and Portfolio Review: A Workshop with Walter Astrada

By Donnie Sinongco (photographer in the Philippines)

The multi-awarded and renowned professional photographer is in Malaysia as part of his project

With the objective of nurturing photographic skills of local talents, the Malaysian Street Photographers Collective (MSPC) together with Street To Street and in partnership with MaTiC (Malaysia Tourism Information Centre), hosted a 2-day workshop focused on photo editing, sequencing and portfolio reviews, held at the Pusat Pelancongan (Tourism Centre) AV Room on February 18th and 19th, 2017.

The ‘small group’ format workshop was attended by seven photographers of different background but with common interest in street photography, and led by the multi-awarded and renowned professional, Walter Astrada. Astrada, who hails from Argentina and with myriad of experiences in photojournalism that earned him the much coveted World Press Photography Awards for News and Contemporary Issues, is currently in the country as part of the Asian leg of his project entitled “The Journey”.

His ‘Journey’ documents an intercontinental travelogue that started in 2015. Armed only by his motor bike, camera and other personal necessities, Walter created a huge collection of breathtaking photos spanning from the picturesque countries of Europe to the ancient cities of Central and South East Asia. His materials became the source of inspiration for the participants of the said workshop.

For Walter, a systematic approach in photo editing – not the one aided by post processing softwares but the proper way of selecting photos from a series of many shots – will help in trimming down the photos that a person wants to further work on. He shared some ways to help in photo editing such as segregation by lens used, color spaces, angle of shooting, title, composition, or frame usage.

Photo sequencing then follows when selected outputs are streamlined to form a coherent body of work. During the workshop, participants were told to bring a minimum of 40 pieces to be presented to the group. Through Astrada’s guidance, each individual managed to choose the photos that work well together. Walter also gave a one to one portfolio review to everyone, providing constructive criticisms in improving their skills and sharing insights in building more effective photographic style.

Apart form the insightful discussion, light refreshments were also provided throughout the activities. At the end of the seminar, certificates were handed to each photography enthusiast headed by Azman Karib Ibrahim, Project Manager for the MSP Collective and Walter himself. The MSP Collective plans to exhibit the curated works of the attendants to help motivate more talents and extend its reach both locally and globally.

Donnie Sinongco

He is a photo enthusiast from the Philippines. He has been based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for nine years and working as an IT Professional. His primary field of interest in photography are street, travel, and sports (particularly tennis) photography.
For more information about him, click HERE.

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