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  • December 2013 - thonytoon

    We are proud to announce our PhotoMalaysia featured Photographer of the Month

    - December 2013 -



    thonytoon
    - aka -

    Anthony Mendoza Barlan

    Here is the interview with him:

    Can you tell us a little about yourself?

    I am Anthony Barlan, or Antz, for short. I am a natural born Filipino, but was only born into the world of photography around 2008 right here in Malaysia. I am a full time Mainframe Analyst & Developer of Hewlett Packard – Malaysia working for a banking client for almost 6 years. I’m actually a Civil Engineering degree holder but got started into Information Technology when I was hired and trained by Accenture – Philippines to work as a mainframe developer.



    I was also a former Professional Dance Instructor of Latin and Modern Standard Ballroom dancing back in the Philippines. Some of my hobbies include body building, boxing, and travelling but by far, my favourite pastime is photography and photographic editing.

    I share most of my photographic work in social networking sites like flicker (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonybarlan ) and facebook (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonybarlan ).



    What is your photography history?

    I began my journey in portrait photography when one of my friends asked me to join a studio “photo shoot” organized by B & D studio. During that session, I was so amazed seeing the output of my studio shot for the first time and even though this was my first time to shoot in a real studio (with its professional lighting set up and assisted camera settings c/o Duke of B&D studio hahahaha). I got amazingly great results that my friends praised it after posting them on facebook. That was where it all began for me. From then on, I took it as a challenge to see just how much better I could get in the world of photography. From that point on, I made it a habit to join other organized shooting sessions and even started attending photography workshops in the Nikonian Academy where I received proper training on the correct use of the DSLR.



    My first exposure to photographic post-processing techniques was via an e-Book by Dr. Ban Hup Teh that I bought from an online photography shop. This was what started me down my path of exploration towards doing some post processing of my own to make my photos even more interesting.



    The artistic and glamorous portrait work of Manny Librodo and Kenvin Pinardy were my inspirations that allowed me to persevere in this photographic genre. The classical style of Pinardy’s work and the fascinating landscape of emotions captured by Mr. Librodo set my own creative imagination on fire.



    Can you describe your photography Style?

    My style focuses more on photography as a fine art and as an intimate artistic expression that is heavily influenced by my idols, Kenvin Pinardy and Manny Librodo.



    I am more into outdoor shooting using natural or available light, coupled with strong make up and styling ‘thrown’ into a collage with interesting full-textured backgrounds. I strive to capture the effects of dramatic shadows and highlights that frame my subjects, like a carving almost. I then try to ‘milk’ these shots to the last ounce of beauty via Photoshop processing which allows my wild and creative imagination to run free.



    Any advise for aspiring PhotoMalaysia members?

    “Never stop learning; never fear newness; always explore; but most important of all, be kind and friendly”

    Never work or shoot alone, especially if you’re just starting out. Shooting with a partner or, preferably a group of friends will help you to develop your skills more. Be conscious. Be observant. Never fear to mimic. There’s nothing wrong with copying other people’s styles because that will serve as your necessary initial foundation before you begin the evolution to a distinct style you can call your own.



    It’s not about how expensive your gear is, either. Good photographers could still take breath-taking pictures even with just their cell phones. Photography is about your creative use of your imagination, your ability to see a picture in your mind’s eye even before you capture it in your camera; it’s about your willingness to capture interesting subjects thru skills that you need to continuously work on. So always remember to “invest in your skills; not your gear”



    Be thankful if someone criticizes your work. Be thankful somebody cared enough to spend their time giving you their thoughts about how you can make your work even better. Always take it as challenge so you can improve even more. Getting angry will never get you anywhere in this field.

    Of course, it’s very important to stay humble. Regardless how good you get, always treat yourself as a beginner who still has tons to learn because, let’s face it, we should never stop learning anyway. Not if you really want to become great in this field. Remember: a real master never stops learning & never stops exploring.

    • mengyy
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      very nice tq

    • clief
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      Re: December 2013 - thonytoons_12

      your career is as colorful as your photography... very interesting

    • Boh
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      Re: December 2013 - thonytoons_12

      Canggih indeed~
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