Real Name: Perry Williams S. Chua
Lives in: Quezon City, Philippines
Day Job: VP Production
Current Gear: Nikon D200, 50mm f1.8 lens, SB-800
Dream Gear: Canon Mark II n with several L lenses and Nikon D200 with 70-200mm f2.8 VR and 28-70mm f2.8 lens.
Favorite Photo Subject: None because I like to shoot anything and everything. The closest would either be toys or my daughter.
Favorite Photographers: None because I like certain styles of different photographers.
Photographic Ambition: To be able to support my family and business with this hobby and use part of my earnings to donate to charities.
FPC: Tell us briefly how you got started with photography? Were you just bitten by the shutter bug or were you infected by friends with the same hobby?
PowerPee: As a matter of fact yes I have considered shooting toys using a Diorama setup. Unfortunately I do not have the time and the props. The pictures are more powerful and conveys a story in a diorama shot. I have seen toy shots of other Flickr members using Dioramas and the photos are fanttastic! As of the moment I am currently concentrating on my style of lighting which takes several practice on each toy. I rarely post process my toy pictures so what you see is what I take (these are the toy photos with the black backgrounds).
FPC: Then how do you think does it compare to the current value of your photographic gear?
- For camera setup, try using the following settings: Aperture = 8 or 16, Shutter = Bulb, ISO 100.
- Set up your toy on the table and mount your camera on your tripod. The remote control is effective because you can control how long the exposure is going to be. Once everything is set do a manual focus on your subject and before you press the shutter turn off the light in the room.
- Next once the lights’ out and the shutter is pressed you can use your flashlight to illuminate the subject. It takes patience and lots of practice for this to work. I would not mind sharing this in one of the regular meets.
FPC: Your photos of your toys and action figures comprises the majority of your photos. Which are you more passionate with, toy collecting or photography?
PowerPee: I am more passionate with Photography. Toy collecting is something that I have been doing for a few years now and it’s been a passion for me since I was young. Now I am incorporating my toy collection with my passion for photography and it makes collecting toys more worthwhile.
FPC: Many have the impression that you are very flexible on shifting to the “dark side” anytime of the day. Why is this?
PowerPee: As of this moment I already shifted to the “dark side” and hope that I will have no regrets on this. Why? Good question. I find the colors of Nikon cameras richer than its Canon counterpart. I had a 20D and a D70 before and did a test shot using the same settings, angle, and lens and turns out that D70 came out better. Also the 18-200mm VR lens somewhat influenced me. I hate having to change lenses every now and then and this particular lens would be good for me. Moreover, those who are lazy to post process their pictures would benefit from Nikon’s line of cameras (and believe me I am lazy when it comes to pp). I started with a Canon 300D, then a D70, then a 20D, a 30D and now a D200. Who knows? I may shift back to Canon someday but as of the moment Anakin Skywalker just recruited and wants me on his team. :P
FPC: If you would have to choose only one, would it be Canon or Nikon?
PowerPee: Canon or Nikon? Hmm… this is hard. Anakin or Yoda? Given unlimited money to burn, Canon (1200mm my dream lens).
FPC: What is your inspiration for shooting "Nano Colada?"
PowerPee: The Nano Colada was a last minute decision on what to shoot for the Apple contest. We were at Boracay that time and I was thinking of what subject to shoot. My uncle then told my cousin (model) to lie on the floor of the nipa hut. It was late afternoon and the lighting was just right so I took a couple of shots. Then for the final touch we added the Ipod Nano and the Pina Colada. :)
FPC: Truth or Dare? Truth: Was there ever a time when you felt extremely attracted to anyone of the models you have worked with? Dare - (We can't think of a good one.)
PowerPee: So far I am lucky because I can honestly say no he he. If ever there was one model that I would be attracted to is with Dindi (did I get her name right?) because of how she carries herself. Usually when I join Pat and the others there is going to be a particular model that I would enjoy shooting and you would notice because she would get the most exposure from my Flickr site. Ronrag does the same thing as well. He would shoot all the models but concentrate on his favorite.
FPC: What are your future plans with your photography? I mean, do you envision that one day you will quit from your current business / day job and turn your hobby into a lucrative business?
PowerPee: Future plans? Right now I am taking projects here and there to help pay for my gears. I am hoping and praying that someday this hobby of mine will help support my family and current business.
FPC: You were on television recently. Would you mind elaborating on how you got involved in that?
PowerPee: A friend knew I was collecting toys and the segment of Pia Hontiveros (ANC’s Shop talk) was about toy collecting. She called me a day before and asked me if I would want to be interviewed and I agreed. I brought a good friend with me and we had a blast. It was fun and I would not mind doing it again and the best part of the show was my toy pictures were shown on national television.
FPC: If you do ever get the chance, which charity would you like to help and why?
PowerPee: Which charity? Good question. There are a lot of charities here in the Philippines and I have no particular charity in mind. A friend and I are currently organizing a bowling tournament once a week and the proceeds are donated to 2 kids from World Vision. We sponsor these 2 kids with a year's worth of education every year. It is a good feeling to be able to help out others since God has done so much for me.
FPC: And finally, any special message for the members of Flickers Photo Club?
PowerPee: Photography is all about passion. As long as you have the desire and motivation for it you will enjoy it as a hobby and eventually as a profession and will also make lots of friends. God bless everyone in FPC!
First, there was the TV appearance. Now we have the interview. Who knows what's next . . . PowerPee: The Movie?