Cebuano Mobile Photographers Worth Following

The mobile photography genre is taking the photography world by storm. Everything in it is mind-blowing and the tremendous popularity rise of mobile photography is on the fast lane. The VGA camera we used to have with our phones before had evolved rapidly and continues to improve. Many have said that your phone camera is your best and reliable camera because it’s with you all the time. And that taking photos with mobile phones is not just mere passion but a trend.

Compared to conventional photography that requires a PC or a laptop, a resource-heavy  image processing software and a bulky digital camera, mobile photography only require a smartphone with a good camera. And if you intend to post-process your photos and publish it, image editing apps are instantly available and publishing is just a tap of a button.

Below are the photo editing apps I have tried and tested. These cool apps are widely used most preferred by mobile photographers. Some have in-app purchases and premium versions but the basic features is enough to meet your needs. 

Best Photo Editing Apps
VSCO (iOS/Android)
A Color Story (iOS/Android)
Camera360 (iOS/Android)
Pixlr (iOS/Android)
Photoshop Express (iOS/Android)
Instagram (iOS/Android)
PicsArt (iOS, Android)
Snapseed (iOS/Android)
Polarr (iOS/Android)

Other apps worth checking
Prisma
Enlight
Trigraphy
Repix
Retromatic
The Aviary
FilterLoop
Darkroom
Camera+

 

Mobile photography is a such a fascinating new genre and many Cebuano’s are on the frontline of this caravan.  We managed to ask them a series of questions and we are so privileged to share to you their thoughts and insights. With no further adieu, Cebu’s finest and top-notch mobile photographers  whose works have stunned and amazed their respective circles and definitely worth following. 

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Koko Paps

Koko Paps

  • Genre: Mix
  • Weapon: Huawei P9 Plus
  • Editing App(s): SnapSeed
  • Website: n/a
  • Facebook: /kokopaps
  • Instagram: @_kokopaps_

Say something about yourself

An outdoors person. I go out and enjoy my travels, walks and stops as much as I can. From the tops of mountains to the clear turquoise waters of the sea. From wide fields and forests and back to the high concrete walls of the city. Looking up to the skies be it a clear or cloudy rainy day.

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

I think patience is a big factor.. most photographers have a lot of patience.. waiting for the ‘perfect’ moments..

Think and make everything you see a possible subject for a shot..be it a group of laughing students/people to a simple table decor or a desk filled with your stuff..

Look forward and ‘enjoy’ wherever you are headed especially if you are planning to shoot some photos..whether it’s a photowalk or a trip to the mall or the outdoors. A photo will always be a photo.

Practice and lots and lots of practice. Always think that there are no bad photos/shots. Only good and better shots as you progress.

Lastly, just keep shooting. Nowadays the only limit when shooting is when you stop and say ‘NO’ to yourself. Otherwise, you will always find something that would catch your attention and save it. A moment of time for keeps.

Some of Koko’s Works

Koko Paps

Koko Paps

Koko Paps

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Chasing Potatoes

Glister del Socorro

  • Genre: Landscape
  • Weapon: Huawei P9
  • Editing App(s): SnapSeed
  • Website: Chasing Potatoes
  • Facebook: /gly.gly.90
  • Instagram: @chasing_potatoes

Say something about yourself

I’m Glister del Socorro. I enjoy blogging and taking pictures. Since I got my Huawei P9, I got hooked to mobile photography. It’s now the camera that I take with me wherever I go. Most of my shots are nature and natural landscape. My favorite subject for nature photography is waterfalls

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

Take lots and lots of pictures. Capture shots from many angles to have different perspectives. Then be selective. Choose only the best photos then try to edit them. Experiment with filters and apply adjustments to improve the visual impact. But never over- edit your photos. Always leave some authenticity in the beauty of your pictures.

Some of Glister’s Works

GLISTER DEL SOCORRO

GLISTER DEL SOCORRO

GLISTER DEL SOCORRO

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Rea Alducente

Rea Alducente

  • Genre: Landscape, Street
  • Weapon: OPPO F1S, Samsung Galaxy Grand
  • Editing App(s): VSCO, Photo Director, Lightroom
  • Website: Blissful Snapshots
  • Facebook: /reaalducente
  • Instagram: @blissfulsnapshots

Say something about yourself

I’m an adventurer and shutterbug who loves to take meaningful photos of landscape and people. I love traveling but I don’t get to do it often so I feel like my camera is my passport. It allows me to go places just by taking photos. I really believe that meaningful and powerful photos can change one’s perception of the world.

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

Find the right timing. If you need to chase the sunrise and sunset, then do so. 2) Don’t be afraid to experiment with different angles, composition, lighting, and style. Since it’s mobile photography, you don’t have much control over the settings so learn the ins and outs of your phone camera. 3) Enhance your photos through mobile-editing apps like VSCO, Snapseed, or Lightroom.

Some of Rea’s Works

Rea Alducente

Rea Alducente

Rea Alducente

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Jomar Lipon

  • Genre: Street, Landscape, Nature
  • Weapon: Asus Zenfone 2 4/64
  • Editing App(s): SnapSeed, Pixlr
  • Website: Laagan Ko
  • Facebook:/jomarliponko
  • Instagram: @laaganko_com

Say something about yourself

I’m just a simple guy who love photography as a hobby and current work as web developer. I also owned a simple travel/food blog which tackle about the travel I did and the food I ate

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

Wait for the perfect timing
Study and explore manual settings of the phone
Shoot, delete and shoot

Some of Jomar’s Works

Jomar Lipon

Jomar Lipon

Jomar Lipon

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Jewel Delgado

Jewel Delgado

  • Genre: Mix
  • Weapon: Huawei P9
  • Editing App(s): Camera 360, Instagram, Default Editor
  • Website: Jewel Clicks
  • Facebook: /jhewhelle
  • Instagram: /jewelclicks

Say something about yourself

I travel solo and sometimes with friends. I post photos of my life experiences and share the story visually and wrote some short stories about the photos on my blog.

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

1. Check your camera settings ( daylight photo or night shot )
2. Perfect framing (subject + background)
3. Use tripod for long exposure to capture the lights

Some of Jewel’s Works

Jewel Delgado

Jewel Delgado

Jewel Delgado

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Rady James Bagnol

Rady James Bagnol

  • Genre: Landscape
  • Weapon: iPhone 5
  • Editing App(s):Photoshop Express, Adobe Lightroom , Colorstory
  • Website: Rady Set Go
  • Facebook: /RadysetgoBlog
  • Instagram: @radysetgoo

Say something about yourself

I am Rady Bagnol also known as radysetgo. I am a travel blogger and amateur photographer. I usually use an action camera and a dslr to capture most of travels and just recently tried using my phone for photography.

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

Use your gridlines (if your phones have any). It helps in making your photos more proportioned.

Capture things with good lighting. One thing that limits me when taking pictures using a phone is that there are less settings to play with. So taking a photo in good lighting makes it more decent.

With regards to editing, as much as possible, explore your chosen editing app. Be the master of it

Some of Rady’s Works

RADY JAMES BAGNOL

RADY JAMES BAGNOL

RADY JAMES BAGNOL

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CHRISTOEFFER JOHN ESTRADA

Christoeffer John Estrada

  • Genre: Landscape
  • Weapon: iPhone 6s
  • Editing App(s): VSCO
  • Website: Four-eyed Laagan
  • Facebook: /cje016
  • Instagram: @foureyedlaagan

Say something about yourself

I like to go to mountains, hills, waterfalls, rivers, beach, anything with nature. Anything that refreshes me from the daily pressure and stress of being an adult is what I love most.

I’m into mobile photography even before I started blogging because I’m in to Instagram. Firstly, I don’t have a DSLR camera thus I’m utilizing my own phone. Secondly, phones are easier to shoot however there could be limitations. Above all, it’s how you compose the photo that what matters most.

I love how phones nowadays could be as powerful as DSLRs and they could produce such amazing photos, of course with a little bit of enhancement with photo editing app, vsco.

I think I would stay longer in mobile photography because I’m still having fun with it. 🙂

Thanks!!

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

Play with photo settings and right timing. Apply basic photography rules and poof!

Some of Christoeffer’s Works

CHRISTOEFFER JOHN ESTRADA

CHRISTOEFFER JOHN ESTRADA

Christoeffer John Estrada

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Egan Torrecampo

Egan Torrecampo

  • Genre: Landscape, Portrait
  • Weapon: LG G4 Stylus
  • Editing App(s): Pixlr, Camera 360
  • Website: NhagzVentrures
  • Facebook: /nhage.torrecampo
  • Instagram: @NhagzVentrures

Say something about yourself

My friends usually called me Nhagz.I am currently connected with Snapfish as a Photo Analyst/Customer Care, a US based online photo shop (similar with Shutterfly). I love to travel a lot, regardless if it is a solo or group but I do preferred on solo jaunt. I’ve been to 24 towns in Cebu and 14 provinces in the Philippines. When I started a blog, all of my photographs are being captured using my mobile phone. .

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

Always look for the perfect timing and angle and choosing the right photo editing application. Since, my hand is a bit shaky. I always use image stabilization equipment such as tripod to avoid blurry captures. Look for a soft natural lightning/background to blend it easily with colors upon editing.

Some of Egan’s Works

Nhagz Torrecampo

Nhagz Torrecampo

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Xavier II Romano B. Coronel

Xavier II Romano B. Coronel

  • Genre: Landscape, Portraits, Street and Abstact
  • Weapon: LG G5
  • Editing App(s): Snapseed, Pixlr
  • Website: Xavier Coronels
  • Facebook: /MaximumPerfection
  • Instagram: @xavier_ii_romano_b_coronel

Say something about yourself

I’m a wedding, events, and portrait photographer in Cebu City and currently taking up Civil Engineering course with a 4th year standing. I started shooting pictures with my very 1st phone with a camera and from then on I grow my passion into something beautiful that people would find it pleasing.

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

For me any camera would do, It takes a great mind rather than jud a great camera. You must see the image in your mind before you take the shot, it takes patience and luck to get the perfect shot you want. That single moment will not happened again and it would be a great challege of taking it. You must be fast, vigilant and optimistic on shooting, great imagination is fueled by happiness, will, passion and determination of telling the world that the image you take are stories worth knowing.

And lastly, You must have a wild Imagination to shoot with, each photo is a great story, taking random photos won’t just make it a great photo unless with a great story to tell. Finding the subjects are easy, shooting scenes with worthwile value is the tricky one and you as the photographer must be fast and Imaginative.

Some of Xavier’s Works

Xavier II Romano B. Coronel

Xavier II Romano B. Coronel

Xavier II Romano B. Coronel

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Vicente L. Ruelos Jr.

Vicente L. Ruelos Jr.

  • Genre: Landscape
  • Weapon: iPhone 6S
  • Editing App(s): Camera+, PS Express
  • Website: N/A
  • Facebook: /fatherVince
  • Instagram: @fathervince

Say something about yourself

I’m 40 years old and married. I am presently employed at EG&I Construction Corp as Marketing Head.

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

Composition and timing.

Some of Vicente’s Works

Vicente L. Ruelos Jr.

Vicente L. Ruelos Jr.

Vicente L. Ruelos Jr.

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Marco Paulo Diala

Marco Paulo Diala

  • Genre: fashion, architecture, landscape, food, seascape and minimalist
  • Weapon: iPhone 6S 
  • Editing App(s): Snapseed, VSCO and ColorStory
  • Website(s): Count Ocram, Lami Kaayo
  • Facebook: /countocram22, /lamikaayocebu
  • Instagram: @countocram, @lamikaayo

Say something about yourself

Marco is a Kapampangan who fell in love with Cebu. He is the man behind the lifestyle and food blogs, countocram.com and lamikaayo.com. Photography has been his passion since he was in highschool and he’s continuing that passion through mobile photography and Instagram.

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

The only rule in photography is that there are no rules. It really depends on the photographers on how they see things and how they capture the image. There photography techniques such as rule of thirds, perspective, composition, etc. and these can guide us in capturing a better photograph. There are also various apps that we can use to enhance our photographs.

Some of Marco’s Works

Marco Paulo Diala

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Wilfredo Lenterna Jr.

Wilfredo Lenterna Jr.

  • Genre: Portriat, Street, Landscape
  • Weapon: iPhone 6 Plus 
  • Editing App(s): Snapseed, Lighroom Mobile
  • Website: N/A
  • Facebook: /willjr42
  • Instagram: @willjr42

Say something about yourself

I’m not a photographer. I shoot photos just for “lingaw-lingaw lang”. I started taking photos 4 years ago when i got my first mobile phone. They say if you want a better picture, go to better palces. Well in my case, I’m still a student and can’t afford to travel so most of my shots are taken around Cebu City and in my hometown Dalaguete. But there’s one thing i realize. No matter how i think I’m familiar with the place and i think I photographed eveything in that place, there is a lot more to discover if you keep exploring.

What’s your secret in making such awesome mobile photos?

I avoid Clichés. Beacause beaches and mountains are too mainstream. Go to places that hasn’t been photographed many times before.

Some of Wilfredo’s Works

Wilfredo Lenterna Jr.

Wilfredo Lenterna Jr.

Wilfredo Lenterna Jr.

Wilfredo Lenterna Jr.

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With constant research and technological breakthroughs, mobile photography will continue to evolve and flourish. More exciting new features and innovations that would certainly make our smartphones a powerful snapping machine. 

On to you!

Are you into mobile photography? How do you find it? Feel free to share us  your work and let the world see how amazing it is. 

P.S.
If you know any other Cebuano who’s into mobile photography, please send us a message or comment them below. We will be glad to add them up on our list

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Herbert Kikoy
Herbert is a hobbyist photographer who has made a big shift to mobile photography. He is a frustrated cook and a wanderlust who wishes he had all the time he needs to explore what the world has to offer.