Thru the Lens of Auey Santos

.what as I see as my camera captures it.

Fuji Finepix E900 June 30, 2007

Filed under: Gear — aueysantos @ 12:34 am

For the past six months, I have been on the market for a good point-and-shoot camera which I can stash in my purse for everyday situations. Bringing along any of my three digital SLRs just proves to be too cumbersome and bulky for daily use. I needed something handy and quick for those gone-in-a-flash-an-eyebat moments at home, and for funny life scenes on the road. I always believed a good photographer has a camera with her ALWAYS. And ever since my Olympus mini [mju] died a natural death, I was on the prowl for the perfect P&S.

Research, research. My usual source for camera reviews are and of course, other photographers.

But man, choices seemed vast and never-ending. I had always been a solid Nikon & Fuji person but other brands were tempting. One evening for dinner, I had met up with some photographer friend enthusiasts. Everyone was showing off their cameras. Vic Icasas had the Canon Ixus. Now this $400 camera is attractive: tiny about the size of a credit card, with a stainless steel body and sleek design. He showed me this feature which allowed you to take a black and white photo, with only one color of your chosing. Sorta like selective black and white. Coolness.

On the other hand, my other friend Horace Posadas was showing off his Leica D-Lux 3. Now I had always been lusting for a Leica but with the M8 totally out of budget reach, the Leica D-LUX seemed utterly attainable. I had handled one at Palo Alto’s Keeble and Shuchat and had been tempted ever since. Horace said the camera was worked well under low-light, had great optics and was of course, a Leica. But at $600, it still seemed like a lot of money. I felt I was really paying for brand recognition for that one. However, Vic said Panasonic has a clone model out for $200 cheaper.

Choice, choices.

So totally I finally decided to bite the bullet and bought myself a Fuji Finepix E900. What made me decide on this model? I read a great review about it in my favorite UK magazine, Digital Photographer. I love Fuji’s colors. I love the fact that it can use AA batteries. Reviews say this has great images at high ISOs, plus it had the flexibility of shooting in manual modes and RAW. These three things are SLR features I feel I can’t let go off, as a professional photographer. While it’s sensor is slightly smaller than the Canon and the Leica, it’s price tag is more wallet friendly at $192 for a 10 MP point-and-shoot. I’m anxious to see how it will fare against my demands but I figure, if I needed something heavy duty – I’ll just whip out my Fuji S3 DSLR.

I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on the camera! For now…I’m waiting for the UPS guy.


PPA Certification Exam Passed! June 26, 2007

Filed under: Raves — aueysantos @ 12:27 am

I’m very happy because I got word in the mail that I passed the Professional Photographers of America Certification Exam! Let’s not get into scores now right but a PASS is a PASS! I am now one step closer to earning that PPA degree. My next task is to pass the image submission critique. If you are a professional photographer who wants to upgrade your skills and get certified, do check out


Marcy @ Two June 25, 2007

Filed under: Toddlers to Teens — aueysantos @ 12:34 am

I’ve known Marcy a little bit over a year now and it’s almost automatic now when she sees me. She stops in her tracks, her face lights up and she grins for the camera. She’s such a cutie and it’s always a pleasure to capture this little ray of sunshine on film.



Meeting Matthew Jordan Smith June 23, 2007

Filed under: Inspiration,Workshops — aueysantos @ 12:23 am

I’m just fresh off attending two great days at the Golden Gate School of Photography, held at Mills College in Oakland. I studied under one of America’s top portrait photographers Matthew Jordan Smith for his course entitled: “Turning Passion Into Profit: Contemporary Portraits”.

I had first read about Matthew Jordan Smith in a Photography magazine and later watched him on America’s Next Top Model. I knew he was a top celebrity and fashion photography but seeing his work up close and personal just blew me away. His personality made the initial impact because he was the genuine article: a true artist with passion for his work and making people feel good and ultimately, look good.

So for two days, we poured over various topics from producing the photography session, motivating the subject, mastering light set-ups, dealing with clients and branding work.

It was an awesome two days, learning and refreshing our minds to come back to work with new ideas and new motivation!





My New Tamrac Bag June 14, 2007

Filed under: Gear — aueysantos @ 12:36 am

Hopefully…the endorsement offers will start pouring in!

I was so happy to receive my new Tamrac Big Wheels Rolling Strongbox 692 from the UPS guy today. I had been needing a new camera bag to fit all my gear since my needs had outgrown my Lowepro Commercial All Weather Bag, which is now being sold on The Lowepro had served me well for the past year but I’m watching out for my back now and decided that something would rollers would be best for my situation. Plus, my Nikon 70-200 mm lens was always an outsider in my Lowepro since it could never fit in properly and I always opted to piggyback it. But now with the new Tamrac Strong Wheels, everything fits in properly. I love having proper storage for everything. Plus it has loads of extra pockets for my other gadgets and gizmos.

It’s always tough finding the perfect camera bag for every photo coverage situation. I have a Crumpler for my small point and shoot and vacation hikes. The Tamrac Velocity 9 is used for the SLR toting but light one lens coverage. There’s a great Hong Kong 4point backpack for my 1 SLR-3 Lenses-Laptop combination. And now, I have the Tamrac Strong Wheels for portraits and weddings, when I need everything in my arsenal.


Cute Amanda at Gamble Gardens June 7, 2007

Filed under: Family Portraiture,Slideshows,Toddlers to Teens — aueysantos @ 12:37 am


It was another great Sunday was this 1 1/2 year old cutie-pie Amanda. In this photo, she found her bellybutton and was so happy to share it with the world!

Check out the rest of the photos and slideshow here.