Filipino Group Organized in Jeddah to Help Train Photography Enthusiasts

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Gemma T. Bautista, Special to Arab News

Published — Thursday 27 March 2003

Last Update 27 March 2003 3:00 am

JEDDAH, 27 March 2003 — Willing to learn more about photography than just shout “Say cheese” and shoot? Get in touch with the Overseas Filipino Photographers Association (OFPA) and attend their workshops.

Composed of professional and amateur photographers and digital artists in Jeddah, the newly formed association is open to all Filipino photo enthusiasts who are willing to acquire additional skills.

“You may need these skills as a hobby or to earn extra income or livelihood, especially when you return home for good,” said Mohammad Samir Ed Reonisto, a professional photographer and laboratory specialist who is OFPA’s founding chairman.

OFPA conducted its 1st Photography Workshop last Friday at the popular Harry Ramsden Restaurant in Jeddah, with the theme: “Acquiring knowledge and expertise today that we may use tomorrow.”

The workshop started with a lecture on basic photography by Nap Cepriaso, an engineer and avid photo enthusiast.

Professional photographers Henry Callueng, Jhun Torres, Ric Sanchez and Rey Magante gave practical tips on the actual operation of a camera and shooting techniques, after which the participants, mostly beginners, were given hands-on training.

The special guests for the occasion were Hasan Shawli, audio visual services manager of Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Ibrahim Baig of Canon, who sponsored the workshop.

Apart from Reonisto, the OFPA’s founding officers are: Muhammad Al-Ameen Rey Magante, vice president; Jordan Reodique, secretary; Edsel Araneta, assistant secretary; Nap Cepriaso, treasurer; Mon Realuyo, auditor; Chris Alcantara, Sergeants-at-Arms.

Paul Rearte and Rene Cortez are the business managers while Ric Sanchez, John Pamintuan and Jeff Pasco as were elected public relations officers.

Reonisto said the association will be lining up more specialized workshops in various fields of photography.

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