JRMP II participated in the Photography, Indesign and Layout training organized by Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS) of NIA Central Office on November 12-16, 2018. This 5-day training was held at Farmers’ Training Center, NIA Region 3, San Rafael, Bulacan and was participated by designated layout artist from all NIA regional and project offices.

First two days of training was focused on photography techniques and application with Mr. Romeo M. Remalante, founder of Photoklase and a Professor of University of Santo Tomas. There were lectures and discussions on the technical objectives of photography specifically on the usage of the exposure triangle which are the ISO, aperture and shutter speed, and, on how to properly use the manual feature in DSLR which is not commonly used.

Participants’ photography skills and application of techniques were tested during their visit to Angat Afterbay Dam also known as Bustos Dam located in Barangay Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan. Moreover, proper use of studio lights, taking and post processing a photo was practiced with Engr. Josephine Salazar, Regional Manager of Region 3, as the subject. Light painting photography making use of the exposure triangle was also practiced with the use of lights coming from a burning steel wool creating a mesmerizing effect.

Following days of the training were mainly on Design and Layout with Jose Mari M. Garcia, Information Officer III of PIA Region 3, making use of Adobe Indesign for layouting. Mr. Garcia emphasized that Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials should be compelling, credible, emotionally captivating, and catchy for it to be effective. Design should be uncluttered for it to be marketable. He also pointed out the use of impact photos and pull quotes, and, white spaces so readers can have breathing space.

Having acquired this new wide-range knowledge in photography and layout is an advantage not only for JRMP II but also for the personal growth of the layout artists. It is a lifetime skill that could be shared to colleagues and continuously develop. After all, we are in a technology driven world. /JP Ireneo Hortillosa III