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www.niccolo-cosme.com April 3, 2012

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We’ve moved to a better site! Please check out http://www.niccolo-cosme.com and http://www.thelighthousestudio.com for the latest updates on Niccolo’s works and upcoming workshops! Thank you so much!


We Have Migrated! November 11, 2010

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Yes, we have migrated to a new and better site! It’s still on WordPress though, but with a whole new feel!


See you guys there!

Project Headshot Clinic 3rd Year Anniv! November 2, 2010

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Will be posting instructions soon on how to take part! This is the 3rd Year Anniversary of Project Headshot Clinic! Merging advocacies and profile photos online! I am attaching below the original write up I wrote back in 2007! since then we have done more than 10 Headshot Clinics in Manila, and around Asia Pacific and China. This November’s shoot will be launched in December on World AIDS Day in partnership with UNAIDS (on our 3rd year as well)

2007-2008 I wrote: Headshot Clinic was born to give awareness to the importance of “Social Network Sites” and the importance of our virtual presence online. Started out as a joke when a good number of people started asking me to take their photos for their social network sites like myspace, friendster, multiply and facebook, I thought, are they freaking nuts? haha! A photo shoot just for that was kind of too much I thought. But later realized the importance of one’s virtual presence in the global village, that having a good photo on our portals online is actually an investment.
I sent out invitations online, to several friends & peers, and more than 60 people showed up for their photos to be taken. A maximum time of 5 minutes per person was allotted for their headshots. The shoot started at 12nn and ended at around 8:30pm. 62 of us will be uploading our headshots on January 27 till the midnight of the 28th! Headshot Clinic- Melbourne (who got the inspiration from us) will be launching on a later date. ——> xxx

To view the very first Headshot Clinic, click here

Mia at 8 Months October 18, 2010

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My sister Mia at 8 months! (yes with matching blown away hair!) We are quite all excited as this will be the first baby of our family after my brother Ira (haha!) It’s a baby boy! coming out by end of this month to first week of November! yay! Congrats to Mia and Jan! And to my parents who are soon to be grannies… and to me… soon to be Uncle! OMG!


Mia at the Lighthouse Studio

National Geographic Channel Live Curious Campaign October 4, 2010

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I never thought that I would actually shoot for one of my favorite channels on cable… and when I received that call for a meeting, I was dead excited! I was so curious! Me shoot for National Geographic? And so it has materialized, 3 shooting days at The Lighthouse Studio, it was fun! yes fun! and a great learning experience. Each personality that I shot also had to sit down for the video interview (which will also air on the channel) they were asked to prepare questions, things that they are or have been curious about, and the more they ask the more I got curious about a lot of things.

In an interview I was asked “If you had the chance to ask a question, what are you curious about and why?” And I said
“I have always wondered about how vast the universe is, I mean, our mind (brain) is only capable of understanding a fraction of reality, even if we come up with measurements from machines or formulas made by geniuses, these are only understandings which our brains can understand… I wonder, will there be ever a time when it would be possible to expand our understanding capacity to a more super human understanding?” did you understand all that? haha!

Most great ideas, concepts or story starts with “what if’s”, curiosity… Live curiously! let’s kill boredom!

Please visit the National Geographic Channel Live Curious Photo Exhibit atThe Gallery, Greenbelt 5 on Oct 3-4. Glorietta on Oct 7-10. Trinoma on Oct 21-24. Bonifacio High Street on Nov 13-14.

See the rest on the photo exhibit! see the schedule above!

Photography: Niccolo Cosme for The Lighthouse Studio

Layout: Andrei Venal for The Lighthouse Studio

Basic Studio Lighting Workshop Series 5 October 1, 2010

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Si Karen Po! September 29, 2010

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To the birthday girl! An actress, fellow photographer, friend and a survivor! More power to you! from me and from the Lighthouse Studio!

Karen delos Reyes

Catch her weekdays on Survivor Celebrity Edition on GMA 7 after 24 Oras

Photo by: Niccolo Cosme

Make Up by: Etine

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I am Pepe Smith! September 27, 2010

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He came in the studio, standing taller than I expected, he was on his boots, shook our hands and brought out a bottle of rum!… OMG! I waited for this very moment! This is the Pinoy Rock God! and if you dont know who Pepe Smith is, then I guess your neither a pinoy, or a rocker dude… dudette… err… whatever. haha!

Pepe is now the endorser of the clothing line Mental, together with his supermodel daughter Sanya! I tell you guys, that was one hell of a shoot! Both father and daughter was just perfect for this campaign, often we would tell each other, “So Sanya, thats where you got those kicks from” Pepe would start posing standing, then would sit down, fly like a bird, then dive on the floor and swim… he played with my violin and my vintage transistor radio! Crazy! and I understand why Mental got them for this! haha! Rock and Roll!

More of Pepe and Sanya soon! xxx


Pinoy Rock God Pepe


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Basic Studio Lighting Workshop Season 5! September 23, 2010

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Behind the scenes shots by Bjorn Manila

The Poster should be up soon! but for now, you may download these doc files, fill them out, and send them to lighthousemanila@gmail.com be part of the Basic Studio Lighting Workshop!!!

Workshop dates October 1 (evening) October 2 (afternoon) October 3 (whole day)

Information Form

The Lighthouse Studio WORKSHOP Series 3 DAYS

Photo-synthesis: A photo-finishing school at Niccolo Cosme’s Lighthouse Studio September 21, 2010

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Reposting an article from Philippine Star Young Star section by Karen Bolilia

Photo-synthesis: A photo-finishing school at Niccolo Cosme’s Lighthouse Studio
By Karen Bolilia The Philippine Star Updated September 17, 2010 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines – Pilgrimages of the sea aren’t the only ones that need enlightening. Somewhere in Malate, a beacon sparks, rising from its former glories as a nightlife staple and reinstating itself as home to a radiance born out of of reflectors and external flashes. From the shafts of light peeking through the studio, it would seem, that everything is illuminated at the Lighthouse.

Forces of nature made head-on collisions and have chosen the Lightworks Photo Exhibit as their point of intersection. Earth, wind, water, and fire diverged to create individual masterpieces by apprentices of photographer Niccolo Cosme, organically churned out within three days. The workshops aren’t only for enthusiasts or those who’d want to make a career out of taking photos. Aside from aspiring photographers, the showcase also boasts of participants who took a breather out of their current occupations. Designer Tina Daniac wasn’t exactly a fan of photography, and still hasn’t become one after the workshop, but she claims that the class has equipped her with an alternative “eye” that might help her with her craft.

A Snap-Worthy Workshop, No Matter Your Line of Work

Meanwhile, WBA World Superflyweight interim champion Nonito Donaire got a kick out of doing photography as a recreation. His photo concept, like everyone else’s, involved climate changes, and he decided to create something out of overheating. “I wanted to show the emotion and struggle involved when I train for boxing matches,” he says. Nonito also praises the positive energy expended by Niccolo and his other classmates. He says, “I enjoyed [the class] because it was an environment that really nurtured my artistic side without making me feel uncomfortable, shy, or embarrassed for my lack of knowledge.”

And while photoblogging and the Internet has inspired throngs of people to pick up a DSLR, it’s more than just boosting the production of the camera industry. There’s a lot more that goes into photography, beyond packs of trigger-happy teens who chronicle places, faces, food, and outfits du jour. Self-tutorials and I-have-a-camera-therefore-I-am-a-photographer mentalities aside, we can all still learn a thing or two under an expert’s tutelage. Niccolo Cosme has served up a few shots of wisdom on photo musts, as the Lighthouse man himself briefs us on how to gain bearable lightness as a photographer.

Cosmetology 101

1. The What Factor – “I’ve always shared with my students, or whenever I have talks that if you want your photo to be unforgettable it should have the “what” factor, your audience should pause, and give your work a second look and say ‘What?’”

2. Choose an advocacy – “Having a great advocacy and merging them with your work of arts is something that I’ve always shared, by that we are not just creating art works, we are also being responsible artists. Sure a great story behind each work is good, but to have a mission behind it is greater!”

3. Do what your heart tells you – “If you dont like what you are doing, it will show in your artworks. Find where you want to specialize on. It is also important to pay attention to inspirations, and looking back at your roots, it will say a lot about you—your artwork is a representation of yourself. If you can put your soul into your artwork, then you will live forever.”

4. Be a good listener – “Accept criticism creatively and not personally. It is always great to listen to others’ opinions but most importantly, listen to yourself, you should be your greatest creative critique.”

5. Learn how to collaborate- “As I have said time and time again, collaboration is the future of the world, we need to open our arms to co-creation. Collect ideas, brainstorm with others, produce your visions and share it with the rest of the world.”

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