Posts made in January 2012

DSLR Movie Making using Manual Focus Lens & DSLR Shoulder Mount Rig

January 30, 2012 10:02 am HKT No comments

With the help of Nikon AI lens adapter and DSLR Rig, Alex got cinematic images using Nikon manual lens and Canon DSLR.

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New product demo: Capture Camera Clip System

January 27, 2012 9:30 am HKT No comments

Alex shows you how this new gear helps photographer carry the camera with ease and make new uses with it.

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Flagship store

January 25, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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All three of these pictures were taken in Sanlitun Village, Beijing. The aperture and shutter settings are not as important here as other factors. As I always say, the thing to do is to take in as much light as possible and then focus on the composition to see what will interest the viewer the most. Here, I captured the walking visitors as well as the eye-catching logo at the far right. At a later stage, I saw the rising fountain and the kid who sat down with his phone. In fact, this photo works well only when there is enough light from the big screen together with the light reflected by the fountain to create rim light for the kid. Photo 3 shows you a general view of the flagship store situated in the center of Sanlitun Village.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L USM 1 1 1

Big and small

January 23, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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You can always find subjects with interesting textures, no matter how big or small they are. The leaf here (Photo 1) was found on the Great Wall of China. It was funny, while all the tourists around were photographing this site, I stood on my knees to take a photo of this tiny piece of leaf, which somehow resembles a Christmas tree. As you can see, I didn’t miss other beautiful scenes, such as this narrow passageway leading to the main pathway of the Great Wall; it shows you great texture under the morning sun. You can find large and sumptuous trees against a beautiful blue sky in this area too (Photo 3). I present Photo 4 to you as a contrast to Photo 3. The trees and human subject look quite weird in this totally different scenario (shot at night with the ambient light of the lampposts).

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L USM 1 1 1 1

Creative tree photos on an overcast day

January 20, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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With Photo 1, I played around with the tungsten setting on a daylight scenario, a shallow depth of field, as well as the contrast between the yellow and blue tones. I did not do anything to heighten the effects, so it was solely an effort to create a different look out of an ordinary scene.

Take a look at Photo 4 first. It is only a plain photo without much to discuss. Under such an overcast day, you may have to use a gradient filter to make the sky look more interesting. But you can also take close-up shots, focusing on the interesting details of the tree trunks, as I did in Photo 2. A picture like this looks better when you can capture the backlight on the trunk, which is quite obvious in this photo.

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Photo 3 is solely a cool-colored photo, taken with a tungsten setting in a daylight scenario, same as Photo 1. To me, the green and blue tones somehow create a freaky feel that makes the picture eye-catching.

Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L USM 1 1 1 1