Posts made in February 2012

Tackling different lighting zones

February 29, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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These photos were taken at the Great Wall of China. You may not be able to recognize this famous tourist site because I did not show you any pictures of the “wall.” In fact, the “walls” are more spectacular if you see them in aerial shots. Some even say that you can see the Great Wall if you travel outside the earth’s atmosphere. That’s the rumor, anyway.

Well, here are my shots, showing the steps using a backlit angle (Photo 1), a look-through shot framing the pathway of the Walls (Photo 2), another inside framing shot (Photo 3), and finally, a kid posing in a fighter stance in the tower built on the pathway (Photo 4). You can see in the setting details below that I switched to a different setting in between shots, which is crucial if you have to shoot under different lighting scenarios. Remember to do this each time you enter a different “zone” so that you won’t miss any great scenes.

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Equipment Setup

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Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1

Tips on using the later afternoon sun for unique model portraiture

February 27, 2012 9:50 am HKT No comments

Alex found the late afternoon sun the best companion in model portraiture, given that you have some gears at hand and certain tips in mind…

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Morning photos

February 24, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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I took all of these shots at around seven o’clock in the morning. They weren’t shot in Greece, but in Taiwan. However, they are very Greek-like. There were no post-production effects performed on them. All I did was just take advantage of all the available colors in the environment for a really colorful shot. One point to note is that you need to mark a smaller aperture to keep the sky dark blue and the wall in the foreground in shade. I did something similar for Photo 2. Bear in mind that you have to keep the aperture down so it looks more like a sunset than a sunrise. Photo 3 shows you how the entire hotel looks.

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Equipment Setup

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Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1

Desaturated color tone

February 22, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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Photo 1 was shot in a kiln workshop in Taiwan. I photographed this mug with the help of the Aputure Amaran LED Light Panel by placing it 45 degrees to the left of the subject. Photo 2 was shot in a park in Taiwan. I found similarities in the photos I took in Taiwan—mainly their desaturated or pastel color tones, which are quite obvious in this flower shot and the photo (Photo 3) I took in a bookstore. Photo 4 shows you the kind of free breakfast offered by most Taiwan hostels. The color tones here are also kind of desaturated.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1
LED lighting Aputure Amaran LED Light Panel AL-198 1

New product demo: Cullmann 11-piece Flexx Studio Set

February 20, 2012 9:48 am HKT No comments

Alex shows you how this sturdy new gear can help you do indoor and studio product shots in an instant.

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