Some more tips on shooting under the sun

August 15, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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I went out on a very sunny day and I took these shots in the early afternoon. As you may be well aware, sunlight can enhance your photos, especially if you wait for the later afternoon hours, because the warm tone during the late afternoon makes your photos look more pleasant. But in most cases, the sunlight that comes directly overhead during the early afternoon makes it hard to get decent photos. Photo 1 is an example that illustrates this, where you can see that the subjects are not exposed properly. But I found this photo pretty interesting because the sunlight coming directly overhead highlighted the bald heads of the two men and makes the photo quite amusing. The two girls in Photo 2 resemble the two guys in Photo 1, with their heads lit by the sun. You can see the details of their hair by clicking on the photo (taken with a Canon 5D MK III). In Photo 3, the photograph of the girl is exposed properly. This only happened because I was able to shoot the photo at the right moment as she was walking past a well-lit area.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Camera Canon EOS 5D MK III 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM 1 1 1

Video demo: DSLR Video shooting with Pistol Grip, Magic Arm & LED Light Panel

August 13, 2012 9:45 am HKT No comments

Dumped fruit

August 10, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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I took this shot on a rainy day near a parking lot for trucks. I spotted this deserted chunk of watermelon as I was walking around and I took a few shots of it. But I thought the photos of it would look more meaningful if someone was near it. So I stood there waiting until this guy came along and you could see his shadow on the ground. I took another photo (Photo 2) when he returned.

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You can find good subjects to photograph on a rainy day, but it’s better to wait until the rain stops. The wet ground is always good to use as the background or foreground. I stood under a shelter in a market and waited for my subjects to come around. These people in the market (shown in Photos 3 and 4) kept up with their delivery work even though it was raining. They didn’t care who stood in their way to photograph them.

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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

Blurred subjects

August 8, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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Most people are aware that strong light can affect the way you focus your subjects. For instance, if you point your camera at a flashlight or if the sun is right behind your subject, the camera is unable to focus. But one way or another, you can play around with this kind of thing and achieve a blurred photo, like I did with Celia in Photos 1 and 2. This kind of lighting method was prevalent many years ago; it showed the backlight in the photo. As the flare gets into the lens, the subject isn’t as sharp without that light. I used a portable flash with a studio umbrella as the key light, shown in the reference photo.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Reference Photo 1
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1
Lens EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM 1 1 1
Flash Cactus KF 36 Manual Flash 2 2 2
Flash Trigger Cactus V5 Wireless Flash Transceiver Duo 1.5 1.5 1.5

Things you’ll overlook when taking portraits – Part 2

August 6, 2012 2:58 pm HKT No comments

Alex did not hesitate to reveal his unique tips in taking portraits, particularly the things you may neglect when working with a cute model.

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