New product demo: Orbis Ring Flash Diffuser

June 18, 2012 9:37 am HKT No comments

Black and white photos revisited

June 15, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

20120615 Black and white photos revisited - 1

It is not easy to find these stores and buildings in Hong Kong anymore. They were prevalent in the 1950s, but you can only find them in some parts of the city at present. It makes sense to shoot these scenes in black and white, as the photos look more impressive. You can compare Photo 1 and Photo 2 or Photo 3 and Photo 4 to see how the pictures look in both color and black and white.

When you are doing this kind of street photo, it is common to use a wide-angle lens. But the “larger than life” look and feel is a bit artificial, so it is advisable to use a 50 mm lens instead. Photos taken with this lens more closely resemble the perspective of the human eye and result in a more natural look, as seen in Photo 5.

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Equipment Setup

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

What matters is the light

June 13, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

20120613 What matters is the light - 1

I have heard some people complain about how hard it is to find subjects to photograph. To me, honestly, light is my subject. In most cases, I enjoy capturing the beauty of natural light more than any subjects, whether they are human subjects or still life objects. As for Photo 1, I think the whole setting here, and how the natural light is shed on the area, are my subjects. And the man here, like all other human subjects, only serves as the medium to “receive” the light.

As for Photo 2, I framed my subjects to make them look more prominent. If that frame did not exist, there would be nothing special about the houses here. Anyway, the natural light is still the reason why I took this photo. As for Photo 3, it uses a mix of natural light and artificial light, and that makes the photo more interesting. As for Photo 4, I would say the key element is the red chair. Yet, if there were not enough natural light to make the surrounding area barely visible, and without the bit of artificial light as added interest, the photo would be dull.

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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

New product demo: Gariz Genuine Leather Half-case

June 11, 2012 9:29 am HKT No comments

Purity of emotion in black and white photography

June 8, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

20120608 Purity of emotion in black and white photography - 1

I was quite into black and white photography years ago. I think it is best suited for capturing scenes that might remind you of the past. And in some cases, when the scenes are too colorful and the subjects look less prominent in that particular setting, then it is wise to remove all the colors. When you do so, you are forced to see the image itself and to see the purity of emotion and action. If Photo 1 had been taken in color, you would probably overlook the stall keeper and the potential customer.

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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