Saturday, December 18, 2010

Food Editorial Shoot

Was doing a food editorial shoot for the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Silver Lining magazine, and it took us to a corner of Rochester Park @ Cafe Onaka. These pics were taken using 2 speedlights with bounced white umbrellas. Here are some pictures of the shoot...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Finally! PW MiniTT1 + FlexTT5 for Nikon

After and extremely long wait... the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon has arrived!

PocketWizard has officially announced the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon. Rob Galbriath has done a brief write up on them. Have a read here...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ikebana Floral Shoot

I did a photoshoot of some Ikebana floral arrangements for Silver Lining's Jan/Feb 2011 issue of their magazine. After reaching the florist in Katong (Violet's Florist), I realized how cramped and small the place was. The area that I was given to take the shots was a metal table not bigger than about half an office table or less.

The pictures were taken using a piece of white cloth as the backdrop and using 3 speedlights - one on the top (clamped to a shelf), one on the left, and one on the right. Here are some of the pictures...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

School Photoshoot

I was asked if I could do a last minute shoot in a school with the pictures for some collaterals to be printed, and I agreed, and here are some of the pictures which were shot over 3 days as they had to arrange for different groups of teachers and students for the shoot.



During the shoot, I got to know the art director, and when he asked if I brought my lights, and I told him I did. He looked a bit puzzled, and I told him that I am using speedlights... "Why carry huge lighting equipment when small speedlights would do the job?" I said.



When the art director saw the results of the shots, he was impressed with what small speedlights can do.

In most of the shots, I used 2 speedlights, one on the left, and one on the right, with reflective white umbrellas.  The key is to expose for the background first before adjusting the lights to light the subjects.

For the student portraits (top 2 pictures), I used one speedlight to light the background, and one on the right of the subject (with white reflective umbrella) to light the subject.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Gwen's Portfolio

No doubt that it is a very busy period in my life, and for the past 4 months, I've not done many things in terms of photography.

When Gwen (a design student) asked me if I could help her take photos of her work for a portfolio she is putting together, I agreed.

She did her research and wanted some of the shots to be taken top down... so I flipped my light tent around to have the opening from the top, placed 2 SB-80DX one on each side of the light tent... and wah lah!  Done!

It did take about 7 hours setting up, shooting, and post processing the shots... a total of 98 pics... but it was fun doing something like this after not doing much shooting for so long.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

What you can do with a LX3 + SB800

I was at a birthday party, and I had my LX3 with me... and also my SB800. When it came to taking a group picture up a staircase, I turned on the LX3 flash, but it was not able to reach to the back of the staircase... so out came my SB800 to the rescue!

I turned on the SU-4 mode (optical slave) on the SB800, set the focal length to 105mm, turned the flash head 180 degress (to have the optical slave face the LX3 flash), and with the left hand holding the SB800 with the flash facing the back of the staircase, and the LX3 on the right hand to take the picture... *click* and here's the pic! The SB800 was on manual mode, and I tested the power of the flash till I got the exposure I wanted.

The picture was taken at night in a badly lit room, but with the simple use of an LX3 with an SB800 on optical slave, you can light up the picture like it was day. Quick and fast... done in a minute!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Phottix Atlas - PWII Lookalike

Photox announced at the March 2010 PMA that they will be releasing a new wireless flash trigger... and it looks a lot like the PocketWizard II.  You can read more about it here.