Monday, June 29, 2009

Photoshoot: Z2H6 Instructors

Went to shoot the Zero to Hero season 6 instructors yesterday, and once again, it was a learning experience. When we arrived at Punggol, it was raining. We thought we had to cancel the shoot, but looking at the sky, it did not look so threatening... so we waited. At 5pm, the rain stopped! Hallelujah!

The initial location we wanted to shoot was near the pier and waters edge, but my friend James found another location, so we all went there to shoot. I took the group shots first, thinking that I wanted to have the sun as part of my background... only to discover that my off-camera flashes were not exactly powerful enough to overpower the background sun... but as the sun began to set, it got better.

Hmmm... is it time to get the Alien Bees?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Product shoot: Panasonic Lumix LX3

Decided to do a simple product shoot for my new toy... the Panasonic Lumix LX3. I've been reading great reviews of this compact camera, and up to now, it has not disappointed. It can go fully manual, with a 24-60mm f/2.0-2.8 lens (135mm equivalent), it is a great compact camera to use in low light. I've not used the LX3 to do any strobist stuff as yet, but will give it a go when I have time.

This shot was taken from a home made light tent. My home made light tent uses white cloth on each side to diffuse the light. There is a flash placed on each side of the light tent and one more in front with a softbox to diffuse the light.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Photoshoot: Z2H Alumni

I did a simple shoot in May 09 for the Zero to Hero Alumni. They wanted to get some photos to use, so out came my equipment!

It was a very simple set up with 2 lights. The light on the right is using the Westcott Apollo 28" softbox, and the light on the left is with a home made snoot or a softbox umbrella (depending on how defined I want the light to be). One light is great, but having 2 lights give more separation between the person and the dark background.

The light with the Westcott was placed higher up and angled around 45 degrees downward, and this also acts like a hairlight, thus eliminating the need for a 3rd light. Simple set up with 2 lights.