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.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

PocketWizard FlexTT5 for Nikon - 1st Prototype Test

PocketWizard just announced the new FlexTT5 for Nikon in prototype testing.  This is really long overdue, more than a year behind schedule... but hey... better late then never.  I hope that when it get's released, it would be a solid product.

I have a friend who is a Canon user, and went to but them when it was first released, but he was hitting different problems along the way. PocketWizard has always been known to be reliable... so for the sake of their reputation, it would be best to put the Nikon ones on hold and iron out the kinks.

Here's a video of the prototype testing...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Photoshoot: A Dancer called Eunice

My friend, Yap, and I did a photoshoot of a dancer recently.  It was something that we had wanted to do for awhile now.  Why a dancer? Well, it is the grace, elegance, and beauty of expression that a dancer gives.  Here are some of the photos.  Hope you like them.

You can check out the rest of the pictures here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

PT-04 Flash Triggers for Nikon

I was in Hong Kong recently, and decided to get the PT-04 to try out. I used to own the PT-02s but found them not very reliable. So far, the PT-04s seem to be more reliable than the PT-02s.

Based on the specifications, the triggers operates on 433MHz radio frequency.  There are 4 channels, and works for shutter speeds up to 1/250s.  The transmitter uses the 23A 12V battery, and the receiver a pair of AAA batteries.

Apparently, there are different versions of the PT-04 in terms of outward design, and I chose this version for the following reasons:

1. It is small.
2. The receiver is thin and a flash can mount on it without it being too high.
3. There is a hotshoe mount at the base of the receiver.
4. There is an umbrella holder.

One thing I like about this trigger is that I can mount it with a flash stand and a flash on top of it and uses it easily on a table for product shoots.  I can also replace the flash stand with a clamp and clamp it on a shelf or cupboard, etc.

With a built in umbrella holder, you have more options now.

All in all, I like these PT-04s, and they are also very inexpensive.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Joe McNally's Confessions with Father Krist

This is funny... watch it!

You can also watch it on YouTube here.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Pixel TTL Flash Triggers for Nikon & Canon

Before even PocketWizard could release their TTL version for Nikon, a new one has come out of China by Pixel Enterprise Limited.

They have them for Nikon and Canon systems, and you can check out the specifications here.

I was in Hong Kong recently and saw this on sale in the shops.  It cost about HKD$1100, which is about SGD$200.  I was toying with the idea of getting a pair to try out, but in the end, decided not to... so if there is anyone out there who has a set and as tested them and reviewed them... do let me know.