Friday, July 30, 2010

Dream DOP rig

With the emergence of HDVDSLR (High Definition Video Digital Single Lens Reflex) more and more movie makers are turning to these pocket rockets to shoot their movies. Jumping on the bandwagon, more and more third party providers are coming out with rigs to turn these HDVDSLR into better/usable movie makers.

Last weekend I had the chance to test out one of these, the DOP (made in Singapore). Overall built quality was pretty impressive except for the focus ring attachment which could look a bit dodgy after frequent use.

After fixing everything up to a Canon 7D (which was surprisingly fast and easy to do), I tested out the follow focus as well as the rear LCD attachement/enlarger and was pleasantly surprised at the ease to operate the gears. The colors matched the Canon's line of lenses as well..nice touch :)

Verdict time..would I buy the rig? Most definitely, especially if I'm going full time into HDV. For more info on DOP, refer here : DOP

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Rise and Shine

Early morning start for today's ShutterAsia workshop on HDR. Took the gang to Gurney Drive only to have the sun fail on us...oh well. After a few shots we adjourned to McD at Gurney Plaza for the tutorial.

Zee showed us his waterproof bag for DSLR which he has yet to use due to uncertainty on bag reliablity hahahaha.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Dog's Life


Ok now that I have set myself a dateline, looks like I will need to get off my butt and shoot this short film. Wonder how I will be able to juggle this new workload on top of what I already have on my plate.

I guess the first thing to do is to come up with the storyline, 3 mins in total for what its worth followed by the storyboard. Definitely easier said than done.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Modern affordable homes

This last week has been one of the most hectic weeks I've ever experienced as a photographer. I had to shoot 5 full days straight comprising of portraiture and commercial shoots and travelling between Penang and Sungai Petani each day.

The commercial shoot was for Eupe Corporation Berhad on their soon to be launched terrace, semi-detached and bungalow homes. All 3 show units were ready but lacked electricity so we had to have a huge generator on standby early each morning to enable us to shoot throughout the day.

I can tell you these houses are really affordable and by no means can you even get something close to that in Penang for those unbelievably low / affordable prices.

Way to go Eupe for making affordable homes available to everyone.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pupzclub Portraits Day 2

Today marks the 2nd day of Pupzclub portrait shooting with Jane and Lim taking the centre stage at Esplanade and studio respectively. Early morning showers held off to enable us to complete Jane's shoot before taking on Lim and his 2 Poms after lunch.

All 4 furkids were very manageable today and you could have literally put them anywhere and they'll stay there without moving. Well there'll be 2-3 more shoots next week and the problem now comes in the form of good locations which are dog friendly.

Pic of Lim with his 2 furkids

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pupzclub Portraits

Shot first batch of Pupzclub portraits today with Lisa, Jane and Stephfenny and their partners taking the lead. Weather was perfect with clear blue skies even though it was a bit hot at times but everybody was super sporting including the furkids to make the shoot a success :) Looking forward to the upcoming shoots with more doggies.

Andy shown here with Bon Bon (pic)

Friday, July 9, 2010

RAW or JPG?

The never ending debate on which format to use when we're out there shooting. For me, anything other than my commercial shoots gets the JPG treatment. The only reason for me sticking to RAW for commercial shoots are the fact that the photos could be used for billboards measuring 40 x 20 feet and as such, I need all the details possible from the cam.

So there...don't go overboard with RAW under peer pressure..hahahaa ;)

Monday, July 5, 2010

SPCA Food Fair 2010

Today saw SPCA holding its food fair at the Silver Jubilee hall. We arrived there at about 9.30am and there were already a lot of people getting the stalls ready for the start of the event. All in all there were 33 stalls with lots of varities ranging from food to homemade items going on sale. At about 10.30am, more and more dog owners were bringing their dogs to the venue as some of them were participating in the 3 fun dog competitions held at the later part of the day.

PAA was there to demonstrate obedience and tricks much to the delight of the dog owners there. On top of that there was a MJ impersonator who came out twice on stage to entertain the crowd. I was very happy to see so many owners bringing their dogs out to support this event.

Bought a handicraft toy dog for Kenneth to paint (which kept him fully occupied for an hour) while I got a couple of buttons (pic) for my bag. Shelby was superbly behaved throughout the whole event even though the level of distractions was off the charts (smell, people, strange place, tight areas to walk etc). She acted perfectly and maintain her composure, a very important trait for a therapy/service dog.

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