Friday, October 29, 2010

Actual Day Shoots Part 2 - Composition On The Go

Well it has been some time since I was suppose to write Part 2 of the Actual Day Shoots - Composition On The Go. This is a very interesting topic as each photographer will see things differently.

Let's take the few basic composition guidelines and see how we can apply it to our actual day wedding shoots.

1) Off centre - this means putting the subject off centre to the frame to make for a more interesting composition. Many of us started off shooting everything dead centre and this makes a boring photo. You may even place the subject to the extreme left, right, bottom, top of frame as illustrated by this photo of the bride's shoes.

2) Rules of thirds - one of the oldest photography rules around this method involves putting the subject at the thirds intersection of the photo. Please google to find out more on this method. The picture of the bride on her chair awaiting for the groom to arrive demonstrates this rule.

3) Twist, turn, up and down - shooting the conventional landscape and portrait format again will leave us with boring shots. Turn and twist your camera around makes for more interesting and dynamic angles. Shoot from floor level up or even from top down. Bear in mind you don't have to keep looking at your viewfinder to get good shots. With frequent practice, you can shoot even without looking at it. Picture of the bride from above demonstrates all 3 of the techniques above combined.

4) Bokeh it - bokeh are the best items that can make your images pop. You may choose to either bokeh the foreground or background. I'm a sucker for bokeh and you will find me shooting wide open quite often. The picture of the champagne pouring with the lights bokeh in the background completes the picture depicted here.

By combining and applying the four methods of composition above, you will be able to obtain new pictures when out on the field.

I hope you find this article useful and do feel free to share it with others. Till next time...cheers :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Many faces of a photographer

Last weekend saw us covering the Mean Machines 2010 event at Autocity, Juru. Being the sponsor and official photographer for the event this year meant that we had to spend almost 12 hours on Sat and Sun to cover all the events that were taking place.

KY Tham who was the lucky winner of the Canon competition was given the opportunity to shoot with us throughout the 2 days.

One of the things that I've observed in my 2 days there were the different kinds of photographers that you'll find walking around. I'll try to list them out by the way I observed them.

1) Gals only - this bunch of photographers will shoot nothing else but the Ms Mean Machines contestants and the car showgirls. They will be following the gals everywhere.

2) Mean Machines only - this bunch of photographers will shoot all the mean machines right down to the last bolt. They have 100% interest in the modification, rims, ICE etc etc

3) All rounder - shoots everything in general.

4) On assignment - those photographers who are on assignment during the event eg media, OP etc.

Next we have an observation of gears and again there are a few categories.

1) Hyper gearhead - carries all the equipment he can find in his dry cabinet. Easy to spot as the gears they carry will be heavier then themselves. Mostly comes in backpacks and hunching along as they struggle to balance the weight.

2) Hyper light flyweights - point and shoot carries. I envy them so much as they have so much freedom to move around with almost 0 weight.

3) Moderate shooters - single body with a couple of lenses. Majority will fall into this category.

And finally we have flash / speedlites and how the photogs choose to fire them off.

1) The directors - basically aims the flash right at the subject and let loose machine gunning down the subject.

2) Creative headers - attaching all sorts of light modification devices to their speedlites and bouncers. Those bouncers who were standing outside the stage for the final round of the Ms MM would have noticed that how their bounced light never came back. A friend of mine once said, the light would have needed to bounce of one of the satellites to return back to earth.

3) Strobists - placing their speedlites all over the place and praying hard that nobody steals them or knock them to the ground. (ok I fall into this category).

4) Flashless - those who don't have speedlites and shooting using their pop up flash.

All in all a word of advise to those who are going out on a long event day shoot - travel light, choose your gears well so as not to carry unnecessary weight and plan ahead. It might take a few events to finally figure out the correct setup for your shooting style. Most importantly have fun during the event :)

To view more pics of the event go to this link.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Prancing Horses

The horses have arrived in Penang ... ok or rather a group of Ferraris roared their way into Gurney Plaza yesterday afternoon. It was an open event for the public to view these beauties and the roar of the engine could be heard all the way to the other end of Gurney Drive.

I arrived a bit late at 4pm and the event was already ending since it started at 12.30pm but still managed to get some shots of the few remaining cars. This event couldn't have come at a better time as a warm up to the upcoming Mean Machines 2010 event on the 23/24 Oct!

Till then...vrooommmmm~

More pics can be viewed here : link

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Traditions through time

Had the opportunity to shoot an Indian engagement ceremony for Raj and Arunaranee yesterday at the Long Say Building. Event started off with the arrival of guests and family members followed by the registration ceremony and finally the traditional engagement ceremony by a priests. There were so much rich colors throughout the whole event which allowed for tons of photographic opportunities.

Would like to wish both Raj and Aru a big congratulations. For more pics of the event please go to this link.

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