Thursday, December 23, 2010

O'mighty CLAMPS

For those who are into strobist, these babies are a must have. CLAMPS~! They are just that, clamps, where you can attach an umbrella mount and basically go about clamping them to anything, from window grilles to light stands or even the cheeks of your assistant (ok I'm not that bad..hehehe).

They're robust, cheap, practically indestructible and does the job real well.

Canon December 2010 Delighting You Always Redemption

To all Canon customers,

Delighting You Always!

e-Redemption (only applicable to EOS 550D, EOS 60D, Speedlite 270EX, 430EX II, 580EX II)

Check out 'Steps to Redeem' from

Please help to share out with your fellow Canon friends.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shotgun mic

Ordered this little fellow through eBay and got it yesterday after about 3 weeks (which is just too long for something coming from Hong Kong). The item cost me RM150 (inclusive of shipping) and it's blister pack came in a bubble wrapped envelope.

Items included were the mic, a CR2 battery, a pouch to store the mic and an additional adapter for the audio jack. Built quality wise...hmmm...just like any other Made in China products....flimsy. I'll be surprise if it can last me 6 months.

Anyway I tested it last night on my 7D and it worked pretty well (then again I don't have a Rode to compare against). There are 2 settings 90 and 120 degrees on the mic for you to select. The mic has a hot shoe mount adapter with a screw hole at the bottom in case you want to fix it elsewhere (eg a boom). The only weird thing about it is the LED light which will only light up when the battery is weak (kind of a reverse psychology thingy going on here).

Will have to field run this baby more before I can give further comments on its performance in an actual shoot.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Star Online TV Program - Just Like A Pro

A couple of months ago I hosted 2 parts of The Star Online TV - Just Like A Pro series targeting to help beginner photographers to understand a bit more on their camera capabilities. Was happy to see it being aired today although I sounded quite cartoonish...hahahaha. Thanks to Sherilyn and Danny for taking the time off to join me in the shoot as well.

To see the program, click here

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A little lost...

My wife and I have always loved nature be it the environment or the animals and last weekend's outing was a much needed break for the both of us. Kenneth was eagerly anticipating the trip and got up early as he prepared his own little backpack.

We had planned to go to the Lost World of Tambun and Janice with Kenneth were going to play the water theme park while I would happily kill time shooting the little wildlife there. However when we arrived (after missing a wrong exit, costing me a good 20 minutes), we were taken aback by the sheer number of visitors. I mean the place was jam packed.

Was lucky to find a car park right next to the entrance and quickly paid the entrance fee (Janice had some discount coupons which saved us about RM10+) and headed straight for the petting zoo. It had rained in the morning so the animals were not in the cleanest / dry-est of state and the place was quite muddy as well. First animal that greeted us was the raccoon, perched high up in his/her outlook post. The fellow was very tame and couldn't care less even though I had my wide angle lens stuck right up its

As usual Janice and Kenneth couldn't resist furry, cuddly animals and the both of them ran amok in the petting zoo...until we came to a section - Skunk. Who in the right frame of mind would ever want to pet a skunk..duh?

Anyway, after the petting zoo, we went to check out the snakes, birds (had a grand time feeding the birds), tiger and swan lake (fed the swan as well) just before it poured. We quickly had a bite during the downpour and by the time it stopped, it was 5pm (another hour to closing time). We had to skip the water park this round but both Janice & Kenneth swore to return and I'll be better equipped with my telephoto to shoot the tigers.

Not a bad place to spend the entire day but wildlife park is very limited, can't really blame them since its more of a water theme park and the wildlife was a bonus. Will be planning a revisit to Taiping zoo soon as it is almost 3 years since my last visit.

Friday, December 10, 2010

'Tis the season to be jolly...

Received a call last week from a client that they needed a product shoot for their upcoming Christmas menu which means turkey, lobster, oyster, desserts etc etc ~ yummy! I've never really shot a Christmas menu before so I was real eager to get right on it. Arrangements were made between the chef and the marketing team and finally a date was set for the shoot.

As usual, I packed the normally required equipment being the 50mm and 17-40mm (just in case some wide angles were needed for environmental shots). We arrived on location and headed straight to the restaurant to check out the settings.

A few adjustments later, I was firing away at the yummy dishes being placed in front of me. I chose to use the available light and a 1/8 -0.3 strobe for some fill in to the shadow areas to avoid clipping of the shadows.

More shots can be found under the commercial portoflio section. Anyway, I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year~!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Year New Logo...

With the new year approaching, I've decided to create a logo to make it sort of a rebranding Tried to keep it as simple as possible with black and white color code. For those who have received our quotes, please do confirm before 2011 as new rates will be replacing the current one.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fashion Portrait

Whenever I have clients who comes to the studio for a portrait shoot, I like to shoot them in a fashion commercial style way...guess its just a habit lol. Anyway Sarah came to our studio for a quick portraiture session a few weeks ago and that was exactly what happened.

Didn't have to do much directions on posing with Sarah and used a straight forward 3 light configuration for the shoot. Whole session took about 30 mins and at the end of it we had about a good set of pics.

Will be upgrading the studio lights soon as we need a couple more for better lighting setup.


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