SONY Alpha Tutorials For Beginners – Yuin Yin Light Gothic Studio Shoot

Few weeks back, we Alpharians (Alphanatics) did another private photoshoot session with another friend, Yuin Yin as our model..

The theme was Light Gothic, as suggested by the model herself..She was inspired by the manga cum anime and even a live-action movie adaptation called Nana..

Nana Osaki, the protagonist in the manga, is a vocalist for for a goth rock band called Black Stones and the character is played by Japanese singer Mika Nakashima in the live-action movie..

Okay enough of fun facts..We used the studio in SONY Style, a SONY sales department shop in The Curve which has its own studio..

A white backdrop has been used to create a contrast with the model’s outfit of dark and gloomy theme, the goth..

In this entry, I’ll explain more on how I got the photos and how I set the settings in my camera as well as a bit of fun facts here and there for the beginners..

Also, it’s a bit of introduction to the SONY Style Studio, which in this photoshoot was the second time we’ve used it..

So without further ado, here’s the photos and a bit of story-telling..

By the way, most of the photos I’ve already post-processed (PP) aka photoshop on the curves and levels to sharpen its image..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot

This photo is shot at aperture of F5, shutter speed of 1/20″ but with ISO 800..

With the help of studio lights and studio flash the noise is not that visible to the naked eyes..

Of course, with a slight bit of post-processing (PP) on the curves and levels to get this photo..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot

This photo it seems like I’ve cut-off the background but it’s not..Like I said, the backdrop is white color so by lowering the shutter speed and with the help of high ISO, the white areas will become more white..

In photography term we usually call it over exposed or in other words, burned, pecah, bao kong (broken light), or anything else that sound similar to it..

This photo used almost same setting as photo #1, shutter speed at 1/20″ but F4.5, ISO 800..Slight post-processing (PP) to sharpen the image as well..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot

Some beginners might ask how to get the blurry effect just like the photo above..It’s very easy..The way to do it is just like compact camera’s macro mode..

In compact camera, by switching on macro mode, you just have to do a close up shoot and you’ll get the blurry effect..

In DSLR way, just zoom-in your lens and focus on one point on a close-up range..If you focus on the front part you will get the blurry effect on the back and vice-versa..

The blurry part in photography term is called bokeh, which actually is a Japanese word..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot

Another bokeh effect..Usually to get the bokeh effect, any range further than 35mm will create the bokeh effect depending on your focus point and your close-up range..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot sony dslr alphanatics
*#5 – Emo-fied*

The original photo is quite bland and not as sharp..As usual, a bit of post-processing on the curves to increase its brightness and lower the levels to increase its contrast..

The settings for the photo above is 1/6″ for shutter speed and aperture at F5.6..Focal length is at full 70mm on my kitlens for this close up photo..

Of course, with the Super Steady Shot (SSS), an Image Stabilizer function which is built-in in a SONY Alpha DSLR camera body, the chances of getting blurry photos are lesser as well, even at low shutter speed..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot sony alphanatics
*Photographers at work..Kevin, Wingz, Alvan, and Ethan*

Other than the two studio lights that you can see, we also use SONY flash guns, those big flash lights that you usually saw attached to the camera body..

All of the photos above, none of the studio flash nor SONY flash guns were used..

More simple tutorials for beginners when you read on..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot sony dslr alphanatics
*#6 – The big boss*

Then we used a couch from SONY Style..This kind of photo is the kinda that you can usually see on music albums or something related to J-Rock..

Shutter speed at 1/30″, aperture F4.5 and again ISO 800..Slight PP to sharpen the image as well..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot sony dslr alphanatics
*#7 – Lonely and emo*

With the help of green and blue color gel on our SONY flash gun, it flashed out the gloomy light that creates the emotional effect on the model..

Then I increased the shutter speed to 1/125″ with normal aperture of F4.5..To create this effect, the SONY flash gun is used with the optical sensor which is already built-in in a SONY Alpha DSLR camera body..

By using the flash gun, the model will be over exposed..So to compensate that, shutter speed is increased..

Aperture could be increased to F8, shutter speed should be around 1/50″ – 1/80″..Adjust shutter speed and get the correct lighting that you want..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot sony dslr alphanatics
*#8 – Gothic*

This photo I’ve purposely over exposed it to create the gothic feeling, with lights flashing but dark on certain areas..

The original photo is of course quite over exposed, but I’ve lowered the curves and also the levels during PP..

Shutter speed at 1/160″, F5.6 and ISO 800, with the help of flash gun, the model is burned..LOL~!!

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot sony dslr alphanatics
*#9 – Gothic rocks*

Like the previous photo, I’ve used the same concept, which is to burn/over expose the model then darken the image using photoshop (or any other photo editing software)..

I myself very like this photo because it gives the feeling of something J-Rock-ish, a la Luna Sea, Glay, or X-Japan..Okay, not as extreme as X-Japan..

For this photo I’ve lowered the ISO to 400, shutter speed 1/160″ and aperture F5.6..It’s one of my favourites..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot sony dslr alphanatics
*#10 – J-Rock mania*

This photo feels like looking at YUI or maybe some female artistes who is good at playing guitar and all..It’s one of my favourites as well..

For this photo, I’ve used ISO 400, shutter speed at 1/200″, and aperture F8..A rather odd one compared to others, but commercially it’s theĀ  correct safe way of doing photoshoot..

yuin yin light gothic studio photoshoot sony dslr alphanatics
*#11 – Image in image*

I’ve tried my luck to capture this photo when the other photographer, Minimuffin viewing the shot he captured and at the same time I did a bit of bokeh on the model..

Shutter speed at 1/15″, aperture F5.6 and ISO 800 to compensate the low-light condition in the studio..

That’s what I’ve to share coz basically other photos are using the same settings and all..

You can view other photos of this session on my Facebook at Yuin Yin Light Gothic a la J-Rock..

13 thoughts on “SONY Alpha Tutorials For Beginners – Yuin Yin Light Gothic Studio Shoot

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  2. everything so gothic but the girl. omg. she where got gothic face!
    1.basic gothic style(acce.) 7/10 5/10
    3.model 2/10
    4.pose 2/10
    5.feel 3/10

    keep it up!

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