Mei Ling And Tan Qian Photoshoot @ Taman Bukit Jalil

After a long hiatus due to my engineering projects of Digital Piano and IR Remote Program Code Reader and final exam, I’m now free for at least 1 month..

And speaking of busy, I didn’t really touch my camera for quite some time and Tony, Jason and I did some stress release by having 2 pretty coursemates from the Chemical Engineering major to have a photoshoot with us..

It’s fun to have them with us on a Saturday morning at Taman Bukit Jalil with few “country themed gardens”..

Here are some of the photos..

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*Tan Qian*

This is Tan Qian, hailed from China..She’s been staying in Malaysia for more than 5 years and speaks good local slang as well :P

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*Mei Ling*

Mei Ling, a sweet girl who seldom talks but once you’ve got to know her, she’s kinda chatty too..

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*I want you!*

Most of the photos were taken using Sony SAL-75300mm, zooming at full-range..

One of my habits of taking outdoor portrait photoshoot is using tele lens..The bokeh effect is one of the reasons..

You don’t even need a low aperture tele lens to get some nice bokeh and that will serve you pretty well as a starter at a more affordable price..

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*Abandon house*

There’s an abandoned house kinda place which I think it’s not supposed to be like that but it’s quite old and not well maintained hence the wrecked window frames..

Correct me if I’m wrong..LOL..

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*The dark moment*

This photo is to reflect her “darkest moment” hence the black and white style to further enhance the feeling in it..

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*Loneliness #1*

The feeling of being abandoned doesn’t feel good at all..

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*Loneliness #2*

The long-wait for someone seems to be very torturing..

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*Loneliness #3*

I must applaud Tan Qian for her anticipation in this photoshoot as she put up a great emotion on this set..

Jason requested her to shed some tears, not to the extent of crying out loud and yeah, she did it perfectly..

Just a slight teary eyes for this set and I can actually feel her when I was looking into her through the lens..

For more photos do head over to my Facebook album of Mei Ling And Tan Qian Photoshoot..

SONY Alpha Pro Shop @ Pudu Plaza, KL

SONY Alpha has its first Pro Shop in Malaysia and that has to be in Kuala Lumpur..

Studio Zaloon took the initiative to change its camera shop into SONY Alpha Pro Shop..

The official opening was somewhere in January 2010 and every now and then Studio Zaloon‘s owner, Mr Chin has been organizing outings with the SONY Alpha community..

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*Studio Zaloon SONY Alpha Pro Shop*

The objective of the photography outings initiated by Studio Zaloon is to bring about Alpha photographers and also to share their knowledge among users..

I have never really heard of any DSLR community before, at least in the name of Nikon or Canon..

I reckoned that the Alpha community is a good idea for newbies to learn from the pros..

SONY Alpha Pro Shop, is named for its almost-complete range of SONY Alpha accessories (if you were to exclude SONY Centre), including camera body, range of SONY lenses, and many others..

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*Studio Zaloon in Pudu Plaza*

That’s where Studi Zaloon located in Pudu Plaza..

There are two main entrances in Pudu Plaza and Studio Zaloon is just right opposite of the Chinese primary school Pik Chi or something..

Do check out at the Pro Shop if you are looking for SONY DSLR..

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..

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*#1*

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..

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*#2*

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..

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*#3*

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..

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*#4*

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..

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*#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..

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*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..

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Sony A200 DSLR Test – ISO Performance

Ever since I bought my camera, SONY A200 DSLR on 9th May 2009, I’ve shot nearly 8,000 photos, or I should say used up 8,000 shutter count in 4 months..

From that amount of photos, I have a lot of bad photos that includes blurry photos, white balance testing photos, and also shutter speed testing photos..

From those tests, I’ve never thought of doing a performance test on my camera..

So from now on, I’m going to do some performance test with it as a guidance for myself and anyone who wants to explore in SONY Alpha DSLRs, or just plain DSLR..

It is strictly warned that it’s just a very brief guide to DSLR noobs and those trying to get their hands on a DSLR as based on my knowledge ..

I would not say it’s a tutorial as I’m not qualified enough for a tutorial..It’s just a simple test on my camera..

My SONY A200, equipped with its kitlens, a SONY 18-70mm, is sufficient enough for beginners like me, but I’m looking forward to expand my lens range already, after shooting for 4 months..

First off, I’ll test the most basic and easiest performance of all, the ISO sensitivity..

ISO actually stands for International Organization for Standardization, yes, it’s the usual ISO that we commonly know of, such ISO 9001, ISO 9002, etc etc..

As for camera’s light sensitivity, it is based on ISO 5800 for measuring the speed of color negative film..

Okay, enough of geek facts..Let’s get down to real business of SONY A200 ISO performance test..

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*ISO 100*

From here you can see the photo is considerably sharp as I’ve cropped it from its original size of 3872 x 2592, a full size of from the 10.2 megapixels body..

As you know, low ISO only works with good lighting and I took this pic with -0.3 BV (brightness value), shutter speed at 0.6 second, and F5.6 at 40mm focal length..

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*ISO 200*

When I pumped up the ISO to 200, the photo seems a bit grainy (noise) already but it’s still okay when you are in low light condition..

Aperture stays at F5.6, focal length 40mm, -0.3 BV, and shutter speed 1/3 second..

More on ISO 400 and above..

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Stop Motion, Time Lapse On KL View

STOP MOTION FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU~!!! *raise hands up in the air and profusely shaking crotch*

I guess most of you have seen my GIF images and all..All these while I’ve been planning something as big as this one..

It’s called Stop Motion or maybe Time Lapse, I’m not sure..I think Time Lapse best describe the theme of my project as Stop Motion often related to animations by using certain objects..

In this project, patience is the key to success..

Why so? Because for what I’m showing here is taken in 2 hours time, from 3pm to 5pm..And in that 2 hours time, 202 photos had been snapped, with each photo taken every 20-40 seconds..

The sky has been hazy for the past few weeks due to forest burning and all, and on that very day, 24th August 2009, Monday, the sky was bright and blue..

Got my camera readied on the tripod, set aperture to F10, adjust shutter speed accordingly to get constant exposure of +0.7..

So I started to press the shutter button on the house balcony for straight 2 hours..

Due to the exhaustion of the camera battery because I didn’t charge it up before I snapped, I’ve got 202 photos until the battery was dried up..

Then, opened my SONY Vegas Movie software, compiled all of the 202 photos, insert a nice song, voila! I’m done..

Enjoy the relaxing video with a relaxing song from Spirited Away OST, Day of The River, composed by Joe Hisaishi..

Oh, remember to watch it on FULL SCREEN MODE~!!!!

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I know it’s not a perfect video but I must say I gave it a nice try, and it’s only my 3rd attempt, after the first two failed..

There’s still plenty of space for improvement..So I plan to charge up my battery and snap up to at least 500 photos to make up for my wonderful project..