Lets talk about the SUN.....

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Aug 15, 2005
Hi Guys.. Just an old man nagging, if you have time..

I am new to organising shoots, and I would say I am not an expert in photography. I am still learning like most of you, but perhaps due to the nature of my work, I was given many opportunities to practise and learn. It all started when a friend throw me his Nikon F401 (film camera) some fifteen years ago. Played around with it, made many mistakes and wasted alot money in developing them. Never knew who to ask and learn from, so it took me quite a while to get even the basics right.. Back then, no internet and digital cams and people charge alot to teach. So I somehow learn through the hard way by myself, lucky I always have this "never give up" attitude. Than, I stop for several year because the hobby became too expensive and the need to concentrate on bringing money home instead of expanded film. May I take this opportunity to share and learn from you guys.

Just wondering what would interest you people to join organised shoot?

Is it the young and beautiful models? Is it the price you will be paying?
Or just the time is must be right for you? Or the kind of advise you would probably get from fellow photographers?

Sometime ago a guy asked me which is more challenging to me, is it Studio Shoot or Outdoors?

My answer to him it depends...

Firstly, studio shoots are mostly using controlled lightings. Which obviously would make it easier. But what makes a studio look good? Is how you compose the subject, because you would have little space and background to play with, limited angles to shoot from. Lightings are dead. There are a few standard methods of setting up lights in a studio, play around with it and you will learn eventually. Read up some books would make you understand better. Using a light meter to check the setting required and you will hardly go wrong.

Outdoors are different, your shoots depends very much on the mercy of the sun. As you can't control lighting unless you bring along outdoor lighting systems with you. Maybe, you would want to do that if you are shooting for a company event or commercial purposes. If not, you will have to learn how to fight the sun. I am not saying how you compose your subject is no longer important, its just you additional things to worry about.

Any advise??


Feb 5, 2003
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1. Not sure what you hope to gain by asking, but obviously, different people look for different things in a shoot. Some want TL models, some want cheap, some just want to practise. So if you get 20 different answers from 20 people, what conclusion can you draw?

2. What makes a studio shot look good? Skill mainly-- in lighting, posing, composition, cropping. The model's experience helps as well. It's not just about lighting till the meter reading is correct, it's about creativity-- which side should be dark, which side should be light, where the shadow should fall, what to emphasise, what to de-emphasise. Such lighting creativity is best seen in abstract nude pictures, for instance.

3. Outdoor shoots, you can always shoot in the shade if you don't want the sun. Reflectors can help if needed. Frankly, most organisers here do not take advantage of the golden light (ie 7-8am, 6-7 pm) to organise shoots. Maybe the models are not hardworking enough and don't want to wake up early.

One advice: Know your target market. Bring in good models, experienced models, not just cheap ones. Price is not everything. Aim to deliver a great shoot experience with value for money.

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