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Sunday, January 30, 2011

True Blue

Shot these last Saturday because I was really bored. We decided to shoot with a blue theme :D I used the DIY soft box I made and a Canon 430EXII on 1/4 power on camera right and a reflector beside Bernard.

Francis came back that day for the Chinese new year break after studying in for KL 6 months and 10 days. We went to see the Green Hornet in 3D today. It was a pretty cool movie with lots of funny scenes :P

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Haven't been able to go on photo outings recently. I got sick again but I'm getting better. The good thing is that there will be a shoot in a few days and I cant wait for it :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wireless Flash Test (Outdoor)

This was pretty much the first time I got to try my wireless flash trigger outside. I just took a few shots to see how it would be like. I simply set the flash to 1/2 power nearly 3 meters (I think) away from the subject. This wasn't a serious photo shoot because we didn't have much time when we were there.

I didn't use anything to diffuse the flash so the light was much too harsh for my liking. I actually shot this earlier this month. The next time I go out on a shoot I will be able to test the DIY soft box I made :D

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I got my kit lens back from Vision Camera shop in City Mall and the auto focus is repaired. The flex cable wore out and it only took the guy one day to get it done :D

Monday, January 17, 2011


I'm not sure what it is with me and spotting fires recently but this car was on fire barely 5 minutes before I could get a photo of it. It stopped on the road between Luyang Clinic and BTC Restaurant here in Lintas last night.

It seemed like the restaurant staff (I assume) had already put out the fire with fire extinguishers and we were told the owner of the burnt proton perdana was sitting safely in the restaurant.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

There and Back Again

It feels like years since I went on a photo outing. My kit lens auto focus went bust. It didn't come as a surprise because I had experienced the same thing before and it was only a matter of time before it happened.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Here Come the Lights

I was given this book several days ago for my birthday. Its an amazing book and exactly what I needed. I am only just starting to learn about studio lighting so this is really going to come in handy.

Since I have the book I decided to make another DIY soft box that was much proper than the one I made before and this time in a larger size and in a rectangular shape. I used my own measurements for everything so I didn't document what I did because I wasn't sure if it was going to end up in disaster.

It nearly did though, I measured the size for the end for the flash head wrongly but fortunately I could create another flash mount that could be taped back onto the soft box. That's what happens when you spend over an hour and a half making mistakes when trying to plot out the measurements onto the material.

The material used for the entire structure is coroplast which if you live in KK, you can definitely find in Popular bookstore. The inner part of the soft box is lined with aluminium foil to make full use of the light output.

I noticed It didn't have a mount that could hold up the soft box so I made a cuboid shape out of some left over coroplast and attached it to the soft box so that it can be held up by a normal tripod. It's really light so I don't think there would be any weight issues.

In the end, it turned out solid and I used it to light the book on the first photograph. I was too excited to use the soft box that I completely forgot to make sure the cover page was clean (The room was a little dusty)

5 pcs Corrugated Plastic/Coroplast (Approx 21.5"x 15") [Four black pieces and one translucent white]
Aluminium Foil
Black Cloth tape
Double Sided Tape

The diagram above shows how the four pieces of black coroplast [Represented in black and gray to illustrate sides with the same measurements] are supposed to be pieced and taped together with cloth tape. The inner part is then covered in aluminium foil using double sided tape. The entire structure should be completed by taping the first and the fourth piece together with cloth tape.

The translucent white coroplast is then taped onto the front end. This isn't too hard to figure out. Fold the smaller back ends outwards and tape it together with the rest from the other sides to complete the flash mount and secure any other parts that seem loose with the cloth tape.

The only problem is that the cathlights have a slight hot spot in the center but you only need slight adjustments in editing to correct that.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dark Hallway

Me and my sister were at this building in town (I don't remember what its called) and we noticed this hallway which looked distressed and there were also howling winds from the outside so it seemed like a good time to snap some photos to show how the place felt like.

I added textures to the image for more effect. These were the best out of 20 shots in 10 minutes. We didn't have too much time so we went home.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! We had an awesome view of the fireworks from the waterfront last night. I didn't bring my tripod along so I had to take the shots hand held.

[Update] Added two more photos :)