Friday, June 29, 2012

Studio Shoot with BaileyK - NSFW

Last weekend I did a photo shoot with BaileyK at Essex Photo Studio in Southend.  The studio has been around for a couple of years and I always wanted to shoot there but never had the chance.  It has a number of sets and is big enough for a few photographers to shoot at the same time.  On this occasion, I was sharing the studio with Gareth Dix, a photographer from Brentwood.  For makeup and hair, we enlisted the help of Charli Gladwin, a MUA we have both worked with before.

The images I wanted for this shoot is a real mix of images from glamour to nude.  To be honest I think nude is something that is very difficult to get right and I believe it is better to leave something for the imagination rather than totally nude.  I only want to spend a small amount of time shooting nudity this time.  I've also borrowed some old army and RAF uniforms.

For this shoot I used pink paper background, bed set and infinity cove.  Bailey was totally at ease to shoot clothed to nude and need little direction from myself.  I would recommend anyone to work with her.  I was able to capture some great images.

The lighting I used for this shoot was mainly restricted a single Strobeam DL4 with an umbrella softbox.  Sometimes I added a bare speedlite for rim lighting.  The studio has Bowen lights, but I took my own lights as I am used to them.  This photo show one of my photo setup at the cove.

As well as photography, I got into shooting stop motion video and I used a Canon 500D to capture one image every 15 seconds.  Moving the camera at regular interval or when I changed set.  This is the video I created from this shoot.

Studio Shoot Time Lapse - NSFW from Yat Tang on Vimeo.

Below are some of my favorite images from this shoot.  Any comments are welcome.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Shoot in the Park

The British summer have yet to really start this year, but at least the temperature is starting to warm.  I made use of a break in weather this week and did a shoot with the beautiful Ema Sol.  She is originally from Slovakia.  I wanted to do a shoot in the park in late evening.

We met up in St James Park near Buckingham Palace for this shoot.  I decided to shoot with my 85mm f1.8 lens as wide open as possible while keeping my flash sync speed to 1/200s.  I was in luck as it was a cloudy evening and under the tree, I was able to shoot at f1.8 at 1/200s at ISO 100. This mean the images were over exposed by 0.5 stop and some highlight was blown out.  I had a polarizing filter with me in case I had to reduce the ambient light level, but did not use it.  When I saw the test image on the LCD, I was very happy with the results.  By shooting at f1.8, the bokeh was dream like and beautiful which complemented the slight over exposure.  I was traveling very light and I only took my camera body, flash trigger, 50mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, a light stand and a Canon 540EZ flash with me.  I didn't even take any light modifier with me.  Ema needed the smallest amount of fill flash which I think was 1/64 power.

Ema was a delight to work with.  She arrived in immaculate make up and hair styled as agreed before hand.  She needed very little help with posing and I was very happy with the resulting images.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from this shoot.  I must use the 85mm f1.8 lens much more and wide open.