Friday, November 19, 2010

Wedding Photographer Sued

Found this video shared by a contact on Facebook and I thought it would be good to share it here as well. 

My thoughts on this video:

1. The judge emphasized too much on equipment. Although equipment has a lot to do with picture quality but it is often the skills that make a photo look professional. However in this case, the photographer's photos sucked. I, too, used to own a Canon Rebel TXi (400D).

2. When asked how fast her 70-300mm is, the photographer said, "I don't know". How can a professionalphotographer not know his/her equipment?

3. I think somehow, if the photographer had a better attitude about the situation, she wouldn't have to pay as much as USD2,500 when the plaintiff only asked for USD1,000. Sometimes, attitude is everything.

4. I find it very strange when the photographer said that the pastor does not allow flash photography. The plaintiff's explanation is more logical. It would have been an instruction for the people who attend the wedding so to give the official a lot of space and not allow other people's flash to ruin the main photographer's shot. 

5. This is a reminder for me to always remember to perform professionally when hired for a photography session. I'd hate it to be brought to court because I suck. 

Thanks, Jack Tan. For sharing the video. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Canon EOS 60D Reviewer Programe

Note: All images with the EOS 60D watermark were shot by the 60D with no colour, sharpness and brightness alteration. All rights reserved.

My heart nearly stopped beating that morning I have received an email from Canon Malaysia. I have been selected as a reviewer for Canon DSLR's latest addition, the Canon EOS 60D.

I have been itching for an upgrade. My 400D has been with me for about 3 years now and I was scouting for a good upgrade.

Recently, under the influence of some of my videographer friends, I fell in love with videography. In addition to that, I also saw the potential and the quality
of DSLR film making. Absolutely astounding.

The 5Dmk2 posses as a perfect upgrade for me. It does video, it's full-frame and all that but I simply could not afford any L lenses for the time being. Then there's the 7D but it was still a little too pricey for me and it does not have a swivel vari-angel LCD like Panasonic's GH-1. I wasn't willing to let go my Canon fan-girlism. So when I saw the 60D, it was like an answered prayer!

So on the 19th of September, I literally skipped happily to church in the morning and went for the briefing later in the afternoon. If there was a Happy-O-Meter, I was probably beaming at 100%.

Each reviewer were given a unit to test and review. There were several kits, namely the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit, EF-S 18-135mm IS kit and the EF-S 18-200mm kit. I got the EF-S 18-200mm kit and was pretty excited about it as having a wide-telephoto lens seemed like a great deal for me due to my occasional work in the mission field where I'm supposed to pack light.

After we have received our units, a briefing on the functions of the 60D was given by Xavier Chang.

Soon after we get to take the 60D for a spin. Canon Malaysia has hired 2 models for an outdoor model shoot.

I did not use the kit lens to shoot this. It was my el-cheapo 50mm f1.8 that does the job for this shot and the following shots.

It was a pleasure and PRESSURE to shoot with so many other pros. They started to take out their huge L lenses. I notice just how serious they are with photography.

Yen was the marketing person for Canon and was one of the conductors of the meeting on Sunday. Well done!

I decided to play with the Creative Filters option that is new to the 60D. The shot above is the original image.

Voila! The image with the miniature effect applied. I like how the colour gets a contrast adjustment and blurs, but I have yet to bring this effect to it's full potential. I'll show you later. :)

Then it started to rain so we went indoors to continue shooting. At one point the guys decided switch of the lights and use a video light on the model.

I like how the 60D manage to focus in low light! If compared with my 400D, which will probably take centuries to focus under low light, the 60D worked like magic! The flare there was due to the fact that I used a 50mm f1.8 for that shot.

More of the 60D later. I can't wait to bring it out for more shoots!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Home

I'm not new to the blogging world. Previously I blogged anonymously with my ramblings (read as complains) and just simply writing about things that happen in my life. My blog was a place for me to express myself creatively and serve as a platform to practice my writing.

And now I have decided to come out of my anonymity. Besides, I desperately needed a new photoblog and I don't think clients will contact anyone who marketed himself/herself anonymously.

As this place is still new, there will be some adjustments here and there while I find my way around the templates. I am not very satisfied yet with the layout. Just wait till I see what can I do to change it.

Hope to see you dropping by soon! I will be uploading my shots and updates, hopefully regularly. So check back from time to time! :)