Category : Strobist

365 Project : Day 216

The sun went down too fast on the second set and since my other lights were not working, I had to depend on my one light which is a 430exii… Anyway, this particular one was a test shot but I sort of liked it, so I included it in the 2nd set. Gear: Canon 7D + Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS HSM Settings: f3.2 | 1/50 | ISO 100 Strobist: 430exii + umbrella on camera right @ 1/2 power Trigger: 7D’s […]

365 Project : Day 215

This is probably my last post for set 1;  Set 2 will still be in the same place but a different location.  On this particular shot, I asked the model to walk towards the camera, giving a sense of motion to the shot.  I applied the same ‘cinematic’ post process to complete set 1. Gear: Canon 7D + Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS HSM Settings: f5.6 | 1/200 | ISO 160 Strobist: 430exii + umbrella on camera top left @ 1/4 […]

365 Project : Day 214

A close up shot from the same set. Trying to stick with the cinematic feel for the entire set, a few more pictures from the same set are coming up. Gear: Canon 7D + Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS HSM Settings: f4.5 | 1/250 | ISO 100 Strobist: 580exii + umbrella on camera right @ 1/4 power Trigger: 7D’s built in transmitter Post process: Levels  and Curves Adjustments Hue and saturation adjustments Applied some blending modes (Overlay) on selected areas Dodging […]

365 Project : Day 213

Again, applying the ‘cinematic’ feel on this image.  Some people are asking me if I have a photoshop action for this effect; The answer is No.  I rarely do actions (almost never), I only use actions for saving my images and adding watermarks.  The problem with actions is that they treat images all the same, and the thing is, every image is different and should be treated individually. Gears: Canon 7D + Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 OS HSM Settings: f5.6 | […]

365 Project : Day 212

I wanted this set to look ‘cinematic’; I love watching movies and everytime I go to the theaters, I always look at the posters and try to deconstruct the lighting used and the post processing applied. This is my beginner’s skills take on cinematic 🙂 Gears: Canon 7D + Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 OS HSM Settings: f5.6 | 1/250 | ISO 160 Strobist: 580exii + half closed umbrella on camera top right @ 1/4 power Trigger: 7D’s  built in transmitter Post […]

365 Project : Day 211

We had a long vacation here in Dubai because of the Eid holidays; Perfect for a fun shoot 🙂 I’m trying to mix landscapes and portraits in this set, which will be featured over the next days. I had 3 lights for this shoot, unfortunately 2 of them didn’t work 🙁 So, I just made the use of what I had at that moment since this place is an hour drive from Dubai. Gear: Canon 7D + Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 […]

365 Project : Day 208

I had a similar shot before, only this time I wanted the flame to be the main subject. I really like the shape of the flame. Gear: Canon 7D + Canon 100mm f2.8 + 580exII with LumiQuest softbox III Settings: f4.0 | 1/200 | ISO 200 Strobist info: 580exii + Lumiquest Softbox III @ 1/128 power on the front right Trigger: Canon 7D built in wireless flash transmitter Post Process: Cropped the image Applied some brightness and contrast adjustments Thanks […]

365 Project : Day 207

This is my brother Richmond. Just a very “random-spur-at-the-moment” shoot 🙂 This was taken in front of our house in the Philippines. Gear: Canon 7D + Tamron 18-270mm VC Settings: f7.1 | 1/250 | ISO 200 Strobist: 580exII + white bond paper (as a bounce card) @ 1/8 power on camera left Trigger:  Canon 7D’s transmitter Post process: Skin retouching (healing brush) Dodging and burning Curves adjustments for overall toning Cheers! /Mike

365 Project : Day 186

It’s been a long time since my last post, that is because I’m on my annual vacation 🙂 This was taken in front of our house in the Philippines.  On this picture is my brother Richmond.  This is a very impromptu shoot, no planning, no concepts; we just thought of having a fun shoot and went for it.  I didn’t bring any lighting gear with me, this was just a 580exii  speedlite with a white bond paper tied to it […]

365 Project : Day 159

This is pretty much what I carry everyday.  I got this new crumpler bag named: “Little Stevie” to carry my iPad 3G+Wifi 64G, Lumix LX3, my Canon 7D with a wide angle lens (either Tokina 11-16 f2.8 or my fisheye 10mm f2.8), 50mm f1.8, cleaning cloth, blower, card reader, extra battery, extra CF cards and a LED flash light. I am starting to see the benefits of iPad in terms of photography; I think as soon as the Operating System […]