I took these photos during my trip to Labuan last year. I was really in love with backlighting during that moment. I took my family to search for a shooting location. We moved 1 place to another, but I couldn’t find the desired spot. So I decide to just forget about it and move on to do something else. On our way to the City, we passed by Jumidar Buyong, there was an empty lots for sale among the elite houses with the scenery that I was looking for. The challenge here is to deal with my background, the best is to have trees as background or at least any dark background. I have no choice but to raise my camera higher than my daughter’s eye level. Another challenge is to keep my daughter to stay in focus, she can’t stay still even for a few second. I managed to get few shot, the shooting time is less than 5 minutes, but 1 of these shot stays for months at my phone wallpaper. It was 1 of my favourite backlighting shot I ever made. Below is my shot sequence on my attempt to get the shot I intended.
This image was shot using Nikon D90 with Nikkor 35mm 1.8 @ F2.8. What I learned is:
- it is better to visualise the desired shot, this could be your starting point to plan your shoot
- when you visualise, to find location is much more easier
- if the location is not working, forget about it and find another location.
- to pay attention on distraction at the background and its surrounding
- if it doesn’t work at this angle, try another and keep trying
- go out there and shoot!
“The most important lessons in life can never be expressed in black and white, but must be experienced” – Benny Lewis
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Image above taken with Fujifilm X-Pro1 with YungNuo RF603 triggering Nikon SB600. I didn’t plan to do any shooting that night, but I found a Lastolite Ezybox Hot Shoe Plate belong to a friend in my car boot. It was very light & had a hole just in case you want to use umbrella instead of soft box (someone please confirm me about this). So I decided to give it a try with my 24×24 soft box. My triggers flash sync is 1/125, set aperture to F2.8 and adjust my flash manual until it gets the effect I wanted. I was shooting myself at the beginning, and this baby boy just awaken from his sleep. It ended up me shooting him while my wife holding him to make him stay calm for a while.
I joined a photography class thas was held at 48th Studio,Kota Kinabalu on 18th January 2012. Mr. Fahad Nasir was our instructor for the class. He explained about type of basic lighting with single and multiple lights. At the end of the class, we were given tutorial about editing with photoshop.
Below are some of the shots taken during the class: