July 18, 2008

Editing Pictures

Filed under: For Photographers, Photography — Anna-Rina @ 9:31 pm

Some friends have asked me how I get my pictures to look the way they do - the slightly saturated colors, the bright lighting, the vignetting on the sides,etc.

While it is important to get all your settings, compositions and what-nots correct IN camera, I believe that post processing helps in enhancing pictures.It won’t be possible for me to get my pictures to look the way I want them to look straight out of the camera. I like my pictures to be slightly punchier in terms of color. I looooveeeeee colors!

Truth be told, I spend a looooootttt of time on post processing. On an average, after shooting a full day wedding, I’ll be spending a couple of days after that just on editing these pics (and that’s not including designing the photobook layouts).

I do bulk post-processing of my pics through Adobe Lightroom (currently trying out the Beta version of LR2) and I also use Adobe CS3 for the more detailed editing - clearing off spots and wrinkles, cloning out stray hairs, removing that unwanted fire hydrant or the annoying relative (I kid, I kiiiid) from the background, etc.

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There are free trials for Lightroom (interface as above) and CS3 on the Adobe website. Once the trial period has ended, you have the option of purchasing both these softwares online. Definitely something I would recommend :)

Besides that, for selected pictures I also use action packs like Totally Rad Actions and Kubota Image Tools for that extra ‘umph!’.

Yes, some might say that they’re really pricey but ever since purchasing these actions, I’ve managed to save a lil bit more time on post-processing and that in turn, enables me to have more fun doing what I love to do - take pictures. Wheeee!

There are also tons of other actions and borders (complimentary ones!) which are available online, one just needs to take some time to google and download these to experiment with.

To find the above mentioned softwares and action packs online, just google the names mentioned and walla! You’ll have the link to the respective sites :D Google rocks ma world!

Hope that helps. Have an awesome weekend ahead!

July 13, 2008

Second Shooter in KK

Filed under: For Photographers — Anna-Rina @ 6:02 pm

Just finalised my schedule for the rest of the year and am happy to say I’ll be heading back to KK at least once every month from September 2008 till January 2009. Much thanks to the couples who have booked me to cover their weddings :) Yay!

While it is normal for me to shoot weddings by myself, I’m currently looking into hiring a second shooter to assist me with some of the weddings in KK.

The second shooter whom I’m looking for would be required to;
~ have own dSLR with at least a kit lens and an external flash
~ doesn’t need to be a full-time photographer as shoots will be on weekends
~ have their portfolio online, I need to check out your pics for selection purposes
~ be fit. I’m being absolutely serious here - actual wedding day photography is no joke as you’ll have to be on your feet the whole day long AND lug around your gear as well. Why else do you think I exercise so much :p?
~ have enthusiasm and passion. IMHO, this is one of the most memorable day for the couple, being enthusiastic and happy for them would help us achieve nicer pics :)

I know the above requirements sounds kinda vague but if you’re interested, please email me your basic details (name, location and contact details) together with a link to an online portfolio and your reasons for wanting to second shoot.

Kindly email it to me at info(at)anna-rina(dot)com with the title Second Shooter in KK before July 31, 2008 (Thurs).

Btw, please also note that I won’t be able to pay the second shooter much (seriously, it really won’t be much), I reckon that the post would be more suitable for someone who’s just looking for experience.

Thanks for your understanding and have an awesome week ahead! :D

June 28, 2008

My weekend so far

Filed under: For Photographers, Photography — Anna-Rina @ 11:54 am

Just a quick post to let you know what I’ve been up to for the past 1.5 days - attending Louis Pang’s workshop!

I don’t have much time to blog about it now as I wanna hit the sack and catch some winks since we’ve got a loooong day tomorrow at the final part of the workshop.

There’s a few emails which I have yet to revert to- will definitely do so on Monday once the workshop is wrapped up. I’ll also try to update my blog and write a review on the workshop by end of next week *fingers crossed*

In the meantime, here are some ‘behind-the-scenes’ snapshots from earlier today.

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Kee Sitt of the Wedding Story team documenting the workshop on video

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Imagine having to snog infront of so many photographers. Pressure wei :p

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June 12, 2008

What Gear Do I Use?

Filed under: For Photographers, Photography — Anna-Rina @ 2:32 am

Ever since I was featured in the Dove 3R announcement ad late last year, I’ve received a few emails from fellow photographers and enthusiasts asking photography related questions.

I’m not an expert on all things technical but I have replied to these emails on what I know and have learnt so far. The emails from fellow photographers have never stopped and it surprises me that people ask me photography related questions when I myself am still learning as well :p

But I’m more than happy to share what I know :D (as for the stuff I don’t know, I’ll refer you to the experts :p). To make things more convenient, I’ve decided to start a category ‘For Photographers’ so that I don’t have to keep on repeating myself like a broken recorder in emails :p

One of the most frequent question I’ve received is “What gear do you use when you shoot weddings?”.

I was a bit shy to answer that question initially as I felt like what I had wasn’t as good as what establised photographers in the industry were carrying around. Then I thought, bugger it. As long as my shots turns out decent who cares what gear I use.

Picture of me slacking off (i kid, i kiiiiid) during Amy & Terence’s wedding shot by Amy’s brother, Alex. Here I am with my 2 boyfriends - Onni and Paco.
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For weddings, I would usually bring along my whole ‘arsenal’ of gear and this includes;
- 40D and 400D camera bodies (with the names of Onni and Paco respectively ;D)
- 24-70mm, f2.8
- 10-22mm
- 50mm, f1.4
- 100mm, f2.8 macro
- 580EX Flash
- 3×2GB CF Card and 2×1GB CF Card
- extra batteries!!

Of course, I don’t carry the whole shebang with me throughout the wedding. That would be absolutely suicidal! :p

The 100mm would usually be used for macro and detail shots taken during the preparation period and the 50mm would be used when I’m taking casual portraits of the couple prior to the start of the reception.

Throughout a wedding ceremony and reception, I would use the 24-70mm on my 40D and the 10-22mm on my 400D. This saves me from having to change lenses in the middle of the ceremony and I also get two different perspective at the same time.

For those who are just venturing into wedding photography but do not (yet!) have the budget to invest into fast lenses, you might wanna start off with the Tamron 17-50mm, f2.8 first.

No doubt, it is a third party lens and might not be as fast and sharp as a Canon lens but if budget is your main concern, then that’s something I would recommend. I actually shot my first few weddings with that lens. If you were to check out my ‘Weddings’ set on my flickr here, the first 3 rows of pics were shot with that lens.

BUT it would be better if you can save up for a fast lens as IMHO, it makes a big difference in terms of speed and quality. I used my Tamron for about 6 months and then I got ‘poisoned’ by Glenn who loaned me his 28-70mm, f2.8 (the version before the 24-70mm) for Daphne’s wedding.

Some examples can be seen below;
Bouquet shot with 50mm at f.14, ISO400, 1/1250
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Shot with the same 50mm lens BUT I took the lens off the camera body, turned it around and turned it into a macro lens :p ISO400, 1/500
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Using the 100mm macro lens at f2.8, ISO400, 1/250 sec
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10-22mm at 10mm, f4.5, ISO400, 1/13
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24-70mm at 30mm, f2.8, ISO400, 1/30 with bounce flash
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Hope the above information was helpful to those who had sent me an email and who have previously left questions on my flickr and comment on my blog.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a question tho :) It’s nice to know I’m not talking to myself in the blogosphere…or whatever you call it.

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