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Beginner Portrait Shoot at The Peak.

If you’re new to portrait photography, starting your shoot outdoors is an inexpensive and simple way to experiment with your camera. There’s no need to construct a studio environment, and learning how to manipulate natural lighting is a great skill to have.

We're shooting at The Peak to get the most of natural light from the sun as it's the highest point on Hong Kong Island. We'll all be assisting each other in the shoot and we'll each take turns to be a model. So dress nice, everyone.

We'll break into groups of 4 people and take shots of each other in different poses and angles. You can shoot just the face or upper body, or a full portrait. What we're doing is experimenting with different light positions and camera angles.

What to bring:

1. Camera (any camera will do) But we recommend camera's that can zoom to 50mm or more so you headshots don't look 'swelled'. You know, big nose, small head. I usually shoot from 100mm or more for head shots.

2. Off-camera Flash and softbox or reflectors. We'll take advantage of the sunlight to light up the subject and use off-camera flash or reflector to fill the shadows.

3. I'll be trying out some new LED light panels to replace my flash units. I'm putting them into my softbox to diffuse the light and using a remote control to dim them or turn them off. There's a video here that shows how they work.

Reflectors

Off camera flash and softbox.

How to get there:

We'll all meet at Pier No.5 at Star Ferry Pier Bus Terminus at 11.30 am.

Route No. 15(First Bus) Normal
Central Pier 5 to The Peak
Fare : HK$ 9.80

Don't be late. We'll have lunch up there.

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  • ron

    We should be going on another portrait shoot very soon. Everyone turned in awesome shots under less than awesome conditions, which speaks volumes on how good our photographers are. Next time, different lighting and different location. Anyone has suggestions on where we can shoot? I hope to catch the evening sun.

    January 31, 2013

    • Zeeshan S.

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      Check this place Ron, difficult to reach but worth going I think

      February 1, 2013

    • ron

      Tai Po Kau looks like a good nature spot for shooting. It's not so hard to go to this place. I've been to Sexy Rocks High Island. Not really much to see except gigantic rocks like pipe organs.

      February 1, 2013

  • ron

    Wow! This Event has one of the most photo submissions of any event we've ever seen in JPG Meetup! I'm quite sure that every attendee has learned something more on Sunday.

    January 29, 2013

  • Zeeshan S.

    Where are my pics fatoograaaphersss ;(

    January 27, 2013

    • Zeeshan S.

      Ahhhh you just break my heart in to small pieces :(

      January 27, 2013

    • Divyesh

      Coming soon...

      2 · January 28, 2013

  • Anson L.

    Thx Roy for such happy event!~~ ^^

    January 27, 2013

  • ron

    Foggy, hazy day with no sunlight. But we made the best of it by creative thinking from some of the members and it turned out to be a good day for portrait shooting.

    January 27, 2013

  • Divyesh

    It was perfect. Very enriching.

    January 27, 2013

  • Xa C.

    Thanks Ron for this meetup. Interesting, see you next time .

    January 27, 2013

  • Andrew

    Thanks Ron and co for organising the meetup. It was a great expereince to meet you guys. See you at the next meetup :)

    January 27, 2013

  • Tej G.

    is everyone already in central?

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, it is very foggy up here, a bit windy and fresh bur it is slowly clearing out. Not sure if we get any sun through this fog...

    January 27, 2013

  • John B.

    Those light panels look interesting. But are they strong enough to overpower a midday sun remains to be seen. Pity I cant join. Have fun.

    January 26, 2013

    • ron

      John, the big ones are. Small ones don;t have the power of a typical Speedlite.

      January 26, 2013

  • Martina

    Hi folks! Not only the ladies have to look nice. Guys, you will be models as well. There are not too much male models in Hong Kong. So be prepared!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2013

    • ron

      Yes, guys! The girls will show you how to pose. So look nice! Your photos can be used on Facebook.

      January 24, 2013

  • Tej G.

    Looking forward to this :) I want to try out the light box you showed me last time!

    January 22, 2013

    • Tej G.

      Same or different ones?

      January 22, 2013

    • ron

      Different ones. Larger. Brighter. I will put the 2 of the LED's in the softbox and control them with remote. I wanna see if I can replace my flash with LED lights.

      January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Ron...can't make it in time, but might catch you guys at the end of the shoot like Arlene.

    January 22, 2013

    • ron

      Alexandra, call me when you arrive at the Peak so I can tell you where we are. My number is[masked]

      January 22, 2013

  • Arlene

    How long will you be shooting for? I have an appointment at that time but would love to catch you guys near the end of the shoot.

    January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ron, what location at The Peak will you be shooting at? I ll be already up there so no point for me coming to Central.
    If you need a model I am happy to help out and strike few poses : )

    January 21, 2013

    • ron

      Hi Lily! We'll be shooting at the Garden and a few other quiet locations. There's always too many people there at this time of year. We'd love to have you as a model. I'm sure everyone will be a model as we are all learning how to shoot at each other with our cameras. It's about getting the lighting right for a portrait shot. Be sure to wear make-up, girls!

      1 · January 21, 2013

  • ron

    We'll be shooting at our ourselves. No model provided. This session is for practice and learning. So next time when you have to shoot, you'll know how to position your subject to the lights. That's why I said, 'dress nice'.

    January 21, 2013

    • Jan

      Oh I see, not really used to been in portrait.

      January 21, 2013

    • ron

      That's ok. But you've certainly sat for passport photos and family photos. Same thing. We won't need models for practice. Models cost lots of money.

      January 21, 2013

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