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.
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.