Low-Key Photography for Beginners

Low-Key photography is a great challenge for beginners and experienced photographers. Using a simple technique, you can create some drama to your everyday shots. You'll also likely to learn more about your camera's shutter speed and aperture than you ever will after years of shooting blindly. You'll also learn how to separate the darkness from the illumination. You won't be just shooting a photo. You'll be creating one!

In this event, you'll need a camera, a light source, and imagination.
1. Camera ( DSLR, Micro four thirds camera )
2. Light source. ( Flash, torch/flashlight or natural light )
3. Sync trigger for your flash unit if you have one.

Photographers are encouraged to get a flash unit of your own. Owning a DLSR camera is just your first step to good photography. A flash unit or strobe can enhance your skills many fold and you can consider it an investment. After all, you already spent a good chunk of cash on your camera and tripod. Your camera mounted flash is just for family parties.


All photographers will move in groups of 2 - 3 so you can help each other hold the light source while the other shoots. I'll bring 3 extra sets of sync triggers to loan out.

See ya there!

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Vinod can you send me the detail in regards to the volunteer photography???

    October 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yon - I have sent the details to you the same day, are you still interested, if so pls chk your meetup inbox, thx

      October 24, 2012

  • ron

    Ok, guys and girls, I'll post the event for 28th October 2012. Get your money ready.
    About HK$1,000 can buy Speedlite, softbox, sync triggers. Batteries not included.

    October 10, 2012

  • ron

    I'll post a shopping event for the 20th of October 2012. Is 3.00 pm OK with everyone?
    We'll go to Sim City in Mongkok first. That's where you'll find 2nd hand lenses and electronic stuff for your DSLR. Softboxes, reflectors, ND filters, converters and light stands are also available. Then we make our way to Sham Sui Po to compare prices as there are 2 big shops there with bargain prices for Light Modifiers and stands.

    October 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also if anybody is interested to join there is one more spot left for photography, also they are looking for 2 ppl to take video with the volunteer's camera itself, anybody interested can join....if u need contact details let me know...

      October 10, 2012

    • ron

      Ill make it on the 28th October.

      October 10, 2012

  • ron

    Oh yeah, who wants some free Lightroom Presets? I have some 40 cool presets that you can use.

    October 9, 2012

  • Arlene

    yeah, my cousin is coming from malaysia to buy lenses and he expects me to know everything! yikes! so maybe with a shopping event i can at least know the best places to buy and what to expect.

    October 9, 2012

  • ron

    Yeah, maybe I will do an event for shopping.

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ron that's a very good idea, we shall do one, hope you organise one soon :)

    October 9, 2012

  • ron

    Sunny, you can try Apliu Street in Sham Sui Po. Or Sim City in Mongkok. Check out every shop's price before you buy anything. Maybe I should organize a shopping trip with other members who's thinking of getting some extra equipment. We can all browse together and better understand what we're buying.

    October 8, 2012

  • sunny l.

    Thanks Ron for taking your time to show me how to use my camera, where is the best place to get the stuff I needed to start ? Can you recomend a shop ? Thanks so much !

    October 8, 2012

  • sunny l.

    Nice meeting everyone ! I had a great time and learn a lot especially from Ron .thanks to all and look forward to the next meetup.!

    October 8, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Agree with Ron. The quality of LKP from the meetup is outstanding in terms of lighting, poses, and creativity.

    October 8, 2012

  • ron

    I've looked at the first set of shots from our 'beginners'. They really look like professional shots from seasoned photographers already. I especially like those from Mehran, Bani and Alexandra. The rest have not submitted yet but I'm sure they'll look awesome! Waiting to see Elaine's photos.
    We are planning more events like this where beginners learn how to take good photos from attending just one event. Instant gratification, right? So now that camera of yours isn't such a waste of money after all.

    1 · October 8, 2012

  • Moh

    Thank you Ron and everybody for everything. I learn many things from you all. It's quite useful :)
    And I found new potentials at myself too! :D

    October 7, 2012

  • ron

    Thanks for coming, everyone! I had a great time. Didn't shoot anything, though. But I'm glad everyone had fun and learned something new.

    October 7, 2012

  • ron

    Great for all the beginners. Everyone learned more about their cameras today. Also learned that a bright flashlight works very well as a substitute Speedlite.

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I feel that my camera and I have conected! Loved it!

    October 7, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Thanks all for a great meetup!

    October 7, 2012

  • Mehran

    Nice to be able to share your ideas with other people and learn from others as well!

    October 7, 2012

  • Michael L.

    Was great to meet everyone. Michael Lee. www.migsworkshops.com

    October 7, 2012

  • Bani C.

    We're still in Statue Square if you can be here in 5 mins, pls come

    October 7, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Where r u?

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it too late to come now???

    October 7, 2012

  • Bani C.

    No worries Michael. I'm here w/ Raji

    October 7, 2012

  • Bani C.

    I'm behind d statue just outside d MTR exit in white shirt n Khaki pants

    October 7, 2012

    • Michael L.

      Wow you're fast. I'll be there in 10-15 minutes

      October 7, 2012

  • Bani C.

    I'll be there early too. My telno is[masked] if anyone needs it. Hope they let you out soon Ron!

    October 7, 2012

  • ron

    Everyone. There's some commotion outside my apartment and there's police everywhere. Seems there's some fighting and someone got killed. Police won't let me out of my apartment till it's clear. Mike Lee will be at Statue Square, Central to meet you all just in case I'm late.

    October 7, 2012

  • Michael L.

    I'm going out in a limb and will do this without flash :-) see you all there.

    October 7, 2012

  • Arlene

    Ok thanks Ron, see you later

    October 7, 2012

  • ron

    @Arlene. You won't always need a flash for low key photos. An open window, a street lamp, a dark alley can provide excellent conditions, too. But a flash can help you light up the object that you're shooting. I'm bringing a spare flash and sync triggers to loan out. We can share the flash by just mounting the triggers to another camera. That's why we'll be moving in small groups of 2-3 people with 1 flash to share among them.

    October 7, 2012

  • Arlene

    Will it be ok if I can't get my hands on a flash?

    October 7, 2012

  • ron

    Victor, we'll be at Statue Square at 5pm. I'll give a briefing of what we'll do and teach the newbies how to work the camera to get the low-key effect. After that, we'll walk to Lan Kwai Fong to shoot in the back streets. Lots of cafes and objects and back alleys. Any object can become a subject for a low-key shot. We'll even shoot portrait shots of people. I'll bring samples of low key shots to show everyone.

    October 7, 2012

  • victor t.

    Where will we take the photos? Where will we move upon after the gathering

    October 7, 2012

  • ron

    @Victor. Manual control is what we'll be using today. Beginners will learn a bit more about how the shutter speed and aperture affects their photo. It's gonna be a good learning event for them.

    October 7, 2012

  • victor t.

    Is digital camera with manual control ok for beginners?

    October 7, 2012

  • ron

    Hey Sunny Lee. It's not complicated at all. When you get here, I'll give a quick tutorial to everyone what we'll do. I'm sure you've taken a daytime shot that's too dark, right? We've all accidentally done that with the wrong settings. That's what we'll be doing on Sunday but it we'll do it on purpose.

    October 4, 2012

  • sunny l.

    Wow sounds so complicated to me but I will try my best to learn from you and others in the group ! Thanks very much for all informations really helps a lot !

    October 4, 2012

  • ron

    Oh, Elaine, get a set of radio sync triggers, too. I use the Yongnuo RF-603C for Canon. Costs about HK$220 for a set. I'll show you how to use 'em this Sunday. Cheap and very reliable. I use them professionally.

    October 3, 2012

  • ron

    If you can afford it, get a Canon Speedlite for your camera because you use a Canon 60D. They cost more than the China made flash. But I am now using a China made Yongnuo YN467 Speedlite which is much less than the price of a Canon 430EX II and they work very well and is easier to set up. However, the Yongnuo is about 1 f-stop less bright than the Canon. You can compensate by turning it up 1-f stop brighter. I own both so I have done some testing between them. I use the YN467 as a backup speedlite. Expect to pay HK$600. The Canon costs HK$2,100.
    As for light modifiers, meaning softboxes, honeycomb grid or beauty dish, get a small softbox or 6 inch beauty dish to mount on your flash. A 30cm X 20cm softbox will do and would cost about HK$100.

    1 · October 3, 2012

  • Elaine H.

    Ron, I'm going to Sham Shui Po now to get my lighting equipment, is there any brand you reccomend? Or should I get light modifiers too?

    October 3, 2012

  • ron

    If anyone has small light modifiers for your flash, bring them along. I'm bringing my small honeycomb grid to direct the light in a straight line. Those mini soft boxes will be ideal to soften the harsh shadows from your flash.

    October 3, 2012

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