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Low Key Outdoor Portrait Photography 19th May 2013

Hi everyone!

We've had many, many requests on portrait shooting. After we finish an event, I'll would ask members of what to shoot next. Many will scream "Portraits!". It seems that many members still want to learn and practice portrait shoots. So here's another one for those who missed the last few shoots on portraiture.

Except this time, we'll be shooting low-key portraits. Low key refers to a style of photography that utilizes dark tones to create a dramatic looking image. Where high key lighting seeks to over light the subject to the point of reduced contrast, low key lighting intensifies the contrast in an image through intensely reduced lighting.

I've chosen Cosco Tower as a location. It's easy to find, and lots of room for shooting. You can get there by tram, bus or MTR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some samples of low key shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And some videos of how to achieve this type of shot.

 

 

 

What you need to bring:

1. Wear nice clothing and do up your hair. No models provided.

2. DSLR or Micro 4/3 camera with hotshoe mount. Any lens will do.

3. Flash units.

4. Sync trigger for off-camera flash.

5. Softbox or honeycomb filter or none. You'll still get a good effect.

6. Bring a stand for your flash, or use your cheap tripod to mount the flash.

We'll assist each other in groups of 3 people.

So see you all there on Sunday!

Ron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • jason f.

    I wasn't able to attend due to other commitments. I'll try to add a few comments here and there intended to be constructive and critical at the same time. If applicable, i'll also add a suggestion on what can be tried next time.
    i hope everyone had a lot of fun.

    May 20, 2013

    • ron

      We all certainly had a lot of fun, Jason. Must do more of this. I believe everyone learnt a little something on Sunday. First and foremost, we get to control the light now. So we're less dependent on the sunlight for good, creative photos. Ah, but you know all that already. Come teach us some tricks next time.

      May 21, 2013

    • jason f.

      I would like that. A few more "photographing photographers" types really helps iron out technical things.

      May 21, 2013

  • ron

    Please suggest many more types of events for us. We're always welcome to new ideas, Jason! I personally would like to use strobes to freeze motion. It could be human motion or breaking glass or splashing water, etc.

    May 20, 2013

    • ron

      Not that kind of human motion, dude!

      May 21, 2013

    • jason f.

      I was talking more about, who is going to get cut picking up broken glass. Or who is going to slip and fall mopping up coloured water.

      May 21, 2013

  • ron

    This is a 5 star meetup event. Everyone very enthusiastic. When you take the time to attend a photo shoot event and come away having learnt so much more of your camera, you feel you've just received something valuable. Your camera has become your friend.

    May 21, 2013

  • Matthias

    Thank you Ron for the effort and great idea...learned a lot and was good to catch up with everyone...looking forward to the next time!!

    May 20, 2013

  • Raji T.

    great meetup ron. so much fun. thanks! it was nice meeting all of you :)

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi everyone, I'm struggling to know how to upload photos from iphoto to meetup - can anyone help, or can I ring someone?

    May 20, 2013

    • MJphotographyHK

      Give me a call:[masked]

      May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can't upload from iPhoto directly, the meetup uploader can't locate the pics in your iphoto library. Best is you create a folder somewhere outside iPhoto with the stuff you want to upload. Or if it's only a few pics you can just drag them from iphoto to your desktop. Good luck.

      May 20, 2013

  • ron

    You're all welcome. Gotta thank Mike Lee for helping everyone out. Oh, one important thing when you see the photos posted up. Make constructive comments OR ask the person how he set up the shot. Comments like, 'Nice....Good shot', doesn't really help you improve.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jade D.

    Great meetup, thanks Ron! Learned a lot, looking forward to the next one!

    May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I ditto that

      May 19, 2013

  • Linda K

    will be a little late

    May 19, 2013

  • Cirrus

    GREATTTTTTTT!

    May 19, 2013

  • ron

    It was a good day for learning, everyone. I'm glad all of you came and learnt something new. And, I'm happy to help out.

    May 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth C.

    Lots of fun

    May 19, 2013

  • Linda K

    learn something new again, thanks Ron

    May 19, 2013

  • Phoebe

    So sorry, something just came up and I can't make it this time :( I was really looking forward to learn from everyone.

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On the way, will be s bit late! Please accept my apology!

    May 19, 2013

  • ron

    Jason! You're in, dude! Long time no see. I'll be there at 1.30pm to interview a new model. She's participating in our shoot. Don't know what she looks like as she sent me blurry photos of her. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • ron

    Which brings me to the month of July. I have 2 tall models from France. I plan to rent white long bridal dresses for them to wear as Bridesmaids and we're gonna shoot on a Wedding Theme. I'll need Martina, and a few other members to help with the set up. I'm preparing this for our serious, advanced photographers who wants to experience a professional model shoot outdoors but never had the chance to do so. It's still in the planning stages. I've got the models. Now gotta look at dress rental shops. And location for the shoot.

    1 · May 13, 2013

    • ron

      Cirrus, I'll need you to go with me to look for dress rentals. I found one in Mongkok. We can go on a Saturday. I'm checking my schedule. Will let you know soon.

      1 · May 17, 2013

    • jason f.

      Count me in if possible.

      May 19, 2013

  • ron

    For new members, I'll be waiting for everyone at the cafe area in the open space. You'll see me with my camera gear. Call my number when you arrive.
    Old members already know what I look
    like and know where I hang out.
    Ron :[masked]

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where exactly are we meeting? Outside or on a floor? Thanks!

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ron, Jian, thanks for your encouragement! Looking forward to see you in the afternoon!

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can i join if i only got a Sony Nex+ its standard lens!?

    May 18, 2013

    • ron

      And I believe the Sony Nex has a flash hot-shoe. That's all you need to trigger our strobes.

      May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thankd! See you all then!

      May 19, 2013

  • ron

    Some of you may want to bring your ND filters to darken the background even more. I'm bringing my variable ND and a 5-1 reflector. The reflector's black side will be great for a black background.

    May 18, 2013

  • Randall C.

    Great outing, thanks for putting this together Ron, wish I could be there but out of town. Enjoy.

    May 18, 2013

    • ron

      We'll do it again, Randall. Catch ya next time!

      May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ron not sure I can make it! But will be there if I can ;-)
    Love these photos!

    May 17, 2013

    • ron

      There'll be many more, Alexandra. I'll make sure of that.

      1 · May 17, 2013

  • ron

    Ivan. Watch the videos that I posted here. That will help you see how to make your photo dark in daylight.

    May 15, 2013

  • ivan

    very interested but not certain with my schedule yet

    will we go indoor? the photos dont look like the kind of light we get during 2 - 6

    May 15, 2013

  • Christophe G.

    unfortunately not yet back in hk

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would have loved this one but still in London until June ... meh! So hope for more portrait shoots to come :-). Have fun everyone. I look forward to the pictures.

    May 14, 2013

  • Jeff N.

    HI HI

    May 14, 2013

  • ron

    The first video here really shows you how low key shots are done in daylight. Now anyone can do it!

    May 13, 2013

  • ron

    Kaisa, we're all gonna miss you so much!

    May 13, 2013

  • Elizabeth C.

    That's the area I interested most, seldom get the chance to learn about that. Looking forward to seeing you all.

    May 13, 2013

  • ron

    It would be good to start getting some camera accessories soon, members. You shouldn't just own a camera and hope to get great shots everytime. We all start as beginners, and eventually, as you improve, you'd wanna create the shots you want. The word is, create!

    May 13, 2013

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