Fashion For A Social Cause

On Sunday 14 October, we joined Professional Photographers Association Singapore (PPAS) at Marina South Pier MRT station for a shoot to support Fashion For A Social Cause by Singapore Fashion Runway. The main shooting area for groups was equipped with a Para 177 and two 30 x 180 strip softboxes with Pulso G lamps, while a smaller set-up for individual portraits was equipped with an Octa 150 and Unilite lamp. Participating photographers included Ukay Cheung, Ruth Soh, John Yuen, Aaron Ang, Eujin Goh and Tennant Lim.

BTS photos by SFR founder Eileen Yap.

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Light Shapers – Softboxes

We resume our weekly highlight on Broncolor light shapers with SOFTBOXES in various formats; square, rectangle, strip and Octa. Detailed specifications on each softbox may be found here.

As with our previous post on Reflectors , the constants are as follows;

Camera: Phase One XF IQ3 100MP

Lens: Schneider Kreuznach 240mm LS f/4.5 IF

Exposure: F/11, 1/125s, ISO 50

Lamp: Broncolor Unilite 3200 powered by Scoro 3200 S

The front surfaces of the softboxes were maintained at a distance of 1m from the subject’s face to ensure the comparisons are fair.

The variables are the softboxes and the power level on the Scoro to adjust for the varying intensity of the light. The Scoro S power level ranges from 1.0 to 10.0 with every round number being halve of the next; eg. 10.0 = 3200 J, 9.0 = 1600 J, 8.0 = 800 J, etc.

We strongly recommend that you view the images below on a calibrated monitor instead of a mobile device. The differences for most of the images are subtle so the small screens may not display them accurately. Although the shots were taken tethered through Capture One, none of the images has been edited in any way.

We start off with comparison groupings by the softbox categories.

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We realize the differences are incredibly subtle and the results of these demonstrations are not sufficient for most photographers to form definitive conclusions upon. Hence, we will conduct more demonstrations over the next few weeks to further present the unique characteristics of each softbox. This will include half body portraits and various angles of light source to show relativity between softbox sizes and light coverage.

To be continued…

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Light Shapers – Reflectors

As a photographer, selecting a light shaper can be an incredibly daunting process. Softbox or beauty dish? Grid or without? If gridded, how big? Over the next few weeks, we will demonstrate how light behaves with each group of light shapers; reflectors, softboxes, parabolic, beauty dish, etc. The objective here is not to compare which is better, but rather to present what each reflector can do for you and how they can be effectively utilized in your photographic project.

We kick off the series with the following reflectors (click for more specifications from our website); Standard – this comes bundled with Siros L lamps, P-Travel , P70 , P65 , P50 , and P45.  The setup is simple;

Basic Reflector lighting diagram

The constant factors are as follows;

Camera: Phase One XF IQ3 100MP

Lens: Schneider Kreuznach 150mm LS f/2.8

Exposure: F/11, 1/125s, ISO 50

Lamp: Broncolor Unilite 3200 powered by Scoro 3200 S

The lamp is positioned 1.2m away from the subject (yours truly) who is 1.2m from the background.

The only variables are the reflectors and the power level on the Scoro to adjust for the varying intensity of the light. The Scoro S power level ranges from 1.0 to 10.0 with every round number being halve of the next; eg. 10.0 = 3200 J, 9.0 = 1600 J, 8.0 = 800 J, etc.

For reflectors with grids (P70, P65 and P45), we kept the power levels constant through the three grade (fine, medium and coarse) so you are able to see the differences objectively.

We strongly recommend you view the images below on a proper, calibrated monitor instead of a mobile device. The differences for most of the images are subtle so the small screens may not display them accurately. Although the shots were taken tethered through Capture One, none of the images has been edited in any way.

Look at how the light transitions from highlight to shadow, light spills (look at the background), and note the power levels required to achieve the optimal exposure. Eg. P-Travel and P70 looks almost identical, but the former required 0.2 less power. However, the P-Travel does not allow for honeycomb grid attachments, so that’s something to consider for your needs. The power levels are an indication of how you can use the reflector under varying conditions; eg. the P45 has a longer throw so it may be ideal for lighting subjects from a longer distance.

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As mentioned above, this is not a review of each reflector and we invite you to form your own conclusions and opinions on the above comparisons.

Next week, we shall do the same demonstration with softboxes.

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Nikon Experiential Event at Plaza Singapura

At the Nikon Experiential event on 27th and 28th September 2018, photographers Elliot Lee and Ee Tong conducted demonstration sessions with the new Nikon Z 7 using Broncolor lights.

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Elliot Lee prepping his setup.

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Elliot demonstrated Nikon’s focus stacking feature.

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Ee Tong presenting her body of work.

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Dance photography demonstration.

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Fujifilm Workshop with Ivan Joshua Loh

Broncolor Singapore was invited to support a Fujifilm photography workshop by Ivan Joshua Loh at a top secret location on Saturday 22 September 2018. The casual, fun-filled workshop garnered about 40 attendees who were eager to shoot models Dwayne and Jasline in a location filled with vintage cars, pinball machines, dentist chairs, and loads of amazing antique treasures. Also in attendance to support the workshop were representatives from Capture One, Eizo and Wacom to demonstrate their products in a workflow.

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A New Hope

I wanted a practice session with the Broncolor lighting system and I just happened to have a lightsaber prop on my desk. Shiny, reflective surfaces are relatively challenging to shoot well, and I was certainly looking to be challenged. So here’s what I did;

The concept was to produce an image that looks like it could belong in a glossy advertising material for lightsabers. I envisioned it to showcase the mechanical details on the Graflex with the glass eye as the key focus.

The Graflex replica was clamped upright and I placed a black board behind it as I had planned to add a soft glow on it. My first objective was to achieve a gradient highlight on the left side. I positioned a Unilite 3200 with a 120 x 180 softbox behind the Graflex and angled away towards the camera.

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A diffuser was added in front of the softbox to soften the light and to create the gradient.IMG_20180905_210232_blog-res20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7644

For the second highlight on the other side, I positioned another Unilite with a 30 x 180 softbox to establish a hard highlight.IMG_20180905_181933_blog-res20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7653

To illuminate the middle portion, I used a Siros L with a beauty dish reflector in an elevated position. It was mounted in an offset angle from the centre to create dimension in the glass eye. IMG_20180905_210333_blog-res20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7665

This was looking close to how I had envisioned the image and it’s just missing a soft glow in the back to separate the Graflex from the background. I placed a Pulso G with a P70 reflector and medium honeycomb grid on a chair and directed the light onto the black board. The softness of the glow was adjusted by tuning the Pulso G’s focusing feature. IMG_20180905_210312_blog-res20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7677

Here’s how it looks like with all the lights turned on and the power ratios tweaked.20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7729

The hard hairline running down the middle was caused by the reflection of the C-stand holding the beauty dish, so I placed a large black card against the C-stand to block the reflection. Then, as I checked the image at 100% crop, I found a blue lint on the slotted head rivet. It must have gotten snagged when I wiped the Graflex with a microfibre cloth.Screen Shot 2018-09-17 at 3.06.03 PM

The lint was removed with tape and I snapped the definitive shot. The image was processed in Capture One 11 to clean up dust spots, enhance the glass eye, and other general adjustments. Here’s the final image;20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7754

The camera I shot with was a Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic with a Schneider Kreuznach LS 150mm f/2.8 lens.

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shootSIN 2018 recap

 

This year’s SOLD-OUT event was held on 23rd and 24th June 2018 at The Weave by studio three sixteen. Attendees were treated to informative live demonstrations and inspiring seminars conducted by some of the world’s best photographers including Urs Recher from Switzerland, Kevin Then from Malaysia, Martha Suherman from Indonesia, Peter Marshall from England and Sails Chong from China.

Local veteran members of the Professional Photographers Association (Singapore), Sebastian Tan, Teo Chai Guan, Matthew Edward Loh and Geoff Ang, shared insights on skills and personal attributes required to succeed in the photographic industry. PPAS also conducted portfolio reviews for registered aspiring photographers.

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Video recap shot and edited by Live Gallery from Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

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