Q-Chan’s Wedding

So the time has come. My baby sister got hitched by her school days guy.

In a modest celebration began with solemnization and followed by a feast, Q-Chan celebrated her happy day with her life partner. And I had the honor of photographing the event.

Since not much I can give to you Q-Chan, this is all my brotherly love for you. Semoga berkekalan hingga akhir hayat, Insya-Allah.

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Nadzirah Aqilah UTM convocation graduation senior portrait photography by iQaeds Photography

Graduation and convocation portraits

 

I have created a special section for convocation and graduation pictures that I have photographed recently. Do enjoy them!. Contact me for booking of pre-graduation session or convocation day photography.

 

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Fateha’s engagement

Back in April, I was given the opportunity to capture someone’s special to me who is having her engagement ceremony.

Shot most of the pictures with my now trusty Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens. Can’t imagine what I would do photographing without this lens. I think more primes coming up in my bag after this.

Please enjoy the rest of my selection!

Tudungs Galore in Makeshift Studio

Since the last post, I have played around with some flashgun setup that featured image-QChan tudungs portrait makeshift studiocan used as our makeshift studio at home.

With some umbrella and softbox we continued making some more images of Qchan and her tudungs that she makes herself. Lately she has been making quite few good looking ones and I decided to photograph Qchan modelling them. As always, Qchan is more than up for it.

We experimented with one Canon 580Ex as key light and use the white umbrella as reflector instead of shoot thru setup. For some reason, Qchan prefers the natural shadow falloff  instead of bright white background. So we got the same light setup as the last shoot.

Qchan made quite a number of tudungs so she took turn styling them all.

Due to the small flash low output, I limit the shots to only headshot. Besides, we were focusing on displaying the tudungs so I guess its ok.

If you noticed, some of the shots have different skin tones. This is because in some of the shots, I placed a silver reflector and that made Qchan looked a little fairer.

Do you like the shots? Please leave comments below!

Qchan’s Portraits in Makeshift Studio

In previous post, myself and Qchan went to the lake nearbyfeatured image-QChan portrait makeshift studio
our place for a quick senior portrait session.

I wanted to test my newly acquired remote flash trigger, the Yong Nuo YN622c during the session but being new piece of equipment and lacking usage time with it, I could not get it to work when I wanted it to. All the eTTL flash fired were overexposed and I knew something was wrong but I had no time to troubleshoot due to the fast fading sunset.

But as soon as we lost the last ray of golden light, I tried seating the trigger unit to seat and its locking ring tighten properly. It turns out, the unit on my camera hotshoe was not seated properly and with a slight push and a satisfying *Click* , I fired a quick shot and the flash exposed properly.

Once we got home, I quickly set-up the one light that I have, a Canon 580EX with a shoot thru umbrella on a lightstand and the YN622c as remote receiver. One light is all I have and these are the results. And all these done in our living room.

iqaeds-photography-portrait-studio-offcamera-lighting-15Being just one light and shoot thru umbrella, the result is pretty dramatic, with the grey falloff background and the high contrast ratio. The light ratio is certainly not flattering like those glamor fashion shots but with some of Qchan’s poses, it just worked for us.

Depending on how the light hit Qchan’s face, the portrait could be somewhat moody or cheerful at times. Since there’s no modelling light, I can only chimp my result on screen to see if it works.

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My favorite shot of the session!

Once we had tried with the shoot thru umbrella, I played around with the setup a bit and adjusted to have the light bouncing off the umbrella instead. This brought out a more bigger swath of light, at the expense of flash juice of course and slow recycling time but gave a more flattering look to the shot ( with the help of little retouching here and there too in Adobe Lightroom).

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Light bouncing off white umbrella. The background is slightly brighter too from the bouncing light from our white ceiling.

From there, I fooled around in Adobe Photoshop and got the below;

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For the record Teen Vogue, this is just messing around and not for real

Interesting when we get the flash off the camera eh? Hope you like the shots!

iQ

Q-Chan – Senior Portrait at Lake Garden

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I consider myself lucky for having a sister that’s willing to become my model/lab rat/muse/assistant etc when it comes to anything photography. Q-chan has always been such a sport when it comes to taking photos, so this session was done just to have fun and have a go at senior photography.

For those unsure what senior photography is, it is a genre popular in the United States where portrait photographs of graduating high school or college students are taken to mark a significant turning point in their life. Usually its a half day session, with props or costumes, depending on the preference of both client and photographer however sometime with just a good background, lovely ambient light and going crazy by both sides are just what it takes for good senior photography session.

Although Q-Chan isn’t graduating from uni yet but we’re just giving it a go after weeks of gloomy rainy evenings. Originally, I wanted to test my newly acquired remote flash trigger, the Yong Nuo YN622c. However I could not get it to work by the time we got to the lake so natural light is all I have. Given the setting sun, it wasn’t too bad though.

These are some of the images made on that evening, all shot on Canon EOS 5D and EF 70-200 f2.8;

And thanks to Q-Chan’s friend, Anis for coming that evening and being such a sport to be shot in this frame!

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And by the way, I managed to get the Yong Nuo YN622c to work right after we lost the last of the golden afternoon light. So, to further test the triggers, we continued the session at home afterwards and that will be in next post!

Cheers,

iQ

iQaeds photography and web design

iQaeds.com – Photography website with WordPress.com

iQaeds photography and web designHaving a website for photographer these days is probably as important as having a camera itself to photographs. It is the easiest way of showcasing images online, spread the word out with social media platform and gaining exposure. But having a professional looking and well designed web sites can prove to be a pain if one does not know where to start.

Back in my days circa 2000, building websites means authoring the pages with Microsoft FrontPage or then  Macromedia Dreamweaver. Next, upload the pages to web hosting service of choice like Tripod.com or Angelfire. There are a lot of things going on in between the web building software and the hosting provider and to those in the know, what happens if you could not find your index.html file. It’s just a lot of work. Even that is still a basic level web development.

And plus, if you don’t have graphic design background like me, choosing a theme color will take months, typography several more and by the time you have some sort of own logo, a year passed and you realize none of them jive with how you picture your dream site to be. And then start the whole process all over again to no end (I gave up shortly after and were without website for many years).

Fast forward to August 2013, I discovered WordPress.com while scouring the web for new ways of having my photography website designed and hosted. If previously you have used other blogging platforms like Blogspot (now Blogger) or Tumblr, WordPress is a no brainer. WordPress has all the basic tools ready for you to use and all it requires is reading the help and guide page if you are lost.

WordPress web platform helped transform the difficult technical and design aspect to basically a hassle free web design platform and user experience.Which means you build your site while you surf! How cool is that?

All you need is:

  • Decently spec-ed laptop or desktop PC
  • Web browser (take your pick from my recommended Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple’s Safari)
  • Constant Internet connection
  • Visual imagination of how you want your site to look like
  • Read and read the Help section
  • and start cracking at designing your brand spanking new web site!

I began with imagining how my site would look like, picked a theme, post several pages and posts and done. Easy eh? I could have counted the number of mouse clicks but then again you get the point.

I didn’t stop there. Instead of having iqaeds.wordpress.com, I went with WordPress’ Domain Upgrade and got my own .com domain. More on this on future post.

In case you have been wondering, yeah after 13 years, I figured out a bit sense of design and typography. But in getting this site done, WordPress and the FontFolio theme helped a lot. Now I can concentrate on posting stuff that interest me for all of you to read. Heck I don’t even know if HTML is still in use or not simply because I don’t see it anywhere while ‘building’ my site.

Why I didn’t pay a web designer you ask? Where’s the fun in that? Simply because,I like to explore these kind of life option myself and learn for my own satisfaction. At least with this kind of platform, I have full control and simply put, it works with my idea of how I want my website to be at several mouse clicks. Pain free, in my book at least.

To summarize, why I like WordPress:

  • All-in-one design and hosting platform
  • Easy to use with plenty of tips and tricks
  • Easy registration and access to the web based platform. Social networking sites aficionados will appreciate this
  • Tons of free and paid Themes. ‘Designing’ your first professional looking site has never been more easier!
  • Easy access to upgrades like domain registration and ads removal

There could be more of the features I missed out but basically those what helped me with my decision to have my first photography blog site here at WordPress. WordPress is a lot of things. Easy to use is definitely one of them.

I am planning  to write a mini series of posts on developing a web site using WordPress.com web platform. So keep checking back for more interesting stuff here!