Sunday, August 19, 2012

Shooting Portraits

I recently read the blog of Patrick Lu and his great story of fame. Talk about being at the right place, at the right time, and most important of all, having the camera with him! It brings me back to why I moved to Micro Four-Thirds --- so that I could have a camera I could bring with me without my shoulder or back breaking because of the weight.

Be sure to read out the rest of his blog as there's lots of takeaways and inspiring things you can get. One interesting note, he's a fellow IBMer. :)

Back to what I was supposed to be writing, Portraits!

I've never proclaimed myself as a Portrait photographer since I started with Photography. I always thought I liked Still Life, or random bokeh shots. But I was always fascinated with how some photographers were really so good at taking Portraits. The way they fuse their technique, their gear, the environment, the model, the lighting, and everything else is just so amazing! It's inspiring enough for people like me to emulate a lot of what they've done, and add a personal touch.

For me, it's all about family and friends. I love taking shots of them and these are my opportunities of applying what I'm learning from fellow photographers. Let me share a few, from when we celebrated my Dad's birthday at Peking Garden, Greenbelt 5 (Food is <3).

Tanya - wacky as ever.

My wife Abby!

My nephew Andrei, and my sister Doris.

Tanya upon seeing baby Miggy's poop!

Audrie :)

Abby with our cute baby boy Miggy! 

Here's a formal portrait of Tanya. She's a big girl now!

For those who may be curious, all photos above were shot with Olympus OM-D E-M5, and a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 lens.

What I've learned from writing this blog and from Pat Lu:
  1. Always bring your camera. You never know who or what you're going to run into. :)
  2. Shoot like a child. Things that make you go "Ooh" and "Aah" press the shutter!
  3. Be out and about. The world has a lot of wonderful things waiting to be "captured". 
  4. Learn and share. You'll learn more when you start sharing your knowledge.


  1. Did you use a flash on Tanya or your wife image? If so, can you please elaborate more?

    1. Hey Paul, no flash used. I had pretty good lighting in the bookstore and I positioned them so that the light falls evenly on their face.

    2. Thank you for the reply. Actually, I first thought you used the softbox because the amount of light on the subject specially on the face is very perfect in my eyes. You are so great!

    3. Thanks Paul for the compliment! To be honest though it's because I have no flash equipment yet with the OM-D and so I have to make do with a manual 50 prime and available light. :)