Tuesday, March 30, 2010

IMAGES from The Great Outdoor Portrait Workshop

Below are the images produced by our participants who called themselves "beginners" in portrait photography. From these images, they certainly are beginners no more! We're so proud of their achievements and are truly satisfied with what they were able to produce in less than one day!

Real learning starts when the minds starts exploring new windows....and that's the direction we took them through in the workshop. See through your mind's eye. BE the director, not just a passive shooter. Enjoy these images (post production done on skin, color and texture).
Framing, composition, colors and props...

add in some DRAMA to your images...

Experiment with shadows and make light your ally.
Some of the participants were only using their kit lens. No flash were permitted to be used for this outing cos the light was so perfect already! So we challenged them to keep their flash units and start seeing light the way it should be seen!
Come join us for our next workshop - you'll be amazed at what you'll learn. Photography is such a dynamic art that there is no end to learning new things and tricks. Come for the learning, stay for the extra tips!
TOPCat Studio
"Everything Is Gonna Be ALL LIGHT"

Monday, March 29, 2010

BTS - Great Outdoor Portraits Workshop

Went to bed on 26th, praying hard for fine weather. Wuz raining cats and dogs that nite. Alhamdullilah, woke up to such fine weather! Participants to our Great Outdoor Portrait Workshop had such a great time learning, experimenting and having fun! Thanks everyone for your participation, and a gazillion thanks to our models, Sofea and Liyana who both had the toughest job of all - posing under the hot sun and looking cool under the sweltering heat! Enjoy the BTS pix!

Getting to know participants and their gear before the shoot and sharing key points about portraits with natural light. (Don't forget the principles for that 3D effect!)
Play with light. God is the greatest light artist. We just have to learn to see things differently to capture His creation.
(Used to be traffic police?? Hehe) Explaning the hows and whats of using reflectors. Remember - we're at the Equator.
The "L-L-D" technique (sendiri create punye) for participants to remember and adopt always! No more P-A-S method (Point And Shoot!).
All geared up to shoot.
Last minute briefing.
Testing a few shots with Sofea.
A candid moment caught.
Learning to see light differently.
Learn new techniques for creating great portraits. It's not all about technical knwoledge. A huge chunk is about composition, posing and flirting with light (yes, flirting encouraged here! Hahaha!)
Liyana on the rocks. Great outdoor portraits - what you see is not necessarily what you get, if you know what to look out for!
Second shooting session - usage of props, creating more drama with and otherwise ordinary portraits. Ingat - work within your radius! You can have at least 6 different shots with the same pose!
Overcast days? Light too harsh? No problem! Re-direct - create own shades!
Great Outdoor Portraits workshops incorporate the hard part (technical know-hows) and the softer side of photography. Each participants are given more than enough time to create the images on their own.
Congrats guys! You're on to creating great portraits on your own. Til we meet again in our next follow up session! Terima kasih, semua!
Next Great Outdoor Portrait Workshop - April 2010. (Date & venue to be confirmed)
"Real learning starts when the mind starts looking through different windows..."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

GREAT Outdoor Portraits with Liyana

The weather was just great yesterday for us to do these portraits with the lovely Liyana. It was her first photoshoot with us, and we styled in various looks. We were outdoors first, then proceeded to the studio for more great shoots.

The pictures here are evidence that she looks amazing in each and every shot. The camera just loves her! Infact, we liked the raw shots so much that there's really minimal photoshop done, and one most of it, none done, except for cropping. Whatd'ya say to a cool gal who delivers these great moments each time you click...how about - "wanna do the shoot again?" Yes, Liyana will take part in our GREAT Outdoor Portraits Workshop this Saturday (27th March)! Can't wait! Meanwhile, just enjoy these fantastic moments....and drool...

For great portfolios, contact us at TOPCat Studio! We go crazy over portraits!
Suhaimi (012-3829916) / Nurul (012-2079916)