the works behind a photo

the works behind a photo 2
sweet sweet wedding of jo and desmond
May 27, 2010
the works behind a photo 3
something famililar and something new, dorothy and edwin
June 3, 2010
the works behind a photo 4

this is the photo I posted in my previous post of wedding of jo and desmond. This is corridor at the island shangri la. Usually, I ‘ll spend the time taking photos of the venue and decoration while my clients are having the formal shots around 7:00pm – 8:00 pm before the banquet.

this post is going to tell you the works involved in this photo. It took me  a total of  10 min to shoot it and lots of processing works are required.

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this is the photo that was shoot without lighting and post processing. very nice decoration, but it looks very flat and boring in terms of lighting in the photo. 
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Go ahead to see what works are involved to make it look more interesting

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to make the photo look more dramatic, I did add some lighting to the flower poles. But how could I add lighting to all 10 flower poles at the same time??? No, I didn’t add light to them all at the same time, instead,  I set the camera on tripod and have my assistant Canly to hold the “off camera flash” to illuminate different parts at different exposures.  During the post processing works, I overlap all 21 photos , “extract” different parts of each photo and “combine” them into one photo. Some buring, dodging and sharpening are done in post processing.

Canly, thanks for your great help !!! Without your great works, I ‘ll never get so many great photos for my clients.

IF YOU LIKE THIS PHOTO, DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE COMMENT BELOW AND SAY HI TO CANLY. THANK YOU.

23 Comments

  1. Koby says:

    simon,
    the photos are awesome!

  2. Grace says:

    The photo is great.
    Hi to Canly!

  3. Koby says:

    hi to Canly as well~~~ ^^

  4. Dawn says:

    Amazing!!! Thanks Simon for the great lesson!!
    Thanks to Canly as well for your great effort!

  5. Hyvis says:

    appreciate yr effort and “HI! CANLY!” 🙂

  6. Katherine Tong says:

    wonderfully done!! thanks for sharing, simon! and great work, both canly and simon!!

  7. Cordelia Au says:

    Great work, Simon!!! Canly u are awesome~

  8. Cc says:

    very nice!!! thanks for sharing your secret!!! 🙂

  9. Ching says:

    simon, it's one of the best post in your blog i've ever seen. it's really touching to see a photographer spend so much effort just for one photo, never give 行貨. expect to see your works in my big day 🙂

  10. Amazing, was the ttl precise enough or did you retouch a lot under PS ?

  11. Amazing, was the ttl precise enough or did you retouch a lot under PS ?

  12. Hi ching,

    thank you ar. never thought it is the “best” post.
    look forward to your wedding next year.

  13. Phyllis Wong says:

    This is both great work from Simon and Canly! Very creative thinking to overlap the photos together~~~

  14. I used manual flash, no ttl was used. manual flash always give you more accurate and consistent results.

  15. I used manual flash, no ttl was used. manual flash always give you more accurate and consistent results.

  16. Wow. You're already at that level manually controlling flash. You're very good. I found it very difficult to use the remote. It has to face the red part of my 580; otherwise, doesn't work.

  17. Wow. You're already at that level manually controlling flash. You're very good. I found it very difficult to use the remote. It has to face the red part of my 580; otherwise, doesn't work.

  18. Michelle says:

    thanks for showing the behind the scenes work to get your awesome photos!

  19. Joyingying says:

    Hi Simon & Canly, you are wondeful! Thank you for providing me this memory of behind the banquet, looking forward to your another masterpiece.

  20. Edmond Leung says:

    Simon,

    Glad to see the step by step procedure shown in the slideshow! You're one inspiring photographer and I have lots to learn from you!

    Edmond

  21. Lighting is pretty important in a photo, the 10 min hard work to capture this photo surely had brought a smile to the couple.