There was the Pikom PC Fair happening over last weekend at the KLCC Convention Centre, where floods of people from nowhere came herding into the exhibition halls, either trying to find a good bargain for PC related stuff, or more like me, finding chicks and pointing my camera at their faces. And I demanded them to smile at me while I was at that.
PC Fair this time was quite toned down in comparison to the previous two I have visited over my nearly one year stay in KL so far. There were significantly less booths available, and one unexpected turn of arrangements was the missing hall for PC Audio. There used to be one hall displaying only speakers and audio specific accessories, which was not present last weekend. You see, I am a fan of audio, though I do admit that pc audio market in Malaysia currently is sort of limited and the speakers from common brands like Sonic Gear, Edifier and so on are not exactly turning me on. Nevertheless, what is a good event without loud music pumping? Heck there was no Altec Lansing either.
Some friends have pointed out to me, due to certain budget constraints; even the hiring of models was restricted. There were almost less than half of the number which was hired previously, and the girls were somewhat more difficult to spot amongst the crowd. Hide and seek much?
And so you guys have read my last entry on my sudden purchase of the compact camera. After testing that camera for a while, I have to admit it did hit me if I really do need a DSLR at all, since I was really feeling right at home with just a compact. That Lumix has got almost everything I have hoped for in one single camera, providing me wide flexibility for photography controls when I need so. I was even starting to back calculate in my mind on how much I could salvage in return if I have sold off all my gears and equipments, just for the heck of it.
After reviewing the pictures I have taken of the PC Fair chicks, I knew the strong reason why I bought the DSLR in the first place. Thus, the same reason good enough for me to hold on to it tightly. There will be a day when a compact will outperform a DSLR, but until that day, I am sticking to my trusty Ollie.
This time, I went shooting with a friend, Chun Chow. He has got himself a set of cool diffusers for pop up (built in) flash, which I find rather intriguing. Hence we swapped equipments for the session; he was using my external flash unit mounted on his DSLR, while I fixed his diffuser on my pop up flash. Therefore, all photos of the chicks this time was taken with the built in camera flash, using the pancake lens of course.
To me, flash photography is not easy. Though I have been using a DSLR for over a year, and the external flash unit for a couple of months now, I can confess that I have not mastered this area just yet. The biggest issue comes when taking portraits or photos of people with flash. It was difficult to balance the exposure, trying to light the subject bright enough without over exposing it, and not casting deep shadows and contrast on the skin or the background. More readings and experimentations are necessary for me to improve.
During the PC Fair, what I intended in the photos were: 1) slight touch of the flash on the skin to reduce shadows 2) Capture as much ambient light as possible 3) Trying to maintain a natural looking skin tone. It was a lot more difficult than I initially thought, and the results were nothing near perfection (not that it was disastrous either). Yes, I have got the pictures bright enough, but I have only got the balance of exposure between the mix of ambient light and the illumination from the flash accurate in a few pictures. While the rest of them it can be seen that there were highlights (bright spots) on the faces, which was quite undesirable.
Oh did I mention I was using the pancake lens? It worked wonders.
On a separate note, Chun Chow and I were browsing through some Canon compact cameras, just to be sure that I did not miss out any good deals besides that Panasonic Lumix before I made the splash.
That was when that useless sales person said one thing to our faces:
“Canon WILL ALWAYS be the best.”
Blardy hell, were you that blind you could not see me and my friend had a DSLR hanging around our necks, labelled loudly, OLYMPUS?
It was not like we do not know a thing about photography. After using DSLR for a while, we would have individual thoughts on what is good, what is not, and what is BEST for ourselves. Throwing such strong words was as if pouring cold water on us. Good thing there was no tripod nearly, or else that would be the thing to be removed from his throat in the emergency room that evening.
That jerk aside, it was quite a fun session on the whole. I bumped into Smashpop there, and he was already leaving when I entered. So, anyone of you went to the PC Fair as well? Do share if there is anything interesting !