After receiving so many remarks shooting me down on posting pictures of guys instead of girls, I decided to push my other Matta Fair entries aside for now, and post up some chicks for you horny dudes out there.
I went to the Fab Asia Fashion Show at Asian Avenue, Sunway Pyramid. When I found out that the runway show was situated right in the middle of the Fashion Avenue, I somehow expected that the lighting for the entire set up would be a disaster for me, since I have yet to possess an external flash unit. Nevertheless, I went, and did what I can.
A GIANT CAT AT SUNWAY PYRAMID
Gosh, it was refreshing to take a shot or two outdoors, again, after all those indoor shots !! And the sky was fantastic too.
I have realized that I have not fully utilized my previous camera, and this is especially true when it comes to flash shooting with the built in unit, since I would usually refuse to turn it on. When I was faced in situations of photographing people, I try to avoid using the built in flash, due to the very high chance of getting overexposed skin tones, and harsh reflected light, resulting in very unnatural and badly balanced picture. Due to this reason, I have under-utilized the in-camera flash unit in my previous camera.
During the days of me using the compact camera, I have always believed that, the most important thing in capturing a good picture would be 1) In focus, sharp, and blur/shake free 2) Bright enough. Therefore, in really dim lit situations, where non-flash pictures are quite impossible to be made, I believe it is a wise move to engage the flash. Of course the outcomes would not be as ideal as those accomplished with external flash units having the flexibility of bouncing and greater control of virtually everything, but hey, important thing is still being able to capture the picture in the first place, and deal with the consequences later.
This condition proved to be true today, at Sunway, as expected there were not even spotlights available.
Here is one shot with no flash.
Did you notice the uneven lighting, and heavy shadows on the face of the model? This is a big no no in taking pictures of people. Ideally, well exposed skin is desired, and in this case, even pushing my ISO high up to 800 in the sacrifice of sharpness and details (as you can see the picture appeared to be a bit smudged due to the noise filter) did not do any good in acquiring good results. Thus, I popped up the flash unit, and fire away.
I guess the models must have wondered why my camera never had any flash since the others around me were practically trying to blind them by continuously flashing non-stop.
The following few shots are taken with the Flash on.
It can be observed that the pictures come out a lot sharper, having more details (since I used lower ISO) and the lighting on the skin was evenly distributed, with no heavy shadows. I was afraid the skin would appear rather harsh, but luckily they turned out alright, considering the fact that I was standing quite a distance away, zooming in with the tele-zoom lens.
This is one of my rather rare occasions of using the internal flash, so do cut me some slack, after all, I am still at the experimenting and learning stage. Of course, if any of you were kind enough to donate me Rm1500, I would be able to take better pictures with the external flash unit. Nevertheless, I believe it is not a necessity at the moment, and I can live without it for now. I should stick to making use, and working my way around with what I have, and what I can, to achieve the pictures that I want. I have been doing that all these while, and I see no reason why I should give in to temptations.
So guys, happy now, seeing pictures of girls??