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Blog #137 Limelight Winter Newsletter

December 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Blog #137 Limelight Winter Newsletter

 

This is the last Blog post of 2018! Some new stuff is coming your way in the **Two-Zero-One-Nine**

Please e-mail [email protected] if you would like to be added to the FREE LIMELIGHT NEWSLETTER & mailing list.  You can keep track of our latest photographic activities, work, and images.

 

Happy Holidays & Happy Nude Year!  ✡️☪️✝️

 

The light is always right.

 

jhg 

 

I included some (more) images of the Fierce Fitness and Dance Christmas Party because who ever gets tired of pole dancers?

 

Images: © Limelight Limited

Where: Fierce Fitness and Dance Studio, TST, Hong Kong

Subject: Fierce Fitness and Dance Christmas Party

Gear: Fujifilm X-T3 + Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8 XF R WR + Flash

 

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National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Editor’s Favorite: Galleries: Week 4 Cities & People

Casual Photophile Tip & Techniques No. 001 The Subject is the Subject

Digital Photography School

Japan Camera Hunter

The Inspired Eye Photography Magazine Issue #40 (full interview)

Hong Kong Free Press: HKFP Lens

Blog #18 Criticizing Photographs or Beyond the “like”

Blog #25 Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark[room].

Blog #47 Composition, Composition, and More Composition

Blog #60 Atmosphere

Blog #65 Summer is for Travel (Hanoi)

Blog #67 Risks, Rules, & Restrictions

Blog #68 Photography is a Gift

Blog #69 On Restrictions

Blog #72 Living the Creative Life

Blog #85 [CAM/O]

Blog #90 Restrictions, Revisited

Blog #93 Photographic Technique

Blog #95 RED

Blog #105 Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

Bog #118 Catching the Stars

Blog #119 Combinations

Blog #131 Limelight Limited

 


Blog #136 Shooting “Sports” [Colour]

December 30, 2018  •  2 Comments

Blog #136 Shooting “Sports” [Colour]

In the last blog post, I listed recommendations for a successful shoot or event.  There were items the need attention relating to gear and to you the photographer. Photography is physical.  This is the premise that I started with and it is, indeed, physical.  

Preparation for a friend’s birthday party, travel, a theatre event, or just an afternoon of street photography around town with a friend all requires a bit of thought and preparation for proper execution.  

 

Images included in that blog were from a Winter Showcase event hosted by Fierce Fitness and Dance along with a few other pole and hoop dance groups.  The event was in Ping Ping 126 bar in Sai Big Pun and made from some difficult shooting conditions.  It was a really cramped space and the lighting was straight down (rather than on the subjects) and all over the place.  

 

Nevertheless, when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade. In spite of the dreadful conditions (for image making, I mean, otherwise it was lovely), I was expected to produce high quality images and fast! These girls can move really fast and the event was the photographic equivalent of shooting race cars at night.  Your flash is your friend. Know how to use it accordingly. 

 

Last week I included a selection of black and white images of this event.  This week, I’ve included some colourful versions just in time for Christmas. 

 

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year! 🎄 ✡️☪️✝️

 

Please e-mail [email protected] if you would like to be added to my free newsletter mailing list. 

 

The light is always right.

 

jhg 😎

 

*Images: © Limelight Limited

Where: Ping Pong 126 Bar, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Subject: Fierce Fitness and Dance Winter Showcase (In Color!)

Gear: Fujifilm X-T3 + Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8 XF R WR

 

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National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Editor’s Favorite: Galleries: Week 4 Cities & People

Casual Photophile Tip & Techniques No. 001 The Subject is the Subject

Digital Photography School

Japan Camera Hunter

The Inspired Eye Photography Magazine Issue #40 (full interview)

Hong Kong Free Press: HKFP Lens

Blog #18 Criticizing Photographs or Beyond the “like”

Blog #25 Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark[room].

Blog #47 Composition, Composition, and More Composition

Blog #60 Atmosphere

Blog #65 Summer is for Travel (Hanoi)

Blog #67 Risks, Rules, & Restrictions

Blog #68 Photography is a Gift

Blog #69 On Restrictions

Blog #72 Living the Creative Life

Blog #85 [CAM/O]

Blog #90 Restrictions, Revisited

Blog #93 Photographic Technique

Blog #95 RED

Blog #105 Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

Bog #118 Catching the Stars

Blog #119 Combinations

Blog #131 Limelight Limited

 


Blog #135 Shooting Events: Gear/Photographer Checklist

December 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Blog #135 Shooting Events: Gear/Photographer Checklist

Photography is physical.  The act of making pictures is a whole body experience. You’re on your feet walking the beat, crouching, bending, lifting, moving, and sometimes straining. You’re breaking a sweat and burning calories along with film or batteries while you work. Whatever the genre, a day behind the lens [as fun as that may sound] requires an ounce or more of preparation.  So how does one prepare to spend a day or even a few hours behind the camera? I suggest that we use a checklist.  The main objective is to make pictures, obviously. Controlling risk and minimising failure is worth the effort. Here’s a sample checklist that you might use to ensure that you return from the day with a batch of decent images.

Gear Checklist

  • Decide what accessories/camera/lens/film will be required for the given shoot
  • Clean the camera and lens or lenses 
  • Test the camera and lens or lenses
  • Chose the proper camera bag that will accommodate all of the gear required 
  • Include backup and redundant systems such as a spare body or alternative lens. Bring more than one extra roll of film incase one gets damaged or lost. 
  • Charge batteries and bring extra charged batteries. 
  • Bring a few SD cards
  • WIPE your cards before you shoot. 
  • *Important* Bring rain covers incase of rain so that your gear doesn’t get trashed.
  • RTM! [Read the manual and bring it with]
  • Practice using the camera and lens at home to familiarise yourself with the controls. 
  • When you get to the location TAKE A TEST SHOT. Check ISO and camera settings to ensure that everything is working. 
  • Keep your gear close and use small lens bags to keep personal items close at hand. 

 

Photographer Checklist

  • Get enough rest! Sleep deprivation is never good for anything. Fatigue will impact your photography and affect your energy level through the day.
  • Eat a proper meal or bring snacks with you. 
  • Hydrate! 
  • Dress for the weather. Overheating or stomping around with soaking wet socks is no way to make great art.  Show up prepared. 
  • Make a shot list. Go with a plan. Bring one of those handy dandy notebooks to check off the images that you plan to capture on the shoot. 
  • Map out the route to the event and decide how you will get there. Lateness is not an option!
  • When on the shoot: Take a break. Breaking your shoot into two [or more] parts is well worth the effort. Use the intermission or nature breaks in the activity that you’re shooting to sit down, have a latte or some water. 
  • Keep an eye on your bag and gear. Keep your stuff tidy and safe.

 

You can customise this list for your own needs.  The aim here is to share some food for thought about preparing for your day and minimising risk of error.  The old adage rings true:

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Please e-mail to [email protected] if you would like to be added to my free seasonal mailing list. 

The light is always right.

jhg 😎

 

*Images: © Limelight Limited

Where: Ping Pong 126 Bar, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Subject: Fierce Fitness and Dance Winter Showcase

Gear: Fujifilm X-T3 + Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8 XF R WR

 

Website

Limelight Limited

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Twitter

 

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National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Editor’s Favorite: Galleries: Week 4 Cities & People

Casual Photophile Tip & Techniques No. 001 The Subject is the Subject

Digital Photography School

Japan Camera Hunter

The Inspired Eye Photography Magazine Issue #40 (full interview)

Hong Kong Free Press: HKFP Lens

Blog #18 Criticizing Photographs or Beyond the “like”

Blog #25 Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark[room].

Blog #47 Composition, Composition, and More Composition

Blog #60 Atmosphere

Blog #65 Summer is for Travel (Hanoi)

Blog #67 Risks, Rules, & Restrictions

Blog #68 Photography is a Gift

Blog #69 On Restrictions

Blog #72 Living the Creative Life

Blog #85 [CAM/O]

Blog #90 Restrictions, Revisited

Blog #93 Photographic Technique

Blog #95 RED

Blog #105 Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

Bog #118 Catching the Stars

Blog #119 Combinations

Blog #131 Limelight Limited

 


Blog #134 Cathay Camera Club Holiday Dinner

December 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Blog #134 Cathay Camera Club Holiday Dinner

 

Last week I wrote about my experience judging a monthly photo competition from the local Cathay Camera Club for the second time.  As a “Thank you” they were kind enough to invite me to dinner and to their last monthly submissions on the topic of “Travel”.  

Nikon D610

We viewed and commented on images, enjoy a lovely dinner together, socialize, and of course talk about everything related to cameras, photography, and post-processing as well as prints.   The winners of the points accumulated through the monthly contests were gifted some gorgeous framed prints (pictured).  The plans are in the works for next year where I expect to participate more regularly.  Keep on shooting folks! 

 

My winter newsletter will be sent later this month. Please e-mail to [email protected] if you would like to be added to my free seasonal mailing list. 

The light is always right.

jhg

 

*Images: © Limelight Limited

Where: Iberico Bar & Restaurant, SOHO, Central, Hong Kong

Subject: Cathay Camera Club Holiday Dinner

Gear: iPhone XS

 

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National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Editor’s Favorite: Galleries: Week 4 Cities & People

Casual Photophile Tip & Techniques No. 001 The Subject is the Subject

Digital Photography School

Japan Camera Hunter

The Inspired Eye Photography Magazine Issue #40 (full interview)

Hong Kong Free Press: HKFP Lens

Blog #18 Criticizing Photographs or Beyond the “like”

Blog #25 Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark[room].

Blog #47 Composition, Composition, and More Composition

Blog #60 Atmosphere

Blog #65 Summer is for Travel (Hanoi)

Blog #67 Risks, Rules, & Restrictions

Blog #68 Photography is a Gift

Blog #69 On Restrictions

Blog #72 Living the Creative Life

Blog #85 [CAM/O]

Blog #90 Restrictions, Revisited

Blog #93 Photographic Technique

Blog #95 RED

Blog #105 Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

Bog #118 Catching the Stars

Blog #119 Combinations

Blog #131 Limelight Limited

 

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