Portraits: Sze Yen
I was invited by a fellow friend and photographer Thomson for a portrait shoot of his friend Sze Yen. Together with Billy and other photographers like Aloysius and Lawrence we started our portrait shooting at QEII, Weld Quay, Penang.
Sze Yen came well prepared with 2 set of clothing for this session. As a very sporting and cheerful lady she willingly spend the whole morning with us shooting even though it is a hot day. Clad in a white top and pants, it emphasize her long hair and height well.
Here are some of the photos shot at QEII:
Sze Yen then changed into a pink dress and we carried on to our next venue which is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion at Church Street.
“If this is money”
“This is what I’m gonna do”
“Seeing me within me”
Peranakan mansion has a lot to offer for photographer and I would highly recommend it for indoor portrait location. It is ventilated indoors, has furniture that is available for use as props (be careful not to break them), and many different room settings. Ideal for indoor shoots.
Most of the walls and ceilings are wood finishing which makes it hard for bounce flash. We could work with off camera lighting but I find that I could work faster and be mobile without it. All of the photos here are shot with available light from tungsten ceiling lamps or wall lamps.
White balance will need to be corrected using Tungsten light setting. Shooting with a full frame camera allows high ISO performance to be achieved and it helped a lot here. Most are shot with ISO 3200 & 6400.
There were visible green cast on the model from the awning outside the window, while tungsten light indoor. This makes it hard to get perfect skin tone. We could either use off camera flash or just available light and set the appropriate white balance setting.
I’m glad that I got the opportunity to photograph Sze Yen and thanks to Thomson, Aloysius, Lawrence and Billy for the good time spent.