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User report: Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible

I was using Gary Fong Lightsphere Flash Diffuser for more than 5 years, starting from Gary Fong Lightsphere II, and Lightsphere Universal. The reason for using these diffuser for long time is because the light quality after using this is really great in terms of the shadow softness and even light distribution. However, there is a drawback for that, Lightsphere II is quite easy to be removed from the flash while movement & cannot fit into different flash model due to rigid size of the connector. For Lightsphere Universal, it is much better to adapter to my SB800 & SB900 with the same light sphere. However, the size is enlarged and not easy to be stored into my gear box.

 

Lately we received a testing unit called Lightsphere Collapsible. The quality of the light is not much different from previous version I would say. However, it is much easier to store and packed in smaller size to save my space in my bag. In addition, it can fit to both models of my flashes. In addition, there is one more way to place the top cover in both sides. So it can be convex or concave position when it is covered to fit different needs. The most important feature is that it is tightly attached to my flash. So it is not easy to drop off while working on the spots especially when I have my camera upside down attaching to belt.

I have two samples for testing the Lightsphere. The first one is birthday cake at a wedding ceremony for a couples of silver wedding anniversary. I tried to use Lightsphere Collapsible to do the shoot with my SB900 flash on my Nikon D3S camera hot-shoe. We cannot do the shoot with bounce because the room’s wall and ceiling are all in red colour. We can see the overall light quality of the cake is quite good and the highlight is easily to reveal and the colour is normal.

The last sample is photo for a corporate profile picture of which the requirement is to have a portrait of professional in lively, pleasure & nature atmosphere with nature light & supplementary lighting. As there are plenty of glass windows over the room, so it is not feasible to use studio lightbox or other modifier due to serious reflection. I was using two two flashes with two Lightsphere as main light & supplementary light, it really provides a very good light sources for this situation by solving the technical difficulty.

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Sneak peek for Louise + Kelvin wedding day

I am pleasure to be the wedding day photographer for Louise & Kelvin last sunday. Louise was one of my student in my previous photography workshop. We all surprised that there are so many pre-wedding photos, photo story & video which is full memory of their journey of LOVE! Although we started shooting for their wedding from 7:00am, we can feel that both of them are full energetic for the whole day. You will noticed that too when you see the smiles from their faces are all consistence and cheerful during the day till the night.

Here comes the Sneak Peek of the photos and I love the close interaction between them, their relatives and their friends.

I love reflection, especially when the bride is behind.

It is always no easy task to get the bride home from the her parents & the bridal party.

WORK MUST BE DONE!

This kiss is one of the most vigorous kiss I have ever seen  in wedding day.

Gold is shining.

You will never know how many photographers are around when we shoot this jumping shot for them.

Is this colourful?

An album is a perfect gift to the sweet parents which is fond of memory!

Cheers! for the day!

My new working partner – Luxury Leather Multi Camera Strap

 

In my daily shooting operation, I do need two cameras simultaneously in place for my events / wedding day / photojournalist job. Therefore, it is very often to see me to have two camera straps on my two shoulders most of the time. The reason is simple: to minimise the time  for changing lens & chance of missing the important moments with suitable cameras. They eventually and inevitably will become tangled up while I was running all around.

I had an experience in a shooting for a cooperate activities. It is a grand opening reception of a new datacenter launching for customer. I was shooting at the stage from the back of the audience with a tele-zoom lens with 70-200mm of which the strap was on my left shoulder. After finished the close up shot for the performance, I then try grab my camera on the right side with the strap on my right shoulder which is with 14-24mm super wide zoom lens. At the same time, I dropped my tele-zoomed camera from my hands and hold my wide-zoomed camera from right side. Although there is a strap  for the tele-zoomed camera,  the camera started to slip off my shoulder due to the speed I dropped that is too fast.

The camera with 70-200mm lens suddenly slips off from my left shoulder and dropped to the ground of the ball room immediately.There was a loud sound for the lens hood and then the camera body to hit on the floor. Most people looks towards here. I found that the lens hood is broken.After sending to repair and eventually it took me more than USD300-400 to fix the camera body, lens and the hood.

I finally decide to search for a solution for that as I think it is not reliable to use two straps to shoot in the location. A friend then introduced me a Multi-Canera Strap – Money maker which suit almost all my need. I tried it in the store and got it finally for all my jobs afterwards. The Strap is safe and stylish. I finally choose to use Luxury Leather – Money maker. (http://holdfastgear.com/?products/money-maker.html)

Below is a brief summary after I have used it in a few events & wedding day environment last month with my Nikon 3Ds & D800:

Overall impression:

The combined effect of the strap and Camera HoldFasts is simply the best way of securing your camera on your body.

The best thing for the Strap is that the balance with two cameras are really good. The straps can distributed the weight on both shoulder even and comfortable. It is made in leather which make me feel good as it is stylish. However, as it is leather, it really got some weight on its own alone. I like the way the cameras slide along the belts which enable me to change the cameras with speedy manner. The only thing I wanna complain is I think it might be good to have 1-2 more holdfast in the packages for multiple cameras to change even faster.

Money Maker Multi-Camera Harness is certainly not cheap but it is definitely very well built. It does exactly what it is supposed to do with stylish.

Krystal + Wayne Wedding day

Krystal & Wayne decided to book myself as their photographer more than 1 year before their wedding. I am honour to shoot for their biggest day in their lives and I really love for shoot for the whole process. The wedding divided into two consecutive half-days. However, it is tired but happy because there are too many good and happy shots & I can’t stop shooting & shooting. LOL.

The bride is a nice girl and I like her smiling face all the way. Besides, I can see the love between the bride and the groom from a very small gesture between them. In addition, the interaction between parents from both sides with the couples are extremely warm and it is perfect example for a united family. I can’t tell more & the photos can expresses themselves.

This wedding is FULL of LOVE!!!

ceremony: home
reception: Conrad
Church: St. Margaret’s Church

Little brother used his small but nice camera to capture the wonderful moments! (I love this camera!!!!)

The top view from home can see the couples’ car.

I was thinking Mama was recalling the face of a little girl years ago while looking at her at this moment.:)

The Groom works so hard to achieve whatever need to do.

Bride can JUMP, so can YOU!

 

Dad & Mom really has the same faces just like an old Chinese saying…

 

In pursuit of Happyness!!!

Touching moments during the church ceremony is always my favourite!

Love to shoot the kids in wedding!

The flora throwing process is really competitive!

Her dad’s touching speech just made her almost burst into tears…..

A hug speaks everything from heart!

Same to Groom too!!!

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