Introducing Fatin Nabila from Penang but originally from Johor. A cute giggly girl studied in USM, Penang. She is a paid model/talent. So, trust me when i say that its worth it to pay her for a photoshoot.
I got to know her from facebook. She is quite friendly trust me. When I ask her for a photoshoot the first question from her is wether got payment or not. At first I was tentative but I press my luck and pay her for a photoshoot. She agrees and we straight away plan the photoshoot. I told her that my session wont take that long and I mean it.
Honestly, she's easy to work with. From the session I can tell the she is quite experienced and she loves to pose in front of a camera. I tested her expression and I am amaze of what she can do.
She can be cute, beautiful, gorgeous, emotional, sad and kinky girl. It depends on my directions. The best part about her is she can suggest and share her point of view for the photoshoot. I'm a simple guy and I told her whatever makes she feel confident about herself it just fine with me.
One last thing that you need to know about her, she is fun to around with and she is a straight foward person. Work means work and no hanky panky. I will have a second session with her soon.
I grab this opportunity and experiment on my photoshoot. Normally I will shoot on natural light but this time I come with a different approach. I strobe by using softbox on a boom stand and the sun as the backlight personal thanks to Fahmi Cooleem for being my assistant. I'm inspired by my friend Haris Fazuli and Syafiq Adnan and also few clips from fstoppers.com(Eric Bradshaw). One thing I can say from this photosession is "Practice, Practice and Practice"
Not like Nikon, my Sony Alpha doesn't have a CLS(Creative Light System) system. So I trigger my cheap flashgun by using a Phottix Atlas Trigger. The only problem is it can support up till 1/250s where for CLS it has no limits. The reason I'm doing this is to get a perfect lighting on the subject so I can get good detail(sharpness, colour and contrast) on the subject even when I shoot on big aperture without overexposed because the lighting will kill the ambient light.
My mistake was I only bring my Minolta 85mm f1.4G(D) during the photosession. I cant used big aperture because the shutter speed goes higher than 1/250s. At that time I realize the next time I should bring my Minolta 200mm f2.8G, the reason is because the focal length will reduce the shutter speed. Like I said earlier, "Practice, practice and practice"
Not just the approach I change, even the post processing also I come with different approach. Most of the tone here I learn from Youtube and from blogs. Thanks to Farah Othman, I learn new approach in Photoshop.
You see guys, I consider myself as an experimental photographer and a self learner. I got my first Photoshop CS and Photoshop Lightroom from Cikgu Dollah. From there I progress. I like to learn new approach and technics for teaching purposes. But, bear this in your mind because doesn't matter how my images look like I will always come back to the thing I love the most which are vivid(true colour) and bokeh(DOF)
"Believe in what you do, find your own style and be yourself"