PASM Workshop, the photo studio I co-own, celebrates its move to a new location with a party this Saturday afternoon at 4 PM. We’re still in San Po Kong but our new studio is almost twice the size of our old one! Should be a great bunch of people showing up so check the Facebook event page and come on over!
PASM Workshop, the studio I co-own, held a photography competition over the past few months and the finals were held at the studio yesterday, January 23rd. Sponsored by photography accessories maker Phottix, the contest was unusual. Each contestant had no idea what he or she was going to shoot! The contestant would come into the studio, see the set and the model and then have 15 minutes to set the lights, direct the model and take a photo. Each contestant would then have just 15 minutes to process the photo on the computer and could submit just one photo for each round.
After several rounds, the field was narrowed down to 8 finalists. Here’s Jun Tsang, who placed third in the competition:
If I remember correctly, this is Him Chan, who came in second:
First prize went to Telly Sun. And it should be noted that while every other contestant brought in their own laptop (mostly MacBooks) to process their photos, Telly brought a 27 inch iMac!
And I also should note that unlike the other photographers, Telly tried putting herself into the picture as well.
Here are the judges for the competition, reviewing the final 8 photos. From right to left, they are Martin Lam, Felix So and Robert Tran.
Here are the 8 final photos:
Telly Sun’s winning photo is bottom row, 3rd from left.
Him Chan’s second place photo is bottom row, 2nd from left.
Jun Tsang’s third place photo is top row, 1st on the left.
I was really amazed to see how 8 different people given the same set, the same model and the same amount of time came up with 8 very different visions. I’m looking forward to more competitions at PASM and thinking that next year I might try my hand at this myself.
These photos are from a session at PASM in early April, 2010. I had just gotten my Nikon 105mm f/2.8 lens for doing macro stuff and was anxious to try it out as a portrait lens. As it happens, I wasn’t too crazy about the set they had built for this shoot. The theme was supposed to be Gothic but it didn’t seem very Gothic to me. So it was a good excuse to shoot primarily portrait shots. Model Clarice Lau is a PASM regular and I’ve shot photos of her on several occasions. But after the shoot, when I looked at the pictures, I wasn’t really seeing anything.
Looking at the photos nine months later, I decided to try a few different things in Lightroom to see what I could develop. As one example, this shot had a kind of old-timey feel to me, so I brought it down to black and white and then added a lot of grain, reminding me of something from the days of silent pictures.
Not bad, right? But I wanted something more. I finally found what I was looking for by reducing clarity to -100 and then bumping up both the saturation and the contrast.
I like the warm glow on these shots.
I also found that the tighter I cropped the image, the better it looked to me.
One more shot, a little touch of mystery:
More photos from this session can be found on the Gallery page.
Here’s a few pictures from the great Halloween party we had at PASM Workshop. Our talented make-up artist Evelyn did horror make-up for everyone who came. We had a funky set, a model a bit too attached to a doll and barbecue of unspecified origin out on the terrace. A great time was had by all!