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08.30.2010
© 2010 Kennard Tan

After 2 weeks on the waiting list, The Philadelphia Glamour Photography Group opened two slots in their monthly meet-up, and luckily I was able to grab one of the slots for the June 16th workshop. The group is hosting the Seven Unders photoshoot which focuses on the historic evolution of undergarments. With the combination of the superb concept, model line-up, make-up artist, hair stylist, designers, Sigma Lenses and the brilliant organizers (Albert Heefner, Joe Burks and rest of the staff), no wonder the reservation list went full in just a week and a lot are in the waiting list.

The event started on-time as expected, which kicks off with the introduction of all attendees including the artists, models and photographers. While the models were groomed, photographers lined up to get hold on the Sigma Lenses available for the event use with the help of Dave Metz. Dave was so accommodating while giving his suggestions on which lens to use to meet the photographers need. As I was on the line, I couldn’t help myself staring at the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM, there’s just too many positive reviews on the lens and I can’t wait to try it myself.

Now, one of the challenges was shooting in natural light condition, but looking on the brighter side, this helped us to pull that creativity from outside the box. Each photographer was using different technique to get the right exposure they are looking for, and what’s even better is that other photographers were so kind to help out.

During the daylong photoshoot, I was using two of Sigma’s top quality lens for portraiture; first is the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM and second is the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM. Both lenses are really excellent in lowlight condition, and the IQ was great. I worked with eight talented models and each one of them has a unique personality giving a fully different output in all concepts I have.

I used three set-ups for the whole pictorial and were done in natural light and a  reflector. Since it’s a sunny day outside, the light was diffused well by the window’s white glass. Below are the set-ups I’ve used and some of the output.

Set-up No. 1- This set-up maximizes the natural light coming from the sun and was diffused by the white glass of the window. Using a 42’ white reflector, it bounces some light to the left side of the model.

I used the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM lens c/o Sigma Photo. Headshot was my main objective while maximizing both vibrancy of the garments and the artistic make-up done.

© 2010 Kennard Tan

Model: Chelsea De Pilla.
Camera Set-up: 1/160, f/3.2 @ ISO320
Post Processing: Converted to LAB Color, Set to Smart Object
Adjustments on Shadows/Highlights, Gaussian Blur and Unsharp Mask. Convert back to RGB.

The headdress was greatly complimented by the earrings Chelsea wore. Theme was a retro headshot, and was perfectly portrayed by Chelsea. Also, her brown eyes added some drama in the concept.

© 2010 Kennard Tan

© 2010 Kennard Tan

Model: Danielle Ovens
Camera Set-up: 1/160, f/2.8 @ ISO400
Post Processing: Converted to LAB Color, Set to Smart Object, Adjustments on Shadows/Highlights, Gaussian Blur and Unsharp Mask. Convert back to RGB.

Danielle looked great in the shawls. We worked with two shawls available, to portray a middle eastern type of headshot. The first photo was captured to focus more on both the net shawl and Danielles eyes. The second was one of the pose I usually ask my model to close her eyes and think of a happy moment, but before she thought of a happy moment, I was able to capture this on time before she started to smile, and I love how the emotion added to the output.

Set-up No. 2- This was set-up in the emergency exit area of the building. The walls were around 4 feet away from the open window, which gave more lights. I used the silver reflector to balance distribution of natural light.

I used both the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM and Sigma 17-70 mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS lens c/o Sigma Photo. I have two great models for this set-up.

© 2010 Kennard Tan

© 2010 Kennard Tan

Model: Erin Peterson
Camera Set-up: 1/200, f/5 @ ISO400
Post Processing: Converted to LAB Color, Set to Smart Object, Adjustments on Shadows/Highlights, Gaussian Blur and Unsharp Mask. Convert back to RGB.

The corset that Erin wore was superb. Matched with black headdress and vintage hand fan, it did gave a Sexy Moulin Rouge concept. The model was so professional that both the pose and facial expression were so natural.

© 2010 Kennard Tan

© 2010 Kennard Tan

Model: John Gechter
Camera Set-up: 1/125, f/4 @ ISO250
Post Processing: Converted to LAB Color, Set to Smart Object, Adjustments on Shadows/Highlights, Gaussian Blur Dodge and Burn, Unsharp Mask, Convert back to RGB,

This was taken on the same set-up above, with minor enhancement on the black-and-white photo by moving the silver reflector opposite with the open window. Added some Dodge and burn on Post processing to maximize the masculine curves.

Set-up No. 3- The set-up has the same location with set-up no. 1 but with the use a white backdraft, removed the reflectors and was entirely dependent on natural lighting.

I used both the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM and worked with Amber Curia and Danielle Ovens.

© 2010 Kennard Tan

Model: Danielle Oven
Camera Set-up: 1/160, f/2.8 @ ISO400
Post Processing: Converted to LAB Color, Set to Smart Object, Adjustments on Shadows/Highlights, Gaussian Blur and Unsharp Mask, Convert back to RGB.

This was one of the photos I’ve considered that completed my day during the pictorial. I have converted it to black-and-white and gave a little touch of sepia tone in it.

The whole day workshop was flawless. The summer heat added some great atmosphere to the studio which I thought was planned well for the location. Overall, this was two thumbs up for the workshop and great event for photographers to meet once in awhile and share their knowledge and techniques.

About me:
I’m Kennard Poe Tan from the Philippines and working as a full-time Analyst Programmer here in the US for work assignment. With my two-year contract, I would like to maximize the experience in working with great people on Photography.

I’ve been doing photography for 6 years. I started with a Nikon D40 which I won from ebay, and then upgraded to Nikon D80 after a year. I’d considered myself as a professional hobbyist photographer. I call myself hobbyist because photography is one of the outlets in my passion for art. My friends love my landscape works, and I’m aiming to integrate portraiture with it, an experimental project on “Landscapes of Portraits”.

I currently own a Nikon D80 with three lens (Nikon 50mm F/1.8, Tamron 18-200 and a Tokina 12-24). I was already canvassing my next lens, a standard zoom lens. After the workshop and after trying both Sigma 24-70 and Sigma 17-70, I have decided to get the sigma 24-70 f/2.8. IQ was superb and price was just half as Nikon without compromising the output. I’m planning to get it by early October this year. Then the search for my lens in line comes next, the 70-200 f/2.8.

For more of my details and works, you can visit my online portfolio at: www.brokenfotoworks.com

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  1. Absolutely incredible photos. Kennard is a great guy to work with, as are each of the models excellent to work with. Check out each of their portfolios at the following:

    http://www.modelmayhem.com/877400
    http://www.modelmayhem.com/855961
    http://www.modelmayhem.com/1458115
    http://www.myspace.com/chelseadipilla

  2. Thanks For Education . That’s Very Good .