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New Camera & New Lighting

Happy mid-week everyone, hope this post finds you well.

I have been really quite for the past week or so but today, I have some exciting news to share. As the title of this post may have already suggested – I got a new camera and a set of new lights. I have been testing the camera and lights – really happy with the photos and I can’t wait to share them with you.

A few test shots taken in my makeup studio.

Mak got me my dream camera for my birthday – the Canon Powershot G1X. I was browsing the net and wrote G1X on a piece of paper – I guess he must have seen it – great way to hint the other half of what to buy?

This is by far the most luxury, advance and expensive camera I have ever own – I am still learning how to use all the functions tho. Unlike all cameras I previously own, the G1X is a semi-pro featuring 32 scenes and add-ons. One afternoon, Mak and I went hunting for some camera accessories and came across a ring light – which of course, came home with us.

I have always admired professional looking self-taken pictures on some blogs and I never thought it could be achieved with a ring light. The problem I had with my previous cameras is – the flash only shines on my face, leaving my neck and rest of the area dark. With a ring light, distribution of light is even, nice and bright.

With the combination of my new camera and ring light, pictures are clearer, sharper and the colours are more accurate.

Just as I thought, bright lights help conceal flaws, I was very wrong. The bright white lighting actually enhanced my flaws, dry skin and uneven skin surface a lot more. I could see every pore, line and spot (clear enough to base on the pictures to do a full face extraction).

Nonetheless, I am very impressed with the pictures. I can’t wait to show you more photos. Ever since having the new camera, I have been researching on various lighting options. After speaking to a few photographer friends, getting a ring light seems to be the most inexpensive solution.

In order to create top-notch professional quality portraits, one has to invest in soft boxes etc. which I think is quite a task at the moment. Soft boxes + flash + light stands + remote trigger can easily add up to S$1000 and since I am not a professional photographer, a ring light will do for now.

We also bought a wireless remote trigger – wow, this is absolutely life changing and convenient.

Thank you for reading, have a wonderful week ahead.

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12 thoughts on “New Camera & New Lighting

  1. I’ve been looking for a ring light myself and even toyed with the idea of DIY-ing it but I think I can’t be bothered with it. Always loved the pics on your blog and yay to even better pics now! 🙂

  2. Nice lighting !! By aways, I woud love to see your perfume collection, since I see a lot of Jo Malone perfume in your make up studio 🙂

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