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You improve your photography not only by taking pictures but by studying what pictures you have taken…

Take all of the images you have taken and select the best 100. From the 100, select the best 20. From the 20 select the best 6. These 6 images becomes your all time greatest images you have taken so far. Ask yourself the question, ‘what do these 6 images tell the viewer about me’? I learnt more about my photography by doing this then I did taking thousands of pictures.

For me I always return to these 3 image I took in Cambodia,

Cambodia December 09, 2007-781-Edit-5

Cambodia December 08, 2007-261-Edit

Cambodia December 08, 2007-107-Edit

There are more ‘happier pictures’ that I took in Cambodia during that period but they are less memorable to me. What does it say about me?

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Portraits of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

MPYO Portraits

MPYO Portraits

MPYO Portraits

All portraits were taken with the EF 85mm f/1.2 L mounted on a 40D body. Natural light only.

Post was done in Adobe Lightroom 2

I was commissioned to take photos of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) during their camp in August. I am not able to show all the pictures yet as we are planning a big photo exhibition at the end of the year in collaboration with the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP). I did however take some impromptu portraits of some of the young musicians in my make shift street studio which basically consist of a table, a stool and a BIG light source (i.e. the sun) which was streaming in beautifully into the hall. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Post shot processing

It’s been awhile since I wrote something here. I have been busy experimenting with new stuff both at the shot stage as well as the processing stage.

I bought the book ‘Skin‘ awhile back and have only been able to look through the book recently and learn new stuff.

I have to say that I wish I had paid more attention to this book especially in the area of processing portrait shots as my output (both prints and for the internet) has changed dramatically. Below are examples of a portrait shot I took during my trip to Cambodia. The image was processed based on what I knew then as far as post processing work is concerned and this was image I uploaded in the internet many almost a year ago.

Directly below the image is the new version based on what I learned from the book. The differences in the look as well as the feel is amazing to me.

Cambodia Portraits

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Reza Ali Photography – Portrait Portfolio

I love taking portraits of people. There’s nothing like that feeling you get when someone see a print of their portrait for the first time. The big smile, the sparkle in the eye. Whatever inhibition or shyness they have disappears when they see a beautiful portrait of themselves.

These are a selection of portraits I have taken. I have chosen portraits to show a variety of styles that I have pursued. Taking a picture is really easy but taking a portrait that shows the essence of a person requires more than technical knowledge. The most difficult (and on the other hand, the easiest) aspect I find is to get a connection with the person I am taking a portrait of. A portrait is not only an image of a person but is a reflection of who the person is.
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Reza Ali is a photographer in Malaysia specialising in portrait photography.

 

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Portrait – Debra Fialek

I had the opportunity to add to my portfolio of musicians portraits when horn player Debra Fialek asked me to take portraits of her. I did my usual research on the net looking for portraits of horn players. I got some great help from British photographer Paul Davis who showed me some portraits he took. It was a great reference point for me. I just love how the internet enables people form all over the world to lend support to others even if they haven’t met.

The shoot went well and I know I have a few definitive portraits of Debra. I hope she likes them. The image above is one of my favourite and is a far departure form what I am used to.

 

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Portraits

Portraits- Ayah Lang

This is my 82 year old uncle from Singapore. The one thing I remember about him is that he always had a camera with him. Ever since I can remember he would be taking pictures. I see him on family occasions nowadays and as always never without a camera, an old Minolta.

We had a huge family day last week where 450 people turned up (yes, I have a huge family) and Ayah Lang was there with his camera. His once steady hands shakes tremendously now and he takes a longer time to take a picture while he steadies his hands and I realised at that time what he meant to me.

He is the kindest and gentlest person I have ever know and I am happy that this portrait captures that essence of him.

 

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Black and white portraits

I am itching to take more black and white portraits especially using 120 film. There’s something about the effort it takes to take black and white in film and then developing it.

I took this shot of my friend Sam

Portraits- Sam

I think its a cool portrait and catches him in a light mood. The sun was just nice and we were in the shade (Starbucks shade in Berjaya Times Square to be precise).

Leica M6 TTL
50mm Summicron f/2.0
Ilford Delta 100
Ilford ID-11 for 10 mins @ 24 deg c

 

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