Friday, November 21, 2008


Sheena's Shoot Album

I am always striving to be better with each shoot, but shooting with Sheena was definitely better than "better", I think it's my BEST so far! Although, I have to credit 80% of the awesome work to her, because she is a professional model. During the shoot, I didn't have to say a thing, she posed herself, and all I had to do was click away.

I shot ~725 photos in about 3 hours, which is a pretty high for me. I was mainly using the newly bought Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, but did use the 50mm for a couple of shots. Most shots were done in the shade, but it turns out Sheena doesn't squint in the sun! To a photographer, the sun is usually bad due to harsh shadows, but when you can use it straight on, it's like heaven!

Anyways, enough of this blabbering, check out the photos below! I am going to try to shoot with her again sometime.

Edgy pose

Sexy pose, but I wish I had shot a bit lower angle...

I think I am liking boots more and more now! Ha ha...

Directly under the sun! I love it...

Her legs makes a nice nice flowing through the frame

Sheena has such a nicely framed face!

I am in love with her eyes. Simple as that. I wish you can see the high resolution pictures, because they are THAT much better!

Including some fall colors!

There are many more superb photos in the album, be sure to check it out! Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Review

OK, I have been having too much fun with this lens that I didn't even get a chance to review it! Ha ha... Anyways, thought I should do it sooner or later. I have my eye on this lens (and the 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM) for a while, and just on the edge, until I learned about the recent Canon instant rebate, and I just couldn't resist anymore. I went to and clicked that "Buy" button... Wow, that feeling of spending $1575... :P

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If you don't know about Canon lenses:
  • "EF" is a type of mount, it basically fits all current cameras.
  • "70-200mm" is the focal length, and in this range, it's a telephoto zoom lens, great for portraits because due to lens compression (for example, ladies, it makes you look thinner... :D )
  • "f/2.8" is the aperture value, and the lower the number, the better bokeh it creates. Bokeh is the creamy background you get, and it is essential for me to make the subject pop up.
  • "L" is the luxury line of Canon lenses, best of the best! Another sign this lens is the high quality expensive line is the the off-white body. When you see a white lens, be very afraid... ha ha!
  • "IS" stands for Image Stabilizer, it compensates for your hand shake. Works quite well actually.
  • "USM" is the Ultrasonic Motor for the focus mechanism. I really needed a accurate and fast focus lens so my head shots will have sharp eyes.
This is a pretty big lens... On my tiny Canon Rebel XSi, it's a "glorified rear lens cap"! When I have all the lenses I want, I will upgrade to a bigger body. Together with my Canon 580EX II Speedlite, the whole thing weighs 6 lb. 3 oz. Yeah... But it's really not that bad when I am busy shooting.

Canon XSi shown with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens and the Canon 580EX II Speedlite

The previous post (Nikki) was my first shoot with this lens. I really like how fast and accurate the focus was. The 50mm f/1.8 II was not very accurate, so this was a blessing. Shooting at f/2.8 was a bit soft, but when stopped down to f/4 or so, this lens may challenge the prime lenses. I will post more about this lens as I shoot more with it.


Nikki's Shoot Album

First thing first: Check out the full album! I couldn't fit every picture in the post!

I met Nikki back from the House of Styles shoot, and she was just awesome with facial expressions that I wanted to shoot her again. She says all her photos so far are fashion/sexy style, so I offered a casual shoot to change things up for her portfolio.

This is also the first time I got to use my new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens, which is probably the best portrait telephoto lens Canon makes. I just had to get it due to a current Canon instant rebate (ends 1/17/09!). But more on that later in a different post, I know you want pictures now! :)

P.S. Sorry, also want to note the new logo, thought it was more fitting for this style... And I think I may start using the big photos!

My favorite one from the shoot, her facial expressions are just pretty/soothing/cute/adorable/whatever else!

Another one of my favorites! I am sure you have seen the same compositions before, but I really like it!

I LOVE this photo! Not only it looks awesome (I copied the style from another awesome photographer), but I couldn't have gotten this shot without my new lens! So worth it...

Isn't she just so pretty when she smiles?! :D

I thought this one was pretty good too...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Carmen & Lauren

Carmen & Lauren's Shoot Album

I actually shot this set before the Chiefs cheerleader set, but I think this one is better, so save the best for last right? :) We shot these about a week before Halloween, so I thought the orange/black color was a good theme. They wore their prom dresses, and Carmen took us to this "secret" bridge that she found on the side of the road. Pretty cool!

Group shot

I wanted to use this effect again since everyone seems to like it very much

Lauren - portrait shot

Lauren - full body shot

Carmen - full body shot

Carmen - portrait shot