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Martin Fu

Martin Fu



Aspiring photography student currently based in Nottingham.
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • Canon S90
  • Canon EOS-5
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II
  • Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM
  • Sigma UC 70-210 mm f/4-5.6 Zoom
  • YONGNUO Speedlite YN560

The Invisible Black Backdrop Technique - Part #2

Published August 29th, 2012

The exploration of low key photography techniques continue! If you haven't read Part #1 yet make sure to do so here

With the same three metering techniques of an ISO of 100/200, a sync speed of 1/200 and finally an aperture of f/5.6 all kept constant throughout my trials and experimentation of low key photography. This time however instead of playing around with poor lighting substitutions such as lamps and torches that I used previously in Part #1 I used an external light source - a flash gun.

The flash gun I bought (seen in the first picture below this post) was a YONGNUO speedlite YN560 which was purchased for around £49.99 at the time, so not as expensive as official speedlites by Canon or Sigma which would cost me over £100, hence being extremely suitable for me.

The first step when using the flash gun was of course to set it up, this involved inserting it into the hot-shoe and turning it on so it would wirelessly connect to the camera itself. It was just then a process of tria ...

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The Invisible Black Backdrop Technique - Part #1

Published August 20th, 2012

So since I started doing A level photography, my current subject title involves having to take portraiture. This includes a varied amount of styles and techniques ranging from a broad time spectrum. One noticeable and impacting technique I would have to learn and replicate during the course is low key photography or in more simple laymen terms the invisible black backdrop technique.

This technique I am currently trying to get to grips with and master involves various points of metering on the camera in order to achieve the effect of a pure black background yet also a correctly lit subject with enough detail, some examples include : [1], [2] and [3].

This simple technique is known to bring about instant drama and impact to a photo yet is also challenging for both novices and the experienced, with the key elements involving elimination and illumination. This type of photography allows the photographer to bring about striking contrasts through reduced lighting and making the dark shadow ...

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Annie Smith - 25.07.12

Published July 25th, 2012

So my friend and fellow photographer/fashion enthusiast Annie Smith recently came up to me to ask whether I wanted to do a test photoshoot, involving a few shots of her in which she will then show to her manager at tweet vintage, a local vintage clothing store in Earlsdon to see whether I'd be up to scratch to shoot some further shots for the website!

I happily obliged and went to the local woods in Memorial Park with her, taking a multitude of shots in the process and coming out with the shots you see below.

As I have never actually done proper portraiture or any shots of the type, this came about to me as instinctive and in most cases out of pure luck, taking note of the light shining through certain patches of the woods and using that to our advantage.

During the shoot I went about with an Canon EOS 600D, using an auto ISO which ranged from around on average 100/200 and in some cases 400 at max. This minimal ISO was due to shooting in midday and looking for pockets of sun rays i ...

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Spontaneous Portraits

Published May 30th, 2012

30th May, a somewhat glorious summers day in our little city of Coventry, walking through the heat and meeting to few friends to spend the day out and more importantly to get some shots off whilst roaming the streets and enjoying the sun that we don't often get in England. (Later today it did rain)

These were some of my first portraits I've taken which I hope to learn and develop from, with my overall analysis and thoughts on the shot discussed below.

The first shot that I got was 'Annie & The Butteflies', this was taken in the Herbert Art Gallery which we were visiting, with this particular shot was taken in the elements exhibition, involving all manners of geology and animals, with the image showing Annie looking at preserved butterflies.

I felt that the lighting that eminated from the display/light box was great for such a spontaneous portraits, as well as coupled Annie casually observing the specimens. However I was ignorant to manually change the ISO with it being set to auto. ...

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Icarus & Athena

Published May 13th, 2012

I often passed these lights to and from outings, sometimes during the day and sometimes the night. Passing by I was always allured by the way such simple modern technology such as the light was so gorgeously contrasted simply by natures flora; her trees.

I loved the way the branches seemingly encroached the light itself, creating an amazing fusion between the two worlds - hence why these shots are my proudest moments when taking stills whilst pointing and shooting spontaneously. Which led me to name many of the images after legends/mythos or the old beautiful language of Latin.

With such examples below, I hope to take more shots similar to these, improving my composition, cropping and technique as time goes by in order to create beautiful snap shots of these two simple things that stand side by side yet look so elegantly complex.

Apologies for such the short "blog" post but I felt it necessary to post this story.

..oh and the title - its messy but I couldn't think of anything else ...

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