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Ismaliana | Ena Photography


This will be a quick one because it’s 4am!

This afternoon I had the pleasure of shooting two of my friends for their personal (and my) personal portfolio. The lighting set-up is very simple. 1 SB-600 through an umbrella amd one SB-800 behind the model as hair-light. I will go into more details about it later but here’s one of the shots.


Please check this post back again as I will include more pictures and commentaries with regards to the shoot.

The whole idea of shooting Isma is not something new. If you’ve seen my earliest work (which I doubt it), you would recognize her as one of the models during my first fashion-inspired shoot. Believe or not, that was back in 2006; Three years down the road, we are now working at the same corporation…which technically means I see her at least five days in a week. Nonetheless, the opportunity only came about on Monday when she so happen to be hanging out at the location of my photo shoot with Ewan (Let’s just say its suppose to be a photoshoot for Ewan, but it became a photoshoot for Ewan and Isma – separately – not both – don’t get any ideas please :P

Lighting setup, as mentioned above is pretty simple, I had a SB-600 mounted on the brolly (white umbrella) and a SB-800 placed behind the model for hair-light. Due to my excitement, it slipped my mind to take a behind-the-scenes photo to share it with you guys. :S

Isma 2

In this first photo I had Isma sitting on the table. We were trying the Hunchback of Notre Dame pose but we didn’t quite nail the pose. I have a feeling such pose is only achievable with a very thin or lanky model on a standing position – definitely not while sitting down!

Isma 3

Now this second photo is really one of those accidental shot. Recall that I had placed the SB-800 behind the model for the hair-light. When she stood to pose next to the blinds, I had forgotten to move ihe flash accordingly. Thus when I hit the shutter, this is what I get – flare-o-mania. The lighting on the face of the unedited shot was kind of dark, as the umbrella was more towards the right side of the frame. To solve this, I bumped up the exposure and dodge her face in Photoshop.

Typical of most of my portraits, the pictures will go through the certain level of beauty editing. And almost always, I will change the final color tone of the picture. To illustrate this, here’s a before and after of the first shot above.

Isma - Before & After

Hope that gives a mini insider view of a portraiture shoot. Feel free to drop a comment, suggestion or query if you have any!

  1. Hey good job Eleena. I reckon this is brilliant. First off, I really love the colour. Is that “Cross Processing”? Or only “Colour Balance”? Kind of excited to know if you don’t mind.

    The composition for first and third are perfect. Keep up the good work Eleena. I would love to see more of your works! ;-)


  2. Hey again,

    So the magician reveals her secrets here ! :)

    Due to the lack of knowledge in proper technical photography terms like Cross Processing and etc., all i can say is that those pictures are very beautiful. I personally like pictures 1 and 3 because of the cool venetian blind light effect. And there’s just something about the girl’s stare in image 3. And, no offense to Isma, but you made her otherwise plain looking shirt look very attractive and interesting.

    I feel very unqualified to say this.. but.. Good work!

  3. Thanks Faris :) The name of the color-editing method is really just a preference. I guess you can say it does have that cross-processed look to it. It is achievabla via the levels adjustment by increasing the blue/green channel and reducing the red channel. But if you’re lazy like me; you have 2 options. Either download an action file for Photoshop or download a preset if you use Lightroom. (There’s my secret over there ;) .

  4. Hi Hafiz. Thank you for droppibng by again and taking your time to comment. I am more encouraged to post up pictures if I get comments like this everytime. Hehe :p

    With regards to the shirt, I would credit that to the overall tone adjustment of the picture – had I maintain the original color of the shot, it would look dull.

    If you have a lot of time, play around with photoshop. There a lot of tutorials which can be found on Google and you don’t need your own picture to begin with. You can easily find free stock photos to edit and it’ll be a great practice.

  5. love the photos..
    and i’m all over cross-processing photos,
    i think it has a kind of vintage-thingy going on.
    but somehow i can’t get the tone balanced.
    always looks too yellow-ish.. :(

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