Dramatic Portraits

Dramatic Portraits - Altin Tafilaj

I am trying to find a niche in my photography. For me, its not a question of taking a nice picture. It’s taking a picture that nobody else would take. Something different. Something unique. I got a chance to exercise some creative license recently and I really pushed the boundaries in that one.

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Portraits – Wirdalina


Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L at 46mm
1/300 f/4 ISO 100

Learning to utilise off camera flash has given my portrait work a new dimension. The easiest and quickest setup for me is to use 2 speedlites, 1 master mounted on camera as fill and the other as a slave acting as the main light. The master defaults to group A and set the slave as group B, set the speedlites on eTTL-II and control the ratio between the groups, make sure the main is placed to give a nice shadow effect relative to the fill on camera flash and there you have it.

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Featured Portrait – Donald

This is the first portrait I’ve taken (which is not of myself) using all these wonderful lighting stuff I’ve been working on. This one is a simple setup using 2 lights. As usual, the tough part was managing the shadows. Stay tuned for more on how this image was taken.

Self Portrait with the sax

Reza with the sax

Wow. I have spent the last 3 hours trying to get this one right. I wanted to balance the light on my face and reduce the contrast there. The problem is that I would spoil the shadow effect (which I wanted). Everything I tried would cast a spill onto the shadow. Anyway, this is going to be one of those images that’s gonna float around in my head until I get it right. I’ll post the lighting diagram with the explanation later. The lighting diagram is below.

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Featured Portrait- Self Portrait


I took a series of self portraits as part of my experimentation in the last few days. This one is quite an interesting one.

See the lighting diagram to know how i did this shot.

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Featured Portrait – Self Portrait

Reza- Self Portrait


Well. Not a bad shot though it was a pain to light myself properly. See how I managed to get this shot and the lighting diagram below.

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Featured Photojournalism – Malaysia’s Olympic Torch Ceremony 2008

Men On Guard at KLCC Horses On Guard at KLCC The Olympic Flag Spectators watching the event China’s flag in KLCC Rain can’t stop me Malaysia was given the honour of receiving the Olympic Torch in conjunction of the coming Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. It poured and poured and poured with rain and I …

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Featured Portrait – Indian Girl at Jaipur

This is another image taken from my January 2008 Tour Of India. This one was taken at Jaipur during one of the walkabouts there. Exploring the back roads of the city (well, actually, every road seems like a back road), I was struck by how friendly everyone was. Sure you get the beggars who won’t …

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Featured Photojournalism – Jama Masjid, New Delhi 2008

I took this image during my 2008 Tour of India’s ‘Triangle’ of New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. This one was taken at Jama Masjid in New Delhi. It was mid-afternoon and the sunlight was very nicely diffused making it perfect for these kind of images. The challenge in getting these kind of images is to …

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Portraits – BK in the studio

Sometimes its good to do something different. I don’t generally like to take studio type pictures and portraits. Partly because its such a hassle and a pain to set the lights, arrange stuff, wait for the make up and so on. Having said that though, I love the idea of being able to switch from …

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