Day +626: Gear or Photographer, Part 1

I’m officially joining in on the debate of whether a “good camera” is all that is needed to produce great images. But instead of showing you how great images can be made with the top-of-the-line pro camera and lens, costing many thousands of dollars, I’m going to do the opposite, and subject an affordable, “hobbyist” […]

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Day +617: Boxing Day Portrait

Continuing on from yesterday, I took some more family portraits. The backdrop is distinctively Australian countryside. The image was shot on a Canon 6D with 50mm lens at f5, ISO 100, 1/125th. The subjects were lit by an off-camera high-speed sync flash + softbox. I was using my wife’s gear for this shoot, because there […]

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Day +616: Crazy Christmas photo

The silly season is called this because there is a bunch of people who get together, over-indulge, and act like fools. And it’s usually the parents / grandparents who ask for a group photograph. Most of the time, this picture is horrible, because it is the silly season, and people get together, over-indulge, and act […]

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Day +608: Christmas Lights

We go to Grandoaks Place in Castle Hill most years to see the Christmas lights. This year was as big as ever, although some of the old favourite houses chose not to decorate this year. Santa even made an appearance. Most people who took pictures did so on the cellphones- they’re so good nowadays that […]

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Day +607: Family

Pictures of the entire family can be hard to get; we succeeded tonight with one half, and we’ll try again at Christmas with the other. Not only does an extended family photo include getting all the people in one spot, but everybody has to be co-operative (ie. no tongues sticking out, face-pulling, etc). It’s like […]

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Day +606: Christmas Bauble

With¬†holidays less than a week away, Lydia & I would like to¬†wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2016 Has been a very exciting year for us professionally, with the establishment of Derek Chai Photography, a Sydney-based business specialising in wedding and family portraits. As we draw up […]

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