February 20, 2015

How I shot Buddha

How I shot Buddha

It was Chinese New Year and I went out for a photography shoot with my organization here in Singapore, the Pinoygraphers. We started with the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a popular tourist spot here in Chinatown.

I entered the the temple and I was awed by the beautiful statues of Buddha. The temple was dimly lit but lighting was good for some long exposure photos. I saw this particular Buddha with some red flames around it and thought of doing the zoom technique on it.

Here's the photo

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens)
ISO: 800
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/6sec

How to do this

  • Set your shutter speed setting to a slow speed. I used 1/6sec for this shot.
  • Since you are using a slow shutter speed, you might want to adjust to adjust your Aperture and ISO settings accordingly. For aperture, I used f/8 and ISO 800 since the scene is dimly lighted.
  • Zoom in and focus on the subject
  • After getting a focus lock, release/press the shutter button
  • Then, zoom out quickly until the shutter closed (meaning the photos has already been captured. We've set the shutter speed to a slower speed to capture the zoom effect.

Since the results are not really predictable, you might need to do some trial and error until you get your best shot. Once you have the perfect one, you can now rest and relax :)

Have you tried the zoom effect? Feel free to post links to your photos in the comments below :) Enjoy!

by Melvin Vivas

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