I was at the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR), in Bangsar, also known as the Rakyat Centre (Pusat Rakyat) for a simple product photo shoot. The MCCHR is home of the Loyarburokkers. I was here quite some time back to listen to a photo journalism talk by Danny Lim.
I was present to help photograph some merchandise which were for sale. These pictures taken would be used to depict the wide variety of items available for purchase (online or offline) such as badges, stickers, wrist bands and T-shirts.
I wasn’t quite prepared for the job at hand, and wasn’t too sure what to expect, hence I did not have the tripod with me. Adding to that, the fact that I was in a rush for another appointment, I went with the simplest setup of minimal equipment. We could get away with it as all the pictures would be edged out and displayed against a white background.
After I completed photographing the merchandise, I setup for a quick shot of Edmund Bon. I used a 1/2 CTO speed light bounced onto an umbrella as my key light on a C-stand. A bare head speed light was used as a background separator light behind the subject, while a third and last speed light, in red gel scraped across the graffiti-ridden wall behind.
Here are the shots from the above setup.
Edmund Bon is a human rights advocate, lawyer and former Chairperson of the Bar Council’s Constitutional Law Committee. He is actively involved in several legal and civil society projects, including PerlembagaanKu / MyConstitution and Loyarburok. Edmund Bon wears many hats in his quest to champion human rights.
There were about more than 10 different T-shirt designs, and Edmund couldn’t resist from eventually modelling in one of his iconic pet projects, UndiMsia!