Things to take note of be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the shoot

So many CPUs, but which one to pick?

HWM (Malaysia) - - LEARN - by Koh Wanzi

Be­fore the shoot Make the set a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment

Hav­ing a set that is con­ducive and com­fort­able is al­ways a good thing. Your sub­ject may not al­ways be a pro­fes­sional model, so set­ting the right en­vi­ron­ment and mood will help put them at ease. Mu­sic is a great way to set the mood very quickly. Pre­pare a playlist that best re­flects the mood of the pic­tures you want to cre­ate.

The tem­per­a­ture of the stu­dio or lo­ca­tion is also a very im­por­tant as­pect of putting peo­ple at ease, as body tem­per­a­ture greatly af­fects your sub­ject’s mood and abil­ity to re­lax. Take proper care of them so they feel re­laxed and present in the mo­ment. You’ll have a bet­ter of chance of get­ting pic­tures that will look ef­fort­less.

Be­fore a shoot, al­ways sit where your sub­jects are go­ing to be seated to get a sense of what they may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dur­ing the shoot. Put your­self in their shoes - is the air-con blow­ing into their face? Is the light too hot where they stand? Is there some­thing in their line-of-sight to the cam­era that may dis­tract them? Feel what they feel and your models will love you for the ef­fort. And it will show in the pic­tures too.

Dur­ing the shoot Es­tab­lish good com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the start

Clear, clean com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween you and the model is cru­cial. Make sure he/she can un­der­stand and hear you clearly, as a con­fused model will of­ten ac­ti­vate all the wrong mus­cle groups on his/her face, re­sult­ing in un­re­laxed fa­cial ex­pres­sions or an awk­ward im­age. Di­rect your sub­jects in their di­rec­tion, not yours. For ex­am­ple, get­ting them to look left should be to­wards their left and not yours.

Al­ways project your voice. Re­mem­ber that you are be­hind a cam­era and your voice may sound muf­fled, so it’s a good idea to keep your­self clear from other ob­jects and di­rect the models with clear, audi­ble in­struc­tions.

Al­ways keep the sub­ject in­formed of your moves. If you are sim­ply ad­just­ing fo­cus, let them know; don’t keep them guess­ing whether a pic­ture is go­ing to be taken or not.

Af­ter the shoot Re­touch­ing

When edit­ing my pic­tures in Adobe Pho­to­shop CC, I al­ways start with color grad­ing to get the mood and feel go­ing, and to es­tab­lish the right tone for the im­age. I gen­er­ally use the curves tool, and the hue and sat­u­ra­tion for this.

I also work in a non-de­struc­tive man­ner and al­ways have my main im­age as the back­ground layer, re­touch­ing on a layer above it.

Un­for­tu­nately, there is just no easy way around re­touch­ing skin. So zoom in real close, work on it at the pore level and zoom out of­ten to check the blend. I like to use the heal­ing brush at a size that’s just a lit­tle bit big­ger than the flaw, and then use the stamp tool at a low opac­ity of 10 per­cent to smooth out the edges.

My key is to al­ways strive for perfection but af­ter­wards bring­ing back skin tex­ture and grain to give the pic­ture a more nat­u­ral look, and end off with an over­all layer of grain to achieve that film-like fin­ish. My setup is a dou­ble screen with all the tools on my right screen as I am right-handed and the im­age it­self on my left screen. I also work on a large Wa­com tablet for pre­ci­sion.

AMD’s Ryzen CPUs have earned high praise since they were first rolled out. But with a to­tal of seven pro­ces­sors across the Ryzen 5 and 7 line-ups, it can be quite a chal­lenge pick­ing out the right CPU, es­pe­cially if you’re con­sid­er­ing In­tel’s own Kaby Lake pro­ces­sors as well.

Ul­ti­mately, Ryzen is tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced, but isn’t the fastest. It loses out to the In­tel Core i7-7700K in gam­ing, and doesn’t quite match up to the 10-core Core i7-6950X. But some­times ‛good enough’ is enough for most folks, and Ryzen is gen­er­ally very price com­pet­i­tive while of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent multi-threaded per­for­mance com­pared to In­tel.

If you’re look­ing to build a new PC, you’re prob­a­bly hav­ing a hard time de­cid­ing be­tween AMD and In­tel, which given the years-long lack of com­pe­ti­tion, is say­ing quite a lot.

But in a nut­shell, each Ryzen chip has its own unique propo­si­tion. Here’s what you should care about.

Most bang for your buck

The Ryzen 5 1600X is par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive be­cause it is dif­fi­cult to turn down six cores and 12 threads for its RM1,199 price tag. What’s more, at that price, the clos­est In­tel of­fer­ing is the Core i5-7600K with just four cores and four threads. It also of­fers roughly 90 per­cent of the per­for­mance of a Core i7-7700K while cost­ing around two-thirds of the price, which means you’re get­ting a lot more per­for­mance per dol­lar.

In ad­di­tion, it has the same base and boost clocks as the RM2,599 Ryzen 7 1800X, which means its gam­ing per­for­mance isn’t even that far be­hind the flag­ship Ryzen chip.

Best over­clocker

But if you want Ryzen 7 1800X per­for­mance but don’t want to pay the full price, the RM1,599 Ryzen 7 1700 will plug the gap quite nicely. Boast­ing over a 20 per­cent per­for­mance boost af­ter over­clock­ing to around 3.95GHz, the 1700 even man­ages to outdo the stock per­for­mance of the 1800X in Cinebench R15.

The seem­ingly large over­clock­ing head­room is due to the low 3.0GHz base clock, and over­clock­ing helps un­lock the full po­ten­tial of the 8-core/16-thread chip.

Flag­ship per­for­mance on a bud­get

Like the Ryzen 7 1700, the 1700X is ar­guably a bet­ter deal than the top-end 1800X pro­ces­sor. It of­fers very sim­i­lar per­for­mance to the lat­ter, while cost­ing RM700 less. The 1700 re­quires over­clock­ing to be a se­ri­ous con­tender, but the 1700X is per­fectly fine at stock set­tings.

That said, it does ex­ceed the de­fault Cinebench score of the 1800X when over­clocked to 4.0GHz as well. How­ever, if the best pos­si­ble per­for­mance in CPU-in­ten­sive tasks is not a top pri­or­ity, the 1700X will do just fine for your com­put­ing and gam­ing needs.

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