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Agah Permadi 

Back in film era, most of us will just sent the exposed rolls of film to the lab and get the developed film without knowing much about how exactly the darkroom processing in the lab.

These are different now where we could to do things that people normally sent rolls of film and done it in darkroom. Adjustment like exposure, contrast, dodge and burn are now very common for photographers, no more chemicals (some photographer missed the smell so much) to be used, and no more darkroom. We can now able to enhance  our image in computer. Thats “Digital Imaging”

Who is Agah Permadi?

For photography enthusiast, the name Agah Permadi is not an odd name for digital imaging. Being driven by the beauty of misty and ray of light (ROL), he captures images that really represent life around Indonesia and has opened Indonesia to eyes of the world to come and visit them. His amazing work has been invited to various domestic and international photo exhibition. He is also a Principal Associate of Candid Syndrome (clickhere for his gallery at Candid Syndrome). In the mean time, he is busy conducting workshops and private learning around Jakarta, Bali and at various location when he was invited. He is now looking forward more chances to Bali as he in love with their culture and numerious spiritual events.


About the workshop

His workshop at Arena Belia, Kota Kinabalu has been conducted on 22-23 September 2012. The official organiser of this workshop is Jebat Photography Club with 12 Participant from includes those from Tawau, Lahad Datu, Tenom, Pitas, Kudat, Miri, Saratok and Labuan. Our JPC team, Grey, Zack, Larry, and Ad Khairil and me are in-charge to keep the workshop run smoothly.

On day 1, we starts at 9am with a short talk and introduction by Jebat Legacy , the founder of Jebat Photography Club. After self introduction by every participants, then Master Agah Permadi then introduced himself with a brief history on  how he reached to where he is now. He then shows as his best work in slides show before starting his first session – understanding histogram and the benefits of shoot in RAW. Participants were also being exposed on how to retouch portraits with digital make-over techniques,  dreamy effect, skin toning, color replacement, and many other photoshop tools. Most of these techniques were new to most of participants until you can see that satisfaction in their pleasing smile.

Participants also impressed on Master Agah Permadi for being a very humble in person despite of his amazing works and really show us all the techniques without a spare for himself. Just like he said in earlier introduction, photography is nothing but to be connected.

At night we have dinner with Jebat.Net Photography Community members, Kenarianz and another special guest, Mr Azman Jumat, a full-time photographer working at Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia. Ideas & experiences sharing among us has filled our dinner that night. And once more, we get connected to new friends with same interest.

On the next day, a photoshoot session at Museum Sabah with 2 talented models, Ms Kuzza & Ms Leyna. Participant are divided into 6 couple and every 3 couple are given time to shoot each model before another. It was rainy morning and we decided to shoot indoor. During the shooting session, Master Agah keep on monitoring his student and guide them. There are countless advise and tips given during this session.

Back to our classroom after lunch, every participants are required to pick their best shoot and start applying those techniques learned on day 1.  Before ending his workshop, he introduces participant another magical techniques that might be the main reason on why they join his workshop in the first place. Master Agah keep reminding participant to capture good images in camera, he also explaining the importance of understanding the basic of photography, from the shutter to composition. He did also showed participant his RAW file showing the quality are already at the best during the shooting, and photoshop are to enhance the image or fix thing that imposible to fix during the shooting.

The workshop concludes with submission of participants images, Master Agah giving his last advise, and those to whom attended the work shop , will receive a certificate of attendance.

I don’t have much time to shoot during the shooting session as priority is given to participant. Here’s an example of final images that i managed to produce after applying techniques given by Master Agah.

“There are many surprises in photography! you never know” – Agah Permadi

For those who interested to know more about Agah Permadi, here’s some link for you to take a look on his work:

Get connected with him now on facebook.


Documentation by Mohd Shukur Jahar \\ Ramos

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