Alpha Universe Story Detail
Alpha Universe Story Detail
Fashioning his own success
Sony Alpha Ambassador Su Yi Liang

With more than 30 years of fashion photography experience, renowned Taiwanese photographer, Su Yi Liang has created many iconic images. His relentless pursuit of perfection requires the highest image quality and speed. Read on to find out more.

What does fashion photography mean to you?

Fashion photography is a complex amalgamation of key fundamentals - concept, technical skill and an innate curiosity. It requires me to be clear of my photographic purpose and engage in a thought process that involves a keen sense of observation. My photographic mission is creating compelling images through engaging the model or subject. The Sony Alpha camera system helps me accomplish this mission with its great image quality, speed and extensive lens selection. 

What is in your camera bag?

I primarily use the Sony Alpha 7R IV and the FE 135mm F1.8 G Master lens. The camera-lens combination feels so comfortable and ergonomic, making it perfect for shooting static or dynamic portraits. I love the Sony Alpha 7R IV for the incredible 61MP resolution it offers, giving me highly detailed files to work with. The FE 135mm F1.8 G Master lens is my favourite lens as it has amazing resolving power and sharp even at wide open aperture. Autofocus performance is almost instantaneous and quiet with XD Linear Motor, so I never miss a moment. 

What are you looking for on a shoot?

Capturing facial expressions and body language is integral to my photography and the most minute changes can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot. I look forward  to capturing a deeper insight into my subject’s personality that is probably not obvious at first. It might present itself in a fleeting moment in their facial expression and body language. I am also very particular about colour. I want it to be accurately represented during the shoot itself and I’m pleased with what Sony delivers in that aspect.

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Alpha 7R IV | FE 135mm F1.8 GM | 135 mm | 1/200 sec | F14 | ISO 400

How has Sony Alpha’s focusing speed helped you?

I always use the camera’s Real-Time Eye AF function, which allows me to focus quickly and accurately. Regardless of how quickly the model is posing, I am assured that the eyes are captured in perfect focus, and that confidence allows to focus my efforts on being more creative. Take this shot of a frozen water splash on the model for example. Shot at 1/200th sec shutter speed, the Real-time Eye AF effortlessly focused on the eye – even though the model’s eyes were half closed. The Artificial Intelligence behind the Eye AF is just amazing. Achieving tack sharp shots while I am experimenting with new ideas has never been easier.

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Alpha 7R IV | FE 135mm F1.8 GM | 135 mm | 1/200 sec | F14 | ISO 400

How has the high image quality benefitted you as a fashion photographer?

As a working professional, I strive to deliver the highest standards in fashion photography. The Sony Alpha 7R IV totally delivers on that front with the high dynamic range and rich shadow details. The camera also captures beautiful colours which is essential to my story telling. Combined with the FE 135m F1.8 G Master lens, very fine details such as hair and eyelashes are captured with such clarity and sharpness. My images may be used in large prints, so these high-resolution images mean that my creations look sharp and detailed at any size.

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Alpha 7R IV | FE 135mm F1.8 GM | 135 mm | 1/200 sec | F14 | ISO 400

How would you sum up your experience with Sony?

Ultimately, the 5 Fundamentals of the Sony Alpha mirrorless system offers an unparalleled combination of image quality, speed, lens line-up, long battery life, and comfort. I trust Sony to fully realize my vision with confidence.