In the past

September 21, 2016 Leave a comment

This batch of pictures has been sitting in one of my folder for god know how many months. I have no awareness how these gorgeous talent ended up there. But these images kept appearing whenever i do a batch resize to this particular folder.

The reason i did not delete or remove it is because this set of model’s pictures review who i am now, and what i am in the past. Is a self study or reflection as a photographer. Sometimes i wonder what happen to this group of people i had photographed. How is their life, doing what they are passionate about? Am clueless despite my constant curiosity. Am not sure if i have the RAW files as well! *shrugs*

Back in 2007 i was approached by a model agency to do a test shoot for their new talents. First time working with an agency as a young photographer, i was keen to shoot portrait and try to make an impression. I didn’t know what to expect and journey my way to their office to do the shoot filled with excitement. Sometimes knowing nothing can be a good thing, i can concentrate on the process of making picture, and more good pictures.

I recall using a Tamron 90mm macro lens, a cheaper version from the Canon 85mm portrait lens. This macro lens produce quality tack sharp pictures that i used it in most of my portrait shoot in the early days. The only downside is the very slow focusing, with the barrel moving in and out to get the focus in backlighting or low light condition. But i was patient in those days, slow and easy was the way to shoot, no stress, no pressure from anyone. Purely to enjoy the process – communicate and review.

I still keep this Tamron 90mm lens in my dry box and take it out to do macro shoot if needed. Think of it i haven’t used it for the last 2-3 years.

In 2007, i was using a Canon 5D, the first digital full frame camera in the market released in 2005. I was very proud to own it, the camera was very expensive that time and still beyond reach of many people, film was drastically dipping that time. i saved a long time and invested in it for my work. Unlike today. Everyone can easily afford a camera of various types such as a iPhone, mirrorless, compact camera to produce an image, storing memory in millions of pixel into a tiny memory card. The respect of an old digital DSLR camera quickly overwhelmed by the newer models many years down the road..

My holy editing application was on a Adobe Photoshop CS2, Windows version on a laptop. Way before i shifted to Mac till today, i was a PC user. Dealing with colors correction on the screen, frustration with the anti virus software, the heavy weight of the computer. Those day I had learnt a lot of editing skill through my friends and reading to polish my skill. Tutorials online are more interactive these days. There is no reason not to know nothing.

The above gorgeous model, if i recall correctly, her name is Stella. nice personality to work with and clear communication between me and her. I like her persona during the process, she was blessed with an eurasian look as well. Through my viewfinder i can sense she is genuinely enjoying the shoot. Simply nature in-front of the camera at full ease.

Some talents were new, like this lady on top. Clearly stiff and unsure what to do. I don’t blame her, everyone got their first time, the start to becoming better. It was my job to give direction and encourage her to boost confident. Ego bruise, definitely. However, everyone deserve a chance, if one close door on you, look for the next one until someone said yes.

Exhibition Photography Coverage

August 5, 2016 Leave a comment

1st half of 2016 did an exhibition photography for an overseas client, the requirement was to capture nice pictures of their exhibition set up at Singapore Expo. Capture Asia Photography previously had similar experience covering a much bigger scale exhibition for a very established event company in Singapore. Photographer Ricky Gui knew of the challenge and expectation needed. He was more well-equip over the years as well, this allows him to take very good perspective picture when limitation occur. In this job, time management is crucial, photographer sometimes need to reach the venue really early because there is more than 100 exhibition booths to document. In this assignment, the client walked through with the photographer because of their various brands and specification. Most photography job is not only to capture nice pictures, but also act as a problem solver at times for the client to achieve their aim.

Please check out these nice exhibition pictures below!

Creating Unexpected Moment

May 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Was on the Boom Lift documenting a site project, been lifted up over 50m in height. It was a great view at the end of south-west part of Singapore. But it can be a bit scary if the wind starts to blow and cause the platform to vibrate.

Anyway, i was busy capturing various scene from such an aerial perspective. I can’t help not to notice there were fighter jets flying around the sky. The jets were not flying at a very high altitude or even super sonic speed. This allows me to see where the jets were heading.

I standby my camera position using a telephoto lenses. Right above the oil tank where the fighter jets are heading, a crane was doing lifting on the roof of an oil tanker. In a few seconds, the jets flew into my frame and i quickly fire off a few shots to get the best position of the jets on the sky. Resulting in the final picture below.

Unexpected moment can be a long wait, or it just happens instantly. Either ways, both are required to observe the situation, wait for the right time to capture that split second moment. The question is are you able to see it.

A building with many names

This is basically a #throwback of a picture i took early this year. I was on my way to capture the old dragon playground in Toa Payoh and i walked past this traditional Chinese building. A building with many names house under it. Singapore Chinese Physicians’ Association, Singapore Chong Hwa Medical Institution Singapore and College of traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Experience in photography assignment a day before

April 29, 2016 Leave a comment

I always enjoy helping people who is urgently in need of photography service, especially in the field of commercial photography. My forte is to capture pictures of corporate, industrial, architecture and interior work.

This year i had a few job requests, always 1 day, 20 hrs before. Standard practice is to issue quotation that state T&C. But due to urgency, no quotation was issued. Resulting in a lot of terms and conditions were not explained clearly. A lot of bad communication and promise happened which i don’t normally agree or do. which is NOT GOOD. I probably get too excited by the challenging job that is coming in, i love challenge. Challenge is a way to improve one man capabilities. It feels good to be helping client to solve their really URGENT problem quickly.

Pro photographer who take pictures for a living. May need to feed their wife, maybe 3 kids, fuel for other equipment to provide better service, fuel for faster computer so less time is spend on waiting for the file to process (waiting is always painful and not productive). Photographer is not only paid for their time spent from traveling from office to the location, start shooting from daylight to sunset, or agreed upon the number of  X hours to work. Client seldom understand there is a back end work that spent even more man hours than the actual shoot. That is the photo editing. The follow up to GREAT picture, VIBRANT COLOUR picture. The number of editing hours put in should be clearly factor into the cost in either explanation or state inside the quotation. Especially with the huge amount of files a pro shoot for job, it can easily store up to 8GB at least, for a less hectic day.

Back in office after a long day, load up the CF card in the computer. The time required to convert from RAW to either JPG, TIFF, DNG files. Is not a sprint of 100m. Follow up by the X hours of pictures editing can sometimes be  tremendous. THE WORST MISTAKE is when i told my client “Yes all the pictures will have very basic editing”. Which i later realise what the hell am i talking about, this is not my common practise!!!! You are thinking there is batch process in Photoshop. Sync it up Lightroom. But still, many set of images are different, there is still a need to run through it in detail. Such practice can easily fill up a full day to do editing depending on the requirement and difficulty requested by the client or the number of  X images. Am i paid in that area, usually nope, because editing of the images are pre selected by client is minimum, quality pictures. So by telling your client, “Yes all the pictures will have very basic editing”. Slitting my own throat.  Very bad and poor decision by me.  I think a spirit must have possess my body. 

Please, please do not let my fatal mistake runs into you. Is going to be extremely painful.

End of the day. Nobody wants to have an unhappy relationship with anyone, especially your client. Neither do you want to be unhappy with yourself because of these unnecessary s**t. Do not over promise and under delivery, it will reflect very badly on yourself. We are pay to solve client’s problem, not create more problems!

There are 2 solutions i can think of, either reject the job because preparation time is not enough and the brief is not clear and no quotation was given because time is short. If not you must prepare a quotation, state your T&C clearly and get client to sign before executing the job on the agree price.

There is still much more to share in my field, but at this moment of time. I feel silly + dumb = naive. Photography sometimes is really easy. Business, is cruel.

A motto for your consideration Work Hard, Work Smart, Work Fast.

 

 

 

Industrial Photography on ship

April 19, 2016 Leave a comment

I received an enquiry last month to photograph a vessel that is docking in Singapore for work. After liaising and quote were done. Date was set but was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances out in the water. That was a time that i need to exercise my patient for the frequent changes. Finally it was finally confirmed one day before, and i was extremely excited to head down to the location.

Next day headed down to the location 15 mins earlier, is better to be early than late. Got all the necessary clearance was a breeze as the client had did a good job with the port authority to get me in.

I was driven in a truck to the vessel location, as the port was vast, i was surprise no cycling was allowed either as compared to other port i worked with. It took about 8 mins to reach the location for a slow drive. I cannot imagine walking in either if no vehicle was available. But the port authority was professional and experience to get things covered.

Boarded the vessel, sign in at the entrance. Went up to the deck to meet the Captain and some of his crew members. I was assigned to a crew member from Egypt who was friendly and very professional. He will be the man guiding me. As i am new here, i asked the crew how are things doing, how old is the vessel (which was a new vessel), where are the good spots to capture some great images, to break the ice. Once communication was “set up”, we proceed up to “Monkey Island” to check out the view.

The image below was the first view that greeted me, a clear sight of the work progress. Blessed with blue sky and the sun still moving up to the top before the peak of afternoon. I had only about 2 hours to work instead of the 4hrs i propose to client. An unique situation i need to be speedy and reliable to capture the best images for my client. I can keep my camera ISO as low as possible as shutter speed was sufficient to freeze the moment.

Using a telephoto lenses to zoom into the grabs, the vessel has 3 cranes in total and all are operating in the same time non stop.

In my mind i already have a vision of getting 3 grabs in one frame, but i know it was not easy. As the cranes were moving at different speed but same direction. I was shooting and observing, secretly pray to have the 3 grabs in my line of view. As i was about to move to another location after a long wait, the 3 grabs aligned! I managed to get 2 frames quickly.

Next the crew asked me whether i want to shoot from the crane operating room? I agreed immediately, knowing it will be sort of aerial images from the top, and i never been up there before. Of course with the supervision of the crew and port authority. Got my hand a little greasy during the vertical climb, no complain at all!  But i should have bring my gloves next time! I went up and saw a operator operating the crane back and forth like a pro. I quickly capture some good shots from inside to outside.

I make my way out from the operating room with the guys, i stopped and turned back again to make sure is there anymore possible angles to work at? I told the crews to wait a while while i get in a half kneeling position to stabilise myself while the crane was turning. This was one of the image i captured from the top, outside.

I knew my job was 80% done, i was able to cover the angles with the right lighting available. but i still wanted to capture more angles. I started to do close up of the grab and the cargo.

I was invited to a quick lunch on board by the crew before i left the vessel, said goodbye and thanks the crew member and Captain. As the earlier light was not in my favour for the entire vessel shot. This was the last time i can captured it on ground before am been escort out of the facility. I approached many angles and below is one of the image i did.

Overall the shoot went very well, no injury and everyone was safe. Safety is very important as advised by the crew and i had to obey their instruction. I went back to the office, i carefully select and edit the images. I always heard some photographers dump all the whole chunks of pictures for the client without QC. I only selected the decently good or best pictures, never mind if is repetitive as long the quality is good. I never know what client had in mind in certain images for their usage. As usual, i uploaded all my high res and low res for the client to download, with a secure password for them to access. Outsider would not even able to see the set as well.

End of assignment.

My industrial pictures on Google Images search

April 18, 2016 Leave a comment

I was on Google Images page and was typing out some keywords am using in my website. I tried ‘Singapore Shipyard Photographer‘. A list of images popped out. It was good to see the images i captured were on the top of the search engine!🙂

This was my search about 2-3 weeks back

This was my search on 18th April 2016

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