Singapore Interior Photographer Service

This is a self-promotional professional photography for interior photography service.

A very quick blog.

I started serious interior photography many years ago when i was tasked to shoot a series of pictures for a start-up company based in Germany. For that project, i invested in a very costly lens at that time purely for this specialized project. I have to admit i want that 17mm tilt-shift lens for architecture photography and to feel good as well. Every man gets excited about a new toy.

For interior photography work. The camera gears am using as such,

Canon 5D Mark III – A full frame camera, nowadays i will utilize the live view screen to check the details when am doing manual focus. Making use of technology to make my life easier, it would be a waste to pay over $4000 to not use such function.

16-35mm – An ultra wide-angle lens can go up to 16mm to cover the width of the space, especially when the place is huge. I usually try to go more than 16mm because of distortion purpose on camera.

17mm Tilt-shift – Making use of the tilt shift function if i want to reduce the foreground, and also for a better perspective if a certain condition doesn’t allow me to have a good perspective. It doesn’t have a built-in autofocus function.

70-200mm – Zoom in for details shots.

Portable Flash Light – Mainly use to fill in the shadow area, give the scene an extra pop and contrast if needed, depending on the lighting condition.

Tripod and Head – Previously using a SLIK tripod i got for the first time when i picked up photography, but the tripod was already more than 10 years old and offers very limited function and safety aspect. It was the perfect time to upgrade to a Manfrotto 190 carbon fiber tripod. Using an XPro 3 Way head to mount my camera. Tripod is extremely important to eliminate blur images.

I usually work on my interior shots using ambiance light. Setting a low ISO, low shutter speed and small aperture for my camera setting. This is more of a photography technical aspect to get a good exposure.

My rate for interior work usually won’t be over a thousand dollar unless the shoot scatters many days or different places.

Drop me an email if you like me to help you in your interior picture solution.


If you are new and wish to find out more about my work

Commercial Photography
– View of Industrial Vehicles
– My Work Flow On Corporate Photography
– I Love Architecture Photography
– Industrial Photography – Construction
– Logistic Photography 
Singapore Interior Photographer Service

Travel Photography
– 1 in Beijing
– 2 in Bangkok
– 3 in Sri Racha
– 4 in Nepal
– 5 in Vietnam

Industrial Landscape

I always try to find a balance between industrial work and finding my art. A very delicate process that is hard to achieve. Most of the time the final pictures usually ended up being the regular requirement by the client, i totally don’t mind at all, after all, i am paid to solve their picture problem. However, if i see an opportunity to do it both ways, i feel is even more beneficial.

Here are some of the industrial landscape shot that i made; both personal and work.

Using a 17mm tilt shift lens, capturing an underground digging site against the series of office towers as a backdrop. 

No drone, not a problem. A bird’s eye view of the machinery in action by using a telephoto lens to zoom in on the activity

When the day is blue and accompanies by some fluffy clouds, is great opportunity to make the tower cranes stand out in this construction environment. Using an ultra-wide angle to capture the entire scene

After months of waiting, finally saw the tanks are ready, the blue sky appeared at the right moment. Was on a boom lift using a telephoto lens to capture this finishing massive product

Capturing the biggest gantry crane i ever come across. The gantry crane was lighted up with starburst effect. I waited for the cars to make a turn for a light trail effect

Construction of an underground train station during the magic hour. Capturing the entire busy area

Is possible to mix commercial work with a little bit of my art. But to produce extensive work like this requires a lot of time and understanding of the site. If the chance arises, and i can do it better, why not.

 


If you are new and wish to find out more about my work

Commercial Photography
– View of Industrial Vehicles
– My Work Flow On Corporate Photography
– I Love Architecture Photography
– Industrial Photography – Construction
Logistic Photography

Travel Photography
– 1 in Beijing
– 2 in Bangkok
– 3 in Sri Racha
– 4 in Nepal
– 5 in Vietnam

Giving Out More

I got to quickly share this two wonderful things i did the other day.

First wonderful thing

I have been visiting this printer vendor for over a decade, this vendor print very excellent photos in my opinion. It has never once disappointed me. The other day i was thinking about my time with them, besides the usual words of “thank you”. I have never thought of more. If am only focusing on my needs, i may think that giving more is expected to be unfair.

I wanted to print some pictures for a logistic client as a gift. I visited my vendor, sent in the digital files, made my way out to run other errands before picking up the prints later. Because i really appreciate their effort in making such great prints each time, and i can be a difficult customer sometimes. Suddenly i have this thought of getting something nice for my vendor, i truly appreciate their patience and to meet my demand. Perhaps a pastry? I guess no girls hate pastry from what i know so far.  I decided to get them this 2 huge delicious cream puff after contemplating. I know of a popular pastry cafe no too far away as well.

Later in the afternoon when i headed back to the shop, i saw one of the ladies was eating instant cup noodles. I said “Why are you eating cup noodles?” i thought the timing was perfect, i immediately took out the box of cream puffs and put it on the table for them. I was delighted to see how happy she was.

Second wonderful thing

My previous blog mention about logistic photography for an overseas client. 2 months down the road, the local client i shot for, we struck another business deal. Luckily is a less painful negotiation. I offer them free usage rights, the director of the company purchased 30 images, i help to select some photos for their business usages to meet the numbers, i also put in 2 free images, a total of 32 images. I was paid very quickly in the following week. Both parties are happy with the final deal. Everyone loves a win-win.

So, i wanted to do more than what is required. I wanted to go the extra mile. One of the reason is i really appreciate the staffs came back on a public holiday for the photo shoot due to operation reason. Also, the director of the company was open and accommodating to my ideas during the pre-shoot discussion. So, whoever staffs i work with on the day of the photo shoot, i wanted to make sure each of them received a copy of a print.

After i received the prints, i put the director’s picture in my limited edition 5R photo frame. Put it in a nice gift box, put in the remaining 4R prints for each staff. Straight away i headed off to the company, without fixing an appointment with the director, because my intention was to pass the gift box to her staff and head off for my next schedule. Later the director dropped me a message, mentioning that i beat her to it because she wanted to print out the photos as well. And she even mentioned i chosen her favorite picture, great mind thinks alike.

Regardless of vendor or client, i have exceeded myself a little bit more. If they feel good or happy about it, so am i.

Rather than focusing on how to get more, focus on how to give more. 

Logistic Photography

This is a self-promotional for Logistic Photography Service

I was commission by a company from UK to do a photo story of a logistic operation based in Singapore. Client’s brief was very clear, mood board was attached. I will have a better understand what type of images the client is specifically looking for. I love to solve client’s problem, this is what professional photographer is hired for. Deliver what the client needs, yet at the same time have the free flow of creative space to present the final work.

I always made an effort to do a recce at the warehouse before the commencement of the photo shoot. I have to emphasise it is important to check out the location first before the commence of the actual shoot.

– Understand how the warehouse environment looks like
– Finding the potential photography angles
– Know how their operation work
– Which area in the warehouse is required to rearrange
– Condition of the lighting
– Discuss/speak with the person in-charge of the project in details

Shooting on the vehicle side mirror to picture a glimpse of the action

Logistic personnel enacting their daily work process

Activated the scissor lift for a better perspective of the warehouse

Forklift in action

Staff pulling a pallet jack

Working scene from an elevated angle

Click on my logistic operation portfolio as well.

For enquiry click on my email for your picture solution.


If you are new and wish to find out more about my work

Commercial Photography
– View of Industrial Vehicles
– My Work Flow On Corporate Photography
– I Love Architecture Photography
Industrial Photography – Construction

Travel Photography
– 1 in Beijing
– 2 in Bangkok
– 3 in Sri Racha
– 4 in Nepal
– 5 in Vietnam

Industrial Photography – Construction

Industrial photography is perhaps one of the toughest jobs for a photographer. But is always reward with many fascinating pictures of the industrial sector. I totally love making pictures that are more difficult to access by the public, i don’t like to be quite same with anyone else. Is pretty boring.

Nothing is as easy as it looks. You may have noticed how the photographer takes a picture, and you may think his effort is idiot proof, “I can do it too, hold the camera and point at the scene, what’s so difficult about it?”. However, when you tried it, the end result is vastly different from a professional photographer whose eyes is “trained” to compose a picture perfectly.

What are the challenges industrial photographer faced?

1. 99% of the shooting time is working under the scorching sun, if not underground (more dangerous). I am perhaps no different from other construction workers working on the site. Sometimes my neck may be sunburnt after out on the site from day to evening. That is why workers are usually well covered up from head to toe.

2. PPE means Personal Protective Equipment. This refers to wearing of protective clothing, safety helmet, goggles, or other forms of garments to protect my body from injury in the construction site. Everyone that enters into work site has to comply with the site stringent requirement. This is a basic requirement and importance of safety aspects.

3. If you, unfortunately, have acrophobia. Industrial photography job is not suitable for the weak hearted. Many times i have to be “cage” inside the boom lift and elevated me up to the maximum height to make pictures. I will be required to be geared up wit a safety harness, which is an additional weight on my body, sometimes am just too lazy to take it out until the end. If is in a windy condition, my body will feel the panel cradle is shaking, can be a rather scary moment, but i trust the capability of the industrial equipment. Anytime when is not safe to work, the operators will have to lower us down. Safety always comes first.

4. As any other type of outdoor photography, having a clear blue sky is the most ideal. Having a clear blue sky makes the scene stand out very well, and with an understanding of the direction of the sun. The downside is the weather can be rather roasting, especially sites in the coastal area. Temperature can easily reach 34-35 degree celsius . Can you within the heat?

5. Hydration is very important, i usually can be out on-site with little food. As i always lost my food appetite under the hot sun. But i can’t go without water. The body can be easily dehydrated. Constant fluid is much needed, i always try to carry 500ml of water bottle with me. Additional weight as well.

6. Going into the construction site require maneuvering past a lot of obstacles. As i am required to climb up long steps or even squatting low for access to a certain access point. If i carry my bulky camera bag into the site, the additional weight and size will affect my mobility and stamina. My solution is to bring 2 cameras with lens attached,  a special design belt that can hold my ThinkTank modular pouch with lenses in it.

7. Getting the “right” picture can be challenging at times because of various reasons.

a) Some workers may not be properly geared up for certain type of work
b) The site is unorganized due to the arrangement of equipment
c) The ground is muddy after a heavy downpour
d) Certain type of work breach safety regulation which i have no knowledge of
e) Weather is cloudy, makes the picture almost flat

This concludes the numerous difficult challenges for an industrial photographer (I haven’t even touched on the technical aspect). This type of job requires someone who is passionate and dedicated to documenting the industrial work process for the client. You may not need to be in the field of construction or engineering to do this type of photography. But the passion for it is more important. I started out with no knowledge but a desire to work in the industrial sector. I always learn along the way as i paved to further develop our skill and knowledge.

Drop me email if you like me to solve your picture problem.


If you are new and wish to find out more about my work

Commercial Photography
– View of Industrial Vehicles
– My Work Flow On Corporate Photography
– I Love Architecture Photography

Travel Photography
– 1 in Beijing
– 2 in Bangkok
– 3 in Sri Racha
– 4 in Nepal
– 5 in Vietnam

Cause & Effect of a Photographer

CAUSE

#1 I love the action of physically holding a camera to take pictures for my enjoyment, whether is work or personal. The free will to create pictures in whichever way i want is a self-expression of what i wish to create for my personal work. This is something that i remain passionate about after more than 10 years.

#2 When i take pictures for work, it is a professional service to offer client’s picture solution. I believe there are at least thousand of client out there, lots of opportunities in this world that requires quality pictures, the usage of the image are mainly for the company material for whichever reasons. The fun part of this job is i always get to visit different venues that are not accessible to the public, example i can embark on an oil vessel, lift up by a boom lift to have a bird’s eye view, access to high tech area, and even speak to different people. How cool is that!

#3 I have flexible hours to work on personal pictures, personal work gives me more of a therapy treatment. I feel at peace and calm. Even more, freedom. No brief to abide, I can do whatever i want with a sense of the next big adventure. To be an artist, creating my breed of art.

EFFECT

#1 I hate marketing, i was never trained in marketing when i started out as a photographer. It took me too many painful years to learn the rope. Pure dry work. I wonder is there anyone out there truly love marketing as a job?

#2 Am a lone ranger out there in the world of chaotic society, am running on a sole-proprietorship. My “office” is wherever there are excellent Wi-Fi connection and a quiet environment. If not at home editing client’s pictures. I got no one to share with about generating new ideas. Honestly am bored to death been alone. I become an introvert and extrovert.

#3 I only get paid when am been hired. Very sadly been a freelancer. I got no health benefit, no year-end bonus, no product discount, no annual company dinner, no company trip.

#4 Client don’t stay forever, people are moving around frequently for better pay job. I find it tough to maintain a relationship with most of my clients. For example, if a company change boss, is a 50% chance i will get “fire”.

Don’t see my effect as a complain. The reality is what it is. There will always be room for improvement.

My pain and pleasure sum it all above for now.

Thanks for reading and do comment.

Featuring Singapore ‘Hidden Door’

Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ is featured once again, this time in India. An editor of Colour Quotient from Asian Paints wanted an interview of my personal work and feature some of the ‘Hidden Doors‘ series. I was more than happy to grant his request and assist whatever is needed to support.

Featured articles

– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in 畅游行, Singapore first Mandarin travel magazine
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in ArchDaily, with more than 10 million viewers internationally
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in Lonely Planet Travel News
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in 42 magazin, an online magazine in Siberia
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in Metro daily newspaper at Russia with 1.9 million readers
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in Nine Australia
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in Asian Paints, Colour Quotient