You Are What You Think

Many years ago. I asked myself what other photography service i can offer to earn more money. Been an adventurous personality. I like something that is challenging, a job that not many photographers would want to explore in. Yet, the money is good. The solution came up no later, it was the industrial photography i wish to take on.


Do you know our thoughts processes are intimately connected to the physical world. The mind can affect physical reality. So here i was, thinking i wanted to jumped into industrial photography. However with no portfolio at all, i knew i have to head out to make some pictures for a start. I need to show the world my vision of the industrial sector.

So i headed out, take note of where are the possible sites for me to do some industrial photography. I continue to take mental note of what is the best timing to take the picture, observe what is happening on the site that may continue on the following day.

You know what is unbelievable, each day i was telling myself in mind:”i want to do industrial photography work.” It become a repetitive process, even on bed before i sleep each night i was still thinking about it. Talk about developing the consciousness. At that point of time i didn’t even have a clue what is all these mind is thing about.

So, i finally had some great pictures i liked it a lot, posted it up on my website, blog about it as well.

The 3 pictures made below are the result that landed me my first contract for an industrial development later.

If you think you are lousy. You will always be feeling lousy.

If you think you can’t. You can’t do anything right.

If you refuse to speak about your work. Nobody will know you.

Having weak thought for yourself; there will be no goal to look forward, to work on, to develop oneself.

Using 17mm Tilt-Shift lens in construction photography

Bringing a 17mm tilt shift lens into a construction site for work does carry certain risk. As you can see in the picture below, the lens element is protruding out unlike most of the lenses. The curve surface easily attracts more dust particles onto it. It does not comes with lens hood when purchase. I think there is a third part lens hood for it.

Yes i bring this expensive lens to construction location for industrial photography work since 2015. Although this awesome lens is mainly used for architecture and interior photography. I bring it a step further by utilising this lens in the industrial sector.  The days of converging picture are gone forever. Using this lens to shoot tower crane for example.

Less foreground and having a better perspective. 

As you can see on the above pictures, all the key subject is straight. These images will make your picture presentation stand out among the rest! Is really worth the investment to purchase this lens.

Kindly make a comment if you have any question, or just to say Hi.

Industrial Photography on ship

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

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

Drop me a message for industrial enquiries! Want to say Hi, come on in as well!


My thoughts on the start of industrial photography and the challenges. 2/2

In my previous blog i had shared how i started off to do industrial photography. This blog am going to share what were the challenges i had faced during the assignment.

  • It is a norm in the construction site to witness the crazy dust storm sweeping up and knowing what am going to breathe into my lungs.
  • Wanna get tan in the beach. Scorching sun out in the construction open area sure makes your skin tanned, apply thick sunblock. 😄
  • Dress in ‘full-safety-order’ attire to be safe. To be exact is injury free, not even the smallest cut on skin is considered safe.
  • Certain images require to capture from high ground secure with the help of safety harness and the skill of the operator operating a Galmon boom lift. My only crazy imagination is the wind to sweep me away since am ‘floating’ 50m high.
  • Lots of staircase climbing as elevator is not ready, it’s not a big deal actually.
  • Professional interaction with the management team to understand their requirement. They are my pay master too!
  • Make friends with as many people as possible on the ground, there are many nice unsung heroes that is going to take care of me really well. But i can ensure you not everyone is gonna be nice. #harshreality

Is a huge achievement for me to witness the project is completed after so many months of documentation, no injury in the entire construction process, my client achieve their client’s completion timeline.

Here is a self portrait of myself working in various industrial assignments!

Anyway am looking out for another exciting industrial photography assignment to commit for another 2-3 full years if any companies wants to hire a professional photographer. Always ready to commit in what i am passionate about.

My thoughts on the start of industrial photography and the challenges. 1/2

While looking through my industrial photography portfolio for other presentation, i suddenly thought about the major 2 years documentation of a construction project i did for an overseas company based in Singapore, and other series of industrial work in other industrial sectors. Before this enquiry actually happen. I did not have a proper portfolio for industrial work, i was deeply drawn by the powerful industrial aspect to photograph the working life in the industrial/construction sector, because this is the kind of job that suits my personality, always being outgoing, enjoy meeting and interact with different people, working in a little harsh environment and yet able to capture pictures of what client wanted is the challenge i loved to be in.

I thought about it day and night how do i get an industrial assignment? The next progression was to set a goal, this is a really powerful way to start off. I started capturing industrial images in the public construction around Singapore. Wherever i see a construction, i mark the location on paper. This purpose is not to forget where are the locations and give me a visual to take action. Next step, i went back to the construction area with the best lighting direction and the right gear. Cross my fingers for the best situation to happen. hoping the moment was right to make an appealing picture.

Sometimes i got great pictures, but most of the time nothing exciting happen. Is all part of the process in photography. this will continuously creates a challenge for myself to get the next best picture. Following step is to select only the best series of images, edit the images, post it online, this is to create an online opportunity for myself to reach out potential client. And guess what, a potential client likes it! I received an email and next thing i was already negotiating with the client for a job they wanted me to help for 24 months. The rest was history…

Below are some of the pictures i have capture to build my port from Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam. FYI it didn’t need to be expensive to travel out to get pictures. :X

The next part i will write about the experience i face during the process in the industrial sector.

Singapore Industrial Photography Service

Last year C.A.P. was approached by Jason Marine Group to do a video documentation of product training for their specific staffs. After accessing the details and submitting quotation. We were given the green light to proceed for this assignment. It was a great opportunity to document behind the scene training in an actual industrial environment.

Industrial photography is one of the toughest job in commercial photography. There are many situations surrounding the work environment, if one is not alert or focus, the chance of getting injure is at risk. Hence the emphasis of safety is utterly most important in any industrial environment.

The trainer flew in from overseas to do a demon to the local engineers.

Everyone was in attention because of the noisy environment as work on other parts of ship was in progress.

C.A.P. professional videographer filming during the training brief.

In conference room for theory discussion.

Day 2, the local engineers getting hands on with the guidance of the product’s trainer.

Space is always constrain in a ship, videographer filming a wide shot of the trainer.

Trainer together with the engineer working on the installation.

Limited head room for comfort.

End of the day, a portrait of the trainer for all his handwork put in.

View my various Singapore Industrial Photography Service

Capture Asia industrial photography service consists documentation of;
Workers working at Construction Site
Chemical Plant
Oil Vessel/Oil Rig
Engineering work
Heavy industries
Documentation of development of site monthly from 2-5years

That’s the end, do let me know what you wish to see in the near future, do leave a comment on how to improve this blog or if you like it.