Shophouse Photography

Was on assignment for a Fortune 500 firm that specializes in real estate in Singapore. The firm require professional pictures to put up the property for sales on the market.

This was the first time doing exterior and interior photography of a shophouse. Is really fun to take on something new and learn plenty.

Showcasing the interior space


View from outside the window

Top floor

Frontage

Exterior

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Water pump photo shoot

I wonder how an image is not important to many businesses today, if not clients are not investing in the right photographer to capture their products because they are bind by budget or simply don’t understand the art of photography. That is why finding the right photographer is important.

I may not have captured everything in this world, but i listen to what client wants and i redefine perspective – i produce excellent perspective pictures that your industry or competitors had never done before. A good example is a link here – i was tasked to capture a series of water pump system set up on site, it was my first time capturing water pump system. The client was proactive, a bit more aggression in the photography part because she wanted the best. I was more than happy to be sharing ideas and angles of how to do it as well. I think this client is the only company in their line of business that invests in good photography to showcase their capability to attract more potential clients among their competitors, a more solid presentation when doing a proposal, not forgetting the water pump capability and service plays an important dual-role.

With my photography skill in architecture, interior, and industrial experience. I was able to merge all my skill into one. Although it was a job, i had lots of fun moving around to various places, each place has it’s own constraint, my job as a photographer is to solve each problem and produce the best image.

Why should you hire me if i don’t know you? You may worry yourself such as – is he going to do a good job? He must be charging a very high price. Is the photographer friendly and good attitude? Go to my website to read my client testimonials.

We provide free consultation to those who want a better idea of the types of pictures their business needs at the convenience and comfort of their office or on site.

What’s more, you can book CAP to do a free – yes, free! – test shoot! In other words, we’ll take on all the risk while you enjoy the benefit of sampling our work!

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WOHAb​eing Exhibition

Sharing some nice pictures of WOHAbeing exhibition, named Bonjour. WOHAbeing is a new design brand by the Singapore architect firm WOHA at Singapore National Design Centre. The exhibition had already made its way to Maison&Objet Paris in 2017 and was awarded Maison&Objet Designer of the Year.

For the first time in Singapore, WOHAbeing presented six collections of homeware that were developed in collaboration with five of their partners. WOHAbeing also held a photo competition on their Instagram page.

 

I took the opportunity to sharpen up my interior skill since it is a public event. The intern from WOHA were extremely friendly and professional in the products introduction and information. The freedom to roam around the exhbition various section was amazing, that suddenly reminds me of the time doing lots of SPACE Furniture product launch events for many wonderful years there.

I realize that was the time i fell in love with some of the product when i learnt about the story behind it, the complexity of making those high end luxury furniture products. No doubt the products were extremely expensive to me at least, but the design was beautiful and lasting, some were handmade, some were recycle material. Once i even had a rare chance to witness a craftsman weaving on a Wishbone Chair. The expensive price is not a put off for people who can afford it, but more importatly to appreciate the design, the idea behind it and the fine worksmanship.

I think a good piece of furniture that can resonate with the owner or the design of your home deserves a place. These products stay with you for a lifetime. Or even can hand it over to the next generation to understand the story and appreciate the beauty of it.

You can view the remaining images of WOHAbeing exhibition on my website.

Am an Architecture Interior and Industrial photographer based in Singapore.  Thank you for reading my blog.

Scaling Down

Scaling down is not a bad thing. Scaling down at this moment is a huge relief for me.

“What are you talking about if i may ask?”

Capture Asia Photography is going to focus on 2 key services in 2018 onwards. Mainly focusing on Architecture Interior and Industrial Photography.

The previous business service in 2016-17 consists of corporate, portraits and event. In the earlier years before 2016 i was also presenting food portfolio as well. Here my thought that time, I have so many portfolios to showcase, i am going to be good with the various skillset, i am so talented because i can do so many things and am going to earn big bucks from different clients. I am going to cover the market with the various skillset i have. So basically, i was firing my “missiles” on everyone in the market! And now i realize, is wrong of me to think this way. I can’t get most of the client. Is painful.

Read on

The funny thing is I had this vision “To be the best architecture and industrial photographer in the world.” But in reality, i was power slamming conflict on myself, because i was offering corporate, portrait, architecture, interior, industrial, covering event service. And why i am offering these services is because of the money. Because of the money, i am providing services that conflict with my vision i had created “To be the best architecture and industrial photographer in the world.” Because of the money, i am providing a service but not to the point of extremely well. Somehow down the months i totally forgot about my vision and it stretches another year. I stop fulfilling my intention to be the best. I miss out the chance to focus on architecture and industrial photography because i was busy with other services that came along.

When i was called upon to do a corporate session. I was nervous. Why i was nervous is because i keep questioning myself whether my lighting will break down, will my lighting set up good enough, is my assistant available, will the client ask for a backdrop to be set up. I was creating these self-doubts and worry. Of course, i still did the job well and the client was happy about it from the feedback I’ve received.

Whereas, if a client wanted me to do an industrial photo shoot, for example, let’s say a logistic company needs pictures. I am happy and excited to go to the meeting with confident, that is lots of positive energy from the start. I know what to say, sharing expertise view, what are the things required from them. I am able to stamp my experience, expertise, and knowledge. I am in full control of the situation and that feels like giving a world-class service. During the photo shoot whatever hurdle that comes along the way i was more interested to solve it and gain that experience. So i am in a way solving their problem, giving a great service – which i call it a “Picture Solution for your business”.

It’s extremely hard to be the best in the world in various genres of photography. I absolutely love taking pictures. However not being an expert but jack of all trades is a waste of my time on this planet. To be good at just what you love, you got to focus your energy and time on it. Be a specialist and expert in it.

You may be thinking, “Ricky, you got 2 skillsets instead of one, you have architecture and industrial, isn’t that conflicting again?”

I did think about it, but my passion for this two genre is almost similar.

  • I am required to work outdoor regardless how hot the weather is.
  • I have the passion to explore and outdoor photography which requires a lot of walking.
  • I enjoy working by myself to have that peaceful moment when i am capturing the scene – the need to feel and interact with the subject is one of the keys to having captivating pictures.
  • I can crisscross my skill set between architecture interior and industrial photography to offer a unique perspective.
  • Both jobs are available for travel, i can easily bring my gears and laptop to work anywhere on this planet.
  • Both are capturing the building, except one is completed, another is in progress.

If you are targetting everyone on the market, you can’t get anything right. You can’t get the problem fix, there will be more problems instead of a problem. Look, I don’t want to be seeing a corporate client on Monday, food client on Tuesday, event client on Wednesday and editing on Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday busy with events.

Go think about it, i know my 11 years of photography is somehow wasted in a way. But hey, we pick up and learn rather than giving up. Is quite scary to hear how business fails after 1 year, 5 years and 10 years. And am going into 12 next year.

I refuse to be victimized again.

Good luck.

 

 Let the spark within you to ignite

Exploring Downtown Line 3 in Singapore

15 Oct 2017 was the opening of the new 16 Downtown Line 3 stations. Like many people, i took this wonderful opportunity to check out the stations. I actually spent about 7 hours to explore all the 16 stations, i think Downtown Line 3 stations are running a combined of 21km in total.

What strikes me most, in particular, was the Bencoolen station. Because i had been going to a nearby venue for photography job for many years, i had witnessed the development of its changes. I also learnt that this is the deepest station in Singapore, surpassing Promenade MRT station at 42 metres deep. When i saw the number of escalators needed to go out or enter, i knew this must be really way below. What a fascinating engineering work.

My objectives were to make nice pictures of the station interior to share with your, enjoy what i love to do, and get to know each new place a bit better. What was even better was there were games booths at each station for the public to enjoy. Each station has a checkpoint for you to chop a stamp on a sheet of paper, collecting all 16 chops will be entitled to a free gift as well.

Each station is giving out a unique postcard relating to the station to the visiting public, i thought the postcard was beautiful and i wanted to collect all of it, but i only managed to get 2 postcards out of the 16 (i post 2 pictures here later on the next edit). There were two bomb shelters were open to the public as well, i had a glimpse of what’s inside and learn about what is ‘dry toilet’. There was also various SCDF personnel spread across the various train station to teach the public how to do CPR and attend to open wound. This is a very educational knowledge regardless of age. Thank you SCDF for imparting such valuable knowledge.

There were two public shelters opened to the public as well, this is a very rare opportunity and i had a tour to understand what is a public shelter look like. I learnt about what is a ‘dry toilet’ through the detail explanation from the SCDF personnel. There was also various SCDF personnel spread across the various train station to teach the public how to perform a CPR and attend to open wound when an emergency situation occurs. A valuable educational knowledge regardless of age. Thank you SCDF for your valuable knowledge. Do check out the list of the public shelter.

Each station has its own unique design, history and art display. The individual station is designed in a way that is related to the neighbourhood. From a photographer’s point of view, there are so many things for me to capture. But there were huge numbers of people moving in and out. Hence it is very challenging to get the best picture i had in mind.

 

Check out all the latest pictures of the Downtown Line 3 Stations

Fort Canning Station


Bencoolen Station


Jalan Besar Station


Bendemeer Station


Geylang Bahru Station

 


Mattar Station


MacPherson Station

 


 

Ubi Station


Kaki Bukit Station


Bedok North Station

 


Bedok Reservoir Station 


Tampines West Station


Tampines Station


Tampines East Station


 Upper Changi Station


Expo Station


From a technical point of view. The lighting condition doesn’t allow me to apply a fast shutter speed in the interior of all the stations. Carrying a tripod in a crowded place is kinda of troublesome, and am not even sure if a tripod is allowed until i saw a few using it? I am setting my camera to ISO3200 for 99% of the images. Honestly, the image quality is only average. People are always talking about shooting high ISO, but i dislike it because i want to preserve the colours and details. Unless my intention is turning the pictures into monochrome. Still, i will need to opt for high ISO setting depending on the situation, got to act flexibly.

I know many people had missed out the open house, the good news is there will be free rides between these new 16 stations on the 21 and 22 Oct 2017. Make sure you take this opportunity to travel with your family and friends.

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Photographing an Office Interior Co Working Space in Singapore

Many months back i was approached by a company am collaborating with to capture their office interior picture for one of their co working space unit. The client wanted high-quality office interior pictures for their marketing materials to promote their co-sharing office space.

Like all commercial and interior job. I did a scouting at their office before the commencement of the photo shoot. Their ex-staff invited me last year to check out their office to see whether i have interest in renting one, and also possible photo shoot as well. But the plan was dragged on until the interior photography came up again as they have a more concrete plan, which is great.

I met up with their new marketing lady to discuss various possibilities of the photo shoot angles and adjustment of the interior space. She even showed me that their working desk can adjust its height electronically, pretty cool!

After the scouting was done, we all have a very clear idea how is the interior photo shoot going to happen. The next part was the confirmation of the date through email.

On the actual day of the shoot, the client also invited a vendor to act as models using their office space. I did a few lifestyle shoot as well, i will share those pictures in the future post.


In the left of this picture, i digitally removed all the messy cables that were underneath the 3 tables, Initially, i thought it was impossible because of the graduation lighting. So i throw myself a challenge and try to edit it away, i was surprised it was possible, but the time taken is very lengthy. I would have loved to remove the cables on the spot but is impossible.


Me and the client also arranged the office interior space to be neat after i confirmed my angle and camera position. As the table height can be adjusted, in the far end you can see one of the desk is actually higher than the other.


For this photo shoot, i set my tripod to a higher height, rather than waist level. I wanted to portray the depth and the facilities in this co sharing office space.


The entrance to the office, utilizing the two-side doors into the composition. “Welcome to the office”.


The last picture was to capture the exterior from outside of the office. I deliberately include the space on the right to give the picture more depth. I was immediately drawn by the result because it feels like an office inside a futuristic spaceship.

After the photo session ended, the client was telling me how much she had enjoyed the photo session with me, she also said she learned a lot as well. I really appreciate how this shoot was fun yet professionally done. I was really happy to receive a positive experience from the client.

See more of my interior photography portfolio gallery as well.

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Photographing a modern office interior in Singapore

I was recommended by a friend back in 2016 to help her friend new office for some work. Throughout the work later, the client and i were discussing interior photography for this newly set-up company based in Singapore. The executive director of the company has the passion for photography as well in another genre. So he more or less understands how photography work. I was happy he decided to hire me for their interior photography pictures.

I was tasked to capture the entire modern office interior – from the working area to the pantry and the reception area. Even though i had been to the office once for other work. I went back for a scouting trip in the office to better understand the design structure and lighting condition in a different timing. This allows me to pre-visualize the scene better when i am doing the photo shoot on an actual day in the given time.

I went into the office really early at 8 am, before the daily operation work begins. The first scene we had discussed via email was to capture the main office area before the working personnel starts to come in. The objective was to portray a clean look without anyone inside the picture.

For the first scene shot. The modern office area was naturally quite bright because the office window was huge. The window has sticker of small dots converge to big dots. Sorts of like generating a small idea to a big dream. There is also a row of small greenery plants to rest the fatigue eye, another wonderful design element to include into my composition. I like how the overhead light is flushed in on the top – the light brightness is fairly soft, perfect for the eyes for productive work. Overall this presents a great interior office picture for my client.

Next i proceed to the conference or meeting room to create some pictures. This is one of the most important places in the company where lots of decision making was made. The meeting room has a really fantastic view of the outside from the very top floor. The challenge is to balance the ambiance light from the outside scene and artificial light for the indoor, all together. My camera won’t be able to perfectly expose the scene i wanted in mind, there is the 2nd part of work to be done in the editing part to make it even better. This was the best scene i like, capturing it in a symmetrical format to show a form a line of discipline

The pantry here is totally different from what i have seen. This company invests well in pantry design. This area looks absolutely cozy to relax a busy mind, can do light chatting about work, or even generating exciting ideas! I totally love the pocket of red popping out from various location. I did various scenes in this pantry as well, and this picture was one of my favorites. Oh ya it even has a television as well, which i seldom see it in office pantry.

Finally is the reception, waiting area. In this picture, i made use of the vertical line as the leading line to view the rest of the design space. I did the editing of the logo as it was reflective of the outside light.

For all the pictures, i hide everything i could in all the scenes. I have already informed them to keep the place clean, keep individual desk super neat. On the day of the photo shoot, i will rearrange the desk, chairs, computers, hide the cables, and reposition or remove a certain object that is obstructive. I love challenging new scene that i never encountered before, it simply pushes my visual skill to the next level. I also take note of various small details that make a full picture more complete. Lastly, i always want to justify the design and space of the office to its best design.

You can view these set of pictures in my interior photography gallery as well

 

Art Gallery Interior Photography – Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Dear readers,

I was fascinated by the avant-garde art display by Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama. So i decided to do a personal series of interior pictures at the National Gallery Singapore. This is the first time i am capturing an avant-garde interior photography picture. Very rarely do our local gallery display and market such art work on a massive scale, and successfully reaching out to the public with the help of media.

Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most influential artists and has played a crucial role in key art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. This is her first major work in Southeast Asia. I am proud to say our local gallery did a fantastic job by bringing in her visionary practice into Singapore.

Enough said, is time for some visual treat!

I was blown away by the huge set up in the hall interior.

My idea was to document each section of the huge display room without any people involved. I want to clearly focus on her art display, and i love a clean and sleeky presentation. However, this is a paid venue for the public to come visit and enjoy art work collection. The biggest hurdle to document this art gallery is to wait for the crowd or a single person to leave the installation room. Plus i don’t have any work relation with the National Gallery as well. I thought this will be a waiting game.

During my first visit, observing the huge number of people coming in. I knew it was not going to be easy. Many people were staying pretty long in the display to take pictures to post on their social media, the more serious ones were quietly enjoying the art work.

With all my love for the tulips

I honestly wish i can put up a tripod and take the pictures with the lowest ISO and the smallest aperture. Well, we know mission impossible. I have to set my ISO over thousands and use at least f/8 and a bearable shutter speed to get a good exposure.

The Spirits of Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens

This is my most sought after interior installation room to document. This room is always filled with people queuing to take pictures. I returned 3 times to get an empty room but it was really tough even after a long wait. And finally, on the fourth try, i got what i have visualized. Lots of patient in the making for this picture.

I truly loved my last picture captured in a low angle yet able to showcase the entire room. Lots of personal satisfaction in it.

Infiniti Mirror Room

Do take note all these individual installation rooms have a long line to it. Be prepared to queue, but it will be totally worth your visual experience.

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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

Exhibition Photography Coverage

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!