Architecture Photography of DUO in Singapore

For many years i have been witnessing this DUO building working it way up to the skyline in Singapore. One particular sight i can clearly remember was seeing the construction workers assembling the tower crane in mid air on a scorching day, i was feeling the sweat and intense heat with them even i was standing under the shelter.

DUO consists of DUO Residences and DUO Tower. The entire building is like a partially commercial bee hive – with the individual honeycomb shape facade in place. The architecture design looks unconventional to me.

Hope you enjoy the pictures below.

When the night fall, the entire building is lighted up, glamouring itself with a glazing effect. It gives a different feel to the surrounding but i wouldn’t say is outstanding or attractive either. Over time it will simply blend in with other nearby high rises buildings.

Before the construction of DUO on 2012. This space used to be an empty spacious green field. Sometimes on the weekend, i can see a small group of people playing football. I enjoy walking past there when i was taking pictures of the street. Singapore’s land is considered extremely scarce. Every inch of land is just waiting to be redeveloped for either commercial or public purpose.

On the side note, i feel there is a lack of rooftop accessibility for the public. I got no idea for whatever reason why there are not many in Singapore despite so many high rises buildings. Personally, i love going up to skyscraper to enjoy the city view in other countries, i would pay money for it despite the high entrance fee, skyscraper i have visited like the Taipei 101 and Shanghai Tower offer a very generous view of the city surrounding. In Singapore, Marina Bay Sands and 1-Altitude is the only place i know in the city that offers an aerial view – both require an entrance fee. Another place is Orchard ION but the place is currently under construction till Oct 2017, although is free but is open for certain hours.

If you are interested to read more about DUO, check out Archdaily for a more technical explanation. You can also head over to my gallery too.

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EXPERIENCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Dear reader,

This is what I think now. Experience in photography doesn’t sell at all.

I believe am the best in creating commercially valued photographs. Today and the future, i only want to make picture with all my heart and soul in it. I want to provide the best photographs for my entire client, nothing less. Telling potential client I have more than 10 years of experience. Some people will still doubt my credibility.

Honestly, i think I am the best photographer in this business. If not I am wasting precious time, passion and commitment in the wrong business.

Today. All photographers are very good; many photographers are competing for one job. I looked at Instagram, I know student photographers are very talented, i can’t compete against them because they do jobs for free to get a portfolio. These kids are probably more creative than you and I.

This is what i think, the number of years taking pictures does not matter anymore. Someone will always be better. This doesn’t mean you should lose faith.

The journey to be a successful photographer is to know how to brand your business, market your name, hustle really hard for what you want to specialize in. Aim to be the number ONE in the field you are strongly passionate about.

Get your new client to write a business testimonials after a job is completed. Make sure you did well, give them more than they asked for if possible.

Offer picture solution, not creating problem

Clients won’t like a photographer to give problem when they got other problems on hand. A professional photographer is hired to give the client picture solution.

Be super proactive

When there is a doubt; check back, clarify, ask a question. Never assume anything.

Unleash your photography skill

You have spent several years practicing photography, sharpening your visual. Unlease all the skill you have mastered, no need to hide secret photography skill. Because the internet leaks all secret.

Be your own self

I am always friendly with people. I make sure people are comfortable in front of my camera. I am very easy to chat with. I always want to be cheerful and a fun person when am working. Because i am doing what i love and passionate about.

Care for your client’s job

By doing a fantastic photography job, not only your client will like your service. Your client can also impress his boss because your client did his job well. Is a win win for everyone.

By having testimonials will squash all doubters. I don’t want to waste time to do much explanation of what i can do. My outstanding portfolio and testimonial say it all about me and my business.

Wish everyone a great weekend.

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Singapore Corporate Photographer

A quick share. This is one of the latest corporate photography work in Singapore. Capture Asia Photography was commissioned to capture pictures of a local employee on location. The pictures were to be used in their company Sustainability Report months later.

Although three pictures were used in the report which is really wonderful! Like any other photo shoot, i put in lots of energy and heart into it. The client herself flew in personally from Thailand office to be involved in the process. I only managed to meet up with her on the photo session day. We quickly got into the business because time schedule was tight, their employee i am working with only got half a day instead of a whole day due to his hectic work commitment. An unexpected twist of an event.

Panic button was not required. One week before, i already did a recce trip at the company to have a better visual understanding of their corporate office environment. Even much earlier, there was​ already discussion about the photo shoot through email and phone discussion. Hence the change of situation was calmly, yet only to be focusing on working out the various scenes i needed. I also constantly checking back with the client to confirm several spots and art direction. While my fantastic assistant was busy preparing the lightings and gears for me, a good assistant rocks!

I somehow always took interest how the final pictures I’ve​ captured will turn out to be in use. Because of the way how the designer will crop the pictures to use it.

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

 

How i started Architecture Photography

Dear readers,

This is a short story how i fall in love about architecture photography.

Many years ago, an architecture photographer shared with me about his thoughts of taking architecture pictures. He said, “You must feel for the building, talk with the building.” At that point, i thought he was mad. How do i even talk to a building that was built with concrete and steel? The interest for architecture was not in my biggest interest at that point in time. However, those words turned out to become a golden advice. I have to apologize inside my heart thinking he was mad.

How did architecture embark into my life? About 4 years ago, i was required to visit several places in Singapore for a German start-up company. This company sent me a long list of the brief of the Do’s and Don’t for their picture requirement. That was how i truly understand about capturing interior and exterior photography, i also further study it through books and online to increase my knowledge, go out to the field to practice, and finally the editing.

On a personal note. I left my good career as a soldier to pursue photography 11 years ago. Only recently, i start to understand what i want to achieve. Visualize my career goal is ultimately an established commercial photographer (architecture, interior, corporate, industrial), jetting all over the world to take pictures for many top companies, providing them with great pictures for their marketing materials, let the world see my pictures. Commercial photography jobs have developed into the​ main stream for me. I truly love visiting​ various type of companies to capture a ​different set of photo requirement or a visual telling story requirement for clients. I never hate the traveling part, is always a very refreshing experience. I loved the challenges that were thrown onto me. My company always aims​ to provide a picture solution for all my client.

I have recently reshuffled my photography website. I have categorized​ all my photos of architecture by the name. Rather than putting various architecture pictures all on​ a single page, which can look​ so shambles. It was a lot of hard work to do it, but i think it is really worth the pain to look more organized, and professionally presentable. I had a clearer picture what i can do to make the picture better.


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I know i am not a great writer, I believe there is​ always room for improvement, i may not realize​​ what is still needed in order to be better. If you have any suggestion please feel free to leave a comment below. However, ​i wish to share this useful information​ as much i can through my own experience, and i hope you may absorb​ something from my writing. If you like today’s blog, please support me with a “like” and share my page on your social media channels. If you have a comment or suggestion, i would love your input too.

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

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

Client testimonials

I have to emphasise what works for me may not work for you.

This business method took me a long time to figure out. I am by no way a business graduate. I simply read more to learn.

I realised a lot of small business that just put a foot into the complex world of business may lack clear business contacts. There are plenty of purchasers out there need to purchase a product for specific use, hire a professional service to complete a certain task that is not within individual skill set.

Depending on the type of good or services needed. Purchaser will consider various factors such as pricing, experience, depth of specialise skill, uniqueness, or even the way of communication to a certain extent. Before a deal is successfully seal.


Word of mouth is incredibly creditable. Because if people love your service or product, they will refer you to other people, and so on to expand more opportunities and turning prospects into sales.

If your business is just starting out, it can be difficult without word of mouth. That is when client testimonials plays a big role in the business. Let’s say if someone found me on Google. They visit my website and love my style of work. But they are not sure whether am i reliable or credible? That is when client testimonial comes in; with my client testimonials record, i am able to show credibility and create a form of assurance. This will be an opportunity to justify my service reliability.

I wish i would have know this since day 1 eleven years ago. I understand how much struggle and pain is involved. Is time to take out your phone, ring your client and request a testimonial for your business. If not ask for a testimonials in your next business.

My dear readers, make a living in something you love. Then you got to be very passionate in your own business. There are always room for improvement

Come see my Client Testimonials in my website.

With Love,

Ricky Gui


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

You Are What You Think

Many years ago. I asked myself what other type of photography service i can challenge myself. I got an adventurous personality. I like something that is challenging, a tough job that not many photographers would want to do. Yet, the money is good. The solution came up no later, it was the industrial photography i wish to take on.

 

Our thoughts processes are intimately connected to the physical world. The mind can affect physical reality. Back then, i was thinking how can i jumped into industrial photography. With no portfolio to show, 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 capture some industrial photography pictures. I study what is the best timing to take the picture, observe what is happening on the site that may continue on the following day.

Each day i was telling myself in mind, “i want to do industrial photography work, i want to do industrial photography.” It become a repetitive process, even on bed before i sleep each night i was still thinking about it. Talk about developing the subconscious. At that point of time i didn’t even have a clue what is mind power about.

I’ve unintentionally continued to repeat the whole process; scout for a site, make picture, edit, tell myself i want to do industrial photography, repeat. I finally accumulated some pictures i am pleased with, posted it up on my website, blog about it.

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

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