Friday, March 22, 2013

Why I prefer photos to videos? #idphotography

Although I do dabble in the occasional video production and stuffs, but what really gets to me is still photography. Some might say that video is a richer medium to work with, with its added media elements of sound, motion, and even the added special effects. Yes it is perhaps true that video offers that added dimensionality to its viewers, but sometimes they are just more captivating and riveting. There is no denying that, but for someone who prefers things to be simpler, I guess I am a sucker for telling stories as simply as I can, without the added 'fireworks'. While others love the occasional 'rojak' (a vegetable salad usually eaten with peanut-based gravy), to me a simple dish of pisang goreng (banana fritters) is good enough to satisfy my tastebuds.

Photos by id photography

Friday, March 15, 2013

Street Vendors... #idphotography

I've always been amazed by the entrepreneurial spirit of street vendors, being able to make that distant connection between having fun or partaking in the celebrations, versus, selling their wares to participants. I was doing my usual photography routines when I noticed the street vendors that were doing a brisk business satisfying the crowd's desires. Here are some snapshots that I took. Enjoy.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Chingay...celebrating the people

Here's 2 of my favourite snapshots for my latest project on the Chingay celebrations near my neighbourhood. For more pictures and a short essay, please head down to my Behance portfolio HERE.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Photographic maturity: the want to evolve

One of the things that I have noticed over the years as I continue to work on my photography is the evolution of my photographic genre, and more specifically my preference towards certain stylistics. I guess most photographers would undergo through that evolution of sorts, whether continuously or at discrete points of their lives. And maybe perhaps this change could result due to a change in certain aspects of their lives, most probably a major one.

But more than just about the change in genre, the important factor is the need for that photographic maturity to evolve and develop itself. It sometimes does take time for one's maturity to seed and germinate, and for some, it takes longer than others. But change you must, lest you'd be caught in a situation where none of your 2 pictures or more are different.

Cloud Forest@Gardens By The Bay, Singapore. Photo by irfan darian/idgraphy.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ushering in the sssnake...

Here's wishing my readers who are celebrating Chinese New Year, a prosperous year of the snake. Huat ah!

In preparation for Lo Hei. Photo by idgraphy.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The eye, the camera, and the moment

Amongst some of the things that I am really disappointed at times as an amateur photographer is how people always asked what camera am I using when I show them my pics. Which then reminded me of a joke about how a photographer, when asked/told about this by a chef, poked fun at him, by complimenting him, and then asking what kind of pots/pans/cooking utensils was he using, in order to achieve such culinary goodness.

But honestly, I do think that at times, the tools that you have at your disposal does play a small part to capture that memorable photo. BUT....more than about that tool, you must be able to pre-visualise how that photo looks like, even before taking it. To me, there could be 2 types of photographers out there, one who pre-visualises his photos, and one who doesn't.

I've always had this notion beforehand, that photography is about having the biggest and baddest camera hanging round your neck. But my recent interests in black and white photography, and my desire to capture simplicity in all my recent photos, just changed my perception of certain things. Yes, the tools are important, but I guess it adds up only to a certain qualitative level to your photography. The eye, the ability to 'see' your photos, the basic skills of composition, understanding the light, understanding your subject, being able to 'read' them too...all these are just some of the skills that one has to hone in order to capture that perfect moment.

Which brings me to the idea of THAT moment. It is never easy for one to capture a memorable moment in a flash, and on a non-moving medium like a photo. But that is perhaps THE challenge for photographers. And I don't mean that that could be resolved by setting your camera to multiple-exposures, and then snapping away while letting the camera do its job. It is about the skill, the patience, the understanding of the environment of your subject...all these factors must come together at the right time, in order to allow you, as the photographer, to capture THAT moment. And of course, that capture must also lends itself to you being able to imagine how that capture would look like in your head, and hopefully, to your tools not failing on you!

So here, to all my photography friends out there, keep on snapping!

My colleagues doing the Lo Hei, as part of the customary celebrations for
the Chinese New Year. Photo by idgraphy

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Reviewing my photographic genre

I think it is an understatement that besides hot models, children are the next best set of models that most people would love to see pictures of. But the difference between the 2, is definitely the level of control that a photographer would have over them. Whilst the former are defined by pretty much, contractual terms, payment, and the eventual clients' expectations, the latter's terms are somewhat more fluid. It always amazes me how much of an effort a photographer would take in order to take pictures of babies and toddlers...and perhaps sometimes it is not just about the mere technicalities of photography that one would need to equip himself/herself in his bag full of tricks. But perhaps more specifically, this bag would also contain 'tools' that would be able to mitigate the unpredictable nature of babies and toddlers.

I am myself not much of a people photographer person sort, but the birth of my twins just adds a whole new dimension to my photos, and also my photography. Perhaps it is a call for me to relook at my photographic genre, or more specifically, my main genre/s of interest in my photographs. You never know, some things do happen for a reason.

Eliza playing peek-a-boo with me, and wondering
what Papa is doing behind that closed folding door.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The best the one that you have with you NOW

I have always believe in the above adage, and the fact that more often than not, a good picture is the result solely due to the photographer, rather than the camera itself. Likewise, I always have my mobile with me, and true to my constant need to capture all things interesting visually, caffeine top-ups at coffee joints proves to be one of my favourite places to capture these images. Here's some from my Vietnam trip.