We have gathered 6 of the best corporate event photographers in Singapore to share insights of their profession and the industry. Read on to learn about their experiences.
Event Photographers You Can Trust
Every event is slightly different and every photographer takes a different approach in their craft. It is no wonder finding a photographer for your event can sometimes be a stressful process. In most cases, an experienced photographer can alleviate the uncertainty. We have gathered some of the best corporate event photographers for this article. We hope shed light on the profession and make the process of choosing a photographer less stressful.
Event Photographer: Steven Wong
Steven started out his photography journey as a hobbyist. You would always find him at Sungei Buloh wetland reserve with a huge telephoto lens. Waiting patiently for the right moment to capture images of the beautiful rare bird sightings. After gaining a wealth of experience in the service industry, he makes a new commitment to pursue his passion by taking on his career in photography. Steven has been a professional photographer for 5 years and has never looked back.
Event Photography Tips From Steven Wong
When preparing for a shoot, other than packing your usual camera bag, it is important to anticipate what is going to happen at your event. It is a good practice to do a little bit of research on the location of your event. Google Maps is easily and readily available. This gives you a good gauge on how your event venue would look like. However, if your event is an indoor event, a little hack that I love to use is the Instagram location function. This allows you to see other photos that have been taken at the event location. With this, I like to gauge the lighting conditions at the event venue and bring extra equipment if needed. If you are unsure always bring extra just to play it safe. I also like to carry an extra camera in my camera bag in case anything happens to my main camera.
Edit images individually
Edit every photo individually! I cannot stress this enough. It is common to find photographers who batch edit their images by using presets. Editing image individually allows me to fine tune the details. It takes much more time but my clients get great quality images.
Event Photographer: Jamie Yeo
Graduating with a diploma in 3D Animation Jamie found herself having a 360-degree career change when she decided to follow her passion for photography. Being a female photographer in the male-dominated career path has definitely brought about many questions. As I got the chance to sit down and have a chat with her, she shared her struggles in being a female photographer in Singapore. She commonly gets passing remarks such as “Woah, very rare to see a female photographer” or “Are those gears very heavy for you?” She personally feels that the weight of the gear shouldn’t be an issue just because she is a girl. She hopes to encourage young aspiring female photographers to join her in their photography journey, she always believes that the fear of judgment shouldn’t hold anyone back because fear is an illusion. “Always be confident in your works.”
Event Photography Tips From Jamie Yeo
Always include a variety of angles in your shots
When shooting speakers for events. Many event photographers would photograph the individual from one to two angles and call it a day. Personally, I prefer experimenting with my shots, taking the same subject from different angles. If you’re thinking of trying out event photography, I would suggest you to try experimenting with five different angles. With each angle, shoot one tight shot, one medium shot, and one wide shot. This will give you about 15 different shots you can play with. This is a great way to learn and find out more about which angles you prefer, especially if you are just starting out.
Observe and feel the vibe of the event
Another tip would be to be observant and attentive to your surroundings. I personally love capturing the “moment”. Well the “moment” to me is the vibe of the event. This include shots of people smiling, laughing, conversing and overall having a great time. These shots act as memorabilia for your client and they would definitely appreciate such shots in the mix of all the other shots. I believe that the photos produced should always reflect the overall vibe of the entire event – a romantic scene for weddings, blowing candles for birthdays and crowds cheering for concerts, etc.
Event Photographer: Alex Yee
Having been a photographer for more than 20 years Alex has already established and built a name for himself in the event industry. Throughout the decades, he always remained humble and believes that there is always more to learn! He commented that as long as he has enough money to get by, he is contented. His passion for photography is indeed stood the test of time!
Event Photography Tip From Alex Yee
Arriving early is something that many photographers take for granted. Always arrive at least an hour before the event. The extra time ensure that an unforeseen traffic jam or a difficult-to-find venue does not stop you from arriving punctually.
Familarise with the venue
Arriving early also has additional perks, it gives you time to familarise with the event venue. This includes identifying the entrance where GOH or VIP will be arriving from. The client will also have more time to brief you on the event requirements.
Event Photographer: Boris Kuek
Boris discovered his photography passion in 2009, capturing the beauty of different moments, breathtaking landscapes and stillness of nature. He believes in constant self-improvement, and noted that the photography community is constantly learning and improving by learning from each other. Since then, he has racked-ed up a number of accomplishments for himself, the proudest moment for him was being featured on in the local Chinese newspaper, LianHeZaoBao as part of an expedition team called Urban Explorers of Singapore. Boris is now a full-time professional photographer specialising in events and independent photo shoots.
Event Photography Tips From Boris Kuek
Know your client
You can have the best images, the most beautiful and creative shot. But if you aren’t able to capture what the client wants or require, no amount of beautiful images can save you from being eliminated from the client’s list of ‘go-to’ photographers.
Don’t take the trust for granted
When client engage our professional service, they are putting a great deal of trust on us. A missed moment may mean a missed opportunity for the future. Always double check with clients on the requirements and important moments before the event starts and keep watch of the schedule. Some events run really quickly, and an important segment could be over in the blink of an eye. If you are not present at the right place at the right time, you missed your chance. Try your best to keep in mind what the next program is, so you won’t be surprised by the swift turn of events. Sometimes, last minute changes are inevitable, so always be on the lookout and keep yourself alert. You will never miss a shot if you are mentally prepared.
Event Photographer: Timothy Yap
Timothy is the kind of guy that always loved photography as a kid. But he never got the chance to pursue it until 2008. He was handed a camera during his internship to capture the vibes of different events. That kick-started his photography journey and he moved on to work with commercial photographers at a creative agency. After years of hard work, he managed to save enough money to buy his own camera. During then, he would shoot and upload his works on social media, and a year after, he started receiving enquiries to render his services. In 2009, he made the decision to jump into doing photography full-time and there was no turning back for him.
Event Photography Tips From Timothy Yap
The technical know hows
When you are shooting for events, the lighting conditions are unpredictable. If it is an indoor event, there might be bright lights and lighting changes throughout the event. On the other hand, if it is an outdoor event, the sun and the clouds are going to be your worst enemy because the atmospheric lightning is going to be constantly changing. So being proficient with technical skills can really give you an edge when shooting events. Events are usually very fast paced, so you need to work quickly when changing your settings to make sure you don’t miss your shot. Knowing the right shutter speed, aperture, ISO to use will allow you to easily and swiftly change the settings according to the surroundings. Sometimes, I do like to say that there is a little bit of luck involved as well. If you’re lucky, the atmospheric lighting can work in your favour as well. For example, if it is consistently cloudy throughout you wouldn’t need to change too much of your settings. So yeap, I would say the most important tip is to know your camera well, but don’t worry this definitely comes with time and experience as well.
Event Photographer: Alvin Ho
Alvin has a passion for both photography and music. He loves to combine both of his passions into one, so you’ll commonly find him photographing music festivals or concerts. He loves capturing live music moments and the atmosphere and vibe of each venue, be it an intimate music showcase or a sold out concert arena.
Event Photography Tips From Alvin Ho
To prepare myself for a concert shoot, I tend to review live videos from recent shows that the band I’m shooting has played. I take mental notes of anything unique that the band has a tendency to do while performing live, for example, a particular moment in a song where a member of the band will come out to interact with the crowd. Everything else after that is a balance of both the vibe of the whole show as well as the anticipation of what could happen during the performance because concert photography is, after all, fairly unpredictable and always get ready to be surprised
The unspoken rules: Tips for beginners
Don’t hog the same spot. Be Mindful. Once you’ve got your shot, move away and let other photographers that your place. This is an unspoken form of respect between photographers in the industry.
Don’t burst your shots, it lengthens your editing process. Practice shooting single shots. When you first start out you tend to shoot everything, its good but don’t stick to the same style, experiment with your shots. So for the next event, challenge yourself to shoot only photos you think you would keep.
I personally shoot with a micro 4/3 camera. I wouldn’t recommend individuals to spend money on a full frame camera. I feel that you don’t need good gear to produce good images. You can work with what you have, understand your gear and its limitations and you can most certainly work around them.
Being in the industry for so long, I too am constantly learning and improving myself. So always remember to say humble and learn from others. When you are starting out don’t be afraid to ask fellow photographers, you’ll soon come to realize they are the friendliest people you’d meet, just show them respect and they will be more than happy to show you the tricks of their trade! Don’t take offense to negative comments, instead think of how you can improve from them.
Erratic uncontrolled lighting conditions, unpredictable movements, and loud music are what you get when photographing a live concert. Also for most concerts, the usage of flash is not permitted as it is distracting for both the audience and the performer. As a concert photographer, you definitely have a job to do but the show will always go on as long as the performers are on stage and fans are in attendance, so you should never get in the way of either of them.
I strongly advise to be well equipped for different situations and not just in equipment. It will be good to have a camera with good ISO performance and a couple of lenses covering a wide range to prepare you for most situations. With that said, having the best lenses and cameras only makes the process of capturing live music photography easier but doesn’t guarantee you a perfect shot. I believe it takes a lot of experience coupled, immense technical knowledge and the right equipment to get the job done.