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Seeking refuge…

Sometimes I wonder my purpose in life… like heartbeat, life is full of up and down… It isn’t always a smooth sailing…

Somehow, I feel “lighter” when I see genuine smile and a beautiful connection between the family.

This has to be the biggest benefit of being a photographer… finding refuge in their own little world… it is the transparent cave that I crave.

 

Every time I step in my “zone”, it felt life is full of possibility… it is exhilarating when emotion can be expressed in a tangible way, moreover, when that expression touch someone’s life… that’s a purpose of my life I suppose…

What I am looking for, is something unique… it is something that you feel about the individual on how they “connect”… something magical that keep me going back for more.

A simple shoot for Yvonne was like a chit chat with friends who have similar understanding in “expressing the emotion” through photography…

 

 

Last but not least… I love it when clients find time and effort to leave me a feedback…

 

Regards,

Hart Tan
Associate Master Photographer
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Family holiday 2015…

Every year, many families including ours planning for holiday either locally or within the region or some place far away…

Holiday is an interesting way to relax, spending time together, recharge, refresh and ready to tackle what’s ahead of us when we are back.

Our children loves animal, playground and intrigue with natural and we love some where that is quiet, some place to think.


Pictures are great way to remember what we do, where we go, food we eat, and most importantly, what our kids do… I love capturing what our kids do as that reminds me of who they were as they grow… It is always a great pleasure to see those images of them growing up. I tend to organise those picture in an album with images that I took of them… they could tell me so much details about our holiday that we did years ago and I thought, their memories are good but only discover that they co-sleeping with those album from time to time. That gives me the motivation to keep doing it and best part of being a photographer, I have an in-house album designer who can take on the job for me… if left to me, nothing will be done.

However, for those who know how, have the time and willing to do it themselves… there are a few album printers in Singapore/Malaysia… (I have not tried them, but they seems to be legit, check them out before making a purchase…)

1. Photo Genie – http://www.photogenie.com/
2. Photobook – http://www.photobooksingapore.com/
3. Photobookmart – http://www.photobookmart.com.my/
4. Fotohub – http://www.fotohub.com/

I have help some of my clients to do the same using the resources that we have to get their holiday pictures organised. It is the part of what I believe in preserving memories… helping others to have something tangible to remember their holiday with. So why don’t email us if you simply want something to keep yet find it difficult to jungle everything yourself while have the layout done by professional album designer?

 

Regards,

Hart Tan
Associate Master Photographer
www.tomato.sg
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Landscape editing tips… – Color balance

More often then not, when we look at a scene when are are on holiday and our mind perceive how it looks but only let down by the camera for its ability to “think” like we do…

Of course, it is not wrong to have the image in “cooler” or “warmer”, it is simply a personal preferences.

With digital photography, we have more control nowadays…

Here is how I merge the “warm late evening glow” with the glorious OZ blue sky using mask.

This is to show you how the 3 image compare. the top is the composite and the bottom two was with different – color temperature or White balance.

A simple edit to get something close to what my mind perceived.
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Hart Tan
Associate Master Photographer
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9 Facts that Business is like driving…

Sadly, in this world today, we are glued to the screen and whatever the information that it feeds us… we all know that we should look away…

Driving though, forces you to put them down and concentrate on driving…

So naturally, being more of an outdoor family photographer, I spend a lot of time on the road, that gives me time to think, to feel, to come out with ideas… most of them by drawing the similarity in the traffic and business… Just stating some fact and not offering much solution because I feel solution is unique to individual and part of the “Fun” is to figure things out.

Like business or photography, when we just started, we stumble, we constantly looking at those “setting” and worrying that we don’t do the “right things”. We may do a few “wrong” things here and there… as we progress along, we feel more in control, we know our shit!!! finally…

But after years and years on the road, I discover a few things that I thought relevant in set you thinking in running your business…

1. If you follow the leader of the pack, you can’t see what is in front of them – just think driving behind a big trucks.
2. There are many cars on the road, but they don’t actually do much to the state of your mind and where you are trying to go… but sometimes, those are distractions that is difficult to ignore for many. One may criticize how one is driving, how one SHOULD drive, etc…
3. It is easier to switch lane when you are moving and in full control of your own situation… at the same time, it is very difficult to move out of the non-moving state…
4. Outer lane, though dedicated to faster moving traffic isn’t always the fastest lane.
5. Going fast isn’t always make you reaching your goal faster.
6. Going slower, enjoying the view while you drive and having clear understanding of what the traffic condition gives is more enjoyable and more control on how you use your resources to get to a point.
7. It is wasteful to drive abruptly… like stepping on gas too fast, breaking too hard, etc…
8. Strategy and conserving resources allow you to move consistently without getting caught in situation
9. Be aware of what’s around them, but don’t overly worry about your surrounding.
At the end of the day… we do get to a point that we want to go… the journey is rather important… I prefer going slower, enjoy the ride and get to the point in the time frame that I wanted. What’s yours?

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Hart Tan
Associate Master Photographer
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No one INSPIRED to be a professional photographer

I believe no one in their sound mind would be inspired to be a professional photographer.

Be it a wedding photographer, Family Portrait Photographer, Newborn Photographer or Children Photographer…

You might say…  But… I LOOOOOVEEEE taking pictures…    yes, that’s that!

 

For many, myself included, started photography and enjoy the “possibility” of creating something… and we devote majority our free time with learning and learning and learning about photography. Some become well converse in “photography terms” and spitting out words like “stop”, “depth of field”, “shadow”, “mid-tone”, “light”, etc like how we breath air.

Our work being praise by the friends and family in online and off-line, etc… We feel that we are floating in the air… ya, that feel great!!!

Of course, the natural progression is GOING PRO…

 

RIGHT???

 

Let me burst your bubble for one second. Going PRO isn’t a progression or the next level of acknowledgement of your work. Its like FALL in LOVE and MARRIAGE – *don’t get me wrong, I am a happilly married with 3 kids…  so read on please!!!

It was a wonderful feeling when you fall in love and everything seems “PERFECT”, nothing and its absolutely nothing that will hold us back… as time passes, the natural progression is Marriage… now, some might say, marriage is the end of LOVE… but I think otherwise…

now, here is the thing… you suddenly find yourself in REALITY!!!

 

but i digress…

The reality of being a professional is this… much like a marriage life, you have to make things work… the keywords here “Make Things Work”

What I mean by that is, it is never JUST about YOU anymore… it is you, your other half, your family and your other half family… much like work, its you and your clients.

We always have to remember our purpose when we offer our service as a photographer to the world… photography is a finite things that you do and it is 10% of you do as professional photographer.

First, you find people who like your work:
Then, you find people who like your work, to talk to you:
Then, you find people who like your work, to talk to you, to be interested enough to consider booking you;
Then, you find people who like your work, to talk to you, to be interested enough to consider booking you; to actually agree on the price you charge;
Then, you find people who like your work, to talk to you, to be interested enough to consider booking you; to actually agree on the price you charge; to actual pay for a session;
Then, you find people who like your work, to talk to you, to be interested enough to consider booking you; to actually agree on the price you charge; to actual pay for a session; to make put in a date with you;
Then, you find people who like your work, to talk to you, to be interested enough to consider booking you; to actually agree on the price you charge; to actual pay for a session; to make put in a date with you; to prepare their family and travel to shoot location;
Then, you find people who like your work, to talk to you, to be interested enough to consider booking you; to actually agree on the price you charge; to actual pay for a session; to make put in a date with you; to prepare their family and travel to shoot location; to subject themselves to the shoot; etc, etc etc
Then, after all that… you need to make sure they are happy with the results… and you need to get them to order, then you need to get the order done for them as soon as possible to the way you promise them.

I am talking about 1 cycle… with 250-300 cycles a year and I had to do that again and again and again with as little deviation as possible between them and I am just like anyone else, the imperfect human being that has low and high in life.

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Furthermore, what you LOVE doing is photography but in order for you to do that 10% of what you love… you actually have to do 90% of things that offer you the 10%. Its crazy isn’t it?

But what keep a photographer, like myself, going back for more?

For sure, it isn’t just the monetary return, it isn’t the kick of doing things that you don’t want to do, it almost certain the LOVE for photography will prevail…?

One day down the line after years of working extremely hard… BOOOOMMM… you got an email saying “I HATE THE IMAGES”… It happen to me before many years ago… It wasn’t nice… if could floor you and put you right at the bottom of the deepest valley of this earth and finding yourself in a very dark, unappetizing place…

Some stays there and quit. Some climb and many falls back down, some reach the same point they were and make things better to reduce the likelihood of receiving the email that says “I HATE YOU”.

For those who start again from that point, the biggest things to bring them back to their LOVE of photography is their sense and purpose of doing what they are doing.

So what kept me safe and kept me wanting badly to go to the next shoot is what I feel is important…

 

The important of honoring people’s trust in selecting me to preserve their memories for them… This keep me goingother rewards are just icing to the cake.

 

With that in mind and oversubscribe as I always be, I find it difficult to convince myself to do less in preserving memories.

 

That’s how I feel about being a professional photographer specialising in preserving a little part of people’s memory.

Regards,

Hart Tan
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