Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Commercial Photography : Iki Studio

These gorgeous minimalist watches designed by Iki Studio came to our office two weeks ago for some catalogue photos.

Photography was straight forward. I place the products inside the light tent to create nice even lighting from all directions. The challenge is to portray the stainless steel face accurately (the one on the left). It is very reflective and the light that bounces off made it look completely white. 

With some clever positioning of the lights and some tweaking of the curves in photoshop, It looks like stainless steel now. 

If you have similar products that needed photos done, please send an email to ted@teddytan.com.au .

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Facebook........LIVE !

Any of you IT savvy folks has “liked” my page on Facebook? I had a play with Facebook Live a few days ago, and it seemed like a fun way to connect with my audiences. So here’s the question: What would you like to see in my next live video?

I already have a few ideas in mind,
-          Go behind the scene and have a peek at a photoshoot
-          Going through my bag, see what gears do I pack.
-          A live stream from my lighting and portrait workshop
-          Q&A session, ask me anything! Pick my brains! Maybe I will reveal some trade secrets!

It can even be non photography related, like what I am having for lunch. Let me know by commenting below!


If you have not liked my Facebook page yet, click on the link below and choose to be notified whenever I am on LIVE !

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Where do I find inspiration ?

It’s been over seven years since the day I photographed my very first wedding.  With hundreds of weddings under my belt now, things start to appear repetitive. So how do I stay fresh?

Outside of wedding photography, I collaborate with models and makeup artist on various personal projects . Commonly known as Time-for-prints (TFP), these  projects allow me to experiment without the consequences of failure in an otherwise paid job.

It may seem daunting at first to put together all the logistics. But the result is worth the effort, not to mention subsequent photoshoots will be easier. There are a few ways to get the ball rolling – emulating other people’s work with my own interpretation, building a theme around a piece of amazing clothing or prop, or simply let my imagination runs wild.



Take this photo titled "Sewer Fishing" for example, the inspiration came from my childhood experiences when I caught tadpoles from the drain. The challenging thing in this shoot is crowd control. Luckily I had an assistant who helped directing the people while I concentrate on the shoot.

I also volunteer to teach portraiture lighting at a local camera club. I find that being able to impart my knowledge gives me satisfaction. Talking to my fellow photographers also generates fresh ideas and keeps me up to date in technology development. 

Sometimes I also go on road trips. By far the most frequented one is the Great Ocean Road. Visiting the same place at different time of the year bring fresh perspective to me. Usually I will also take this opportunity to location scout.

Fellow artists, I want to hear from you! So how do you let your creative juices flow? Leave a comment below!

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My name is Teddy and I am a Melbourne wedding photographer. Please visit my website http://www.teddytan.com.au. This blog contains all the news and happenings of my photography encounter - casting calls, photoshoots and things. I can be contacted by phone 0405642535 or email ted@teddytan.com.au

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