Hi, my name is Jai (@jaion.t) and I am an aspiring photographer based in Singapore. I enjoy taking photos of people, landscapes and turning moments that hardly catch the eye of the public, into an interesting piece of art.
I picked up my first camera about 3 years ago. Back then, I was inspired by a close friend of mine who started photography a year earlier and a couple of other photographers in my country who were shooting sneakers and cityscapes. I didn’t have enough money to afford my own camera back then so I used up my savings to buy a second-hand camera. I wasn’t studying anything related to the media in school but was very blessed to have a friend who was experienced in photography and of course, the very resourceful internet, to guide me in photography techniques as well as photo editing.
I started editing my photos using Adobe Lightroom and I still am, mainly because the software is very user friendly and simplified especially when editing the colours of the image. I would recommend photographers, who are looking to improve their understanding of this application, to purchase presets from other creators to understand the different tones and functions. I also use Adobe Photoshop to touch up my images and blend different images together. This is where I express my creativity and create a visual I want to portray - Photoshop helps me do that!
My favourite photography tip which I find most useful is leading lines. In a photograph, there can sometimes be a lot going on, being able to capture the audience’s focus within that split-second while someone is scrolling through their Instagram page can seem a bit tough. Having a photograph that is composited in a manner where everything else is leading to the subject can help the audience focus on what the photographer wants to portray.
Another tip I find very useful when compositing my image is adding very subtle external images into your original photo to make it more interesting. For example the landscape I took with an airplane I edited into the original photo.
This is a series of photos I shot for a Korean dance celebrity back in September 2017. He was here in Singapore to shoot his very first music video and engaged my friend to film the footage. I was there to help capture some of the behind-the-scenes moments. It was a very casual shoot, not much pressure, and I really enjoyed the process of it.
I am currently using a Canon 5D mark iii and I think it is an affordable, full frame, single reflex lens that serves its purpose well. The run-and-gun lens I usually use is the canon 16-35mm f2.8L mark ii because it is a really versatile lens and the low aperture allows decent, low light performance. There is no specific camera that a photographer should have in order to produce a good piece of work. As long as you put in the work, you will keep improving and eventually be good.