When I was just starting out in photography, these 3 where some of the names I’ve looked up to for information and inspiration. It started with Joe McNally for the use of flash guns to improve my general photography. Then with Zack Arias on commercial photography and his one light philosophy. Then finally with Greg Heisler, for his intelligent and insightful approach on shooting portraits. Having all them in Popup GPP Singapore 2014 is quite a big deal. It’s like having Pearl Jam, Metallica, and Nirvana all in one big rock concert (yes, I was a teen of the 90′s).
I was invited to try out the Nikon Df for a couple of weeks to see what I think about it. I knew it received a lot of backlash from the online community when it was released, most thought it was all form and no function. But there was one thing that really piqued my interest in this camera… it wasn’t the back-to-basics retro body or the ‘pure photography’ mantra.. it was the D4 sensor in a smaller more affordable package. Immediately, I knew there was only one way that I really wanted to test the camera – shooting low light portraits.… Read more
The last time I photographed portraits of strangers in the streets was around 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve been busy doing candids, studio shoots, and commissioned work. And as the recent exhibit is wrapping up, I’ve been wanting to go back in the streets and add new faces to the project. Then just recently, Sony Singapore provided me with a Sony A7r on loan for a month to test drive. I figured this was the perfect time to shoot new strangers.
I’ve had a number of portrait work for clients for the past year – some for business magazines, annual reports, others for corporate publications, and promotional purposes for their websites and portfolio. Most of my portrait work were done on location, in the office or in the streets, while others were taken in a studio – which is something I’ve started to focus on. From these assignments, I’ve had the chance to photograph the SVP of Chartis Insurance as well as the Managing Director of Deutsche Bank in Singapore, along with other engaging people – artists, actors, doctors.
One of the images that are on display in the Don’t Smile exhibit is a collage of 105 non-smiling faces, all of which were photographed through a studio setup in tcc in a span of 3 Saturdays. This involved an open call for faces… and all they had to do was look in the camera and don’t smile.
Ever since I started photography, it has always been a dream to have my photographs printed up large and posted on the wall. Just last week, that dream came true with the Don’t Smile! Photo Exhibition, my first solo show featuring images from my Portraits of Strangers project.
I’m currently working on a portrait photography project and I need volunteers to pose for me. All I need you to do is to look in the camera and don’t smile :) It will only take 10 minutes of your time. If you’re interested, please select a time slot here: www.dannyst.com/register
The photo shoot will be held in tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto “The Gallery” @ 51 Circular Road, Singapore.. on Saturdays, 30th Nov and 7th Dec, between 11am to 7pm. A photo studio will be set up inside the outlet.
I hope to see you guys there :)
A few weeks ago, I received an email from Ujwal of FleishmanHillard, asking if I’d be interested to collaborate for their client, a major mobile phone company who’s about to launch an exciting new device this month. She also mentioned that the device has a 41 megapixel camera sensor. I knew immediately she was referring to the Nokia Lumia 1020. So of course, I said yes.
Jim Rogers is interviewed for Fortune Magazine, October 2013 issue and the magazine published my photograph of him taken in the middle of Singapore Chinatown. This was actually one of the outtakes from my shoot with Jim for his book cover. This is one of my favorite shots I got of him so I’m really glad it was finally used in a publication, and in Fortune magazine! Happy times :)
A few months ago, I photographed a lookbook for new fashion label Honoré Paris. They now have a new collection in line and approached me to shoot another lookbook for them… but this time they wanted to include video. I’ve never really done any video work before, but I always wanted to and thought this was an exciting opportunity to try it out. So yeah, I said to myself… I’ll just wing it and see what happens :)
One of the more interesting experiences I had with client work lately was shooting candids around a school. I was commissioned by Nexus International School to take photos of their students in action to use for their website. It was almost like shooting street, but done inside the campus.