Shooting Low Light Portraits with the Nikon Df

Posted on March 24th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Review. 14 comments

Low Light Portraits with the Nikon Df
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

Shooting Portraits of Strangers with the Sony A7r

Posted on March 12th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Review. 8 comments

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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.

Client Work: Portraits

Posted on February 24th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 3 comments

Portraits by Danny Santos II

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.

Client Work: NUSS The Graduate Club

Posted on February 19th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 3 comments

National University of Singapore Society

NUSS is Singapore’s premier alumni membership club for local and recognized foreign universities. They have 4 clubhouses, the latest of which is the one in Suntec City. Prior to launching, I was commissioned to take lifestyle photographs around the premises for publicity purposes.

Shooting “Don’t Smile” Faces

Posted on February 11th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit, Personal Project. 11 comments

Don't Smile by Danny Santos II
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.

Don’t Smile! Exhibit – My First Photo Exhibition

Posted on January 29th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit, Personal Project. 21 comments

Don't Smile - a photography exhibition by Danny Santos II
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.

Open Call for Faces!

Posted on November 25th, by Danny Santos II in Open Call, Personal Project. 2 comments

Open Call for Faces

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 :)

Review: Shooting with the Nokia Lumia 1020

Posted on October 9th, by Danny Santos II in Review. 12 comments

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review
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.

Published Photo: Jim Rogers in Fortune Magazine

Posted on October 4th, by Danny Santos II in Published. No Comments

Jim Rogers in Singapore's Chinatown

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 :)

Shooting a Video Fashion Lookbook for Honoré

Posted on October 2nd, by Danny Santos II in Client Work, Fashion, video. 9 comments

Honore Video Lookbook

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 :)

Shooting Candids Around School

Posted on August 20th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 12 comments

Nexus International School collage
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.

‘The Clock Strikes Four’ Exhibit

Posted on June 6th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit. 3 comments

Danny Santos Exhibit

I was invited to be one of the artists to present their work for ‘The Clock Strikes Four’ – a series of gatherings by Plain Vanilla Bakery. For the next few weeks, each invitees will be sharing their work and telling their story. The group is composed of a good variety of artists, from photographer to singer/songwriter, to storyteller, and more.