Tag: singapore

Shooting the WORK HAPPY Coffee Table Book

Posted on July 21st, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 6 comments

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Earlier this year, I was involved in the production of a coffee table book that aimed to show how 50 companies in Singapore implement innovative work-life programmes for their employees. This was produced by TAFEP (Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices) as part of the SG50 celebrations, with the help of Brilliant Agency. The work involved visiting each office and photographing the respective company’s select employees to illustrate their best practice policy for work-life harmony.… Read more

Shooting Low Light Portraits with the Nikon Df

Posted on March 24th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Review. 36 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. 14 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.… Read more

Client Work: Portraits

Posted on February 24th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 5 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.… Read more

Shooting “Don’t Smile” Faces

Posted on February 11th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit, Personal Project. 13 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.… Read more

Review: Shooting Street with the Sony RX1

Posted on April 15th, by Danny Santos II in Review. 15 comments

Sony RX1 Street Photography

Of all my years of shooting in the street with my trusty DSLR workhorse, I’ve slowly come up with a wish list of features that would make it easier for me to capture keepers. The top 2 on the list are: a smaller camera body, and a full-frame sensor. So when I heard about the release of the Sony RX1, which basically combines these 2 features, I was crazy excited. And just recently, I had the chance to test drive this baby for a couple of weeks.… Read more

Shooting a Book Cover for Jim Rogers

Posted on March 17th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 15 comments

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A few months ago, I was contacted by Michael, Art Director of Random House Inc based in New York. He had an author in Singapore and needed a photograph for the cover of his upcoming book called “Street Smarts”. I was crazy excited about it, it was my first time to shoot for a book cover. But it was only later that I felt I might be biting more than I could chew when I realized the guy who wrote the book was Jim Rogers – Wall Street legend, worldwide adventurer, best-selling author.… Read more

Ad Shoot for Rain Wear Brand: Totes

Posted on May 9th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 10 comments

Totes

A huge chunk of my street photos are those taken in the rain. So I was pretty excited when I eventually got to do an ad shoot for a rain wear brand called Totes. … Read more

If Looks Could Kill…

Posted on February 29th, by Danny Santos II in Outtakes, Personal Project. 20 comments

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Lately, I was looking through my archive of street photos taken from the past 3 months. As I browsed among the sea of non-keeper shots, I occasionally came across photos where the subject was looking straight at me with a certain disconcerted look. I thought maybe it would be interesting to put these together into an album that shows my share of startled looks and nasty stares when shooting street.… Read more

Good Times in Bad Weather

Posted on January 27th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Personal Project. 17 comments

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I love shooting in the rain. If it’s a weekend and it’s raining, you’ll probably see me with an umbrella on one hand, and my camera on the other, walking (sometimes running) around Orchard Road taking photos of strangers as they run from one mall to another. Often times, it’s an adrenaline rush for me. As it turns out, the same can be said to the ones on the other side of the lens.… Read more

Shooting Expat Portraits Around Singapore

Posted on December 12th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 22 comments

One of my dream projects when I started my interest in portrait photography was to shoot different people in different parts of Singapore. It was one of those ideas that I had at the back of my mind that I wanted to eventually pursue as a personal project. Fortunately, I got to do exactly that on a commissioned shoot.… Read more

Shooting Consumer Portraits for McAfee

Posted on November 14th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work, Photo shoots, Projects. 19 comments

Portraits for McAfee

A few months ago, I got a message from Kelly, a project manager of a design agency in San Francisco – Tolleson Design. They were interested in buying a couple of photographs from my Portraits of Strangers set to use for a project they’re doing. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any release forms for any of the portraits, so using it for commercial purposes wasn’t possible. So instead, they commissioned me to create a new set of portraits with the same aesthetic. … Read more

3 Days with Abbas of Magnum

Posted on September 7th, by Danny Santos II in Articles, Inspiration, Review, Workshop. 22 comments

Workshop with Abbas / Magnum

Just recently, I had the opportunity to experience a 3-day intensive photo essay workshop organized by Leica, conducted by famed Magnum photographer, Abbas. I’ve learned about it on short notice, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet and learn from a master who’s been doing it for 45 years.… Read more

Stranger #77 Revisited

Posted on August 30th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Stranger Revisited. 34 comments

Stranger #77 - Atika

Stranger #77 was one of the most strikingly beautiful face I’ve photographed in my Portraits of Strangers project. So when I decided to do this “Strangers Revisited” project, she was an obvious choice. And when Atika agreed to do a photo shoot with me, I was so ecstatic yet pretty nervous at the same time. … Read more

Stranger #7 Revisited

Posted on August 9th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Stranger Revisited. 70 comments

Stranger #7 - Sophy .. by Danny Santos II

I’ve always wanted to dive into portraiture, and my previous Portraits of Strangers project served as my personal transition from candid street shooting to portraiture. Looking back at project, I later decided to create a new series of photo shoots by revisiting some of the strangers I photographed. Thanks to my facebook page, I was able to contact some of them. … Read more

How to Shoot Street Portraits

Posted on June 17th, by Danny Santos II in Articles, Tips. 78 comments

Danny Santos shooting portraits of strangers, taken by Paulo Legaspi
Photo above taken by photography hobbyist Paulo Legaspi

About a month ago, I was invited by street photographer Eric Kim to be a guest writer for his blog. He wanted me to write a few tips on shooting street portraits. Although I’ve already blogged about my thoughts and experiences while working on my Portraits of Strangers project, I haven’t really provided any direct tips on how to work on a project like this. So I started writing down a few quick tips based on what worked for me. I’d like to share this article with you guys. Hope this helps :)… Read more

Braving the Night Rain

Posted on February 28th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Personal Project. 33 comments

I love shooting strangers under bad weather. And for a while now, I’ve always wondered how it would be to shoot bad weather at night. I could only imagine how dramatic the shots could be with the combination of heavy rain and the night lights. Just a few nights ago, I’ve had the chance to do just that.

Shooting Portraits of Strangers

Posted on December 21st, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Tips. 115 comments

Portraits of Strangers by Danny Santos II

Every time I’m out in the streets, I would often encounter faces that make me look twice… faces that just stood out of the crowd without even trying… faces that are by no means ordinary. They range from the exquisitely beautiful to the strangely wonderful. Sometimes I would try to steal a shot without being too intrusive, most times I just stand there wishing I had the balls to just approach them and ask for their portrait. Thanks to my lucky stars … I eventually grew those balls to do so.… Read more

Keeper of the month (December 2010)

Posted on December 10th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Keeper of the Month, Personal Project. 15 comments

I miss shooting in the rain. It’s been a while since I last walked around in heavy downpour, holding my umbrella on one hand and my camera on the other. I miss it so much that every time rained and I’m stuck in the office, I can’t help but think of all the bad weather shots I’m not shooting. And it frustrated me more that as I excitedly anticipate for the rain in the proceeding weekends, it just never came. Until last week… after a long time, I once again caught the devil’s luck.… Read more

Stranger #100

Posted on October 13th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 21 comments

Stranger #100

I was walking along Orchard when I saw her walking towards my direction. She was wearing a simple one-piece dress, and was quite tall almost towering over most of the people around her. I wasn’t decided yet if I wanted to shoot her, but as I got closer, I knew I had to – she had this subtle angelic charm. My heart started to pound… it always does whenever I’m about to approach a stranger for their portrait. I stopped her and asked if I could take her picture. She smiled and said "Oh, street style." I chuckled a "yeah…", relieved that she understood what I was doing.… Read more