Natural Light vs Flash for Children Photography

Natural light is soft, beautiful and it is free. I spend majority of my professional life dedicated to shoot natural light… that was before I understand flash photography.

As much as I love the soft quality of the natural light, in Singapore, it is very challenging to be depended upon for indoor session. It is always rainy or cloudy. Plus with the movement of the baby, it makes pin sharp images become stressful at times.

With even purpose built natural light studio like one I have, I have to control the direction of the natural light using different flag and reflector to get it right. The worst is when you are ready, the cloud just move and cover the sun… great!!! working with natural light limit my shooting time… so for client’s benefit, I started to control the light using flash with help from my great Mentor who show me beyond how to set light, but how to “feel” with light.

I started to understand how to change the light to enhance my vision and i feel this is a new beginning for me… it was not easy at first…

I try to create soft and flat images for the little baby as requested by the parent, here is one with natural light and one with flash, personally, I like the flash version better and I think the baby agree with me too… 🙂

I use ISO 100 instead of 800 and shoot at smaller aperture at the same shutter speed, so the result is sharper and the image is a lot more crisp and it print a lot better. With all of my work are printed, flash is the way to go for me and I can control it the way I wanted. The first is with natural light and the second is with flash.

Interestingly, I read about the comparison that a great OZ photographer, Sue Bryce on the testing as well… here is the small video on youtube by Creative Live… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o2wlNkr108

Regards,

Hart Tan
www.tomato.sg
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An Evening With Tomato Photo {Children and Newborn Photography} @ Singapore Art Museum – 1 July 2011

Hi all,

Tomato Photo has been invited by Singapore Art Museum to give a talk on Children and Newborn Photography for July 2011.

It is an honor to be given such privilege to share my vision in Children and Newborn Photography using Natural Light.

The registration started this morning and I believe it is full about 6 hours from the start of the registration… The respond is amazing… and I am grateful.

The event was a great success with more then 100 people turn up and glad that no one fall asleep during my 75 minutes talk… There were a lot of my “competitors” in the room…  it was interesting. Thank you everyone who put in their hard work to make this possible and for those who came to support the talk.

Regards,
Hart
info@tomato.sg
Tomato Photo


Rain | Water | Children | Photography – Tomato Photo

As the title suggest… Children generally have lots of fun when they are playing with water or in the rain. I know I love to play with water as well…. unfortunately, as we grow up… we lost the “child” within us… so wild, so imaginative, so free….
The challenge with taking images of children in the rain is the level of light that is available when shooting available light.
Flash doesn’t work so well due to its reflection and just make the image looks “flash”… just me… prefer the natural look to the images…
Here are a few shots of Alex and Oliver enjoying the rain….
Regards,
Hart
Tomato Photo
www.tomato.sg

Children Photography – Botanic Garden

Hello,
Been out and shooting since 8am this morning… It is really challenging to capture images of children.
Every child is so different and one thing that they have in common is, they love to do the opposite, but not always… and yes, they don’t take instruction too…
Anyway… these 2 images are from the very last session at Botanic Garden… I love the light and I love how it turn out…
Hand is one of the most difficult thing to pose, so try not to pose them. It has to happen naturally and I just love how the hand just drawn the image to the face….
Walking time? well not just yet… once of the most interesting shots of little children when they are just about to walk is how they balance themselves… it is often very challenging to get the smile and balancing at the same time… I was lucky today…. mom told me that he was a little cranky today in the car to Botanic garden…
Time to go home and have dinner with my lovely wife…
Regards,
Hart
Tomato Photo
www.tomato.sg

Christmas Charity Photos

Well mate… here it is…

Some images we took during the event, we love to feature every kiddo that come to support us during this event, however, due to limitation of space and we can only feature some images that touches our heart….

The greatest gift that we’ve received during this event are the wonderful smiles on the faces of those little kiddos.

Shooting was the easiest part, retouching part was overwhelming, we spent about 180+ hours retouching the images for all the shoots over 10 days period between 2 of us… Yes, we must be crazy to retouch EVERY SINGLE images and this is a charity event.

The thing is, with Tomato Photo, we DO NOT compromised on our images by cutting corners…

It was 3 days of on and off drizzle, but our conclusion is KIDS LOVE RAIN…. so why shy away from rain and stop shooting?

Day 1 – Rain, Rain and Rain…..Due to rain, we limited the shoot at covered space we have, for client who let us have our way, we have capture some of the special images for them and we have taken some of our favorite shots of the day….

Day 2… Its Christmas day!!! – Weather was quite good but a bit of rain… But hey… kids love rain

Day 3 – Great Day….. still overcast…


—- Thank you to everyone for supporting us in this Charity Event —-

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