Photographer's Photography Website

The website

The website was done in a bottom-up approach for the launch initially with the basic and important contents necessary. I believe taking the first step is always the most difficult milestone and thus I didn't establish a large scale plan that would take me forever to launch this website. Yes, I did it (put it online) within my capability (time) without dragging my feet.

As days go by, I overwhelm this website with more contents in the battle within myself over the priority and importance of every piece of them. Everyday, it's just like firefighting.

  1. Design
    This photography website is designed with the key specifications - simplicity and usability. It's not something difficult since I've been designing websites since secondary school days. The greatest challenge is when new content is added, some minor design has to be tweaked. Over time, more changes have to be made to accommodate larger amount of contents.

    On the main page, the photos are displayed randomly among a few photographs that are in landscape orientation. Every time it's refreshed, the photograph will be changed.
  2. Coding
    Everything was started from scratch on notepad. PHP language is used largely to reduce time in updating the site, simulating a database without actually creating one. I have played with HTML, CSS and JavaScript as well.
  3. Copywriting
    All contents are written by me, unless otherwise specified. I have limited vocubulary and thus I'm able to keep things very simple. I write much better than I speak. This website is therefore a good platform to express myself while sharing ideas and knowledge with people from all over the world.
  4. Updates
    I update the website very frequently to add new contents and improve on my language. Over time, I may have to restructure some of the contents.
  5. Limitation
    Some of the photos are loaded from Facebook in order to reduce space usage in my server and also for easy updating. However, Facebook does reduce the quality of the photos. There may also be dead link when Facebook changes the direct URL of the photos.

Goals

  1. Showcase my work
    The top priority of this website is to showcase my portfolio where I can direct my potential clients to. For a serious professional photographer, a simple portfolio website is the minimal. Social media websites like Facebook and Instagram are very good platforms to display my work but they have limitations and definitely not as organised. For example, I'm not able to categorise my portrait, event and interior photo albums in Facebook. Some of my potential clients may find it messy. It's too tedious for me to create a different Facebook page for each kind of photoshoot work.
  2. Connect with people
    With this website, I'm able to connect with many people from all over the world, including clients and other talents in other fields that are related to photography. I gather my work, thoughts and knowledge to share with my visitors. They get to know at least a little about me before they even get to talk to me. People who are patient and detailed tend to know me even better because they make more effort to read, just like you are doing now.
  3. Educate people
    1. to judge the quality of photographs
      Having excessive interaction with bad photographs shot by amatuers with lots of LIKEs and compliments (due to hot models) may influence one's standard of judgment, in a bad way. I seek to help people learn how to appreciate tasteful photographs.
    2. to understand the effort of photographers
      Most people own at least a camera nowadays, be it a DSLR, compact camera, GoPro or mobile phone camera. To many people, photography is only about clicking of the shutter button to snap photographs. Therefore, most people don't really think about the cost of photography, or rather, simply assume photography is an easy job.
    3. to eliminate unrealistic expectation
      For example, if a client engages a photographer at a low price, the client shouldn't expect to receive very good photographs; or rather, they should actually pray hard that the photographer is good but inexperienced. After all, you get what you pay for.
    4. to improve collaboration
      While many photographers, HMUAs and models will collaborate (TFCD) to build portfolio or for marketing purpose, there are many unspoken rules and procedure for the sake of fairness and getting better end products (photographs). There are many people who have been setting very bad trends and influencing the newcomers. Eventually, photographers are taken for granted, apart from the fact that they are spending the most time on each project - planning, shooting, post-production.
  4. Help enthusiasts to learn
    Helping others is also a way of helping myself. I have added many instructions, tips and articles on this website. These contents are up here for multiple reasons such as (1) for myself to refer to, (2) for refering people to and (3) for visitors to learn. For example, I have written various photography tips.
  5. Promote Singapore
    I have created a list of beautiful places in Singapore. I have tried to do photoshoot at the places so that I can share the photographs. The list also serves me and my clients well during the planning phase, while many visitors visit the page for brainstorming for their shoots too.

If you are looking for a freelance photographer in Singapore, do contact Skai.