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On-Location Photographer in Singapore

On-location photographer in Singapore

What is an On-Location Photographer?

An on-location photographer is a photographer who takes photographs on location, rather than in a studio. On-location photographers may work in a variety of settings, including outdoors, in homes or businesses, or at events. On-location photographers often specialise in a particular type of photography, such as portrait, event, or commercial photography.

On-location photographers may work with natural light or use additional lighting equipment to achieve the desired effect. They may also use a variety of cameras, lenses, and other equipment to capture high-quality photographs. On-location photographers often work on a freelance basis and may be hired by businesses, individuals, or organizations to document events, create marketing materials, or create personal portraits.

Why are On-Location Photographers Important?

On-location photographers are important because they can bring their expertise and creativity to bear a wide variety of photography needs. Here are a few ways that on-location photographers can be particularly useful:

  1. Documenting events: On-location photographers can help businesses and organizations document important events, such as conferences, product launches, and business meetings. They can capture memorable moments and create a visual record of the event that can be shared with employees, customers, and stakeholders.
  2. Creating marketing materials: On-location photographers can help businesses create high-quality marketing materials, such as brochures, websites, and social media content, by providing professional photographs that showcase the company's products, services, or culture.
  3. Capturing personal memories: On-location photographers can help individuals capture important personal memories, such as family portraits, engagement and wedding photos, or senior portraits, by providing a unique and personalised service.
  4. Creating commercial advertising: On-location photographers can help businesses create effective commercial advertising by providing high-quality product photographs that showcase the features and benefits of the products in a visually appealing way.

Overall, on-location photographers can help businesses and individuals visually communicate their message and create a lasting visual record of important events and moments.

Should I Hire a Professional On-Location Photographer?

Whether or not you should hire a professional on-location photographer depends on your needs and goals for the photoshoot. Here are a few reasons why you might consider hiring a professional on-location photographer:

  1. High-quality results: Professional photographers have the training, experience, and equipment to produce high-quality photographs that meet professional standards. If you are looking for professional-grade results, hiring a professional photographer may be the best option.
  2. Expertise and creativity: Professional photographers bring a level of expertise and creativity to the photoshoot that can help you achieve the desired outcome. They can offer guidance on lighting, composition, and posing to help create visually appealing photographs.
  3. Time and convenience: Hiring a professional photographer can save you time and hassle by taking care of all the details of the photoshoot. This can be particularly useful if you are busy or don't have the expertise or equipment to take professional-grade photographs yourself.
  4. Professional service: Professional photographers typically provide a high level of customer service, including consultation and communication before and after the photoshoot, as well as editing and retouching of the final images.

If you are considering hiring a professional on-location photographer, it's a good idea to do your research and choose a photographer who has a good reputation and a portfolio that reflects your style and needs. You may also want to discuss your expectations and budget with the photographer before booking the photoshoot to ensure that you are both on the same page.

Ultimately, whether or not to hire a professional on-location photographer is a personal decision that depends on your specific needs and goals. If you are looking for high-quality, professional-grade photographs and are willing to invest in the expertise and convenience of a professional photographer, then hiring a professional on-location photographer may be the right choice for you.

Locations for On-Location Portrait Photoshoot

There are many good locations for on-location portrait photography in Singapore.

Here are some of the common ones:

Gardens

On-location photoshoot in a garden without flash
On-location photoshoot in a garden without flash
On-location photoshoot in a garden with flash
On-location photoshoot in a garden with flash

Some of the popular gardens are Gardens by the Bay, Jurong Lake Gardens and Singapore Botanic Gardens.

They are used for many kinds of photoshoots, including prewedding, couple and fashion photoshoots.

Parks

On-location photoshoot at a park without flash
On-location photoshoot at a park without flash
On-location photoshoot at a park with flash
On-location photoshoot at a park with flash

Some of the popular parks are Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Coney Island Park, Fort Canning Park, HortPark, Labrador Park and Toa Payoh Town Park.

There are many neighbourhood parks, which are very accessible, and thus are useful for most kinds of location photography.

Beaches

On-location photoshoot at a beach without flash
On-location photoshoot at a beach without flash
On-location photoshoot at a beach with flash
On-location photoshoot at a beach with flash

Some of the popular beaches are located in Changi Beach Park, Sentosa (Palawan, Siloso, Tanjong beach), Pasir Ris Park and Punggol Beach.

Beaches do give a relaxing vibe; on the other hand, it also increases sexiness. Thus, it's popular for lifestyle, couple and bikini photoshoots.

Swimming pools

On-location photoshoot at a swimming pool without flash
On-location photoshoot at a swimming pool without flash
On-location photoshoot at a swimming pool with flash
On-location photoshoot at a swimming pool with flash

The usual swimming pools used for photoshoots are located in condominiums and beach bars. They are popular for lifestyle and swimwear photoshoots.

Museums

On-location photoshoot in museum without flash
On-location photoshoot in museum without flash
On-location photoshoot at museum with flash
On-location photoshoot at museum with flash

Some of the popular museums are the Asian Civilisation Museum, the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore National Gallery and the Singapore Art Museum.

Homes

On-location photoshoot at home without flash
On-location photoshoot at home without flash
On-location photoshoot at home with flash
On-location photoshoot at home with flash

Homes are very good locations for portrait photoshoot. People often use them for family, lifestyle and boudoir photoshoots.

Offices

On-location photoshoot in an office with flash
On-location photoshoot in an office with flash
On-location photoshoot in an office with flash
On-location photoshoot in an office with flash

On-location photography in an office helps businesses to connect more to their vendors and customers and shows that they are legitimate businesses with actual office space.

Another advantage is that the subject(s) of the photoshoot doesn't need to make a trip to another place; this is very useful for the heads of the company who have a very packed schedules. Furthermore, the clean environment and air-conditioned office will make the shoot more comfortable. A sheltered place is also protected from any weather conditions.

An office is thus a popular location for corporate headshots and editorial photoshoots.

Showrooms

On-location photoshoot in a showroom with flash
On-location photoshoot in a showroom with flash
On-location photoshoot in a showroom with flash
On-location photoshoot in a showroom with flash

On-location photography in a showroom, similar to an office, helps businesses to showcase their projects to customers, and also proves that they are a legitimate businesses with real sample work.

Hotels

On-location photoshoot in a hotel without flash
On-location photoshoot in a hotel without flash
On-location photoshoot in a hotel with flash
On-location photoshoot in a hotel with flash

On-location photography in a hotel helps locals and travellers remember their vacation. Some boutique hotel rooms have styled interior designs, which makes portrait photography unique. A very common use of hotels is for boudoir photoshoot.

Does the Photographer Choose Location?

It depends on the situation. In some cases, the photographer may choose the location, while in other cases, the location may be chosen by the client or determined by the purpose of the photoshoot. Here are a few factors that can influence who chooses the location for a photoshoot:

  1. The purpose of the photoshoot: If the photoshoot is for commercial purposes, such as advertising or marketing, the location may be chosen by the client to showcase their products or services in a particular environment. On the other hand, if the photoshoot is for personal or editorial purposes, the photographer may have more flexibility to choose the location based on their vision and style.
  2. The photographer's expertise: The photographer may choose the location based on their expertise and the type of photography they specialise in. For example, a landscape photographer may choose a location that offers beautiful natural surroundings, while a portrait photographer may choose a location with good lighting and a variety of backdrops.
  3. The client's preferences: The client may have specific preferences or requirements for the location of the photoshoot. For example, they may want the photoshoot to take place at their business, in their home, or at a particular event.

Overall, the question of who chooses the location for a photoshoot can depend on a variety of factors, and it's important for the photographer and the client to communicate and come to an agreement on the location that best meets their needs and expectations.

Is This Location Too Dark for Photoshoot?

Casual outdoor portrait photography with ambient light
Ambient: Spotlight on the left and dim ugly light from right
Casual outdoor portrait photography with ambient light
All ambient lights were eliminated and added main light at the right
High-end portrait photography with professional lighting
Added an extra light on the left to light up the hair

"Is this place too dark/ dim for photoshoot?"

This is one common question I have been asked by clients and friends who are very concerned about the quality of their photographs.

The cause of this concern is mainly due to the lack of understanding of professional photography. Most people don't realise that photography isn't just about the clicking of the shutter button but it's also about solving each lighting situation.

A happy fact is that professional photographers can take good photographs at any place, given that setting up of professional lighting is allowed. It can be a dim indoor place or even outdoors at night.

Of course, photography with flash (high-end photography) is more costly due to the additional bulky, expensive and heavy equipment, and the effort to prepare, transport and assemble them.

How to Take Pictures with Location?

Casual outdoor portrait photography with ambient light
Natural light photography

❌ Faces under-exposed,
❌ bad shadows on faces,
✔️ background well-exposed
Casual outdoor portrait photography with ambient light
Natural light photography

✔️ Face well-exposed,
❌ bad shadows on faces,
❌ background over-exposed
High-end portrait photography with professional lighting
Off-Cam flash photography

✔️ Faces well-exposed,
✔️ no bad shadows on faces,
✔️ background well-exposed

You see nice scenery at an outdoor location and you want to get a portrait shot with it as the background.

In some situations when you're lucky, the shot kind of works. This happens when the natural light is soft, the angle is right and you're at a good spot.

Oftentimes, it's either the background is overexposed that it appears white with most of the details lost, or your face appears dark (in the shadow). In both situations, the photographs are wasted.

Most of the time, this happens when you are doing a portrait with the sky.

The solution to this problem is high-end photography, which allows the professional photographer to lower down the exposure of the entire scene and use flash to light up your face (and body). This will balance the overall exposure.

To take it to another level, a good professional photographer will try to create soft light in order to flatter you.

On-Location Photography Setup

The setup for on-location photography varies, depending on the requirement and conditions of the shooting location.

On-Location Photography Without Flash

For a casual on-location photoshoot, it's usually quick and easy with the use of natural light as the main source of light. The photographer may begin by cleaning his camera lens and attaching the accessories, such as the camera strap.

On-Location Photography With Flash

On-location photoshoots with flash (high-end photography) will take much longer time. The photographer has to set up the photography lighting equipment by fixing up the strobe, light stand and light modifier. Each set of lights may take five to 15 minutes, depending on the design of the equipment. Moreover, there will be additional testing of the settings of the camera and each set of lights.

Skai the On-Location Photographer

Skai has begun doing on-location photoshoots ever since he began portrait photography in around the year 2012.

Blessed with the tips of a photographer friend, he had a kick start to understanding the importance of lighting. Hence, he tried extremely hard to pick up flash photography so that he could create professional standard photographs anywhere and at any time.

Fortunately and unfortunately, he didn't have the capital to start a photography studio. Therefore, he's able to focus on on-location photography. As he upgraded his equipment and skill, he managed to solve the lighting problems for all outdoor and indoor photography projects.

Skai can even set up an on-location makeshift studio at any indoor location, given sufficient space.

Prices & Packages for On-Location Photography

🌞 Professional

Up to 1 Hour: $280
Up to 2 Hours: $380 $450

Additional Hour: $150/block hr

Deliveries
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Up to 40 photos/hr
  • Photos selected by Photographer

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Get back remaining good photos:
    +$50/hr booked (subject to availability)
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$50/hr booked (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$50/hr booked
  • Advanced edit (skin retouching) for photos: +$50/photo

⚡ High-End

Up to 1 Hour + 1 photo: $350
Up to 1 Hour + 5 photos: $550
Up to 2 Hours + 10 photos: $900

Additional Hour: $150/block hr
Additional photos: $50/photo
  • ⚡ Flash photography (one-light set-up)
  • 🌞 Use of natural light when necessary
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

Deliveries
  • Advanced Edit (skin retouching)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Photos selection in low resolution PDF

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Additional lighting set-up: +$50/light
  • Revision of photo edit: +$15/photo
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$35/photo (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$100/hr booked

⚡ Studio Shoot

Please note that my home photography studio is not available until further notice.
1) My studio,
2) Your booked external studio, or
3) Makeshift studio @ your location

Details: Photo Studio

Hairstyling & Makeup

$180 /Female
$120 /Male
  • 1x Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 Look (Hairstyling for a neat look & Makeup)

  • Add-Ons
  • Follow through the photoshoot: +$60/hr
    (subject to availability)

Details: Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)

NOTE



All booked duration

Includes changing of equipment, wardrobe, makeup, hairstyle, and travelling (if applicable) during the shoot.
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Please read

(1) Checklist for hiring a photographer, (2) FAQ and (3) Service Agreement before making enquiries.
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Ideas and advice

Will only be given to serious clients after a booking fee is being placed.

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