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Ashwini and Sudarshan's Wedding
In this bonus episode, Louis takes us on a detailed walkthrough of his photos from a Hindu wedding in West Malaysia.
We have three photos up for critique this month, and the issue faced here can be summed up in one word: "focus.”
You can't blame your clients for asking for discounts; after all, we all want the best value for our money, right? Still, you have a business to run, so is there any way of satisfying both parties? According to Louis, there is....
Building a Better Studio
In this episode, Louis takes a walk back in time, charting his business's five-year journey from a bedroom in a tiny East-Malaysian town to an expensive studio in the country's capital city.
No self-respecting photographer will doubt the indispensability of a good reflector. But if there's one problem with them, it's that you often need an extra pair of hands (be they human or hardware) to hold them. However, the TriGrip—as its name implies—does away with that little problem...
Jim Liaw & Ning
Jim Liaw and his wife Ning run an immensely successful wedding & portrait photography studio, and they attribute their success not just to their photo-taking skills, but equally in part to their background in business administration. After all, if you're going to run any successful business, you have to know what running a business involves.
Booking a Shoot
Photography skills alone do not guarantee success, because if you cannot secure any jobs, you're not going anywhere. So, this month, instead of an actual shoot, Louis invites us into his studio in Kuala Lumpur and shares some methods that may improve your chances of booking a shoot.
This month, we have not one, but two photos up for critique! Once again, it's all about the little things....
We've all seen them, the 'other wedding photographer'—usually a friend of the couple, and usually an eager enthusiast—who naively gets in the way of your shoot. So, what do you do with them? Louis has a few suggestions.
If you spend a fair amount of time traveling across the world for your wedding shoots, it's very important to have a packing checklist of essential items. In this episode, Louis shows us what goes into his bags every time he takes a trip....
Most photographers will argue that the worst time for an outdoors daytime shoot is at noon, when the sun is at its highest and its harshest. However, there is a tool that can turn that harsh light into something a lot softer.
While no stranger to photography, Jenny Sun originally had no intentions of being wedding photographer. Today, however, she is one of the most renowned wedding photographers in Southeast Asia and Australia. She joins us this month for a candid chat about her journey into the industry.
High-Key and Low-Key Lighting
In this episode, Louis demonstrates how to achieve a series of both high-key and low-key shots using a single natural light source. You'll be surprised at the number of variations you can pull off with only one background and only one light!
In a rare event, the subject of this months Photo Critique gets almost no critique at all! Why? You will have to take a look and see.
Do you HAVE to enter the WPPI print competition to prove your worth as a wedding photographer, or will other print competitions do? Louis shares his reasons for choosing to compete in WPPI....
Little Things That Matter
It takes a single acorn to create a giant oak, and it takes a single matchstick to destroy a forest. Little things are more important than we realize, and in this episode, Louis shares how he applies that concept to his business practices.
All hard drives will fail; it is only a matter of when. Unfortunately, they also happen to be the nervous system of our business as photographers, so having a good backup strategy is downright vital. Here is Louis own tried and tested method of ensuring your data survival....
We have always brought you established photographers in this program. In this episode however, we are talking to a young fashion photographer who tries to break in to the billion dollar fashion industry with her camera and imagination.
A Wedding in Muar
This month, Louis shoots a wedding in a small town in the middle of West Malaysia: Muar. It has no grand sprawling vistas, no spectacular architecture, and most of its buildings are older than its inhabitants. Therein, however lies its charm, and as you will see throughout this episode, external appearances can be deceiving.
Up for critique this month is a fun-looking group photo; but is it also a well-taken group photo? Here are Louis thoughts....
How important is it to enter a print competition anyway? Louis shares his view on this matter.
Communication today is faster, smoother, and easier than ever before, thanks to technology; but as convenient as email and social media is, it will never replace actual physical interaction....
Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0
Are you squinting hard and struggling to see images on your camera’s LCD screen when you shoot outdoors? Find out how the HoodLoupe 3.0 can solve your problems.
After an eleven-year career in photojournalism, Vietnamese-born Huy Nguyen made the jump to wedding photography. The American Photo top ten photographer shares how he brings the skills of a seasoned photojournalist into wedding photography. Learn how he sees not just with his eyes but all his senses.
Wedding of Carlos and Kristie
Meet Kristie and Carlos, a couple so desperate to get Louis to shoot their wedding that they actually rescheduled their dates to meet his. Their wedding takes place on one of the most gorgeous beaches in Malaysia, and conditions could not be more perfect.
Jonathan Tse's Portrait Session
This month, Louis conducts a personal portrait session for Malaysian musician and songwriter Jonathan Tse at his recording studio. Find out how it's possible to turn a plain environment—like a recording studio—into something far more interesting with good use of multiple flash, colour gels and imagination.
When it comes to photography workshops, few are in the same league as the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Teachings by well-respected figures in photography combine with Santa Fe's beautiful landscapes to create one of the greatest learning experiences that any photographer—regardless of expertise—can have. This is its story, as told from the man behind it all: Reid Callanan.
Making Same-Day Slideshows
Making a same-day slideshow requires you to think fast and work fast, so it helps if you have a good workflow (and the right tools). In this episode, Louis takes us through his own tried-and-tested process of making these slideshows.
Same-day slideshows can be stressful to put together, especially when you don't have much time to do so. The payoff, however, often more than makes up for it, as Louis explains....
Building A Brand
There are a lot of elements involved in building a strong brand, even if you have a great product (or service) to begin with. In this episode, Louis answers a viewer's question as to what more can be done to further improve a brand's strength.
Our subject for critique this month is a portrait of a couple in silhouette, and once again, the devil is in the details...
The Ceremony and The Banquet
Two months ago, we dedicated an entire episode to getting preparation shots. Now we pick up from where we left off and join Louis as he makes his way through the rest of the wedding day.
Joe McNally is one of the most respected figures in photography. Over a three-decade career, he has shot stories for a huge variety of magazines, including Sports Illustrated, TIME, Newsweek, LIFE, and National Geographic. What does it take to become “the most versatile photojournalist working today”? Tune in and be enlightened.
A flash is an invaluable tool for any photographer, and in certain circumstances, three flashes can be better than one. Here, Louis introduces a useful piece of hardware that makes it possible to tackle that scenario: the TriFlash.
Louis enjoys teaching photography as much as he does actually taking photographs, and in this episode, Louis explains why he thinks knowledge is something that should be shared.
There are two kinds of wedding photographers: full-time, and part-time. The question is, are these part-time “weekend warriors” ruining the industry for the full-time “professionals” by stealing their jobs? Here are Louis's thoughts on the matter....
This month's photo is a simple portrait of a bride. It looks rather nice at a first glance, but there are always ways to turn a nice photo into a superb one....
The subject of this month's photo critique is a group portrait, one of the hardest things for a wedding photographer to do properly. This particular photographer, however, took the effort to make it interesting.
In this episode, Louis answers a common viewer question: “What are color gels, and how do you use them?” You'll see why color gels can be a very useful addition to the average photographer's arsenal.
A well-managed system for sorting your thousands of images can shave hours off your digital workflow, and in this episode, Louis introduces a software that does just that: Photo Mechanic.
Managing perception is a powerful tool, and in this episode, Louis shares a simple way of exceeding your client's expectations.
The Heritage Station Hotel Shoot
Join Louis on an exclusive photo shoot for Pretty in White, featuring an array of beautiful gowns, a pair of lovely models, and a gorgeous venue: the Heritage Station Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Introducing Photo Critique, a brand new channel where Louis critiques a photograph submitted by a viewer; commenting on what was done well, and what could have been done better: a great opportunity to learn how to turn a good picture into a great one.
White Balance Issues
A viewer asks “How do you determine what white balance to use?” and Louis dispels the notion that professionals only use manual white balance.
We all love Photoshop. But if you have a thousand images to edit—and you're on a deadline—Photoshop just isn't fast enough. In this episode, Louis talks about a unique piece of hardware that greatly streamlines the photo-editing workflow. Intrigued? Well, take a look....
Keeping Your Word
Keeping your clients happy means keeping your promises to them, and in this episode, Louis gives a behind-the-scenes look at how his studio maintains good client relations.
Despite being one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world, the 29-year veteran photographer Cliff Mautner dutifully maintains a street-level, no-nonsense view on life, his work, and the photography industry. You don't want to miss what he has to say.
The Start of the Day
Pictures of bride and groom getting ready are a very important part of wedding coverage. This month, we're dedicating an entire episode to it. Follow Louis as he meets his clients at the beginning of their big day, and see how important it is to start off the day right.
The Raffles Hotel Shoot
Louis is in Singapore to give you a first hand view of what it feels like to shoot in one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in Southeast Asia. This inspiring bridal photo session in the heart of Lion City is a must see!
Lito Sy and Anna: From Rags to Riches
From selling candy in school to becoming the most awarded wedding photographer of his country (15 WPPI awards). Lito Sy and his wife Anna tell an amazingly inspiring story in this episode of Meet The Pros.
How To Remember Names
Greeting people by name builds trust and respect, key ingredients in any successful photo shoot. Louis shares a valuable tip on how to remember everybody’s names quickly and easily.
A viewer asks Louis, “Do you do your own photoshop work? Or do you have someone else to do this for you?” Louis has a great tip for aspiring photography business owners on how to maximize your time and talent.
Powerex MH-C9000 Review
Get the most out of your rechargeable AA batteries with this premium battery charger. The Powerex MH-C9000 has the ability to revitalize underperforming and “dead” batteries - saving you both time and money. Find out how to do this and more in this episode of Gear Talk.
Never Take Full Credit
When a photographer creates fantastic wedding photos - the kind of work that gives goosebumps and wins awards - we like to think that the artist deserves all the praise. But does the applause really belong to the person behind the camera?
Vincent Pang asks, “Do you believe in sharing information / knowledge? If yes, what do you think about people who remove the EXIF? ”
Think Tank Photo Airpot Security & Airstream
A dependable camera bag is vital, more so if you spend more than four months in a year traveling from one shoot destination to another. Learn why tough roller wheels, jam-free zippers, TSA approved combination locks, and built-in steel cables could make a huge difference in your next overseas assignment.
Zhang Jingna a.k.a. zemotion
From beginner to award-winning professional commercial/fashion photographer in just three years, Zhang Jingna is truly a rising star in the industry. This episode of Meet The Pros lets you in on the secret behind Jingna’s meteoric rise to success.
Backlight In Borneo
In this episode, we journey to sunny Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Peek over Louis’ shoulder as he shoots a bridal session which begins on a swaying suspension bridge and ends with a sunset on a beautiful tropical beach. Louis walks you through how he deals with backlight, and get the most out of your location shoot in a short time.
How It All Started
Louis answers a question he gets asked all the time, ”How did you start as a Wedding Photographer?“
Edwin Tan asks, ”How do you use fill flash for the foreground so that it matches the background, especially for tricky lighting situations such as sunrise or sunset?“
Yervant Studio Tour
Yervant gives WedShooter viewers an exclusive tour of his exquisite studio in Melbourne, Australia. Fitted with designer furniture, Yervant's studio is designed along the lines of an art gallery that exudes class and sophistication.
Anie & Yervant (Part-1)
Annie and Yervant run a world-class boutique studio that is one of the best (and most expensive) in the world. Learn the secrets of giving your clients a high-end experience: from perfect product packaging, to consultation space environment, to displaying
Anie & Yervant (Part-2)
Anie and Yervant run a world-class boutique studio that is one of the best (and most expensive) in the world. Learn the secrets of giving your clients a high-end experience: from perfect product packaging, to consultation space environment, to displaying
Bridal Session in New York City
Let's go on a trip to Central Park, Manhattan's 82nd & 83rd Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. In this episode, Louis gives his take on how he prepared to shoot in locations that were completely foreign to him.
Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe Soft Box
Get big, beautiful light from a small flash. It's like having a professional studio light that is small enough to tuck into your camera bag. The Ezybox Hotshoe soft box by Lastolite is just so amazing!
Getting Started As A Pro
Victor Tan asks: how does one begin a career as a professional photographer, and what does it take to be successful in this industry?
C. M. Leung
Meet one of Asia's most exciting photography talents, Hong Kong born C.M. Leung.
Saying "Thank You"
Find out why writing simple "Thank You" notes adds tremendous value to your personal and professional life.
California based Mike Larson shares his secrets on mentoring, managing expectations and getting things done.
Dancing With Available Light
On location at the University of Melbourne, Australia - Louis photographs a professional ballerina in available light.
Introducing RadioPopper, devices that trigger flashes remotely via radio signals.